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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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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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Dirty kitchen in the Philippines

Most of the household related tasks here in the Philippines seem to need so much more effort than in Europe. They are much more time consuming because so much is done by hand, as in it’s not automated—like for example: washing the laundry, doing the dishes, or cleaning the floor. But the one thing that surprised me the most were the kitchens. Read More…
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