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Start of my life as an expat

It's Thursday again! I was drafting a little personal #ThrowbackThursday story that was meant to be published in my blog's Facebook page but then it got longer and longer that I thought, what the heck, I'll make this into a blog post instead! As you may have noticed in my previous posts and in my social media channels, especially in my Instagram, I've been in the Philippines for vacation, … [Read More...]

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An unplanned trip to Davao

Last month, I made an unplanned trip to visit my relatives from my father's side. All my father's family and our extended relatives live in Davao, in the south eastern part of Mindanao. We rarely see them, in fact, the last time I was there was during the wedding of an aunt in September 1996, right before I left to study in Japan. Why? Because it's a long travel to Davao. Cagayan de Oro … [Read More...]

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Where we stayed: Holiday Inn & Suites Makati

There is no international airport near my home town (yet) and the quickest and most convenient way for us is to fly in and out of Manila. Depending on the flight schedule, I choose connecting flights but the weather during the rainy months of July and August is tricky. Flights could be delayed and even if I choose the earliest flight, if the plane leaves on time, I will end up waiting for hours at … [Read More...]

Lego City

The Charm of Legos

I'll tell you something I can be proud of as a parent: I can take my children to a toy store and we can go out with no one crying. It's not because I buy each of them a toy whenever we visit. In fact, it's the exact opposite: I don't buy anything from the store when I go out with them. Truth is, we are not big toy buyers in the first place. My daughter only has one doll she cherishes since she … [Read More...]

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5 times I am grateful for my kids’ grandparents

My children are so blessed with having amazing grandparents - my parents. They are not wealthy people who lavish and spoil them with expensive gifts but they are the very people who give them one thing that money can't buy: their time. And their love. Unfortunately, we do not see them often because of geographical distance. In fact, Benjamin is turning 4 on October and it's the first time my … [Read More...]

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Start of my life as an expat

It's Thursday again! I was drafting a little personal #ThrowbackThursday story that was meant to be published in my blog's Facebook page but then it got longer and longer that I thought, what the … [Read More...]

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I used Groupon to save. Yeah, right.

Are you using Groupon/Living Social and other online deal websites because duh, who would like to pay full price? Since these sometimes "too good to be true" deal sites sprouted in the internet, I've … [Read More...]

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Everything Dubai

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Street Nights at JBR

NOTE: This event ran from 30th April to 9th May so it has ended at the time of this writing. However, I'll be offering tips you can make use of to make your street nights experience better the next … [Read More...]

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The worst dust storm in 8 years

We woke up this morning with a little haze outside. Another sandstorm/dust storm? The above pic was taken Thursday morning (it's Tuesday now). Dubai had one hell of crazy weather last week. It … [Read More...]

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Travels

Davao

An unplanned trip to Davao

Last month, I made an unplanned trip to visit my relatives from my father's side. All my father's family and our extended relatives live in Davao, in the south eastern part of Mindanao. We rarely see … [Read More...]

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BLOGGING

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Closing the gap between F & B PRs and bloggers

I’ve been fortunate to have been invited by different restaurants who wanted bloggers to sample their dishes. As a blogger, I will admit that receiving these invites is really exciting – I won’t lie. And I do go to a few food tasting and opening events. I say “few” because I am not a food […]

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Meet up with Michael Hodson, travel blogger

Traveling. Writing. Writing while traveling. Traveling to write something. I’d really love to do that. I mean, that would be the best way to live my life, for me. I am passionate to do both until the day I die, so to speak. So naturally, I stalk travel blogs and do a lot of arm […]

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Blogger Outreach: Travel edition

Just right after I wrote about blogger outreach a couple of days ago, this landed in my inbox: “Hello. We’re looking for expat bloggers living in Dubai to blog about our airline client. Our client will fly the selected bloggers to a city in Asia and they will have to blog about their experiences.  Can you send us your […]

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Personal Stuff

Lego City

The Charm of Legos

I'll tell you something I can be proud of as a parent: I can take my children to a toy store and we can go out with no one crying. It's not because I buy each of them a toy whenever we visit. In fact, … [Read More...]

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Summer promotions at Yas Island

Hello UAE peeps, I am still on the last days of my vacation outside the country. How's your summer vacation going on? What kept you and your kids busy the past weeks? Have you heard about the summer … [Read More...]

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