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Pan De Sal

Last updated on: 12th August, 2013, 7:43 PM Bread. Famous author Miguel de Cervantes said that all sorrows were lessened with bread. On the other hand, famous chef Julia Child said, of America, “How can a nation be called great if its bread tastes like Kleenex?” The humble and delicious Filipino pan de sal (also “pandesal”), […]

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A difference in need

Last updated on: 7th August, 2013, 10:35 PM“We don’t have that. We’re from Ohio.” That’s what the couple said who had stopped to talk to me while I worked outside at my job on the Seattle waterfront. What they “don’t have” back in Ohio, they claimed, was people panhandling on the street. Maybe they had […]

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Long Distance House Hunting

Last updated on: 15th July, 2013, 2:45 PMIf you courted your Filipino spouse online then you know what it means to put time in on the computer and “live” on the Internet. When Menchu was still in the Philippines, we spent four or five hours every night video chatting. I had the best of that, […]

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Dental care is different

Last updated on: 4th July, 2013, 4:11 PMHave you ever had a toothache on the weekend? My wife Menchu did two weeks ago. She had recurring problems with a couple of her molars being too close together and pressing on her other teeth. When she would get over tired and run down (like both of […]

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Are you an expert?

Last updated on: 25th June, 2013, 11:25 PMOne of the great things about the Internet and the Web is the nearly instant ability to share information. One of the bad things about the Internet and the Web is that it’s very hard to judge the value of the information that is being shared with us. […]

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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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