serious stuff · Southeast Asia

For Such A Time As This

Over a year ago, I left Romania shaky and weepy. My three-ish month stint serving at a survivor shelter for vulnerable women and children was watershed, seismic, and numinous. My eyes had been opened to a deep running river of Christ’s love, weaving in and around heartbreak, abuse, trauma, and exploitation, ending in assured restoration,…… Continue reading For Such A Time As This

humor maybe · Southeast Asia

The Aimless Brunette Wandering Gypsy Nomad: Travel Guide

Hey, everyone! It’s me! The most basic wanna-be travel blogger that appears on your timeline every two days! That person that you tell everyone is your “travel blogger friend” and then hesitate before adding “okay, well maybe she’s not like a friend friend” and finally conceding “fine, I hate-follow her as she pretends to be…… Continue reading The Aimless Brunette Wandering Gypsy Nomad: Travel Guide

Southeast Asia · The Magpie Reviews

Magpie Reviews: ArtFair Philippines 2018

In my continuing brazen campaign to be sponsored by the Filipino Tourism Board (#itsmorefuninthephilippines) to get to attend free events in exchange for blog articles best described as “…cute”, I’ve been trying to explore my city more. I recently went to ArtFair Philippines, an annual contemporary art exhibition of predominantly Filipino talent, held in Makati. Makati…… Continue reading Magpie Reviews: ArtFair Philippines 2018

serious stuff · Southeast Asia

Calligraphy and Arrows

The Saturday before last, I was begrudgingly convicted that I should go to my church’s fundraiser for their big location move (from a bar to a mall, which could launch a fascinating conversation about urban spaces and the space we’re called to occupy as Christians, but we’ll save that rumination for a rainy day). A…… Continue reading Calligraphy and Arrows

The Magpie Reviews

Magpie Reviews: Netflix’s Queer Eye

Growing up with an interior designer mother, I watched a lot of TLC. We’re talking What Not To Wear, Trading Spaces, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. If the show had a whiff of Ty Burrell’s hair gel, we tuned in. Even my v basic brothers have a rudimentary appreciation for crown molding and know to check…… Continue reading Magpie Reviews: Netflix’s Queer Eye

humor maybe

Lady Leaders To Give You Life

Every time I write a beautiful piece of scathing satire about our current political climate, something unbelievable always breaks, rendering my snark outdated. Be it #TimesUp or “sh*thole” remarks, I’m just not fast enough to keep up so I thought I’d change tones and write about something life-giving. So here is a list of Lady Leaders,…… Continue reading Lady Leaders To Give You Life

humor maybe · Southeast Asia

Reverse Culture Shock: Thoughts of an Expat

So you wanna know what reverse culture shock is like when returning home for the holidays after living in the Philippines for half a year? No? Sorry, I can’t hear you over the sound of my denial that not everyone wants to entertain a day-by-day play of my last six months. You will land at…… Continue reading Reverse Culture Shock: Thoughts of an Expat