About Me

Mabuhay! Kumusta?

I'm Gretchen, and this is my daughter, Lia. 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 and travel pieces (and social media management, occasionally). I also work full-time 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, 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.

See you around. 


  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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