Postcard from “Back Home”, the Philippines

Country 17: The Philippines | This post is part of my 30×30 series. Read more here! One of the things I love, in principle, about America is that you can be any kind of American. Filipino-American, Swedish-American, Afro-American, Chinese-American. In theory, you keep the country of your heritage looped in with your identity as an American. My…

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Survivor Stories: Typhoon Haiyan

Perhaps it’s because I have personal connections to the tragedy of Typhoon Haiyan, but I can’t help but share this lovely piece from The Weather Channel. Normally I find The Weather Channel to have…well…somewhat sillier stories (“Saturn’s rings are HOW OLD?”), so I was surprised and moved to see “The Sea Washed it Away“: a…

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Memories of Samar: Typhoon Relief for the Philippines

Three years ago, I sat on a rooftop in Catbalogan, Samar, with my grandmother and her sister, singing a karaoke song about a place you go when times are rough and the people who can help you move forward. Back then, I was a backpacker on an expat adventure, stopping in the Philippines to meet my extended…

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