About Me

Mabuhay! Kumusta?

I'm Butchie. People also 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. I was born and raised in the Philippines, and I'm hopelessly in love with it for all its chaotic, third-world, tropical self.

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 and travel for work and blog during my need-zen times. I regularly contribute to Business Mirror's tourism section and weave stories for other print and digital publications.

I am wildly engrossed with sunsets, seas, mountains, unpretentious literature, pets, painfully long walks, Keanu Reeves, Jabbawockeez, chocolates, and all things analog. In fact, I am one of a small, nearly extinct contingent of 90s-driven people who find their volumes of VCR and cassette tapes indispensable.

(Oh, and I am floored by Sigur Ros and Lights&Motion. They are life.)

BUT, my favorite thing to do in the world is to travel with my daughter, Lia. She is light and love.

I hope to one day read more, scale more mountains, and travel across the country, around Southeast Asia, Malta, Bhutan, South America, the Isle of Skye, Kenya, and Iceland - if only my daughter would cooperate.

This blog is a repository of knee-jerk thoughts, dreams and the realization of those dreams from 2004 and beyond.

I am Butchie. Word weaver. Woman. Mother. Filipina. Explorer. Welcome to my lair. It's nice to meet you.