Anna Jailene Aguilar is a Filipino-South African writer, albeit an Accountant by profession, the day job that pays the bills and the lifestyle. Having discovered a love for literature during her teen years in Zambia in the ‘80s, she had been writing short stories ever since. She wrote her first book, a teen romance, which remains an unpublished manuscript that is probably rotting back in the small island in the Philippines where she was born. Her desire to study Journalism was opposed by her mother who insisted that a career in finance was more financially viable.
She discovered poetry in 1996 but stopped writing in the 2000s only to pick it up again in 2016. She wrote a non-fiction in 2003 which has been set aside long enough–together with other works-in-progress, mainly fiction, in her One Drive–and is currently being revisited and edited.
She presently resides in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg where she is kept busy by a demanding job, a business, and domestic responsibilities as a mother. Her works can be found on her blogs: www.annajaileneaguilar.com, www.ithinkisayido.wordpress.com and www.foodtraveltour.com.
She is a Philippine ‘island girl’ in Africa who has been fortunate enough to see a little bit of the world as she navigates her way through life.
She considers her life – family (child out of wedlock included), friends, successes, challenges, love, heartaches, marriages, divorces, career, businesses that didn’t take off… absolutely everything in and about it – a blessing and a gift. She learns and grows every day, even after some massive lessons and learning from failings (not necessarily failures). All that she has gone through and is still going through make up her thoughts and her writing.
She referred to her years ago as the ‘mad banana woman’. She is more crazy than sane but she loves her “vida loca”. The banana part isn’t only because of her name, Anna (Banana), but because an old boyfriend had observed that although Asian (yellow on the outside) she’s very much Caucasian in her way of thinking (white in the inside) and her actions, too. It’s a rather accurate observation. She is that liberal-thinking and modern-acting Filipino woman some love to hate.
All she wanted when she was younger was to be the same as everyone, to be accepted, to be liked, to belong, and to be good enough. In the process of growing up, she realized that she was different. It was initially a challenge to accept it but she learned to embrace it. She’s actually quite happy about it now and she does take pride in what she has accomplished and is still accomplishing. She likes where she is and she loves the woman that she has become. But, she still grows every day. She is grateful for that, too.
Fear not though for she does not only write drama. Humor has helped her and is helping her through her journey. She remains her tragic-comedic self with a day job in slightly more serious fields of Finance and Corporate Operations.