It’s already February. Finally my return ticket to the Philippines was booked purely based on budget.
It’s been quite tough, but things are slowly coming together. I was getting a bit nervous because I was supposed to be working since the beginning of January to assist with my budget, but as with most businesses in January, the chef work was very quiet but I’ve now managed to get some work.
Things have been set back from what I originally intended, but this is probably a good and realistic circumstance. I’m now due to fly on March 10th on a 23 Hr Flight including an 8 hour stop over in Beijing.. but what do you expect for a budget flight? I now face the task of trying to fit my itinerary in 2 and a half months which is still very feasible but it needs to be scrutinized quite well so that I do not waste too many days in between commuting from region to region. I am also pushing very hard to hit my target on Indiegogo and the support that I have been recieving has been amazing. Currently, i’m less than half way there but I’m still quite optimistic.
I have been focusing a lot on keeping contact with family and friends based in the Philippines which is now one of the highest priorities after this indiegogo campaign. Really knowing an area and its hidden beauty requires a devout local so it is important I build my database of contacts related to my itinerary for this information.
I can’t believe theres only 6 weeks until I actually leave. I’m anxious yet excited but I must remain focused and prepare myself for this research expedition.