About Me

Basangsisiw is a Filipino idiomatic expression that translates to wet chick in English—basa (wet) and sisiw (chick). This expression denotes being dejected or abandoned, someone who is left to fend for herself or who is in a pitiful and helpless situation—a very common human experience, I suppose

This to me, defines my transition and growth as I journey along in life.


My name is Maricel and welcome to my blog! I’m a 30+++ year old introverted Industrial engineer from the Philippines who loves to chronicle her life experience, dreams, ideas and all things that come in between.

I love to write and read people’s eccentric ideas. I have a passion in aerospace, architecture, interior design, photography and lately, learning foreign languages!

I have always dreamt of getting into NASA to become the first Filipina astronaut. I was devastated when I got rejected for the Axe Apollo Space Academy in 2013. That was sadly, my only hope. I still aspire of becoming an astronaut up to this day, that is why I am finding ways to let Elon Musk know I am willing to volunteer for an experimental Mars mission in the future. Hey, don’t laugh! I ain’t kidding! 😀

Apart from my job, I kept myself busy with other boring stuff: I am continuously improving my garden, doing macro shots, making DIY projects at home if I’m not writing, reading, studying, doing paper works, stargazing with my naked eye, babbling on a foreign language, praying for rain, changing my nephew’s diapers or sleeping (with emphasis on the last).

I am a vicious eater but to my dismay, I never gained weight. So, I resort into doing yoga at home and sadly I almost broke my back when I did the downward dog… I stopped, but only for some time.

Since I am a pluviophile, expect me to be happiest when it is raining. My perfect date is cuddling with my book and with my coffee in bed on a rainy day. I love rain but I love the sun and the beach, as well. I love the ocean but since I do not know how to swim, most of the time, I only have to be content with watching the waves from the shore or blankly staring at the endless horizon while I’m there. Another perfect date would be lying on the shore on a starry night while listening to the waves.

Favorite things and places in the world? Europe—anywhere in Europe, the ocean, the mountains, sky lanterns, libraries and bookstores, drone cameras, telescope, my microfiber bed sheet, my journal and sketchpad, coffee, desserts and cats.. I mean dogs—chowchows or huskies.. or fat and clumsy baby pandas. 🙂

or this one, Ohmaygad, this one or two would be very fine! https://www.instagram.com/p/BcQB7Z6jGJl/

I’m a hopeful (not hopeless) romantic who is still waiting for his Superman. :p

Wanderlust is driving me to want to quit my job right away and drift with the wind with the dandelions someplace. If I get to choose a superhuman ability, I’d choose the ability to fly so I could travel the world and find that place, yes that place. I have weird feelings of belongingness to the past. Perhaps I was a cockroach in my past life living in the slums of medieval France. That’s a possibility, I know.


I have a melancholic-phlegmatic temperament so that’s enough to let you know that I am pretty doleful most of the times and let’s equate that into simple terms—I am boring. That’s why as you will read here, I write about pretty boring things and stuff about my life.

I love Science but I don’t let that get in the way of my faith. The universe still holds so many mysteries that has eternally baffled and perplexed scientists and scholars til now. So I’ll leave the perplexities as it is.

Well, basically, I am a lover of learning and I’ll do what I can to learn new things every day.

This blog is an online journal of my life.  To expect and assume that my work would truly inspire you is an insult. But regardless of my incompetence, it is my wish that you my readers, will stay with me as I journey along. Perchance, out of my personal quests, somehow an experience, a thought, a dream or an idea will move you to do positive things for yourself and the world we live. I too, I am trying day by day. I failed many times, but good that I was born stubborn. 🙂

Salamat sa pagbisita (thanks for visiting) and spread some love, will ya? Hugs and kisses. 😀


24 thoughts on “About Me

    • kenthinksaloud,

      Thank you so much for enjoying my little world Sir. I did stroll by yours a while ago and can’t help but admire. BTW, it really means a lot to me that you have dropped by mine and more so because of your subscription. Thank you! Wishing you and your family well!


  1. Thank you for your interest in my blogs. Enjoyed reading your Basangsisiw narration. I admire the way you write and good luck with your religious work.


