New York, New York

I haven’t written for a while now, my last post was June of 2018. Almost 4 years of blogging hiatus! Many things had happened since then but first and foremost, 2018 was the year that changed the course of my career. After 9 years of waiting, I finally got the email that we (me and my family) were scheduled for a visa interview at the US Embassy in the Philippines. The feeling was so surreal having your dream unfolding into reality. My American Dream within the grasp of my hands! December 2018 we had to do the medical and interview in Manila and by January 2019, we were on our way to New York- the city that never sleeps. It was a whole new feeling of excitement coming into a whole new world!

Winter Blues. Not much to our knowledge, January in New York is the height of Winter and I hate to admit, we came semi prepared. Hehe. Coming out of JFK we felt that the winter clothes (no offense to Uniqlo) we were wearing is not enough. We were so cold we were having chills! But still, the excitement doesn’t stop.

Starting here isn’t that easy too. Speaking the English language in front of a strangers and your hubby is intimidating at first and often frustrating as you won’t be able to find words to express it. haha. Housing in the city is expensive. For a family of three, we rented a room for 700 dollars , we had no friends or family near but with the help of our very kind land lady we were able to navigate New York with its intricate subway, got US mobile numbers with tmobile, bought thicker winter clothes for low prices. Help got in unexpectedly, a friend of a family sending us clothes, some meeting us for lunch and telling us tips, a high school classmate giving more clothes, meeting an aunt who I remember last seeing was in grade school. Help pouring in every direction. I call this, the new and modern BAYANIHAN. Soon, we were gaining more and more friends, and some we now consider our family here. Eventually we got used to the life here, me being able to adjust with the new work environment, hubby getting a job that he loves and our daughter being able to make new friends at school. We are still adjusting though as it has only been 3 years in a city we now call home. I’m writing this to let my readers (if I have any.lol) know that most of my travel blogs would be from here. 🙂

First timers at the Times Square 🙂

Beautiful Dinagat

I am at a loss for words to describe what I saw in Dinagat. It was raw and refreshing- like going back to the old times when scenic spots and beaches in the country has not been devoured by mass tourism.

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My inquisitively curious brain got me here in Dinagat. Back to the time when it’s mayor and also the PBMA (Philippine Benevolent Missionaries Association) supreme leader, Ruben Ecleo Jr. became notorious for certain charges, I have always thought of coming here and seeing how its founder, Ruben Ecleo Sr., was able to form and organize one of the country’s biggest and most solid sect.

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Dumaguete City And Valencia, Negros Oriental: It’s Always Good To Keep Coming Back

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The City of Dumaguete has its own unique way of charming me. It’s vibrant yet laid-back air makes me want to come here often. And even though Sans Rival Bistro has invaded Cebu, it’s still a different feeling when you dine to the exact place where it all started. The city is a beautiful concoction of urban and rural living. In the morning, the city is silently busy as locals go to work, students go to school or for some, run some errands. The silence slowly dissipates at noon as more and more tricycles (with the place being called the tricycle capital of the Philippines) invade the area bringing with them both locals and tourists. Later in the evening, the center of Dumaguete’s attraction is at the Rizal Boulevard as almost half of the city’s population dine on the lined- up restos, eat balut and tempura at the boulevard or converse and relax while sitting down at the sea wall. This is what a typical day in Dumaguete looks like.

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Molopolo Beach: Lilo-an, Southern Leyte

The town of Lilo-an, Southern Leyte is a quiet small town locked in tall and steep mountain ranges. In fact, its mountains are the highest in all of Leyte. On the other side of this town are clear and blue waters with rich marine life. It shares the same seas as Surigao. In fact, Lilo-an port caters trips to Surigao City, making it the Visayas’ gateway to Mindanao.

                                                                            The roads going to Lilo-an are lined with greens

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