The Ashman

I’m Ashley and the Travel and Tourism industry is something that I have been interested with the past couple of years. My travel footsteps may not be as great as Ian Wright’s but I am sure lucky enough to be able to see the world beyond my backyard.
‘Life is elsewhere’ as a friend once told me, and those words have become my inspiration to keep going the distance and seeing what else is out there?

Currently living in Toronto, I’ve been focusing on getting to know this city for the past five years, and I’m loving it everyday.

What is your first travel memory?
When I was a kid my family went on a weekend trip to Baguio City, about 6 hours drive from Manila. With average temperature going as low as 13C on holiday months lower than the average temperature from the rest of the country, it is dubbed as the country’s summer capital. I remember being wrapped in layers of clothing and enjoying the fog (my first memory of the fog) and just really enjoying the weekend with my family. Unfortunately in 1990 an earthquake devasted Baguio killing hundreds.

Why is Chicago your favourite American city?
I wouldn’t call it my favourite, but it’s the city I can see myself moving if I ever live in the U.S. It just has the same feeling as Toronto and when I was there for ten days I didn’t even feel like I was in another city. It felt like I never left home.

What’s the best lesson you’ve learned while travelling? Trust people. Others always worry that they can’t trust anyone while they’re travelling, and I wonder why? People are generally nice, just because you are a tourist doesn’t mean everyone is after your money. In most cases these people want you to come back or tell good news about their homes, why tar the reputation? I’ve had numerous accounts where I got help from local people.

Why do you wish not to come back to Tijuana, Mexico? I just really did not have a great impression of the place and got sick during my short three hour visit. But if San Diego finally bore you, I would encourage people to cross the border. Hey, you get to have the bragging right of saying you’ve been to Tiajuana.

Mountains, Jungle, or Beach? All of the above…but most of all, CITIES! I love big cities.

How much did you lose on the craps table in Las Vegas? More than I intended too. I didn’t even plan on gambling in Las Vegas, but alas I got hooked on this game. It’s so interactive. SEVEN or ELEVEN!!!

What is your guilty pleasure? I’m a sucker for souvenirs especially accessories. I love it when I get compliments from a stranger on the street back home asking ‘Where did you get that?’ and I’d say where I get it from. Bags, necklaces, bracelets, belts and whatnots that I get from other parts of the world beats GUCCI, Prada or any high end products anytime.

What is the most exciting part of traveling? What excites me is the language barrier. I think it’s kind of cool how we try to communicate with other people who speak another language and in the end understand each other. Though at the same time it could be really scary, you misinterpret one word and anything could go wrong, but then again that’s the exciting part.

Why would you recommend Baldock, England to visitors? A small english-countryside town in Hertfordshire, this place has one of the friendliest people I have ever met. Pubnights are amazing too.

You’ve recently started going on trips as a birthday gift, where did you go this year?Backpacking Mexico for 10 days. Spend 4 days in Mexico City and then to Oaxaca City, a city I’ve been wanting to go to for years. However, I got a bit bored there that I only lasted for 3 days and went to the fishing town of Puerto Escondido, booked for 2 nights and ended up staying for an extra night! This place is amazing and I have probably found my retirement here.

If you win a trip to anywhere in the world, where would you go? Papua New Guinea!

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8 responses

28 03 2009

I love your site. Keep it up !

14 04 2009

Thanks for a comment! I love your site, keep up the good work!

28 01 2010

Hey Ash, guess who this is!!!

27 04 2010

Hi – I love your blog and have added it to my Favourites. when I was your age I travelled too. My friend and I drove a Land Rover across Europe, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kashmir and into India.

when I have more time I will read all of your travel stories. I am currently a (mature) student at OCAD and just finishing my final fourth year.

Your command of the English language is impressive. I wonder where you were educated?

regards, William

27 04 2010

Wow, thank you!
That means so much to me =) And I’m flattered with the compliment haha.
I read a lot of books, I’ve been writing since I was in grade 3 (newspaper club and writing as a hobby).
And your travel experience, wow, I am completely zealous.
That’s great you’re studying in OCAD, that means we’re in the same city!
Watch out, you might possibly have crossed paths with me haha.
I’d like to hear your story about your landrover crossover…I do have an ‘Outsource’ section =)

12 12 2011

Thanks for sharing your blog. You are well travelled and
i’m sure a better person for it .
Cheers Rick

21 07 2013
Matthias bernges

Great blog. I used to travel at lot before I moved to NYC from Germany. After reading your blog make me thinking of travel again

2 11 2013

Now I want to see Oaxaca City! Thanks for the tip! 🙂

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