I can say that I was at the height of my marketing career when I decided to study in the UK. It was not an easy decision to make. I had to leave a job that I enjoy and colleagues that I have grown to love. Imagine, I would drive for more than an hour just to reach our office and then back. If I didn’t love what I was doing or if my officemates were a pain to work with, I wouldn’t even go through the hassle!

But my life had to take a detour. I knew it was time for me to set the bar higher. I knew I was ready for a new challenge.

So I applied for a scholarship in the UK. Since the UK government controls working time of students, I knew I wouldn’t be able to work full-time while studying so I told myself that the one year that I’m dedicating for my studies should also be about enriching my life through travelling. I vowed to take advantage of all the promo flights I could get and see as many new countries within the EU/Schengen area.

But being a student-traveller comes with a price! My friend RV and I would buy food at the clearance station just so we can save up for travel money.

For one year, I have been rotating only 3 pairs of jeans because I didn’t want to buy a new pair and spend money that can instead go to my travel fund.

To earn extra, we would sideline as face and hair models at a famous makeup school here in London. We would also sign-up for paid surveys and focus group discussions.

In life, something’s really gotta give!

But I’m also very lucky to have a lot of friends and relatives around the world. When I travel, I usually don’t spend on hotels because my accommodation is free. Thank God for the angels in my life!

What’s more amazing is that even just by living my life, I get to inspire someone…some random soul looking for an extra push!

Last night, I got a random message from a girl named E. Here’s what she wrote:


This is not my first time to receive an encouraging random message from someone who happens to pass-by my blog or see my photos on Instagram. But this one right here is special because 1) It came at a time when I was the one who needed an extra push (struggling to finish my paper!!!) and 2) This girl, I found out, was one of the students that was in the audience when I gave an inspirational talk in UST (University of Sto. Tomas) about four years ago!

Sometimes, life really goes full circle.

When I blog or when I post something on my social networking sites, I have two motivations: 1) to document my life so I can show it to my future kids and grandkids and 2) to somehow inspire someone.

Yesterday, I posted this short clip on my account–

It’s a culmination of the year that was— 11 countries in 11 months…with a cool MBA degree to boot! Well, I haven’t technically graduated yet. I still have to pass my dissertation and take a few more classes. But it feels like time will fly so fast and I will be going back to my home country anytime soon.

I can never thank God enough! I also owe a lot to my parents, my brother, and those who have inspired me to pursue higher studies and reach what was once but a dream!

Let us count our blessings and be blessings to others as well,


P.S. Happy birthday to one of my life saviours, an angel to me and my brother, my Godmother VSP! Thank you, Ninang, for being there during the toughest time of our lives. Thank you for being one of the four readers of my blog. Thank you for your generosity. You are one of my most treasured blessings.



Hi, I'm d. My blog, Cool Detour, is all about refreshing breaks from the usual. Follow me for travel, makeup, and lifestyle stories. :)

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