America isn’t great, but it isn’t bad either.

Porkchop and Chicago Weather Sign

Growing up, America was THE place to go to. Every single person who grew up poor in the Philippines dreamed of emigrating to this advanced, rich utopia where jobs are aplenty and hard work pays for a grand house with a yard. And because there were more poor people in the Philippines than other social classes, their mentality prevailed in all forms of media. As such, it was easy to fall and believe in this propaganda left over from the last world war. Alas, I was not one of them. […]

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Anthony Bourdain and Banh Mi

banh mi lunch

Anthony Bourdain is dead, and I can’t handle it. While browsing Reddit on a fine Friday, waiting for my banh mi and Vietnamese coffee to be served, I found out Tony died at the age of 61 in France. It was hard to keep tears from spilling on the table cloth in the middle of the day, and yet I mustered enough control to avoid it. My nose was sniffing the entire time though. I am never a sentimental person to people I don’t personally know. I can be cold-hearted […]

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Yves Rocher Sensual Sugar Body Scrub Review

Yves Rocher Sensual Body Scrub in Coconut

I can be a bit dumb on certain situations, and trying out this scrub was when my stupidity truly shined. After a week of not caring for my skin in the Brussels crazy weather, my keratosis pilaris (aka chicken skin) was acting up, leaving me ugly red bumps on my arms. I knew I had to do something ASAP and picked up the Yves Rocher Sensual Sugar Body Scrub in Coconut. I popped open the jar this morning, hopped into the shower and palmed some of the product on my […]

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How House Hunting Can Reveal Your Inner Ungrateful Snowflake

Dream Penthouse

Moving to Brussels has been stressful for my husband and me. Being apart for almost 6 months, being delayed 4 months, eventually learning that my husband’s employer misled us, all contributed to the stress meter. I tried to plan everything I could even with a limited knowledge of our relocation timeline. For 4 months every day, I was taking notes, memorizing addresses and their location in the map, and even street viewing apartments if I could, on a laptop in the Philippines. I have memorized neighborhoods in my head and […]

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Life, Friends and Family at 30

5 months flew by just like that. In an instant, I have reached the last page of a chapter in a book called My Life. I flew to Manila earlier this year thinking I will spend a month and a half enjoying the beach; instead, I filled my days with exercise and dinners to keep my mind off the fact that I will be stuck in the country indefinitely. For a planner such as I, not having a schedule to stick to was insanely hard. I can’t plan a month […]

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Filipinos are inconsiderate: noise pollution

“Contestant number 1!!!!” *screaming people and loud obnoxious dance music in the background* The noise died down. Seconds later, a singing (screaming) child belted out a really bad rendition of some diva song. While hearing these sounds through my 33rd floor windows, I was stuffing my face full of McDonald’s to calm my angry heart. When in Manila, prepare for noise. It was stupid of me to think that I will be protected from noise at this towering height, but this is the Philippines, specifically, Manila. This is a city […]

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Moving again.

It’s been a while since I wrote anything. Partially because I have been in a cooking and baking frenzy, and mostly because I have been going out more by the end of 2017 with new friends I have met. Also, because I got addicted to Overwatch. (Shhh.) Since then, my husband accepted a new job offer and we moved to Belgium! STOP. Hold on. Yeah, that was me imagining an alternate reality. While the first part really did happen, the moving part is still ongoing. By the end of December, […]

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Korea still surprises me a year later.

It’s been a year and half since I moved to Korea, and the country still surprises me. Today I learned of the beauty of hand fans and parking ajummas, both of which I have taken for granted. Since last summer, I have been scoffing at women wearing long flowy skirts, toting tiny fans to keep their faces from melting under the hot summer sun. Brimming with curiosity, I finally caved and bought some mid-calf skirts from Forever 21 with slits all the way up to the thighs. I tested them […]

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