In 2005, I was among those who took advantage of the entry of low cost carriers in the Philippines. Seat sales and piso fares were unheard of before these airlines entered the Philippine market. I booked a "free seat" plane ticket to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia and what happened next is history. It was during this trip to Kota Kinabalu and Brunei in April 2005 that I wrote his my blog entries.
Direct flights from the Philippines to many popular destinations today were non-existent at that time. And getting around took a little more effort via transit cities. It was my first backpack trip. And I thought, instead of having to repeat my stories to my friends when I got back, I'd just update them through a blog. The blog title, something I simply came up with off the top of my head, in the few minutes I had on the rented computer at Trekkers Lodge on April 19, 2005, was inspired by the thought that I could be a "man about town" for travel. And so Ivan About Town became the silly title of my new blog. Read more on the blog.
Two more milestones I'm celebrating this year are the 30th anniversaries of my first international trip on April 15, 1985 and my first travel journal which I completed in October 1985 at the age of six. Time flies indeed!