Philippines

A Coco Family Vacation in Puerto Galera

After a few hectic weeks of increasing work demands and a moderately intense diet and training regimen to prepare for my first jiu-jitsu competition, I was nothing if not ready for a vacation. Last year, around this time, my companion and I had taken our daughter to Coco Beach for a wonderful family vacation and… Continue reading A Coco Family Vacation in Puerto Galera

Philippines · Third-Culture Thoughts

How Badly Does Getting a Tattoo Hurt?

If getting a tattoo isn't a thing to do while traveling, I don't know what is. I've been in the Philippines for some time now and will be leaving soon, so this seemed like the perfect time to finally get one done at the highly recommended Whiplash Tattoo parlor on Aguirre Avenue in BF Homes—my… Continue reading How Badly Does Getting a Tattoo Hurt?

My MMA Journey · Philippines

My Amateur MMA Journey, Part 8: Yaw-Yan, Jiu-Jitsu, and My New Gym

In all honesty, I've been a bit slow in picking up my MMA journey since returning to Manila. Maybe I miss the training at Lakay or the fresh mountain air. Perhaps the inferior Manila diet is what's been leaving my body feeling drained, or perhaps it's purely emotional. A lot has happened in the past… Continue reading My Amateur MMA Journey, Part 8: Yaw-Yan, Jiu-Jitsu, and My New Gym

My MMA Journey · Philippines

My Amateur MMA Journey, Part 7: URCC XXX

  Last night, four champions defended their titles in stunning fashion at URCC XXX at the Araneta Coliseum.     This was my first time attending a live MMA or fighting event of any kind, in fact, and I was not disappointed by the action.     I arrived just in time to see the… Continue reading My Amateur MMA Journey, Part 7: URCC XXX