I was truly inspired by the talk of my friend, Romi Garduce when he shared with us an experiential account and inspirational talk on his successful climb to Everest. I witness how it unfolded and in fact, blogged about it throughout the journey ( see First Filipino in Everest) . Every time I read through the slides I’m truly inspired and I want to conquer my own Everest literally and figuratively. This is an exclusive (naks naman!) talk with Romi but I want to share it with you to inspire you in conquering your own Everest. All the photos and text are developed and presented by Romi Garduce during his talk to us last July 6, 2006.

Everest has always been there for many years. Filipinos were already contented reaching the highest summit in the Philippines, Mt. Apo. Nobody really cared about climbing Everest not until Romi started his big dream of conquering it. We, Filipinos have this tendency of accepting mediocre work or even just reaching mediocre achievements (of course, I don’t intend this to be a generalization). There are those big dreams that we don’t pursue because it is too difficult and there are a lot of excuses/ barriers that prevent our mind from reaching that dream.


There is that One Big Dream that you need to envision for yourself and it will all start from here. For me, my personal dream is to make Philippines the top travel destination in ASEAN and sharing with the whole world the Tropical Island Paradise of the Philippines. I know it is too big for me, but there is nothing wrong in dreaming from dreams may come true to those who pursue it. When I started Our Awesome Planet blog, I didn’t expect to have that instant impact on people particularly the balikbayans and foreigners even the locals but to my surprise, I was receiving so much appreciation notes from Filipinos working abroad. They suddenly missed being here in the Philippines and wanted to give their country a chance. Indeed, I am making a mark on my readers while letting me pursue my dream in making a difference one step at a time.


I do hope that with all your endless support, I’ll be able to make my dream happen. I can already envision it, first through the blog. I plan to write Our Awesome Planet book that would feature the Philippines at its best. I also plan to share my travel experiences to print media to broadcast what a wonderful place Philippines is. At the same time, I’m having dreams of opening up a travel agency so that I can live my vision of sharing the Philippines through my eyes. And so much more… haay…


To achieve the dream, we need to follow the right road and direction leading to the dream. I’m trying to get mentors, editors, and business partners who can really help me realize my dream. One step at a time.


This is my favorite slide. All the battle in your mind on whether you can do it or not will be resolved by your first step. It all starts there. I’m taking a few bold steps now to pursue my dream. I’m planning to share it with you this entire journey in this blog.


I’m sure there would be a lot of controversies along the way. If not, I don’t think I’m aiming for a big dream and risking it all the way. But what is important is that you continue the fight to pursue your dream. This is where I would need help for support. I know there are people out there who truly believes in my work and I truly appreciate it. I do hope you continue to be with me all the way, through thick and thin.


There are times, I doubt myself if I can truly do it. I’m an IT professional by day and being a photographer, writer, or a business person are the last things on my mind. Sometimes, I think I cannot do it. Sometimes, I don’t think I’m not good enough for Print Media or even writing a book. If I setup an Our Awesome Planet travel agency would I would succeed or fail. A lot of doubts but this slide (one of my favorite) is training me to keep my focus on the big dream.


This is an important learning. You need to live the dream and enjoy the moment. This is the best part when you are pursuing your dream and it starts to unfold before your very eyes. This is what excites me and that is why I keep on sharing my passion to more and more people as possibly as I can. I am eager in meeting my readers by arranging informal eyeballs. I truly want to meet people who shares the same passion as I do. I know I’m living it now and it sure is a long way to go.


My wife and I always celebrate success especially every time my blog is mentioned by other blogs or featured in print media. We would celebrate and eat and continue to blog on. Masaya na nga kami when we read this post by Marvin: “Our Awesome Planet: A Must


Maybe, it is really just possible the Philippines could truly be a Top Travel destination in ASEAN and if not the entire Asia 🙂


Thanks Romi for the inspiration and I’ll follow your lead to Never Stop Exploring!!

Now that I’ve shared my one big dream, What’s your personal Everest? Maybe I can help and we can support each other…

Anton