I know this post is like 1 week late but I still feel the aftershock of Anthony Bourdain's passing. Before I got hooked with travel vlogs, it was his shows Parts Unknown and No Reservations which helped propel my passion for travel. His raw, funny, honest and brutal take on travel, culture and food always make me want to take the road less travelled.
The past week was truly sad and shocking for most of the world. Two people whose jobs I covet and envy, died of suicide. I still can't fathom how their seemingly perfect life masked the darkness, despair and hopelessness they felt inside. I was saddened to hear Kate Spade's death. She was one of my fave designers and my most favorite bag was from her brand. My bestfriend, Baby Bear bought it for me from an outlet store during his travel in the US. From then on, Kate Spade's designs really appealed to me. I like how the bags looked elegant despite its mid-range price. I also dreamt of buying a Kate Spade dress but the high price always make my practical self take a step back. I was sad to hear she passed away.
,It was a shock but nothing prepared me for the news of Anthony's death. I was studying that time when my friend mentioned in our group chat about his death. I frantically checked facebook for any news, hoping it was just a hoax. Thats when I saw my feeds filled with news about his passing. I don't know him personally, yet I was really was affected that I could no longer focus in my studies. I don't really care about celebrities most of the time, but it was the first time I almost cried for someone I don't personally know. The manner of which he and Kate died shook me to the core. I so dreamt to have their jobs. I always think they are amazing and very the lucky to have the kind of life they had.
I then got flashbacks of my travels and how I have thought of Anthony when I tasted my first lentil soup in Egypt, and all the other local food I have tasted in my travels. I realized how much he inspired me to be more open and appreciative of other culture. He showed me how travel is more meaningful if you really get to feel and know the place, rather than just passing by or posing for pics. I still like posing for pics very much, but I always try to be more aware with the entire experience. I love travelling and Anthony is certainly one of the few travellers I look up to.
I also will always be thankful to him for showcasing the Filipino cuisine, especially our beloved lechon, sisig, adobo etc. I also appreciate that he showed his love to our favorite fastfood Jollibee! Most of all, I am thankful that he appreciates our culture.
With his every show, he reminds us that as we may be geographically and culturally divided, the very core of our humanity makes us no different from each other. He really took the fear out of the unknown.
Rest in peace Anthony & Kate...
I am a Filipina, formerly based in Singapore and is now living permanently in Melbourne. Yet, I am really a global citizen at heart. :)