JOINING ME in this journey is,..
- A freelance content writer who has an overwhelming desire to collect Starbucks Global Icon mugs from different countries, from which she already visited South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, and of course Cebu and Manila (amongst other Philippine destinations that she’s been to).
|Mai's mug collection (Source)|
An alumna of the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Mai graduated with a degree in BS Clothing Technology. She is single by civil status but happily in a relationship with her BEAU (as she romantically calls him). Her strength springs from knowing that she has a loving family, and of caring and honest friends. Their love and support is what keeps her going.
According to her...
"I like to travel. Well, I actually love it! That would have to be one of the constant things in my life that keeps me intact and rejuvenated. It keeps me in tune with sceneries, cultures and traditions other than my own.
Being a travel enthusiast, she has also found a career in the world of writing. Seeing and reading published works (whether on print or online) always gives her that sense of fulfillment. Her projects typically revolve around travel-related contents and proofreading/syncing telenovela scripts. Not only do these avenues of opportunities bring her to distant places around the globe. These slowly paved the way to her being recognized in the blogosphere.
She is the owner of BUDGET BIYAHERA, a travel site that has already made remarkable achievements and commendations. For Mai, anyone can travel without splurging too much. She believes in budgeting, yet still leaving room for those ‘few bumps’ on the road. She always includes expense sheets from every journey made as reference, so that her readers may have ideas on how to make every trip easy, or at least bearable on the pocket.
She was already featured in TURISTA MAGAZINE and TRAVEL MAGAZINE, whilst flaunting her unforgettable experience in Ilocos Norte. Her amazing encounter with the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation in Burgos, Ilocos Norte, the cinematic view of the Bangui Windmills, and the breathtaking Kabigan Falls were all noteworthy.
|An excerpt of Mai's article in Travel Magazine (September 2012 issue)|
During this trip to Ilocos Norte, there was this one person whom she met that truly inspired her.
"When I traveled to Ilocos Norte last June 2012, I met a humble tour guide in Pagudpud named Raphie Respicio. For that one whole day that we got to spend with him (my beau and I), I soon realized that he was extraordinary. He went out of his way just to cater to the needs of his guests --- from customizing his tricycle into a more comfy ride to being the all-around guide (tour guide, photographer, historian). And because of his being a kind-hearted person to serve others, I paid it forward by blogging about his life and of his wonderful work ethic. Soon enough, he was thanking me for the many guests that he has been receiving all because of my blog.
From then on, I realized that writing my personal experience about people that I meet on the road, and helping them out made me see my value and cause in life. I'm happy to know that I've been continuously helping a kind soul grow his business. His awesome tricycle now has WIFI, and he thanked Budget Biyahera for the opportunity to raise the funds for it. And all because of one day that's been matched with kind words and great work ethic, things turned out for the better. Ü
Guys like Kuya Raphie made me see how valuable my traveling ventures are. That's why I never stop sharing my experiences."
|Mai with Kuya Raphie|
"I've always loved Mark Twain's words of wisdom. He speaks of the realities of life. I've actually made the words "Explore. Dream. Discover" as one of my mantra's, to help remind me of what life has to offer. It keeps me in tune with what life is all about. And with this, I've come to learn how to balance both work and play from this meaningful travel quote."