March 8, 2018
Welcome to my blog!
I’m Jean from Manila, Philippines. This year, I’m turning 30 and getting off the crazy rollercoaster ride that was my 20s. It has been an eye-opening and formative decade filled with laughter, tears, victories, failures, love, and loss.
It feels as if my journey is just beginning, though. A few months ago, I began attending therapy to better understand myself and deal with my depressive moods. I often joke it’s been long overdue, but I believe this happened at the perfect time.
At almost 30, I feel a renewed sense of life. Funnily enough, the more I see the massive work that needs to be done to make myself and my life better, the more excited I become. Of course, it’s not always as breezy and beautiful as it sounds. Some days can be dark and ugly.
I have been working with words professionally since I finished university with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism in 2010, but I haven’t written for myself in years. As advised by my therapist, I started a Gratitude Diary using the trusty pen and paper. As I began to write again, I was reminded of the relief and healing writing brings, and I thought of starting this blog to hopefully share the same with others.
A few more things about me:
I’m currently based in Manila and living in a cozy studio apartment with a few potted plants and a growing pile of unread books. Whenever life permits, I take a trip to the beach or somewhere else closer to nature.
A few of my simple joys include fresh sheets, a hot/cold chocolate drink (depending on my mood), and a quiet evening walk. I absolutely love to eat (and take pictures of my food). I’m obsessed with curry, xiao long bao, cheese, eggs, cilantro, bell peppers, and Japanese and Mexican food in general. I enjoy a glass of wine or two (or more) in the company of good friends. And I’m one of those who don’t drink coffee.
I work full time, remotely, as a content manager for an education technology startup, and I write mostly lifestyle pieces on the side whenever I can. I also volunteer for local nonprofits during my free time.
Like I said in the home page, I’m really glad you’re here. I hope you’ll find something worthy to take away from the pages of this blog.