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…

We got robbed yesterday

…came home to find the front door slightly open, dead bolt broken by sheer force. My laptop was gone. Also a Kindle sitting next to my bed, and part of the cheap speaker system in David’s bathroom. Oh, and a kitchen towel… David’s “command center” at his desk was all intact, though the thieves had…

Tasty Thursdays: Crispy Noodles

I love noodle dishes–there’s something so comforting about pho, ramen, chicken noodle soup, and the like. The tasty broth, the slurpy noodles, being able to wrap your hands around a warm bowl… so good. But what if it’s warm out, and having a hot noodle dish only makes you sweat? Enter crispy noodles.