#lakbay100 Quest Completed (2010-June to 2019-July)

visited 100 countries as an ordinary Philippine Passport holder

"Live a life to inspire, live a life with sense of accomplishment, live a life you will remember!" - Mang Andoy

#lakbay100 (100 visited countries) mission accomplished :)
Nine years of unbelievable journey (2010-Jun to 2019-Jul), hopped into 5 continents 
(Asia - 39, Europe - 36, Africa - 19, Australia / Oceania - 5, South America - 1)...
Thank you very much to all the locals throughout the adventure :)
#thankyouverymuch #livealifeyouwillremember #goodvibes #solobackpacker #philippines

1 PHILIPPINES 26 ITALY 51 LITHUANIA 76 ALBANIA
2 THAILAND 27 VATICAN 52 ESTONIA 77 REP. OF MACEDONIA
3 SINGAPORE 28 ISRAEL 53 LATVIA 78 CYPRUS
4 MALAYSIA 29 PALESTINE 54 DENMARK 79 BAHRAIN
5 SOUTH KOREA 30 REP. OF GEORGIA 55 IRAN 80 BRAZIL
6 VIETNAM 31 MYANMAR 56 NEPAL 81 SEYCHELLES
7 CAMBODIA 32 SRI LANKA 57 BRUNEI 82 MAURITIUS
8 LAOS 33 MALDIVES 58 OMAN 83 ETHIOPIA
9 SAUDI ARABIA 34 UNITED KINGDOM 59 UGANDA 84 FIJI
10 KUWAIT 35 MOROCCO 60 RWANDA 85 VANUATU
11 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 36 TURKEY 61 RUSSIA 86 QATAR
12 INDIA 37 KENYA 62 TIMOR LESTE 87 ZIMBABWE
13 LEBANON 38 TANZANIA 63 SOUTH AFRICA 88 ZAMBIA
14 EGYPT 39 INDONESIA 64 KYRGYZSTAN 89 TUNISIA
15 CHINA 40 JORDAN 65 TAJIKISTAN 90 MADAGASCAR
16 ARMENIA 41 MONGOLIA 66 AUSTRALIA 91 SAMOA
17 JAPAN 42 LIECHTENSTEIN 67 NORTH KOREA 92 PAPUA NEW GUINEA
18 FRANCE 43 SLOVENIA 68 SPAIN 93 UZBEKISTAN
19 SWITZERLAND 44 CROATIA 69 ANDORRA 94 MOZAMBIQUE
20 LUXEMBOURG 45 SERBIA 70 PORTUGAL 95 COTE D'IVOIRE
21 BELGIUM 46 BULGARIA 71 BOSNIA & HERZE 96 GHANA
22 NETHERLANDS 47 ROMANIA 72 MONTENEGRO 97 TOGO
23 GERMANY 48 HUNGARY 73 MALTA 98 BENIN
24 CZECH REPUBLIC 49 SLOVAKIA 74 SAN MARINO 99 TURKMENISTAN
25 AUSTRIA 50 POLAND 75 MONACO 100 KAZAKHSTAN

#lakbay100 Quest Completed (2010-June to 2019-July)

#lakbay100 Quest Completed (2010-June to 2019-July)

#laybay100 journal part 1 of 8: Who would have thought that a Solo Backpacker born and raise in Tondo, Manila and yet accomplished visiting 100 countries as Philippine passport holder... Obviously, my childhood memories were not as remarkable as with the present travellers. In addition, I've worked as a Service Crew during my 1st 3 years (Thank you Jollibee/Dunkin Donuts) on my engineering degree in PUP as a regular student. After that, I was a full time IT employee while having my self-review for one-take ECE board exam. And while having my full time work in LTP, I am enrolled on an Engineering Masters Degree in DLSU for three years as a Resident Scholar.

#laybay100 journal part 2 of 8: Who would have thought that I just had the interest in backpacking after I finished my Engineering Masters Degree  and was very scared of traveling alone before my 30th year and yet I accomplished visiting 100 countries as Philippine passport holder... My travel interest further ignited when I stumbled on an online travel forum last 2010 (Thank you PEx) and met an amazing group of then curious travelers. During our socials night, I did not even mention of traveling the 1st world, not even a fan of fun hiking. After ten years, super OMG, unimaginable accomplishments of solo backpacking and hiking matters.

