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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…

Top 10 Must-See Places in the Philippines

Top 10 Must-See Places in the Philippines

Top 10 Must-See Places in the Philippines If you’re traveling to the Philippines, a country consisting of over 7,000 islands, there are a multitude of destinations you could visit and not enough time to see them all. How do you prioritize?! I’ve broken down the top 10 must-see places in the Philippines by mountains versus the beach. Depending on your travel preferences you can choose the ones that appeal most to your sense of adventure. Whether you’re looking to hike…

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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…

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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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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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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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A Visitor’s Guide to the Baguio City Market

  A Visitor’s Guide to the Baguio City Market Markets are one of the best ways to immerse yourself in local culture, sample exotic food, and get a sense of the traditional handicrafts or goods of that particular country or region. For those of you who are lucky enough to soon be traveling to the Philippines, allow me to give you some insight into my favorite market of the Philippines, the Baguio City Market. I’ve traveled extensively around the country…

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10 Reasons Why You Should be at Panagbenga Festival this Year

10 Reasons Why You Should be at Panagbenga Festival this Year February is Panagbenga Flower Festival time! Panagbenga Festival is a must-see festival that happens annually in Baguio, Philippines. 10 Reasons Why You Should be at Panagbenga Festival this Year 1. The Flowers Panagbenga is a Kankana-ey word which means “the season for blooming.” Flowers are everywhere! Come be inspired by the beauty whether it’s the giant flower decorations hung up around town or real garden arrangements on display for…