• My Christmas Wishlist

    Last year, I failed to share my Christmas wishlist for whatever reason I can no longer remember, but I did write one in 2014. I was lucky to have received most of the things (or something similar/better) I wanted from that list when I got here in the US last year. Since I’ve been seeing a lot of similar posts to this one, I thought I’d dedicate some time to gather a list of things that I wish to receive for the holidays (though I already got some of them earlier)

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  • Christmas 2015: Presents I Received

    It’s been two weeks since we celebrated Christmas, yet it feels so much more distant now that the festivities around that time are over. I spent my first Christmas in the US with my in-laws that turned out really well in spite of missing home. Unlike in the Philippines, though, where we usually observe Noche Buena, a traditional family dinner on Christmas Eve, we got together for lunch on Christmas Day. 

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  • Christmas Card Lane

    I’d be lying if I tell you I’m having the best Christmas of my life. It’s my first Christmas away from home, and I find it difficult to process how to be cheerful towards my most favorite holiday of the year. Roan and I have been married for two years, but we’re only starting our own traditions now since I just moved here in the US this year. 

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  • The Expat Holidays: Simbang Gabi

    It occurred to me today that I’ve lived in the US for eight months, but it feels like I’ve been away from home for longer than that. I still long for Manila on some days, but I’m especially feeling it more now that the Christmas season has commenced. This year is the third time (second as a married couple) Roan and I are spending the holidays together, and while we haven’t exactly established a tradition of our own, we’ve started following through with one that my family (and most Filipinos) have been observing for years.

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