First-time featured in SITS

Welcome SITSahs!

It is not everyday that I travel. It is not also everyday that I get featured in SITS.

My SITSahs are those that travel with me in the intricate world of the internet, sharing passions and exchanging a sisterly pat on the back with our comments on blog posts.

I enjoyed visiting sites of SITS bloggers and leaving my thoughts or virtual pat on the back in their comments section. More and more individuals gather through SITS. It was like a crossroads of sort for those who are on their life journey – whether they are moms, sisters, career women, writers, single women, or travelers. True enough, there is something special about female connection.


In real life, traveling is one of my bonding moments with my girlfriends as we embark on various adventures that bring meaning to an emerging term of “women traveling”. Before, I was used to traveling alone, since most of my trips were for business and not for pleasure.

When I arrived from an almost yearlong assignment in Indonesia, I came to know this set of female friends who share my passion for traveling. Since then, we have been companions in discovering new destinations and exploring a different world apart from our usual daily routine.

Traveling with my girl friends.

But the most memorable of all was my trip to Hong Kong with my elder sister. It was a great bonding opportunity for us. Our Hong Kong trip brought a beautiful memory in our adult life not just as sisters but also as travel buddies. It was my second trip to this city, since I won this trip as a raffle prize in my workplace. Although the prize was good for one, I decided to pay extra so I could bring my sister.

As she was a huge fan of Jet Li and Chinese movies, I brought her to various temples and to Lantau Island where the Giant Buddha is found. We also spent an afternoon enjoying the Ocean Park and visited famous landmarks like Victoria Peak and the Avenue of the Stars. I did our entire itinerary and I enjoyed playing tourist guide to her.

It was a fun experience traveling with my sister.

We also had a funny experience during that trip. It was all sunny in Manila when we left and I was expecting the same weather when we get to Hong Kong. Alas, the sun never shone brightly in our four days of stay there. It was all foggy and cold. Since we brought summer clothes, my sister and I had to buy socks, rubber shoes, and jackets to ward off the chilly wind.

It was quite an adventure! Now, my sister asks me when our next trip will be. Well, I’m saving up in the hope of bringing our mom along on our next trip so we could also have a travel bonding with her.

Having so many women friends and acquaintances, I realized that the warmth of female relationship born out of traveling is made more special if it is shared among family members as well.

My SITS day is August 18. Since I am based here in the Philippines where the sun shines earlier, I have uploaded this post earlier than my scheduled date (for some parts of the globe). Nevertheless, it is a long SITS day for me! 🙂


  1. You know, if I could, I would come in singing!

    “This is your SITS day song, it doesn’t last to long… HEY!”

    haha, but seriously, I’m loving your blog because deep down I have this desire to travel. As a teenager and the oldest to a single mother of 4, traveling is not an option.

    But maybe in the future. And “First-Time Travel” seems like the perfect place to kick it off!

    Congrats on your SITS day! Hope you have a wonderful and amazing day!

  2. I hope that one day my family will get to go on an adventure trip to Asia! One of my long held dreams.

    Congrats on your SITS day..and happy travels!

  3. Happy SITS day… my friend has just returned from the Philippines and had a life-changing trip. Maybe next time I could come with her??
    In which case, your blog would be a great help… your photos are beautiful.

  4. Congrats on your SITS Day and congrats on your wonderful blog! I would love to visit the Philippines, it looks spectacular!

    Best wishes, Carla. 🙂

  5. Congratulations on being featured at SITS! I’m new to the community myself, and must say I’m enjoying it! Looking forward to diving into your blog now! 🙂

  6. Happy SITS day from Casablanca, Morocco!
    First time here but I’ll be back…
    Have a great day! 🙂

  7. Happy SITS Day!!! I can’t wait to check out your blog some more!

  8. Happy SITS day!

    It’s great to share new places with loved ones. I’m enjoying sight-seeing with my 18 month old son – he gives such a different perspective on places. I hope you get to share a great travel experience with your mother.

  9. Happy SITS Day^^
    Hope you enjoy it.


  10. Traveling with female friends is fantastic. Congrats on your SITS day.

  11. How lucky are you to be seeing all these great places? And to be able to take your sister along. Hope the trip with your Mom works out. It will be a lasting memory. Have a great SITS DaY!

