Travel,  Travel journal,  USA

Illustrated travel journal: waiting for the train at LAX Union Station

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been traveling these days. I’ve been in California since the first week of April for a little working vacation to visit family and friends and go on little trips on the side.

From Manila, I flew two hours to Taiwan where I spent some time during my four-hour layover looking for the Hello Kitty airport lounge (more on that in another entry). Then from Taipei, I took a 12-hour flight to Los Angeles. I was hoping to catch an in-flight movie but the man sitting in front of me on the plane had inconsiderately reclined his seat all the way back and I couldn’t see the screen in front of me properly. Oh, the hassle of flying economy. I slept a lot instead (what else is there to do?) and worked on this page.

What's in my bag
I really regret not bringing a book along. I didn’t want to add bulk to my already-overstuffed luggage.


by the Embarcadero
by the Embarcadero. Photo from my Instagram.

I spent a nice-but-too-short weekend in San Francisco a few days ago and it was so short that I didn’t even make a dent in my travel journal, but I found enough idle time for a few pages of drawings while waiting for the Amtrak from LA to San Diego after my SF weekend.

Waiting at Union Station
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What I'm Wearing
The girl from the tropical country wears too many layers for LA.

I’m chilling for the next few weeks here in San Diego and hopefully I can sneak in more drawings in my journal. I’ve not finished my journal entries from my Japan trip yet!


  • Iris

    Hi Reg! Really nice drawings! You’re very patient when it comes to sketching out your illustrated travel journal. That’s really nice, your style reminds me of children storybook illustrations. Keep it up!

    I wish I could go visit my beau in the States too. πŸ™

  • Joan

    I envy you your drawing skills!! They’re awesome and you’re so lucky to be traveling. I would love to be able to do the same when I travel but sadly a smiley face is probably the height of my drawing skills hahaha

    Out of curiosity, what kind of pen do you use for your travel journal?

  • Reg

    Iris – thank you as always for the nice words, Iris! πŸ™‚ It’s actually a struggle to fill out my journal as I only get the chance to do it when I have extended idle time πŸ˜› Do go visit him when you can and take cute, touristy pics together XD

    Wenky – Thanks, haha! I thought only Pinoys did that (taking their shoes off in public) XD

    Joan – Thank you so much! What other people do is keep a travel writing journal and that’s great too. I’m just more of a visual person though, and for me, writing about the food that I ate isn’t as exciting as drawing it πŸ˜› I use a 0.5 2B mechanical pencil and an Artline 0.1 pigment ink pen for my journal. The finer the point of my pens, the better πŸ™‚

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