Sunday, September 15, 2013

3 Years On Earth. 3 Years of Wandering.

She's made in China and holds two passports. Under twenty kilos but has stepped foot on more than twenty countries in six continents. She's never been potty trained but she could prolly buckle an airplane's seat belt with her eyes closed. People think she's a late talker but neither English nor Tagalog was the first language she spoke in.

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She's turning three in three days. Currently trampling Australia and still doesn't have a permanent address... She's our daughter Luna.

And here are more random facts about this little globe trotter:

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1. She was born in an old hotel converted to a hospital. She's half Filipino, half Persian.

2. Her first beach trip: San Juan, La Union, Philippines.

3. First out of the country trip: Macau

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4. Her first couchsurfing experience was in the middle of Mullumbimby's forest, New South Wales, Australia. We stayed at a solar-powered studio outside our host's house.

5. She first walked by herself at Aguas Calientes' (Machupicchu Pueblo, Peru) train station. We were stranded for hours because of a landslide that covered the tracks. She must have searched for something to do.

6. Her first word was taught to her by Sofia Vergara and Elmo. She shouted "Baile!" out of the blue while we are at the common area of a guesthouse in Miraflores, Peru where we bunked for more than a week. Her second word's "mama". Her longest statement to date is "Put that sugar in the tea." which she constructed in Turkey.

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7. Seen for a few seconds on Balitang Amianan when hubby was interviewed about Tam-Awan Village in Baguio, Philippines.

8. She's quite an adventurous eater. She liked saluyot soup (ate in Myanmar), seaweed (ate in the U.S.), pickled ginger (ate in Singapore), reed (ate in Lake Titicaca, Peru) I know, WTH?! and olives (ate in Morocco). Especially olives.

9. Out of all the places we've visited, it's the "White Mountain" (Pamukkale, Turkey) that she remembers most. She can't stop talking about it 'til this very day.

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10. We consider our 7-day Gobi Desert trip as Luna's biggest adventure. She puked for 4 days out of the 7.

11. A van we hired from Sagada to Baguio got into an accident. Luna's first and hopefully last accident. None of us passengers got hurt but a girl crossing the Halsema highway hit our van when it screeched to a halt. We rushed the girl to the hospital, and all the while she and her mum were aboard the van, Luna was creepily smiling at her.

12. Luna hiked halfway up a snake-infested mountain in Georgia by herself. It's her longest hike ever. Our destination, the other half of Davit Gareji Monastery on Azerbaijani soil. We crossed the border on foot without having our passports stamped.

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13. Her fave animal's the elephant. Maybe that's why her fave cartoon is Dumbo.

14. She loves walking barefoot. And doesn't like sleeping under a blanket.

15. She looks for her bubba first thing in the morning. Yep, not me.

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16. She says 'goodbye' to toys whenever we leave a toy shop. She rarely asks us to buy one.

17. She has unfortunately seen a goat get slaughtered. Yeah, that same goat in the photo. Perhaps that's why she prefers to eat veggies.

18. She has already made one boy cry when we left Phonsavan, Laos.

Happy name day in advance, moon of our life!


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Lovelee said...
September 16, 2013 at 8:33 PM

awww..if I was Luna and I read this 20+ yrs from now, I'd surely cry and be grateful that I have such wonderful parents who taught me at a young age to see the world in a different light :)

http://thisislovelee.blogspot.com/

pinaytraveljunkie.com said...
September 16, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Ahh, yes. We sure hope she'd be able to appreciate all these someday :)

The Chronicles of Mariane said...
September 16, 2013 at 10:25 PM

Such a cute and adventurous kid! I look forward to more quirky moments, Luna! Maligayang Kaarawan!

ian | going places said...
September 16, 2013 at 11:10 PM

Pinay Travel Junkie Chapter 2 or Version 2.0 - I will not wonder in the future =)

Mustachio said...
September 17, 2013 at 12:30 AM

Advance happy birthday cute little Luna! :)

Micamyx|Senyorita said...
September 17, 2013 at 1:45 AM

Made in China pala si Luna hehe :D Naalala ko yung hindi nga siya nagpapabili ng toy :D Happy Birthday Luna! I miss you already! :D

Marj | layovertolife.com said...
September 17, 2013 at 3:59 AM

Your little tot has had quite a life in her first three years and will no doubt have even more wonderful adventures. Such a lucky girl! Plus such a cutie to boot. I bet that boy she made cry wont be the last!
I think "16. She says 'goodbye' to toys when we leave a toy shop. She rarely asks us to buy one." has got to be one of my favorite factoids about her. :)

