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๐Ÿฆ @sugarandswirlsph ๐Ÿฆ I love this place! Delicious soft serve, and your choice of toppings! I had the milk tea (I think it counts as calling it tea flavored lol) with Oreo, honey granola and honey! Soooo good, and prefect for these warming days! They have some extra treats like donuts and brownies too! The donut bread has almost no sugar, the sweetness is in the icing. Not my personal favorite but if you want to lessen your sweetness then it's perfect! Also it's a very Instagram-able location with bright colors! Don't mind my face though! ๐Ÿ˜‚ #transitioningnative

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โš ๏ธDrought warningโš ๏ธ Fill up some pails and drink plenty of water! Metro Manila is now in a drought, and water schedules have been announced. Check for your local barangay schedules. Be prepared, it's better to be safe than sorry! โœ”๏ธHave emergency drinking water โœ”๏ธPails filled bathing/washing water โœ”๏ธDrink plenty of water when out and about (especially because of upcoming summer heat) #transitioningnative

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๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Do you love Mexican food? Do you want to try some truly authentic foods? ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Then you need to check out Salcedo Saturday market! They have something I love, horchata! Rice, milk, cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla. Easily made at home, but if you happen to be around Salcedo Saturday market then you can get a premade drink for only 125 pesos. Sold by @eljefeph There is so much more though because eljefeph specialize in Mexican goods! Fresh made tortilla in both corn and flour! Fresh slasa, canned goods with traditional ingredients, and they even had Mexican candies! Get there sooner like before 9am for the freshly made corn tortillas because the local Mexican community buys it fast! (I didn't know there was one!) #surprises They also have another freshly made drink called Jamaica (Hibiscus tea) another one of my favorite drinks! #transitioningnative

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I said I don't like buko and I meant it ๐Ÿคฃ. This was the face of before tasting it. I was NOT smiling after haha. I'll keep trying but still if the buko flavor is too strong I can't handle it. #transitioningnative

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Hey, I saw the Wish bus! I don't know who was on it but at least I recognize it! Haha. I love the concept of a roving bus as a studio rather than being in a regular studio. Not sure if the whole concept is completely original but it was the first time I had ever heard or seen of anything like it. #transitioningnative

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The ever elusive spacious trike. ๐Ÿคฃ I still had to angle my neck cause there wasn't enough head room. Still among some of the more comfortable trike rides i've had. ๐Ÿ๏ธ #transitioningnative

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First day of work at an office job here in the Philippines! I'll be working as a part of the social media team for @mazumamobile I'll be helping produce content, but will also be in front of the camera in videos across their social media platforms. I'm terrified but more than that I'm excited. Let's see what happens #2019 I'm ready! #transitioningnative

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Hanging out on my patio, in my joggers, in the metro. It sounds simple and it is, but it's a rare moment for me to be wearing "thick" clothes and not sweating. In fact I'm loving the breeze and a nice beer. Talk about a perfect night. Hope you all had a good weekend too, whatever that might be for you. #cheers ๐Ÿป #transitioningnative

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I'm glad that my Mexican heritage allows me to feel comfortable eating Filipino foods. It's all because of that shared Spanish colonization. Chicharon comes from Spain, but is found in both Mexico and the Philippines. #transitioningnative

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Do you like or dislike street parties? I haven't been invited to a street party here in the Philippines. Yet... They always look like such fun. Lots of food, drinks, and good vibes. ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ๐Ÿฅณ #transitioningnative

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I've been here for about 3 years now and I've seen how this city changes. Sometimes not so good and sometimes for the better. This I would consider better. The owners of this establishment, idk how long ago, decided to build outward and close to the pole. They even tiled it. Then one day a government worker came but and told them to knock it down. I wasn't there for that conversation but I have seen it happen at a couple other site where people tear down some of the structure and bring it in. IDK why they think they can just build on the sidewalk, but I'm glad the government is taking action to fix the situation. People have barely enough room to walk on side walks as it is now. I also want to point out that they did it themselves. They didn't force the government to act harshly. I'm glad they listened and righted a wrong #transitioningnative

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transitioningnative. Some times they make it some times they don't. At least you weren't al

Some times they make it some times they don't. At least you weren't alone when you went. Goodbye Mamoru, go and rest now. ๐Ÿฅ€ #adoptdontshop

