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14 Packing Essentials for Peace Corps Philippines

  14 Packing Essentials for Peace Corps Philippines When I first prepared for my journey as a newly selected Peace Corps Philippines volunteer, I had no idea of what to expect. Even being part Filipino, I hadn’t grown up with much of the culture and I had never been to the Philippines. The packing list was baffling to me. Two unfitted sheets? Why would I need two unfitted sheets? What was acceptable for a pasalubong souvenir gift to my host…

Where to Grab Halo-Halo in San Diego - Snoice

Where to Grab Halo-Halo in San Diego

  Where to Grab Halo-Halo in San Diego If you love trying new trendy food spots in San Diego, add Snoice to your bucketlist for tasting the unique Filipino ice dessert halo-halo.   Halo-Halo - The Filipino word for “mix-mix”   What is Halo-Halo? Halo-halo is a delicious cold dessert for a hot summer day. In the Philippines, you can find halo-halo stands on almost every street!   Halo-halo, a Filipino ice dessert, consists of different toppings like jackfruit, sweet…

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How to Make Filipino Adobo

How to Make Filipino Adobo Hopefully you’ve had at least had one Filipino friend who has brightened your day by cooking pancit (noodles), lumpia (fried egg rolls), and the most common of Filipino dishes, adobo.   “You’re Filipino? I love that adobo you guys have.”   Yup! Adobo is like the king ulam dish of Filipinos. Think: steak and potatoes = adobo and rice.   "Ulam" - the Tagalog word for a main dish   Have you ever wanted to…

If You’re Filipino American, Mestizo, or Mixed-Race, You’ll Like This

If You’re Filipino American, Mestizo, or Mixed-Race, You’ll Like This

If You’re Filipino American, Mestizo, or Mixed-Race, You’ll Like This   Are You Filipino American, mestizo, mixed-race, ethnically ambiguous, or just interested in learning more about your self-identity?   This blog is for you!   I am Filipino American. I didn’t always associate myself with that identity. American, yes. Part Filipino was usually what I responded with if people ever asked me. I didn’t grow up learning a lot of Filipino culture. I couldn’t have really explained much about my…

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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…

5 Reasons Why Traveling Will help you Find Yourself

5 Reasons Why Traveling Will Help You Find Yourself

5 Reasons Why Traveling Will Help You Find Yourself There’s nothing more romantic than traveling abroad in search of yourself! Why else would books-turned-movies like Eat Pray Love and Wild be so popular? Travel and self-discovery equals the perfect combination. While it doesn’t necessarily take an adventure in a far-off country to help you find who you are and where you belong in this world, it can help the process! So indulge with me for a moment in a bit…

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4 Movies about Travel and Self-Discovery

4 Movies about Travel and Self-Discovery I love a good movie that follows a character’s search for self-identity or discovery. Stories that explore themes centered around “finding oneself” are empowering and inspiring because it shows us that we are never quite finished with learning something new about ourselves. There is always something more to discover! For some inspiration on ways that finding your authentic self can change your life, be sure to watch these four movies about travel and self-discovery:   Eat…

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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…

Mixed-Race Identity Through Cute Comics

Mixed-Race Identity Through Cute Comics I came across this comic by Kiana Khansmith and thought it was very unique and thoughtful in explaining the mixed-race experience. I especially liked the one where everyone else defines Puppitty with their own terms for who they think Puppitty is, as if they are somehow the experts on the matter. In reality, no one can define you except you. And even then, you don't have to be a perfectly boxed-in idea of a certain…