Welcome! I’m Portia.
Migrant Muse is a travel and lifestyle blog to help support and inspire creative freelancers and occasional travellers.
When I first started this blog, I wanted a space to document my travels, creative process, and general musings. As a multipotentialite though, sticking to one theme, one niche, felt so limiting. Instead, what you’ll find here is a mix of topics where I hope to inspire others to travel more, dive into freelancing and their creative pursuits, live a little more freely, and feel comfortable with the uncomfortable.
Here’s a breakdown of what you’ll find here:
• The Creative Life – stories on the creative process, making time to create, how to overcome roadblocks, and embracing a creative lifestyle that works for you.
• The Working Life – stories about freelancing and navigating life as a millennial, building up side hustles, and how to work towards crafting your own unconventional career.
• The Travelling Life – stories about my travelling experiences, detailed destination guides, how and why to travel more, and basically why travel opens up so many more doors and opportunities.
You’ll also find posts about film, inspirational stuff, life musings, tips and tricks on travelling and writing, and work-in-progress experiments.
If there are any specific topics you’d like me to cover, shoot me a message and I’d be happy to share what I know, or look into it and report back.
Why the name Migrant Muse?
migrant, n: a migrating animal. In my case, I’m an individual who travels from place to place to escape and see the world temporarily.
muse,n: one of nine goddesses from Greek and Roman mythology, and the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne.
muse,n: a source of inspiration for a creative artist. As a creative type, I crave inspiration and draw from fresh experiences, beautiful places, rich culture or sometimes, the simplicity in everyday moments.
muse, v: absorbed in thought, gazing thoughtfully, a period of reflection.
So who’s behind it all?
A little, free-spirited Asian named after one of Shakespeare’s heroines, Portia, from the the Merchant of Venice. I’m also a twenty-something, second generation CBC (Chinese-born-Canadian), which means I was born in Canada, my parents were also born in Canada, and my grandparents were actually the first to immigrant to Canada. As a kid though, I spent most of my childhood dreaming, reading, writing, adventuring the outdoors, and always looking forward to the next trip.
Where am I today?
Travel has always been a part of my life in some form or another. But my first “long-term” travel experience was when I left all the comforts of home for a five-year stint in university. Even though I was only 1.5 hours away via plane, it was still an adjustment. But I gained a new perspective and it was during this time where I truly started to find myself.
After graduating, I felt the next logical step was to find a job and start securing that stable future. I ended up moving back to my birth city where I landed a job at a non-profit and started a freelance writing side-gig.
Okay, so where am I really at today?
So I’ve been working full-time for nearly four years now. A lot has changed to say the least. I travelled abroad for the first time to South East Asia for a month and let me tell you, it was one of the most eye-opening experiences of my life and something I will cherish and hopefully remember forever. But I have more than caught the “bug”—I want to travel further, longer and more often—and I’m in the midst of hopefully reaching that goal sooner rather than later as I work towards a location-independent lifestyle.
Where else have I been published?
You can find a portfolio of my freelance writing and photography work on my professional website. My work as also been featured here:
- 10 Tips for Train Etiquette in Japan – Journalist on the Run
- The Traveller Series: Your Photos From Around the World – The Wandering Lens
- Custom Travel Guides for Various Destinations – Gogobot
- Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami (Book Review) – Girls vs. Globe
- Travel Articles from Near and Far – Parachute (Mapquest)
Where have I been?
I’ve travelled a fair amount through Canada and the United States, but to this day I’ve been to the following countries: Canada, United States, Mexico, China, Cambodia, Thailand, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Japan, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Spain, and Morocco (in that order too!)