10 Things About Gretchen Gatan

1. My name is Gretchen, not Greta! “Greta” is a nickname my cousin uses to tease me! I got my fair complexion from my mom, and my introverted ways from my dad.

2. I belong to a very tight-knit family, where I consider my siblings and cousins as my barkada. Part of that barkada includes my super spoiled Shih Tzu, Booboo.

3. Greta’s Junkyard all started when one of my best friends and the artist behind the little kid inside the trash can, KChan, introduced me to the wonderful world of Tumblr in 2009—which then served as literally a dump site of all my thoughts and feelings. After contributing to several publications like CollegeFashionista.com and WhenInManila.com, I decided to focus on my own and expand Greta’s Junkyard in 2013 (with the help of the sweetest Cupcake on earth) to a blog that focuses on my favorite things—mostly beauty and lifestyle.

4. I was a softball player for 10 years (I played for the Poveda Varsity Team, the International Little League Association of Manila, and for a while, in the UAAP) and an Ultimate Frisbee player for 8 years. I still play Ultimate once in a while, when my asthma or scoliosis isn’t bothering me.

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5. When I was younger, I was forced to take up piano lessons—something I did my whole grade school life. I didn’t quite enjoy it back then, but I sure am thankful for it now! I also play guitar, and was once part of a punk rock band. Way back when I had no interest in makeup and all I wanted to do was dress up in baggy clothes. Did I mention that I’m a huge WWE fan, too?

6. Before the Cupcake and I got together on December 13, 2013, we were teammates in Ultimate for a few years and were really close! 13 is a special number for us because it was his jersey number in basketball and my jersey number in softball. We eventually fought over who was going to get it when we became teammates in Ultimate. If you’re on Instagram, catch our adventures together by searching #TeamCatch13.

7. I’m 28 years old, and when I’m not writing in the attic in the wee hours of the morning, I work as the Managing Editor of Calyxta.com (an online beauty magazine and shop), and help with the development and marketing of my mom’s backyard business, Mama Jessie’s Kesong Puti. I also co-founded Happy Minds with the Cupcake, a small web design venture that caters to start-up companies. I do freelance makeup artistry as well—you can check out my portfolio here.

8. I studied in Saint Pedro Poveda College from kindergarten all the way until high school, before acquiring a scholarship and taking up Creative Writing at the University of the Philippines Diliman. After two years, I transferred and finished my studies at the Ateneo de Manila University. I also took up a certificate course in Fashion Makeup at Fashion Institute of the Philippines, and finished a diploma course in Marketing at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business.

9. I love Harry Potter, but only because I ship Draco Malfoy and Hermione Granger. This means I read a lot of Dramione fanfiction! I have yet to finish writing a full (original) novel but until then, I secretly write short stories to fulfill the dark and broody fictionist in me.

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10. I love travelling, and I really hope to see more of the world! I’ve been to Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh, Siem Reap, Osaka, New York, Florida, Connecticut, Alaska, several cities in California (like Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Bakersfield, Buena Park, and more!), Las Vegas, and Vancouver. Locally, I’ve visited dozens of our country’s most beautiful places including Boracay, Cebu, Palawan, and Bohol. You can find more of my adventures on Instagram when you search the hashtag #GretasJunkyardAdventures.

Blogging is a way for me to do what I love most, which is to write. It allows me to document my many adventures and experiences, share with the world my opinions and random thoughts, and meet fellow beauty junkies, adventurers, WWE Fans, and Potterheads!

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