    • Thank you also for taking time to visit mine po. I did enjoy reading yours also– its’ very informative and relevant, to say the least. And thank you for the nice words, it surely means a lot if it comes from someone like you. Am just glad I found your site; thanks to Mr. Sieczka. His rise to fame isn’t that terrible afterall…Lol!

      Grace and Peace,


    • Same here, Mr. Triwoko. It’s always a pleasure to be able to read other people’s thoughts through their blogs. Just keep those posts coming! Thanks for dropping in also!

      Grace and Peace,


    • Great to have found you as well. I’ll surely be following your trails, iRuniBreathe! The background is actually the essay, The Paradox of our Age. I used it because it ultimately encapsulates everything that I’ve always wanted to tell to people, kinda like the synopsis of all my thoughts…:)



  2. Now this is what I call an ‘About’ page. Love reading this detailed about-page. I like your blog that I abruptly click on Follow This Blog. Good to follow your posts. Thanks.

    Best of Luck!



  3. It’s always a pleasure to have someone around to share my “little world” with, Abdul. And it’s an extra blessing to be followed by anyone, especially by fellow bloggers. Thank you kindly for the time and the follow! Have gone through yours and needless to say, you have a great blog. Keep it up!



  4. Nice to meet you Ms. Basangsisiw! What a great story about yourself. I love your blog and writing style. Both are fun! Thanks for dropping by my blog. I will look for you among the stars!


    • Hi Andy,

      It’s my pleasure to know you and the adorable cinderellas of your life. I wish I have more spare time to visit your blog more often as I really enjoyed reading your posts. But I’ll surely do drop by when I am temporarily relieved of my diaper-related responsibilities. 🙂

      Thanks for dropping in as well.

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  5. M, can I ask, after all these years of personal and professional growth do you still consider yourself a Basangsisiw? From where I sit I do not see that at all. But maybe I dont understand the meaning. Just curious..


    • Andy, for several times I have thought of changing the title of my blog but I was hesitant for 2 reasons: Firstly, I fear some of my readers would not recognize this blog anymore and second because I still consider myself a basangsisiw. I guess we all are at some occasions. Human as I am, I still feel all these “basangsisiw moments” unfortunately. It’s a downer if you think about it given its meaning but on the other side, it’s a good reminder that I am not perfect nor will the circumstances be always perfect for me. And that being said, feeling alone and helpless or forsaken (as that of a basangsisiw) is a battle I need to win over, again and again. For me, it’s an integral part of who I am— all these experiences, the winning and the losing—they mold me into who I am today. 🙂

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      • I would say savor your victories. Keep momentos of them. Always remember that at your best there is nothing you can’t do or accomplish.. You already have the winning mentality of striving to do better and better. Success brings confidence and confidence brings success! And I think you are successful. I don’t see you lowering your standards for the sake of not being alone. Keep your standards high. That’s one thing that separates you from a lot of people M. Maybe I should be telling you to not be so hard in Yourself?


        • Thank you so much for the nice words, A. This week was especially hard for me. I skipped work for 3 days because of fever and even if I tried to monitor everything while away, there are things that you just can’t control of. Problems blew out of proportion when I came back. I had an event to hold at the weekend whilst cramming into sorting all other things out. I never ran out of challenges and yes, sometimes these things may break me but only for a moment. I try to get back up again as fast as I could. I guess you are right, I am being hard on myself. Actually, I’ve been told the same by several people already so I am working myself to improve in that area. Thank you, again.

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        • OMG I had a similar week this week, although I did have my health. It seemed like five fires that all needed to be put out last week! And while I was working hard on one or two emails and texts were coming in wondering why the other fires weren’t being addressed. You know what? I lived to make it to the end of the week. (deep breath). And I am still alive and rejuvenated to tell a nice lady on the other side of the planet my woes that may ‘get it’ also.

          Get ready M, here comes another week, Monday is right around the corner. It will soon be time to be invincible again! 🙂


    • Wow! It’s good to know I am not alone then! Hehe! I am feeling better now at least, thank you. It’s the semi-annual board meeting next week so yeah, cheers to another challenging week for me and to you as well! 🙂

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