I Am Basangsisiw

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

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

I love to write and copy read people’s ideas and thoughts. I dreamt of getting into NASA and become the first Filipina astronaut. (I was upset when I got rejected for the Axe Apollo Space Academy last 2013). That was sadly, my only hope.

Apart from my job, I kept myself busy with other boring stuffs. I am continuously improving my garden, practicing photography with my brother’s stolen camera, making DIY projects at home if I’m not writing, stargazing with my naked eye, praying for rain, changing my nephew’s diapers or sleeping (with emphasis on the last). I eat a lot but to my dismay, I never gained weight. So, I resort into doing yoga at home and almost broke my back when I did the downward dog… I stopped.

I’m a hopeful romantic who is still waiting for his Superman (shhh.. that’s only between you and me). 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 won’t have to quit my job just to travel the world. Since a kid, I always had a weird feeling that I belong in the past and that probably explains why I am overly drawn to love all things of long ago. 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— boring. My most favorite place in the world so far is Palawan. However, there are two places I would love to set foot also—Mt. Pulag and the Batanes Islands. And then perhaps, Machu Picchu, the Fjords and Preikestolen, Cliffs of Moher, Christ the Redeemer, Grand Canyon, Mt. Huashan, the Swiss Alps and doze off in either Italy or France or in a British castle (without the ghosts).

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 pretend to know a lot about anything. But doesn’t know a thing in reality.

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, am trying, day by day. I failed many times, but good that I was born stubborn.

Enjoy and daghang salamat (thanks a lot)!


One day, I’ll be standing at the edge of the earth…on the crest of a sunrise.

She had the soul of a gypsy, the heart of a hippie, the spirit of a fairy.

She had the soul of a gypsy, the heart of a hippie, the spirit of a fairy.