Every day we have the chance to meet amazing and unique people. Today I had the opportunity to show you guys a fantastic interview about one creative person who would like to make a difference in this world.
It is always fantastic to discover amazing and creative individuals who have the same interest as you do. I am lucky enough to find ohmyglai.com and the creative person behind its beautiful madness, Glaiza Villanueva-De Leon. Her style is very feminine yet adamant in character and by all means very honest to whoever reads her blog. I’ve done a round-up on all of ohmyglai.com‘s social media accounts as part of my research for the interview sheet and stumbled upon her Pinterest, which was my favorite, and is rather filled with very inspiring contents. Her Instagram is also equally creative as everything else so it was just a matter of sitting down and me dotting in the questions for her to answer which didn’t take that long, there are tons to know about Glaiza and lots of interesting questions were asked. Here’s the fantastic interview I conducted about Glaiza Villanueva and ohmyglai.com and why is she one of Today’s People.
» Hi, Glai! First of all thank you for being here to be my guest on this month’s ‘People of Today’ series. So to start, tell me something about yourself?
Hi Evan, Thank you for having me here! I’m a Filipina living in Singapore. Unlike most bloggers, I’m not from a creative profession. I’m a Financial Analyst. I have a corporate job with passion projects on the side which include traveling, baking and cooking, and blogging. I believe in the power of learning, and my blog is a proof of that.
» Your website ohmyglai.com is very creative and inspirational, what drove you to this beautiful madness?
My work involves numbers, but it’s not purely number crunching because I need to understand and explain the story behind those numbers. It’s the kind of work that can sometimes be extremely boring but can also be extremely challenging. I felt that I need to have a creative outlet so I started this blog.
I get inspiration from the things that make me happy like my past travels, my successful kitchen experiments, pretty stuff, and things I learn from experiences. I’m also inspired by other blogs (like yours), magazines or books that I read.
» You told me that you are soon relocating to Switzerland for a project. How do you feel about that change of space and how do you think it will affect ohmyglai.com?
I’m excited for the opportunity because it’s something that will help my career and it will give me a chance to explore more of Europe. But it’s also sad because I will get to see my husband only every 2 months. That sadness might lead to more baking… More adventures and more baking = more stories to tell in ohmyglai.com
» Tell me few important aspects that has affected you regarding having a creative outlet outside your ‘real’ life?
My real life is not so different from what I blog about, except that I don’t really write about details of my work because who will want to read about accounting standards, profit & loss, price and volume variance, right? See, you’re bored now. In my blog, I write about the things that I’m passionate about with some side stories based on my experiences. It focuses on the positive side of my life, mostly the things that make me happy. I also write about some challenges and struggles but always ends with what I’ve learned from it.
» You’re a bit of a travel junkie yourself. Tell me one amazing travel experience you ever had and why is it so memorable to you?
It’s so difficult to choose one so I’m picking three! There are no strict rules, right?
Number 1 on the list would be my trip to Switzerland, which was my first international trip, can you believe that? I was sent there to attend a workshop for a global project that I was working on. It was Love at First Sight. It was winter so the ice caps in the Alps Mountains are visible and they’re simply amazing. It feels great to see a place that you thought you would only see in movies or photos. That was the time that I was bitten by the travel bug and I promised myself that I’m definitely going travel the world!
Number 2 on my list would be the time we went to Genting Highlands in Malaysia, where my husband surprised me with a marriage proposal in a cable car. It was a funny story, you can read it in my blog. You see, it’s not just about the places but also about the people you travel with and the experiences shared with them.
Number 3 would be the field trip we did when I was in college for our Philippine Geography Class. We went to Batad, Ifugao. It was a long travel but seeing the rice terraces was worth it. I don’t have the pictures anymore but it was one of the best adventures I had. It opened my eyes to how other people live and how beautiful our country is.
» In terms of culture. Name two significant ‘culture shock’ you encountered that is so different from what you got used to?
In Singapore, the first culture shock for me is… putting chilli sauce in everything! Sometimes, my colleagues would convince me to put chilli on my food and say that it would taste better. Sometimes it does, but sometimes it doesn’t. At least I got to try. This isn’t a problem anymore becauseI know what food would go well with chilli, based on my taste buds. I love Singaporean food, by the way.
The second one is right hand driving. I don’t drive. But because of right hand driving, the street lanes are the opposite of what we have in Manila so it’s really confusing for me when I cross the street. Before I cross, my first instinct is to look at the left but cars are coming from the right side!!! Until now I have not gotten used to it haha, what is wrong with me?
» Food wise, anything you want to share about your most favorite dish from a certain country that you had once and wish to eat and taste again?
Now, I’m craving for the coconut ice cream from the Floating Market in Thailand and I want some Turkish delight from the Spice Bazaar in Istanbul, it’s been four years since I tasted them!
» About blogging and this world of self-published writers, are there any changes you wish to see in the future of blogging?
I want to see more collaboration among bloggers (instead of competition) and spreading positive vibes through more inspirational content.
» You are a very inspirational and an obviously creative individual. Is there anything you want to say to our readers on how you achieved this state of awesomeness?
When I was younger, I always complain about the things that I don’t have, compare myself with others, and worry about what other people think about me. But I realized that if I’m gonna be like that forever, I’ll never be happy, so slowly, I started to change my attitude towards life. Start the change by having a grateful heart and appreciate the little things. Always look at the bright side. Do the things that make you happy. Explore the world, experiment in the kitchen, experience new things, and find meaning in every event that happens in your life. Whatever it is that you dream to do, have the courage to make it happen!
» It is definitely great having you here Glai! More power to you and to your blog and hope to one day meet you in person therefore I can finally tell you personally how amazing your website and how inspiring your creativeness is.
Thank you so much for this opportunity, I was happy to have discovered your blog. It has always been my dream to be interviewed, you know. You made it come true, thank you for that! Hahaha. But seriously, more power to your blog, you’re doing a great job with it. Let’s continue to make discoveries in and out of home, because it’s a pretty wild world! J
If you are interested to follow Glaiza on her creative adventure, you can find her as well on other social medias where she is spreading good vibes and inspiring stuff:
Pretty, Wild World is interested on interviewing more creative individuals out there to feature in this website. I want to share your talent, creativity and imagination to my readers and as well to this world because I believe that with a little imaginations we could live in a better world. If you’re a creative individual and is interested to get featured please click on this link or email me directly at contact(at)prettywildworld(dot)com.
Inspiring Creatives. If you’re interested to read more about the people I interviewed and would like to learn more about interesting people please click this link. I have more interesting individuals coming! Stay tuned <3
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