wanderlass turns 4!

A couple of weeks ago, fellow wanderlust friend  Benj announced that his blog visitsagada.com turned 3. This got me to muse about my own blog turning 3 in February. But then I did the math and realized it’s actually turning 4. Today!


Looking Back

The beginning of 2007, I’ve decided to travel to Europe that summer.  Filipino passport and all, I needed an itinerary and I couldn’t decide on one and got so overwhelmed with planning!  When I was in school, I’ve developed a working tactic of jotting things down to organize my thought. And this brought me to start a blog 4 years ago.  My first blog was set-up in travbuddy.com and the very first entry was aptly titled “visualization“.  As promised this blog saw me through my preparation and the Europe trip, at least a good part of it. I was inspired to update during my travel because my family and friends were following me.

The travbuddy.com set-up is organized on a per trip basis. So after coming home from Europe, I wasn’t very motivated to continue writing. So while my travelful life continues in 2008 — 3 weeks backpacking South China, 2 weeks train-setting North to South Japan, New Years Eve in Macua, local destinations Davao, Camiguin, and various scuba diving trips — you won’t find them all in my blog. After reflecting on my travels that never got written, I decided to purchase my domain wanderlass.com on September of 2008.

2009 was very interesting and adventuresome. This is the year the wandersoles — a 5 girl travel team — was born. Yeah we did. We came up with a group name ala Spice Girls! Hahaha. We were scuba diving girlfriends who constantly find ourselves on the same dive trips. So we decided to make it an official group, but now officially dissolved as everyone got busy with their own thing. We even had a grand plan of traveling the world together to scuba dive. At this time, I’ve been more committed with my blog, although got lazy towards the end of the year, so one week South Korea and 3 weeks US & Canada during fall were not documented.

Instead of the Big Trip, 2010 became Visit Pilipinas year for me. It was the year of my 100th dive and crossing off Tubbataha, Coron, and Malapascua off my diving list. It was also the year of unexpected trips: Batanes and Zamboanga. I’ve happily upped my Lakbayan score to C+. I also finally visited Singapore for the first time, my only out of country trip. As for my blogging, I’ve pretty much kept it up to date and have made the big move to wordpress from blogger.

wanderlass dive pilipinas

I welcomed 2011 with the a gabajillion of sardines in Moalboal, Cebu, which I take as a good sign for abundance. And not so long after, my blog’s page rank has been promoted to PR3! Yay! So there are actually people who took the time of the day to read and follow my adventures. Thank you from the bottom of my ❤

Moving Forward

Here’s a quick list of what’s cooking, which I hope will initiate me to become one big bad blogger! ;-)

Make Over — I’ve been experimenting and moving things around the past years, but this time, I’m really serious. I’m going to have some cool and fancy stuff going on. A new look and finally a permanent watermark for my “beautiful” photos! ;-)

Contest — all serious blogs conduct contest. So I’m going to have one too! It’s going to be really simple with cool prizes. Yes, there’ll be more than one winner. And no worries, no begging/bugging friends to like your entries. I’m still deciding on whether to conduct it here or in facebook.

Big Trip — now before I get carried away stylizing my blog and forget that it’s about traveling, let me officially announce that I’ve decided to take a year off to travel! Ok, ok, ok, if you’re family or close friends, this is probably the oldest news ever. Some actually thought I’m back already. Pfft! But hey, I’m not taking the biggest trip of my life without a major announcement in my blog and some fireworks! Where to? Around! Really. I’ve worked it all out. And I’m going to have a whole blog entry about it in a couple of days. :-)


On that note, let me sign off and wish everyone a great weekend and an exciting year ahead. I’m off to my only nephew’s first birthday party. Thank you again, especially if you’re still reading this!! :)


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48 Responses to wanderlass turns 4!

