Today it is the girls’ turn. All three of these Philippines-based or related blogs are written by women who are on their way in life, with various combinations of husbands, kids and jobs. And blogs of course. All are good writers, with distinctive outlooks, and they lavish much motherly love on their sites. Blogging is important to all of them and may even have changed their lives. So, in alphabetical order, please put your hands together and give a big welcome to:
The Bee Box. Melissa is a working single mum in Cebu. She doesn’t have a car—we know that because of many her taxi stories, which endear her site to me. She has separate blogs for her poetry (she’s a Sylvia Plath fan) and her two sons (aged four years and four months). Four months old and he has his own blog—I told you these people were serious. She has a nice way of holding together a story and her posts tend to have a beginning, middle, and an end. The Bee Box is a nice looking site too — clean and fresh looking.
I’ve been a visitor to Gigi goes gaga ever since it opened for business last year. It is the most personal of the three, and it has the longest posts, almost mini-essays. They are well crafted and frank ruminations on life and love—although she lives in California, Gigi’s perspective is rooted in her experience as a Filipino (as can be seen from the current top story on her site, a thoughtful description of a meeting with a beauty queen).
In Pinay Expat the author casts her unsparing critical eye on her host country, Germany; the Philippines; and herself. She describes herself as “type a” and this shows through in her writing. She has been called “notorious” apparently, but I think candid or brutally honest is closer to the mark (as this funny description of a “friend” shows). Because she’s bright and analytical, Pinay Expat opens up the Philippine overseas experience in interesting ways (although as an educated wife of a foreigner, her experience is not typical I suppose).