Chapter 1: On Leaving


Kicking off the Life in Transit series of posts with Chapter 1 – a first of 5. Here’s to hoping you get to know more about the inside stories of this trip and everything else that has transpired in between this crazy yet fun adventure. 

I’m the type who never settles – for anything less, for second best, for mediocre work.

And most definitely, I never settle in one place. I’ve realized over the years that I can never replace that high I get whenever I travel, so I promised to at least travel once a year (minimum). And if possible, have a solo trip if my budget permits.

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I’ve done the usual week-long trips to famed places – Hokkaido, parts of Europe, Hong Kong, and Australia. I also traveled (semi) solo earlier this year at Singapore. But I’ve never traveled for a month – let alone live out 30 days on a backpack.

Although I’ve always wondered when I’d actually get to explore the world on my own terms, I’ve never expected to meet someone who had the same mindset on traveling. And I admit, it’s rare to find people I can resonate with, considering I’m a complete introvert (forced to be an extrovert because ~social duties~) with a pretty much quiet disposition.

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Then there’s Tricie, one of the most unlikely people I have become close friends with last year (I am forever grateful for that ADE-COM class) – who suddenly says “I want to go backpacking” during our first we-are-officially-friends dinner (obviously I seconded the motion and everything stemmed out from there) and eventually, wounded up being my travel buddy this year (and future business partner, wink wink).

We’d schedule random brunches and dinners over the course of a year – booking flights, looking for the cheapest lodging places, reading up on travel blogs, planning our itineraries. It was fun, scary, unreal (I’ve never visited Agoda or TripAdvisor prior to this trip, lol) nerve-wrecking, crazy, but exciting.

We chose Southeast Asia because we knew it would be inexpensive and of course, interesting. I’m one who travels with an intent to immerse myself in local culture (and not as a tourist), and exploring the different countries in this Asian region sparked interest in both of us.

Although my goals for the year have not yet been mapped out (really, this is my daily struggle as a graduating student back then), I knew I had to set aside a month (!) for this, whatever the circumstances may be.

I still remember patiently convincing my mom to say “yes” every time I brought up this “adventure” – it seemed so unreal back then. Scoring tickets and finding the right time to seal the deal for this trip was one of the highlights of my year.

As I’m writing this, it’s been a year since we laid out initial plans for this. It’s also been a year of changes, opportunities and growth for me. It’s actually been the wildest whirlwind of things for me – the good kind of wild, of course.

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There’s just something about traveling. Of course, there is fear – but also, there is that hunger to see parts of yourself and parts of the world that are yet to be discovered. There is also that irreplaceable freedom from leaving the comforts of your own home, as you head out to settle into the unknown and trust that things will be alright. There’s that unfamiliarity I love, and getting to see things with your own eyes for the very first time.
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I can ramble on and on with the reasons on why I always love to travel, but I’m not one to tell.

In fact, I don’t even know why I’m writing this – most of these are already things I don’t need to say. Let’s just say it’s every time that I leave that I feel most alive. It’s like I’m constantly searching for new things, new experiences, and trying to work my way into unfamiliarity. I’m too comfortable here in Manila, and while it’s on rare occasions that I get to spend a long time out of my own city, I realize how precious this short time is. I realize how escapes can be short but sweet, that there is always a “home” I can head to after every adventure I take.

Call me selfish for not caring about the people who would worry about the decisions I’ve made – me, a Chinese girl, 21 years old, kind of crappy at navigating, traveling for a month to (most) places I’ve never been before, living off hostels, cheap guesthouses, only armed with both a thirst for new experiences and a hunger for adventure. It was hard to leave, not because I couldn’t – but because others didn’t like the idea of me “leaving” and being away.

But I’ve been working so, so hard for the past four years that I forget I am twenty one. I forget that I am still young, fragile, and free – and that there are things I still need to do to build on my own growth as a person. 90% of my days are spent doing things for others – working at my day job, selling my artworks at bazaars and fairs, prioritizing freelance work for clients, giving talks and seminars and workshops, and much more. Not that I don’t enjoy it; I do – it’s just that I rarely think about myself now.

