The Surprising Beauty of Queer Eye

I've been on a journey the past year to really understand the world of fashion, in particular, trying to understand why it's important. Why should we care about it? Why do people spend so much time obsessing about? Magazines spend thousands shooting and re-shooting photos, and editors are catapulted into celebrity status. Is it significant? Is it… Continue reading The Surprising Beauty of Queer Eye

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Founder’s Diary: Leap

This week, J and I found ourselves in the most unexpected situation. There we were, in a crowded Moxies. Having dinner and drinks with a guy who, two years ago, we would have had no business knowing. This guy has spent the last 25 years working with the hottest, emerging retail brands, and has the… Continue reading Founder’s Diary: Leap

How starting my own business has made me a better person

Now that it's been a bit more than a month since I quit my 9-to-5 job to start my own business Cambio Market, I've had time to reflect on what being an entrepreneur really means and how it's impacted my life beyond the typical "work for yourself" mantra. For some context, Cambio Market is an online marketplace to connect… Continue reading How starting my own business has made me a better person

Life Updates Over Coffee

If we were having coffee right now, I would greet you with a warm hug and exclaim how long it's been since we last saw each other. I would ask what you've been up to, how your husband and parents are, how work is going, and comment on how adorable you look in your outfit and matching headscarf.… Continue reading Life Updates Over Coffee

Life and Happiness Online

I read a post from A Good Blog is Hard to Find about the reasons people blog and how everyone's goals and writing styles are different. If you haven't already, check it out. I commented to the author on how his genuine and simple writing style made me reflect on my own goals and authenticity. I began writing because I… Continue reading Life and Happiness Online

Food, start-ups, and social enterprise: The story of a Filipino outsider

This is a post that I originally wrote for international organization NextDayBetter. It was then reblogged on ChooseSocial.PH. I’m re-posting it here on my personal blog because it was a very personal post that means a lot to me, so I want to share it with you as well.

We're bringing social enterprises into the mainstream

This blog post was originally published on NextDayBetter’s blog by our co-founder Gelaine as part of our content partnership with them. 

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I’m not your definition of a Filipina role model. I understand but don’t speak Tagalog. I was born in Philippines but couldn’t tell you much about life in the country. I grew up eating ‘adobo,” palabok,’ and ‘pancit,’ but only recently learned the difference between ‘lechon’ and ‘lechon kawali.’ I’ve lived most of my life in Canada where I was raised to believe that Philippine-made meant cheap, and “opportunity” was always paired with “abroad”.

So, it must be a surprise that here I am – co-founder of ChooseSocial.PH, an organization that aims to connect and educate people about social enterprises in the Philippines and the work of Filipino social entrepreneurs. It’s a surprise but an honour to be part of an organization that proudly showcases the work, impact…

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