I was born in Manila, and came to the United States immediately after the second grade. We lived in Salt Lake City, Utah, where I basked in the fresh air surrounded by “purple mountain majesties,” as written by Katharine Lee Bates in the song, “America the Beautiful.” My first American friends, Wendy and Faith, were very sweet and wholesome girls. We were surrounded by kindness. Our Mormon neighbors would give us homemade ice cream, and teach me to play Yahtzee. It was a great childhood. My parents raised us to be honest, and to expect the same of others.
Today I live in Chicago. It’s a beautiful, clean town. I am an American citizen by choice, but think of myself as a ‘world citizen.’ I enjoy visiting other countries, meeting new people, and experiencing different cultures. I’ve traveled to Hong Kong, Colombia, France, Switzerland, Italy, Thailand, Guam, Palau, Japan, Aruba, Virgin Islands, Mexico, Saipan, Israel and Egypt. I learned to ski in Livigno, and researched my graduate thesis in Bogota. Recently, my husband and I took a trip to Nicaragua, while vacationing in beautiful Costa Rica. Hopefully, soon, I will have the chance to revisit the Philippines. ✿
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