Going back from Life in Transit was such an adjustment for me – most days during our trip, I spent thinking more about myself, and how I overlooked and sacrificed most of myself (in Manila) for the sake of surviving deadlines, making each day “Instagrammable”, struggling to find the balance between work and (more) work and a bit of leisure time, and all those things. In short, my life has never been in order ever since – although I am still trying to figure out that “balance” as I’m writing this.

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It’s a toxic thing, being me. Being a blogger. A letterer. An “influencer”. Someone people look up to. It is out of passion that I’ve grown to be this way. Getting all these roles is a different story. Taking it all in is still a work in progress for me. I am still learning. I am still “getting there”. And just like most of us, I am still lost in my own little world that I needed to see what was out there.

And this is why I left. Even for just 30 days.

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Giveaway time!

We’re giving away (2) copies of our Life in Transit 2014 e-book. I did mention in my last post that two copies got lost in transit – well, finally, they have arrived at my doorstep. And since Tricie and I both have copies already (and we are not looking into selling this book, mind you), we decided we could just give it out to people who might be interested to use it as a reference for their own future adventures.

In order to qualify, you must be a Philippine resident and complete the tasks below on Rafflecopter. Best of luck! I’ll be announcing the lucky winners next weekend on my Chapter 2 post.

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104 Responses to “Chapter 1: On Leaving”

  1. Nina
    December 6, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    I’d love to have a copy of your Life in Transit because you both inspire me to travel more and be adventurous while at it!

  2. Abbey
    December 6, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Yay good luck Nina!

  3. Lesley
    December 6, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    I want to have a copy of this book because both Abbey and Tricie inspired me to pursue my dreams of travelling around the world despite the hubbub of studying, getting a job and all that jazz of young adulthood. I saw that no matter how busy you are or how tight your budget may be, you can manage to explore great places especially if you work really hard for it. It’s only fair that we reward ourselves :)

  4. Abbey
    December 6, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Truth about rewarding ourselves :) Good luck Lesley!

  5. Denice
    December 6, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Ahhh! I don’t have a luck on raffles but got to try anyway. I hope I could document my future travels like this~ Just for keeps! Thanks for inspiring us! :D

  6. Abbey
    December 6, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Goodluck Denice! Thank you! :D

  7. Tin Florece
    December 6, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    This could be my itinerary! I love this book as much as I love travelling…and photography. :)

  8. Abbey
    December 6, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    I guess it could be! But it doesn’t contain all places though, just a few of our favorites.

    Nevertheless, good luck Tin! :)

  9. gamaliele apalit
    December 6, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    I need a perspective in travelling overseas. This will help with that .

  10. Abbey
    December 6, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Good luck!

  11. angel
    December 6, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    I already told you how nice it would be to have a physical copy of the e-book…and here is my chance! I really have no luck when it comes to raffles and such but I did participate! I’ve always wanted to travel anywhere but due to special circumstances (like my eff-ed up body :<), I couldn't. So this will be a very special opportunity to discover Southeast Asia in the comfort of my own home (and everywhere)!

    All the best of luck for your future adventures together, AB3C! <3

  12. Abbey
    December 6, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Goodluck Angel! Who knows, this time, it might be you :)

  13. Coleen
    December 6, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    You can rarely see young adults out there exploring the world – most of them are either too busy with work or out somewhere partying. (ate) Abbey and (ate) Tricie, you both are such inspirations. :) Whenever we go somewhere (overseas or not), my mom would always be the one to plan and organise everything. And so I promised myself that someday, that would be me, and this book you put together would be a perfect guide. It would be so great if I get that lucky to have a hardcopy of it. :)

  14. Abbey
    December 6, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Goodluck Coleen! :) Aww, thank you! It’s not about being too busy, I guess it’s really about making time for things that really matter (travel is a priority for me, haha). My mom used to plan everything too, but this time, I took my own route. Hope you plan a fun trip soon, too! :)

    PS Tricie says thanks <3 Hahaha. Thank you so much!

