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.

After a soul-searching experience in New York, 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 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 am trying my best not to buy a zillion useless souvenirs whenever I travel—emphasis on “trying.”

I go home to seven 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 have survived.

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. It brings me joy to turn my adventures and experiences into words for others to read and learn from.

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

Like you, I also want to see the aurora borealis with a guy who looks like Channing Tatum, or maybe Channing Tatum himself. But 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!) that we often keep a secret from people because we are all expected to act like mature, square adults who no longer have crazy dreams. From auditioning for a Hollywood film (check!) to stalking James Franco in New York (check!), there’s always something from my daydreams 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,

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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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