Year End Special: The Roller-coaster that was 2011

No doubt about it 2011 is a memorable one for me. Of course mostly due to the whole Libyan crisis, it seems that the year went by so quickly and yet for the first time in a long time I feel as I am older. Around this time exactly last year, my thoughts were filled…

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In case you’re wondering…

… where I have been these past few months, I have simply been spending time here in Manila. The past five months have really been an emotional rollercoaster for me, and at the risk of being over-dramatic there is really no better way of explaining it other than the fact that I got really depressed….

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An Afternoon Stroll

In the ten days that we waited for JG to come back from assisting in evacuating Filipinos in the Tunisian Libyan border, my MIL (Mother-in-Law) and I mostly stayed indoors. It was like I said before mostly quiet the whole time we were there; (except for one incident where we thought there was a gunfight…

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The Hardest Part

  It has to be said how much of our darn luck, that JG and I find ourselves experiencing an unrest on our first assignment. Especially for JG, imagine, at 28 my husband who collects comic books and still has a Justice League poster hanging in our bedroom is currently living in a country under…

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Back Online and Safely Out

Yes I’m back, and for those wondering I have recently been sent out of Libya for my safety which is why I have once again access to the internet. For a bit of an update, I was stuck in the house for a about two weeks without any web access, because as many of you…

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The Christmas JG and I Will Never Forget…

… not because something amazing happened, in fact it’s the exact opposite. It’s the Christmas where absolutely nothing happened. One could say that this should be expected since Libya is after all a Muslim country, but I guess it could also be said that as Filipinos we are expected to make something out of it….

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Confessions and Regrets about Little Vice

This is a difficult post to write, I have been putting this off for months, but I think it’s time to let it out. If you have been following my blog you might remember last April I adopted a dog and called her Vice. I have written a couple of posts about her and promised…

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Around the Old City (Guided Tour Version)

One of the first tips people gave us when we arrived here in Libya was to join the Archeological Society. I came here over a year ago, expecting everything and nothing with very little knowledge of what I would like to see or do. But I definitely wanted to learn more about my home away…

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Friday at the Beach

Last Friday, the entire Embassy family went out for a team building by the beach. Back home, office outings would require you take a trip that is at least two hours away, where most of the good places are; if you wanted to go to the beach, somewhere farther, especially for us Manilenyos. But here…

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My Libyan Neighborhood

So since I can’t go very far, I thought I’d write about my neighborhood. I mentioned before that JG and I lives in Janzour. The said village is about 30 minutes away from the city, about 20 minutes away from the Sabratha ruins. However, you can’t really pinpoint where I live because Janzour is a…

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Rediscovering Football

Aside from the Philippine Independence Day Celebrations, last weekend was also the opening of the 2010 World Cup. Normally I wouldn’t be writing about this, I mentioned before that Filipinos are more basketball fans than we are of football. Unlike football, basketball is part of my culture, it is automatic in me; the rules, the…

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112th Philippine Independence Day Celebration

Last June 12 is the 112th Celebration of the Philippines Independence from over three hundred years under the Spain. Our national day, it is of course a red letter day back home, sort of like the U.S.’s 4th of July, a day to renew our love of the country. Back home parades, special reruns of…

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