  15. JAYE
    December 6, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    The book is just so amazing! Abbey’s lettering + Tricie’s words + the photographs! <3 It'll serve as an inspiration for doing better in lettering, writing, photography, and most importantly, travelling, which I really want to do more in the future! It's just such a great thing to have especially because it is a work of you guys! :)

  16. Abbey
    December 6, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Thanks Jaye! Good luck! :)

  17. Jace
    December 6, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    I’ve always been a fan of your works and just like you, I have a thirst for new adventures. Owning a copy of your book will give me ideas and perspectives–and perhaps, the final push to travel, too!

  18. Abbey
    December 6, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Thanks Jace! Good luck!

  19. Johanna Marie Frejoles
    December 6, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    i’m planning to travel around Southeast Asia as well with my best friend! I have been following all your posts about Life in Transit and it’s makes me crazy to see all your adventures hahaha. I hope we can finally do it next year. *sighs.

    would really love to get a copy of your book for future reference and of course, to feed my wanderlust even more. :P

  20. Abbey
    December 6, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Oooh sounds exciting! Hope our posts will be able to guide you on planning your trip!

    And good luck with this giveaway, too!

  21. Lally
    December 6, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Always been a big fan of your work…I’ve recently been bitten by the travel bug myself, so youd book would be perfect to inspire me to take more journeys. :)

  22. Abbey
    December 6, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Thanks Lally! Good luck to you :)

  23. Jerica
    December 6, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    This book will always remind to be brave enough to step out of my comfort zone and widen my little world. <3 There is still so much more to see and to learn in this life if we only allow ourselves to take that leap.

  24. Abbey
    December 6, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Truth! Good luck Jerica :)

  25. Kristen
    December 6, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    I want a copy to use as an inspiration and as a reference for the travel itinerary my best friends and I are planning. <3

  26. Abbey
    December 6, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Yay good luck Kristen!

  27. Arianne Kathrine Acaylar
    December 6, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    I’ve always been on the doubt side in everything I do. But following you on your journey as an evolving artist, adventure seeker, and a young girl like me makes me feel like I am on a journey with you too, which changed my perspectives in everything! You helped me in ways you can’t imagine and now I want to have a copy of this book simply because it defines who I am and what I’ve always wanted to do!

  28. Abbey
    December 6, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Thank you so much! It means a lot to know that I helped you. I wish you find your path too :) Always believe in possibilities and make things happen. Good luck!

  29. Lei
    December 6, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    I wanna win this, seriously. While reading this post, I felt the spirit inside me again. Yeah, sometimes escaping will always be the best. I will always dream of travelling around the world. Barely I can see myself with a travel buddy too! Everyone calls for adventures and new experinces!

    Hopefully I can win one of those. :)

  30. Abbey
    December 6, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Good luck! New adventures and experiences are always a yes :)

    Well you can always travel alone but you have to be extra careful, lol

  31. Jaira
    December 6, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    I absolutely love your Life in Transit book because it’s very simple and beautiful! I am a big fan of travelling, but because we are struggling and I’m still studying, I try to appreciate the places I get visit and where my money can take me. Although some day, like you guys, I hope to visit Southeast Asia too! (And also parts of Europe, because nature is very much alive there.) Godspeed to us! :)

  32. Abbey
    December 6, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Thank you! :)

    Make that happen someday! Good luck!

  33. Astra C. Alegre
    December 6, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    I’d love to have a copy of your Life in Transit because the book both inspiring and simply gorgeous!

  34. Abbey
    December 6, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    Thank you! Good luck!

  35. Patricia
    December 6, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    The Life in Transit book of yours and Tricie sums up all the crazy adventures of the two of you. The book itself can be a guide, an itinerary, an inspiration, and it can ignite the passion for travelling of almost everybody. And who wouldn’t want that?..Also, I want to witness how crazy and fun was your adventure throughout the Southeast Asia. And for sure after that, I’ll be off to start my own journey, an adventure that I will treasure forever. Daebak. Fighting!

