Work from Home (or Hostel)

Nacpan Beach in El Nido

♥ ♥ If you’d happened to peek through the second floor window of a hostel in Via Cavour (Florence) one Saturday evening last February, you’d have seen a girl hunched over a laptop on her lower bunk bed, sifting through Pubmed abstracts and typing furiously, hoping her boss wouldn’t decide that, actually, come to think […]

Bless Their Hearts

When I get negative reactions to something I write, I try not to respond in kind. For one, it’s likely to be a waste of time — people believe what they want to believe — but also, I don’t want people to know that they can get to me. When your work depends, at least […]

Putting yourself out there

This is something I wrote last year for a fellow blogger — sharing it now to hopefully encourage anyone who wants to write but is too wracked with self-doubt to start. * Whenever people tell me that they want to try blogging but they’re not sure if they can do it, I always share this […]

Do you consider yourself a blogger?

* “Blogger ka ba?” (“Are you a blogger?”) Not such a hard question, was it? I was up in the mountains of Batanes, exchanging pleasantries with fellow tourists, and one of them had come up with this query…that strangely rendered me speechless. My first thought was: what gave me away?! Was there a blogger look I […]

Travel Writing: To List or Not To List

* Having just published “16 Places in Batanes That Will Make You Never Want to Leave (or Make You Start Planning Your Return ASAP!)” it may seem like I am firmly on the “to list” camp. Just look at that title: cardinal number – check. Exaggeration – check. I even added an exclamation point for […]

The Dream of Travel Writing (vs. The Reality)

I’ve always thought it would be crazy awesome if I were a travel writer. I love traveling and I love writing, so getting paid to travel around the world and write about it would be the ultimate dream job, right? I’ve realized, though, that it’s not quite as simple as that. Traveling can be stressful. […]