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for the love of UP

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Today I missed UP. Badly. Or maybe I just had a mad craving for monay with cheese. I’m not sure if they even sell them anymore, in those large, white styrofoam coolers that kept the bread warm. I usually found it near Casaa. But now the food centre is gone… The UP Diliman campus was such a huge part of my teenage years. Well before my sisters and I entered UP, our parents took us there to […]

our wedding playlist

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I imported all my posts from my other blog, A Reader in Singapore, and ended up with confusion as WordPress mixed most of my posts’ photos up. I filed all the imported posts under ‘Neri’s Reads‘ and set about fixing the mess — in one post on Gahan Wilson’s art WordPress had substituted a photo of Wilson’s book with a snap of silkworms at work which I took in Suzhou. How random. All this unintentional housekeeping led me to […]

how to change your surname after marriage

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I get quite a few emails and blog visits from brides-to-be interested in wedding details and suppliers. I hope you all find my responses and posts helpful! I’ve recently started the looong, drawn-out process of changing my surname to my husband’s. It’s probably a simple matter for married women living in the Philippines, but I’m not a resident. I haven’t found a definitive “how to” guide on the internet/blogosphere on this process either. I want […]

honeymooning in the maldives

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Day 1, Thai Night After arrival at the Malé airport, we hung around waiting for our seaplane. Our lounge seats faced the sea and the blue-so-blue water was an exciting glimpse of what was to come. The Maldivian Air Taxi is a flying bus. It drops off guests one by one at their respective villas. Ours was the Diamonds Athuruga on the South Ari Atoll, which in my opinion is one of the best out there. The Hubby […]

our roman holiday (and a proposal)

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Rome is a delicious assault on the senses. Turn a corner and you’re awestruck by a ginormous 280-year old fountain grafted on to the back of a palazzo. The thickest, creamiest gelato melts on the tongue; walk too long on her cobbled streets and you end up with hurting feet after a while. We stayed at Hotel Smeraldo, a reasonably-priced hotel close to the Pantheon. Walking around Rome is the best way, in my opinion, […]