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EXPAT LIFE

Turkish tea with the Turkish flag
A cup of Turkish hospitality

A Filipina expat teacher learns how to drink Turkish tea and discovered how the country’s culture and hospitality is anchored on it. I arrived in Turkey in the summer of 2008. It…

Old people sunbathing on a beach in Breskens, Zeeland
Summer in Holland (for a Pinay expat mom)

Summer. This season brings out so many childhood memories of growing up in Marinduque, one of the 7,100 islands in the Philippines. Summer is one of the only two seasons in the Philippines, and…

10 Things Pinoys need to know about Kenya

Our Nairobi-based columnist Agatha Verdadero has been living in Kenya for two decades. Yet she’s still convincing Filipinos that Kenyans don’t live in mud huts. In this article, she shares with us…

A failed job hunting in Barcelona

Together with a friend, our EIC Nats Sis Villaluna went to Barcelona to look for a summer job. They came back with a tan. Read about their hilarious job hunting adventure from…

Raising Kids Abroad: Should We Still Teach Them Filipino?

When an Italian teacher told columnist Elisha Hidalgo that her child should only speak Italian, even at home, she re-evaluated the role of language in the lives of Filipino expat children, and…

Fourteen Years and Seven Houses, Part 2

In the second part of her house hunting experience, columnist Agatha Verdadero tells of a harrowing experience that made her leave Kenya, what saved her from drifting apart, and her eventual return…