Vacation Checklist – Interview with Katherine Trigo “Tre”

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Katherine (or “Tre”) Trigo is Traveler, Beach Lover, Explorer, Foodie, Adrenaline Junkie, Book Reader, Sunset Seeker, Earth Saver and a Yoga Fanatic all rolled into one!

Like all our featured top pinoy travel bloggers, she’d been in different countries in Asia as well as all over the Philippines!

Check out our interview with Tre and know why travel is now a large part of her life and how it helped her in handling her problems.

Full Time Adventurer?

Are you traveling full time now and you bringing your work/projects with you?

I’m not but I would love to. My full time job requires me to be physically present. I share everyone’s agony of leave approval, praying for more holidays and doing overtime.

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How To Find Time To Travel?

If you’re not traveling full time, how do you find the time to take your adventures?

I’m blessed with a 12 hour shift work which gives me 3 days off from work. At the same time I have a very understanding supervisor who allows me to have 6 days off where in I combine my offs for the first and second week in the calendar.

What’s Your Favorite Blog Post?

From your blog, what’s your favorite post you’ve published so far? What’s the one with most interaction/visits?

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My favorite post is my Skydive Cebu, Philippines experience followed by Paragliding in Puncak, Indonesia. I went skydiving in Bantayan Island which goes alongside the beauty of Hawaii as my skydive buddy told me.

The different hues of blue and green makes anyone’s eye dance in wonder. It was just the most exhilarating, mind blowing and literally breathtaking experience of my life.

What can I say it simply points out why skydiving is on top of everyone’s bucket list.

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The most popular post in my blog is How to get there: Whale Watching Butanding, Oslob Cebu, Philippines. It has surprisingly been viewed 99866 times of the moment, big smile from ear to ear.

I went to swim with the Whale Sharks way before it got its golden globe fame. I guess people were curious about it and that’s why they landed on my page.

What’s Your Most Memorable Travel?

What’s your most favorite or most memorable travel? What makes it the best or why is it the best?

It all happened on my first ever solo trip in Bali, Indonesia. I was living the dream which reminded of the book “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Everything was spontaneous from the people I’ve meet especially my interaction with the locals and the activities I wanted to do.

On my first day in the island my host treated me as a special guest, he even went all the way to the city to buy me an adapter.

The following morning I did my first solo sunrise trek in Mt. Batur, an active volcano in Kintamani. The next day I went cycling with four italian guys who treated me like their own buddy. It’s amazing how strangers you just meet makes the day worthwhile.

On my last day in Kintamani I went for the most relaxing massage of my life. I ended up giving a tip higher than the massage package.

It was that good.

Imagine having a hot stone massage in a small decorated hut beside the pool with monks gently singing in a temple a few metres away from you. It doesn’t stop there,after exploring the mountains of Bali then I proceeded to its beautiful beaches for the rest of the trip.

The first thing I did when I got there was conquering my fear. I did my first ever scuba diving in the waters of Padang Bai. As much as I love the ocean I’m totally scared of it, which I’ve never mentioned to my dive instructor.

And I’ve found Nemo (also known as clown fish) down there along with his cousins. I’ve also spent my relaxing days attending yoga classes, food trip, reading a book, swimming in the beach, talking to strangers and watching the sunset as I end each day with a smile.

It was the best experience for all the first time moments.

I realized that being alone doesn’t feel so alone. The experience taught me how to entertain myself, be brave, harness my weakness with directions and just to be with my thoughts.

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Did you learn new words/Language?

From all those travels, Were are you able to learn new language/dialects?

I’m the kind of traveler who wants to blend in with the locals. I do my research when I’m in the country. I’ve learned a few words which is actually a fun way to start a conversation with them.

I try to learn how to say morning greetings, the word delicious to compliment the food, maybe say beautiful for all things I see and the most important thing to remember is how to say Thank you.

I remembered when I went shopping in Bangkok with my mum and cousin. I’ve purposely memorize a whole sentence to ask for discounts and bargain with the sales attendants, adding in some begging words like please with puppy eyes. It really works as the locals finds it funny and adorable when I try to speak their language.

Any Funny Experience in your travels?

What is the funniest incident you’ve had while traveling?

The funniest experience that I can remember is when my mum and I went for an authentic hardcore Thai massage in Phuket, Thailand. Thai massage is like wrestling with the masseuse she will twist you, bind you like pretzels and will snap anything that snaps in your body.

