A foreigner in my own country

     When I was twelve years old, my parents decided to move the whole family from America back to the Philippines.  At twelve, I had to figure out how to live as foreigner in the country I was born in.    I don’t remember having the same existential worries my peers did upon entering my teenage years. I had worries, of course, but they … Continue reading A foreigner in my own country

How to Celebrate Thanksgiving When You’ve Never Had It Before

There are so many voices that need to be heard around the world. Experiences are personal essays written by our kababayan as they—or their loved ones—navigate a different life in a different country.  —   1. Google what it’s about. Yes, the word “Thanksgiving” is a dead giveaway that you’re supposed to give thanks, but make the effort to know the origins of the American … Continue reading How to Celebrate Thanksgiving When You’ve Never Had It Before

This young crisis counselor shares the struggles of getting an MA in Seattle

There are so many voices that need to be heard around the world. Experiences are personal essays written by our kababayan as they—or their loved ones—navigate a different life in a different country.  —   “We must never lose sight of the bigger picture.” – Fr. Dacanay, SJ. I’ve always wanted to be a psychologist for as long as I could remember. I had this expectation … Continue reading This young crisis counselor shares the struggles of getting an MA in Seattle

Through cinema, this media anthropologist awakens a love for home to Pinoys in Berlin

There are so many voices that need to be heard around the world. Experiences are personal essays written by our kababayan as they—or their loved ones—navigate a different life in a different country.  —   “Our endless impossible journey home is our home” – David Foster Wallace In Berlin, there are over a hundred different film festivals from over the world. However, even in 2015, … Continue reading Through cinema, this media anthropologist awakens a love for home to Pinoys in Berlin

A mother lists down the challenges and advantages of raising her family in Australia

There are so many voices that need to be heard around the world. Experiences are personal essays written by our kababayan as they—or their loved ones—navigate a different life in a different country.  —   Having kids in Australia is a different experience than raising them in the Philippines. My husband and I migrated to Australia in 2010, and settled in Brisbane primarily because he … Continue reading A mother lists down the challenges and advantages of raising her family in Australia

Separated by miles, three sisters keep connected through beautifully typewritten letters

There are so many voices that need to be heard around the world. Experiences are personal essays written by our kababayan as they—or their loved ones—navigate a different life in a different country.  —     In the age of text messaging, email, and free WIFI calls, who still sends typewritten letters? We do. It has been more than a year since we started our … Continue reading Separated by miles, three sisters keep connected through beautifully typewritten letters

As this woman realized, finding an apartment in HK is like winning the lotto

There are so many voices that need to be heard around the world. Experiences are personal essays written by our kababayan as they—or their loved ones—navigate a different life in a different country.  —   Finding a good apartment in Hong Kong is equal parts hard work and blind luck. Every flat you like will be inevitably out of your budget, or two train lines … Continue reading As this woman realized, finding an apartment in HK is like winning the lotto

A mother tries to grasp the idea of raising a Filipino-American ‘Military Brat’

There are so many voices that need to be heard around the world. Experiences are personal essays written by our kababayan as they—or their loved ones—navigate a different life in a different country.  —   I was as far removed from my Quezon City life as I could be when we used to live in California. Our apartment had all the American trademarks: the fireplace, … Continue reading A mother tries to grasp the idea of raising a Filipino-American ‘Military Brat’

After years of barely seeing her OFW father, a writer looks back on both the good and the bad

There are so many voices that need to be heard around the world. Experiences are personal essays written by our kababayan as they—or their loved ones—navigate a different life in a different country.  —   While I was rummaging through some old things, I came across a photo of one-year-old me smiling at the camera. When I flipped back the photo, there’s a note in … Continue reading After years of barely seeing her OFW father, a writer looks back on both the good and the bad

This young artist found relief among the reliefs (and other art) in Florence

There are so many voices that need to be heard around the world. Experiences are personal essays written by our kababayan as they—or their loved ones—navigate a different life in a different country.  —   I started painting when I was 12 years old. I had always loved art, but when I took up painting, I saw it as an attempt to heal a broken … Continue reading This young artist found relief among the reliefs (and other art) in Florence