Growing up, my family life was conservative and traditional, with blends of Filipino, Chinese and Spanish culture. I was taught that education was the sole key to my success, so I practically lived for school. Each day I woke, I went from home to school, and school to home. As I grew, so did my curiosity about the world. I remember sneaking out of the house to simply go for a walk, play with my friends or climb rocks nearby - and end up hurting myself because I was rushing to get home before anyone noticed I had left.
I longed to travel and see the world, and in my culture, the mole on my right foot was proof that I am an adventurer at heart. I dreamed of going places and doing things I had never done before, walking the many surfaces of the earth in new and beautiful shoes.
It was in my university years, that I was able to spread my wings. I felt like a free bird; exploring new cities, trying out exotic delicacies, working out and testing my body to its limits. I loved every minute of it - the rush, the thrill, and the thought of simply getting lost to discover things on my own. I was 22 years old when I first learned to ride a bicycle (yes, a bicycle!!), something most children do before they are 10 years old. It was then I told myself, if I can learn how to bike, I can do anything!
Baby steps turned into a full-on-run for me, as before I knew it I was taking on more daring adventures. I have hiked and camped in the wintertime while it’s -20C, played underwater hockey and underwater football, taken on modeling contracts, and hosted my own TV Show. I’ve gone to the most beautiful places on earth and talked to random strangers on airplanes who share my unwavering passion for life.
So join me as I embark on another journey wearing my favourite high heels (or maybe hiking shoes, runners, or even in bare feet!). Let go, free yourself as adventure awaits you! Come with me, let's eat more, dress up more, explore more, laugh more... and LIVE more!
See you out there,
High Heeled Explorer