Jea Wanders is a travel blog that features travel stories, guides, itineraries, as well as honest reviews for accommodations and restaurants. It also contains important tips, recommendations, photography, and more! This blog aims to help other travelers by sharing detailed and information-packed blog posts through the author’s firsthand experiences.
“Jea” means Jec & Dea as one. They are a married couple that explores and discovers together. Jec takes photos and Dea writes about them. The blog was previously known as How She Wanders prior to their union.
They started as backpackers traveling across the Philippine islands, until the pandemic changed the way they travel. Public transportation became more complicated due to travel restrictions and requirements. That being the case, their recent journeys are more on staycation, foodie, and road trips within their province (Bulacan) and nearby provinces (Pampanga, Cavite, Batangas, etc.) using private vehicle.
About the Author
Hi, I’m Dea Mariano. A traveler, foodie, and a registered electronics engineer based in the Philippines. I often travel with my boyfriend (now husband), Jec, who’s the one responsible for majority of photos in this website. We’ve been traveling together since 2014, one province or two at a time.
As an engineer who wasn’t trained for essays, writing is actually not my thing. Indeed, traveling could turn anyone into a storyteller, 100% guaranteed! 😎 That said, please bear with my grammar mistakes as I’m also not a native English speaker. Nevertheless, I will always do my best in expressing my thoughts as effectively as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
When did you start traveling, and how often? It was year 2014 when Jec and I went to Villa Escudero in Quezon Province for a quick “nature date”. Since then, our interest in traveling grew bigger and we didn’t know we were already traveling once or twice a month (alongside our office work). It’s either we will travel on weekends, or take a vacation leave (or both). Back then, traveling on weekdays to avoid the weekend crowd was just in our daydream.
Year 2019 until present, we finally managed to work remotely so we can travel anytime especially on weekdays. However, covid happened 😅
When did you start blogging, and why? I started blogging year 2016 when I was bombarded with queries about our trip to Kalanggaman Island. My friends suggested I should make a blog for convenience. It would be easier if I’ll just send my blog to every person who inquires. It started as a free wordpress site with a few posts.
Year 2018 when I decided to take blogging seriously, and that’s when howshewanders.com was born.
Who do you travel with? I always travel with Jec. Oftentimes, we travel with friends and families.
What is your ultimate dream destination? Locally, it’s Batanes. Internationally, we’re dreaming of going to ISRAEL ❤️️
What do you do for a living? At present, I’m a full-time wife and a part-time CAD engineer. When I’m not blogging, I’m washing the dishes, cooking meals, maintaining the house, etc. (yes that’s real life okay 😉). I’m also accepting projects from my previous colleagues (mainly PCB designs and libraries). Jec is also a CAD engineer but of higher level. He works full-time but with flexible schedule. He does electronic circuit designs (schematic and PCB) and programming. It’s quite hard to specifically explain our jobs without sounding weird, eh? You know sometimes I just wish I continued pursuing Architecture because it’s easier to explain “I design houses and buildings” 😜 Anyway, right now we’re home-based. But once covid goes away, we’re anywhere-based!
Few more FAQs (from people I met personally):
Why not try using your looks (face & body) to draw more audience to your blog? (rephrased and translated into English)
We all have our reasons on why we do or don’t do certain things. Other people have their reasons why they do it, and I have my reasons why I don’t do it: First, I’m a weirdo. I suck at the most basic which is taking selfies and I’m too lazy to comb my hair. Second, I want to focus on highlighting the places, food, and experiences more than my appearance. And last but the most important, I’m following guidance from my Creator who knows what’s best for me, so I can’t flaunt some extra “skin and flesh” (if you know what I mean). And I’d appreciate if my reasons will be respected. Some people even think Jec is controlling me or whatsoever. But that’s not true! No one forced me, not even God. It’s just a fruit of my belief as I mature in faith. I am allowed to do it, but I don’t think I need to do it [1 Corinthians 10:23].
I love what Venus Raj said when asked why she stopped wearing bikinis: “It’s not because I want limitations. It’s because I’m getting mature and I’m having convictions. Anything that I feel not Biblical, it’s conviction. In the past, I fought for my crown. Today, I no longer desire for an earthly crown, but for an eternal one. It has become my life mission to share the true Giver of eternal life, the One who fought all the battles for me: Jesus Christ.”
But wait! It doesn’t mean I’ll intentionally go after being “losyang“. We all know we can still look good, fashionable, and proper without having to expose so much 🙂
Why not try venturing out into beauty contents? You’ll surely attract many product endorsements. (rephrased and translated into English)
I definitely could try it! But if I do that, I’m gonna be dishonest. Imagine me featuring the kind of products that I don’t use (e.g. make ups, lotions, whitening, etc.). Plus it would be awkward for me to blog about something I’m not familiar with. I don’t even know how to do makeup. However, I do apply face powder and lip balm occasionally so maybe those are products I can write about? (with no added pressure) 😉
Note: I know they asked me these questions with good intention. I appreciate them. And I’d appreciate more if my reasons will be respected.
A question I wish people asked me: 😉
What’s your passion? While it may look like traveling is my passion, but in reality it’s just my hobby. Yes, it is important for me because it’s something that keeps me creative and more active. Passion is a deep word for me and I don’t want to answer it dishonestly and out of convenience. My passion, I’d say, is Christ. Because He’s the one who died for me on the cross, and the only one who can satisfy the deepest longing of my soul. That’s an important thing I can’t obtain from traveling that’s why I can’t make it my passion. Traveling, just like every temporal thing in this world, can’t satisfy my soul. Only God—the Creator of every good and beautiful thing can do that, not the creation 😊
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