Hello! I’m Hazel, the Manila lifestyle blogger behind this blog, Hazy Wanders. It was formerly known as Dress Me Up Buttercup since its inception in 2011 until it was renamed to Hazy Wanders last October 2019.
The change in name comes with my decision to include more travel-related posts here. I think the wordplay with my nickname ‘Hazy’ and ‘wanders’ suits the new direction of this blog perfectly. Hazy is an adjective in the English language which means “vague or uncertain.” To wander means to walk or move in a leisurely, casual, or aimless way. I think when wandering around there is always uncertainty and that’s what makes it more exciting!
Through the years, my mantra in life has become “wander often, wonder always.” I have always been a curious person, especially when traveling, so that quote struck a chord with me. Before embarking on a trip, I always do my research about the destination, make my own itinerary, find out the best airfare deals, book the cheapest accommodation, score discounted packages, and more. In short, I want to see more of the world without spending too much and to get more out of my hard-earned buck.
That is why this curious gal right here would like to share her knowledge with others. This blog aims to inspire the wanderlust in you, to share travel guides, and to give tips and tricks so you can plan your trip with ease (and possibly affordable, too!).
What started as just a hobby several years ago, my blog now has turned into a creative outlet of some sort for me. Although I would be focusing more on my travel content, my previous posts about product reviews, beauty tips and tricks, skincare, and more are still up. 🙂
Who is this Manila Lifestyle Blogger
In a nutshell, I’m a digital marketer by profession, and a wanderlust, skincare junkie, foodie, and kid at heart! I’m an Aries girl and rocking this world since 1989. I was born and raised in Manila, Philippines.
Here are 3 more fun facts about me:
1. Wanderlust on a budget
I’m a budget traveler who thinks traveling should not cost an arm and leg. I always have a sense of fulfillment whenever I get to score cheap deals! Most of my leisure travel around Asia only cost me around Php 3,000 (~USD 58) round trip airfare! I guess I’m lucky when it comes to seat sales.
2. Marketing rockstar
Some of my dream jobs growing up included being a magazine editor, travel TV host, and coffee shop owner. But my career path eventually led me to marketing, specifically in the beauty industry. I have over 8 years of work experience handling marketing for various local and international beauty brands. It’s a lot of fun! However, in 2019 I left the corporate world and landed a work from home full-time job. This whole digital nomad lifestyle is new and exciting for me!
3. Dog lover
We have a dog named Bailey. He is a Poodle who turns a year older every July 15. We love him so much and consider him as a part of the family. I also love dogs (and actually cats) in general!
So there you have it! I’m thrilled to have you here on my Manila lifestyle blog slash travel blog. Thank you for taking the time to get to know me more! See you around the blog and be sure to say hi!
Much love, Hazel 💋
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