My heart was always meant to travel.
I may have not known it yet during my early teen years, when I would take my digicam around and snap random photos and do all those touristy things (i.e. line up on Mickey Mouse’s autograph signing at Disneyland, or spend 50% of my trip shopping for souvenirs), but I did know that I never wanted to stay in one place the moment I rode my first plane ride to Korea in 2005.
Of course, traveling now has been much more of a personal experience for me – and I think I’ve found more meaning to it when I started blogging, as I treated my posts as photo diaries and stories of my adventures.
To say that last July’s backpacking trip was amazing is an understatement. It wasn’t easy though, since it took us a year of planning and convincing to actually make this a reality. But then again, I still wonder how I was able to actually do such thing (my 17 year old coward self would back off, I’d suppose) this year, considering I come from a very conservative Chinese family and my travel experiences are nothing compared to those experienced backpackers out there.
Then again, I’ve grown so much over the course of this year – from transitioning to corporate work and freelance, getting a bite out of what it’s like to be in this ~lettering~ industry, to knowing the ins and outs of being a type A go-getter (tell me about it). This was the break I was looking for this whole year, and I was so glad it was worth it.
It started in June 2013. Advertising in E-Commerce class. Our first and last majors together. It started with talking about the characters in our campaign and then moved on to talking about ourselves.
Somewhere in the conversation, someone mentioned “I want to travel!!” and the other said “me too!!” and then an invitation.
“Game? After grad travel tayo?”
And a year later, the plans came to life through Life in Transit 2014.
Anyway, enough about my long spiel about how this whole thing came about. Since it was a month-long trip anyway and we wanted to make at least something productive out of it (and also, for the sake of memory keeping), Tricie and I came up with the AB3C (Abbey / Tricie) project. I love to letter, and Tricie loves to write – and we both love taking pictures. That explains it, basically.
photo by Shutter Panda Photography
We documented our travels on Instagram through the #lifeintransit2014 hashtag, and decided on making an “alphabet” of sorts, which each letter corresponding to specific pieces of places we’ve visited over the course of 30 days. It was fun; having to come up with ideas to compile this book, and it definitely tested out our skills.
J (journey) We’re all on a constant journey to find ourselves.
B (books) Bookstores are an adventure in itself.
I love how Tricie writes. It may be the friendship bias but I really like how her words strike a lot of *feels*, and how they encapsulated each photo for the book.
(Manila) This city is far from perfect but it’s home. We can travel for as long as we want and go to a lot of different places but we have to admit that there is no place like home. There is no one like family.
(Siem Reap) A little adventure into history with the temples, a little knowledge on poverty with the social enterprise cafes, a little hassle with the rain, a little high on Pub Street and pizza – a whole lot of fun and memories.
I tried my hand as well on brush lettering (aka more excuse to get into my lettering element) and art direction. Portfolio duties commence.
Also, me being the ultra-skimpy (kuripot) moment collector, I searched for the cheapest photobook promo on a coupon site and (luckily) stumbled upon Photobook Philippines’ offer and got these babies for free (I just paid PHP100 for shipping). Except what disappointed me was that it got lost in transit after a month (Life in Transit got lost in transit…my goodness).
Anyway, nothing much to rant about anymore, I got both copies for us and it’s all good.
So does this mean Tricie and I are legit authors and photographers now? Ha, we wish. Dreaming is always free.
But then again, the internet is free – and you can check out our book and read up on our adventures below.
Check back too as I’m having Tricie do some guest posts and we’ll be sharing photo essays of our travels and trips on how you can plan your own adventure for next year, too! :)