A Filipino from Saudi Arabia meets a mensch from Boston.

My fiance J. picked me up at the airport at 7 a.m. wearing this shirt I bought him at Greenhills last summer.

A Love Letter to OFW’s

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To be honest, it had been a secret dream to be published on the Philippine news site Rappler. I read it daily when I am in the States and I love the boldness of their articles. When my blog post about Lyca’s win on The Voice Kids was featured last week, I jumped on my… Read More ›

Religion »

My Mother’s Wedding Guidebook: Ten Points

(3) My mother and me, 1982.

On J.’s Being White: Did you remind him to put on sunblock? On Engagement Rings (before J. proposed): You don’t need one if you don’t want one. On My Engagement Ring (after he proposed): It’s perfect. On Our Getting Married Three Months After My Sister (In the Philippines, tradition and superstition say that siblings should… Read More ›

Friendship »

A Love Letter to OFW’s

(25) My fiance J. picked me up at the airport at 7 a.m. wearing this shirt I bought him at Greenhills last summer.

To be honest, it had been a secret dream to be published on the Philippine news site Rappler. I read it daily when I am in the States and I love the boldness of their articles. When my blog post about Lyca’s win on The Voice Kids was featured last week, I jumped on my… Read More ›

Immigration »

Home Is Where They Don’t Ask For Your Papers

(7) Rocks, just hangin'.

I was on a panel of immigrants at a local university when the facilitator asked where home was for us. The talk was about immigrant experiences and our evolving identity in the U.S.A. I said that home was wherever someone had a toothbrush waiting for me.  I feel at home with people, but feeling truly… Read More ›

Interracial dating »

How “Where Are You From?” Can Save a Life

(19) J. with me and my Filipino uncles, in front of St. Augustin Church in Manila, Philippines

I’m going to put it out there: I’m not offended by the questions, “Where are you from? Where are you from?” I don’t struggle with their cousins, either: Where is your family from? What is your ethnicity? You look (fill in the blank with ethnic guess). I understand why it’s not the right question to… Read More ›

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