1. How did you come up with the name “Lifestyle Manila”?

It’s tragic, really. I can neither use my name nor my nickname in the domain because they just don’t sound right. So I decided to pursue a “ManileƱa’s urban lifestyle” blog, featuring stuff I like and can afford.

I just might use “Ethel’s Kettle” when I finally decide to become an herbalist or stay-at-home DIY mom or something, though.

2. When did you start blogging?

Believe it or not, I’ve been blogging on and off for almost ten years now. I used to get rid of the personal blogs I have after a year or two, if only because there are just too plenty of embarrassing and truly personal posts in them. Puberty sucks.

Lately I realized that I needed to stop being that rolling stone that never gathered any moss. I want to be taken seriously and be appreciated now for my body of work.

3. When did you start this blog?

My brother purchased the domain in November 2012, but it was only in January 2013 that I finally started posting articles. I went through several layouts before settling on this one and actually getting a Facebook page! I’m sure it’s a bit silly to start gathering folks on Facebook so early, but I am most often driven by impulse, so yeah. There’s a Lifestyle Manila FB page, and even a Twitter account.

4. What’s the real purpose of this blog?

OK. So my blog still needs work, stop judging! My main motivation is of course to inspire and be inspired. I want to publish articles that are meaningful to my life so I can check them out online anytime. I also want to share information and support noble causes at the same time.

5. What are the topics you like writing about?

That’s a tough question, because I’ve always been someone willing to write articles about anything. Sure, a few people who’ve worked with me would say otherwise, but I know the truth. I’ve written about tattoos, power supply units, mobile apps, landscaping businesses, the works.

I guess the topics that I really like writing about are the stuff that I believe in, because it’s really hard to pretend that this or that is awesome when it really is not. And oh, I love supporting underdogs, too! Startups and indie businesses are the flame to my moth.


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