Here in my place, I can see from afar Mount Makiling, the famed mystical mountain of Laguna province, about two hours south of Manila. Since my childhood, I have seen the mountain nestled in the east, giving birth to the rising sun everyday. ...―
The other day was my first time to roam around Binondo, Manila’s Chinatown, to celebrate the eve of Chinese New Year. The sights were a vivid red in every corner, from lanterns to red envelopes to charms to shirts. The sounds were a loud...―
I’ve eaten Christmas dinner in Sweden four times now, but it wasn’t until this year that I realized how traditional it really is. A week before Christmas we had lunch at a restaurant, which happened to be serving a ...―
In Sweden you’ll find all sorts of Santas – some more familiar than others. Some hardly recognizable as “Santa.” While you’ll see Jolly ‘ol Saint Nick from time to time, you’re much more likely to find...―
Yesterday I finally got to celebrate Lucia for the first time! Days (or even weeks) before December 13:e, you can find Lussebullar (also called Lussekatter or saffronsbullar) in all of the bakeries in anticipation of Lucia Day. This is a ...―
Yesterday was the start of the longest holiday season: The First Advent, the fourth Sunday from Christmas. It’s a big deal in Sweden. Every Swedish family (I would assume) has Advent candles that they light gradually every week, creating a...―
Figures that the first time I host my own Thanksgiving dinner, I’m in a country that doesn’t celebrate it! My first year away from my family traditions and celebrations, I wanted to start my own – so I brought Thanksgiving to...―
“Don’t forget Father’s Day!” signs are posted throughout the town in bookstores, bakeries, and flower shops. The reminder surprised me, as in the US, Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June. ...―
Growing up in New York Halloween meant dressing up for costume parties, bobbing for apples, and trick or treating door to door. Even stores and businesses stock up candy to give to the kids. When I was a little older Halloween was more about the...―
Celebrating my first birthday in Sweden couldn’t have been better. I got birthday wishes, presents, hugs, and cake from new family and friends. Phone calls, Skype calls, messages, and photos from friends and family back home. I was a bit...―
Did you know that cinnamon roll originated in Sweden? Neither did I! Not only is today Kanelbullens Dag, but also the 100th Something Swedish post!! What better way to celebrate the 100th post than to research, bake, buy, photograph, and eat this...―
Sweden is known for many things (abba, ikea, h&m. etc.) but one thing that is more unique and special when you live in Sweden is the nature around you. Sweden is filled with many lush forests, mountains, archipelagos, lakes, and rivers ...―
Last month, I took an awesome class called Interior Styling on Skillshare. The class was ...
Everyone active in the Internet world these days may already have accounts in leading ...
Engaging your senses more fully is a great way to take everyday activities and turn them ...