2015 in Review: The Year of the Half and Half

2015 began with an end in mind, as JG and I prepared to go back home after six years of being at post. By January last year, I was starting to make preparations for a transition I was sure was going to be both challenging and wonderfully long-awaited. 2014 turned out to be a bit…

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Coming Back to Pinoy Christmas

Christmas back home has been a blast, it drove me slightly crazy, but the best ones always do. Have I explained why JG and I chose not to come home during the holidays in the six years we were at post? As I said earlier, basically because we wanted to get away from the crazy….

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Out-of-Towners: Pampanga Food Tour

About three months ago, relatively fresh from our return to Manila after post, JG signed us up to a day trip outside Manila. An hour to two away from Manila is the province of Pampanga, where some would argue where the best foods and cooks from the Philippines may be found and experienced. So what…

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While Stewing in a Jam

Going into the fifth months since we came back home from six years at post, and I’m going to be honest, and say that I am currently going through some “adjustments”. This as some of you might interpret as my nice way of saying that I am having a bit of a hard time. While…

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For Kuya Kulet

One of the things that you learn in the life of Foreign Service is goodbyes. You make a lot of them because it is of course a given as your life is basically moving around from one place to another. It is never easy but you get the hang of it, and part of the…

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The Baby Question

I was going to write a long post about this after seeing it on Facebook the other day, but I decided to just put it up on the blog instead. I have thought about writing about this for so long now but I have always felt a bit unsure about it simply because it is…

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City Girl does Mountain Part 2: Pico de Loro

Now that you’ve heard of our trip to Pinatubo, fast forward two years later some weeks ago when my now leaner healthier husband has once again decided to go up another mountain. This time up Pico de Loro also known as Palay-Palay mountain. It was the Spanish who called it Pico de Loro because at…

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City Girl does Mountain Part 1: Mt. Pinatubo Flashback

I have so much to write about, as JG lined-up a lot of activities for us before he started graduate school. I actually have the time to post entries every day, but I thought it be best if distributed it at least one new article a week so as not make it into an obligation….

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Around Manila : Rizal Park

While most if not all our stuff is still sailing somewhere in South-east Asia, most days I have a lot of free time. Which I thought is a perfect time for me to get reacquainted with my city. To be honest some of the places I will be writing about are places I have never…

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Home Sweet Home?

First off, Mabuhay! And hello from my home The Philippines! For my non-Filipino readers, Mabuhay literaly translates to “to live” or “long live” in Tagalog, but we Pinoys often say it as a welcome greeting to visitors or when we start a formal greeting to a crowd. JG and I have now been officially home…

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