  36. Abbey
    December 6, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    Thank you and good luck! :D

  37. Nikki
    December 6, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    I’ve never really taken a liking to read other people’s travel diary or some sort but when I saw yours, it changed my mind and inspired me. I always thought that I can always find joy and peace just by being home or leisurely do stuffs to pass time, but I guess not anymore. Now I dream of enjoying my youth by travelling and seeking more adventures thanks to you. Keep being awesome!

  38. Abbey
    December 6, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Thanks Nikki, means a lot! Hope you get to have your own adventure soon. :)

  39. sheena
    December 6, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    my first time to ever visit and read your blog and i felt an instant connection with this post.

    id love to have that book, Life in Transit. Id want to get on my feet and start my own adventure soon.

    thank you for this chance

  40. Abbey
    December 7, 2014 at 2:08 am

    Thanks Sheena! Means a lot. Good luck :)

  41. Andrea Ferma
    December 6, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    Travelling has always been a great way for me to get to know myself and the world better. I just love the feeling of being somewhere new and realizing how big and beautiful the world really is. As much as want to travel right now, my current budget does not permit me to. Reading more about your journey through your book would be just like going to the places you went to for free, and that is a chance I wouldn’t want to miss!

  42. Abbey
    December 7, 2014 at 2:08 am

    Goodluck Andrea!

  43. Cha
    December 7, 2014 at 12:12 am

    Your work inspires me to have my own travel book as well. You two aspire me to get out there and explore the world. Thank you!

  44. Abbey
    December 7, 2014 at 2:07 am

    You should make one! It’s a nice way to keep memories.

    Thanks Cha! :)

  45. Anton
    December 7, 2014 at 1:01 am

    This works are just amazing. It really got me inspired! Thank you for sharing this creative talent of yours and letting the people see the wonders of travelling through your artworks! More power to you!

  46. Abbey
    December 7, 2014 at 2:07 am

    Thank you Anton!

  47. Sandy
    December 7, 2014 at 1:15 am

    If there’s one thing I love as much as (or sometimes even more) travelling, is to hear other people’s stories about travelling. It’s like when you’ve been some place and a friend has been there too, and she starts narrating to you her adventures, its like you’re going back to that place again but in a whole new perspective :)

  48. Abbey
    December 7, 2014 at 2:07 am

    Truth! Good luck Sandy :)

  49. Clarie
    December 7, 2014 at 1:27 am

    I always thought that I was born to travel the world and not just to stay in one corner. Reading your blog and (having your book) inspires me to travel more, to see more and to experience more of what is outside of my comfort zone :) Thank you :)

  50. Abbey
    December 7, 2014 at 2:06 am

    Good luck Clarie! Yes to going out of comfort zones :)

  51. Cassandra
    December 7, 2014 at 1:59 am

    I’ve wanted this book, since you started hinting at it and your travels had me inspired but reading your writing resonated with me so much. I think traveling on your own is key to being independent and getting a sense of the world. Of course your designs are stunning, and I would love a copy to reference and even inspire my own future travels <3

  52. Abbey
    December 7, 2014 at 2:06 am

    Hi Cass!!!

    Thank you <3 I'm glad you like my writing, 'cause I've always been trying to hold back my words every time I post things. Hahaha.

    Good luck! :D

  53. Jean
    December 7, 2014 at 3:58 am

    Hi, Abby!

    I admire you and your work a lot.

    Thanks for being an inspiration. I would like to win a copy of the book since I will travel the world someday. Teehee~

    More love,

    Jean

  54. Essa
    December 7, 2014 at 4:10 am

    Thanks for sharing this, Abbey. This entry made me realize that I should really start saving to travel. I hope I will get a copy of the book. It would be helpful. I must say, I also love your photography so it will really make me happy if I will win the Give-away :) God bless you! Take care!

