STORIES

Friends gave me sun-dried tomatoes, I gave them tea

Today was the day of the Great Neighborhood Exchange. A friend who lived nearby drove over to drop off sun-dried tomatoes and I gave them tea in teabags. It was weird to see them with half their face obscured by a mask. For a second, I wondered if it really was my friend who was […]

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STORIES

A gift of friends, and also chocolate

Friends have offered to bring me coffee, have offered me a place to stay, a shoulder to cry on, basically reminding me that if I can stop feeling sorry for myself for a minute, I’ll realise that I do have a support system, that I don’t have to go through this alone.

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TRAVEL

Stopping for Corn by the Side of the Road

So this happened. A couple of friends–distant cousins Ian and Toto Carandang–and I were driving home. Rather, Ian was driving and using Waze to navigate Manila’s awful traffic. The app had taken us to the bowels of Pasig. We had no idea where we were. We’re kind of sad that way. Ian and Toto were […]

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