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My Take: Starting a Freelance Writing Career in the Philippines

My Take: Starting a Freelance Writing Career in the Philippines

Starting a freelance writing career in the Philippines may seem easy. But it requires pure hard work and perseverance to last. 

A Letter of Love For My 26-year-old Self

A Letter of Love For My 26-year-old Self

A letter for myself, by myself. Hi Gelyka. Hmm.. Weird. It has been a while since I call you your full first name.  Not Lalay (which was given to you by your Mamang Loring). Not what your family members and your close friends call you–Gely. Not […]

I Ditched the Corporate World to Find the Balance of Work and Play

I Ditched the Corporate World to Find the Balance of Work and Play

Someone once told me it will be different outside the box. It will be hard. It will not be the same as what I am used to—clock in and out, monthly pay check, yearly team buildings and all. Yes, it is different. But for me, […]

25 Life Lessons I Learned Before I Turn 25

25 Life Lessons I Learned Before I Turn 25

Days from now, I will be turning 25. There will be no grand celebrations at home. This will be the third year that I am no longer that eager to have fancy celebrations with cakes and food at the table. I mean, I am content […]

At 24, I learned to Float by the stream

At 24, I learned to Float by the stream

I learned to float in a stream just recently. Yes. A month before I turn 25, I learned this first baby step to staying alive in the waters. Thanks for the help of some new friends who might have felt pity seeing me trying to […]

Bus Ride ‘Me Time’ And Ponderings After I Quit Riding MRT

Bus Ride ‘Me Time’ And Ponderings After I Quit Riding MRT

Much has been said about Manila’s public transport. I know.  From cabs to jeepneys and then buses to the railways system. Most of us, in one way or another, has had our fair share of stories relating to public transport.

Caramoan Islands: Of Barefoot Walking and Finding Peace

Caramoan Islands: Of Barefoot Walking and Finding Peace

When you are 24, with a stable job just enough to finance you and your lifestyle, a long-term relationship that is steady and strong, and family and friends who always give their support, you think all is well. I mean, all should be okay, right?

Our rock and our light

Our rock and our light

While I sit and choose to be in solitary amidst the people’s conversations of people around the house, I write this piece in deep grief.