Author: Tippi

Kitchen Tips: Alternative Teas

Before anything else, I’d like to say that I am a beginner in the kitchen, so any tips that I am sharing are very easy to do and are things I recently learned during quarantine 🙂 Early on in the quarantine, I quickly found out that drinking multiple daily espressos was not a good idea because it heightened whatever jitters I was feeling (on top of leaving me with excess energy that had nowhere to go). I needed to find drinks that were soothing instead of stimulating, and hopefully something that would be good for our health too. Like most people, we have a malunggay (moringa)...

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Sowing the Seeds

I have to admit, before this year, Ito and I were never much of homebodies. We always loved traveling, exploring other countries or visiting different local islands, but these days spending more time at home really forced a change of pace for us. And it isn’t just us. For the majority, the quarantine brought about a slowing down, not only of the frenetic way we lived our life, but also of the instant gratification we had all gotten used to. At the start of lockdown (click here to read my first blog post, “When Time Stood Still”), our help and I began a small vegetable...

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Chaos and Creativity

Ahhhh, 2020. The year that put the most insane, terrifying roller coasters ever created to shame…and we’re only two-thirds of the way in! This is the year that showed all of us how naive we were to even think that we had any control over anything. It was early into the Manila quarantine when I randomly came across this quote: “When everything is uncertain, anything is possible”. Even in the midst of all the turmoil I was feeling, a light went on in my head. What a brilliant thought! (I can’t find the author of this quote, so please comment if you know who it...

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Waking Up (to a Different Time)

Five months ago, when Manila was initially put under quarantine, I found myself waking up earlier than usual–around 5:30 am to 6 am–and being unable to go back to sleep (to read our first lockdown story, click here “When Time Stood Still”). I would start doing yoga in the quiet of the morning only to be brought out of my meditation by noisy chirping, intermittent squawks, or some loud birdcall. As I looked for the sources of the sounds, I discovered that the quarantine had offered newfound peace and quiet to wandering birds, and they were making themselves at home in the trees in and behind our house. With everyone kept at home, everything closed, and...

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When Time Stood Still

It’s been a year like no other, it’s safe to say.  When 2020 began, no one knew what a loop we would all be thrown for. I haven’t written a blog post since the start of the year because soon after my first fashion post, the world–and time as we knew it–was brought to an abrupt stand still. It’s not often that the entire world has a shared experience, but this is the year that Covid-19 unified us in an extremely strange way. Life in quarantine began (for those of us in Manila anyway) in mid March…and since then, at least for me, time has seemingly ceased...

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