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Mommy Barbara’s Christmas Tree

Every year, I put up a Christmas tree to honor my beloved mother in-law, Mommy Barbara, who loved decorating for the holidays.  This year,  I told Tashi I am going to start putting up the Christmas tree early as I didn't know how long it would take me to find and sort all of Mommy… Continue reading Mommy Barbara’s Christmas Tree

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Planet Comicon 2016

It's that time of year again when all nerds flocked at the Bartle Hall for the annual Planet Comicon. Tashi and I were among the thousands of fans who gathered together for three days to attend panels, buy collectibles, watch performances and contests and take photos of and with their favorite anime and cartoon characters,… Continue reading Planet Comicon 2016

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Crypticon

Tashi loves horror stuff - anything horror - so it's not a surprise that when he learned about Crypticon (Horror Convention) he wanted to go and check it out. So we did. Crypticon is like Halloween in August. It's so nice to see people wearing costumes. Some looked really creepy too! We didn't stay long.… Continue reading Crypticon

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Missouri State Fair

Our  happy feet's destination this weekend was Sedalia, Missouri - venue of the annual Missouri State Fair. I've never been to a State Fair so I didn't know what to expect.  Tashi shared a few information but whenever I have a question his response was always 'you'll see' so I turned to the Fair's History… Continue reading Missouri State Fair

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Naka-Kon

Today is the start of the annual Planet Comic and Naka-Kon conventions.  Tashi and I are both excited.  We're going to both events this year. I've never been to Naka-Kon so I asked Tashi if we can go check it out this year. Naka-Kon definitely has younger followers compared to Comicon. I'm not sure if… Continue reading Naka-Kon

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Christmas Day

After ten years, I am once again celebrating Christmas in the Philippines.  Philippines is known for having the longest Christmas Season in the world. As early as September 1st, Filipinos start preparing for the Season - radio stations start playing Christmas carols while houses, malls and even the streets get a make-over as everything gets… Continue reading Christmas Day

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Chinese Garter

I was happy to see my niece and her playmates play chinese garter, one of traditional Filipino street games.  I was actually surprised.  In the age of computers and gadgets, I didn't expect to see kids play these games anymore. Some of the street games I played when I was a kid were: 1. Luksong… Continue reading Chinese Garter

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Comic Alley

Today is Comic Alley Day to buy Tashi his pasalubong - a Filipino tradition of travellers bringing gifts from their destination to people back home. It can any gift or souvenir brought for family or friends after being away for a period of time. It can also be any gift given by someone arriving from a distant… Continue reading Comic Alley

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Fireworks and Cassava Cake

Just like Americans during the Fourth of July, we Filipinos are big on fireworks display in welcoming the New Year.  We make every effort to welcome the new year as noisy as possible to drive away evil and make the new year bountiful. Since we were already in Bulacan, we stopped by in Bocaue, a… Continue reading Fireworks and Cassava Cake

Culture · Food

Filipino Street Foods

After our impromptu shopping at Converse Outlet, my brother, sister and niece proceeded to Marikina Market to buy the street foods that we'll be having for dinner. I told my brother I was getting hungry and made it clear that I don't want Jollibee nor McDonald's burger, to my niece's dismay. I'd prefer 'turo-turo' food… Continue reading Filipino Street Foods