Geejay Travel Log said...
September 17, 2013 at 4:10 AM

she's so adorable =] Love to see her own travel blog in the future.

http://geejaytravellog.blogspot.com/

Tin | The Average Jane said...
September 17, 2013 at 7:41 AM

Happy birthday, Luna! She may not be potty trained yet but she's done and experienced so much in her first 3 years pa lang. =)

Jho VD [mountains&beyond] said...
September 17, 2013 at 9:29 AM

ohh... so touchy... happy birthday baby luna...

pinaytraveljunkie.com said...
September 17, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Haha! Lil Pinay Travel Junkie.

pinaytraveljunkie.com said...
September 17, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Ah, quirky moments. For sure there would be tons more.

pinaytraveljunkie.com said...
September 17, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Yuf, everything seems to be made in China these days. LMAO.

docgelo said...
September 17, 2013 at 10:05 AM

happy birthday, luna!
she's turning 3 tomorrow.
i'm turning 37 (perhaps even the care bears don't care, hahaha!)

Lakbay Diva said...
September 17, 2013 at 10:16 AM

was sooo happy to finally see this globetrotting toddler!!! :D

Excursionista said...
September 17, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Happy, happy birthday, Luna! The only kid I know giving the Jolie-Pitt kids a run for their money in terms of globetrotting! :D And at 3, she's got more passport stamps than I'll ever have in this lifetime haha


Looking forward to more of your family adventures. :)

Christeen said...
September 17, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Happy birthday Luna :) such a lucky girl to have quite a life in her first 3 years on earth. More travels baby!

Erin Galoso said...
September 17, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Happy birthday Luna! I wish you and your family's safety always :) Looking forward to following more of your adventures!

Regin said...
September 17, 2013 at 10:38 AM

This is so inspiring Gay.

Angelica said...
September 17, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Love this Gay! It's a great thing what you're doing and teaching her about the world at such a young age. :) Happy Birthday Luna!! :)

Trip@dora said...
September 17, 2013 at 10:50 AM

How cute! Love this post. Happy Birthday Luna!

Eileen of The Super Tourists said...
September 17, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Happy Birthday, Luna! :D
Awesome, just awesome! :D
Can relate to some of your posts - but alas, despite all the good-food training, mine is a very, VERY picky eater. Our entire Bali trip, she practically lived on corn flakes and milk because Tonie just refused to eat.


More tracks, little one! :D

Jeffrey Rilles said...
September 17, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Happy birtdey Luna! Actually mas idol kita kesa kay Pinay Travel Junkie hahaha :)

Kathleen said...
September 17, 2013 at 12:02 PM

happy birthday Luna! :) cutie patootie :D

Filipina Explorer said...
September 17, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Happy advanced birthday Luna! Napakaswerteng bata!!!


My daughter hates blankets too. And strollers.


You are lucky with that kid. Rarely do I hear about kids who love veggies. My daughter is surely not one of them.


May you have more life-enchanting journeys, kiddo.

Marife Fernandez Yao said...
September 17, 2013 at 12:40 PM

An Amazing little girl so lovely. Happy bday to you Luna kisses. God Bless you!

Claire | Traveling Light said...
September 17, 2013 at 12:52 PM

I love trivia #16, too. Perhaps she is already a wanderer at heart - happy with experiencing but not really with possessing. =)


Happy birthday, Luna! =)

pinaytraveljunkie.com said...
September 17, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Hahaha! Dami ko namang tawa sa 'care bears', doc.

pinaytraveljunkie.com said...
September 17, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Luna loves strollers only when we're passing by places that bore her. LOL.

pinaytraveljunkie.com said...
September 17, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Hahaha! Idol ko rin yan. Mas mahilohin ako sa byahe.

pinaytraveljunkie.com said...
September 17, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Bali! Luna was eating spicy food when we were there. Isn't she just sooo weird? Was hoping she'd ask for fried chicken or something so I got an excuse to eat that too. LMAO.

pinaytraveljunkie.com said...
September 17, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Oh I hope the lessons stay embedded in her mind :)

Filipina Explorer said...
September 17, 2013 at 1:48 PM

LOL! Marunong!

