The pajama experiment

In my bacon, eggs & waffles jammies

In Metro Manila, Philippines, there are some shopping malls or other people laden, dress code less establishments that can shun you because of what you’re wearing. Security guards actually are on double duty there, checking your bags and frisking your torso and derriere for bombs and possible weapons of mass destruction as well as eyeing your outfit from head to toe.

Your most comfortable holey shirt or sando (i.e. wife-beater), equally comfortable holey shorts and flipflops could be your ticket back home to change into something more presentable. Or judgmental glares from the shopping public could be more than enough to send you back home and change.

That’s why, I’ve decided to embark on a social experiment and check out how Americans can comfortably wear their PJs to the grocery or the drugstore. Oh, the things I learn on American television.

So one extra cool, late autumn evening, when we just needed to do a quick emergency grocery run, I decided to keep my pajamas on with a wool beanie, winter coat and fuzzy boots.

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Stroud’s Oak Ridge Manor Restaurant Kansas City, MO

House or historic restaurant?

I’ve always found the American concept of “home cooking” strange. I mean, don’t we all enjoy home cooking when we eat at home? Growing up in the Philippines, eating a home cooked meal was the norm.

But I guess with the advent of insta-foods, especially those that come in boxes, pouches or cups that you can nuke in the microwave and the convenience of eating out in restaurants, home cooking in America is such a novelty.

In our visit to Kansas City, The Husband and I were so happy to have gotten a taste of good ol’ home cooking at Stroud’s Oak Ridge Manor restaurant.

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5 tried & tested tips on how to find the good eats anywhere in the world

Where to eat today? HMMMMMM…

There have been a few people who have asked me how do I get to know where to eat when The Husband and I travel. To them, we seem to stumble upon the place’s best eating places. I concur that we do.

One thing is for sure: finding good eats is usually, or around 95%, no accident.

I’ve gathered all of my best practices, which are pretty simple and highly doable, to share with y’all. Are you ready with your pen and paper?

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On US non-working holidays

This weekend will be another one of those few long weekends here in the US.

It is Labor Day (the 1st Monday of September) weekend when workers, except those working in the health care, food, hospitality and retail industries (and all other industries that require 24/7 operations), get to enjoy an extra day off from the daily grind.

When I say “few” long weekends or holidays, I mean this is relative to what I have been used to in the Philippines, which enjoys around 18 non-working holidays per year.

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Homemade small batch sauerkraut recipe

Never imagined fermenting could be so easy

I was in a pickle then. Like I am on most days.

I don’t know if I am like most housewives. I am often in a frenzy of things: cooking, washing the dishes, doing the laundry, folding clothes and more cleaning, but there are days that I just slouch on the couch and stare into space. Oh lovely space across our apartment.

I stare into space on days when I am exhausted, on days when I just have run out of things to do, on days when I just want to be.

On those seemingly empty, meaningless times, I somehow manage come up with the most brilliant small projects one at home could tackle. Like making more homemade stuff as if The Husband and I were not up to our ears with homemade goodness.

So I learned how to make sauerkraut.

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Amaretto Asim (Sour): An easy recipe

What you need for an awesome libation

I have a favorite cocktail, my go to whenever I don’t feel like chugging down a carb loaded bottle of beer. Not that I’m all that carb counting conscious. I try.

Operative word: try.

And since, like most other things, going out here in the US is pretty expensive. So like, our food, we try as much as possible to replicate these things at home. And I am so glad that I cracked an easy peasy way to make my all time favorite Amaretto Sour.

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PUBLISHED ON RAPPLER: Long distance love: A letter to the one I left behind

Leaving is never easy

So this is how it feels to leave someone behind.

I used to think it was easy, seeing how you’d come and go, months at a time, for the past three years, three months and two days.

How come you make it look so easy?

Days before that fateful day, the ache of leaving you behind started to creep in. But on the day I left, as you dropped me off the airport, I was numb.

Or I thought I was.

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