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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On 2016 Travel Plans

I keep circling back to the question of why all this ruminating on Filipino food matters. I’m coming around to the realization that the best way to tell the story I want to tell is to tell it! Why am I so obsessed with learning about food in the Philippines? Does learning about its history…

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