Wishful Wednesday – Wellington World Travels

Wishful Wednesday – Wellington World Travels


Hi everyone. I am Carmen. I am from the Philippines but currently live in Doha, Qatar. I was (still am, by license) a Nurse in the Philippines until I realized I want more in life. I want to travel and explore the world, that’s why I worked as a flight attendant (because why not?!) on one of the international 5-star airlines. Imagine that! I was actually being paid to travel. For 3 years, I was able to travel to more than 50 countries across 6 continents, except Antarctica. Now, I am a stay-at-home mom to 2 beautiful kids, a three-year-old son and a four-month-old baby girl. I blog over at Wellington World Travels where I share my world travels, family adventures, photos, and reviews. I also do Expat Life Interview Series where I interview expats about their experience in moving to another country. You can find me on Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

The Questions

What fictional place would you most like to go?
Hogwarts! I have been a fan of Harry Potter even before it got big. I remember wanting to be a student in Hogwarts learning magic spells, potions, and playing Quidditch! I think I’ll make a pretty good Chaser!

What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?
For someone who has been everywhere and done a lot of things, the most amazing adventure would be to go to Disneyworld with my family. I know, it’s so simple right. But travelling with kids is already an adventure. Disneyworld is just icing on the cake! I love Mickey and anything Disney. I have been to a couple of Disneyland, but not DisneyWorld. I have read good reviews about it, and I really want us to go there! I will forever be a kid-at-heart, with or without kids.

Photo 📸: Wellington World Travels

What’s your favourite drink?
I love smoothies! I make my own smoothies by mixing bananas, strawberries, and organic/ low-fat yoghurt or almond milk. I could use other fruits like berries, raspberry, grapes, etc.

What is something that is considered a luxury, but you don’t think you could live without?
My iPhone. I don’t think I could live without it. Nowadays, a smartphone has everything, an all-in-one gadget – messages, calls, chat, internet, GPS, email, camera, video, music, social media, apps, etc. It is a luxury because I could’ve chosen a cheaper one, but I always buy the latest one.

How do you relax after a hard day of work?
I am a stay-at-home Mom, and I recently had a new baby. Sleep is becoming foreign to me. So most of the time, relaxing for me means sleeping. Nonetheless, after a whole day of taking care of the kids and home, I relax by taking a long shower, watching movies or TV series on Netflix until I fall asleep.

What is the most heartwarming thing you’ve ever seen?
The most heartwarming thing I have ever seen is seeing my son and daughter play with Daddy. I am a stay-at-home mom, so it is a given that they spend most of their time with me and they are closest to me. My husband is rarely at home because of work. So when I see my kids laugh, smile, and play with their Daddy, it is a sweet, precious, heart-melting moment.

What is one of your favourite smells?
One of my favourite smell is the ‘baby’s smell’. I recently had a baby, and I find myself always smelling her. There just something about their smell that is so comforting and calming.

Who is/was your most interesting friend?
My husband is my most interesting friend. He is my everything, including a friend. He is interesting because of his values, intellect, and sense of humour. He is genuine, a good conversationalist, and when I am wrong, he never condones it.

Photo 📸: Wellington World Travels

What do you take for granted?
I am very sad to say it’s the value of money. We are living on a single income. But even so, we can still afford most of the stuff. As a stay-at-home, I should have been more conscious of spending money or look for ways to save money. Instead, I buy grocery items without checking the price or comparing. I am so caught up with branded items, that I don’t even bother checking the generic ones. I also buy clothes, bags, and shoes that I will only wear once or twice. I book tickets to travel to Phuket for one night or Philippines for a week or the US for a month. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have a FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) syndrome, just a bad spending habit.

What’s the best and worst piece of advice you’ve ever received?
The best advice is ‘Patience is a virtue’. I am not a patient person. When I want something, I want it now. When I watch TV series and it’s really good, I will watch the last episode to know the ending. When watching a movie, I will read the plot on the internet. Whenever I do grocery, I walk so fast. I don’t like walking so slow. When I tell a story, I always do it so fast. I even tell the ending first. I just don’t have the patience to wait or take things slow. I only knew the true meaning of patience when I had kids. They truly tested my patience. Indeed, Patience IS a virtue.


1 Comment

  1. 11th April 2018 / 7:53 pm

    Thank you so much for the feature! I enjoyed answering your questions. All the best ☺️

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