A Filipino from Saudi Arabia meets a mensch from Boston.

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I’m One Syphilis Test Away From My Green Card

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On the last day of classes in June, my lawyer D. called to tell me that my number was up in July. He said it as if I had been waiting for salami and Swiss at a deli counter. Call me when you’re back from the Philippines and we’ll file then.  Aw, I said to… Read More ›

Religion »

Why I Didn’t Walk Down the Aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon in D

(8) Our recessional was "(Hey ya!) I Love You."

I don’t want to cry. That’s what I told my fiance J. when I asked him if he were amenable to walking down the aisle to Bon Jovi’s “It’s My Life.” It had some historical significance for us: the first time he karaoke’d was my 32nd birthday. In a claustrophobic space at a rent-a-room karaoke… 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 »

I’m One Syphilis Test Away From My Green Card

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On the last day of classes in June, my lawyer D. called to tell me that my number was up in July. He said it as if I had been waiting for salami and Swiss at a deli counter. Call me when you’re back from the Philippines and we’ll file then.  Aw, I said to… Read More ›

Interracial dating »

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

(20) 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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