My name is Charlyn, born and raised in Cebu, Philippines. I worked as a Human Resource practitioner for two years after graduating college. But I left the nine-to-five career schedule because my personality did not fit in a corporate setting. I was a round peg in a square hole. The Universe has a strange and wonderful way of putting us in the right place. I now work as a full-time freelancer.

Everything I thought I knew changed when I began traveling. I used to travel as a way to escape the stress of work and the daily grind of city life. But I never imagined it would become a way of life. The road is where I feel most at home. My first big adventure was a 3-day backpacking trip around Negros Occidental with my best friend. I had just finished college at the time. The trip was also my way of coping up with a painful breakup. Yes, I belong to the faction of travelers who started traveling to heal their broken hearts and to find themselves again.

I live in my head most of the time, and I can easily blend in with the wall. I prefer writing over talking because I can express myself better. I am not one of those people who discovered their love for writing at a young age. I discovered mine when I was 19. I have no talent for drawing, painting, sculpting or other forms of traditional art, but I want to express the creative side of me through writing and photography.


Why Charl in Flight?

Charlyn is one of the many feminine variants of the masculine name Charles. This means they both share the same origin. The language of origin of the name Charles is Germanic. It is the English and French version of the Germanic name Karl. In Old English, the word ‘Karl’ is spelled as ċearl or ċeorl (pronounced as ‘churl’) which means “free man”. I changed churl to charl to make it sound similar to my first name. I removed the last two letters because people often misspell my name as Charlene.

The first two syllables of my last name mean “pheasant”, a type of bird with bright feathers and a long tail. I couldn’t think of anything that best represents me but a bird. It is my spirit animal. I have a profound fascination for birds because they symbolize freedom. Creatures that are not meant to be caged for they are beautiful in flight.