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6 months or 25% of our time here

6 months ago today, we landed in Manila, Philippines, to start this new and exciting phase of our lives.

Since arriving, we have taken many trips, had one pet emergency, hired both a maid and a driver (crazy!), visited new countries, hosted one guest (2 more to come in the next month), got our diving certification and got 21 dives in, made new friends, lost friends, and made our place a home.

Can you believe that we’re a quarter of the way into our time in Manila?  Sure, we only leave in April 2013, which sounds SO far away, but 6 months already went by fast, my guess is the next 1.5 years will do just the same.

In honor of our time here, I’m giving you a much delayed house tour video!  I think it gives a better idea of our apartment much better than pictures (which can be seen here, here, here and here).

A few things you’ll notice in this video:  I didn’t put things away to shoot the video (it was more of “I’m alone with 10 minutes to kill, let me do this now”), I’m not wearing makeup, and though I would like to apologize for not doing so, I wear makeup once every week or two (yes, even back when I worked), so yeah, that’s how I usually look like.  Keeping it real! 

At least I washed my hair, so there’s that.  I’m very awkward in front of a camera (and to think I wanted to be an actress on my teen years!), and…  My accent is out in full-glory.  It’s not always out, but get me drunk, angry, or talking in front of a camera and I’ll be talking: 1) fast and 2) with a lot of accent (I’m from Brazil, after all, though I don’t have the usual Brazilian accent, probably because I became fluent in English when I was 5 years old).

Without further delay… (Sadly youtube cuts the quality a lot when I upload it…)

Home Tour

5 months after moving into our place after spending a month in temporary housing, I still I LOVE our apartment!

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