Maria, mom, wife, website designer, graphic designer and illustrator currently living in Valencia.

I am the author behind Ohla Living a lifestyle, travel and personal blog. Filipina by birth, British at heart I now live in the orange blossom coast of Spain with my little family.

When I’m not designing, drawing or coding, I enjoy yoga, gardening, cooking, painting and days out exploring the coast and quaint villages of Valencia.

I am also a collector of anything quirky addicted to coffee, the beach, cocktails, and VW Kombis.

A little more about me…

Proud of my mixed background, I have always been interested in the bohemian and nomadic lifestyle, places, people and culture. Lucky enough to be brought up in a very diverse upbringing now that I am a mum, I at least try to give my children a similar childhood. Simple, with an open mind, out in the open air, and small adventures around the corner.

I lived and worked in the UK for 23 years until my husband and I decided that we have had enough of the rat race and would love to live somewhere with a slower pace of life. We are both self-employed and run ourΒ own business. We had nothing to lose so we packed up and moved to Valencia, Spain.

Why did I start to blog?

Ohla Living (formally known as Continental Fairy) started in 2008 as a family and mommy blog. Like many blogs out there, I started mine simply to jot down my thoughts and talk about what was happening at the time.Β Since then it has grown to what it is now.

What you can expect from my blog…

Since moving to Valencia, I have been writing about our experiences and new discoveries. When we are not working, we spend our free time exploring places around Valencia and beyond. I also enjoy writing about other aspects of our lives such as home life, kids, bilingualism, work, food, creativity, technology and anything else in between.