  1. Grace 02/28/2011 at 1:36 pm #

    Finally, I’ve been looking for a fellow Filipina who is planning a gap year abroad. I’ll stay posted. I want to find out your plan for the travel visas. As you know it is such a pain for us since we need to apply to every country. Congrats on being 4!

    • wanderlass 02/28/2011 at 2:47 pm #

      I definitely know! Pinoy passport cannot make one a spontaneous traveler! Let’s see what happens to my quest. Thanks for the greet. :)

  2. Erica 02/27/2011 at 2:17 pm #

    Congrats! <3 Can't wait to see what is coming up. :)

    • wanderlass 02/28/2011 at 2:29 pm #

      Thanks, Erica. Big year for Overyonderlust & Wanderlass :)

  3. Ed 02/23/2011 at 8:28 am #

    nice to look back from where we started right? how we’ve evolved in blogging and as bloggers. more travels definitely for you lilliane! :D

    • wanderlass 02/23/2011 at 4:33 pm #

      i was surprised that it’s been that long since i started as I didn’t start out to be a serious blogger. not that i’m serious now.. haha.. i just wish i’m a more diligent writer. thanks for the greeting! :)

  4. banggigay 02/21/2011 at 4:05 pm #

    yahooooo! congrats wanderlass! i’m excited for your year-long holiday! i am pretty sure we’d bumped into each other at one point! just keep us posted whether thru here or FB!

    it’s gonna be the adventure to redefine all other adventures of the wanderlass!!!

    • wanderlass 02/21/2011 at 4:23 pm #

      Thanks, sis. It would be awesome to meet up somewhere. Let’s see if we can top our New York escapade!

  5. Nemi 02/21/2011 at 2:13 pm #

    Happy Anniversary. Have a adventurous and lovely trip. And keep us posted :D

    • wanderlass 02/21/2011 at 3:59 pm #

      Thanks for following my journey, Nemi :)

  6. flip 02/21/2011 at 4:01 am #

    happy 4th anniversary… wishing you more travels for the years to come…

  7. Josh Sterrett 02/20/2011 at 7:57 pm #

    Lilliane, it’s been so much fun following your adventures on your blog for the past…half year. It’s no wonder your blog is so much more organized and neat since you’ve been doing it for 4 years. You’ve had some really great reads and I look forward to following you on your big trip and hopefully participating in the contests somehow. I could use some new lenses… haha

    One question, what made you make the big jump over to WordPress? I started two blogs over in Blogger…however one will be having it’s grand start in 10 days when I step on a plane to Turkey.

    I’m getting carried away with talking so I’m just gonna say Congrats and I can’t wait to see what’s next

    • wanderlass 02/20/2011 at 10:14 pm #

      Hey Josh, thanks for following :) 4 years is a long time but I’ve not achieve the level of some people who have been doing it for a year. I’m really a delinquent writer. haha.
      Anyway, good luck on your new blogs. ;)

      • Joshapalooza 02/21/2011 at 6:32 am #

        So, what made you change from blogger to wordpress? I”ve been reading several travel bloggers that have made the switch.

        Btw..something I came across tonight that I think could be really helpful for fundraising while you travel or for a project such as diving the entire phils. kickstarter.com I read about a year ago and finally found it again. I think it could be really helpful for you as well, especially when you quit work :)

        • wanderlass 02/21/2011 at 1:47 pm #

          It’s better for SEO though a lot trickier to manage as blogger is totally brainless. and that u have to self host. but i’m quite happy with it. i read about kickstarter and even helped out a friend who’s trying to kick start something but it’s really difficult to get started. they just want u to help promote their site. in the end, they get famous, u get nothing. cheers.

  8. nina 02/20/2011 at 12:58 am #

    Looks like it’s going to be an awesome year for the wanderlass! Congrats Lil and looking forward to reading about your year-long adventures on the road!

