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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...
El Nido: my forever place

El Nido: my forever place

Have you ever been to a place and fell absolutely, irrevocably in love? How about a place that changed your life forever? A place that no matter where you went to next, you’d end up coming back to over and over again? El Nido in Palawan is my forever place....
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...
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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Getting fit with KFit

Getting fit with KFit

One of my New Year’s Resolutions, as it has been for the past several years, is to get fit. Unfortunately, I’m really bad at keeping this particular resolution so I haven’t actually improved on the fitness front for the past few years (notable exceptions would be training to run 3km for the DC Comics Fun...
2015 in review

2015 in review

Confession time: this article is actually back-dated. I wrote this post in February 2016 instead of December 2015. I wish I had another reason aside from “I was busy!” but I don’t. HUHU. Anyway, I still wrote it because 2015 was still a year worth remembering, regardless of how outdated this post is ­čśŤ Environmental...
Traversing Tawi-tawi

Traversing Tawi-tawi

Doing research on the field isn’t easy, but one of the things that make up for it is being able to travel all over the Philippines. There’s something about being able to peek inside the nooks and crannies that most Filipinos don’t get to see that sometimes makes all the effort and exhaustion worth it....
I love my Mares fins!

I love my Mares fins!

I won the Mares Summer Selfie contest for July! While it’s not my first time to win an online contest (I’ve won a few of them by blogging), this was my first time to win one via Facebook Likes. Winning this contest was particularly fantastic because the prize was a pair of Mares fins of...
Musings in Masbate

Musings in Masbate

This past weekend marked my first visit to Masbate province. Truth be told, I didn’t know much about the province aside from the rodeos it hosts. Masbate province is composed of three major islands: Masbate, Burias, and Ticao. The provincial capital is Masbate City, located in Masbate island. Our assessment site is Cawayan (the blue...
Staple and Perk: fit for a hungry geek

Staple and Perk: fit for a hungry geek

My first (but certainly not last) visit to Staple and Perk Bakery┬ácame courtesy of GeekFight! Trivia Night. After a successful trip to Ludo Boardgame Bar, I finally convinced my officemates Jem and MJ to join me for a night of even more hardcore geekery. My friend Kris told me that Staple and Perk served “the...
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...
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