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Taking A Blogging Break (Plus A Short Gratitude List)

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To my dear readers:

I’ll be taking a break from blogging for a couple of weeks due to personal reasons. I’m not sick nor dying nor broke, don’t worry, and everyone in the family is okay.  I just need to sort some things out, and I’d like to request that you pray for me as I go through this somewhat difficult time.  Again, no need to worry — yes, it’s quite major and serious but it’s nothing that any of you haven’t gone through.

As much as writing this blog post is already taking up a great amount of my energy, I don’t want to end on a sad note so I’d like to share a short gratitude list. They say that regardless of the circumstances, we should always be grateful and count our blessings, and these are just some of the things I’m grateful for amidst the negative stuff (no particular order):


Yes I know I just switched jobs last year, but it didn’t quite turn out as planned and expected so I had to leave.  Thankfully, I got to rest for a couple of weeks (even though I got the effing chickenpox a week after the effectivity of my resignation), and I was able to find another job right away!  I start in May.  I’m turning 30 this month, and I think God wants me to be where I’m meant to be by the time I reach 30, so I believe that the events that transpired are no coincidence. :)


Les Miserables Philippines

My dream of watching the tandem of my West End crushes Ramin Karimloo and Hadley Fraser as Jean Valjean and Javert may never happen anymore, but I’m glad I got to watch Les Miserables last March 26 (Black Saturday).  I’m a big musical fan, and I’ve memorized all of the Les Mis songs since I was 8 years old!  The story was quite apt for Holy Week and Easter, especially when I heard the bishop sing: (more…)

[In Her Suitcase] Kath Eustaquio-Derla on Her Writing Journey and Her New Book

In Her Suitcase - Interviews

In Her Suitcase is an interview section on the blog that turns the spotlight on women who inspire me, who can inspire you, and who try to create their best lives by coloring their journeys in their own unique and remarkable ways.

Kath Eustaquio-Derla has gone a long way since her successful blog on called Bedroom Blog by Veronica.  She has always wanted to use her own experiences to reach out to young Filipino women by writing about dating and the single life in Manila.  Though already based in Malaysia, Kath was finally able to launch her first print novel, Before I Do, which tackles exactly just that — the adventures of a single woman and her frustrations with nagging relatives, and how she sometimes needs to become who she is first before “I Do”.  

Read on as Kath shares her journey as a writer and author, as well as the lessons she’s picked up along the way.  Can I just say how much I admire her for being able to juggle work and publishing books at the same time?!  Kath’s story also tells us that our interests and the things we are drawn to are no coincidence — her fondness for shows like Sex and the City and Gossip Girl may seem trivial, but these have actually helped define her as a writer! Congratulations on the book, Kath! 

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Photo Credit: Aceron Studios


Work definitely eats up most of my time during the day. I write for a New York-based media company and several firms in Manila and Singapore. My nights, at least the last few waking hours before I finally succumb to sleep, are spent on my passion projects.

Before I Do is my first print novel. It has an online counterpart, as a serialized piece, on Radish Fiction with new episodes every Wednesday. The prequel – What Am I To You –  is also a serialized piece on Bookbed, with new episodes every Thursday night.

Despite the heavy workload, I box three times a week at a local gym here in Malaysia. Some weekends, my husband and I perform in open mic sessions at local hangouts or meet some friends for ‘no mercy’ badminton matches and movie nights.



Looking back, I think one of the most significant moments in my journey as a writer was when my good friend, Cheekie Albay, asked me if I want to write for’s “Bedroom Blog.” Back then, it was like an online version of Sex and The City (the series, not Carrie’s column). I submitted some samples from my personal blog and was hired.


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