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What's your Manila fireworks story? Here's mine! This is my second New Year's experiencing Manila fireworks/warzone. The first time was on top of Knightsbridge in Makati. I saw in almost a 360ยฐ view of the metro and there were fireworks everywhere! I even saw a building catch fire! Pure madness!!!! This time I experienced the craziness from 1 floor abvoe the ground. It was more intense. Because of people setting off fireworks alongside all streets. This time I even experienced something more intense! A triangle firework (you know which ones ๐Ÿ”ฅ) shot up past the balcony and into the sala. I didn't take it seriously (dummy me) but I still pushed it outside with a chair. Then I closed the door and sat back down... Then ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅยกยกยกBOOM!!!๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ. The loudest and closet a firework has ever gone off near me. My ear facing the door was ringing for the next minute. #onlyinthephilippines hahaha. P.S. happy New Year everyone! I hope you had an awesome and safe evening! IDK about you guys but I'll be prepared next time with buckets of water. Or maybe I'll leave the city... We'll see hahaha #transitioningnative

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My first day in the Philippines ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ is a day I always come back to in my mind. Jan, 2015. It was a day that really shocked me an drove home the fact I was in a foreign country with different rules, cultures and values are all around me. ๐Ÿ˜ฒ I arrived late in the evening to my air bnb at the Gramercy residences in Makati. Being tired from the long flight I ended up waking up late and didn't get out of the unit until around lunch time. First things first I need to go and exchange some money for local currency, right around the area where I'M hotel was being built at the time. All of a sudden I hear screaming. I turn around and I see two ladyboy/crossdressers fighting on the side of the street. Pulling hair and throwing punches! ๐ŸฅŠ Next to them was a security guard half assed attempting to stop the fight, but not really. Like Kuya was more annoyed that he had to step away from his post than he was concerned for the fighting. ๐Ÿ’‚ What shocked me the most was a combination of the fighting and the armed security guards. Waaaaayy more of both here in the Philippines than I ever saw in the US. P.S. I know the photo and text aren't related but I can't really expect to find another public street fight to post about this story. It's very unique hahaha. #transitioningnative

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๐Ÿ’ˆ There truly is a world of difference between a 60 PHP (~1.10 usd) and 400 PHP (~7.60 usd)๐Ÿ’ˆ I highly recommended @backalleybarbershop if you just want to have a special male grooming day or if you are looking for a new regular Oasis. Their social media and website attempt to show you an experience and not just a haircut, and they deliver on that! When you walk in the environment is calm and relaxed with a curated playlist that sets the mood. The attention to detail in starting you off with a quick neck and arm wipe down from the heat to wrapping the towel around your collar so as to avoid getting hairs in your shirt. The process of the shave. Starting with the warm towel, the clean no snag sweeps of the blade and a cold towel to finish. Everything about it makes for a stress free time. I was so relaxed I was falling asleep even while being shaved! They also sell a selection of pomades and Japanese safety razors. I personally switched to safety razors years ago and am glad that I've done away with plastic disposable rasers. If you are having trouble finding refills here's another spot for your supplies. P.S. I told Allan, my barber for the day, to style my hair and give me a shave that he would think looks best on me. How'd he do? I think it came out pretty well. ๐Ÿ˜ P.P.S. thanks for inviting me @backalleybarbershop ! #transitioningnative

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My first basketball game in the Philippines! ๐Ÿ€ The only sport I ever fully enjoyed. I remember watching the Sacramento Kings play growing up. KINGS FOR LIFE! ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ‘‘ As I grew older my interests changed and basketball faded away for me. But watching my first live game in over 4 years reminds me why I loved the sport so much. It's not just the players it's the fans as well that give it that energy that excited you. Especially when you know the history of the teams. This season is a true underog story for UP. 24 years since its last semi finals appearance and 31 years since their last appearance in the finals that they won. It's been a long time and I rooting for you UP! #atinto P.S. how bought that no shave november hair ๐Ÿ˜ #transitioningnative #sacramentokings #fightingmaroons #upfight #maroonpride #uaap #uaapseason81 #uaapfinals #lifeinthephilippines #philippines #itsmorefuninthephilippines #philippines #ph #travelphilippines #igersph #igphilippines #huawei #huaweip20

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Let's talk about cultural food for a second. I had one of the best and most disappointing meals at Grรผmpy Joe's. The good was the 5 cheese pizza! That was bomb as hell. Highly recommended. I know that when I go back to Baguio it'll be a must visit for me. The disappointing part was the spicy "quesadilla." That's is what is pictured above. What it really is is a calzone with hot sauce. I'm all for fusion food, or making foods your own. My problem with this dish is presenting it as a Mexican food when the only then "Mexican" about it is the hot sauce. The basics of what make a quesadilla a quesadilla is a tortilla and cheese. This was breading. Its not the end of the world, but it is not appropriate representation of a cultural dish. P.S. don't even get me started on Taco boy! ๐Ÿ˜  #transitioningnative

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Dirty ice cream sandwich! When I was told it comes in with pandesal bread and not some kind of cracker I had to get it! P.S. that was the face I made when eating it. Confused but enjoying it. Straw berry ice cream is really hard to not enjoy haha. #transitioningnative

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