About Me

Hey, I’m Frankie.

Me in three words: Christian. Introvert. Cactus. 

…Fail. I don’t think those words cover everything. So here’s a longer description: I’m an introverted, born-again “human Christian” (read the blog to find out what that means) who works in brand marketing, likes writing songs, and likes cats. I’m not a particularly good writer, I think–I abuse commas and em dashes and tend to digress mid-sentence; basically I write how I talk–but somehow I feel compelled to publish online, often in real time, the minutiae of my life. Maybe it’s posterity. Maybe I’m just attention-seeking.

(It’s probably a bit of both.)

I’ve been blogging since I was twelve years old, thanks to an article in a men’s lifestyle magazine (I was bored, it was lying in the lobby of my mum’s office, and did I mention I’ll read practically anything?  I’ll read practically anything.) on blogger Emma Story.

I come from Metro Manila, Philippines, and if you don’t know where that is…don’t worry, a lot of people don’t. I’m Filipino, but I look “foreign” to most people here because of my mixed Chinese, Filipino, and Spanish descent.

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Where I’m from.  Image credit to this site.  And, in case you haven’t heard, It’s more fun in the Philippines.

What I love to do.

I love to tell stories. Sometimes that means in-person rambling over chat or video call. Sometimes that means live vlogs on Facebook. Sometimes…that’s something else. A list of my something else-s include: fiction (I’ve written a children’s book called Nadia and The Blue Stars, which you can read online for free here.), music (I’m on Spotify!), taking photos (I’m not great at it but I keep two Instagram accounts: a rinsta and a more photo-based finsta), fashion (yet another IG account), and marketing strategy (no links here; I try to keep this blog as separate as possible from my work life).

A few more random facts.

I own a cherry-red Takamine EG440C-STRQ named Elinor, a Kala tenor ukulele named Teddy (originally Henry, but my cousin wanted to add “Theodore” and the nickname kind of stuck), and a Stagg Telecaster named “Sugar” (for “Sugar Glider,” it also goes by “J” sometimes because it was gifted to me secondhand from my friend AJ, who still owns its twin).  

My brain is a Wikipedia-like depository of weird and/or interesting but useless facts.  

When I was in kindergarten, I was misdiagnosed as having ADHD.  

I often show up to work (or life, really) dressed as an 80s does Victorian/Edwardian Vampire. Or a mild-mannered vintage librarian with a witchy streak. Or a KPop idol (both off and on duty versions). Or a forties/fifties college girl.

The jury’s still out as to whether or not I’m actually a sitcom character.

Where to find me.

While I’m usually homestuck in Metro Manila, occasionally I do travel (either physically or in my head).  Here are a few places other where you can keep track of my (mis)adventures.

On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2GyAMZjviaJgHKAIeS0Pwl?si=riFy8UFKTPyz3G-vh5DSBw
On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/actuallyfrankie
On Instagram: http://instagram.com/actuallyfrankie or all the other ones I linked above.

That’s it for me. Thanks for reading. Hope you read on.

8 comments

  1. Hello Frankie,

    I was supposed to email you but I couldn’t find your email from your blog.

    I was searching Maam Kitchie Molina’s profile and I saw your blog about your voice lesson with her and came across this sentence in one of your blogs:

    “Also, that “inner smile” technique I’d been using in my chorale singing days? Totally wrong. Apparently that just makes vocal tension worse, as does dropping (and locking) the jaw.”

    I attended several workshops before with Maam Kitchie Molina for our group in U.P. coz she’s a colleague of our conductor. Before we headed to Europe, she came back to us and helped our singers esp sopranos with singing techniques.

    Can you elaborate to me that “dropping of the jaw” when you had the session as that is actually one of the basic things in singing. I might see Maam Kitchie when I return to the Philippines and maybe also clarify with her about this.

    I am teaching a Polish group here in Belgium and I got suddenly got confused with that phrase from your blog.

    Thank you and best wishes. ❤

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    1. Hi Vic. It’s been a long time since I wrote that blog, to be honest. What I do remember is that I used to tense the muscles of my face too much. When I opened my mouth I would lock my jaw. I would force a smile to uplift the palate, when in fact I could relax the face more and get that lifted palate without the stress on my jaw. I would suggest messaging Ms. Kitchy tho. Sorry I can’t be of more help.

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