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This American Family Lives in the Philippines, Totally Loves Their Stay

While a lot of Filipinos strive to achieve the so-called ‘American Dream’, there’s this American family that loves the Philippines so much that they have come here to stay – and has been living for 9 years already!

Meet the Folkman family, an American family who considers themselves Fil-Ams because they totally love the Philippines and their kids only know life in this country as they were raised here.

Amber Folkman was raised in a small town in Northern California, a place in a valley of two mountains where malls are about an hour away. She met her husband in Hawaii and the two later lived in Seattle for a few years; however, her husband’s job brought them to Manila where they had been living since 2009.

Photo credit: Lianne Bacorro / Amber Folkman – Smart Parenting

Life in Manila is the exact opposite of the life in Amber’s hometown but, surprisingly, she and the family loved it. The three Folkman boys have grown up in the Filipino culture – and they even prefer Filipino food!

Amber joyfully reveals that her sons’ favorite food is crispy fried galunggong that they eat with a heaping pile of rice – and using their hands, just like what Filipinos do! But that’s not the only thing that makes them Filipinos by heart.

The kids are so deeply ingrained in the Filipino culture that they automatically call older people as ‘kuya’ or ‘ate’, have many ‘titos’ and ‘titas’, and actually know how to speak Filipino.

Magandang Hapon! Hello to new followers. 🤗I had no idea where all the growth was coming from until I saw the article I wrote for @smartparenting had been published. I had no idea whatsoever how popular it would be or I would have edited a bit better. LOL 🤣 Next time talaga! Welcome to A Momma Abroad! This is a place where I chronicle our kaloka lives as an American family in the Philippines. We moved here in 2009 for my husbands job and have grown as a family here ever since. We have lived in BGC, Eastwood, Makati (San Lo/Salcedo) and are now proudly Pasigueño. I try and see the good and everyday magic Manila has to offer and share it here. Need a pick me up, follow #perksofpinas and share also po. I don’t really give parenting advice because I’m a hot mess most of the time but I do try and share about my #3PinoyBoys (7,5,3 years na) growing up here and sometimes a few thoughts on motherhood. You can hear Kuya speaking in Tagalog by clicking here #DinnerConversationsWithA. You don’t have to be a parent to enjoy A Momma Abroad, there’s something for everybody here. Thanks for your kind and encouraging words, I am forever humbled and grateful. It’s easy to love the Philippines because of incredible Filipinos like you! Please feel free to ask question below. {Pinoy Halloween circa 2016, Family Photo December 2018 @jeffandlisaphotography and a huge Salamat po to @smartparenting for giving me this amazing exposure. NAKS!}

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Besides having an endless summer, the best mangoes in the world and the most fun modes of transportation, the Philippines is where my boys have learned valuable life lessons that I hope will guide them through the rest of their lives. We predominantly have an American culture in our home, but outside we embrace everything that is Filipino,” she wrote.

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Friends ‘Ride’ Invisible Car to Order Food at Jollibee Drive Thru

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A number of fast food outlets have a drive thru for the convenience of those who just want to order a quick takeout meal. The premise of ordering via the drive thru is that you have a vehicle.

What happens if you don’t have a vehicle but the lines at the counter inside the store are too long and the drive thru window has fewer customers?

Photo credit: Dave Calma / Facebook

Well, a group of friends had this rather genius idea of ‘riding’ an invisible car so they can order food at the Jollibee drive thru because the queues inside the store were long.

Laughing at their own crazy antics, the group positioned themselves in a manner that people would normally take if they were riding a car. They were standing, of course, but the designated ‘driver’ made sure to drive them carefully towards the important stops at the drive through – and he didn’t forget to ‘release the hand brake’ before moving forward to the counter.

Photo credit: Dave Calma / Facebook

It was really so hilarious to see these guys ‘riding’ their invisible car that the crew at the counter couldn’t help but laugh. They’re so crazy, right? LOL. But the crew played along, accepting the guys’ orders, still laughing at their silliness.

