I’ve lived on both sides of the Pacific, and I live in a multicultural household. I’m Filipino and Spanish, my wife is Sicilian and Polish, and our son is an interesting mix of east and west. I am fortunate to be the product of a Jesuit education, a childhood home that chose English to be its first language, and a family that requires me daily to reconcile my eastern roots with western life.
I write at work and I blog at home, about the work I do, the events and things that I experience, the food and drinks I explore, my family and friends.
I’ve worked for a parking lot operator, a leading edge technology company, an international magazine, and the office of the president of the Philippines. I’ve eaten frog legs on the slopes of Mayon volcano, attended a wedding in Alajuela (Costa Rica), gone shopping in Hong Kong, and hiked in Yosemite. I watch Leverage, Mythbusters, Top Gear, and – occasionally – WowWowWee. I listen to classical music, news talk radio, top 40, and alternative rock. I ski, read whodunits, assemble jigsaw puzzles, and walk my 105-pound moose of a dog. I enjoy fine wines, single-malt scotches, unusual liqueurs, and interesting beers; I believe life’s too short for bad wines or boring beers. I enjoy everyday and “discovery” foods, the therapy and excitement of cooking, the challenge and satisfaction of eating well.