Less than 2 hours left.
At 1:10 am, I’ll be starting my journey to travel around South East Asia. It’s still surreal that it’s actually happening.
It’s been around 10 months since I started planning for this trip. I did a few research here and there to see which countries and cities to visit. But the more I research, the more questions I had about myself. Is it even possible for me to this? Am I independent enough? Will I have enough money saved? How about my job security? Am I ready for this? For every question I answer, dozens more pop-out. While I may not have the answers to all the questions I have, one thing is certain. This is something I truly want to do. Never would I have though that this is something that I would want to do 8 years ago.
My origin story
Ateneo is the safe choice. I’m in the program that I want, I’ll be with like-minded colleagues and most of all, it’s in the same country that I spent that last 18 years growing up in and getting to know. SFU is the wild card. I have no clue what the school looks like, I’ve only been to Vancouver once before and I knew no one there! Plus, I got into the Arts program and had to work hard to get into the Business Program. Ultimately, I decided to play it safe and still go to Ateneo.
Happy with my choice, I sought validation from friends and colleagues.
What began as a simple post on social media ended with my most commented post to-date. Friends whom I have known since I was a kid pushed me to go to Canada for a better education. Acquaintances that I only met once or twice said that I shouldn’t miss an opportunity of a lifetime. They were pushing me to go out of my comfort zone. They were pushing me to go and take a risk.
Back to the future
And here I am, 8 years later, graduated with honours from Simon Fraser University, moments away from boarding a plane and taking yet another risk. I’m scared, nervous and worried.
But most of all, I’m excited.
I will be writing about my travels within South East Asia in the upcoming months. Follow me on my travels by following me on Instagram, Twitter and subscribing to my travel blog! Find my Instagram posts using #MarkBackpacksAsia