“Hiraeth” is a Welsh word that does not have an English equivalent. It refers to “homesickness for a home to which you cannot return, a home which maybe never was …”

Wedding Portrait in Ayuttaya

Who are we?

We are global nomads, who in our travels in different parts of the world, educating young minds from over 50 different countries, could never give a straight answer to the simple question “where are you from?”

So this is our standard reply: I am originally from the Philippines, and my husband is from Washington state. We met in Mississippi, got engaged in Vietnam, married in Thailand in a Buddhist ceremony with 60 guests and an elephant named Pookie, had a child in Pakistan, and raised him in Nigeria … until Life threw us a curve ball and we found out that he has “gross developmental delays” suggesting autism spectrum disorder.

This blog has undergone many transformations in location and appearance, but it had always been about our life and adventures as international school teachers. Now it is taking a major turn towards another direction. I don’t know what to call it, we’re certainly not expats anymore, although living in Spokane make us feel like foreigners due to the reverse culture shock. I am not working anymore either, to spend more time with our son, whose kindergarten class is only for 2 hours. So I am probably just going to blog about my new role as a domestic diva, and our attempts to feel at home in Spokane.

My philosophy for living remains the same:

We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about. (Charleys Kingsley)

And there’s so much to be enthusiastic about living in Spokane! We are feeling very optimistic, even if we are currently a single-income family again. We are just within walking distance to our son’s school and we live on a dead end street with two other boys his age, so he has playmates and classmates to hang out with. Supermarkets and strip malls are less than 5 minutes away, and there are trails for hiking in the opposite direction. Downtown Spokane itself is less than 30 minutes away. I even found a couple of places selling Asian ingredients.

In just the four short weeks since we moved here we have gone hiking at Little Spokane River trail, watched the Spokane Symphony perform at Liberty Lake Pavilion Park, binged at the Pig Out at the Park food and music festival at the Riverfront, and admired the beautiful gardens in Manito Park.

Henceforth I will devote this blog to our new life in this lovely city.

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    • and thank you again for giving me the idea about “Hiareth,” so nice to finally know there is a word for what we’re feeling.

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