Maybe My Mental Illness is Forever

By default, I used to believe mental illness could be cured. Just as I, whenever someone was sick, always thought that there exists a cure out there for that illness. But maybe my mental illness is forever. Maybe I will…

Choosing Simple Over “Successful”: A Love Story

  Today I will attempt to tell you the story of how I finally figured out what I want to do for the rest of my life. For some reason, this is also the story of how I found the…

Two Girls, One Channel is here!

Two Girls, One Channel is a video podcast channel about sex, sexuality, adulthood and the important things in life. We, your hosts Jean Lau and Trisha O’Bannon, invite you to join our conversations as we delve into topics generally still…

Introducing Two Girls, One Channel

  Helloooo! 🙂 How is everyone? I know I’ve been MIA and one of the reasons is I’ve been saving my bandwidth for a project I’m sure you’ll enjoy if you like Growing Up MNL. The original plan was actually…

A Change of Heart on Motherhood

This post was supposed to be called “To Mothers, from an Unloved Daughter” and unfold as a cautionary tale. But I went to see my mom last weekend and had a change of heart about a lot of things. What…

On raising a child and growing up at the same time

By Melay Lapeña   People will say a lot about a teenage mother. They’ll say she’s easy, stupid, unfit, and a waste. “Sayang ka,” people will say. What a waste. How so, you might wonder – it’s not like getting…

On Bulimia

By Kristine Reynaldo   What I remember most from the day I turned 21 is a toilet bowl. Matte pink porcelain, pretty and pristine, just scrubbed. Hunched over it, I gazed at the silhouette my head made against the fluorescent,…

On Climbing Out of Poverty and Dealing with Career Rejection

I usually write posts for Growing Up MNL from a position of wisdom and experience, which has caused a little bit of a crisis on my end. Since February, I’ve been nursing a kind of writer’s block rooted in self-doubt…