Travel Bug

Travel Bug Series 5 – Potpot Pinili

The first time I heard about this guy was from a friend who couldn’t stop talking about him. Karan always tells me, “Kilala mo si Potpot?” (Do you know Potpot?), to which I’d say, “no.” She would then proceed on telling me a story about something that he did or something that he said and I tell you they are always funny. Before long, I’ve grown a curiosity about who this Potpot person is and why does my friend love him to pieces. Eventually, I had a chance to meet him, start reading his blog, and have become an instant fan. Potpot is a traveler and a writer and if you care to hear my opinion, he is one of the best there is.

And I am happy that he agreed to be featured in my blog. So ladies and gents, I present to you the man behind Travel Trilogy. Here’s Potpot, the star of our November Travel Bug series.


First, tell us some things about you

Friends & colleagues call me Potpot & I just love the way it is. The last person who asked for my real name was hung upside down. I try to live in Manila but if given a brighter opportunity, I would love to go back to my hometown in Iligan.

I am a travel writer. But it doesn’t pay the bills so I make ends meet by doing all sorts of part-time jobs like marketing consultancy, events management, even writing collection notices, & death threats.

Why do you travel and why do you love it?

I don’t travel to find myself, that’s cheesy. That Book & That Movie is the biggest travel illusion. I travel for sensory explosions  — the fleeting sights, the myriad of colors, the gustatory spin, and the experience of being anonymous. I travel to shake your hands.

When did you discover the joys of traveling?

I have been traveling solo since I was 9 years old. Since then my parents gave up on me.

What inspired you to start your travel blog, Travel Trilogy?

It started as a sewerage of my toxic life in the corporate world. It was really trashy. Then I realized that I could use it as a therapeutic exercise for my brain — the happiest departure from eating excel sheets, reading graphs, & analyzing trends everyday.

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What are the challenges that you met along the way when it comes to blogging and how did you deal with them?

The battle whether to write for Google or to use my own writing voice has always been my greatest challenge. Writing is already a tough thing to do, let alone writing for searchability of content. I am still exploring various techniques —once any of my stories go viral, that would probably be it.

What are the things that you are looking for in your trips, which you deem as blog-post material?

Everything around us is blog-post worthy as long as you know how to write about it. It’s not always the rarity of things or experience that makes it a special material because even the mundane & ordinary can be turned into a stellar piece.

The challenge really lies in how you present the story with human interest factor. Of course, you need to have a creative style of writing to make all of these to happen.

Among all of your stories, which one do you think is your best one yet? Why?

Just don’t backread the ones I have written a few years back, otherwise I find the recent ones easy to read. It’s really hard to pick the best ones because every material is an attempt to improve from the previous article. But if you really want to juice me with a sample, read my short Facebook shout outs — that’s a caboodle of hot-off-the-brain, tongue-lashing antics.

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Do you like to travel solo or with a group?

I hate dramas. SOLO.

Out of the places you’ve been to, which one is most memorable and why?

I always make memorable moments in all of my trips. It is a conscious effort to make it all worthy. But probably, dancing on the streets of Paris for money or almost getting married in The Netherlands would join the rank of my top unforgettables. [Read: My Favorite Places in the Philippines]

What are your travel must-haves?

Smartphone, sarong/malong, skimpy shorts, cotton buds, toothbrush, cigarettes, & 3-in-1 coffee.

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What is the scariest thing that ever happened to you while traveling?

When I got caught in the most unimaginable waves off the coast of Palaui Island at the height of the northeasterly winds. Boy, my balls were up my throat! [Read: Palaui Island: Your Untitled Piece of Theatre]

What is the best thing that you learned from traveling?

That Eat Pray Love is not true. That there’s nothing chivalric about traveling. That it doesn’t heal wounds. That travel one-night stands are differently beautiful. That you have a lot of bills to settle when you come home. That there’s no difference between a traveler & a tourist.

What is your ultimate dream destination?

To do the trans-Siberian journey. After that, I would probably retire from traveling. Oh, wait let me think it again.

What is your non-negotiable term when traveling?

Not to try at least one local food. I am a yummyeologist & it’s one of the reasons why I keep on moving. My waistline says so.

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What are the tips that you can share with travelers who want to follow in your footsteps and dream about starting a travel blog of their own?

Many travelers cannot write. Many great writers do not have blogs. So if you know that you can’t write well, then don’t add up to the piling trash on the web. You have a responsibility to your readers too.

