The Backpacking Geek

My name’s too short to merit a nickname.  I’m Ardee. Quite a few call me Ardz (the short name became a bit shorter). I’m a benefit analyst for a Human Capital Management company on a regular day.

 Quick facts about me:
  • grew up in Nueva Ecija
  • got a degree in Business Economics at Central Luzon State University

I started traveling at an early age when my family used to frequent the island of Mindanao. My mother was born and raised in Kabacan, North Cotabato.  We stopped visiting them often because I started going to school while the cost of traveling has become expensive for a growing family.

Traveling has become an interest once again when I went to Cebu with my QA friends last March.  I enjoyed the trip and since then has been craving to discover new places I have never been to.  Unfortunately, traveling is an expensive hobby, hence, no travels other than when I am going home to Nueva Ecija to see my family.

After my trip to Bohol (Aug 20-22) on my own, I realized how I really wanted to travel and to explore the country.  It rekindled the desire to discover places and to taste flavors these places have to offer. Marie Villadolid of Happy Travels has influenced me to travel more.  Her blog has been an inspiration to travel even on a budget. She always believe that you don’t need to be rich to enjoy traveling.

I started this space only to document my first ever travel experience.  Now I am hoping to fill it with new photos and stories as I travel the country and the world one destination at a time.

At Batlag Falls in Tanay, Rizal




  1. Marie
    April 20, 2012

    wow.. now ko lang to nabasa ardee…. thank you naman.. but i just wanna let you know that you also inspired me to travel more .. hope to travel with you soon..

    Happy travel!!!

  2. Ardee Mangawang
    April 28, 2012

    at dahil na achieve mo ang Bellaroca lalo nakitang naging idol sa traveling! 🙂 happy travel indeed!


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