I met Amanda during the Boracay leg of the Sooo Pinoy Food Tour courtesy of Unilever Philippines. Currently, Amanda writes for a local newspaper in Boracay and she also blogs at Thebaltik.wordpress.com.

Amanda Virrey with Luna Diwata
Amanda Virrey with Luna Diwata

Her passion thrives within a dynamic circle of writing, travels, world cuisines, yoga, universal spirituality based on love, music, dragon boat rowing, romance and a beautiful daughter named Luna Diwata.


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With Hakim Ahmed, a Bedouin herbal doctor from the mountains of Saint Katherine Protectorate, South Sinai (October 2010)
With Hakim Ahmed, a Bedouin herbal doctor from the mountains of Saint Katherine Protectorate, South Sinai (October 2010)

In places, highlighted by the vibrant peculiarity of her hometown Manila, by the energetic vibe of Hong Kong, by the hustle and bustle of Guangzhou, by the multi-cultural resort towns along the Red Sea coast, by the hospitable Bedouins in the deserts of South Sinai, by the pyramids of Cairo, by the rural villages of Piedmont, by the Duomo and the fascinating streets of Milan, by the gastronomical delights and warm-hearted people of Umbria, by the romance of Romeo and Juliet in Verona, by the history and architecture of Rome, by the batiks and delicacies of Jogjakarta, by the urbane vibe of Malaysia and by the beautiful islands and charming citizens of the Philippines she have dwelled in, yet it is the stunning scenery and admirable simplicity of life in Boracay that she have fallen in love with and currently embrace as her home.

Amanda at Piazza di Spagna with a looming view of Trinita Dei Monti (July 2009)
Amanda at Piazza di Spagna with a looming view of Trinita Dei Monti (July 2009)

• Beach or Mountain? 
I live on the beach now. I don’t mind living on the mountain as long as I am with the man of my dreams.
• How often do you travel by air / land? 4 to 5 times a year
• What’s your favorite airport?
Old Domestic Airport
• What is favorite Hotel?
Waling-Waling Beach Resort
• Who is your preferred Airline?
Qatar Airlines
• How do you beat jet lag / Motion sickness?
Yogic breathing
• What are your favorite travel gadgets?
iPod

Amanda with my dragonboat team, Bugsay during a race on the Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong (June 2007)
Amanda with my dragonboat team, Bugsay during a race on the Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong (June 2007)

• Any Tips on how to travel light?
Choose light and wrinkle-free clothes, and stuff them in your luggage rolled. Don’t bring a towel since you will be provided with it anyway. Bring your favorite hygiene items, otherwise buy new ones at your destination. Wear your heaviest clothing and shoes while traveling and stuff the lighter ones in the luggage.

• Best Backpack Brand?
Django Leather Craft
• Top 3 Philippine Destinations?
Boracay Island
El Nido, Palawan
Sagada
• Top 3 International Destinations?
Italy
South Sinai, Egypt
Hong Kong

Favorite Travel Quote
I am bequethed to savor the fruits of life through traveling.

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