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Book Cover Reveal Party – Somewhere in the Middle

Welcome to the Cover Reveal Party!!! Welcome to the cover reveal party for the forthcoming Philippines travel memoir, Somewhere in the Middle. If you're a first time visitor, I've been writing a memoir on Filipino American identity and my journey to the Philippines as a Peace Corps Volunteer.  You can check out the post from January for more background info. And now, time for the party!   Somewhere in the Middle A journey to the Philippines in search of roots, belonging,…

Somewhere in the Middle - Philippines travel memoir

Somewhere in the Middle – A Philippines Travel Memoir

Somewhere in the Middle - A Philippines Travel Memoir   Why is 2019 a Great Year? My new Philippines memoir Somewhere in the Middle: A journey to the Philippines in search of roots, belonging, and identity is just around the corner! See the details below! Malapit na - tagalog for, "it’s getting close"     Somewhere in the Middle A journey to the Philippines in search of roots, belonging, and identity DEBORAH FRANCISCO DOUGLAS Coming Spring 2019 Half Filipino but raised in…

Meet the Writer Behind the Blog Halo-Halo, Mix-Mix

Meet the Writer Behind the Blog Halo-Halo, Mix-Mix

Meet the Writer Behind the Blog Halo-Halo, Mix-Mix   Hey everyone! Deborah here from Halo-Halo, Mix-Mix. For those of you that don’t know me, I am a Filipino American writer and blogger (and the creator of this blog). I’ve been running HHMM for about 3 years now as a passion project and I absolutely love it! Side note: While I am half Filipino, I was raised in an American household and for most of my life I felt pretty clueless…

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…

Filipino American Voices - "What are You?" A Journey of Self Discovery

Filipino American Voices – What are You?

Filipino American Voices - What Are You? 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 Filipino American Voices! A place for Filipino Americans to share their stories and experiences of what it is like being Filipino American. You can read last month's Filipino American Voices featuring Lora Bumatay - Lessons from a Balikbayan…

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What’s Your Crazy? – Confessions of a Peace Corps Volunteer

What’s Your Crazy? - Confessions of a Peace Corps Volunteer Today is the 5th anniversary of the day I left America. I had decided to join Peace Corps after experiencing one of those life moments where you feel like you could do anything. The world was calling and nothing would hold me back from following my heart. Sitting in the L.A. airport after a whirlwind Peace Corps volunteer orientation, I tried to joke around with some of the other volunteers,…

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined.”

Southern California Writers’ Conference 2016

  Southern California Writers’ Conference San Diego, CA Great news! I have officially registered for the Southern California Writers’ Conference (SCWC)! It will take place February 12-14, 2016 in San Diego, CA. I’m excited I don’t have to travel far; the conference venue is literally a mile from my house! If you're a writer and interested in attending, you can check out the Southern California Writers Conference website site here. [pullquote]“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the…

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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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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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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…

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