Cotz Y said...
September 17, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Happy Birthday Luna! Wish you and 'rents all the best in everything! XOXO

Jerome Baluyut said...
September 17, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Wow. Happy birthday luna. It was fun travelling with you in myanmar.

pinaytraveljunkie.com said...
September 17, 2013 at 3:07 PM

And thanks for helping me babysit her! Haha.

pinaytraveljunkie.com said...
September 17, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Thanks Cotz!

pinaytraveljunkie.com said...
September 17, 2013 at 3:08 PM

And I hope that carries on til she becomes an adult. Hihi.

pinaytraveljunkie.com said...
September 17, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Luna sends kisses back!

noelfy said...
September 17, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Beautiful life description, hopefully your Luna once day will appreciate the amazing education she is recieving from her parents from an early age. Being allowed to travel and have more passport stamps than your kilos or age is something I was dreaming with but only fullfill when I became an adult.



Being a solo traveler make me believe that we do not have to follow what the society forced us to do (stop traveling to work our asses out to make someone else rich).


I will read your blog deeply!!

Happy birthday to little Luna and maaaaaany many more to come!! <3

Francis Balgos said...
September 17, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Aw Luna!
ADORABLE!
Happy Birthday! :)


I love this post!
Parang 18 reasons to love this girl..

Loise Garcia said...
September 17, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Aw, this is so adorable!
A very blessed girl to travel a lot already at such a young age. <3

Dylan Chan said...
September 17, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Happy Birthday Luna! :D

Melo Villareal said...
September 18, 2013 at 12:54 AM

#14 caption - Move on Dora, Spain lang na travel mo Echosera!

darwin said...
September 18, 2013 at 12:57 AM

happy birthday Baby ;)
tara na uli sa beach, willing akong alagaan uli kita! haha

pinaytraveljunkie.com said...
September 18, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Hahaha! Gow sa beach yan, anytime :) Kahit bagyuhin tayo ulet!

Relentless Karla said...
September 18, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Happy 3rd birthday Ate Luna! Hope to meet you soon. Love, H&I <3

Nina Fuentes said...
September 18, 2013 at 9:43 PM

At just 3, Luna has already lived such an exciting and adventurous life! She's so lucky to have you and Shervin for parents!

kulengkleng said...
September 19, 2013 at 4:52 AM

a very sweet text from mama...gefeliciteerd!

Drewster_350 said...
September 19, 2013 at 10:35 AM

This post made me miss my little nephews back in Manila even more. Wish I can travel with them too one day.

Happy Birthday to Luna! I was once so starstruck along with everyone else when you brought her to an event. Very, very adorable kid :)

Drewster_350 said...
September 19, 2013 at 10:38 AM

This post made me miss my little nephews back in Manila even more. Wish I can one day show them the world too.

Happy Birthday to Luna! I was once so starstruck along with everyone else when you brought her to an event. Very, very adorable kid.

pinaytraveljunkie.com said...
September 19, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Aww, sweet ni tito!

pinaytraveljunkie.com said...
September 19, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Thanks for the kind words, Nina <3

pinaytraveljunkie.com said...
September 19, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Ahh, yes. Play date someday!

Dennis said...
September 21, 2013 at 11:21 PM

What a blessed life Luna has lived already! She'll have a lot of stories to tell her future classmates at school! She could well start by saying "I was made in China" hahaha - aylaveet!

Mai_Flores said...
September 23, 2013 at 1:32 PM

The best ka talaga, Gay! Luna will surely love this recount of her wandering years pagdalaga na siya. :) I enjoyed reading about her journeys, and yours of course! Anyhoo.. Belated Happy Birthday Luna! :)

Ephraim Arriesgado said...
September 25, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Wow! Cutest post I've read, ever.. Extend my regards to Luna.. :)

Stella Sandoval said...
September 26, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Oh no, I missed it! Belated Bonne Fête, Luna belle! ^_^

Have been so busy with work lately that I was only able to check your site today. Anyhoo, your little girl is adorable beyond words. And I envy her to bits for having been able to visit all those places you mentioned. Haha!

I guess I don't have to quote Dr. Seuss' "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" to her. :P

pinaytraveljunkie.com said...
September 27, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Hahaha!

WanderfulTogether said...
September 29, 2013 at 4:03 PM

awww Luna is so cute and we have the same favorite animal. Hee hee. She's one lucky kid.

Bookmarked this post but only got to read today. ^_^

Happy travels Luna!

Maria Angela Ocampo Nacpil said...
October 2, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Happy birthday to the babytraveljunkie! more adventures to come!

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