I want to blog because I want to immortalize my journey through words & photos”, says the traveler. Facepalm! Didn’t you know dohlink that it just takes three fingers to press CTRL+ALT+DELETE?


Join Potpot in his travel adventures in his blog, Travel Trilogy.



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Comments (26)

  1. kareenliez

    This is a fun interview and PotPot looks like a really happy person. I like that photo with a graffiti background! And I agree with the lessons he learned from travelling. Will definitely check out his blog!

  2. Kim

    “the experience of being anonymous”, it’s trueeee. You can be whoever you want to be when traveling, especially alone. Cheers to more travels for Potpot!

  3. Cai Dominguez- Travelosyo
    Cai Dominguez- Travelosyo

    I’m so glad to know potpot and became one of his friends! Ahahhaha. For me he is one of the best bloggers I met. The way he write his stories are really really deep and highly interesting. To more travels with you friend and to more travels to our group! #LakbayKada

  4. Darlene

    You know I’m a fan of Potpot. I love his writing style and I’m seriously in awe of his talents. So thankful I got to meet him and become friends with him. I love this response because I totally agree and have proven it too from traveling:
    “That Eat Pray Love is not true. That there’s nothing chivalric about traveling. That it doesn’t heal wounds. That travel one-night stands are differently beautiful. That you have a lot of bills to settle when you come home. That there’s no difference between a traveler & a tourist.”
    Cheers, Marge!

  5. LJ

    Potpot always cracks me up! I remembered how I snorted my hot coffee, while reading his story about Paris. That moment when buying a bread became an monumental task! Since then, I am a fan!!! much love Potpot. I’d love to meet you in person and shake your hand.

  6. Natasha

    These pictures of PotPot are great! Seems like a very fun guy, and I agree with him – 3 in 1 coffee is a must.

  7. Lena

    Potpot sounds like a really fun guy. It’s one of my favorite things about traveling, you get to meet extraordinary people

    • Marjorie Gavan
      Marjorie Gavan

      He is a funny guy especially in person. I agree Lena, one of the best things about traveling is you get to meet people.

  8. Crizzy Kiss
    Crizzy Kiss

    I enjoyed reading this! 😉 Haha! Very frank and above-board answers 😉 Thanks for introducing Potpot to us! I’m his new follower now 😉

  9. Claudia

    “Many travelers cannot write. Many great writers do not have blogs. So if you know that you can’t write well, then don’t add up to the piling trash on the web. You have a responsibility to your readers too.” BLESS! There are so many really truly incredibly boring blogs out there and seriously, unless you have a talent for writing just don’t do it! I think Potpot has a new follower 🙂

    • Marjorie Gavan
      Marjorie Gavan

      That’s Potpot, he tells it as it is hahaha…

  10. Arni

    I enjoyed your interview very much. Very interesting fella.

    • Marjorie Gavan
      Marjorie Gavan

      Oh yes he is. Hopefully it’s you I get to meet in person in the near future Arni. 🙂

  11. Shobha George
    Shobha George

    Thanks for letting us get to know you better PotPot!

  12. Chel

    Hi Potpot! Haha. I haven’t met him but I always enjoy reading his blog! Plus his video for being the chosen Juan is so catchy!

    • Marjorie Gavan
      Marjorie Gavan

      I agree, that Juanderlust video is amusing. 🙂

  13. Dave (Silverbackpacker)
    Dave (Silverbackpacker)

    Thanks for reminding me of Potpot. Ive been enjoying his blog for a while now but lost track of it. Really enjoy reading his posts, and yes he does tell it how it is. Would like to meet up with him one day too and exchange tales.

    • Marjorie Gavan
      Marjorie Gavan

      Hi Dave, I’m happy to know that you are familiar with Potpot. He is one of the best travel bloggers there is. Hope you two get to meet someday.

  14. Ferna

    PotPot is love!!!! I am a fan of his brutally-honest words to say, coz that’s just simply HIM. I met him in Puerto Princesa last February and I’m glad I had a good-shake hands with this beautiful soul. You rock Pot! You are an inspiration to people like me 🙂 Happy Travels!

    • Marjorie Gavan
      Marjorie Gavan

      Oh yes Ferna, Potpot can be honest to a fault, but it’s one of the things that I truly love about him.

  15. Potpot

    Thanks for featuring me, Coffeehan. *blush* Here’s one big hug for that sexiest lady in little red dress.


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