Thank you for visiting my blog!

I’m Neps Franco, a stereotypical office guy, doing an eight to five job in front of a computer. During off-work hours and weekend, I try to balance my life by spending time with the people that I love and doing things I love to do : photography, travelling, biking, basketball, writing or some random stuff.

The opeN Notes is a collection of my travels, adventures and some few realizations that come along the way. The intention of this blog is to inspire people to give time for the things that matter to them, to get out of their comfort zone and live a life of balance.

One of the inspirations for the creation of this blog is the 2013 film, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, about a day-dreamer who one day finds himself on an epic global adventure. My favorite takeaway is this quote, which pretty much sums up what I think is a life well spent.

To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.”— The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

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Flong The Chariot · August 27, 2014 at 4:35 am

One of my fave stories, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

karen humilde · August 28, 2014 at 6:17 am

hello there Neps! thanks for liking my post 🙂 nice travel blog you have here. 🙂

    Neps Franco · August 28, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Thanks Karen! You too have a great blog. Continue blogging! 🙂

gpoppy · September 27, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Thanks for reading my ever first blog 🙂 keep up the traveling !

Tour the World · October 1, 2014 at 1:33 am

Hey there, thanks for the like on our travel tips piece. This is an awesome blog. Keep up the great work. Love it.

mmwelch · October 8, 2014 at 11:24 pm

Great travel posts & photos. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

classicsupergirl · January 13, 2015 at 1:05 pm

Hey Neps! Great blog you have here. Thank you for liking my post about Ilocos. Meant a lot for a newbie like me 😉

    Neps Franco · January 14, 2015 at 12:19 am

    Hi Marsie, I love your article. 🙂 I’m actually from Ilocos, and it makes me really happy to see people appreciating my home land. Thanks for your wonderful post. 🙂

sassycare · January 24, 2015 at 2:16 pm

Nepomuceno, never knew you are a writer.. and a very good one! I’m grateful to have known you and yes opeN is very creative.

Neps Franco · January 24, 2015 at 2:26 pm

Hi Carelyn, thank you! Actually, I’m as surprised as you! And I never thought before that I’ll be doing writing as part of my lifestyle. 🙂

sassycare · January 25, 2015 at 1:01 pm

I enjoy reading your posts. 🙂

    Neps Franco · January 26, 2015 at 4:55 am

    I’m glad you liked my blog Thank you Care! Hope you’re doing great! 🙂

Tony · January 27, 2015 at 2:40 pm

HI, Neps! Thanks for the follow and it is always a pleasure to meet another bike rider. It is one of my life’s great joys. I am enjoying my visit to your blog. Keep up the good work!

Neps Franco · January 27, 2015 at 11:37 pm

Hi Tony! I got some very useful tips and ideas from your blog. I enjoyed reading it and looking forward to reading more articles. Thanks for dropping by! 🙂

peppermench · February 9, 2015 at 7:23 am

Hi Neps! thank you for liking my recent blog. It led me to read yours too! i think highly of people who put a premium on work-life balance. Galing mo!!!! 🙂

    Neps Franco · February 9, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Salamat Mench! I had a great time reading your blog. It inspired me to travel more. Keep it up! Have a lovely day! 🙂

shellaseven · February 28, 2015 at 3:19 pm

I’m amazed by how you manage your time. Good job! Grab more awesome moments and keep on encouraging others to do it as well! God bless!

Tony · March 16, 2015 at 1:52 pm

Hi, Neps! Thanks for liking one of my posts. I like visiting your blog and envy the cool places you get to on your bike. Enjoy the ride!

    Neps Franco · March 17, 2015 at 12:21 am

    Hi Tony, I’m a fan of your blog. Thanks for sharing all those useful info about getting healthy. Have a great day!

seewhywhy · March 25, 2015 at 2:31 pm

Hi Neps, thanks for dropping by my blog to like one of my posts! Kudos for getting out there and being your own Walter Mitty. I look forward to reading about more of your adventures.

    Neps Franco · March 25, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    Thank you! I enjoyed my visit to your page! I really like your purpose for starting your blog, to not miss the “joy of small (banal) details in everyday life”. It’s something I totally agree. Keep up the writing! Cheers to you! 🙂

Brittin' All Over the World · March 25, 2015 at 2:38 pm

Wow, you’ve been some awesome places! Keep up the travels and writing about them 🙂

    Neps Franco · March 25, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    Thanks for dropping by! 🙂 And also for sharing your travels and life lessons in you blog. Cheers! 🙂

Dongking · May 12, 2015 at 10:17 am

Thanks for the like! Wonderful posts you have here. =)

Tony · June 3, 2015 at 4:23 pm

Hi, Neps. Thanks for stopping by again. I am amazed that you have the time with all your travel. Best of luck on your journeys.

    Neps Franco · June 4, 2015 at 3:16 am

    Likewise Tony! Everytime I visit your blog I learn something new. Have a great day!

rivoli68 · August 22, 2015 at 5:45 pm

Great blog and pics!

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