The travels and adventures of a girl from the islands.
NexCon Manila - the ultimate science fiction and fantasy party!

NexCon Manila – the ultimate science fiction and fantasy party!

The thing that I’ve been helping out with since graduation is finally happening this weekend! Welcome NexCon Manila, the biggest science fiction and fantasy event of the year! It’s on May 31-June 1, 2014 at the Bayanihan Center in Ortigas. What a way to cap off your summer What makes...
My greatest career achievement to date

My greatest career achievement to date

Last November 2013, I accomplished my greatest career achievement to date: a “Highly Commended” citation for my photo at the 2013 World Responsible Tourism Awards. The photo was taken on Earth Day 2013 while the staff and a guest from El Nido Resorts were cleaning up Dilumacad Beach in El...
Top 5 lessons I learned from running my own business

Top 5 lessons I learned from running my own business

Geekerie, the little store that Adrian and I started way back in 2008, is now five years old. Five years, countless arguments, blood, sweat, tears, and money later, we’re still growing! As a first-time business owner, the past five years have been a heck of a learning experience. The five most...
Book review: "Codex Born" by Jim C. Hines

Book review: “Codex Born” by Jim C. Hines

After only a year of waiting, I finally got Codex Born by Jim C. Hines in my grubby hands! Codex Born is the second book in the Magic Ex Libris series and the sequel to Libriomancer. If you haven’t read Libriomancer, I highly suggest that you do so before reading Codex...
Don't let Yolanda (Haiyan) stop you from visiting the Philippines

Don’t let Yolanda (Haiyan) stop you from visiting the Philippines

I’m certain that everyone reading this post knows about the devastation supertyphoon Yolanda (International Name: Haiyan) brought to central Visayas and northern Palawan in the Philippines. It’s caused the deaths of thousands of people, displaced hundreds of thousands more, and caused billions of pesos worth of damage. The local and...
Diving Sogod Bay, Southern Leyte

Diving Sogod Bay, Southern Leyte

Last October 24-26, 2013 marked the Philippine Association of Marine Science 12th National Symposium on Marine Science in Tacloban City, Leyte and the first time I’d presented (part of) the results of my graduate thesis. It was terrifying and exhilarating all at once. After the conference, I marked another milestone with...
"The House of Hades" by Rick Riordan book review and giveaway

“The House of Hades” by Rick Riordan book review and giveaway

THE REVIEW It’s finally here! After a year of waiting after The Mark of Athena, Rick Riordan treats his avid readers to another round of Greek and Roman mythological madness with Percy Jackson and his cohorts in the form of The House of Hades. The official book description: The demigod...
Macy's guide to surviving Star Wars Weekends

Macy’s guide to surviving Star Wars Weekends

So I’m home from a 15-day trip across the United States (and Canada!) split almost evenly between the two coasts: a few days in Seattle, a week-long cruise in Alaska, then another six days in Orlando. The Orlando leg of the trip was the most tiring by far, partly because...
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Airbnb and Nuffnang: my travel angels!

Airbnb and Nuffnang: my travel angels!

This post is two weeks late – blame work and long commutes – but here goes: I won first place in Airbnb and Nuffnang’s #MyAirbnbTravelBucketList contest! *cue screaming and jumping* My original blog post is here. Thank you so much to everyone who read my blog post and signed up for Airbnb, Nuffnang, and of...
Book review: "Magnolia" by Kristi Cook

Book review: “Magnolia” by Kristi Cook

It’s not a secret that I have a soft spot for romance novels and young adult novels, so when Pinoy Book Tours offered a tour of what promised to be a cute young adult romance novel, I jumped at the chance. Today’s review is for Magnolia by Kristi Cook. The official summary reads: In Magnolia Branch,...
The Scientist's Guide to the BIR and Paying Taxes

The Scientist’s Guide to the BIR and Paying Taxes

The University of the Philippines System recently issued a memo that all contractual staff have to be registered with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) as “professionals” and provide UP with official receipts for services rendered. Unfortunately, project-based research assistants are included in this category. MSI was nice enough to bring in a Certified Public...
Science Nerd Mode at the 3rd APCRS

Science Nerd Mode at the 3rd APCRS

These past few months have been pretty crazy. So these things happened this May and June: 1. Co-organized Nexcon, a f*cking kickass science fiction and fantasy convention 2. Went to Japan for the first time. JAPAN! 3. Helped train DENR (Department of Environment and Natural Resources) personnel in coral reef survey methods 4. Presented at...
My Travel Bucket List (at this point in time)

My Travel Bucket List (at this point in time)

Everybody needs a goal, right? Goals give you something to aspire to. Goals are even better when they’re in a nice little list because there’s just something so satisfying about ticking off something from a list So this here little blog post is the short list of where I want to go within the next...
Macy's Top Ten Taiwan travel tricks and tips

Macy’s Top Ten Taiwan travel tricks and tips

It’s been a week since I got back from a 10-day trip to Taiwan to present at the 3rd Asia-Pacific Coral Reef Symposium (APCRS). APCRS was my first time to present at an international scientific conference so YAY ME! After a hectic schedule of shuttling back and forth between Taipei and Pingtung, of balancing work...
It is done.

It is done.

After 5.5 years in graduate school – three years of full-time study (attending classes, writing papers, and doing the initial research and fieldwork for my thesis), two years in El Nido (some catch-up fieldwork, going back to full-time work because I ran out of scholarship money, writing my thesis in the evenings, and taking two...