Friday, December 19, 2014

Travel Blogger Mom on Spotlight: Catherine Houlahan of Circus Living

 A full-time workaholic at Road Warrior Paralegal Services and mother to three hyper kids and a "dominant giant male bouvier des flandres", Catherine's life is a circus of sorts. Such life has spawned her blog Circus Living, a mish-mash of her greatest loves in life: traveling, her family, Paleo diet, and beautifully eerie things. 

As a wanderlust, one of Catherine's proven ways to survive the circus is by traveling and exploring the outskirts of her home in Canada with her family - in their very own trailer, no less. 

*Insert envious groan here*

Read more about how this Filipina juggles family life with traveling and work, and why the "awful moments make the greatest stories to tell" on this week's Travel Blogger Mom on Spotlight.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

No More Ghosts: Alaminos, Pangasinan

My memories of Pangasinan are not the fondest. It starts with clambering up a branch of a chico tree that swings inward to a window of a wooden two-storey house . That sprite and warm afternoon of chico picking quickly descends to a somber night when I, along with my sister, sat outside a building in Dagupan filled with politicians, the elite, and an archbishop, mingling with ghouls - a woman beater-boyfriend of an aunt and his league of male cons.

(I learned quite early that evil tends to associate with politics and organized religion - at least in this country).

One of them, a native Pangasinense, carved quite a dent that forever changed my history.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Travel Blogger Mom on Spotlight: Kimberly Lim of Indie Escape

Kim's not your usual 30-something mom. She hikes, climbs, swims, and bikes, all while working as virtual assistant, and crafting pretty baby stuff for her online gig, Manila Baby - things she regularly shares in her travel blog, Indie Escape.

Today, Kim talks about the other side of adventure: that of motherhood, compromises, traveling with a child, and the magic of fried eggs. 

Kim in one of the most photographed places in Coron.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A Place of Love: Being 31

There's a pins and needles feeling sitting on the nimble nails of my feet, inching slowly up my thigh as I write this. An eighteen-kilo toddler nurses on my lap, asleep, and I chase a deadline that has been so dead for two days. Articles keep piling up like sand in a sandstorm. I badly need to pee too, but one move and my daughter wakes up and all this quiet is over. I'd live better with a UTI than with five more minutes of shrill toddler whining. 

Admittedly, these are not the best times to write a blog post, but these moments - yet undetected and unpaid by my boss -  are the only time I find solitude requisite to compose non-marketing thoughts amid the Herculean chores, noisy cartoons, and relentless assignments that hound me every waking hour of the day.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Travel Blogger Mom on Spotlight: Mary Solio of The World Is A Book

Mary Solio is an island girl at heart (via Philippines and Guam) who now calls San Diego, CA home. She has traveled the world with two kids in tow while juggling a full-time job as a computer programmer and writing about the family’s travels with tips and guides on her blog, The World Is A Book. She loves national parks, cruises, castles and quirky museums.

Mary, cuddling a koala in the world's biggest koala sanctuary, Lone Pine Koala sanctuary in Brisbane. Photo by Mary Solio.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Travel Blogger Mom on Spotlight: Matet Reyes of Travelogues by Matet Garcia-Reyes

Formerly a PR and corporate marketing slave, Maritess Garcia-Reyes, or Matet, resigned from her job years ago to chase after her one dream in life: writing about travel, food and lifestyle. Her persistence paid off, and today she writes for several titles under Philippine Tatler including Best Restaurants Guide, Homes, and Traveller. Her pieces had also appeared on the prestigious CNN iReport and Choose Philippines, among many other renowned Asian and Philippine publications.

Peek into Dicasalarin Cove. Photo by Matet Reyes.
How exactly does she juggle between tending to daughter Akisha and her lust for globetrotting eco-consciously? Matet tells us in detail in this first installment of Travel Blogger Mom on Spotlight.