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I am Filipina-American

The Problem Being a Filipina-American, I have always heard of a common struggle among many Filipinos that have grown up in the States. They feel or have been told they are not “Filipino enough”. They may grow up in Filipino households, eating Filipino foods, hearing and perhaps speaking one of the many Filipino languages and...

Coronovirus : 6 Lessons Learned
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Coronovirus : 6 Lessons Learned

Remember when we could still do this? 🤣Demonstrating good greetings before the 6′ rule. The Bright Side Let’s look at the bright side of things. Social distancing may create some great, hard coded habits for us all. 1. Being more mindful of our own health and how we physically interact with each other 2. Remembering...

Virtual Happy Hour: Organize One w/ Friends or Co-workers
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Virtual Happy Hour: Organize One w/ Friends or Co-workers

She and I did everything together. Heck! Our families spent nearly every holiday together too. When she moved away from the neighborhood just 30 minutes away, we were still inseparable but our visits became less frequent. Convenience was a big factor. So when she moved to the east coast, we had to come up with...

My Healthcare is Better (and cheaper) Than Yours. Why?
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My Healthcare is Better (and cheaper) Than Yours. Why?

I love my country. There is nothing that reminds me of that more than going away for a lengthy period of time, especially to a country that is not as wealthy as the U.S. At the same time, because I love my country, it saddens me to see the inequities that exist for basic human...

Our Big Slow Down; What I’ve Learned
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Our Big Slow Down; What I’ve Learned

It was perfect. Our youngest had moved into a new stage of her life. She had just returned from a semester abroad after graduating high school and now she was off to start college away from home. Our eldest was already in her last year of college away from home and would be starting her...

A Young Chef Lost, Tragedy Close to Home
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A Young Chef Lost, Tragedy Close to Home

I’ve worked with many chefs in my day in this food industry. One of the greatest parts of my job is the opportunity to watch the trajectory of chefs and observe their passion and desire for the mastery of the culinary arts. At the same time, I have been witness to the deterioration of chefs...

San Diego! Stop Trying to Be SF, NYC & LA
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San Diego! Stop Trying to Be SF, NYC & LA

WE’RE DIFFERENT AND THAT’S WHY WE’RE F’ING AMAZING San Diego is AN INCREDIBLE place to be for food enthusiasts. We spend so much time trying to be a food scene powerhouse but miss the mark in spreading the message of how abundant our options are. Each time I travel, my palate is relieved to come...

My Malong. Not a Filipino Costume.
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My Malong. Not a Filipino Costume.

This is not a costume. This is my lounge around the house clothing. I have them in several different patterns and I've never considered them. I just never thought about the malong as anything different from wearing yoga pants and tees.

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Purging; It Will Feel Good, Right?

SO MUCH STUFF Each time I go into the garage with the intent to clear or organize, I stare hopelessly into the abyss wanting to just kick myself for amassing such an incredible amount of stuff. Who needs this much stuff!? I have so many items that I have NO use for but simply keep...

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Dear Under 30… We’ve Failed You

How could we have put you in this treacherous position? You have grown up and ventured out into the world with all the confidence of a strong human without any of the experience of true defeat and discipline. WHAT WE SEE You stride into the workplace, usually run and organized by those who have already had...