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When I left The Philippines two years ago, I had so many realizations that made me think until now. Without a doubt, and tried to do what I love ever since had a great impact on myself and answered my questions of what I really want to be. What is really my passion? Ughh, that is too awful to know.

I started a travel blog, I am a blogger. I own a phone and I take photos so I am a photographer. In the past years, when you say, photographer, it only focuses on the people who went to school. I love the fact that nowadays, you can be a photographer if you have a phone- you don’t need to go to school and religiously study it.

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The Red Sea in Saud Arabia

Don’t pretend to be someone. Don’t try to be something you are not.

This freak me out when I see someone posting online with beautiful places especially Instagram that they did this and that. Well, maybe this is their marketing strategy and I absolutely respect them. But, where is the story behind that? It doesn’t count how many mountain you hike or likes you get. It is YOU that matters.

I felt guilty of doing these things before so who am I to judge them that they are being fake, right?

Social medias are powerful tools to stay connected to strangers. When I began to be active on Facebook, I even received chats from Afghanistan and Iraq from fans using the Arabic language. Knowing that you inspire them without hiding yourself from who you are- that was priceless.

 

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Red Sea

I am a writer. I own a blog so I write. Writing my own experience from a two-month vacation in Spain is totally fine. Who the hell are they to judge what I write? Don’t get me wrong, my blog seems to be unique while I am writing this.

I am a collector of memories NOT things.

We are living in great content creators, And that’s perfectly awesome!

Being YOU is important. Are you fine with pretending someone and living in a fake  for your entire life? Life is too short to pretend someone. If you want to change the world then you must change yourself.

I don’t need to mention that everyone is copying each other trying to do the same. But, it was painful to see them. Well, life is full of fake and authenticity. It is YOU who can decide which one you will follow. the truth of the matter is, accepting the reality hurts us and fake tend to give us relaxation. I hate to say this but it is true. Oops.

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As an expat blogger, I feel the same way that people experience here in Saudi Arabia. Being away from your loved ones sometimes get me sick. Not to the extent that I am homesick but you have the feeling to escape from a country which has a 50 degree Celsius of temperature. And that is the reality that I need to accept.

I rather ask for  more experiences whether good or bad or perhaps fewer troubles rather than copying someone and be a copy cat for my whole life. I rather use Couchsurfing and do a good deed because I can’t afford to buy a hotel than staying in a luxury one and tomorrow will be your end.

 

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Life doesn’t always have dark and the sunshine. After the rainbow, there is a rain. So be yourself and challenge this world to be real.

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Hafiz is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Travel with Hafiz. He is an expat turned travel blogger, self-taught photographer and digital entrepreneur. He speaks Spanish, Arabic, and Filipino.
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Hafiz is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Travel with Hafiz. He is an expat turned travel blogger, self-taught photographer and digital entrepreneur. He speaks Spanish, Arabic, and Filipino.

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