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๐ŸŒŠ @lawudlife ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ I love supporting local. This is the second beach shirt if bought off them. Great patterns and dries super quick after a swim. Also great for city living with all the "beautiful" humidity. ๐Ÿ˜ #transitioningnative

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This past weekend I accomplished something new. I crossed the Guadalupe bridge over the Pasig river, on foot, and by myself! It's a small thing but something new, and I love these moments. P.S. that smell over the bridge... Not over powering, but also not pleasant... #transitioningnative

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๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ the weather is really warm in Georgia... ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ...or so I hear, idk I'm not there. I'm not there or in the states. ๐Ÿคฃ Looks pretty good doesn't it haha. #transitioningnative

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Meet my friend ๐Ÿ‘ฅ @phtraveljunkie One of the first 2 friends I made here in the Philippines. A rare moment happened where I was slightly late getting out of the house and he was slightly early leaving. It's not much but to me it shows my integration even more into the Philippines. You know you live somewhere when you commute to work or pass by friends while walking the city. Another time I bumped into a foodie friend @francisg_official on a non-special weekend. Moments like that mean so much to a foreigner like myself. P.S. PHtraveljunkie is that a well versed traveller. Check out his profile and blog for his adventures! P.P.S. I won't apologise for the quality of the photo. The quality of the content is more important! #transitioningnative

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๐ŸŒ Turon ๐ŸŒ Banana/plantain, rolled in a lumpia wrapper, coated in sugar and fried. So bad for you, but sooooo good! I was surprised to see sweet potato option as well! I never knew I would enjoy sweet potato coated in sugar. It's redundant, and yet works! #transitioningnative

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๐Ÿœ Mendokoro Ramenba ๐Ÿœ The absolute best ramen I have ever had! Firm noodles, delicious meat, and the most flavorful broth! ๐Ÿคค In fact the broth was actually a bit too thick. I didn't know until afterwards you can get hot water to dilute it a little just so it's easier on the throat. Also, you can order more noodles!!! I didn't know until I finished my meal and saw someone else get some more! Next time.... BTW I say this the best ramen I've ever had, but I expect there are better out there I just haven't had those ramen bowls, yet... ๐Ÿคค๐Ÿœ๐Ÿคค๐Ÿœ P.S. there will probably be a wait time, but even on a Sunday afternoon our wait was only maybe 10 min. #transitioningnative

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โšก I love the E-Jeepney! โšก It's quiet, spacious, great airflow and best of all no belching smog pouring out of the back! Please roll them out everywhere!!! :Funny foreigner story: I hailed down the e-jeep and asked if it was going to circuit, it was. He could tell from the way I said it that I was a foreigner. So when I got his attention and said bayad (payment) he turned his head twice to make sure he heard right. He was surprised to hear a foreigner speaking Tagalog. I know this because he was on a call the whole time and told the other person about a foreigner speaking Tagalog. We both smiled and laughed. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I live for moments like that hahah. ๐Ÿ˜‚ #transitioningnative

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๐ŸŒบ Hibiscus or jamaica (hah-may-ka) ๐ŸŒบ Another very popular drink on a hot day in Mexico, Or where ever Mexicans are hehe. We call these drinks agua frescas (fresh water). A simple recipe of 1 cup dried flowers to 1 quart water, boiled for 10 min, sugar to taste and let cool in fridge. A perfectly tart and sweet drink with ice to cool down. Yum! If anyone knows where to get some dried flowers please let me know ๐Ÿ˜ ๐ŸŒบ P.S. If you want to make it an adult beverage I would also suggest either tequila or rum. Tropical drinks work best with tropical alcohol. ๐Ÿน๐ŸŒบ #transitioningnative

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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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