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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!
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→
By: Giselle General Therapy, the mental health kind, is something that I have been doing on and off since 2017. It’s remarkable how much time has passed since I first experienced going to a centre with a business-and-clinic vibe waiting room, and sitting in a cozy office with a couch-like chair and chatting with a … Continue reading Telephone Therapy Appointments: 3 Tips→
In honour of the soon-to-end International Women’s Month, and in appreciation of the recent Disney Pixar movie Turning Red, I’d like to share the memorable and also a bit scary experience I had when I got my first period. By the way, I got mine when I was in Grade 5, at 10 years old. … Continue reading My “Turning Red” Story: When I Got My First Period→
By: Giselle General Humans of New York is a Facebook page I have been following for the past decade, with is compelling and artful way of capturing people’s portraits and their stories of the subjects, usually narrated from their perspective. A series of posts not too long ago talks about a subject that was dear … Continue reading The Life-Changing Impact of School Choirs in My Life→
By: Giselle General It was February 2020 and I was excited to do my bi-annual ritual with my hair. I let it grow for close to 24 months and I cut a large chunk of it to donate for charitable causes that make free wigs for kids with cancer. Usually I alternate between Hair Massacure … Continue reading My Current One and Only White Hair→