About Me

Mabuhay! Kumusta?

I'm Gretchen (also: Butchie, Gretch, tita). I am a writer born and raised in the Philippines, and one who is hopelessly in love with its chaotic, tropical self.

In a past life, I was a fast food server, pre-med student, call center agent, office clerk, and nurse. But in 2015, I landed a writing assignment for a travel magazine, and the rest, as they say, is history. Today, I do freelance work for brands and publications that require travel pieces, copies, and social media management. 

This blog is a repository of stories that are shaped on the road and roads that stories shape - alone or with my travel buddy and daughter, Lia. 

My dream is to read more books, write forever,
 scale more mountains, and experience more worlds - if only Lia would cooperate.

Welcome to my lair. It's nice to meet you.

Teenee said...

Hi Butchie, thanks for dropping by VisitPinas and thanks for the kind words. A great site you have here and I truly hope we can collaborate soon on Philippine travels. Catch you around.

Filipina Explorer said...

Howdy Teenee! Thanks for the visit and the kind words as well. I enjoy reading VisitPinas and it's been one of my go-to places for food and travel finds. It would be a pleasure to partner with you. Just give me a buzz if you need anything. See you around!

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Dani said...

Love how you write! You don't "sound like a mom"! (Which is not something against moms. Sorry to be stereotyping, moms of the world.) :)

Filipina Explorer said...

Haha! Thank you, Dani :) Actually, I do sound A LOT like a mom when yelling. Or when reprimanding my daughter. I try to reserve my mommy-ness for those times. LOL.

Thanks for the visit. Please do swing by often :)

Jayna said...

Wowww...you are a amazing writer. :-)

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