Three years of blogging in a nutshell

It has been three years since we started writing about our adventures together. We never thought we will be where we are right now in the travel blogging scene coming from our humble jump-off point when we signed up a wordpress account that one rainy night in Quezon City. We are fully aware that we are nowhere near the calibre of Nina Fuentes and Flip Nomad, but throughout the years we garnered trust and supports from sponsors, organization and fellow travel bloggers who helped and still helping us all they way. We haven’t taken out the caribbean holidays, European backpacking, traversing Africa and our South American adventure from our overflowing bucket list, but the places we have been to date already made us grow from who we were three years ago.

Thanks to Jamie and Jess of the Adventures of Cloud People for getting us on board the My 7 Links project. The initiative was kicked off by Tripbase with the goal to “unite bloggers (from all sectors) in a joint endeavor to share lessons learned and create a bank of long but not forgotten blog posts that deserve to see the light of day again” and this is the perfect post to start our anniversary series.

So brace yourself for a quick flash back to the past.

Our Most Beautiful Post

singapore indian

La Escala en Singapur (December 2010) The relevance of this post to the Philippines’ national hero Jose Rizal’s sesquicentennial (150th) birth anniversary, made my Dan Brown-ish mission to trace a century old diary to earn commendations from readers. This post is also nominated in this years Philippine Blog Awards for the Top Blog Post. Our love goes to everyone who took time to read!

FACT: It is also the creepiest. Read the article to know why.

Our Most Popular Post

caramoan survivor island

Surviving Caramoan – Part 1 (October 2010) In terms of page hits, this post made it to the top. The trip took place in the summer of 2010 when we flew to the Eastern part of the Philippines together with two of our most fabulous friends, Jeff Rios a Filipino Canadian Artist and Santi Obcena of Project Runway Philippines Season 2. It is also one of our best trips to date where we laughed our guts out from the time we checked in the airport until we arrived back in Manila.

FACT: It was the trip that made Monette perform a song and dance number just to keep the check-in counter open, because Ron was late.

Our Most Controversial Post

hello stranger sex and travel

The Hello Stranger Series (February 2011) It was our five-part valentine special where we published five stories of love and (ehem) sex while on the road.  It was a countdown to Valentine’s day where we bore naked in front of the readers, YES we are exhibitionists if that’s how you want to see it, exhibitionists and doesn’t give a shit. Perhaps the only entry in the travel blogging world that is bordering to porn, and the same posts that made our parents call from overseas and uttered a perpetual WTF.

FACT: Parts 6 to 8 is on its way. hehehe

Our Most Helpful Post

mount kinabalu tips

Posts on Climbing Mount Kinabalu (May 2010) It is a given fact that Mount Kinabalu is not an easy trip in terms of booking an accommodation and the actual course itself. That is why a lot of prospective climbers go on a cyber witch hunt to gather information on the the how, where and when to’s prior to climbing the highest peak in South East Asia.

FACT: It was our first attempt to climb a mountain. And perhaps the ONLY one until Machu Picchu.

A Post Whose Success Surprised Us

happy horse picture

Close Encounter with the Happy Horse (March 2010). It was not really a travel post per se. I originally intended to post it in my personal blog but since beer drinking is synonymous to travel, we published it anyway. It was just one of those “I’m drunk and I’m in front of the computer” articles but it seems like intoxication is the new black, and this post is consistently one of the most viewed even after a year since it went live.

FACT: You can order happy horses at NOMNOMNOM in Quezon City.

A Post we Feel Didn’t Get the Attention it Deserved

trains in china

The Nameless Three on a Slow Train to Beijing (March 2010). It was my first solo trip and the most adventurous/mis-adventurous to date. It is one of those trips I always brag about whenever a topic on solo travels comes up, I will never get tired of telling the stories of those days in China.

FACT: I almost did a last minute cancellation of this trip, I’m glad I didn’t.

