It’s about the life of a Tsinay balikbayan after almost 10 years overseas.
After a decade abroad, Tina is now back in dusty Manila and experiencing the total culture shock. No training or independence in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, or the United Kingdom has prepared for the unruliness that is the Philippines, along with the drama that’s going on with her friends, her family and her life.
Tina in Manila is about life, love and work experienced while back in Manila. Totally tactless and judgmental, unapologetic and no holds barred, Tina writes with much candor that the only way she gets away with it via her blog.
I am almost 40, a wife to a child at heart who’s one of the best fathers there is, and a mother to a naughty yet adorable 4-year old girl.
I lived 6 years in Taiwan, almost 5 years in Hong Kong, moved around London and Singapore a lot before coming back here in Manila. My corporate experience lasted at least a decade, and I had the best work experiences in one of the largest tech companies, and one of the best investment banks in the world.
I am currently employed as a General Manager, managing a small business that hires mostly Filipino women. People say I’m very hands on. I treat my work as my mission, and my staff my other children. I am not the best boss, but people who worked for me has said that I had pushed them to their limits, and they’ve achieved more than they ever thought possible.
I derive great pleasure in writing about my thoughts, just as you enjoy reading them right now. For me, this is my diary, and I find it therapeutic to memoralise my thoughts and feelings that I have on that moment.
As my guest, I would appreciate if you can respect my privacy especially if you know me outside this blog. If you think it’s about you, it’s not.
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