When I first set up a blog, my primary objective was to have a personal space in the web where I can share my thoughts and experiences. I used a free platform so maintenance was really no-frills. As I grew more serious about blogging, I decided to buy a domain to add a touch of professionalism to my blog.
I first heard of TravelBook (travelbook.ph) through my wife when she booked an overnight accommodation in Boracay during our first anniversary. Although we have not tried (or heard about) TravelBook before, what I liked most about the site is that it already carried a good number of hotels and lodgings. It was a good mix of easy-on-the-pocket bed and breakfast to top-tier hotels, thus catering to a broad segment of travelers. The brand TavelBook also somehow stuck to my mind because of the simplicity and straightforwardness of its name. It is a homegrown brand which aims to provide great value to every Juan.
Some months ago, I had the honor of attending Blogapalooza, probably one of the largest gatherings of bloggers and businesses. When I expressed my intent to attend, I was not really sure whether the organizers would accept me. For one, I was not really a prolific blogger. More than anything, I blog as a hobby, not as a business. Thus, when I was accepted to join, I was more than excited because it was an opportunity to learn something new, have fun and, possibly, meet fellow bloggers. The gathering was held at One Esplanade, a well-known event venue inside the Mall of Asia complex. It was held on a Sunday, which was good because traffic was not heavy.