Marky Ramone Go is an avid traveler and photographer. He narrates his travel experiences in his travel blog nomadicexperiences.com. When not traveling and taking photographs, he hangs out with his girlfriend at Maginhawa Food street and friends at Cool Beans Cafe in Quezon City-talking about gore movies, true crimes and books-to-read lists. He only dance to the Clash’s “Guns of Brixton”.
1. What’s been your scariest moment?
In Cotabato City. I remember one of the travel bloggers I met there have local friends in the city, and they would always tell us not to leave our hotel especially during the night. They would fetch us all the time. So one night we were dining at this Persian restaurant when one of the guests who knew our new found local friend, asked us where we are staying. When we told them the name of the hotel we were staying, she told us “oh, just the other night three people were shot dead in that hotel”. I can’t say it is the scariest moment, but this was a year and a half after the Maguindanao Massacre so I think the political situation over there is still pretty much unstable.
2. How many gadgets are you carrying?
I carry a laptop in case i need to work, my camera (now its a Canon DSLR) and my iPhone.
3. What’s been the best street food you’ve had?
I have a lot of favorite but the “Pani Puri” in India is memorable for me. It is a deep fried thin bread balls stuffed with mashed potato, peas and filled with tamarind water. So while I was chugging one down my throat the street food vendor keep on handing me “one more, one more” so after consuming five of it I felt like drowning in tamarind water – it was literally bursting out of my mouth.
4. Who is your dream travel companion?
My future wife, which is my girlfriend now. I always wanted to travel as a family someday. Teach my future kids the gift of traveling.
5. What travel scams have you heard about?
A lot, from fake tours, to fake merchandise you name it. I was actually duped by a fake foreigner here in the Philippines. He told me was robbed in Palawan and needed to catch a flight to SG en route to Australia and needed money to take the cab from terminal 2 to Terminal 1 and additional money for travel tax and terminal fee. I told him foreigners doesn’t need to pay travel tax, but I forgot about the inclusion of terminal fee in the plane tickets, so he still was able to dupe me with 550 pesos. Because I actually believed his story and felt pity on him.
6. What was the most challenging thing you’ve done?
Probably the toughest stretch of my traveling was our 26 day journey in India last year, where we have to take trains (the longest was a 27 hour train from Mumbai to Kochi) and 12 hour regular bus from Udaipur to Mumbai. It was a fun but tough experience for me.
7. What was the best place you stayed in?
The best place for me is always the next new place I visit.
8. What home comfort do you miss the most?
My bed, books and the TV
9. How are you documenting your trip?
I always take mental notes because my blog is all about travel narratives, I take a few pictures and that’s it.
10. What advice would you give to other people who are traveling?
Do not limit yourselves to the confines of the hotels, the shopping districts and major tourism spots. Treat each place as something you need to explore and discover something new.