The “Dishing Up Toronto: Kain Na!” Food Tour

Earlier this year, I co-led a food tour of three Filipino restaurants in Toronto and talked about the owners’ migration stories, how Filipinos have woven their way into Canadian society, and the history of foods they served while (importantly) eating and drinking things that in the simplest way, made me very proud of my food…

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5 Life Lessons I Learned in Mindanao

Trying to figure out who I am and why it matters is a big deal, and is a big driver to the decisions I make. When I decided to visit Mindanao after 10 years of living away from the Philippines – driven by a desire to walk amongst coffee trees, leafy acres of cacao trees…

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Day 1: In transit from Toronto to Cagayan de Oro

I could not resist getting a cup of Nescafe 3-in-1 thirty-seven thousand feet up in the air, fully aware that I’ve just paid 40 times more than one sachet of instant coffee is worth. Certain smells stick in your memory, and that sweet, powdered milk-y scent released by hot water hitting a cup of that…

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