Vacation Time

When I was planning my two week vacation in the Philippines to celebrate my Dad’s birthday, I asked him what he wanted to do and where he wanted to go. I was glad to know that he wanted to go to Bicol because after the too many unpleasant and congested traffic experiences I had last … More Vacation Time

Christmas Day

After ten years, I am once again celebrating Christmas in the Philippines.  Philippines is known for having the longest Christmas Season in the world. As early as September 1st, Filipinos start preparing for the Season – radio stations start playing Christmas carols while houses, malls and even the streets get a make-over as everything gets … More Christmas Day


One more week and I’ll be traveling to the Philippines. It’s been ten years since I last spent Christmas in the Philippines with my family and friends. I look forward to once again experience the Filipino Christmas traditions like Simbang Gabi (Night Mass), Christmas Parties, Caroling and Noche Buena (Night of Christmas Eve Feast). Christmas … More Philippines

Wedding Anniversary

“I’m at work. Happy Anniversary, Babe. Eight years. Sigh, went by too fast.”  These are Tashi’s text to me this morning.  He had to work today so we sent our anniversary greetings to each other through texts. Yep. It’s been eight years. Time went by so fast – two bunnies, three geckos, two trips to … More Wedding Anniversary

Quack Doctor

A quack in the Philippines is quite different from what the term means in a Western context. We have to put it in a specific context to create a relational identification though it may not be entirely accurate.In the Western context, a quack doctor is someone who either uses unproven or unorthodox techniques or medicinals … More Quack Doctor

Filipino kid’s bloodsport aka spider fighting – Part 1

Growing up in a family with mostly male cousins, both on my father and mother side, was equally challenging and interesting. I wasn’t treated special just ‘coz I’m a girl. I had to be one of the boys to be able to join their games and activities, including spider fighting. Spider fighting is a popular … More Filipino kid’s bloodsport aka spider fighting – Part 1