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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...
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...
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...
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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Why I #BlogWithNuffnang

Why I #BlogWithNuffnang

I’ve blogged with Nuffnang ever since I started www.theislandergirl.com in 2013 and I’ve never looked back. There are a boatload of reasons why I’ve stuck with Nuffnang this long but these are my favorites: 1. Nuffnang partners with the best brands. No sketchy dealings here. With Nuffnang, the ads that appear on your blog are...
Stereodeal launches their first album "Singularity"!

Stereodeal launches their first album “Singularity”!

Last Saturday marked a major milestone in Stereodeal‘s history as they launched their first album Singularity. The album has been almost 6 years in the making, which included several lineup changes and founder Adrian Arcega almost quitting altogether. But the band persevered and the result is definitely something worthy of being added to your music...
Book review: "The Hangman's Revolution" by Eoin Colfer

Book review: “The Hangman’s Revolution” by Eoin Colfer

I’ll say this right now: The Hangman’s Revolution by Eoin Colfer, the second book in the WARP series, is the most enjoyable book I’ve read so far this 2014. (Whether that holds after The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan comes out tomorrow is another matter entirely. But I digress.) Colfer hits another winner as...
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...
The Islander Girl in Japan!

The Islander Girl in Japan!

As detailed in a previous post, 2014 was a particularly huge year for me in both personal and academic events, not the least of which is the numerous trips out. (Off-topic: what is it with me and travel? I go maybe two to three years without going anywhere then BOOM several trips in one year?)...
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