Tita Ler Ler

Tita Ler Ler

Last night I was texting my American friend, wishing him safe travels as he returned to the States. I also wanted to know how he obtained the proper permits to bring his cat home - in case one day I, too, decide to move home. (I brought my two chihuahuas to the Philippines. Leaving them [...]

The Perfect Guy

The Perfect Guy

He's got a big heart. Loyal to those closest to him and friendly to new people that he encounters, he's an all around happy guy. An outdoorsy type, you'll find him at the beach or exploring a trail. His hair is a little mussed. He might even have sand between his toes. Or....stuck to his [...]

Go With It

Go With It

When you make a big life decision like, say, move to the Philippines, you expect to grow in deep and meaningful ways. And someday when I’m updating my LinkedIn profile or interviewing for a job, I’ll probably highlight my ability to navigate different cultures or think quickly on my feet. Now, that’s all nice and [...]

One by One

One by One

Backpacks, nipa huts, and mosquito nets; Dusty bus rides, uninhabited islands, and sunken ships. This might sound like the making of the next Survivor season, but it's exactly how I enjoy my time here in the Philippines; surrounded by friends and drenched in sunlight and laughter. It's the simple things, really. We took a one [...]

(Wannabe) Beach Bum

(Wannabe) Beach Bum

Giant. Red. Ants. These three words don't go so great together, especially when latched to my sunburned back. Still, it's a price I willfully accept for the opportunity to get out of the city for a day and visit the beach. And, oh, Philippine beaches are such a delight. "Sorry, Maldives... We love you, but [...]

Bold Moves

Bold Moves

I grew up in a small town in Northern California, surrounded by a barnyard of goats, chickens, pigs, sheep, a llama, and the occasional turkey, duck, or guinea hen. We took family trips up the Oregon coast and through winding redwood forests. My dad coached my Little League softball team and we were never short [...]

Philippines, Year Two

Philippines, Year Two

Dirt. It tastes much like what you'd think it'd taste like. Like...dirt. I learned this while scaling the tropical-foliage-filled mountainside of Makulot in the Batangas region of the Philippines. Already sweaty and huffing for air, my fall was not a pretty site. I continue onward, and while tugging on a vine to pull myself upwards, [...]