This site is an online repository of the places I’ve been to, the faces I’ve met, the sights and sounds I have encountered through years of travelling on a very tight budget. The world is too large, and too magnificent to be left alone.

A wondrous experience awaits anyone who dared take the first step, and let go of the fears and uncertainty of being in a foreign land. This site is intended to be an online diary containing the wonderful, exciting, scary, adventurous and life-changing experiences brought by discovering new things.

It’s always easy to be afraid of new things, of things we can’t predict or that is not familiar to us. Let go of any uncertainties, the air is opener and wider that what you think!

The blog’s name is inspired by the book, “The Places You’ll Go”, the iconic book from Dr. Seuss who succinctly and effortlessly challenged each and everyone of us to embark in the journey of life, and face its many challenges.

NOTE: All the places and attractions featured in this blog are paid for by the blogger, unless otherwise stated.



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March 2012 – Myeongdong, Seoul, South Korea

They say that I am a contradiction of my own self: a writer who usually has problems with grammar; a Japanophile whose deep-set, large brown eyes usually betrayed my true nationality; a fashion wannabe who do not possess the size zero body that is common among the fashionista set; a travel junkie without the necessary bank account for travel funds.

More than anything in this world, only traveling has the power to keep me sane–from the punishing corporate rat race, from the responsibilities of family life, from the various curve balls that life had a habit of throwing carelessly in my direction. I travel not because it will make me look glamorous lor rich. Or because the travel photos would look wicked on my Facebook wall.

I travel because I love it. The simple (yet utterly crazy things): the booking of the flight, the searching/canvassing of hotels that fit your meager budget, the haphazard packing where you pack 20 things you don’t need, the nerve-wracking wait at the Immigration line…the first time you smell a foreign country’s air just as you stepped out of the airport. Those things. The little things that may seem ordinary for some — it’s the exact things that I usually remember.

I remember the first time I stepped foot in a foreign country, July 2007 in Singapore — the minute I stepped out of the MRT from the airport and heard the cacophony of foreign languages, saw the high rise buildings and marveled on how come there was no trash in sight — I was utterly hooked. It is then that I realized that I want to keep doing this over and over again, for as long as it is possible.

“And when things start to happen, don’t worry.Don’t stew. Just go right along. You’ll start happening too. OH! THE PLACES YOU’LL GO!”

– “The Places You’ll Go”, Dr. Seuss

“Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away!”

Get in touch with your WanderingGirl!
Email: lani_mesias@yahoo.com


  1. Smita Priya says:

    I was going through the article on Green Frog Hybrid bus service in Manila.
    Would you have more details or contact number for them, we wanted to check their route and timings.

    Thanks and enjoy your travels,

  2. Wela says:


    We have newly opened Private resort in Tagaytay City.I just want to invite you to come and have an free overnight stay in our place. You can come with your close friend and family. Our house is available for daily and weekly rent. If your time allowed, I hope you can grant my request. This is my first time to invite blogger to visit our place for free because I strongly believe that medium like this will help our business to meet the needs of customer :-). You can reach me at 0917-8450523.

    Thank you. Excited to meet you

    • lanilakwatsera says:

      Hi Wela! Thanks for appreciating my blog and for the invitation to stay in your resort. Can you give me more information about your resort?

  3. Wela says:


    Thank you for the swift response. Our resort is location at Brgy Guinhawa Tagaytay City. The name is ” Casa Minerva”. We have fb page just look for casa minerva tagaytay so that you could see the pictures of the house :-). Hope you can visit us soonest.

    • lanilakwatsera says:

      Hi Rob! Wow! Thank you…!
      Will be glad to fill out and nominate other fellow bloggers as well! Cheers!

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