It wasn’t really our first Thai massage but there was something different with how they twist most parts of my body. I’m familiar with the back stretching yet the moment they twisted my neck I shouted in horror and laughed when they turned it back to its original state.

All the bones in my neck shifted and the unfamiliar sound alarmed me. Afterwards I just laughed like a madman after that neck breaking experience, but I tell you it felt so damn good. It was hilarious and scary at the same time.

Its really not that funny unless you tried it yourself for the first time, then you’ll know what I mean.

Scariest Travel?

What’s Your Scariest moment? What was the moment that happens that almost stopped you from traveling again?

It was after our climb in Mount Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia. A few weeks after that a terrible earthquake hit the mountain and killed several people.

My mum was really worried she even asked me to stop thinking of climbing another mountain. Some of my friends hugged me out of sheer delight that I’m still alive and kicking. Life is truly unpredictable. I’m guessing God still has a few more plans for me.

Have you tasted local food?

Were you able to taste their local food? Any strange thing you ate that’s memorable? Which one did you like?

I love exotic food. I ate “Tamilok” a wood worm delicacy in Puerto Princesa, Crocodile meat in Phuket, Thailand, even Fried Frog in Vietnam and recently Fried Eel in Myanmar. The most hardest thing to swallow was the Tamilok, the 12 inch long worm almost choke me to death.

Top of you bucket list?

What place is still on the top of your bucket list? Why would you want to go there?

Spain, Santorini, Egypt, Peru and the list goes on and on. I just NEED to go there. It’s like you want an ice cream on a rainy day.

What Keeps You Busy?

If you are not traveling, what would you be doing now? What keeps you busy nowadays?

I do yoga, I paint and I run. If I’m not backpacking you’ll see me pushing my limits by joining obstacle runs like Commando Challenge and Spartan Race. I always keep myself busy, now I’m currently training for my first full marathon.

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Favorite Philippine Beach?

Do you keep a list of the Philippine beaches that you’ve visited? What’s your favorite? If its not Boracay or Bohol or some other famous beach, can you share how to get there? (for our readers who wants to go there as well).

I have a list of Cebu’s best beaches in my blog. I’m proud to day I’ve been to all those gems. The nearest one in the city and also one of my favorite beach is in Moalboal. I’ve spent my summer here with my big family.

We would always stay in my cousins aunt resort in Bigsands Resort and Campgrounds where we have our barbecue party, play volleyball, camp at night, sing songs around the bonfire, star gazing and swimming in the beach.

My treasured sunset moment is still in Moalboal as it was the most beautiful sunset I’ve ever seen. I’ve seen so many sunset in different countries yet nothing can compare to that sunset moment in Moalboal.

How to get there:

Option 1: Take the Van/Vhire (van for hires) at City Link Terminal

City Link Terminal Address: N. Bacalso Avenue, nearby E-Mall, Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) and Cebu Technological Center (CTC).

V-hires fare: 100 php
Travel time: 2-3 hours

Option 2: Take the Ceres Bus at South Bus Terminal (just beside the City Link Terminal)

Ceres Bus Regular fare non-air conditioned: 80 php, 120 php for air conditioned bus
Travel Time: 2-4 hours

Option 3: Taxi ( from the Airport to Moalboal)

Estimate fare: 1800 php – 2000 php
Travel time: 2-3 hours

From Moalboal terminal take a tricycle to Big Sand Campground. It’s a rough ride so hold on to your seats and enjoy the bumps.

Tricycle Fare: 30-35 php

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What has travel taught you?

I’ve learned to be patient and kind. To stop, look and listen. All the basics in life but with a deeper understanding of things. It played an enormous role in who I am now and how I handle problems.

I’m more in touch with what i want now, with nature, deep appreciation with history, religion and culture. I love how traveling has connected me through people hearts, we might speak a different language yet we all share the universal language of saying ok and thank you and that is through smiling.

A smile can get you through any given situations. It is such a powerful gesture that warms anyone’s heart and intertwines people together.

Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travel bloggers?

Be honest with your content. Be helpful as much as possible to your readers. I pay it forward to others who have helped me in my travels. The content in their blogs helped me what to do and not to do in planning out my itinerary. I do the same for other bloggers who reads my blog.

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