If you’re looking for some local advice, our Matador destination experts may be able to help. This week we introduce you to MichaLola — our Philippines guru.

Why I travel: I dont know…it’s just such a part of me that being “somewhere else” feels so natural, whilst being at home feels UNnatural. Strange and hard to explain.

I want to make a difference by: Staying open-minded and promoting free thought and creative thinking.

She aims to live in accordance with this quote by Salman Rushdie:

“Go for broke. Always try and do too much. Dispense with safety nets. Take a deep breath before you begin talking. Aim for the stars. Keep grinning. Be bloody-minded. Argue with the world. And never forget that writing is as close as we get to keeping a hold on the thousand and one things–childhood, certainties, cities, doubts, dreams, instants, phrases, parents, loves–that go on slipping, like sand, through our fingers.”

In addition to English, MichaLola speaks Tagalog (Filipino) and lists Thailand, Canada, Spain, and Burma as some of her favorite travel destinations.

To get in touch, visit her Matador profile.

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For some extra-curricular reading of MichaLola’s work, check out her personal blog, Looking for Lola.

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