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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 top Hong Kong travel apps

My top Hong Kong travel apps

The smorgasbord of travel apps have made planning and executing travel plans so much easier. But which ones do you need for a trip to Hong Kong? Here are my tried and tested favorites: HK eTransport Hong Kong’s public transportation system, in my opinion, is what every other system in...
2014 in review

2014 in review

The year 2014 was a particularly big year for me – even bigger than 2013 and so big that I barely got to write about it! The irony pains me because I absolutely love writing but writing for fun (AKA this blog) takes up time and effort that I could...
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...
Amazing Alaska: wandering around Juneau

Amazing Alaska: wandering around Juneau

This trip had me exploring a place that never in my wildest dreams (okay fine, maybe in my wildest, most fervent dreams) did I think I’d ever visit. Alaska always seemed so remote, and yes, so amazing, that setting foot there just didn’t seem possible. That changed because of a...
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Around the Philippines in 7 months

Around the Philippines in 7 months

Our fieldwork for Year 1 of our research project started in earnest last January then proceeded nonstop until July. In those seven months, I’ve been to 11 municipalities in nine provinces all over the country. My Philippine map is looking pretty good! It’s been an exhausting seven months, filled with interviews, focus group discussions, market...
Chubby Chicken is making me chubby! #ShareSnap

Chubby Chicken is making me chubby! #ShareSnap

Contrary to popular belief, delicious and satisfying eats can still be had along Katipunan Avenue for less than Php 100 to Php 150. And no, I’m not talking about McDonald’s or Jollibee. Whenever I’m too tired to even think about cooking rice and reheating leftovers or just because I want to, my go-to place for...
Going crazy for Kevin Kwan

Going crazy for Kevin Kwan

The author of two of my new favorite books was in town last weekend! Kevin Kwan of Crazy Rich Asians and China Rich Girlfriend fame held book signings and readings at Fully Booked‘s Bonifacio High Street and Alabang Town Center last August 15-16, 2015.   A photo posted by Macy (@theislandergirl) on Aug 14, 2015...
Heathrow's journey to sustainability

Heathrow’s journey to sustainability

International airports around the globe have major impacts on the environment, and as companies across all industries push toward a sustainable future, it’s important that aviation facilities such as London’s Heathrow Airport doesn’t get left behind. Heathrow is the third busiest airport in the world when it comes to passenger traffic, accessible by more than...
NexCon 2 and beyond!

NexCon 2 and beyond!

NexCon 2 happened last May 16-17, 2015 at Function Room 2, SMX Aura but I’m only writing about it now because Real Life got in the way. Boo to Real Life! 😛 First off, I’d like to say THANK YOU to everyone who made NexCon 2 possible: the wonderful attendees (seriously: you guys are the...
NexCon 2: where heroes rise

NexCon 2: where heroes rise

And NexCon strikes back with a vengeance! We had so much fun last year that we decided to drive ourselves nuts and hold another one 😛 Welcome to NexCon 2: Heroes Rising!
How DC Comics got me to run

How DC Comics got me to run

DC Comics got me to run my first race. Not personal health and fitness, not Adrian, not my friends. It took DC Comics, a Wonder Woman race singlet, and a finisher’s medal with “Justice League” on it to get me to run. Back story: DC Comics is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year and the...
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