The Visual Traveler is a Finalist for Best Cebu Blogs Awards 2016

"...and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do." - Steve Jobs

Last Wednesday, I was on my way to the office when I received a text from my friend, Ditas, that I was a finalist for this year's Best Cebu Blogs Awards. I couldn't contain my excitement and happiness that I shared the good news with my Uber driver.

That particular announcement gave me an extra boost of energy and nerves which I badly needed that day since I had a presentation at work. I felt like I was on Cloud Nine.

The Visual Traveler is a BCBA 2016 Finalist

This is the first time I've been nominated as well as chosen to be a finalist for any Blogging awards. Being recognized is both an honor and a privilege. As per my favorite Steve Jobs quote, it inspires me to continue doing great work and to enjoy what I am experiencing.

I officially started blogging in 2012 but stopped and started again in 2014. I initially thought of it as a hobby. Something that I could do that is totally different from my line of work. 

My initial goal was just to write whatever came to mind and do everything on my own but last year, I decided to change things a little and joined Cebu Bloggers Society, the first and premier Blogging organization in Cebu. 

Getting to know like-minded individuals helped me improve my blogging skills. it also introduced me to the world of Cebu Events and Entertainment which I never knew existed even after living in the Island for the past 10 years.

The Blogging world is quite different from what I'm used to. It made me realize that there are a lot of things beyond my present reality. It made me less of an introvert.

Yes, people might think it's all glamorous and full of freebies but it's not all fun and games. There are deadlines to meet. Commitments to fulfill. Research to be made. These similarities grounded me as well.

The Personal Blog Category sums up my character and personality. I have a wide and varied interest on things plus I couldn't decide on what particular niche to focus on. Being a finalist for this category connects me to who I am and what I still want to achieve.

I am looking forward to the Awards Night on November 27 which will be held in Crown Regency Hotel and Towers, not for the announcement of the winner but for the camaraderie that we bloggers have for this community and for the province of Cebu that we are writing about. 

A lot of things have happened during the past year and I'm grateful that it did. 

BCBA is on it's 9th year of recognizing and rewarding the best of the best. This year's Awards are made special by PLDT Home, Megaworld, Uber, Crown Regency, Starbucks and Jollibee (to name a few of the sponsors).

Find out more about my journey through the following:

Instagram: @thevisualtraveler
Facebook: @thevisualtravelerblog
Twitter: @dvisualtraveler