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Welcome! This is Giselle General and this is my personal blog, where I document thoughts and perspectives while living in Edmonton, Alberta Canada, as a Filipina-Canadian navigating various experiences!
Word counts and number of pages heavily influence my approach in writing. From Grade 4 onwards, in multiple classes from Language (English) class and Filipino class, we were required to fill pages upon pages of lined paper with paragraphs on certain topics. Some of them were comically dull, such as “what I did last summer” … Continue reading Memoir Writing Reflections #2: A Thousand Words A Day→
by: Giselle General This year, on top of everything else my husband and I drastically changed, I added one more to the list. I finally started working of my first memoir, my first full-length written work. The initial plan was to publish something right around my 30th birthday last year. That got derailed by two … Continue reading Memoir Writing Reflections #1: The Brain is a Marvel→
By: Giselle General Earlier this month, a high school student volunteer and I were doing some community service work for my neighborhood. It’s a requirement for her Grade 12 Religion Class. She is a Filipino teenager who is relatively new to Canada and Edmonton, being here for just a few years with her experiences limited … Continue reading The Female Duet that Changed my Preconceived Views→
By: Giselle General It was May 1999, and my family is planning for another set of birthday celebrations. As my brother and I are born on the same month, and less than two weeks apart, the family is not very keen on having two large-scale parties so close to each other. In our small village … Continue reading The Last Birthday Gift I got from My Parents→
By: Giselle General Content Warning: References to sexual assault, mental health treatment. This story is from my experiences between February and September 2017, a transformative and healing time for me as far as my mental health and outlook in life. February 2017 was when I had my first therapy appointment with the Sexual Assault Centre … Continue reading Blueberry Pie: When Food Literally was part of my Therapy Routine→
By: Giselle General This article was also submitted by the author as a contribution to the Alberta Filipino Journal (a cultural/ community newspaper in the province of Alberta, Canada) in June 2022. Managing one’s finances is an important responsibility in order for us to have a comfortable life. But sometimes, unexpected things happen, and we … Continue reading Community Resource Article – When Debt Issues Arise→
By: Giselle General This article was also submitted by the author as a contribution to the Alberta Filipino Journal (a cultural/ community newspaper in the province of Alberta, Canada) in April 2022 In hounour of National Volunteer Week which is on April 24, I would like to share some opportunities and resources when it comes … Continue reading Community Resource Article – Opportunities to Volunteer→
By: Giselle General This article was also submitted by the author as a contribution to the Alberta Filipino Journal (a cultural/ community newspaper in Alberta, Canada) in March 2022. These are some community resources that can help provide programs, inspiration, physical and emotional support and more for the women and girls in your life and … Continue reading Community Resource Article – Supports for Women→
By: Giselle General Magtanim ay di biro, Maghapong nakayuko, Di naman makatayo, Di naman makaupo! (Planting is not a joke, as you need to bend over all afternoon, you cannot stand, you cannot sit!) This is a folk song I remember learning as a child, about the hard work that is required to plant rice … Continue reading “Matanim ay ‘di Biro!” On Indoor Plant Care→
By: Giselle General “That is a cool idea, my love. But I don’t feel comfortable initiating that at all. If we’re gonna do it, I need you to set it up, or at least do it along with me.” When you are so used to being your own provider, advocate, and nurturer, when you are … Continue reading The Courage from Admitting Fear→
By: Giselle General Trigger warning: Trauma flashbacks, nightmares, violent sexual assault I’m sharing this in time for Sexual Violence Awareness Month, which is in May. If you have experienced sexual violence, there is help. This is just one of the many amazing organizations that can provide support and healing. https://www.sace.ca/ On Easter Sunday, my husband … Continue reading The Latest Sexual Assault Nightmare→