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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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If you like paintball you should check out Camp John Hay. We went there for the Eco trail. Unfortunately the Eco trail was no longer maintained ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ so it was a short trip, but fun because it's still pretty. Glad I got this shot out of it. ๐Ÿ“ธ #transitioningnative

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My first strawberry taho was sadness in a cup. My second attempt was a redemption tough! Someone commented on one of my stories letting me know that at the Burnham park you could find taho with legit strawberries. They were right!!!! It was delicious with little bit of real strawberries!๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“ P.S. I forgot to mention in my last post that I also found 2 flies in my taho! 2!!! Mmmm crunchy! ๐Ÿคข #transitioningnative

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This is the face of someone before they ate strawberry taho, and doesn't realize they are going to be disappointed with life. I was expecting to find real strawberries, but nope. It was just syrup. Talk about heart breaking. ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“ #transitioningnative

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Dรญa de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) ๐Ÿ’€ This is a time of both celebration and remembrance for past loved ones. ๐Ÿ’€ The festivities last from October 31st to November 2nd. At home there is an ofrenda (Altar) with photos of the deceased and food offerings. The town is decorated with colors of every kind in paper ornament, table cloth, food, clothes, flowers, parade and so much more! There are festivities happening at the cemeteries as well where people eat, drink, tell stories, and sometimes spend the night all to remember and celebrate the dead. ๐Ÿ’€ Most prepare food such as pan de muertos (bread shaped like bones), calaveras de azรบcar (sugar skulls), tamales, mole negro (black), and... ๐Ÿ’€ Drinks like tequila, mezcal (tequila is a form of this), atole (a corn flour based drink with different flavors!), champurrado (a chocolate drink with corn flour!), jamaica (hibiscus tea) and hot chocolate (using Mexican tablea). ๐Ÿ’€ Each region and town celebrates the tradition in its own way so some of these things might not be celebrated in certain locations or it'll be slightly different. Either way the whole of Mexico takes part in the celebration and it's something that I am proud to call a part of myself. ๐Ÿ’€ Feel free to ask any questions you have in the comments below. I would love to talk about this aspect of my culture more with you and I hope it'll help those who are also curious to understand a bit more about me and my culture. ๐Ÿ’€ #transitioningnative

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Vizco's! After a six hour bus ride breakfast was first order of business. Pork tocino ๐Ÿ–, strawberry shortcake ๐Ÿฐ, and mango cake ๐Ÿ‹. (Hey it was a vacation, normal eating habits don't apply. Don't judge me! ๐Ÿ˜†) This was the first of 2 times during our trip that I was disappointed in my ulam. Not because it was bad but because something else was better. The garlic beef tapa bite I had was bomb and put my tocino to shame. ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿ– The cakes were light which made our breakfast not so heavy, which was great for all the walking to come! I especially loved how big and how much strawberry there was! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿ“โค๏ธ #transitioningnative

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Baguio has a big beautiful calming sky. We were fortunate enough to have clear skies during our stay. The roads are full of hills and twist, but it gives the city a unique texture. It might be a bit confusing, but the city is so calm and relaxing. Add to that the weather and it's a city I have fallen for. If I cant see my breath then it isn't cold! It was close though ๐Ÿ˜. We had a packed experience, but we didn't get to experience everything. That's okay with me though because I plan on going back for sure! P.S. The taxis are great! They ask you where you are going when you are in the cab! Not trying to negotiate or take advantage of you. Only down side for me is the one driver who didn't mind going max speed down hill. It made the turns quite the experience.... Haha. ๐Ÿคข๐Ÿ˜† #transitioningnative

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No touching. ๐Ÿ˜‚ #transitioningnative

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