Who's Behind this Blog?

Imagine for a minute we are in an island hut and I'd offer you either a cup of coffee from a french press or a fresh-from-the-tree coconut. For first time visitors of the blog, this is the sort of feeling you might expect around here. 

My name is Arni.  Oh no, my full name is not "Arnold."  Arni actually comes from "Laarni", that my Mom handpicked from a Philippine folk lore. I have been living in Dubai for the last 12 years. I am now officially a tourist, as we speak, with no home. Yes, a nomad. 

My husband, my 10-month old daughter and I are presently living with a suitcase each. We just left the apartment that is sort of our home for the last 5 years in an attempt to start a simple life in a small community on a tropical island in the Philippines.  We are sorting out the last bits of our lives in Dubai and will be traveling to start this adventure very soon.

What the heck are we going to do? 
Well, we'll definitely set up a tourism business by the end of 2015 but for the last few months, we've changed our plan A to plan B. For now we have to find a plan C and / or D. Honestly, we're just winging it and we'll see how it goes with our research whether it would be feasible or not.

Why did I start blogging?
I started it when I was in a rut from a job that I really hated doing. Too scared to jump out of my comfort zone in search of a passion that was actually right before my eyes (If I could only kick myself that time, you bet I would).  I found myself writing about interior design projects and products that inspire me and simultaneously wrote about past and present travels in the hopes of sharing information beneficial to travellers.

Who is this blog for?
Honestly, this blog was intended to be a journal to record my personal progress, to see signs of growth and change and to chronicle various stages of my life so I have something to look back to someday and laugh about. However, I imagine this blog to be for those who are passionate about traveling, those who are looking for their niche in life, and those who might find themselves in the same situation as I am, offering company that they are not alone in their journey. 

What projects am I currently proud of?
This leap of faith, that we are now challenging ourselves to really live beyond our comfort zones. Simplifying. Transitioning. 

If there's something I'd like the reader to take away with them, 
I aspire to have at least made them smile one way or another. 
I raise my coffee mug or coconut for a toast as we conquer our fears and be thankful for today.

Love & light,

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  1. It must be a little scary not having roots down, when you have a little one with you. I wish you all the best with sorting everything out. I have always enjoyed your posts, and look forward to reading more of your adventures!

  2. I hope you've chosen a Northern part of the islands where there are no natural disasters :(

    1. Hi Dezzy, it's somewhere in the middle. It is rarely hit but unfortunately it was a part of the biggest typhoon, Yolanda that took place not long ago.

  3. Wow, this is amazing and really inspires me. Best of luck to you guys, what an incredible thing to do! And it was great to get to know you a little bit better. :)

  4. I always enjoyed your writing and your thoughts. I love the bit about your name. Best wishes to you Arni.

  5. I love this. You are such an inspiration to me and I am excited to follow along for your new journey!

  6. The adventure that you and your family are on is a fascinating one and I can't wait to read more about how it progresses