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It’s more fun in the Philippines! 


Sometimes I miss the Philippines all of a sudden, and when it hits, it’s like a sickness. It makes you weak at the knees. 

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Fellow Pinoy Jeremy Renner fans~ so are we going to stake out on Taft Ave? owo

BRB, moving back to the Philippines to stalk Jeremy Renner.

Sometimes I miss the Philippines all of a sudden, and when it hits, it’s like a sickness. It makes you weak at the knees. 

Ang totoo nga po, marami pang kalokohan ang nahalungkat natin. Halimbawa, sa PAGCOR: kape. Isang bilyong piso po ang ginastos ng dating pamunuan ng ahensya para sa kape; sa isandaang piso na lang po kada tasa, lalabas na nakakonsumo sila ng sampung milyong tasa. Baka po kahit ngayong iba na ang pamunuan ng PAGCOR ay dilat na dilat pa rin ang mata ng mga uminom ng kapeng ito. Hanapin nga po natin sila, at matanong: nakakatulog pa po ba kayo?

His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III
President of the Philippines
To the Congress of the Philippines[State of the Nation Address delivered at the Session Hall of the House of Representatives, Batasan Pambansa Complex, Quezon City on July 25, 2011]
(via pilipinas)

I am obsessed with this beer. I don’t even like beer!

I think the combined power of radiating waves of longing and nostalgia for a time that never happened has changed the chemistry of my taste buds. 

I wanna go to the Philippines and sit around a big table with old friends drinking this beer and talking about nothing and breaking into song (because you know there’s gonna be at least one guitar there).


I love the Philippines!


"Kinda makes you wanna…"
"Break into song?"


Flying over Manila

(taken from thedalailomo)

Aaah how do people take amazing pictures from planes?! So awesome.

Our House - Plaridel, Bulacan

Compare and contrast. There’s the house as it stands now, getting older by the moment, with the skinny old mutt in front of it. Then there’s the house back then, barely even painted. And there’s the season’s opo harvest (I think it’s opo squash, but I might be wrong), and there’s me standing in front of it, at an undetermined age, in my favorite dress. I’m sure I knew how ugly that dress was back then—that might have been why I loved it so much. Funnily enough, there’s also a white dog in that old picture. It’s not the same dog, of course.


Along the Coast - Pio Duran, Albay

We woke up early in the morning and took a walk here, which was only a few houses away from where we stayed. Along the shore, you won’t find big, magnificent houses that boast of waterfront views. Instead, you have the fishermen’s houses, and their boats are right outside, and the wet market is steps away. And whatever sea creature I ate for lunch that day came straight out of this water only a few hours earlier.

It was crazy beautiful.


Street Food - Burnham Park, Bagiuo

So now they have this terrible rule in Burnham Park where you’re not allowed to sell food. Pasyalan ito, hindi kainan. This vendor was awesome because he didn’t give a shit. We spent so much money on isaw (chicken intestines on a stick, my friends) that day.


Mayon Volcano - Albay, Bicol

The perfect cone. Beautiful and destructive.


Rambutan and Dalandan - Tanay, Rizal

Hello, Tumblr friends.

I’ve been back in the US for nearly a month now. I believe that I am now fully recovered and can finally look at the photos I took in the Philippines without falling on the ground and wishing that I was back there.

So here. Have some tropical beauty.


This is just to say, at 5 am in the morning, as the sun breaks through my window, while I try so hard and miserably fail to fall asleep, that when I was in the Philippines, in a little town in Bicol whose bright lights were few and far between, at 2 am in the morning, I looked up, and I saw more stars than I had ever seen outside of a planetarium. And even though I didn’t recognize any of them, because I was taught in the ways of the northern hemisphere, it was lovely, and I wish I could have shared it with you.



Some awesome things about the US:

  1. Showers (okay, so we also have this in the Philippines, but not in our ancient house in the province)
  2. Ovens (same note as above)
  3. Clean tap water (sort of)
  4. Netflix
  5. Hulu
  6. Recycling bins
  7. Compost bins
  8. Gigantic refrigerators
  9. Discovery Channel
  10. Food Network
  11. Freeways (for free!)
  12. Non-scorching weather
  13. Monthly phone bills (prepaid phones are terrible)
  14. Washing machine and dryer
  15. Dishwasher
  16. Reliable postal service

Damn, everything’s been made so easy for us!