About Me

About Me

My name is Paul Xymon Garcia, Filipino (a Pinoy) born and bred in the big chaotic capital of Manila in the Philippines. I graduated with a journalism degree but never really had the urge to pursue the profession. Having discovered my linguistic abilities post-college, I became a language professional, creating educational materials for ESL students and picking up the Spanish language along the way. I now write, translate, teach, take photos, blog, and what have you, all to quench that insatiable thirst to see the world and all that's in it.

Apart from Walk Fly Pinoy, I am a columnist and occasional contributor to Wild Junket Magazine and a regular contributor to the Melted Stories travel blog. Additionally, I have been published in some print and inflight magazines namely Travel Leisure and Adventure, Cebu Pacific Smile, and Jetstar Asia.

Bali, Indonesia
Scootering up Bukit Peninsula in South Bali, Indonesia

Why Travel

I caught the travel bug only recently, but I think that yearning for something out of the ordinary, and that amazement and curiosity for the new and unfamiliar have always been there. In 2007, I went on my first truly independent trip outside of my city. In 2008, I caught my first ever flight. In 2010, just a few years ago, I first left the familiarity of my own country and set foot on another.

Now, a few years later, I realize the gravity of my passion. No longer are two-week paid vacations a year going to be enough. The world is too big to explore in such hurried pace. And I refused to accept that that was it, that I was never going to see worlds different from mine solely because convention states that I settle in some place, work myself off, and constantly dream of travel 11 and a half months of the year. Something has to be done. And if the universe refuses to bring it to me, then I'm doing it myself. So I decided to bite the bullet and backpack Asia for six months. I began October 2011 and traveled through Singapore, India, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam, China, and Malaysia. The adventure continues as I travel through various destinations in Asia and perhaps even beyond.

Cooking School, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Pounding and grinding my way through Thai cooking class in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Best of Walk Fly Pinoy

A Day in the Village of the Last Tattoo Artist of the Kalinga ~ An experience I'm proud to have gone through and a story I'm proud to have written. Meeting a treasured artist from the hill tribes of Philippines and witnessing her in her element.

Ramadan in Indonesia ~ A very rewarding experience celebrating the Eid al-Fitr, the breaking of the fast, in the largest Muslim country in the world—Indonesia.

Seven Travel Highlights of El Nido, Philippines ~ I am glad to have proven myself right that Palawan, the Philippines' final frontier, is one of the most, if not the most, picturesque places in the Philippines.

Why I Travel and Why I Traveled This 2012: the Tiger Leaping Gorge ~ A heartfelt year-end and birthday post about a year full of travels, a highlight of which is my trip to Yunnan in China and my trek to the Tiger Leaping Gorge.

How This Backpacker Can Afford Long-Term Travel ~ One of the most popular posts on Walk Fly Pinoy as many readers seemed to pursue long-term travel, too. This post shows the ways through which I afford to travel long-term.

Trek to the Annapurna Himalayas in Nepal: The Trek (Part 2) ~ My favorite post in the Annapurna series, chronicling the highs and lows of our trek to the Annapurna Sanctuary. Grueling, but worth it.

Fishtail Mountain Base Camp, Nepal
Seven days to get here. On foot! Machhapuchhre Base Camp in the Nepal Himalaya.

How to Connect with Me

Through intentions some of which are not my own, I am very much an online kind of person. You can follow me in Twitter and Instagram, like Walk Fly Pinoy on Facebook, or add me to your circles in Google Plus. You can also add me as a contact on Flickr. All photos I use in this site I upload there. Of course, you can always use the Contact Me page of this blog or leave a comment on any one of the posts. I am always thrilled hearing from people who stumble upon my corner of the Web!

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