How not to spend the holiday season

‘Twas the most wonderful time of the year: We flew all our Christmas presents from Germany, spent Christmas Eve together with my family, had lots of nice food, and visited our elders on Christmas Day. The warmth of the holidays started to lift our spirits after crashing into The Philippines… until Markus had chills lateContinue reading “How not to spend the holiday season”

Our Amazing Race experience of traveling back to The Philippines during this pandemic

Micah and I made it to The Philippines! We have been here since December 1 and it honestly seems like a small miracle that it actually happened. If you have been wondering about our inactivity, this was mainly why. What follows is a recounting of our experience; if you are looking for official guidelines onContinue reading “Our Amazing Race experience of traveling back to The Philippines during this pandemic”

Who are you in another life?

In the book The Midnight Library, the main character explores alternative versions of her life, new realities only possible had she made different choices and pursued other paths. Isn’t it an interesting concept? Who would you be if you decided on a different major, partner, hobby, or city? How different would your life be ifContinue reading “Who are you in another life?”

In Gelnhausen, on a lovely fall day

Enchanting, colorful, and historic, medieval towns are my current obsession. I cannot resist their charm. Lucky we are surrounded! Markus and I have been to several since I arrived in Germany and it is about time I talk about one, no? This is from Gelnhausen, a quaint town near Frankfurt founded by Emperor Barbarossa inContinue reading “In Gelnhausen, on a lovely fall day”

Birthday overseas, lots of food, and a big surprise

We mainly cook our meals at home because of our diet preferences, but when I saw The Red Lion in the old town near our flat, I thought I had to experience dining there. A birthday is a good excuse, too, no? Built in 1727, this is the oldest restaurant here, standing neatly in itsContinue reading “Birthday overseas, lots of food, and a big surprise”

Currently, I’m obsessed with

After two months here in Germany, I can safely claim that I am more relaxed and am finally able to flow with the rhythms of life. My inner world can still improve by a lot, but it is okay, currently. Today, I would like to share a short list of some things that bring meContinue reading “Currently, I’m obsessed with”

Getting vaccinated… again

Last week, I had my first jab of Biontech, which is great, except I have been fully vaccinated with Sinovac before leaving The Philippines. But as the politics of Covid-19 vaccines goes, I am legally unvaccinated here, since Germany, like most European countries, does not recognize the China-made vaccine. Some physicians and majority of theContinue reading “Getting vaccinated… again”

12 things about my new life in Germany, so far

The day I flew to Germany, there was a storm, flooding, and two earthquakes from where I lived in The Philippines. One could say the universe tried really hard to stop me, or just recognize nature being nature in crisis, alternatively. I have been staying in Germany a month now, and slowly, I can feelContinue reading “12 things about my new life in Germany, so far”

You can take the Asian out of Asia but you cannot take Asia out of the Asian

I am recovering from jetlag, dear friends, and yes, I crossed continents in this pandemic time. Not easy. I will tell you more in a separate post. Today, I just want to show signs of life lest you think I have disappeared forever into the void of the internet! We are in Germany. Far fromContinue reading “You can take the Asian out of Asia but you cannot take Asia out of the Asian”

All the positivity you sent is working

I am feeling a lot better these past two weeks. I can finish my sentences without pause and walk without running out of breath. Doing nothing, relaxing the mind, and all your well-wishes helped a lot. And the medications, of course. Thank you very much for your thoughtfulness. You were all so kind. It wasContinue reading “All the positivity you sent is working”