  12. I will keep your positive outlook in mind the next time I plan a trip. Too often, I start thinking about all the things that can go wrong when I leave home; I rarely look forward to going to a new place. Thank you for reminding me that traveling can be exciting and rewarding…as long as I approach it with the right attitude! (Happy SITS day!)

  13. Wow, your photos are gorgeous. What a treat to look at them. The Philippines is certainly a beautiufl place!
    Congrats on your SITS day and bon voyage for wherever life takes you next!

  14. Your blog is wonderful, I’m glad I came across it from “SITS”… I love your photos, and your descriptions. Traveling is wonderful especially in photos! ~ Take Care

  15. Happy SITS Day! I LOVE the photos you have on your blog and I’m totally jealous of the awesome places you’ve traveled to! I’m so glad that you found that group of gals to go traveling with – that is awesome! I love it when women stick together 🙂 Anyway, I hope you have a great SITS day today and I will be following just to live vicariously through your travels! 😉

  16. Congratulations on your SITS day. I love your photos. Enjoy your day!

  17. Congrats on your SITS day! You are really giving me the travel bug again with all the amazing places you’ve visited. I absolutely love to travel. I look forward to the day when my children are just a bit older so we can experience foreign travel with them as well. Enjoy your day; I can’t wait to look around a bit more!

  18. Happy SITS day! Your blog is beautiful.

  19. Happy SITS day! Travel is one of the great pleasures of life, its wonderful that you have created a blog with so many helpful tips!

  20. Happy SITS Day! Thank you for sharing your travels. I was intrigued by The Filipinas Heritage Library–I am a librarian and am always interested in library buildings, and I’ve never heard of one in an old airport tower!

  21. Mabuhay!
    Happy SITS day to you. How cool is it to find your blog. I’m Indonesian and your blog makes me itch to travel again.

  22. Happy SITS day! Your traveling experiences seem so fantastic! 🙂 Thanks for sharing with everyone!

  23. Enjoy your SITS day! Thanks for sharing your cool adventures with us!

  24. Happy SITS Day! I’m looking forward to checking out your tips — As someone who has not traveled nearly as much as she would like to, and who would love to do so with her sister 🙂

  25. Happy SITS day!! I love to travel…and how fun it must be to travel with your sister.

  26. Happy SITS day!

    How awesome that you’ve come to enjoy travel with loved ones, I’m sure it makes the experience that much more wonderful!

  27. It sounds like you have a great network of women to share experiences with. Happy SITS day.

  28. How very cool. I love to travel. The farthest we have been is Israel and I loved it. Enjoy your Sits day.

  29. Happy SITS day! Saw your blog on SITS and had to drop by and comment. I love travel blogs! You’ve been on some incredible trips… love all the photos!

  30. Yeah for you on your SITS day! Enjoy all the bloggy love!

  31. Happy SITS day! So glad to see a new theme in the featured blogs! Love the idea of traveling with your girlfriends.. good times.. Will have more of a look around. Congrats!

  32. I grew up moving every 2-3 years and I still miss it all these years later when dad retired. I am going to love checking out your postings of your travel photos! HAPPY SITS DAY to you! I hope you get to take your mom on a bonding trip soon!

  33. Sounds like you’ve taken some awesome travels! I really miss traveling… nowadays with kids it’s more like traveling to the grandparents’ house!

  34. Happy happy SITS day! I am not much of a traveler due to extreme motion sickness on airplanes and carnival rides (strangely enough not on cars or boats though…but a fear of the ocean keeps me on land haha) I would love to eventually be physically able to fly overseas and show my kids and myself the world!!

  35. Beautiful! I also love traveling – but most of my traveling is around the United States, and then all over Europe. Hmm, how I love Europe. 😀

  36. Happy SITS day. Great photos!!! I am going to poke around a bit and see what other great things I can find here. Hope you enjoy your day!!

