When I began this blog on August 18, 2012, I was trying to get back to pursuing my PhD in Philippine Socio-Cultural Studies at the University of the Philippines. I was officially back in June 2013, finally readmitted and enrolled almost a year later. My main research topic is dance, but I’m also interested in heritage studies, history, and most recently globalization and modernization.
I was not able to study because I used to have a very demanding job from February 2009 to April 2013, managing a team that updates and edits three web portals of a major telco in the Philippines. My official title was “Editor in Chief.” I very recently left this job (April 25, 2013 was my last day), and I’m currently trying to redirect my energies. I’ve found that I have a lot of energy.
I never said when I was a kid that “When I grow up, I will be editor in chief of the web portals of a major telco.” Instead, I would say, “When I grow up, I want to be a teacher.” To which my mom would always say, “How unglamorous!” Still, I was able to teach university students for a few years, and have been teaching ballet technique at our family-run ballet school since I was thirteen.
I have spent most of my life dancing, and I still actually dance for said ballet school, and was a professional and semi-professional ballerina for a long chunk of my life. I also write about dance, besides academically, I run an independent dance magazine called Runthru. Although I had said full time digital job, I made it a point to still dance and be active in the dance world. Yes, my life was crazy.
This is probably my 7th or 8th blog (read more about my blogging history here). I use the blog as it was intended for: a web log, and I realize I miss seeing evidence of what has happened to me/what I’ve been doing, over a period of time. I would also like to make sense of things and not waste my time gawking unproductively at the internet.
I am 39 years old. My name is Joelle, and this is my life so far.