I am Gel, a Filipina writer and wanderer. I started this blog since 2010 as a requirement for our online journalism class. Since then, it has evolved into a platform for me to share my thoughts on love and life and aspirations that have kept me going amidst the challenges and victories that have come my way.

Writing has always been something I love since high school. I pursued a degree in Journalism, became editor of our student publication and co-founded an organization for journalism majors. I remember vividly how aggressive I am as a student journalist back then. I’d join some rallies. I’d critic school officials through my column and even braved a libel case because of a lampoon issue.

But it was a different scenario after graduation.

I must admit I slowed down. And never did I regret any decision I made. While I write for a living, I shifted to feature writing, specifically lifestyle stories. It is where I found my niche. To go to places, meet new people and learn from their own tales, and write about them.

It was also during this time I realized how okay it is to not conform and never confine ourselves to our box. To never let go of our dreams even if it means going through pain and rejections. As cliche as it may seem, yes, but all these are part of the process. Trust it and believe in it.

My mother once said that we all have a place in this world. That while we are at the crossroads, fate will find a way to arrive in that place we can call as ours.

My father, who recently passed away due to kidney disease, meanwhile instilled to me that it is alright to dream big and aim high. And to never let go of the things that make us alive. He taught me how to dream and never give up. To stand up each time you fall. And to be brave and courageous. I miss him so much and I know that in the coming months and years, this blog’s content will be partly about him. This blog is my catalyst for my grief and pain I know will never go away in this lifetime.

Now more than ever, I have learned to live life and move on from toxicity. I am happily living with my fiance in a small abode near my parents’ home. I am living the life I have always wanted for years and we are slowly moving on to another chapter. I am excited for the things that are yet to unfold.

I hope you enjoy reading my work as much as I love (and poured my heart into) every word I put into them.