The Post we are Most Proud of

south east asia backpacker magazine

Published (May 2011). Of course, the one that we can be very proud of ’til kingdom come would be this post where we announced our first international magazine debut. It is also one of the most viewed and most commented in the site. Up to this moment we can still feel that adrenalin rush when we found that brown envelope on our doorsteps. It was the crowning moment of the first three years of Flip’n Travels.

FACT: It was also the first time Philippines was featured in the magazine.

It has been three years from that day I texted Rick Manzano and asking him tips on blogging. And he gave us an advise that we are still holding on to up to this moment “… one word, Passion. Put love on your posts and eventually readers will feel it and they will follow you unconditionally!”

Now to keep this project rolling, we will nominate three of our favorite blogs to do the same thing Lucie, Lachlan and Bow Wow of, Graciel of and Flip of

Thanks for tuning in. Love Love Love goes to y’all

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  • Happy 3 years of sharing! =) appreciate your advisory in your red horse post =) cool.

  • flipnomad

    July 23, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    thanks for the nomination Ron 🙂 will try to do this 7 links 🙂

  • jeff rios

    July 23, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Congrats, my main bitches!!
    You can suspend time when you love what you do. Can’t believe it’s been three years, da ba?

  • chyng

    July 24, 2011 at 3:39 am

    inferness, ang hindi ko lang nabasa ay yung happy horse. im so updated! =)

    ps – pls post part6-8 of Hello Stranger series soon!

  • Islandvacations

    July 26, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Nice 7 blog posts indeed! Thanks for sharing this.Am so excited for the next Hello Stranger episodes. . .

  • lifeisacelebration

    July 26, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Been following your blogs, and was quite surprised I didn’t have u in my blogroll. Till now. A very senior moment, indeed.

    Missed a few, should be catching up now. Love this 7 Links Project. Your list/choices say a lot about you, don’t u think? No worries, it certainly rings good vibes. 😉 Keep writing, Ron and Monette.

  • Mike

    July 27, 2011 at 4:19 am

    I have been an avid reader yet this is the only time I am commenting on any of your posts. It’s great to read a “collection” of stories that proved how a great blog like yours became successful! Keep it up!

  • Althea Maria

    July 27, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    After reading your blog post I browsed your website a bit and noticed you aren’t ranking nearly as well in Google as you could be. I possess a handful of blogs myself and I think you should take a look here: You’ll find it’s a very nice tool that can bring you a lot more visitors. Keep up the quality posts

  • Tripper10

    July 28, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Wow, Ang dami ko pa palang babasahin…
    Sigurado mag-eenjoy ako… 🙂

  • flip'n travels

    July 28, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Mike, this comment made our day!!! thanks for following our Shiznits. hehehe

  • flip'n travels

    August 14, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    tripper10… naku start backtracking, hehehe. thanks
    Mike … aww, that’s so sweet. thanks mike. we love your blog too btw.
    liliram … thanks a lot, your message is heartwarming.
    Islandvacation … thanks so much sir!
    chyng … taray! luv u much! second installment of hello stranger is on its way
    nyora jeff.. true that! thanks so much teh.

  • pinoy boy journals

    August 21, 2011 at 7:38 am

    happy to say i’ve read each and every post in this list. I love fliptravels! Keep ’em coming with brilliant and witty posts. you both inspire me.

  • flip'n travels

    August 22, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Jerik: awww nakaka-touch naman! wag ka ma-inspire… MA-IMPLUWENSYAHAN KA! LOL

  • ahgarcera

    September 14, 2011 at 10:14 am

    wowwwww very nice post… ang sarap ng feeling maka help..

    can we exchange links…?

  • ahgarcera

    September 14, 2011 at 10:17 am

    wowwwww very nice blog post, nah commercial pah si redhorse… hehehehe 🙂 love the part about Mt.Kinabalu, I wish I could climb that before I will turn into 30yrs old… hahahah

    can we exchange links?

  • flip'n travels

    September 23, 2011 at 8:26 am

    thanks Arze! 🙂 naman naman! i’ll have ron work on that… kumakain kasi ng tanga itong wordpress e… hahaha!

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