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Taking a bath in the Philippines

Nowhere is the positive Filipino spirit more demonstrated than when there is interruption of basic services. Like for example: water disruption. A service that’s basic as that can drive many people insane if its availability is intermittent and unannounced—it certainly would on me. But my family here has taught me to be resilient—to deal with it—and not get stressed out about things not going according my way; for example, like wanting to take a bath after a very hot and humid day and finding out that there’s no water flowing out from the faucets. Read More…
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Sunset in Cebu

Is it just me or are sunsets much more vivid and intense the closer it is to the equator? Because the interplay of colors that is on display in the horizon every afternoon is just breathtaking. They say that our town San Remigio is the best place to watch sunset in Cebu. Well, I’m not surprised. When the conditions are such, sunsets here are almost like the Aurora Borealis - Polar lights that appear in the sky. Maybe we take this as a sign for our upcoming Arctic adventure next year. Read More…
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My favourite Filipino dishes

I'm asked very often by locals about my favourite Filipino dishes - dishes that I've tasted over the past 9 months here in the Philippines. From all the food I've tasted, some clearly stood out as winners.  It’s no coincidence that some of the first Bisayan phrases I learned include “Lami kaayo!” (meaning “Very yummy!”). So here I present to you my personal "Lami kaayo" list: Read More…
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Firefly watching in Palawan

Before we travel to new destinations, explore new countries or islands, or visit new places, I enjoy doing research beforehand. Call it a German thing if you want, but I enjoy reading travel guides, studying maps, and getting as much information as possible of our newest travel destination. But as it turns out, most of the times, it’s exactly those places that were not mentioned in any travel guide and not shown on any map that amazes us the most; they’re the ones that brings us the nicest memories. It’s those times that make travelling so much fun because of the unexpected— just like this time at our firefly river tour in Palawan. Read More…
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Similarities between the Philippines and Finland

I’ve been blogging so much about the many cultural differences between my two home countries, that is, the Philippines and Finland. These two countries couldn’t be more different when it comes to nature, climate, and cultures. You’d be forgiven for thinking that they have absolutely nothing in common. But as unlikely as this might sound, you might be surprised to know that they do share some similarities. Here is a list of similarities between the Philippines and Finland. Read More…