  55. Veeyah
    December 7, 2014 at 10:04 am

    This is so amazing for you to be generously giving away copies of Life In Transit! I want (ehemm NEED) a copy of your book not because I deserve it, but because I feel like you’ve experienced so many wonderful things on your journey that would really inspire me to go on a trip with a friend myself. I love reading about people’s experiences (hence the blog follow haha) and this would be an awesome addition to my “travel inspiration” shelf at home. :) Thank you for this!

  56. nicole!
    December 7, 2014 at 10:12 am

    i can’t wait till i get older and try to visit all these places :o and from seeing your updates it looks hella fun!! :D

  57. ANGELO
    December 7, 2014 at 10:40 am

    First of all, I want to thank you because as young as you are, you have already inspired a lot of people to travel. I like traveling as well ever since I was a kid, although I did not appreciate it that much when I was young, I grew up realizing that I did not like being in one place for a long time. Being in transit was always my happy place. It’s where I get to reflect and think. It’s also where I get to feel that there’s more to learn, and there’s more to discover! I’m not only commenting because I want a copy of your book, but I also want to say that I’m really amazed that you are pretty talented for a 21 year old! You will go far, I’m sure of it!

  58. Blanche Llanes
    December 7, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Photo book is a heaven-sent idea. I also make some of my own from time to time. It’s a great way to keep memories – from whatever kind of moment it may be. As an adventurous person myself, I’d like to keep and see what it was like behind your lens! Your journey to the great outdoors and the experience you both have gathered from that exciting trip would serve as a great inspiration for my next photo book. Thank you Ms Abbey and Ms Trice! :)

  59. Clare
    December 7, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Even as a little girl I’ve always wanted to go out and travel. I love that adventure feeling! I’m still young and don’t have enough money, but I know one day I will. Your Life In Transit will give me that longing for adventure and love for traveling! The art and photography are simply breathtaking. I gotta have a copy. (ノ゚▽゚)ノ

  60. Meynard
    December 7, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Maybe I’m just longing for a book that would spark up my cravings for adventure.
    And somehow would inspire me to have my own Life In Transit version. ^_^

  61. Tin
    December 7, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    My friend and I came up with the same idea of travelling after graduation! Thanks, AB3C! :)

  62. Ellie
    December 7, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Hi Abbey!! Your works are amazing and you really inspire me a lot. You motivate me to become more creative and to see the real beauty that God has given us. I believe that someday, I will be like you. Doing some arts that I love, traveling the world and discovering new places. But for now, I still need to study and you, and all those inspiring people out there, will be my motivation to chase and pursue that dream. Please continue what you’re doing and keep on inspiring people like me that is yet to start with their big journeys in life. :)

  63. Sophia Yu
    December 7, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    I would LOVE to get this book because, not only does it have an artistic point of view (photos, lettering, and writing), but the story itself is very unique–the ABC’s of traveling. This is one of the books that makes a person crave for adventure; and this simply oozes out inspiration. For a bookworm like myself , this allows my mind and imagination to travel along with the words and photos on the book.
    Although I don’t see myself traveling just yet, I wouldn’t mind traveling through my imagination in the meantime.

    So why do I want a copy of this book?

    Besides the fact that it would look really nice on my bookshelf (chez), it would also serve as an inspiration for my writing and perhaps it would provide a goal to reach when I graduate–which is to travel and experience the world in so many different levels. And if I am not able to travel in the future, at least I get to travel through the many things I read :)

  64. Anna
    December 7, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    I want to have a copy of Life in Transit because it is very timely. I am currently planning on finding more time to travel and explore since I’m always in the metro. Also, I prefer reading personal experiences from travelling since it gives me a more realistic feeling and expectation on what the trip may look and feel like. I’m also a fan of your creativity in art and photography so having this book means so much to me. I hope I’ll win! <3

  65. Kaye Pacheco
    December 7, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    I want to have a copy of your book since I, too am a such a travel junkie! My mom & I have been planning to go to an Asian trip for soooo long,and your book would be of really great help! Plus I’m a big fan of you ate Abbey & your works! <3 hehe :)

  66. Sanne
    December 7, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Thank you for this. You’ve always been my inspiration for everything artsy. I’ll be visiting Palawan in 2015 and I’ll surely do a project inspired by Life in Transit. <3

  67. Abbey
    December 8, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Sounds great! Link me to it, I’d love to see it :) Thank you as well!

