Category Archives: Family

40 and 4

40. Such a big number! I’ve always thought I would do something “big” for this milestone like travel to an exotic destination, or buy a nice car, maybe get a graduate degree. But I’ve already been to many countries – some more exotic than others, love my trusty Honda Civic (15 years and counting!), and […]


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Blueberry Season

It has been a very busy summer for us so we missed our annual wild blackberry picking outing at Oak Island. If you’ve never tried the blackberries from there, you are missing out. They are the best blackberries I’ve ever had! We would typically take home about 10-15 pounds plus whatever we ate along the […]


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Imogen’s Second Month

Lolo and Lola (my parents) met Immy for the first time on the 2nd day of August. I brought mom some flowers and picked them up at the airport. When mom first saw Immy, she was surprised by how small she was. She was excited to hold her for the first time. The next day, […]


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Imogen’s First Month

Our first month with Immy was challenging as expected but it was such a beautiful time getting to know her. It was very rewarding to see her grow day by day. Our days at the hospital were filled with chaos as nurses and doctors were checking on us around the clock. The good thing is they […]


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A Baby Story

We had just moved into a new house when one day at work I started feeling queasy. I bolted to the bathroom and before I knew it I was throwing up. Everything I ate that morning started flashing in my head but nothing stood out. I rarely get sick from food or otherwise so my first thought […]


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Travel Hacking Part II – Redeeming Miles

This is Part II of the post Travel Hacking So after accumulating hundreds of thousands of miles, you might be wondering what to do with them. The obvious answer would be to book a domestic flight to anywhere in the US using 25,000 miles and call it good. While that is useful, you won’t be […]


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Leche Flan (Caramel Custard)

Leche Flan is one of my favorite Filipino desserts. Unfortunately it is so high in cholesterol and sugar I rarely make it. An appearance is only warranted when we can share it with a hundred other people. This is not one of those times but I have some homemade ube (purple yam) ice cream sitting […]


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Abby and Ethan’s Corner

With all the technology available today, we are able to stay in touch with family as if we all live in the same town. My nieces and nephews are a source of joy and laughter so I am starting a series to feature them. This is a guest post from my brother Eric who writes […]


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Tiramisu Cupcakes

This is a re-post from my former food blog Purple Yamhill. I finally decided that I am not cut out for food blogging. I like the freedom of writing about anything and everything I can think of rather than about just one topic. Tiramisu is one of my favorite desserts but whenever I order it […]


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Travel Hacking Part I – Earning Miles

Marcel and I earn a lot of airline miles without actually flying. As a result, we rarely have to pay for tickets these days. Many friends and family have asked me about this and I finally got a chance to write some things down about how we do it. Enjoy! Summary: Travel hacking is a […]


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