💜 Paw

Hi, I’m Pauline!

My friends also call me Paw, with some people sending me emails with my name spelt Pawlean, which I find pretty cool.

A selfie of Pauline in front of her plants
Welcome to the jungle 🌱

I’ve been compared to cells big ol’ powerhouse before because of energy from the golden hour I dedicate to myself every morning: I take care of my mind, move my body, and write.

I haven’t always been like this. But as with every dramatic story, I had a pretty big wake-up call in 2016. Now, I love training and thinking like a superhero. My world needed saving, so I saved it. 🦸🏻‍♀️

For the last 16 years, I’ve lived in a small green city in the North of England called Sheffield. I usually tell folks I meet abroad that I live in London or Manchester to avoid explaining where my magical, alpaca-filled home is. Recently, I moved to a bigger city in my pursuit of independence!

Although I call the UK my home, the Philippines will always be my home-home which probably explains why 90% of my conversations are about missing the sun.

My accent keeps people guessing; I’ve been told I sound Aussie and even American. But none of those is right, and to be honest, I’m still puzzled about what accent I have. 🤪 You can judge for yourself by watching a video or listen to my podcast.

Another fun fact is that I have a non-identical twin who describes me as overly dramatic, but I always like to remind her that this helped me get into a movie once

I love purple. To be more specific: #A47DA4.

Being a Multi-Hyphenate

A what now?

The multi-hyphenate, an individual with so many skills they need multiple hyphens to list them, might seem like a revolutionary form of labour agency within a prescriptive job market.

– Source

During the day, I currently work as a Community Engineer at Gitpod. 🍭🍊 Read more about taking the leap of faith into my dream role!

Previously, I’ve worked in the technology industry as a DevOps Engineer (2021), Site Reliability Engineer, Digital Engineering Graduate (2020) and Biomedical Sciences student (2018).

I’m a believer that anyone can learn anything with time and determination. I don’t hold a Computer Science degree; my interest in tech sparked when I was eight years old, building websites for fun. Yep, I pretty much grew up on the internet. 

Code First: Girls Northern Conference 2018
Speaking at the Inspire Women in Tech Conference in Nottingham in 2018

Although I enjoy and love what I do in the tech world, I’m continuously avoiding being labelled solely by my job. We’re all more than our fancy job titles!

I’m the daughter of first-generation Filipino migrants, a partner, a sister and an explorer. Additionally, I like to dip my feet into creative media, building up communities, getting on stage to voice my ideas and stories, powerlifting, and writing.

In other words, I’m a multi-hyphenate – a proud, kick-ass, trail-blazing one.

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Powerhouse, Paw, Pawlean or even Pauline is good