  68. Reah Ondona
    December 7, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    I live in a family of travelers. My parents, for work purposes, would always take me along whenever they could.
    Maybe that’s why, like you, I feel like I could never stay at a place for too long :))
    My dream is to travel the world at my own pace, because I feel like there’ so much to learn.
    Nothing beats first-hand experience.
    Having a copy of your Life in Transit with me before, during, and even after the trips I’m going to take, would serve as a great reminder that someday too, I hope I could inspire other people to enjoy the feeling of “wonder and wander”.

  69. Melissa
    December 7, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    I love to travel. It could be a guide especially since I also love photography and art. It will be my inspiration in documenting travels :-)

  70. Pia
    December 7, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    From the very start, Abbey Sy inspires me to do the things that i love. From her experiences, i felt that i can also make my dreams come true. To travel and have a wonderful memories that i will treasure in my life. And by having the Life In Transit book will make me even more determined to pursue my dreams.

  71. Alissa
    December 7, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    You’ll surely get to travel the whole world in no time Abbey. You’re an inspiration. I hope I can have the book. :)

  72. Grace Macaraeg
    December 7, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    I really find myself in you. Your introversion, love for art, creativity and comfort of traveling to discover and see the beauty of the world and the culture that runs through it. Hopefully I could win your Life in Transit. It will be such a big help and inspiration :D

  73. Anj
    December 7, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    I’ve been a reader of your blog for more than three years? I can’t even remember when. I’m a very big fan of yours and you serve as one of my inspirations. And I’m also kinda happy to see people I admire grow and achieve their dreams. It makes me feel that I have good life choices in choosing who to admire. I think it would be an honor to have a copy of this amazing book. I actually never won anything online as well so I’m hoping to win something especially from you Abbey! Anyway, that’s all and I hope you’ll have more amazing years ahead.

  74. Abbey
    December 8, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Hi Anj! OMG thank you for being a loyal reader you deserve an award lol. I’m so honored :( Thank you for the kind words :(

    Good luck with the giveaway! May you have amazing years ahead as well. :)

  75. Jen Destura
    December 7, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    I think a part of me is always scared to travel, especially outside the country. You have different languages, different customs of life; the culture shock of different places and faces. I guess that now that you’ve visited places for a long time (I think it’s not just a vacation for you but more of a life-changing experience really), I want to know how you felt aside from what you saw during your travels. They say traveling allows you to “see yourself,” right? I want to know that answer vicariously while I’m saving up for my own adventure. I’m also a person struggling to balance her life with what I do right now and what I actually really love doing. Maybe the answer will urge me more to work on plans for traveling and convince my boyfriend to travel with me (since he’s always afraid of the uncertainties that come in traveling).

  76. Abbey
    December 8, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Hi Jen, thanks for the comment! I’m working on a few posts that will tie into this question so I hope it gets answered by then. :) Although, I can’t really say it was life-changing but it was more of an eye-opener for me and a chance to retreat into the fact that I’m stepping out of my comfort zone to travel to these unknown places and “settling” into temporary homes.

    I wish you the best of luck in everything, and have fun saving up on your adventure! Traveling is really risky and well, I guess it’s all about being street smart also and making sure things are planned before sealing everything in. :)

  77. Kristine Miranda
    December 8, 2014 at 5:22 am

    As everything happens for a reason, the Life In Transit book makes me travel for one. It is a mixture of photos, musings, and letterings which encapsulates love, discovery of oneself and the people you’re with, and having reasons behind doing things.

