Where in the world do you live? And, are you from there?

I’m from the sunny Philippines! I reside in the capital, Manila, with my husband and son. I was born here and I’m Filipino, though I spent my childhood abroad, as we were expatriated in 1985. I actually met my would-be-husband while in school in Singapore, during the mid-1990s.

What language(s) do you speak?

Despite growing up in Hong Kong and Singapore until I was in my mid-teens, I don’t know how to speak Chinese! (Then again, I went to British schools.) English is my first language. I learned to speak Filipino (Tagalog) when we moved back here; I was 15 then.

When did you first become a mother?

I gave birth to my son, Vito, in 2009. Friends, however, said I was “mommy material” because I liked kids so much (I used to teach in a progressive school), and because I loved to keep house.

Are you a stay-at-home mom or do you work?

I’m a work-at-home mom. I do freelance writing, mostly for marketing, PR and blogs. I also am a managing editor for a local magazine.

Why do you blog/write?

I began my blog shortly after returning to work from being on maternity leave. It actually became instrumental for me in making the transition from “working mom” to “work-at-home mom,” which is what my blog is about. I like to write because, well, I’ve been writing since I was 15! I also feel like I’m a better writer than a speaker; I am not great in front of an audience. Blogging has also been a great connector for me, to people, opportunities, work, and in making new friends.

How would you say that you are different from other mothers?

I live in one of the most dynamic, busy, albeit misunderstood, countries in the world. So that’s one. The Philippines is slowly catching up to its ASEAN brethren who are — in many ways — advanced and forward-thinking. I am proud of the fact that I come from a country that is represented worldwide by over 11 million expatriated or overseas working Filipinos.

Next, both my husband and I work from home. In our culture, this is still something novel and not widely accepted, but we’re loving it. I like that we can make a living while making our work revolve around our lives instead of work dictating how we should spend time as a family.

I’m also big on breastfeeding and being a hands-on mom. I still breastfeed my 2 and a half year old. Added to this, we also practice (as best as we can!) a “locavore” lifestyle, in that we support local initiatives (farms, food producers, local brands and homebased businesses).

What do you view as the challenges of raising a child in today’s world?

I’d say one of the biggest challenges parents face these days is trying to keep up with all the information out there about parenting but trying not to be dictated by these trends. So many parenting sites on the Web, for example, claim to be authoritative and expert but really, there’s only so much you can apply in your own family’s situation. Parents today want to be more intentional about their parenting, but it can be confusing to settle on what’s best for one’s family.

Also, mothers today have the choice to work while they raise their families. Some do because of financial reasons; others, because they want to have their own income. It’s challenging to “have your cake and eat it too,” trying to be a good mom while being a co-breadwinner. I deal with this challenge every day!

How did you find World Moms Blog?

I want to thank Ruth Wong for inviting me to join WMB, and Jen Burden for welcoming me into this community of passionate mothers. I feel like I’m back in international school, and you all are my classmates! Thanks for having me here, and for the opportunity to write about mothering in Manila.

This is an original, first-time post to World Moms Blog from our new writer and mother of one in the Philippines, Martine de Luna. When she’s not busy wordsmithing for clients, Martine can be found writing at her personal blog, Dainty Mom.

Photo credit to the author.

Martine de Luna (Philippines)

Martine is a work-at-home Mom and passionate blogger. A former expat kid, she has a soft spot for international efforts, like WMB. While she's not blogging, she's busy making words awesome for her clients, who avail of her marketing writing, website writing, and blog consulting services. Martine now resides in busy, sunny Manila, the Philippines, with her husband, Ton, and toddler son, Vito Sebastian. You can find her blogging at DaintyMom.com.

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