INTERVIEW WITH KAIZ (/kāz/) – TRAVEL BLOGGER WHO TREK THAN SWIM

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I’m very excited to bring you my interview to the only traveler I know that do not know how to swim. Oh, the irony! I can swim, but finds no time to travel :).

Let’s get to know Kasey more besides the information she shared on her About page.

What made you start your travel/travel blogging and when?

Travel blogger do not know how to swimI was a Journalism student in college and writing was a big part of my life back then.

As part of our course, we were introduced to blogging, and since 2003 I am hooked with online journals.

I only decided to focus documenting my travel stories in 2009, thus the birth of this almost-7-year-old blog.

Who designs your blog? (I see its Parabola and WordPress)

I solely maintain and develop my blog (thanks to online tutorials). It’s WordPress-powered and its current theme is just one of the free themes by the platform.

Any favorite post you’ve published so far?

Uhm, I really don’t have any favorite. But when I am uninspired to write something new, I always read all my posts about hiking.

What’s the one with most interaction/visits?

As of writing, my most visited post is my travel guide on the newest food spots in Mandaluyong City. I am quite surprised because I am not a foodie.

Do you prefer trekking vs. swimming?

I love hiking then going to the beach after the hike to relax. Swimming? No. Haha! I don’t know how to swim, so I prefer to just bum in the shore doing nothing.

Any favorite trek/beach?

Locally, I fell in love with Mount Kanlaon in Negros and the beaches of Surigao del Norte.

With all the places you’d been, what was your favourite? Is it because of the people or the overall experience?

Of course, it’s my trekking trips to Nepal.

I got to spend several weeks in the mountains with amazing sceneries, got to tick off Everest Base Camp in my bucket list, and got to spend quality time with my husband and closest friends doing the thing we all love the most that is hiking.

Were you able to learn new language/dialects? Or did it take you a while to learn it?

Annapurna trekDuring our trek to the base camps of Mounts Annapurna and Everest, we spent a hefty amount of time in Nepal, and I learned quite a few basic words and phrases.

Our trek guide said that had I stayed longer in their country, it’ll be quick for me to master the use of Nepali language.

Scariest moment? What was the moment that happens that almost stopped you from travelling again?

Oh, this one’s easy, I have two.

First was when I almost got stranded in Kuala Lumpur because I failed to check an exit stamp on my passport.

It should’ve been stamped before I left Thailand, which was my last destination before entering Malaysia. I blogged about it.

The other incident when we almost didn’t eat in Bali because we got scammed by a money changing booth.

Learned so much about these experiences.

For every trip you’ve made, were you able to taste their local food? Any strange thing you ate that’s memorable?

Oh, I have yet to learn eating unfamiliar cuisine.

I always stick to what I know, because in my mind, I’ll be wasting money if I buy something that I wouldn’t enjoy.

I did, however, try Nepal’s Dal Bhat a few times. I didn’t enjoy it.

ms. BackpackerWhat place is still on the top of your bucket list you have yet to cross out?

I still have three more places that are on top of my must-visits: the K2 base camp in Karakoram, Pakistan, Santorini, Greece because that’s an ultimate destination for a beach lover like me, and New Zealand to see the Hobbiton! Yay!

Is there any particular place you’ve visited that you feel so at home that you were open in moving to that place?

Hands down, it’s Phuket.

I’ve only been there twice and I don’t know what made me fall in love with Phuket. Maybe it’s because of its homey vibe.

It’s like you’re just in the Philippines. The way the people look, the surrounding, the food. If given the chance, I’d never hesitate to pack my belongings and move there permanently.

When are you due, and what your baby’s name will be? Yours or from hubby?

I am due to give birth on May 13.

He will be named Kymani River, and we’d love to hear people call him Ilog.

The husband suggested Kymani, which is an Eastern African name meaning adventurous traveler.

I wanted to add something related to nature, hence River.

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You can follow Kaiz on her Blog here or on her Facebook page! Visit her and say ‘hey’! Also give my regards and tell her you’ve found her through Jacaranda (Eli)’s blog interview 🙂

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