Ailene Carluen

About Me

Hi! My name is Ailene!

I was born and raised in Quezon City, Philippines. I’ve since lived in 3 countries, the Philippines, the US, Canada; always leaving and arriving the day before my birthday. My husband, Jahan, and I have been unboringly married since 2001. We are ambassadors of long distance love and Las Vegas weddings, and are blessed with 3 amazing children. Adrian and Ayin from my practice marriage and Alexander with my lifelong marriage.

Growing up I preferred Nancy Drew books over Barbie dolls.

My love for Hello Kitty is unwavering. So is my love for ice cream and afternoon naps. I am a baker, crafter, avid reader and Pinterest pinner. Some day we will open a coffee shop and live on a farm.  I firmly believe that the slow cooker is the best invention ever.

This blog is for my brother Arvin (Kuya Bot) who passed away from AIDS in early 2016.

I can only hope that some of the pain and grief is eased thru blogging. And, that sharing my trials can somehow comfort families who are going thru what my family and I went thru. My story isn’t a bed of roses nor is it forever treading water. It is a story of faith and perseverance.

A wise woman once said “fuck this shit” and she lived happily ever after.