Coron rewards early risers with magic

Not too long ago, I couldn’t stand early mornings. My body used to feel like an anchor, weighing me down in my bed every time the alarm reminded me that another day was starting. After the intense struggle to get up, I could always feel my hands catching on everything and my eyes falling back …

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Looking forward to ‘Erly’ mornings

Have you ever noticed how some people’s names seem to really fit their characters? Many times, I have heard people sayi: Raminta is such a calm person. In Lithuanian my name can refer to a girl who is calm (or has become that way because she is always being calmed down). Actually, my close friends …

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The quarantine is tough, no matter where you are

Thinking back on our New Year’s celebration, I probably should have realized as early as then that the coming year wasn’t going to be an easy one. We flew to Germany, checked in to a hotel, bought tickets to a ship party on the Rhine River and… got rotavirus. We spent most of the next …

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A paradise where you can drown your worries

I still remember those carefree childhood days near the water. Swimming, diving, playing with other kids in the water seemed to be a never-ending and exciting pleasure. It didn’t matter whether it was the Baltic sea or a refreshing lake, the water always made me feel so free and happy back then. During those days, …

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Job-hunting in the Philippines is bad for my nerves

“Looking for a job in the Philippines is very bad for your sanity,” – this is the unfortunate conclusion I came to after intense job hunting. While working in the social media industry at Lithuania, I had found content development extremely interesting, so after moving to the Philippines, I decided to look for a job …

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‘Survival’ should not be your workout goal

Since I was having trouble finding a job in the Philippines and had too much time on my hands when we first moved here, I decided to try going to the gym to keep myself from wallowing in self-pity. My passion for the gym was unbelievable, and I felt like I was ready to work …

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The land of singing souls

On one side, as far as the eye can see, the sunlight is playing through emerald rice fields, where the seemingly eternal peace is sometimes disrupted by the rhythmically bobbing conical hats. Elsewhere along the horizon, the waves of the blue sea gently rock a small boat as it has so many others over the …

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Bohol was love at first bite

Third time’s the charm – I’ve heard that a lot. I was lucky to experience that magic as well. Bohol, the third island we visited here in the Philippines, was terrific! Even though no one had ever recommended Bohol to us as one of the islands to visit, I can say I liked it the …

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Two-faced Catholicism?

Before moving to the Philippines, we had heard several very disturbing stories, including, of course, those about local Filipinos who put themselves through the same suffering that Jesus (supposedly) did during his final hours (yes, up to his crucifixion). They drag crosses considerable distances finally letting others hang them on it. The good news is, …

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The oddest jobs you’ll ever see

If you would like to live like royalty, I recommend moving to the Philippines. Before coming here, I had never imagined that the lighter form of servitude existed here. Some people may say that I am exaggerating, but I think there are few other places you will find this kind of convenience. First of all, …

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