Carolina Esguerra Colborn was prominent in Philippine business before she migrated to the US in 2004. She was former President/CEO of BayanTrade, the e-procurement hub of the Philippines, and Managing Director of SAP Philippines. She also served as Deputy Commissioner of the Bureau of Internal Revenue, General Manager of MegaLink, the ATM switch of banks, and Vice-President of the Development Academy of the Philippines. Before serving in these positions, she also worked for Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), IBM and NCR. She holds a BS in Mathematics, MBA, and DPA abd from the University of the Philippines.
In industry, she was President of the Philippine Computer Society, founding Chair of the Information Technology Foundation of the Philippines, and founding President of the Knowledge Management Association of the Philippines. In the Southeast Asia Computer Confederation, she was Chair of the Special Industry Group on Professional Standards and SEARCC Expo 1990, a biennial regional computer convention. Twice a recipient of the Most Powerful Women in IT Award, she represented the private sector in the National Information Technology Council.
Carolina settled in Seattle, Washington where her eldest daughter lives. While babysitting her grandson, she taught at the Seattle Central Community College, Central Washington University, and Renton Technical College. She also volunteered for SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Executives. In 2007, she met Bill Colborn on the Net. Soon after their wedding in 2008, Bill sold his business, and they started their cruise of North America in an RV. She maintains a blog on their journeys, five posts of which have been published elsewhere. They now travel the world from a base in Phoenix, Arizona.
Social Media Handles:
Facebook Fan Page: Carol Esguerra Colborn (also Carol Carreon)
Facebook Business Page: Carolina: Cruising
ABOUT THE TITLE
We were camping at Yosemite National Park in 2009when, one night during our walk, we chanced upon four men in their 20s, cooking dinner (scrambled eggs and some potatoes and meat) and just simply having a good time. It turned out that Trey, Thomas, Stephen, and Matt had just finished a five-month stint at the Grand Tetons National Park. They had just graduated from college and were ‘cruising’ before they assume the ‘driven life’.
Bill was born in 1945 and I, 1948. Those of us who were born during these post WWII years (mid 1940s to mid 1960s) are called baby-boomers, "associated with a rejection or redefinition of traditional values… tended to think of themselves as a special generation, very different from those that had come before…" Generation X (mid 1960s to early 1970s) was referred to as the "baby bust" generation because of the sudden drop in birth rate. Our children belong to Generation Y (also Generation Next, mid 1970s to mid 1990s).
Some authors are popularizing the term Generation Z for those born between the mid-1990s and the present. Little is established about this particular new generation. I would like to strongly suggest that it is time we give up classifying people according to time periods. Rather, I would like to begin to use Generation Z for people born from any period with a common thread, that of a lifestyle of ‘cruising’. Bill and I were both very driven in the past and now wish that we had realized the lifestyle’s benefits earlier. Those four young men certainly did! So the title of this blog is henceforth changed to: Generation Z: Cruising In An RV. It is not about age. It’s about lifestyle.
HOW THE BLOG IS ORGANIZED
I organize my posts according to these two major labels. Our Lifestyle Adventures (OLA) are my travelogues on all the places we visit. Wonderings on Wanderings (WOW) are my travel essays about this alternative cruising lifestyle. Hope you find them enjoyable and stimulating! Any feedback is welcome because they will help me write better for you!