Some friends and I recently visited Pagudpud, a practically deserted area boasting white sand beaches, on the northernmost tip of the Philippines. The scenery was rugged and gorgeous. It reminded me a bit of Oregon’s coastline (with a tropical flavor of course). We stayed in a resort on Blue Lagoon Beach and took a… Continue reading »
So much has been going on but I haven’t had the motivation to post about it. I used to be so obsessed with blogging and now it has become a chore. Something I avoid with great care, like the growing pile of laundry in my room. Well, I hope to get back into it soon.… Continue reading »
I visited Dumaguete, Siquijor, and Bohol a few weeks ago. From Dumaguette we took a boat tour to Apo island where we snorkeled in several spots. I even got to see some gigantic sea turtles! Our group stayed the night there and the next morning we took the boat to Siquijor where we stayed a… Continue reading »
I can’t even begin to explain what this past year has been for me. I could try to convince you through pictures. Pictures of amazing sunsets, beaches, waterfalls, and mountains. Pictures of adorable kids making silly faces. Pictures of me, simply smiling. But even then it would not suffice. This past year has been incredible.… Continue reading »
…or How I Hiked the Toughest Climb of My Life. A few weeks ago, somewhere close to 28 of us PCVs met in Sagada for a glorious thanksgiving feast. Delicious, wonderful, tasty. This post is not about that. But it is about the trip I took the day after, into Ifugao, the next mountain… Continue reading »
Yesterday was my one year anniversary of when I first arrived in the Philippines. I can’t believe a year has gone by already! Life here as a volunteer is ambivalent and complex but it is also such an amazing journey as well.
I think I’ve reached an important mark in my service as a volunteer here. The first few months in country were stressful, not only because of the rigorous training schedule but everything was new and overwhelming. New language, new food, new customs, new friends, new host family, new experiences. Then as I began to… Continue reading »
Piles of language books, medical supplies, music sheets, and a random assortment of other items litter any available flat table space. Clothes, worn who knows how many times hang over chairs, desperately needing to be laundered. There’s an explosion of mold in a corner of my room underneath the desk. Its radius has slowly… Continue reading »
Beside the Moriones Festival, we explored the area a bit for some relaxation and fun. Beautiful beaches, purple starfish, gently swaying palm trees, and bat-filled caves gave our weekend the right amount of island adventures. One of the nights we bought food at the market and grilled our own dinner. Unfortunately, the power went out… Continue reading »
Holy Week and Easter is one of my favorite times in the Catholic Church’s liturgical calendar. From traditions like washing the feet of 12 parishioners during the Holy Thursday Mass, to walking the Stations of the Cross, to the solemnity of the Good Friday service, there is something about the familiarity of the rituals, old… Continue reading »
If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze!
~St. Catherine of Siena