    Abbey and Tricie made exploring Southeast Asia a more fun and productive experience. They taught me, through the e-book, how to have fun, treasure relationships, learn more about yourself and life in general, get creative in between when traveling.

    I really want to receive a copy of this book because not only do I get inspired from it but also it would make me know more about the blogger behind Le Reveur which is one of the reasons I never stop reading your blog. :)

  78. Abbey
    December 8, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Aww thanks Kristine! Super appreciate it. Good luck!

  79. Eilynn Charm Quiros
    December 8, 2014 at 8:23 am

    The book is so inspiring and by having the Life In Transit book, it can help me make my wanderlust dreams come true. :)

  80. Bel
    December 8, 2014 at 11:12 am

    I’ve been feeling a bit down recently, what with everything that’s happened to me in the past 5 months, and I really want to get away for a while. I would actually love to travel around Southeast Asia as I’m very interested with the local culture and linguistic history, especially since my focus is on Southeast Asian linguistics. Heh. But since I’m still a struggling student, I would have to make do with pictures and books!

    And that’s why I want to win the give-away! Haha! Especially since you guys made everything look so nice (◡ ‿ ◡ ✿) The book makes it more tempting to travel huhu. Pero thank you for hosting the give-away in the first place! :)

    ps. I really like your stuff! Hopefully I’d be able to go to one of your workshops soon! <3

  81. Abbey
    December 8, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Thanks Bel! Hope you feel better :)

  82. jacque
    December 8, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    I can’t view the online copy of your book (keeps on loading) :( i really want to have a copy of the ebook :(

  83. Abbey
    December 8, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Seems to be loading fine, might be your browser? Ebook is free for everyone!

  84. Ruth
    December 8, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    I would love to have this book, because like you I love travelling, but I’m too lazy to document my travel. Yes, I always take pictures of when I travel but I don’t print them out. Plus, I really love your works :D So I hope when I see this book, I could really push my self to see my travel photos in print too ♥♥♥

  85. Jade Bufete
    December 8, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    I’ve always been so inspired with all the adventures ( art +travel) you had Teacher Abbey! :) I’m very happy that I was able to meet you at that lettering workshop & from then on I got really amazed on how you share your passion through your incredible works like your lettering & your book, Life in Transit. I think that book will let me go places and discover cultures as I turn its pages. I’m always happy for you! :)

  86. Kaye
    December 8, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    I want to have a copy, because this book is a must have! I mean, by just reading on the e-book, it already inspired me to travel and be better in everything that I do. With all the words, photos and letterings, I felt something that the book would be a really big help! It will also let me feel that I have traveled with you by just reading it. What more could I ask for? :-)

  87. Kaila
    December 8, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    I can’t wait for 2015 adventure here in Japan! I enjoyed reading your blog post, Abbey! :) Minsan lang ako magblog-hop! :)

    Thank you for being an inspiration to many! It’s weird how we find or discover ourselves when we get lost ..no? Hehe! :)

    Love, Kaila

  88. Abbey
    December 8, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Huhuhu thank you :( :(

    #hugot ata yung last statement mo. LOL

    Love you! You inspire me so much and I’m so glad we became good friends. See you next year!

  89. Drea
    December 8, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Hi Abby!
    I admire you for your bravery and honesty! This post was so inspiring for me and I wish I could also try backpacking on my own one day–hopefully if I win I would be even more inspired by the loveliness of your collab venture. :)

    Thanks for this! :)

  90. Abbey
    December 8, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Thanks Drea! :)

  91. Krizzia Sapinit
    December 9, 2014 at 10:42 am

    ..because if I have a copy of your journey, it’s like I’m traveling in my own. And traveling for me is like an escape. With this Life in Transit, you’ve shown how people should value every place they’ve been to or they’re going to and the memories they made/make with it. Your art really inspire many people especially the youth. Really, how many followers do you have on Instagram? Lol. I would really love to have a copy and hold it with my bare hands. Hehe <3

  92. Veronica
    December 9, 2014 at 10:58 am

    I’ve been following your instagram for a while now and it never fails to make me gush.
    Like you, I have started working early. I was 19 when I got my first job .
    I had so many responsibilities then that I forgot to think about myself.
    Things have looked up since and now I’m able to go on short trips and enjoy. :)

    I haven’t tried going on a month-long adventure though, but I would certainly love to!
    I hope to get your book so I can be further inspired to chase that dream.

