I arrived from Batanes yesterday morning and headed straight to Papa’s 60th birthday lunch at Mall of Asia, Manila. Extremely tired, I fell asleep for a few minutes on the couch of Viking’s Buffet. After that I went to my sister’s condo for a quick bath before being driven to Alabang to attend a wedding. I got lipstick smears on my dress from attempting to do my makeup in a moving car.
Today I realized I have six days left to complete my online Travel Journalism course. I haven’t finished blogging about my recent Camariñes Norte and Boracay trips. I haven’t planned for my family’s upcoming Singapore trip, where I volunteered to be the organizer. I also haven’t fixed the program for my sister’s baby shower next week.
Last year I prayed hard for a busy work schedule that’s filled with many travels in between. I got what I wanted. Sometimes I feel like I’m running around like a headless chicken.
But I am grateful.
Yesterday morning I visited a small café outside the airport of Basco, Batanes, where I shared a table with two young women who were also killing time before their flight. When we started talking about our careers and they found out I’m a writer, one of them asked, “Do you have a blog?”
I told her about KateWasHere.com and she said, “Wait, that’s you? I read your blog!”
Except for people within my six degrees of separation, I rarely meet my blog readers in the flesh. What an exciting moment! We took photos before they left for their flight.
As I prepare to tackle my growing to-do list, let me first wallow in the aftershocks of visiting Batanes, a place I’ve always dreamt of visiting since the ’90s—that and the little surprises life gives you when you open your heart and soul to the world.