On Words and Language

Language is fascinating. It can tell you so much about a person, or a people. Speaking English gets you by at many airports, but knowing some words in your destination’s language can certainly help your travel experience.

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I am an immigrant.

When I first left the Philippines, it was September of 2005. My grandmother had been in the US since the 70s and petitioned my mother, and us, by extension. By the time it all worked out, I was 18 years old, just about to turn 19. I remember the months leading up to our departure. Carefully…

Happy new year!

It has been five weeks since my last post. Life got unexpectedly busy and something had to give… and unfortunately it was the blog. Since we last talked, here are the things I did: Edited a book, from concept to completion. It wasn’t that long, only a little over 6000 words. But this was the…

Trying to Make a Difference

I haven’t really talked about American politics on my blog–after all, I can barely keep up with the travel posts, and there’s so much drama going on in this country right now. In fact, it’ll be interesting to know how many people go to see their families over Thanksgiving and actually end up in arguments over…

Japan: Itineraries

I’d like to wrap up my Japan series by providing some itineraries based on my experience. There is so much to see and do, so please note that these are just suggestions. So many things can change your plans: getting on the wrong train (never happened to us in Tokyo, but happened a dismaying amount throughout Osaka and Kyoto),…