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Trip to Mehoopany, PA

Last week, we booked a yurt in Mehoopany, PA, and we stayed there for a couple of days. It felt really good to spend some time in the woods and be out of the city. We also made sure to pick a spot that didn’t have any electricity so that we’re forced to disconnect and […]

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Visiting Family

I’m grateful that I got to visit my family this weekend. I haven’t seen them in over a year, so I’m glad that I was able to spend some time with them. Even though they’re only a two-hour drive away, I wanted to wait until we’ve gotten our vaccinations. So now that both my girlfriend […]

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Filipino Food We’ve Been Making

Adobong Pusit Pancit Andrea found this adobong pusit pancit recipe from Bon Appétit over the holidays, so we thought it would be fun to try making it ourselves. Pancit is a rice noodle dish, but I’ve never had it with squid and cuttlefish ink. It was delicious. Arroz Caldo Arroz caldo is what our family would […]

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Giving in 2020

Early in 2019, I realized that: I’m relatively wealthy compared to the rest of the world. (Here’s a visualization.) Money goes a lot further overseas. There’s an opportunity to change people’s lives even if I’m not a millionaire. So in 2020, I decided to continue donating and making sure that it goes to the most impactful charities. GiveWell has done a lot […]

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Salt Springs State Park

We went out to go camping near Salt Springs State Park a few weeks back. Being stuck at home since February have made us hungry for the outdoors. We tried to compensate by going to different parks in the city, but that didn’t really satisfy our need to be in nature. We felt a sense […]

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Cloud Gaming

I’ve been fascinated with cloud gaming in the last few months. The idea of playing high-end games on any hardware (old computers, Chromebooks, ARM processors, phones, etc.) and on any operating system really drew me in. The eye candy also won me over. My laptop isn’t built to handle graphically demanding games, so a lot […]

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Staying connected through games

I’ve been playing more games than ever since I moved to Windows, and I’ve been half-joking that gaming is my social life right now. I used to think of gaming is a massive waste of time and an expensive one at that, but the pandemic has completely changed my opinion. Co-op games have kept my […]

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Kombucha

I love the taste of kombucha. Since I already do some fermentation at home, I figured that I could try fermenting my own ‘booch at home, too. So last month, a friend gave me a jar of kombucha with a gelatinous, leathery-like film floating at the top. It was pretty gross-looking, but this was the SCOBY or the […]

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Bagels and Bibingka

Last week I got to make bagels with my coworkers over Zoom. We were supposed to get together in person for our annual meetup, but we opted to do everything online instead because of the pandemic. That bagel-making class was honestly one of the highlights of my week! I feel like it’s such a treat […]

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Salted Duck Egg

I grew up eating a lot of itlog na maalat or salted duck egg when I was growing up in the Philippines. My family usually makes a simple salad out of it that you either eat with rice or on the side of the main dish. It really only has two ingredients: Hard-boiled salted duck egg […]