Photo credit: Dave Calma / Facebook

After their order was taken, the group continued towards the claim area without breaking their position. The crew at this counter also laughed at the guys, even gamely giving the ‘driver’ a fist bump.

They continued towards the exit in the same position, Giving each other high fives, knowing they got their way and were able to order much faster than the customers inside the store. Clever trick, isn’t it?

Photo credit: Dave Calma / Facebook

But the guys did not just trick the Jollibee crew, they had also become famous on Facebook. Less than 24 hours after the video was posted, the video has garnered close to 1 million views!

Check it out here:

Teknik pag mahaba ang pila sa Jollibee kelangan mo ng INVISIBLE CAR

Posted by Dave Calma on Monday, 23 April 2018

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Lovers Since Elementary, Couple Graduated Together from Three Different Schools

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A lot of people frown on very young lovers, especially when they are still in their early high school and especially in grade school years! After all, the incidence of teenage pregnancy has risen up significant over the past decades.

But one couple from Davao has proven that love isn’t always destructive to very young people because it can also be used as inspiration to strive harder to reach their dreams together!

Photo credit: Twitter / @janicaeleria_

Meet Vande Alagao and Janica Eleria from Davao City in southern Philippines. They were lovers since their elementary days. What’s amazing about their relationship is that not only were they able to manage staying together all these years but that they had graduated together from three different schools.

A bit confusing, eh? Well, here’s what really happened.

On When in Manila, Janica revealed that they met back in Grade 2 when she transferred to Vande’s school. She gushed at how Vande could still vividly remember to this day what she was wearing that day and what cellphone she was using!

They started exchanging text messages in Grade 5 and became a couple a year later.

Photo credit: Twitter / @janicaeleria_

In high school, however, Vande went to a different school. They only saw each other about once or twice a year at the time, until Janica’s mom decided to move her to Vande’s school in their third year of high school.

They graduated together from that school, a different one from their elementary school but they were together.

They recently graduated from senior high school. Thankfully, their respective families were supportive of their relationship, especially because they continue to focus more on their studies.

Photo credit: Twitter / @janicaeleria_

In college, the two are planning to take up different courses but just like their previous years, they will be studying in the same school. They will be celebrating their 7th year this October. Hopefully, 4 years from now, they will still be a couple and graduating from their fourth school together!

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Dad Earns Praise for Being Proud of Son, Despite Barely Passing Grades

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Every parent wants the best for their children – and that often means encouraging (even forcing!) the kids to do better, especially in school. More often than not, parents get angry if their children have failing grades or if the grades are not within expectations.

Sadly, this puts too much pressure on the children to excel even if they couldn’t really do it, no matter how hard they study. In reality, whether we like to admit it or not, not everyone was born academically intelligent.

But one dad recently went viral after posting his son’s barely passing grades. He’s definitely the complete opposite of those proud parents who post their children’s nearly perfect grades but he’s still as proud as them!

Photo credit: E.i. Baldo / Facebook

In a post that has gone viral on Facebook, netizen E.i. Baldo shared a photo of his son’s grades as well as a photo of them posing outside a house with a swimming pool.

This cool dad congratulated his son for passing Grade 1. He said that the boy made his happy, especially when the kid joked that his dad should open the card slowly because the grades could cut his finger, an allusion to the joke that line-of-7 grades are ‘palakols’ (axes). LOL.

Instead of getting angry, however, this dad felt proud that the boy passed the level and would be in Grade 2 next year. He recalled that back when he was a student, he also had similar grades; thus, the boy’s report card is really just like a ‘throwback’ to his own.

According to Baldo, knowing his own capabilities as a student, he didn’t really dream of going to the stage to put medals and ribbons to his kids.

Photo credit: E.i. Baldo / Facebook

He just encouraged his son to try harder next year, maybe getting the grades up to 79% but it was clear that there was no pressure from him because the passing grade is 75%; so, he argued that any excess is really just an ‘allowance’.

For his pride in his son and for not pressuring the kid in achieving something the boy couldn’t do, this dad earned netizens’ praise. Many are wishing that all parents would be like him, understanding and supportive of their kids no matter what happens!

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