  37. Congrats on your SITS day! I think it’s fabulous the amount of travel you’ve been able to do. I really haven’t done much of anything travelwise, but maybe once my kids are grown I’ll have a chance. I think a trip with your sister and mom sounds like a great idea, something I am going to keep in mind myself!

  38. HAPPY SITS DAY!!!!!! I went to a grade school where half the kids were from the Phillipines. Needless to say all my bffs were Filipinas & I have always always always wanted to go there! They used to tell some of the best stories about food & how beautiful it is….

    I love your blog! And I hope that your SITS day is amazing!

  39. Hong Kong? Indonesia? I was going to say that I am a First Time Traveler too, but my travels tend to involve the assistance of a cruise ship. Probably not quite the same :p
    I’m going to bookmark your blog as a travel reference for when I visit these places (1 day soon, I hope!)
    Thanks so much! 🙂

  40. Congrats on your SITS day. I hope it is awesome.

  41. Ah Maze Ing. How incredibly cool that not only do you travel, but you have a great group of friends that get to go with! LOVE it! 🙂

    Happy SITS day!

  42. That is really beautiful, to be travelling with your sisters and sharing your travel experiences with them. That is wonderful that you had the opportunity to visit Hong Kong and bring your elder sister with you, so you could show her the sites that she adores. That’s a very kind and heart warming thing to do. I hope you have a wonderful day, and enjoy the SITS connection, as it sure brings in a new radiance every time someone visits. Happy week. 🙂

  43. Wow! Amazing photos! Happy SITS day! this makes me want to travel so badly. I never knew the Philippines were so beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  44. Happy SITS! I love your travel photos, you have been to so many extraordinary places! You are definitely giving me the itch to go somewhere exotic soon.

  45. Happy SITS day!

  46. Wow! That is awesome about a trip with your sister! I have 2 sisters and I totally get the quarrels but then the amazing freindship as well. I hope you get your trip with your mom soon! My mom and sisters and I are hoping to plan a little get a way each Fall beginning this year now that we are all married and it will just allow us girl time! I can’t wait for ablog about your trip!

  47. Happy SITS DAY! How amazing is that – that you took your sister – what wonderful memories you must have made. I travel with my Hubby – but this makes me long for a girls only vacation! 🙂 Have a great day!

  48. What a wonderful trip with your sister! I have 2 sisters and understand the quarrles but amazing freindship shared with a sister as well. I hope you get to travel with both your mom and sister soon! My mom and sisters and I are going to start a yearly trip this Fall. We are all married now and both sisters have children so this is our way for just some girl time! We will not be traveling to other countries just yet but a fun weekend somewhere within driving distance! I can’t wait to hear about your future travels!!

  49. What a wonderful trip with your sister! I have 2 sisters and understand the quarrles but amazing freindship shared with a sister as well. I hope you get to travel with both your mom and sister soon! My mom and sisters and I are going to start a yearly trip this Fall. We are all married now and both sisters have children so this is our way for just some girl time! We will not be traveling to other countries just yet but a fun weekend somewhere within driving distance! I can’t wait to hear about your future travels!!

  50. Congrats to you on your SITS day! You make me want to get out and see more of the world. There is so much more out there than I have seen in my little part of the world. Happy adventures to you.

  51. hello + happy SITs day. You are a great photographer! I am with your sister… totally into martial arts movies. Can I do martial arts? No! But I love watching them. Hope you have a wonderful day

  52. Dropping by from SITS, hope you have a fabulous day!

  53. Congrats on your SITS day. I love that you and your sister shared such an exciting adventure together. I’ve never traveled very far or very often, but I would love to see somewhere as far and exotic as Hong Kong, especially with a sister. 🙂

  54. So looking forward to reading your blog! I already saw some pics that were stunning. Happy SITS day!

  55. HAPPY SITS DAY!!!! I know this may sound like a broken record by now, but your photographs are nothing short of FABULOUS!!!!! And seriously, your blog is so fun!

  56. I think I would love to travel if I could get over the whole Claustrophobia on the plane thingy! I hate flying! But maybe if I didn’t have to contain the kids and could dope up properly…..the world would be my playground.

    Till then, Great Site! Happy SITS day and all that! Enjoy your traveling life, but may your heart remain firmly planted with those you love!

