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Culture clash: Tagged at the plate

Last updated on: 28th May, 2013, 2:49 PM On Saturday, my wife Menchu and I got a mutual craving for Filipino food as well as a mutual craving for not having to cook. We visited one of the few Filipino restaurants in town, the newly renamed Kawayan Grill on Rainier Avenue. It had been a […]

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The Immigration Interview

Last updated on: 19th May, 2013, 11:32 AMLast week Menchu reached a milestone in her American journey. She and I went to our local  Department of Homeland Security office and had an interview with a DHS officer. This was the final step in Menchu’s petition to remove the conditions on her immigration status. In short, […]

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You Are Where You Eat

Last updated on: 13th May, 2013, 7:34 PMI’ll share a little secret with you: I once had a touch of Xenophobia. Xenophobia is defined as the fear of strangers or foreigners and while I was never afraid of strange or foreign people, I was afraid of strange food. We were on a tight budget at my house when […]

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What Do You Want From Life?

Last updated on: 30th April, 2013, 8:42 AMBack in 1975 the group the Tubes released a song that I’ve always liked. It was called What Do You Want From Life? The end of the song was  a sarcastic list of things that the group imagined a typical indulgent American might want. Things like “a Gucci shoe […]

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A Problem With Pronouns

Last updated on: 10th April, 2013, 8:32 PM Let me say up front that I am extremely impressed with the grasp of English most Filipinos have and that I’m doubly impressed with the fact that most Filipinos speak three languages: Tagalog/Filipino, their local dialect and English. My point here isn’t to make fun of Filipinos speaking English but to […]

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Politics in the Philippines

Last updated on: 2nd April, 2013, 12:23 PMIt’s election time in the Philippines! As he does at election time, “Mindanao” Bob Martin, an acquaintance of mine and probably the most well-known American ex-pat voice in the Philippines, made a request for his followers to keep Philippines politics off of his Facebook wall. Filipino law forbids […]

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