Monette is a confessed neurotic who tries to translate her “heimweh” into words. Since moving to Switzerland in the autumn of 2015, she has grappled with the realities of moving from one country to the other — from learning the language to finding a space where she can continue her career in training and development. Despite difficulties, she persists in finding pockets of refuge in family, friends, and this small community of strong and independent Filipinas who constantly show her that over time, she can call Switzerland home.
She graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a degree in Literature and works in corporate training while pursuing her love for travel and writing. Her works were published by Southeast Asian Travel Magazine, Juan’s Destination Magazine, Navigator Magazine, and top online publications. She also wrote several travel essays as part of Dispatch Magazine’s travel anthology book published in the Philippines. She has collaborated with tourism departments, airline companies, and hotel associations in promoting the Philippines as a travel destination. She recently co-authored and co-edited the anthology of short stories about Filipino women living in Switzerland, Bending Without Breaking: Thirteen Women’s Stories of Migration and Resilience.