A Remembrance – Heritage Park, BGC – Taguig

It’s Tricia’s birthday today. I was going through these weeks thinking when would I write this, and now it’s her birthday. Only fitting, yes? You know, 10 years ago, I was in the Philippines and I spent most of my time with my cousin, Tricia. We had grown up together. When I was there the…

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Our Lady of Manaoag, Pangasinan

It started with pandesal. On a travel high, I woke up at 4:30AM to plan to tag along with Gramps to the market to get fresh pandesal.  I went ahead and skipped at 4:30AM while he was outside fresh and bright eyed. “You can’t come.” “Why not?” I playfully joked with him and ran back in…

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The Trust on The Lopez Farm – Agoo, La Union

“What the heck is that?” We had driven the next day to the family farm, so I could see how it was doing. Really, I had seen a picture the day before, where my Uncle was playing with the baby goat kids. I wanted to see them. Another unbeaten path that my family and the…

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Losing a Language – Agoo, La Union

We spent 4 hours in the car, from Quezon City to Agoo. I made Robin play Fall Together by Pomo at least 5 times on the way there. Maybe 7. The drive was gorgeous of the mountains, the water, the sunset as we headed north towards La Union. The journey helped me meditate. My cousin…

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Balesin Island, Philippines

The wedding the night before had been a memorable time. After the date with the pilot I had slipped into a flowy blush skirt I had purchased from Aritzia earlier that winter. B had leant me a blouse and beach bag for the wedding dinner the night before I arrived.   I woke up in around…

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A Date with the Pilot, Balesin

5 AM and the driver drops me off to Alphaland’s private airport to get to Balesin. I’ve only heard of this island recently where you need an invite to get in. This membership only type country club where you must be invited to come. 6 AM Flight delayed. I’m from San Francisco. Flights delays don’t bother me.…

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Tali, Batangas

 We spent most of our time in Tali, on the rooftop because of the views. Mountains behinds us, the sea directly in front of us. The sunsets and sunrises here are those “you may never have this chance again” type of moments. 7 young women, all of us artists in some way, to get away…

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Maya Maya, Batangas

  This place doesn’t exist anymore. It’s secret garden paths to the big eyed Aussie neighbor, who used to cry every time Michael Jackson came on the television, isn’t there anymore. The marina holds faded boats. The yachts that are left show us that Maya Maya is still a few of the expats secret place.…

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Taal Lake, Batangas

Prior to this, I hadn’t been back to the Philippine Islands in 7 years. I used to spend every other summer here in the 80’s and 90’s as a little girl, diving out of my Uncle Bryan’s yacht while our family screamed at my cousins and I to get back in, fake threats of being…

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