You found me! Thank you for visiting my blog. You can call me Tala which translates to 'star' in English. I'm 21, I live in Manila and I grew up in a small town called Al-Khobar in Saudi Arabia.  My marketing degree lead me to work in a start up company which specialises in renewable energy. Go green! :)


I started this blog with three goals in mind. To document, to share, and to inspire.

This will serve as an instrument to document all my travel journeys, food discoveries and thrilling adventures before my photo books get lost or I get an amnesia. Just in case.

I also want to share my experiences with you with the hopes of you finding some of my posts useful.

Lastly, I want to inspire my readers to never stop exploring whether it's food, activity or a new place. I believe that traveling is the best way to live life to fullest. It gives us new perspective and deeper understanding about things. It's one of the best and fun ways to grow as an individual. So let's keep on traveling and never stop learning.

What's behind the name? I decided to name it "The Travelling Mermaid" because Ariel from the Disney movie, The Little Mermaid, was my icon when I was a kid. Like her, I am young, full of energy, curious and always out to try new things. Also, I love traveling as much as I love the ocean. Thus, I am The Travelling Mermaid.


I don't usually have the luxury of time to lounge the whole day when visiting a new place that's why I've learned to be a fast paced traveler. I want to discover places and food as much as I can, given the limited amount of time. 

I am versatile when it comes to accommodation. A nice view is something that I always look for when choosing a place to stay.


Being a girl who's always on the go, I've learned to value the importance of time management. I love to plan everything! I plan my daily agenda, weekly food, monthly expenses and yearly travel goals. It's something that keeps me excited and it makes me feel like my life is in order. :)

I try my best to live a healthy and active lifestyle by opting for healthier food choice and trying different kinds of work out even when traveling. I enjoy boxing, hiking and surfing.

Comments and suggestions are always welcome. Don't hesitate to drop a comment below for questions or anything. You can also reach me through valinokristel@gmail.com. I hope you enjoy reading blog! :)

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