On turning six and new beginnings

Six years. Imagine that. Who’d ever thought I’d stick long enough to one particular hobby to actually make it to a sixth year anniversary. I think I just may have found my passion.

Traveling never gets old. At least for me. My decision to stay put in Manila instead of following the location independent nomads helped me keep the excitement for travel. That’s not to say I’m not itching to pack up and leave. I do want to experience living away from home, either in a province somewhere in the Philippines or overseas. I was all set with THE PLAN, when PHL360° happened.

PHL360° is this little project that has now blossomed into a huge project that I still have problems wrapping my head around. I was initially asked to be a part of the cast, but my aversion to video cameras got me a spot in the production team. Working behind the scenes is no less exciting than prancing before the lens. This is an experience that is completely new to me, and most of the time I have no idea what I’m doing. I love it.

It was just like when I was starting to travel and travel blogging. I’m learning as I go, meeting new people that inspire and challenge me. It’s exciting, this new venture. After six years, it’s getting hard to get excited about things.

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Change is inevitable. Interests wane, directions change. Not to say that I’m leaving Just Wandering. I’ll still be here, pushing to meet my once a week posting quota. Since I won’t be traveling much in the next couple of months, I would hopefully have time to finally blog everything I haven’t. But I do hope you’d join me, the cast and the crew of PHL360°. It’s going to be one hell of a show.

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 55 Comments
  1. Dyanie says:

    Umpisahan na yan! Gow gow gow!

  2. RON says:

    congrats on your sixth!

    let’s make this show a celebration of your six years of doing what you love most!

  3. congrats Nina on your 6th anny!grabe institution ka na sa blogging.galing galing. excited na ako sa PHL 360!!i love the trailer/teaser video, watch it umpteenth time in several sites haha.

  4. Tria says:

    Hi, Ms. Nina! :)

    Have been following Just Wandering since 2010~2011 and I would like to thank you for keeping us informed with your very helpful posts. Dami ninyo pong natutulungan talaga. And more than being helpful, your posts are very inspiring. :)

    Congratulations on your 6th anniversary and I’ll be watching out for PHL360! More power!

  5. WDLeader says:

    Hi Nina,
    Congratulations on your 6th year anniversary. I’ve been following your blog for quite sometime now. I manage to create my own travel blog last July. Thanks, you’re blog site was an inspiration.

  6. Fay says:

    Congrats po! :) More years to come!

  7. flipnomad says:

    bilis ng panahon :-) cheers to your 6th year… more blessings to come and more adventures sympre :-) cheering also to the PHL360 cast and crew :-)

  8. Wooohoooooooooooo!

    Happy 6th year! To more years of travels and blogging and everything in between! =)

  9. dong ho says:

    Team PHL360 has been consistent in bringing in surprises. kudos to the team Nina. it has been an exciting journey to be part of it as a cast but yes being a crew will never be less exciting.

    kudos to you and Team PHL360!

  10. Christina says:

    Galing Nina! That looks so beautiful. I’d love to hear more about the project as it progresses.

    You know there’s always a couch in Brooklyn you can crash on, if you travel this way.

    • nina says:

      Oh my Christina! Thanks so much! :D

      • Christina says:

        Hey fellow journeywomen gotta help each other out ;) And I know New York can be impossibly expensive if you have to pay for housing. But seriously, if you ever swing a ticket here, come to NYC in the summer. June to August, there’s a ton of free stuff to do and you can crash with me and eat cheap. I think you’d like it here.

  11. TW and Jo says:

    WOW! Absolutely stunning shots. We’ll definitely be back in the Philippines to catch some of that action.

    Was great meeting up with you. Thanks for telling us about this project. We’re eagerly anticipating its launch.

    Oh yeah. Happy 6th birthday to this awesome blog too!

  12. chyng says:

    na-immune na ko sa surprises. wala akong tumamang hula from day 1 to day 6. toinks!

    this project is nothing but awesome. all for the love of travel! galing ng team!

  13. Congratulations Nina! Dami mo na-inspire at natulungan with your blog (me included) and I am excited na for PHL360 :D

  14. Apple says:

    ooh! do you need a PA or mua or assistant prod manager? i’d love to join the team. gawd! if only had i known about this. :(

    well, have fun! :D

  15. Aileen says:

    Congratulations! Here’s to more frutiful years for you to come :D

  16. Dylan says:

    Congrats Nina on your 6th year blog anniversary!
    Can’t wait for the PHL360. :)
    Keep on travelling…

  17. Great to know that you are one of the people working behind the scenes. Kudos to you! :) Congratulations! I’m such a fan :)

  18. When Dom & Chyng mentioned this project on their blogs, I thought you have to be a part of it – doing behind the scenes is indeed no less exciting. No stress? Belated happy 6th!

  19. Late nako… Haha! Happy 6th dear!

  20. Congrats, Nina! Happy blogiversary!

  21. soloflightEd says:

    congrats on the 6th Nina!
    excited ako sa project nyo. :D

  22. Manny says:

    Congratulations on your new gig, Nina. I’m sure it will be a great experience for you. Just to let you know, we plan to be back in the Phils later this year, most likely November. We hope to get together with the gang while we’re there. We’ll keep you guys posted.

  23. Flip says:

    Congrats Nina and happy anniversary! :) Please visit http://www.ofwforum.com

  24. randomguru says:

    congrats on your 6 year anniversary!!! so glad you found your niche, which is a real blessing… up to now, i’m still trying to search for mine and i go through phases…

    here’s to another 6 years!!!

  25. Cat says:

    Belated congrats, Nina! You, my dear friend, have inspired others with your fantastic tales of travel & I wish you the best and more years in the future! Keep rockin’ at what you do & we’ll all be following you wherever your travels take you! (Oh, and I salivate over the food pics you throw in from time to time!) :)

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