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About Trotterhop


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Hello! Bonjour! Hola! Mabuhay!


My name is Mick –  I’m a Filipino-American lakwatsero based in Chicago. I was born in the Philippines and moved to (by accident) Chicago at age eleven.

By accident, you asked?

In the summer of 1996, my parents and I traveled to the U.S. to visit my sister, who was working in Chicago at that time.  Little did I know that it would take me another ten years to return back to the Philippines, after my family decided I will stay in Chicago to finish my elementary, high school, and college education.


My first passport!


Fast forward to adulthood, I finished my undergrad from San Diego State University and completed a semester at the Université Picardie Jules Verne in Amiens, France. My previous professional experiences include working for Fashion TV in Indonesia and the Consulate General of Canada in Chicago. And most recently, I worked with French startups for six years in the tech, industry, and healthcare sectors with their online marketing and communications strategy.



The travel bug struck me at the tender age of seven. My mother put me in an airplane all by myself, on a thirteen-hour flight from Manila to Frankfurt. Over 45 countries later, the travel bug is still going strong!


My first international trip: Hong Kong at age 7.



Some of the few things I enjoy the most: traveling, photography, and documenting my adventures.

For years,  I’ve gone back and forth with the idea of launching a travel blog. I mean, everyone and has a travel blog nowadays – so does the world really need another travel blog? I’ve thought about it for a while and realized that traveling, photography, creating content, and storytelling is something I’m really passionate about. It shouldn’t matter if there’s a gazillion other travel blogs out there – I have my own story to tell 🙂


Let’s go!


But it was only in September of 2016 that I actually had the courage to finally launch Trotterhop – and I’ve learned a lot not just about the world of blogging, but a whole lot about myself as well. I’ve discovered how much I really wanted to start this blog with the amount of time, commitment, and effort required to produce quality content on a consistent basis.

Ultimately,  my goal with this blog is to inspire others to get out there and explore. Traveling has given me so many positive experiences with the places I’ve visited and the friends I’ve made along the way.

I only wish for everyone to have the same experience!