Welcome to Kate Was Here, the blog of a quirky, curly, solo female traveler from the Philippines.


I quit my full-time job as fashion and beauty editor back in 2007 to go freelance and fulfill my ultimate dream: a multi-faceted career of lifestyle journalism, modeling, acting, and my passion for travel.

Cue the bells of cliché, because I had an epiphany after a soul-searching experience in New York, during a time when Facebook was within the confines of Harvard and the social media kings were MySpace and Craigslist. Years after that solo trip, I launched this blog in 2011. That same year, I landed multiple modeling projects and my first indie film—all while working as a freelance journalist in the Philippines.

These days, you will find my byline in Cebu Pacific Air’s Smile Mag, Cosmopolitan, Spot, and other publications. I continue to act and model on the side. Like most Filipino travelers, I always buy pasalubong for my clan and can pack a sturdy balikbayan box. I try my best not to buy a zillion useless souvenirs whenever I travel—emphasis on “trying.”

I go home to six rescue dogs and eight rescue cats. In my free time, I volunteer as an advocate of mental health awareness and animal welfare.

Why do I travel?

1. To heal.

I was diagnosed with general anxiety disorder in 2011. Months after my fiancé passed away in 2012, I was diagnosed with major depressive disorder. I have been battling this ailment for years now. Traveling clears my mind and replenishes my spirit. I’m a survivor.

2. To tell stories.

Next to performing, writing is my passion. I have been writing since I was a little girl. I travel to escape my sheltered life and learn about the world. I realized I needed to blog when my Facebook travel albums became so “extra” (as the young millennials would say) with informative captions and references, while the comments section turned into a free travel advice forum. Instead of being the crazy aunt who’s always traveling and returning home with endless stories, I channeled that energy into blogging. I’m still the crazy aunt.

3. To tick off the good ol’ bucket list.

Aside from the usual things people put in their list, I’ve been spending most of my adult life fulfilling those fantasies (not that kind of fantasy, you and your dirty mind!) that we often keep a secret from people because we are all expected to act like square adults who no longer have crazy dreams. I want to see the aurora borealis with a guy who looks like Channing Tatum or a member of Dvicio. I want to visit every tropical island where you don’t need an Instagram filter to appreciate the scenery. I want to experience cultures beyond the stereotypes. I want to do the things I’ve always wanted to do since I was a kid, back when adults tried their best to keep us inside the box. From auditioning for a Hollywood film (check!) to stalking Broadway stars in New York (check!) or backpacking alone (check!), there’s always a daydream that I’m itching to fulfill. I also have normal items on my bucket list, like climbing my first mountain (check!) and attending a vampire-themed wedding (check!). The list keeps growing.

What’s your travel story? Or better yet, what’s in your secret bucket list?

Love, peace, and light,

Kate’s Travel Map

Kate has been to: Australia, Belgium, Cambodia, France, Germany, Greece, Guam, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Macao, Mexico, Netherlands, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, United States, United States Minor Outlying Islands, Vatican.
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