Blue Forest on Wet Boots (BFOWB) is a Philippines-based travel website that seeks to publish well-thought-out pieces on travel trends, intel, culture and experiences. The website was founded in 2011 as an avenue for our founder’s works, but quickly evolved into a platform for delivering informative and insightful travel stories. After a long hiatus, BFOWB went live again in 2015, with a new editorial direction.
The website’s name was an amalgamation of phrases from Vladimir Nabokov’s novel, Laughter in the Dark, wherein one of the characters describes what makes good writing (excerpt below). We try to rise to this challenge with every content we publish on our site (and hopefully do).
“A writer for instance,” he remarked, “talks about India which I have never seen, and gushes about dancing girls, tiger hunts, fakirs, betel nus, sepents: the Glamour of the mysterious East. But what does it amount to? Nothing. Instead of visualizing India I merely get a bad toothache from all these Eastern delights. Now, there’s the other way as, for instance, the fellow who writes: ‘Before turning in I put out my wet boots to dry and in the morning I found a thick blue forest had grown on them’ (“Fungi, Madam.” he explained to Dorianna who had raised one eyebrow) and at once India becomes alive for me. The rest is shop.”
People Behind BFOWB
Sandy Miguel is the creator of Blue Forest on Wet Boots. As a former journalist, her works have appeared in various local and international publications, including The Daily Manila Shimbun, Manila Standard Today, China Business Philippines, Marianas Business Journal, and The New You Magazine. In 2017, she was featured alongside other writers and photographers in the journalism issue of Rogue Magazine, where she wrote a column about the commercialization of news. She is a journalism alumna of the University of Santo Tomas.
Sandy collaborates with her husband, Jake Descalso—also her frequent travel companion—on creating meaningful stories and photographs for this website. Her current bread and butter is her editorial and digital marketing consultancy.
At home, Sandy loves to cook, get organized, and indulge in her passion for TV and film, writing poetry and fiction, and rock music. She is also passionate about skincare and strongly believes in the transformative power of beauty. As for causes, she strongly supports women empowerment and volunteers for a local LGBTQ+ organization run by her good friend.
Jake Descalso is a Computer Engineering graduate from Cavite State University. Currently working as a technical support specialist for an American BPO company, Jake engages in web design and development, as well as his passion for photography during his spare time. He collaborates with Sandy on their other creative projects.