About Me

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Guisi Lighthouse

 

 

Born as a Mountaineer, raised as a traveler, an instant photographer and forever a wanderer.

Following the dream to live and visit cities outside my hometown led me to the dormant side of my itchy sole. With no particular destination, her spontaneity brings in wonderful and exciting experiences that went beyond her expectation.

After getting her Bachelor’s degree ofย  Information Technology, Kat has worked as a freelance Web/Graphic Designer, SEO Specialist, and VA. Her job allowed her to move from one place to another while sleeping in a friend’s couch asking for free lodging and possibly a free tour.

Now, she is deciding which she will take to the next level: Career or Travel?

 

Update 2017

Last 2014, I was in a Quarter-Life Crisis and torn about pursuing a career or my passion in traveling. I was thinking “maybe I should try working in a corporate because I haven’t done that and maybe things would work.” But then I might enjoy the life of working and might get hooked couldn’t get out of the rat race. So, I decided my other “what if!”. So, I planned my ultimate escape.

In January 2015, I packed my bags and left for my Southeast Asian trip. From the initial plan of 2 weeks, then two months then I just let things flow and felt like living on the road and not just traveling. I visited and traveled across Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Malaysia and Singapore. From those trips I learned to be flexible and started volunteering in hostels, guest houses and resorts in exchange of free food and accommodation while working freelance in the IT field: web development, designing, consultancy, writing and social media management.

I was moving from few weeks to few months from those months until a job offer came up. Now, I am working and living here in Male, Maldives (as of this writing) in a retail company where I manage E-Commerce store. On the side, I teach yoga, take on web development side projects. How I handle multi tasking still amazes me.

Looking back, my two “what if’s” were realized after a year of going through ups and downs and the road of uncertainty. I realized long term backpacking is not for me. Hands down to those who make it for years and still living the life on the road! At this stage, I am still “under development” stage of life — figuring things on my own in this part of the world.

For collaborations, email me at degracia[dot]kathleen[@]gmail.com

28 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Kindly send me more info about the the Sta-Crusz trail for Mt. Apo (contact person at Sta Cruz office, phone nos, fees, etc.). I intend to hike this trail next month. Thanks, Neil

    1. Hi Neil,

      Unfortunately, I dont have the contact details. This is a climbing event so all permit and other climbing details and transpo are all arranged by the event host. If you have mountaineer friends in the south maybe from Davao or GenSan, they might be able to help you.

      Thanks!
      Enjoy Apo!

    2. hi sir pls contact ericson recto, nawala ko contact details nya pero may fb naman cya search mo nlng, d best yang trail na yan sa apo

  2. hi mam i read about your adventure at mt piapayungan, can i ask guides, resource persons and contact details, that would help me to climb the said mountain, im rejinald by the way

    1. Hello Rejinald. Im sorry to say but I cannot disclose information for Mt. Piapayungan. There is no on going climbs there or should I say they dont allow people or even climbers to climb to the mountain. We are hoping they will open it. At the same time, its very crucial stage at this time to visit the area due to unresolved conflict issues

  3. Hello Kasthlin, I am John and living in Thailand. I would love to come to your country and get a tattoo from Wang Od. I would like to engage a guide in Manila or wherever you recommend.., buy the supplies and gifts the set off. This is a big deal for me and an honor. I would go the month you recommend. PLEASE take a moment and e-mail me at: zoomzoomdodadoda@yahoo.com. If I could get pictures of this event that also would be great. Hope to hear from you, John.

    1. Hello Michaela! nice name ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks for the likes… I really feel loved. ahaha it is so rare I see outdoor enthusiasts who writes. I dont really love writing when I was young but because I want to tell stories, I have learn to write and blogging is such a beautiful platform to do this. Lets go for #GirlPower hehe

      Where are you currently based at?

      PS. I’ll follow you at IG and TW ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Greetings from Laos!
      Kathleen

      1. Wow! Thank you so much! I feel you too. I’m glad I was able to start blogging before it’s too late to tell my stories.
        By the way, I’m from Bukidnon, Philippines and I happened to browse your blog when I searched for Mt. Kalatungan. Though I grew up in that province, it was only until I scaled Mt. Talomo that I started to open my heart for outdoor activities. Heheh Hoping to see more of your posts ! โค

      2. Wow! I havent been to Mt. Talomo. I would love to climb the mountain in the future. Are you based in Bukidnon? There are small mountains that can be climb for a day trip yet very picturesque… One is Mt Capistrano in Valencia where you can climb to the big rock formation overlooking the fields and one is Mt Kiamu where there are loads of Pitcher Plants… Search them up ๐Ÿ˜‰ Looking forward to more of your travels ๐Ÿ™‚

      3. Gush! What a shame from someone coming from Bukidnon! Really? The mountains you just mentioned sound unfamiliar to me. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
        Anyhow, Mt. Kitanglad, Mt. Dulang-dulan and Mt. Kalatungan were the mountains I knew.
        But, speaking of Mt. Talomo, it’s really majestic. Hehehe See it for yourself ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Hi cocoy… im afraid i dont have a number but i got good friends who can accompany you there… please message me in my fb page so i can connect you to their club. Thank you

  4. Hi Kathleen! Taga-Iligan ka? ๐Ÿ™‚ Nice to know naa female mountaineers sa Northern Mindanao dapit. Taga-SOCCSKSARGEN ko, hopefully makasaka mi sa north (and siyempre mag-okay na pud tuhod nako) ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Hahahahaha lagi oi! Based ko sa Metro Manila karon for work pero in 3-5 years’ time most likely uli jud ko for a longer period of time. Wa pa ko kasali sa yearly events diha, hopefully maka-join and meet you in the future. Gusto nako seryosohon ang mountaineering. Nindot kaayo ang mga bukid sa atoa, naa pa jud ang mga pinakataas sa tibuok Pinas. #loveyourown ๐Ÿ™‚

      2. Oo and nice pd sa matutuma dn lake holon na duol s inyong bukid. Wlay pay traffic dli same dra s mnl banda.. btaw based ko s maldives for over a year na.. mingaw n sad kog bukid bukid

  5. Oo and nice sa matutum and sa lake holon which is duol s inyong bukid. Tas dli pa traffic. Dba? Traffic mn gud dra dra pati bukid s manila duol. Hehe pero wla ko s pinas ron. Based ko s maldives for over a year na

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