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Filipino American Voices – Lessons From a Balikbayan Box

Filipino American Voices - Lessons From a Balikbayan Box In the United States, Filipino Americans make up the second largest Asian group population. That’s pretty awesome! And each Filipino American has a unique voice and story to tell. That is why I am proud to introduce to you Filipino American Voices! A place for Filipino Americans to share their stories and experiences of what it is like being Filipino American. Filipino American Guest Blogger Today, I am delighted to feature guest…

How To Ride a Jeepney in the Philippines Like a Local

  How To Ride a Jeepney in the Philippines Like a Local I remember the first time riding a jeepney. I handed my 10-peso coin to the driver and sat back against the plastic vinyl seat letting my hair whip wildly in the Philippine breeze. It was an empowering moment, as if I had somehow accomplished something amazing. American learns how to ride a jeepney! I felt exhilarated. In that simple moment I fully realized for the first time what an…

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4 Fun Filipino Facts to Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

4 Fun Filipino Facts to Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Did you know May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month? Yup! It was established to celebrate the culture and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. The month of May also happens to be National Heritage Month in the Philippines. As of 2003, the month of May was officially proclaimed to be National Heritage Month in order to preserve and promote…

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“Have You Eaten Yet?” and Other Ways to Say Hello in Filipino

“Have You Eaten Yet?” and Other Ways to Say Hello in Filipino There are many universal ways to greet someone abroad, and a simple smile or head-nod goes a long way. In the Philippines, even a cheery “hello” will be understood by everyone. But, if you want to impress the locals, learn these Filipino expressions to put yourself a cut above the rest. Whether formal, funny, or just plain silly, here are 5 ways to say hello in Filipino: 1.…

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Goldilocks Bakery and Restaurant – National City

Goldilocks Bakery and Restaurant   Hey Filipino foodies and lovers of iced desserts! I recently visited Goldilocks in National City (right next to Seafood City Supermarket) with my co-blogger friend Lora for a sampling of halo-halo and other fun Filipino foods. Goldilocks is an iconic bakery in the Philippines, as deeply imbedded in the culture as McDonalds in America. Filipinos love to party and they love cake (they call it “keyk”), especially Goldilocks’ cakes. They are the best! My favorite…

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Tiny Teasers – Mountains Upon Mountains

  Tiny Teasers - Mountains Upon Mountains It’s about time for another book teaser! I’ve been writing and editing like crazy during the Holiday “down time” and I wanted to share a little taste of what I’ve been working on. For those of you not yet familiar with my story, I was a Peace Corps volunteer who was placed in the Philippines from 2011-2014. I lived there for three years working on youth and family community outreach programs. Such an…

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Top 10 Places to Visit in Baguio City

Top 10 Places to Visit in Baguio City I lived in Baguio as a Peace Corps volunteer for three years and absolutely enjoyed my time there. I loved the creative vibe, the abundance of live music, and the unique restaurants and cafes that produced delicious local dishes. While the city has plenty to see and do, these are the top places to visit in Baguio that I recommend to get a flavor of the best that Baguio has to offer. Get…

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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…

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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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