When I got to the table where the rest of the finalists of the 2015 Wrangler True Wanderer was sitting, I noticed one un-familiar face. From what I can remember there’s only one female finalist, so who can this lady be?
As I sat down she extended her hand to introduce herself and said “I’m Kara Santos one of the judges of this years competition”. That’s the first time that I met the lady who I eventually I look up to in terms of blogging. I honestly didn’t know anyone in the local blogging world before I met her. I did check out some motorcycle bloggers but I never got to really know them and I didn’t even bother trying to, because all I wanted was just to create content.
After winning the competition, she asked if I’m cool for an interview. “One of the magazines that I work for want to feature your story” it was my first time to do this so I said “Yeah, sure… let’s do it on a ride.” We then scheduled that interview on a Sunday morning ride to Marilaque. I remember sending her a message that I will leave even without her because she was running a bit late, I’m actually glad that I didn’t.
I didn’t know she was popular, like very popular. She’s very simple with no air whatsoever, but she has this very distinct professional aura to her. She speaks eloquently and direct, you will really feel that she knows what she’s doing and that she’s done it a lot of times. After that interview, I was intrigued as to who she really is.
Apparently she runs this very popular travel blog called Travel Up. Her travels, gear reviews, food suggestions and thoughts are all housed there. Looking at her photos and stories I can pretty much say she is very adventurous, from rappelling down a waterfall to riding motorcycles on the last island north of the Philippines, she’s pretty much done it all. Aside from that she also writes for various online and print publications, in short she’s like a professional adventurer. Back then I was very new to blogging and by reading what she writes as well as hanging out with her, I learned a lot.
Present day, we converse with each other almost on a regular basis. We have known each other for two years (Thanks to Facebook for the reminder) but it feels like I have known her for longer that time. We even did a project together, a custom motorcycle called Fenrir. I’m really glad that I waited for her during that first ride, because if not I would have missed meeting such an awesome bad-ass person.