Welcome to my world 🌎
Why hello! I am the human behind this personal lifestyle and travel blog. On YouTube, I'm more commonly known as FILAM FANGIRL. (Because I am Filipino-American... and a fangirl.) In my to-be-written life novel, I am a dynamic character that changes and grows with time. This blog is one of the few things that I can keep up with, and can keep up with me. When I'm not blogging, I'm out living life and enjoying the present. I continue to write because it is my passion, and it brings me purpose, pride, patience, and peace. Get to know me more.
Why I started this blog?
My intention for this blog is to create judgment-free zone for my writing. There are two spectrums of my writing style. On one side, I have my technical writer hat on where I help businesses, entrepreneurs, engineers, software peeps, and other STEM people write their documents. And on the other side, I have my blogger hat where I am free to create and experiment however, whenever I want. Both writing styles are different. However, I need both halves to function as a "whole" writer. I need both my writer hats to be genuinely happy with every aspect of writing.
Our super short origin story:
In 2006, I began my content creation journey. It all started with a ladder, a point-and-shoot camera with 144p as its highest quality, outrageous clothes, a Black-Eyed Peas song, a boombox, and my best friend "Baby Ceceh" (lol, but we call her Christine now). We recorded a lyric video and I posted my first YouTube video ever on April 2006. Oh how time flies...
Videos, blogs, photoshoots, etc. I started creating content long before I was on the internet, but 2006 was a turning point for me. I learned about a whole new world where I can post a fun video and share it with my family all over the world. I was (and still am) obsessed with creating things that bring about response, but obsessed in the healthiest form possible.
Reasons why you should stay
1 . There's always something to read, see, hear, and watch.
If you're looking for tips on how to travel, boom we got that. If you're looking for witty stories about the millenial struggle (aka my struggles), then you are in the right place. If you want to just browse through and feed your wanderlust, then by all means, browse on.
2 . Learn something new.
Learning runs through my blood and soul, so it's only natural that this little blog grows and ages like fine wine. I explore and learn about different cultures (not just ethnic cultures, but also the culture of freelancing, blogging, organization, millenials, startups, technology, etc.), I write about my experiences, and then I share what I've come across. I'm just a ball of stories and trivia.
3 . I have the best life motto.
Study and live in all cultures. So good. Thanks, I created it in 2010, in my favorite college English class, when I decided to switch to an English major and dedicate my life to writing.
love and light,
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