  57. Congratulations on your SITS day! I haven’t traveled in years, ever since my children were born. Now it’s mostly short road trips, but I’m looking forward to sharing the world with my two girls soon! I’m looking forward to reading about your travels and getting inspired! Best, Jenn/Rook No. 17

  58. I’m one of the SITS girls stopping by to share your SITS day. I can relate to your relationship with your sister. My sister and I are 2 years apart in age and have always been competitive. I love the idea of a travel blog for women. Enjoy your SITS day.

  59. Happy SITS day – have a wonderful day.

  60. Love the post! Besides the U.S. I have been to Australia, England and France twice. My husband plans the best trips where every day is more amazing than the day before.

  61. What a fabulous blog! And fabulous photos to go along! I love to travel and spent some time in Japan… my only link to Asian travel. Happy SITS day to you!


  62. Happy SITS Day! I was born in the Philippines, though I feel so disconnected from my heritage there. Hopefully your blog can bring me closer to it.

  63. I’m sorry to hear about your dad, and I hope you guys get to go on that trip with your mom… Life is about the memories we make – sounds like you live your life knowing that and making lots of memories!

    Great to “meet” another International SITSta – Happy Featured Blogger Day!


    PS I’m a Jet Li fan by default – the testosterone rules my house, so I have no choice but to learn about his awesomeness. 🙂

  64. Happy SITS day.

    My condolences about your Dad.

    The travel bug could strike me easily. However, I will have to live vicariously through you.


  65. Congratulations on your SITs feature! I hope you enjoy your day in the sun:-)

  66. Congratulations on your SITS day!

    It must be wonderful to be able to travel all the places you have! I hope to one day be able to travel, but that will have to wait until my son gets older haha! Your pictures are gorgeous!

  67. Happy SITs day from across the globe.

  68. oh I wish my sister and I could travel together. We are 5 years apart and live a country apart now. 🙁

    Congrats on your SITS Day!

  69. Happy SITS Day!! How wonderful it is that you’re able to travel to so many famous places! I look forward to reading about them!

    Come by when you can…

  70. Happy SITS day! I love to travel and often do alone so I am happy to have found your blog.

  71. Hey hey!! Fellow Pinoy saying hi!

    Well, half Pinoy. Halo halo style.

  72. Traveling with a sibling sounds like a blast. Hopefully one day I can either travel out of the country with either my friend or my brother. I LOVE your pictures.

    Congrats on being the featured blogger on SITS!!

  73. Congrats on your special SITS day! Thank you for sharing your travels with us. I think I need a vacation now! :o)

  74. Happy SITS Day to you!!

    Oooo I’d love women traveling. Maybe when my kid are older I’ll start doing that.

  75. I love Hong Kong!! My family lives in Hong Kong and so I get to go often. I’m glad you enjoyed your time there.

    Happy SITS Day!!

  76. Happy SITS Day!

    It sounds like you had a truly memorable experience with your sister. How much fun it must be to have someone you can travel with!

    This summer, I went on a trip to South America all alone. Well, I met a group down in Paraguay, but I had to get there by myself. Which is terrifying when you don’t speak Spanish. But, along the way, I met some incredible people that have been to countries I’ve never even heard of. Now, I can’t wait to get back on a plane and explore someplace new. In fact, Asia is HIGH on my list!

  77. We will travel vicariously through you by visiting your awesome blog. We’re sisters writing on our newly hatched blog, and we keep talking about taking a trip together, but between the kids and the husbands, it hasn’t happened yet. We figure once the kids are out of the house, we’ll ditch the husbands under some clever guise and go someplace!!

  78. Congratulations on your SITS Day!

  79. Hi from a fellow Filipina! I am based in Utah, and am happy to meet you through SITS! My dream is to take my family to the Philippines within the next few years. For now, your blog will be my virtual trip! 🙂

    Congrats on your SITS day!

  80. Congrats on your SITS day! I love HK too and am planning to go again in few years time when my toddler is able to understand and appreciate all the travelling! 😀

  81. Happy SITS Day!!! You’re pictures definitely make me want to travel more! Congratulations!

  82. I’ve been to Asia several times and can’t wait to get back. The food, sights, people — all fabulous! So are your photos. Happy SITS !!

