Just as a disclaimer, I knew what YouTube was. In fact, I've spent many hours perusing it to learn about a new topic, listen to my favorite speaker, and of course, as part of my day job. However, up until June of this year, I've never really viewed YouTube channels as a form of entertainment. A woman married to traditional television, I wasn't sure if I was ready to dive into the world of the "unscripted" or "reality" and have heard one too many stories of YouTubers doing crazy things for views: adopting a child from a foreign country before deciding to give him back, fake illnesses, interviewing unpleasant characters and rewriting Philippine history — well, you know the drill. For some reason, I stayed away from it because in my naive mind, I thought YouTube was just a place to rant, rave, and well, pretend.
That was until the middle of June 2021. That month, to describe it simply, was both unbearable and horrifying. I went through a betrayal that shook me to the core and I found myself vulnerable to all other types of social media. That's when I found myself browsing through the safe confines of YouTube and searching for the happiest place on earth, Disneyland. A lover of the parks since I was a child, watching various YouTubers traverse Disneyland, their hotels, and DisneyWorld brought about a certain kind of joy that took me away from my momentary troubles. It also made me realize that YouTube, while initially known for its ridiculous content from suspecting characters, is also filled with content creators who choose to do it right and tell stories that uplift, excite, and give hope, especially during these uncertain times. I've come to appreciate the hard work put into every video and the freedom they have to tell stories their way. The platform has provided a way for independent creators to thrive and that alone is amazing to see. At the risk of sounding overly dramatic, I would go ahead and say that without my nightly YouTube habit, I really don't know how I would have gotten through that season in my life. Now that I have finally healed from it, I look back with gratitude on those nights I spent with my husband, Anthony, and son just watching these videos.
Even if it's just about a theme park or a recent trip they did, watching their videos slowly returned me back to life and helped me recover from the worst betrayal from people I trusted with all my heart. The videos helped me get out of my funk and see the world from a different perspective. It also made me appreciate the fact that these YouTubers as I fondly call them are also going through their own experiences in their own lives and yet show up for so many of us on a weekly basis. This little article of mine is my attempt at celebrating them, especially my favorite ones, and thanking them for the little pockets of joy they sprinkle through their videos.
If you too are in need of a pick me upper and an escape, I am sharing with you my absolute favorite YouTube channels of all time to help you the same way they have helped me. This in a way is also a thank you to these creators who have unknowingly helped out a girl and inspired me to go and find my own adventures. "Eat, See, Magic." Originally called Eat See Disney, the channel is run by the vibrant Bri. The first channel I was obsessed with, I particularly love Bri because of her humor, her honest review of everything theme park related, and her love for her family. Not only do her videos make me and my husband laugh so much but it is also heartwarming because of her dedication to her loved ones, which includes her mom and her sister's family. It's impossible to get through one video without cracking up. At present, Bri is recovering from an eye surgery but she has more than enough content to keep you company until her next new one.
"Sam Holmes Sailing." This is a YouTube account my husband has been watching for a while now. It's about this guy, Sam, who gave up his job as a Disney Imagineer to travel the world. His videos showcase his travels from Los Angeles to Hawaii, Europe, and how he survives — or rather thrives — on his "little" boat.
"Ordinary Adventures." If you hear my husband and I exclaiming, "Five Kitras or fours and a half Peters" we are most likely referring to Ordinary Adventures' unique review rating system that all of their fans know about. The sweet and dynamic duo is known not just for their food rating system but also their unique reviews of different experiences like food markets, food festivals, theme parks, and most recently, cruises! My 10-month-old son, Balthazar, who only catches glimpses of the TV when Anthony and I are watching, already recognizes Kitra when she's on screen and as of late, even laughs when she laughs. I love all my channels equally but I must admit I am extra fond of Kitra and Peter, not only do they go all out for their "ordinary adventures," but they are also so authentic which makes them even more likable. I particularly love their storytelling, their editing, and the little trivias Peter throws in every video. Their honesty is extremely refreshing and one of the main reasons I absolutely appreciate their channel.
I hope you enjoy their channels as much as I did. Cheers and here's to hoping for a better tomorrow.