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Stories from stuff: souvenirs from Hawai'i

Stories from stuff: souvenirs from Hawai’i

Confession time: I love bringing home souvenirs from my travels. Aside from the physical representation of actually having been there, each one I bring home has a memory behind it. They also need to be something I’m going to keep: no pesky desk trinkets here. The haul from my recent...
The Force Awakened and everything was awesome

The Force Awakened and everything was awesome

I’m a Star Wars geek. That’s probably one of the first things that people find out after they meet me for the first time. I’ve been a fan since I was twelve years old and it’s such a big part of my life that I’ll still be a fan when...
So what does a marine biologist do, exactly?

So what does a marine biologist do, exactly?

A typical conversation with someone I just met: New Person: “So, what do you do?” Me: “I’m a marine biologist.” New Person: “That’s so cool! So what do you do exactly?” That question always stumps me for a moment or two. How does one condense one’s job/career into one sentence?...
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...
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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The Islander Girl goes to Travel Spread

The Islander Girl goes to Travel Spread

I had a lot of fun (and learned a lot too) at Explore Philippines‘ Travel Spread event last week 😀 The anniversary party was on November 24, while the event itself was on November 25-26, 2016. Both the party and the event were in the events hall of Century City Mall in Makati. I was also...
Explore Philippines Magazine is turning 2!

Explore Philippines Magazine is turning 2!

Explore Philippines, the official inflight magazine of SkyJet Airlines, is turning two years old! To celebrate, Explore Philippines is hosting the fantastic Travel Spread: Traveling the Philippines One Page at a Time – a super fun free event for travelers interested in learning more about travel and food writing, promoting conservation through art, and bringing...
The Five-0 Dream comes true, part 2: sneaking away to visit the sights

The Five-0 Dream comes true, part 2: sneaking away to visit the sights

One of my main accomplishments during the Hawaii trip was getting to go around Oahu without sacrificing my time at ICRS (except for that one morning, but that doesn’t count because there weren’t any talks that I wanted to attend) and without a car (a bit inconvenient but doable). I’d like to thank TheBus for...
Surf, sand, and saving the sea with Reef and WWF

Surf, sand, and saving the sea with Reef and WWF

Last week, I had the great opportunity to attend the Free the Sea Movement sponsored by Reef Philippines in partnership with WWF Philippines. Reef and WWF put together a great event that featured some of my favorite things in one place: a coastal cleaup, surfing, and good music. To join the event, I needed to...
The Islander Girl goes to the DRT Expo Philippines 2016

The Islander Girl goes to the DRT Expo Philippines 2016

Despite waking up at 5:30am (after falling asleep at 2am after a pool party), I managed to keep my mind in a coherent state and drag myself to the Diving Resort Travel (DRT) Expo Philippines held in SM Megamall last September 9 to 11 (I went on September 11). I couldn’t miss it as my friends...
How I Make Worklife Easier

How I Make Worklife Easier

Although my work as a marine scientist sounds fun (and it is!), it’s not always sea and sunshine. There are corals to identify, data analysis to be done, and reports to write and edit. It’s definitely stressful at times but luckily, I have my personal not-so-secret weapons in the fight against worklife stress: 1. A...
The Five-0 Dream comes true, part 1: eating my way around Hawai'i

The Five-0 Dream comes true, part 1: eating my way around Hawai’i

Remember this bucket list from 2014? I got to cross Hawai’i off the list last June and it was GLORIOUS. I was in Hawaii last June because of 1) the International Coral Reef Symposium and because 2) Hawai’i. As I didn’t get any funding from official sources (e.g. the Philippine government, UP, NGOs, etc), I...
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