I met Peter Moore!

I met Peter Moore!When you travel, you try to take in as much as you can in the limited time you’d be in one place. You’ll try to visit all the attractions listed in your guidebook, dine at all the restaurants friends and acquaintances recommend and buy all the native trinkets you can find.

We try to cram everything in a day or three, because we don’t want to miss anything. After all, who know when you’ll be back in that place again?

Unfortunately, there are times when you’ll miss something — a concert of your favorite artist, performing just before you arrived; a festival that wouldn’t start until after you’ve left; or in my case, missing the chance to see Marcus Schenkenberg in person gah

That’s why this time, I made sure I know what’s happening in Melbourne, and I take careful notes to the events I want to join. I purposely gave the Melbourne Cup a miss because even though it’s the biggest event here, I find that I’m not really interested in it (the Flemington Racecourse is just 10 minutes away, whereas I flew 800 kilometers for the Mardi Gras). One thing I didn’t pass on was the chance to attend the WordCamp Melbourne, and a chance to meet my favorite travel writer, Peter Moore.

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I met Peter Moore!Initially, I planned on attending the formal launching of his latest book, Vroom by the Sea, but schedule conflicts meant I’d have to stay home that night. Luckily, Peter invited his readers to join him for drinks at the Espy, along with fellow travel writer, Brian Thacker.

I was actually hesitant to go at first, fearing that I’d feel ill at ease, but Peter and Brian were a couple of really nice guys. They both have travelled to the Philippines, and I am so ashamed to admit that they’ve travelled to more places around Luzon and the Visayas than I have. I was glad that I went to the Espy instead of the book launch, because it was more informal and I was able to chat with my favorite travel writer.

I remember my friends lining up, just so Neil Gaiman can sign their books last year. This year, Anna found out that he’s coming back, but the book signing this time would be at Subic, and it would only be limited to a hundred or something. And me? I just went for a chat over drinks and steak burger. Now, don’t you wish more author-reader interactions are like this? :D

Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 6 Comments
  1. davidd (aka puuikibeach) says:

    When I went to see Making Comics author Scott McCloud a couple of months ago, I hung around after his presentation and was able to chat with his wife and daughters (okay, truth be told, I was there as much to see Sky as I was Scott) for, like, an hour or more! It was so cool! I only got to talk with Scott for ten minutes or so, because they were locking up the building, but yeah, it was totally informal and way cool!

    Your “lunch” with the guys sounds way better than the “launch.” Were there many people there?

    Now that ol’ Pete has posed for a Pinky:st photo, I will definitely make a point of reading both of his Vroom books very soon!

  2. nina says:

    Well, there were only me and this other girl lol

    So far I have 5 of his books: the two Vrooms, No Shitting in the Toilet, Same Same by different and The Full Montezuma. All highly recommended (though I’m still in the middle of Vroom by the Sea and I’ve yet to start on No Shitting… ) Must buy the other books before I leave Melbourne, because the bookstores in Manila has a great shortage of travel books!

    Btw, Round Ireland with a Fridge by Tony Hawks is another great read :)

  3. anna l. says:

    It’s practically a private lunch, then. Lucky, lucky…! =0 Me & Neil having lunch together, only in dreams. Which seems appropriate. Haha.

    (It’s amusing how you had him pose with the Pinkys. Cute shots. =))

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