  83. I can’t wait to pour through all of your blog. Congrats on your SITS day, hope it’s wonderful for you!

  84. Happy SITS day!
    I would love to start traveling with my girlfriends…we just have to coordinate our schedules better lol. I can’t wait to read more of your travels…so here i go…

  85. Congrats on your day!

    I love traveling and agree with everything you said. It just brings people closer together. And it’s amazing to see the world and all it has to offer. I’ve only been as far as Europe but someday I hope we can go farther. I always wanted to see the Great Wall in China and everything else there is to see.

    And when my little bugs get a little older, I can’t wait for them to explore the world too. It’s a beautiful place.

  86. Happy SITS day! It is my dream to one day go to the Philippines. My dad was from there, but I didn’t know much about him, my parents were divorced when I was young. I want to go back and learn about my ancestry! Thanks for sharing your photos and travels.

  87. Congrats on your SITS day! I am really enjoying your blog! I love to travel and definitely don’t do it enough. I’ve especially always want to visit this part of the world. Maybe this will be my impetus. Keep up the good work!

  88. Congrats on your SITS day. Can’t wait to look around some more – how interesting to blog about traveling – haven’t seen a lot of blogs on this topic. I write about food, which often involves traveling, as in my recent post but not always. Enjoy your long time-zone day to fullest!

  89. Congrats on your SITS day!

  90. LOVE Your blog! Why is traveling with my babe so intimidating? eek…lol look forward to reading more! Congrats on your feature on SITS!!! 🙂

  91. I was stationed for a year in Okinawa and since then I’ve always loved the Orient. I would love to visit Hong Kong, it sounds as though you and your sister had a great time. Over from SITS to say hello.

  92. Congratulations on your SITS day!

  93. Happy SITS day! Great blog, a live of adventure, got to love it!

  94. Happy SITS day!!!! I’ve never traveled to that side of the world, but would love to someday when the kids are grown :).

  95. SITS day is like your birthday without being your birthday.

    Cheers to you- keep having fun!

  96. Happy SITS Day! I am jealous… you are doing what I would love to do. Travel, take photos, and blog about your adventures. I love it.


  98. This is amazing! I’ve always dreamed of travelling with a bunch of mates across the world. It never happened for me but I am vicariously living the dream through you. Thanks for such an awesome and inspiring site!

  99. Congrats on your SITS Day! That is wonderful that you have so many female friends who also love to travel!

  100. Congrats on your feature day!

    I loved reading about this experience. I do plan to travel as my kiddo gets older. There’s so much to see!!

    Have a wonderful week!

  101. Happy SITS day. I’m envious of your luck in winning that trip!

  102. Travelling with girlfriends is definitely a bonding experience. And as someone who has moved to a new country, solo, I can definitely appreciate that.

    Happy SITS day!

  103. Happy SITS Day! Reading your blog reminds me of the times when I was free to travel where ever and whenever I wanted. Alas, those days are gone. Am still living an adventure though, even if I stay in one place.

    Enjoy the comment love today! Hanneke

  104. you are the envy of so many with all these fabulous travels and photos! enjoy your SITS day!

  105. Happy SITS Day! Your blog is great!

  106. Living vicariously through others is the only way I get to travel these days, so I’m enjoying reading through your stories! I’ll probably never make it to any really exotic parts of the world, but this is the next best thing. Your pictures are great, btw.

    Happy SITS day!


    And thank you for sharing your trip to Hong Kong, how great!!

  108. Congratulations on your SITS day! I really like your photo page – especially the pictures of China 🙂

  109. Happy SITS Day! I look forward to the day we can travel and take awesome pictures.

  110. Happy SITS Day! And a LONG SITS Day for you! How fun! Looking foward to diving into your photos and experiences and living vicariously through since I am stuck at home with my 2 kids!!

  111. Fantastic blog. The pictures are amazing. Who wouldn’t want to travel after seeing this? Well me, because I hate flying, but maybe a cruise…..
    Happy SITS day!

