Worked on TV as a reporter, camera man, video editor, sound editor; wrote articles about politics for an online news agency; worked as a call center operator; 3 months I’ve been selling diesel petrol illegally; been a casting manager at ads agency; worked as a languages and music teacher; been making professional wedding videos; been a VJ, DJ and MC; served as an actor and musician in the theater; and once even worked as Santa’s helper.
Slept on tables, under the tables, on chairs, in temples and churches, in police stations, in tents, on the roadside, under the tree, outdoor at -40 C wrapped in clothes, on the beach, in a tipi, under the rain and in the snow, in the classroom, with 20 other people in one small room, and once I even fell asleep in the toilet. Spent one night in police station in the Mountain province of the Philippines, while policemen were on red alert, patrolling the surroundings in search for Kalinga headhunters. Another time I spent a night in a tent on the roof of a 30-storey building in Moscow. And once I was attacked by crabs while trying to sleep on Nai Yang beach in Phuket, Thailand.
Claim to be a Rainbow Warrior, though don’t like the word “warrior”. I do believe in old Native American prophecy: “When the earth is ravaged and the animals are dying, a new tribe of people shall come unto the earth from many colors, classes, creeds, and who by their actions and deeds shall make the earth green again. They will be known as the warriors of the Rainbow.”
Used to work on TV for 7 years with no holidays, until one day I was fed up with the material world. I left everything, got my backpack and walked to the Road. I’m a hitchhiker. I’ve hitchhiked in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, China, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Laos. I’m traveling here, there and everywhere, meeting new friends, visiting new cities and countries, taking photos and writing travel stories. I live a simple life, got no job, no money and no plans. “On The Road” is a blog about my travels and life on the road.
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Hitchhiking in the Philippines – an interview for Solitary Wanderer