#laybay100 journal part 3 of 8: Who would have thought that I worked on a 9-10 hour shift in my homeland (Thank you LTP), very much dependent on piso sale (Thank you CebuPac) on 2010-2012,  OFW in Kuwait (Thank you KAC) and UAE (Thank you EAE) on a regular 8-10 hour shift and yet I accomplished visiting 100 countries as Philippine passport holder... I was and even presently in a foreign environment with diversed personalities while planning to pursue visiting this amazing countries with very exciting culture and very kind locals. I am very, very fortunate and thankful that my work is in the Aviation Industry.

#laybay100 journal part 4 of 8: Who would have thought that the only group travel with friends I had abroad was in South Korea (2011), I brought my mother on 1st world countries of Japan and Europe, my favorite nephews in HK, Macau and UAE, the rest are all solo trips and yet I accomplished visiting 100 countries as Philippine passport holder... Visa application in 1st world countries are still dependent on the proper documents I sent aligned on interview of my 60+ mother with very minimal education background and yet she passed them all on single shot.

#lakbay100 Quest Completed (2010-June to 2019-July)

#lakbay100 Quest Completed (2010-June to 2019-July)

#lakbay100 Quest Completed (2010-June to 2019-July)

#laybay100 journal part 5 of 8: Who would have thought that I got the hiking interest only when I was invited by a friend which were invited only also, 1st time organized a budget hike on the rainiest month to the 3rd highest mountain in my homeland with mostly strangers, solo hiked two of the Seven Summits with no formal/informal training and yet I accomplished visiting 100 countries as Philippine passport holder... I consider my mountain adventure as a fun-hiking regardless of the elevation. I was even in the middle of strong storm in Mt. Fuji (2013) wherein Japan government declared an emergency evacuation of all the Hikers, I even did this hike just two weeks after I hiked Mt. Kilimanjaro (Africa's tallest), my 1st hike among Seven Summits. Then, I resigned on my high-earning job (2015) to accomplish my dream of hiking self-guided the famous 3 routes of Himalayas (Everest, Annapurna, Lantang) for three months. I had no work for almost a year. After that, I hiked the highest mountains of less traveled countries of Oman, Timor Leste and Rwanda on self-guided solo basis.

#laybay100 journal part 6 of 8: Who would have thought that I missed my outbound flight in India and had to buy re-route expensive ticket on the spot, scrutinized on Level 5 alert in Israel immigration for being Filipino Solo Traveler, challenged a lot on border crossings and experienced the traumatic airport locked-up in Azerbaijan and yet I accomplished visiting 100 countries as Philippine passport holder... I still keep moving forward, traveling widened my positive outlook and always train my mind to see the good in everything

#laybay100 journal part 7 of 8: Who would have thought that despite being a loser in real life, ugly, not sociable-type, an average employee and yet I accomplished visiting 100 countries as Philippine passport holder... Obviously, being solo backpacker is a huge advantage. Since I already accepted that I am terrible on my personal life, I concentrated on the other side where my happiness lies, going on the places I've never been, the element of surprise and the challenge of being there.

#laybay100 journal part 8 of 8: Cut the crap, having Philippine Passport visiting 100 countries for 9 years as corporate slave / OFW is a very proud accomplishment and NOT COMPARABLE to 1st world passport holder achievers. They don't have the agony of visa application requirements and being unknown to scrutiny of Immigration Officers. Bragging rights is beside the issue, it's all about UPLIFTING THE SPIRIT OF AN ORDINARY FILIPINO TRAVELER to the present world of profiling and other challenges. I am VERY PROUD as a FILIPINO who accomplished visiting 100 countries. Thank you very much to LTP, KAC, EAE and the locals who assisted me throughout my journey :)

"I see my path but I don't know where it leads. Not knowing where I'm going is what inspires me to travel it" - Rosalia de Castro

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