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Posts Tagged ‘Philippines’

[1: 2,040 of 10,000] Places As Mentor

In Journal on December 10, 2020 at 4:44 PM

It crossed my mind that places could be a mentor for a person. Like the city which made up of history, people, landscape, and so much more breathe life to a person who’s visiting, who just arrived to settle in, or who’s leaving it.

I recently watched the Netflix documentary Andre & His Olive Tree and he has three mentors: Taiwan, France, and then Singapore. When I reflect on my life, I have Philippines, United Arab Emirates, and I know in my soul that I’m being called to name the next country next year and move in 2022.

Philippines raised me, taught me to be resilient, showed me that brown eyes and black hair are beautiful people, it open my eyes to Christianity, life can be financially challenging when you’re not playing it right, and then in 2008 I left it. I still look back but I don’t have the urge of returning.

For 12 years, I consider United Arab Emirates as my home, a place that allowed me to grow up, experience an adult life that is adventurous even with some challenges I’ve been enjoying easy, it felt like living in a bubble of fantasy that everything looked good and am being cared for, and soon I’ll be saying good bye.

Where to next? I don’t know yet, but it got to be a place that I will no longer hide to what I truly love to do. A place that will allow me to have complete freedom. Probably a remote island with wifi? 😀

Photo credit: Austin Nicomedez on Unsplash

[1: 1,214 of 10,000] Black

In Article on November 18, 2013 at 9:49 PM


I silently pray for my fellow Filipinos who have lost their loved ones, their home, and their comfort. I feel for their worries but I rejoice for their resilience. Typhoon isn’t new in the Philippines but Yolanda certainly is the strongest. I remember when I was little, I strongly prayed that our roof doesn’t fly off, the worst damaged I’ve experienced is having our home compound’s wall collapsed but it is nothing compared to losing a loved one or losing a whole home with no proper shelter to take refuge.

I sincerely thank all the nations who continuously outpour love and help in Tacloban. It’s amazing how news travels and how people take part to share. It is heart warming.

May God continues to give everyone good graces and solace. May we not lose sight of love and hope at this challenging time.

Black to pay my respect to all the souls who departed. May they find peace in the hands of our loving Father who has stored a great plan.

[1: 648 of 10,000] Being Half Chinese & Balikbayan In The Philippines

In Journal on June 6, 2012 at 2:00 AM

I heard stories from pure Filipinos who are either working or living abroad that once they go back in the Philippines they are expected to treat the whole community.

Being half Chinese and half Filipino by blood and growing up with mixed cultures too; I have certainly have a different experience and it is having families and friends treating me with so much food. To give you an example, below was the feast served in one of the dinners.

The Famous Lechon (Roasted Pig)

[1: 647 of 10,000] Chicken McDo

In Review on June 5, 2012 at 8:52 PM

I love McDonald’s Philippines (PH) for its Crispy Juicy Chicken + Gravy + Rice.

McDonald’s United Arab Emirates doesn’t sell it, they did sell the wings – Gravy – Rice for a short time but it didn’t match the one in PH.

I may have stayed in a hotel with inclusive Buffet Breakfast (I wasn’t in Sofitel with the amazing Spiral this time so it was okay to miss the buffet) but I opted to order Chicken McDo and it was divine! I was super busog (full) and happy! 🙂

Pap pa rap pap pap – Love ko ‘to.

[1: 646 of 10,000] Weekly Photo Challenge: Hands

In Photo on June 4, 2012 at 7:18 AM

I was amazed on how huge Jackfruits are in the Philippines! I tried to measure it with my hands.

[1: 445 of 10,000] Heavy Breakfast

In Photo on November 19, 2011 at 8:58 AM

Heavy breakfast at Spiral, Sofitel Hotel, Manila, Philippines. Something I can totally dig - Filipino-Chinese-American.

Inspired by The Daily Post.

[1: 329 of 10,000] High School Military Experience

In Article on August 15, 2011 at 9:03 AM

I saw a woman wearing a black shinny shoes on my way to the office. The military shoes registered in my mind and I remembered when I was in high school and took a C.A.T. (Citizens Army Training) mandatory class if I remembered the name correctly. I got the Medical Officer position after crucial summer training; it isn’t really a fancy position because no one needs medical attention so I just end up watching the sort of soldiers march under the heat while I am on a comfortable shade.

Going back to the shoes, it makes me appreciate the discipline for looking smart and finish. Back in the days, I polish my shoes, my gold plated buckle, and my sword (very 3 Musketeers feel, way better than the wooden rifle). My fatigue green uniform was iron in real crisp look including my white handkerchief. The whole look was mirroring confidence and it was cool.