Tag Archives: expatriate life

Christmas Cards–Keeping in Touch and Losing Track

  I’m all in with Christmas cards. Even in these days of emailed Christmas letters, I still do the cards and the enclosed printed letters and the personal notes. I know. There are other simpler ways to do this. And … Continue reading

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Aunts and Uncles: So How Are We Related?

  In all the stories my husband told me about his childhood in China and Taiwan and his teenage years in Japan and the Philippines, he never mentioned any aunts, uncles, or cousins. It seemed reasonable since neither of Eugene’s … Continue reading

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Two Maids? Really?

In the earliest letters I sent to my family after we moved to the Philippines, I wrote about all the touristy things: the hot weather, the juicy mangos, the ornaments on  jeepneys. “We rode in one jeepney,” I wrote, “that … Continue reading

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