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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 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...
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...
Macy goes to ICRS 2016

Macy goes to ICRS 2016

I attended my first-ever International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) last June 20-24, 2016 in Honolulu, Hawaii (!!!). Basically, ICRS is the biggest gathering of coral reef and reef fish nerds on the planet. I felt right at home 😀 <3 Here’s me presenting my study Abundance patterns of coral-dependent reef fish in select sites in...
How to get discounted luggage on Hawaiian Airlines even with a Delta award ticket

How to get discounted luggage on Hawaiian Airlines even with a Delta award ticket

For the first time ever, I redeemed my Delta SkyMiles for an award ticket. While I’ve redeemed miles before under their Pay with Miles program (though that was frustrating because it was before Pay with Miles tickets earned mileage credit), I’ve never had enough miles for a full award ticket. That changed when I booked a...
The Islander Girl goes to Blogapalooza

The Islander Girl goes to Blogapalooza

Last May 21st was my first time to attend a Blogapalooza event. Billing itself as the Philippines’ first and largest B2B: Business-to-Blogger Networking and Marketing Event, Blogapalooza brings together business looking for bloggers to write about them and bloggers looking for content to feature. My primary reason for going to Blogapalooza was to listen to the...
Got married to the Doctor! Part 3: the church, food, cake, and flowers

Got married to the Doctor! Part 3: the church, food, cake, and flowers

Previously, in The Islander Girl… Adrian and I got married! Our wedding was Doctor Who-themed! Our prenup video had us escaping from Darth Vader, a stormtrooper, and a Cyberman, and traveling through space and time! The groom dressed as the Tenth Doctor! I had a headpiece made of stars! And now, the venues, food, and...
Got married to the Doctor! Part 2: the wedding garb

Got married to the Doctor! Part 2: the wedding garb

Previously, on The Islander Girl… Adrian and I got married! Our wedding was Doctor Who-themed! Our prenup video had us escaping from Darth Vader, a stormtrooper, and a Cyberman, and traveling through space and time! And now, for the wedding preparations… Our wedding clothes were inspired by a few key Doctor Who looks. Adrian’s suit...
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