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 the country's chaotic, tropical self.

In a past life, I was a fast food server, a pre-med student, call center agent, office clerk, and a nurse. But in 2015, I landed a writing assignment for a travel magazine, and the rest, as they say, is history. Today, I am living the life I've only dreamed of as a kid: writing and doing editorial work for brands and publications that require snazzy copies, travel pieces, and occasionally, social media management. I also serve as a publishing assistant for the world's leading meditation app.

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

I hope to read the books I hoard, write forever, scale more mountains, and experience more worlds...if only Lia would cooperate.

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

- Gretch

  1. 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.

  2. 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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  4. 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.) :)

    1. 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 :)

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


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