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Living Out Your Passion – Let’s Do this 2016!

It’s official. My New Years writing resolutions have been set. This is the year I’ll be finishing my book and submitting it to an agent. I have a good solid draft done and have been working on the editing process. [pullquote]"If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it." ~ John Irving[/pullquote] Writing this book has been an exhilarating process for me that has allowed me to…

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‘Merica! – What Happens When You Spend Thanksgiving Abroad

  Ah Thanksgiving! That unique holiday, deeply imbedded in the heart of American society. Not every American celebrates Thanksgiving as enthusiastically or as traditionally as some, but there is some sentiment that Thanksgiving is ingrained as part of the American lifestyle. Popular culture, news, and commercials will be inundated with Thanksgiving-themed tidbits through all of October and November. It will be all about the Turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes (wait, did the pilgrims make that?). We’re all gonna eat til…

what is the history of halo halo, a dessert in the Philippines

Do You Know the History of Halo-Halo?

Do You Know the History of Halo-Halo? Halo-Halo, the Filipino word which means “mix-mix,” is a popular dessert in the Philippines. More than popular, it is THE dessert of the Philippines. Summertime is when the competition gets fierce and every sari-sari store, street-side stand, and fast food chain will offer their own version of the sweet specialty. One of my favorites can be found at Mang Inasal because they serve their halo-halo in wide clear bowls that not only makes it…

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Tiny Teaser – What is a “Filipino American?”

Right now I’m supposed to be writing a research paper, not writing on my blog. You can see where my priorities lie… Anyways, it’s Tiny Teaser time with a new excerpt from my Philippines Peace Corps memoir. This time the book teaser theme is: “Filipino American Identity.” When I was living in the Philippines I found that I usually presented a confusing puzzle to most Filipinos. I didn’t fit into the typical mold of what an American looked like. I…

mostra cold brew craft coffee san diego

Coffee Oasis in the North – Mostra Coffee

Yesterday I went with the San Diego Coffee Questers to a cold brew release party at Mostra Coffee, located in Rancho Bernardo. It’s in North County? I thought as I googled directions. “The North,” tends to be a land of suburban neighborhoods filled with chain restaurants and chain coffee shops. Don’t get me wrong, I still drink Starbucks. But I love craft coffee too. I don’t consider myself a coffee snob, but I do enjoy seeing local businesses who take…

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