About the Writer

Hey there! I’m Rachel, and I’m a little complicated to put in words.

I’ll try my best.

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Like any millennial, I’m a lot of things. I’m a writer, I’m founding a startup, I’m a generalist, I’m a creative with an MBA.

I’m too bohemian for the corporate jungle, but too neurotic for the corporate life. I’m miserable in the city; but restless in the sandbar– always dreaming of elsewhere.

I’m both a poet and a quant; and you will often see me go back and forth from writing like a romantic and like an economist. Yes; unlike most right-brainers–I (gasps) love numbers!

The Story

I started as a travel writer because of my love for travel. It was innate for me to be elsewhere, to be uncomfortable–because I wasn’t looking for comfortable, I was looking for purpose.

Essentially, I’ve become footloose, to become a chameleon: taking up identities as I go along the way, mimicking habits, interests and accents from the cast of colorful characters that touched me.

I wasn’t traveling to move, but to be moved. I wasn’t travel writing, I was becoming a cartographer as I mapped my journeys with stories and characters I encountered along the way.

The more miles I sought, the greater the change in perspective–even my editor noted the change of perspective, as it became less of a physical sojourn and more of a journey of my psyche and my inner world.

This is what my book project, Postcards from Elsewhere, is all about.


Let’s get connected on social media: Facebook (/postcardpretty), Instagram (@postcardpretty) and Quora (/Rachel Arandilla).

Other Projects?

All efforts are for my passion for stories and experiences. 

What I really wanted more than anything are earnest conversations. Deep human connections. Interactions with the world. Old sights in new eyes. Colorful cultures. Ancient texts. Exotic smells. Foreign tongues. Self-discovery.

My drive is to empower the Filipino through modern storytelling; encompassing different platforms: blog, print, digital, social media, videos, podcasts, events, and more.

Tribes PH

All efforts are connected to my love for stories and experiences.

Tribes PH is a  marketing agency in the business of story and experience. We are data-driven storytellers that provide relevant content and meaningful events. We are thought and execution partners to help grow businesses and achieve targets with us. We understand business. We build creatives. For more information, visit our website at Tribes.ph. Facebook page Tribes PH.

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Story Nights

Story Nights: Cebu is the local  chapter of an international storytelling club and live event series dedicated to inspiring, healing, transforming and entertaining people through the art of storytelling. Story Nights is a non-profit association and the local chapter is founded by myself.

From our humble beginning in October 2015 in Bratislava (Slovakia), our network has been growing steadily and we now organize storytelling events in Bratislava, Vienna (Austria), Budapest (Hungary),  Chandigarh (India), Manila (Philippines) and Cebu (Philippines).

Facebook page Story Nights: Cebu

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