Philippines 2012: Cagayan Valley part 1

My last visit to Region 2 was eight years ago and man, was it eventful – I caught severe dengue and almost died (clearly I’ve not been back since). When I went back to the Philippines in December, we had to spend a good chunk of my visit in Tuguegarao…

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Keep Calm and Think Random Happy Thoughts

We’re down to the last quarter of the year and I can’t believe 2012 is flying by so quickly. The past few weeks have been slightly, er, trying and I’m feeling all sorts of exhaustion. That said, keeping a positive frame of mind is always the key to get by. Along…

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K is 8!

I was talking to a friend last night about how this English summer, despite bountiful nimbo-stratus clouds hovering, has been quite memorable so far. I then remembered the last summer I spent in Manila before moving to the UK. My days were spent playing with my sister and my niece,…

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People who inspire: Nana Tela

Nana Tela & my month-old sister Some people are fortunate enough to get to know their grandparents. I was ultimately blessed to be able to grow up knowing my great-grandmother. She slept with me in my room until I hit adolescence (perhaps her presence was such an impact as I…

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Happy Easter, indeed.

After a sunny end to March, this week was spritzed with April showers. Along with dark clouds, a bizarre funk seemed to have crept by. I’ll spare you the unnecessary drama because end of the day what matters most is all the learning through the people you keep. Nonetheless, this…

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