But not quite.
So there is something that has been, I don’t know… disturbing me for quite a while. It really isn’t anything bad or something I should make a big deal out of, but it all started with what I saw on my stats bar:
Don’t get me wrong; it’s not like the first thing I check when I enter my dashboard is this blog’s statistics page, lol. I do check it out from time to time when I feel like it, because for a blog that I don’t really tell others about (even to people I personally know), I am curious to know how people on the internet end up here. Also, I have never placed my blog’s link elsewhere. Okay, scratch some of that—ever since this certain traumatizing thing happened to me that had to do with my blog (which happened not too long ago), I’ve been extra careful with every little word I post here. Okay, scratch all of that—ano ako, artista? Haha. But seriously, nobody really reads this anyway, so getting a referral from Twitter was really weird. I myself don’t have Twitter anymore, which I only found out last weekend. I have been religiously reactivating it every 30 days to retain my account… well, apparently, I tried to log-in 31 days after (just by a difference of one day, gahd!), so my Twitter’s disappeared into thin air. How sad and unlucky, so it’s goodbye Twitter for me.
So I thought, who in the world would be including my url in a tweet? Certainly can’t be me, or whoever.
(Note: I know that the tweets can be easily searched, and in effect would let their usernames be seen, but I've blurred them because I would feel uncomfortable 'revealing' other people's things without their consent, hehe.)
Hmm… wow. That was, uhm… quite a handful. Imagine what my reaction was when I read those tweets. Apparently, it seems as if I am this ~*liberated*~ and ~*privileged*~ underage kid who can travel whenever and however she wants to, without the supervision of her parents. Again, don’t get me wrong; I am grateful and thankful for the trips that I have gone to when I get the chance. Traveling is not something I get to do all the time, so all of it is a big deal to me. But being labeled “rich” and “lucky”, in line with that, by someone I don’t know is just… I don’t even know, really. It’s a plethora of feelings.
(not a relevant picture, just trying to break the text—travel feels circa 2013 aka junior year)
Well, I’ve been totally misinterpreted. Now, it makes me think—is this how I portray myself on the world wide web? Is that what my blog entries reveal about who I am? Uhm, that is sort of degrading on my part… I guess. But I don’t know.
But okay, so first things first!
- I did not “travel around Asia”. I mean, that’s right—the only countries I’ve been to are in Asia, but the first tweet suggested one way or another that I had this Asian cruise or backpacking trip around Asia in one go, omg. Haha. Nope. Also, I did not travel “without my parents”. Of course I did, and I don’t think there’s any reason I would not go with either of them. As of this date, I’m a minor.
- More importantly, I did not “travel alone to Korea”, although, wow, I would love that. To go to a foreign place all by myself has always been on my bucket list, and it’s something that’s yet to happen. If I could pack my bags and leave all alone tomorrow, I would. But obviously, I can’t. And that’s not gonna happen. At least, not anytime soon. Yes, my parents weren’t with me when I went to Korea, but I was with my brother who turned legal that year. In addition to that, I was invited by my Korean classmate to visit her homeland and was hosted by her family, so my experience was the farthest from being alone. The experience was the nicest, yes, but the process wasn’t all glitter and gold. Getting a travel clearance for minors, at least, in my case, was not exactly an easy ride.
- I am (was) not from La Salle La Salle (go figure)!
- I’m not “rich anyway”. Uhm. Whaaaat the. That, I admit, sort of got into me. I never even thought of myself as such. I don’t know what her basis was of saying that (I mean, she did relate it to where I ‘come from’), but maybe is it because of being “able to travel”? Or being “able to travel alone without any parents”? I’m no travel guru, and don’t aim to be one, but trips don’t necessarily mean expensive. Traveling will cost you something—that’s true, but it doesn’t have to cost you everything. Ever since I got bitten by the travel bug, going somewhere always had to be possible through budget airlines, piso fares, and red-eye flights; otherwise, nothing, really.
Just thought I’d clear that up. And lastly, to the girl who tweeted those, in case you come across this post, hello. 🙂