    Good luck with all your future endeavors, Abbey!

  93. Micah
    December 9, 2014 at 11:10 am

    I wanted a copy simply because I’m a wanderer I love to travel and I think this book would help me a lot when I travel across Asia. Plus I’m a fan of yours Abbey Sy. :) To be honest, you really inspire me when it comes to your artworks. I’ve been reading your blog and been following you on insta since 2012. :) Congrats on your book and everything you’ve achieved! :)

  94. April
    December 9, 2014 at 11:26 am

    I have yet to find that “travel buddy” who’ll get me because most of the time, I’m comfortable being on my own. But if I’ve to travel for 30 days, I think I’ll think of it. Hehe.

    Leaving (for me) is always the worst part because my parents worry a lot and I have obligations to fulfill at school. But once in a while, it’s good to break free from all the rules, mind yourself, shove their negativity six feet under and just do it. You don’t get to be selfish all the time after all.

    To be honest, I’m looking forward to more travels in 2016. Yup, I know, way ahead of me, but who gives a damn right? I may just plan out that trip next year, save for it, and be ready for yet another amazing year by God’s grace two years after. Who knows? I’ll finally backpack for a month as well? Keeping the faith at that!

  95. Bella
    December 9, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    I’d like to win the book because I’m trying to open my eyes to Asian culture. I’ve always been a fan of Western culture, cuisine, and history, and for some reason everything Asian just doesn’t appeal to me (don’t ask me why, I don’t know myself). I realized that in order to really appreciate other cultures, I’d have to appreciate the culture blooming around me. I believe this book will spark that appreciation for me, and will serve as inspiration for the plans that I have once I graduate junior and senior high, AND college.

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway, Abbey :) Good thing those two copies came back! May God bless you and your endeavours even more ;D

  96. Jemimah
    December 9, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    It’d be wonderful to win a copy of your book because, well, you girls are amazingly talented, and your perspective on the Southeast Asian countries/cultures you visited is something I would like to see. Also, earlier a month ago, I had the opportunity to travel to a county that had been sitting at the top of my bucket list for so long, and that spectacular experience turned me into a lover of “life in transit.” ;)

  97. Nyka
    December 10, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Hi Ate Abbey! I was just hoping that I’ll be one of the two winners even if I am not that lucky when it comes to giveaways like this. I guess I am trying to be lucky. (At least I tried haha) This will be a great reference for my little adventures, and omg I love everything about the book. It was pure perfection. Getting to have a book from you and ate Tricie will be one of the best blessings I’ll have in my life.

  98. Abbey
    December 10, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Goodluck Nyka! :) Thank you for reading, we super appreciate it!

  99. Praise
    December 11, 2014 at 10:03 am

    When I was little, my dad and I would list countries we’d go to some day. I WILL definitely go there with the whole gang. BUT HEY! I can just read Life In Transit first while I’m still studying, yeah? To have a copy of my own would definitely be awesome! <3

  100. Sheila mendoza
    December 16, 2014 at 10:12 am

    How can see a sample of ur life in transit book? Im interested to order hihi

  101. Abbey
    December 16, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Online version here: http://bit.ly/lifeintransit2014 :) We’re making them available this Janaury 2015!

  102. Kristen
    December 29, 2014 at 1:28 am

    did you bring all your tickets for all the flights for the next countries already?

  103. Abbey
    December 29, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Yup!

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