I'm Butchie. On professional, strictly-at-work occasions, people call me Gretchen. I have my dad's skin and ardor for writing, my stepdad's frugal and wanderlust tendencies, and - gasp - my mother's postpartum mouth and feet.
In a past life, I was a counter server in a fastfood chain, a pre-med student, a call center agent, a receptionist slash admin assistant, then a nurse. But as the many Mandelas and Nerudas of the world would say, passion is the cake and the icing. So now, I write for work and blog during my need-Zen times. I regularly contribute to Business Mirror's tourism section and have woven stories and copies for a slew of print publications and online portals.
(Oh, and I am floored by Sigur Ros. They are love and life.)
I hope to one day read more, scale more mountains, and travel across the country, around Asia, and Iceland - if only my daughter Lia would cooperate.
I am Butchie. Woman. Mother. Filipina. Explorer. Welcome to my lair. It's nice to meet you.
Read my bucketlist here.