Telling you what this blog is about is like telling you who I am–I know who I am, but it’s pretty damn hard to be succinct about it. I’ve been called the Ja-of-all-trades, but I’d rather you think of me as a Renaissance woman. A lot of my entries here are fun. Ok crack a joke now!


Hahaha, that’s good! 

*Standing ovation! Clap! Clap! Clap!* My imagination does wonders.

I am a Filipino writer who has survived a stage-four level of childhood shyness. Haha ok that’s not a real medical diagnosis, but my shyness was a debilitatingly painful experience. Now it is a source of fun, weird, and revealing stories.

In the past, my long-term goal was to write a novel, but now my new goal is to create writers. That’s why several posts here are a cross between self-help and writing tips. I want to tell everybody my secrets. Gotta help them all!

I am a self-confessed happiness junkie, and I’m not ashamed of it. I love inspiring people and making them smile.

As a Filipino, I really love the Philippines and my awesome Filipino family. So, in this blog, you should expect lots of mangoes, jeepneys, and that distinct Filipino humor. There are some entries that are written in Filipino or have Filipino words and phrases. I used to translate these into English, but now I don’t have time and I don’t want to. I want to be free to celebrate my language and my culture in all its complexity.

My personal advocacy is equality for all, and this is why I analyze issues of discrimination and prejudice. In college, I was actually a debater, and this has helped me become aware of several social issues.

I am currently working as a teacher. I used to work as a journalist for the arts section, but I actually have a degree in Creative Writing. Now, I am rediscovering fiction and poetry through my blog.

Wow, how’s that for versatile! Or lost? Or awesome? Or simply, just me.

This blog was founded on March 2011. If you like this post, please subscribe to this blog. Ja is also on Twitter and FacebookTumblr (blog for my favorite books), Bloglovin (for blogfor Tumblr). Email Ja at: ageofthediary@gmail.com. 

Ja graduated Bachelor of Fine Arts Major in Creative Writing from the Ateneo de Manila University. She was given the honor of Cum Laude and the Creative Writing Program Award.

Ja debated for the Ateneo Debate Society, the most awarded debate institution in Asia and has been consistently ranked in the top ten best debate institutions in the world. She has several achievements including the award for fourth best speaker in Asia.

Before she became a teacher, she was a freelance writer and was BusinessWorld’s art reporter where she covered visual art, theater, ballet, classical music, culture, and more. She has been published by Rogue Magazine, Esquire Magazine’s website, The Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin, Panorama Magazine, Spot.ph, Coconuts Manila, Art Plus Magazine, Cosmopolitan Magazine, and Female Network. She previously worked at Summit Media’s Female Network as an editorial assistant.

All the opinions expressed in this page and in this blog are her own and do not represent the official stances of the companies, institutions, and organizations that she is affiliated with.

Note: For some entries in this blog, a few names and details have been deliberately and willingly changed by the author. This is a personal decision made by the author for specific reasons known to her and is not an endorsement for censorship.


4 thoughts on “About

  1. What an open, warm and lovely ABOUT page! I enjoyed it very much – and I am now following you. Good Luck with your plans to see more people this year – I also downloaded Passion Planner and am just about to get on and use it.


  2. Your blog is so refreshing, I like that you are humorists and real.Recently my teen daughter started her two blogs, so I will send her your way for the Art, Family and Highschool pieces. Keep up the good work and I look forward to more posts. Allie


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