Adventures of a different kind

Despite my life of non-travel in the past two months, the universe gave me some things to get excited about.

Amazing Race Australia in the Philippines
This way to the beach

For one thing, the real reason I went to Misibis Bay was finally revealed: we went there for the filming of the second season of the Amazing Race Australia. The Philippines was the first stop for this season, so all the teams made it to the country.

Amazing Race Australia in the Philippines
PJ, Apple, Mark, Me, Grant, beauty queen/greeter, Portia, and Sir Bobby
More photos on Facebook

They did the clichéd balut eating contest in Quiapo, headed to Legazpi for some fiesta fun time, followed by a grueling rafting challenge. We on the otherhand, gawked and had pictures taken at the pit stop mat.

Looking back, it seems as if that was a precursor of things to come. Shortly after coming back to Manila, I received an e-mail from Matt Harding (rather, his mailing list), the guy behind the Where the Hell is Matt videos, saying that he’s coming over to the Philippines. Not one to pass up an opportunity, I braced myself and wiggled in front of the camera. In the rain. While standing in the mud.

Watch out for us on 1:50!

Friends were surprised to find out that I danced (or at least tried to) for a video that’s now viewed over 2 million times. I couldn’t believe it either, but I realize that being a part of a viral video isn’t something to be ashamed about. Unless of course, it’s viral for all the wrong reasons.

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Then come February and this invitation to be a part of a travel-reality show. As you know, I dove in without really knowing a thing, which, in hindsight, really is how great adventures start. Planning the trips was fun — we were relishing the fact that we hold control over the trips that the cast were taking. Little did we know that the real adventure happens when the trip has ended.

PHL360° starts airing at 12 noon today, June 28, 2012. Watch it on

Now, after four months, we have something that sums up all the work and sleepless nights we endured. And it’s just the beginning.

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 17 Comments
  1. kate says:

    Super exciting times, Nina!!! Congratulations :)

  2. TW says:

    Wow. Fun times. PHL360 is looking really good!

  3. Piona De Asis says:

    Wow nice congrats :-) galing mo naman :-) thanks anyway for making this kind of forum ang laking tulong nito saamin. Godbless you always :-)

  4. Oh whatta year (and it’s just June! err, almost July)! Congrats again to the cast and crew of Phl360!

  5. Cat says:

    That is just TOO awesome—the videos, Phl360, and future adventures. I had to pause Matt’s video to look for you. Tell me if I’m right—are you in the front (on the right) with the yellow shirt?

    Totally happy for you, Nina, and I’m so looking forward to your next adventures. Now that you mention it, I think it is better to plan the Phl360 trips for the cast, rather than being the one in front of the camera and not knowing what’s coming up. It’s fun (and quite evil) to have the upper hand. ;)

  6. lane says:

    when will Matt coming over here? excited much! =D

    • nina says:

      Matt already came here last December. Not sure when he’ll be back, but you can sign up on his website and he will notify you if he’ll be in your area soon.

  7. ikaw na talaga :) love what you’re doing – still very much related to adventure travel! mas busy ka pa nga yata, lalo na with your behind-the-scenes work with Phl360.

    That guy sa Amazing Race Australia – looks like I saw him sa Ugly Betty.

  8. congrats on the success of PHL360! Super saludo ako sa lahat ng cast and crew! Gagaling! Can’t wait for the upcoming episodes!

  9. I’ve watch the video and I enjoyed watching it. Congratulations to PHL360 cast and crew.

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