    • wanderlass 02/20/2011 at 9:43 am #

      thanks, Nina! I’m really excited. =)

  9. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures 02/19/2011 at 11:45 pm #

    Happy 4th Birthday!!! You have exciting things planned, I’m so happy for your darling. I can’t wait to see your itinerary for your trip :)

    • wanderlass 02/20/2011 at 9:42 am #

      Thank Andi, & that’s how long we’re reading each other’s blog too! you offered tips when i was planning europe! :)

  10. benj 02/19/2011 at 7:45 pm #

    Congratulations, Lil. I’m so happy that you’re on Team WordPress and that you’re already dispensing very good SEO advice on the forums! :) My birthday wish for you is that you finally get to see Sagada this year. :)

    • wanderlass 02/19/2011 at 10:08 pm #

      Thanks, Benj! Do u remember how stressed I was last year? Haha. Kaya now happy to dish out answers. :) Oo, Sagada this year before the big trip!

  11. estan 02/19/2011 at 3:20 pm #

    good luck on your ‘travel around’ Lil and happy 4th year of blogging! :)

  12. Chichi 02/19/2011 at 2:57 pm #

    Whoa it’s big numbe 4 for this blog! Congrats Lill! Although we’re excited about the anniversary, we’re actually more excited about the coming yaer filled with travels for you. Looking forward to that post :)

    • wanderlass 02/19/2011 at 9:40 pm #

      thanks, chichi! i’m impressed that u girls are already on your big trip! and so diligent in your blog updating.

  13. allan 02/19/2011 at 1:12 pm #

    wow…hanep! 4 yrs. na! Congratulations and keep writing. You’re doing great, Li.

  14. lakwatsera de primera 02/19/2011 at 1:02 pm #

    Happy 4th Blog Anniversary Lilliane, abangan ko ang contest mo :) and of course the big trip, more inspiring stories on the way :)

    • wanderlass 02/19/2011 at 8:15 pm #

      Thank u Claire! Sige, sige, fear ko yan, walang sumali. Hahaha! :)

  15. Micamyx 02/19/2011 at 10:48 am #

    Congratulations on your blog anniversary! :D About the contest, i suggest that you do it here :D

    • wanderlass 02/19/2011 at 12:45 pm #

      thanks for the vote, mica. i’m gearing towards that direction and u just added more weight on that. ^,^

  16. Marky 02/19/2011 at 10:35 am #

    Congrats on four years of blogging and traveling…wow a year off to travel…have a blast :)

  17. journeyingjames 02/19/2011 at 10:32 am #

    happy 4th blog birthday. excited to know the biggest trip of you life… it will be a BLAST of fireworks talga!
    congrats Lil!

    • wanderlass 02/19/2011 at 12:40 pm #

      thanks JJ and also for the facebook link :)

  18. fetus 02/19/2011 at 10:30 am #

    happy fourth birthday wanderlass! :) more years ahead! and viva PTB! hehehe

  19. Candie 02/19/2011 at 10:27 am #

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY WANDERLASS! i genuinely think you’re a great writer! so happy for you and i hope to see you in another continent while you’re travelling around the world! :)

    • wanderlass 02/19/2011 at 12:42 pm #

      thanks candieshop for the support thru the years. and coming to see me would be super! promise, no scuba diving. haha. :)

  20. Camnels & Chocolate 02/19/2011 at 10:21 am #

    Happy birthday, Wanderlass! Can’t wait to see all the things you have in store. And another thing we have in common: My blog, too, is turning 4 this year (not for a few more months still)!

    • wanderlass 02/19/2011 at 10:31 am #

      thanks Kristin! hope we get the chance to cross path. i love your blog. =)

  21. Christine 02/19/2011 at 10:18 am #

    Happy birthday Wanderlass! I heard about your big trip… I’m excited for you! :) Abangan ko travels mo.

  22. Kim 02/19/2011 at 10:12 am #

    Congratulations! Looking forward to the contest. :D

    • wanderlass 02/19/2011 at 10:28 am #

      thanks, Kim. I’ll post it next week! =)


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