Flatulence in a time of Divide

I feel that I will have to constantly apologize in my inconsistency in keeping this blog updated. While I am grateful to those who follow me and my ramblings, and wishes and comments for more, I have always been a laid-back kind of person. And although having no follow through is a trait I am…

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Around Manila: The Culture and Arts Stay-cation

This post we did some months ago, a few weeks after we arrived from post. We were supposed to go Sagada in the North, but because of a looming typhoon in that area, our trip got cancelled last-minute leaving us with some days with nothing to do. However, JG is not one to stay put…

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Testing the Inner Child: Museong Pambata

One of the things that I did during my free-time (meaning weekdays when JG is at work and I’m too lazy to do chores) was visit the National Children’s Museum or in Filipino “Museong Pambata”. Just like the Rizal Park and the National Museum, these are the places I neglected to visit before we left…

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City Girl does Cold Mountain: Mt. Pulag

  During the Christmas break, JG and I (well mostly JG) decided to go up another hiking expedition. This time to climb Mt. Pulag in Benguet way up north. The northern part of The Philippines is probably JG’s favorite among all the places we could visit here in our country. I think it’s mostly because…

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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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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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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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Christmas Away

Today is my fifth Christmas away. If you had told me years ago that I would someday spend the holidays thousands of miles from my family and friends I would probably have a hard time believing you. But the truth is, I kind a like spending it abroad. There I said it… I find that…

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My take on Tourism in the Philippines

Foreword: Just in case you are wondering, The Philippines and the regions that were affected by Typhoon Haiyan is slowly getting on its feet. As I mentioned in a previous post, it’s not an easy feat to immediately get better, but as you will see in our Department of Tourism site’s home page, it says…

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The View

A few days ago JG was trying to explain to me about the new condominium that was being built near The Rizal Park. At first I did not mind because for some weird reason it did not occur to me where exactly they were building it, until JG further explained that they were building it…

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Losing Touch with the City

After years outside of our motherland, JG and I have finally played the role of the Balikbayans (literally translated as “return country”, but what we Filipinos call ourselves when we come home to the Philippines after living abroad for a time). This was especially special for JG who last went home in January of 2010…

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