  112. Hi Claire!

    Congratulations on SITS day! I just read your lovely post as well as looked through your travel pictures. I am in a much-needed mood to travel and your experiences looked like a lot of fun! I too have sisters but never really had an opportunity to travel together as adults. Hopefully we will one day do the same as you and your sisters and to travel to Asia and to see the sites in your pictures!

    – Shelli

  113. I’ve come by way of SITS…actually, you’re my first, FB that is! :> I love girlfriend getaways, though ours are not too far from home, usually. I have never been on your side of the world, though my brother has. Looking forward to reading more of your travel adventures! :>

  114. Congrats on your featured day. Never been outside of the U.S. Honk Kong would be near the top of my list of places to visit someday.

  115. Happy SITS day! Your blog is great. I will be traveling outside of my country for the first time in a few short months so I am going to read your blog to help prepare!

  116. How awesome to be able to travel with your sister and create an even more special bond. I can NOT wait to travel with family friends and my hubby – I agree when you travel somewhere with someone it connects you in such a unique way!

  117. Sounds like a fabulous trip! I have 5 sisters and would love to be able to travel with them. We are all in different seasons of life though, and it would be so difficult.

    Have a happy and very long SITS day!

  118. Happy SITS day to you! I hope one day to travel to Asia. I’ve been to many places around the globe, but never further than Europe.

  119. awesome blog. im very obsessed with the far east so i’ll be checkin back often 🙂

  120. You have an amazing site here…your words inspire me to go out and explore. Thanks for sharing the amazing world of travel and Happy SITS Day to you!!!

  121. What an adventure! I am so jealous of your trips! I think its so great that today is your Sits Day!!
    Soak it up!! 🙂

  122. Happy SITS day to you! What a wonderful blog… I have always wanted to travel the world, but have not yet had the opportunity. Thanks for sharing your travels with us! Have a wonderful day!

  123. I love to travel too and love your blog. I hope you get your special trip with your mom! Traveling with women is the best!

    Happy SITS day!

  124. Happy SITS Feature Day!

    I know what you mean about not getting the weather you expect & not being prepared for the weather you get, when travelling. I once left Germany, in December, when it wasn’t snowing & arrived in Arizona where it was snowing, very unexpected!

    I hope you enjoyed your feature day 🙂

  125. Congrats on your SITS day. I would love the opportunity to travel all the way over there. For right now . . . I’m on this side of the globe.

  126. I think it’s so cool that you get to travel as much as you do! I can’t wait to be done with school and actually have a job where I can afford to see the world! I have so many plans, but no money to accomplish them. One day… For now I’ll have to be happy with living vicariously through your blog!

  127. Wow. what a wonderful way to live out your dreams. I love to travel and meet new people, experience new cultures, see new things. Your blog is a like a little window out of which I can look during the times I’m not traveling 🙂

  128. happy SITS day… its a wonderful travel blog and if we one day manage to travel your part of the world will defenitely have a better look around 🙂

  129. Congratulations! Enjoy your SITS day. I’m going to have fun peeking around your blog, the photos will be the closest I get to being there. 🙂

  130. Congratulations on your SITS day!
    Best wishes from the North Shore of Long Island,

  131. big congrats to you!!! i looooove traveling asia! some of the most beautiful and fun and amazing nations on the planet!

  132. Congratulations on your SITS day from St. Augustine, Florida!

  133. Happy SITS Day! Loved reading about Hong Kong – we visited several times when we lived in Beijing. We just left Beijing for Amman, Jordan – no more Hong Kong trips for us, I’m afraid….

  134. Congrats on your feature. SITS is awesome!

  135. Congratulations on your SITS day from the Windy City!

    I will enjoy virtually traveling the world with you, with two little ones the only world I travel is the one I can get to in my minivan!

  136. happy SITS day.

    Interestingly enough I am moving to singapore the end of september. Looking forward to reading your blog and learning more about the area.

  137. How lucky you are to have taken a wonderful trip with your sister. Years ago, my sister and I went to Hawaii and had a great trip. Submit CUTE or FUNNY photos and tell friends to vote. $2,000 in prizes. No entry fee.

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