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Hi and welcome to my blog!

My husband Carlo and I got married in 2015 after dating long-distance for two years. Marriage is awesome. In May 2016, we have successfully completed my visa application and I’m now based in beautiful San Diego, California. In a nutshell, I blog about the following things:

Following Jesus
Culture and things I’m currently into
Life as an expat
My husband Carlo is a writer and drummer with a Literature/Writing degree from UCSD. We both enjoy traveling, almond and soy milk, and living a simple life as followers of Jesus. I get a glimpse of the Lord's eternal love expressed through my husband's love for me everyday. I am one blessed lady.

I consider my blog as an online commonplace book. This is a place to share and you are welcome here:)
Thanks for reading!


  1. I’ve worn glasses since the 5th grade.
  2. I speak English with an American accent. Everyone I meet from the US is baffled whenever they hear me for the first time and they find out I’ve never set foot in the States (that is, until May 2016).
  3. In relation to #2, I’m fond of imitating accents from other nations.
  4. I have three tattoos. One on my left forearm, on my right wrist, and most recently, my right bicep.
  5. My husband and I are both huge Star Wars fans.
  6. I usually read at least three books at a time.
  7. I don’t know how to ride a bike.
  8. I drink my coffee black. Since 2016 started, I've become more fond of cappuccinos and specialty lattes. I've been staying away from dairy, though.
  9. I met my husband through Facebook.
  10. Favorite kinds of cuisine: Italian, Japanese, Mediterranean, Mexican (gimme dat burrito), and Korean.
  11. I taught myself to play the guitar in grade school.
  12. I wore braces in high school.
  13. A few artists I love listening to (and would want to see live): Young the Giant, Local Natives, Bombay Bicycle Club, and M83.
  14. Stationery is one of my love languages.
  15. I've watched more Stephen King movies than read books, but I'm working on that!
  16. I'm an INFJ and my favorite way to recharge is taking at least one day off the week for myself.
  17.  I consider doing the laundry, cleaning and tidying up the house to be therapeutic for me.
  18. I used to hate traveling. Well, hate is too strong so let's just say I didn't really have an affinity for traveling before because of motion sickness. I eventually got over that once I was forced to ride buses frequently during college. Since 2012, I've solo-traveled to Thailand for non-profit work (Bangkok, Udon Thani close to the border of Laos, Chiang Mai, and Pattaya). I visited Cambodia February 2015. For our honeymoon, Carlo and I went to Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore.
  19. I am NOT a beach person. Like Carlo, I would go to the beach for walks and go in the water only if I have to (this is why we fit together, haha). I'm more a city gal who enjoys museums, trying out local coffee joints and thrift bookstores. But speaking of the outdoors, between mountains and oceans, I choose the mountains.
  20. Growing up, I wanted to be a broadcaster or journalist. God had other plans and I'm grateful that He does.
  21.  I know the lyrics for Bohemian Rhapsody by heart.
  22. Because of colonial mentality, I've had a period in my life when I really disliked my skin color. I've grown out of that and have come to appreciate my brown skin <3
  23. I'm not sporty, but I used to play volleyball in high school. I tried judo in college and I lasted the duration of that summer class, but probably wouldn't do it again. Currently getting into P90X3 and full body training.
  24. My main love languages are quality time (we could be in the same room doing things together without talking and I'd be okay with that) and physical touch. Still working on giving words of affirmation more frequently for my husband.
  25. My faith in Jesus is integral to who I am.

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” — C.S. Lewis

1 comment:
  1. Hi Patricia!

    What an awesome blog, I really enjoyed reading about your immigration story. It's funny how we have similarities in our journeys and I'm happy you were approved and happily married in Cali! I would love to interview you about your immigration journey via a skype phone call, let me know if you're interested.