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About StitcheS™ and The Author


Welcome to StitcheS™ - The Blogzine for Everyday People.

Perhaps you are wondering why I used this term to represent my presence in the blogging community.

So, to satisfy your curiosity, I am revealing to you the “mystery” behind this site name.

As a blog title, StitcheS™ is rather figurative or symbolic than literal in nature. The contents are neither about sewing, knitting, weaving nor regarding the popular experimental music group in Australia or a U.S. punk rock band. It has nothing to do with comedy or is associated with the Canadian medical humor magazine. Moreover, it is not, in any way, a review of the 1985 comedy film that depicted the misadventures of three medical students.

StitcheS™ is a metaphor. It is more often about my personal experiences, thoughts, opinions and views concerning a variety of subjects. It is StitcheS™ because the entries are like yarns weaved together to come up with a very interesting fabric. The fabric being the article or the post and the colorful threads are the narratives and facts, relating to it, combined together.

I do not thrive on yarn or fabric but I sustained three stitches on my upper right cheek when I was much younger, which is probably one of the compelling reasons why I chose the word. I would say, I am using it to my advantage.

I like gathering information and sharing them to those who I believe are equally passionate in learning new things. Instead of keeping this collected knowledge to myself, I always see to it that other people will also profit, in one way or another, from it. What makes the information contextually different, however, is I infuse some of my notable experiences in life so that visitors and patrons alike will find their reading adventures more engaging and enriching. Blogging through StitcheS™ is my very medium to accomplish this, although undeniably e-mailing in the past was the best and easiest route for me. With blogging, I do not only share the message of each post to my friends, colleagues and relatives but to the rest of the world. This is one of the major goals of this blog; to share to as many interested readers as possible.

StitcheS™ is a mixed bag blog that covers various topics about health and wellness, nutrition, lifestyle, money and personal finance, culture and history, self-improvement, books, hobbies, local cuisines, travel, family, arts, films, alternative and traditional medicine, etc. Occasionally, when time permits, the blog is also spiced with opinions on current trends in internet, science and technology. It is a nice, well I hope it is, mix of articles, photos, illustrations, clips and relevant quotes. Hence, the tagline The Blogzine for Everyday People is used to easily and quickly describe it. It is a magazine, in a blog form, desired to be somehow useful to its readers and followers.

If you like any of the topics mentioned above, I bet you will find value in this blog.

It is really nice to meet you. After all, we have a whole lot in common.

Who is Darwin?

Darwin is the principal architect of this blog. He is a Filipino, born and raised in The Melting Pot of Luzon, Tarlac City and currently residing in Manila, The Philippines' premier capital.

Aside from English, Darwin speaks Tagalog and Pampango fluently.

He completed his high school from Tarlac State University and pursued a degree in Chemistry from Far Eastern University. He was fortunate enough to continue higher studies while working and took his masters in Analytical Sciences from University of Santo Tomas.

He has worked with the local FDA for six years and took the responsibility of developing analytical procedures for determining active principals in natural products, traditional herbs and medicine, functional foods, and nutritional supplements using state-of-the-art technologies.

After his stint at the Bureau of Food and Drugs, Darwin joined a New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) listed company, PerkinElmer – a multinational entity dedicated in improving human and environmental health – as product line leader supporting customers through training, consultancy, assistance in development of analytical methods, lectures and tutorials on data analysis using current analytical data systems. The job has allowed him to travel across Asia, which gave him an ample amount of experience on various cultures in the region.

In addition to these tasks, Darwin also manages content management system (CMS), customer relations management system (CRM) and e-marketing database for the company’s local operation.

Fun times for Darwin are reading self-help books (on personal finance, investments, marketing, motivation and health & wellness), playing badminton, going out for a swim and honing his skills on photography. He also likes to cook, collect stamps, watch movies, chitchat with friends over an irresistible cup of brewed coffee, crawl the web and, of course, blog for StitcheS™.

StitcheS™ is the other side of Darwin and this is where he finds solitude and personal gratification outside his taxing corporate routines and demanding family responsibilities.