What’s (not) in my suitcase: #TrailingSpouseStories edition

Please forgive the use of the old watermark logi ;p

Welcome to the inaugural run of the #TrailingSpouseStories blog crawl hosted by Tala Ocampo and Didi of D for Delicious.

This November we talk about our First Voyage as trailing spouses and what we’ve brought with us, rather: what’s in your suitcase? Please see the end of the post for other #TrailingSpouseStories.

What would you bring with you if you only had 50 lbs of personal belongings to your name?

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Trick or Treat!

Happy Halloween decor in the neighborhood

“Trick or treat! Trick or treat!
Give me something good to eat.
If you don’t, I don’t care.
I’ll pull down your underwear”

I sang to The Husband a little Halloween song that I learned when I was small.

“Where’d you learn that stupid song???” he asked.

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Why I’ve fallen hard for fall?

I cannot stop raving about how summer is over and we are now right smack in the middle of one of my favorite seasons.

Its not just the constant Baguio like weather, 24/7 or the beautiful changing of the colors from a deep green to a melange of yellows, browns and oranges. But there are just so many other things why I do love fall. Let me count the ways:

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Pappy’s Smokehouse in St Louis, MO

BBQ as usual!

After having drove more than 20 hours in some of our road trips, 5 hour or less road trips feel like a breeze. And so, being in Kansas City, we decided to make a short trip to St. Louis, which was 3-hours away.

3 hour drive? Pfffffft! That’s nothing for The Husband. And so we soldiered on in the name of the St Louis Starbucks city mug (The Husband collects) and a taste of St Louis barbecue.

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7 tips on how to make the most of watching the NBA live

2011 NBA Champs

Time flies fast and it is now almost NBA season! The first game of the season on October 28 is actually a Texas showdown: defending NBA champs San Antonio Spurs versus our very own Dallas Mavericks. Hooha!

Last year, The Husband and I were able to support our home team with a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. I don’t know if we had balats on our pwets (i.e. birthmarks on our derrieres, which supposedly bring bad luck) maybe that’s why the Mavs lost?

Hopefully this year, we’d be able to enjoy another game live. Here are some lessons we’ve learned on how to make the most out of watching a live NBA game:

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Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbeque in Kansas City, MO

Home of “fancy schmancy” BBQ

There is something so primal about barbecue: cooking meat with wood, that makes you want to lose the utensils. Every time we visit a barbecue joint, expect me to roll up my sleeves, wiggle my fingers and just dive into the abyss of deliciousness.

Barbecue is primal and just an easy going eating ritual. Nothing fancy as barbecue joints are designed like wood sheds with tables, chairs and a cashier. You usually eat your smoked meat on butcher paper or disposable plates. You can even come in your pajamas if you wanted to!

So when we came into one of Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue locations in Kansas City, lo and behold! There were romantic dim lights, black leather booths and table and silverware wrapped in a cloth napkin no less. Gasp!

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Lessons from my first US dentist appointment

Two weeks ago, I had my first brush with US dental care.

TMI (i.e. Too much information) you say? Why would you need to know about my visit to the dentist? Have I never visited a dentist ever?

Wait hear me out. Maybe you can learn a thing or two from my experience. Dentist offices, in as much as we’d like them to be the same, are not.

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The story of Midnight, my part-time pet cat

Hi handsome one.

I love cats. We’ve had at least one back home.

At least one?

Well, we couldn’t have enough. I remember how my sister and I would pick up strays from school, from the swimming pool and from around the neighborhood and bring them home, clean them up and love them for as long as they live. A tradition carried on by our younger siblings until today. This is apart from the litters of cuteness brought forth into the world by our regal matriarch cat, Snowball, an outdoor cat. God bless her furry old soul.

But with myself and The Husband moving around, pets are not yet in the very near future, especially cats. Though they are a lot easier to take care of versus dogs, cats will not be part of our wee family mainly because The Husband has not crossed over to the cat side of things yet.


Then, one late evening with The Husband fast asleep, to our apartment patio came a cat black as the night, lost and hungry. A tiny bell strung around his equally black collar, tinkled as he moved. His coat felt as smooth as silk as it rubbed its body against my calves.

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Chicken Annie’s in Pittsburg, KS

Stuck in another decade…established in 1934!

I’ve heard one too many talk shows discussing the joy of eating cold {insert viand here}. Well, they talk mostly about how great scarfing down cold pizza and cold fried chicken is.

I am a stranger to the joys of eating cold food that’s meant to be eaten warm or hot. I always make it a point to heat my food, except most icing cakes, ice cream, Filipino style champurrado and other such sweet dishes or cold sandwiches, in the microwave, on the stovetop or in the oven. I throw The Husband dagger looks of disgust whenever he eats Chinese food in the styrofoam container straight from the refrigerator.

The horrors!

But I must say that there is one viand that I could bear eating cold: the fried chicken from Chicken Annie’s in Pittsburg, Kansas.

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