Hello there!

My name is Liana – thanks for visiting Mango Mornings.

In 2012, I left my home in Orange County, CA to take on a new opportunity in the Philippines. A storyteller by trade, this is my place to share experiences and connect with new and familiar faces.

So far I’ve traveled outside of the country just a couple of times; but my heart has happily found its home right here in the Philippines – so that’s what you’ll read about the most on Mango Mornings.

I take in just as much joy adventuring across the country as I do exploring the smaller things that I encounter in my daily life. So while I’ve blogged about scooter rides in Thailand and remote beach escapades in the Philippines, I’ve also blogged about  relearning English, finding new fruits, and becoming totally addicted to alcohol. (Antiseptic sprays of course!)

I take lots and lots of pictures. Sometimes I make videos too. Because I don’t follow all the traditional rules of blogging, you won’t see regular posts here. If you’re an email subscriber, I’ll just pop into your inbox maybe a few times a month. Though I’m inspired every day, I only get around to blogging when I have the free time – or an added caffeine boost. If you miss me, you can come on over to my Instagram feed.

Follow my travels and don’t forget to subscribe….I hope that you get inspired to try something new too!

PS: Drop me a note below to let me know you passed by!

 Living in the Philippines



27 responses to “About

    • Hi Jennifer – It’s great to meet another expat blogger. It’s definitely an interesting community. I look forward to reading more about your expat adventures too. Thanks for passing by!

  1. Hi, again!

    I just want you to know that it’s comforting for me to know how alike we are. That is, at least to the fact that we are both expat (for the time being). Like you, I am also sharing my series of adventures (sometimes, misadventures) here in the middle east.

    I never knew how life-enriching it is to be in foreign land until I set foot in here. St. Augustine was so right in saying that the world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page. I am not into reading just a page so I am doing what I can to fulfill that dream.

    Cheers to more travels, Liana!

    • Hi Sony – again! Yes, it’s great to hear from other expats and share experiences. I’m sure we could all learn from each other as we explore our new home countries. I, too, want to read more than one “page” in life. Interestingly, the more I read, the more I want to learn. What a gift!

  2. Just found your blog via Jennifer above — I have a friend who’s just leaving the Philippines after two years in the Peace Corps, look forward to reading more about non-PC expat experiences in the country!

    • Hi Edna, thanks for passing by! That’s neat that you have a friend here. Surprisingly, there are many expats in the Philippines. I just checked out your blog. It’s beautiful! I look forward to following your expat adventures, too. I think I could learn a thing or two from you, given how long you’ve been on the road!

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    • Thanks so much Jackie – I really appreciate it. I love following your blog too. It always gives me good bursts of inspiration. I’ll check out the link. Cheers girl, and hope all is well across the sea! <3

  4. Liana, You’re a breath of fresh air and a joy to read! Your combination of compassion, insight, and gentle humor is particularly engaging. Picking up and moving overseas comes with its ups and downs , and you seem to take it all in stride. I applaud your intrepid spirit! Congrats on the FP – richly deserved. All the best, Terri

    • Hi Terri, sorry for my late reply and many thanks for stopping by Mango Mornings. Glad you noticed my humor – sometimes, it’s the only way to survive living away from home. I can’t count how many times I’ve laughed at myself or the ridiculous situations I’ve encountered. Thanks again and I look forward to following your adventures too!

  5. I had to pick a blog to follow for my Global project for the rest of the year. My country to follow is The Philippines. This is awesome and is going to help so much!

  6. Nacho Dominguez brought me here :)

    I’m a global citizen but have picked Manila as my home for the past 8 years :)

    Looking forward to reading your posts!

  7. Dear Liana,

    My name is Joyce and I work for ExpatFinder.com.
    ExpatFinder.com is a free one stop website for people preparing to move or working and living overseas. We provide a myriad of services for expatriates and we have over 2,000 articles to help and support the people moving around the world and we are now creating an interview section to help the expats with real life experiences!
    We quite enjoy your blog about living in Philippines, it is very interesting and informative. Would it be possible to interview you to further share some of your tips and feature some of your first hand experience as an Expat and your interview will be published on our Expat Interview section as a guide for our expat readers. The questions are mainly about the day to day lifestyle of an expat. If it would be possible, could you also send some photographs that we can use?
    Of course, if you accept, we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.
    The questions are enclosed, feel free to respond freely. You can return the doc with your answers if you accept this invitation.
    Thanks in advance and do let me know if you prefer other means to conduct this interview and we would be happy to accommodate your terms.

    Best regards,

  8. Hey, I am planning to come to Philippines next week. I am starting a new chapter in my life and feel the Philippines calling to me and I feel there is a reason I am going there. Do you have any advice for me? Would be great to talk to you. Kind wishes, Jesse

  9. Hi Mango Mornings, your site is remarkable because most other philippine expat bloggers are older foreign men. And your photos and videos are engaging with you own style! Are you still blogging about life in the Philippines? Or have you moved back to the states. We are scouting out for Filipina bloggers to feature at the site.

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