''I give them the same presents, an equal amount of attention and kisses. I don't want them to fight with each other or develop an unhealthy sibling relationship. They know that there is enough space in grandma's heart and on grandma's lap.'' (Manila, Philippines)

''It won't be long before my family will start to ask me about when I am getting married. I'm 23 and currently I'm really focussed on my work as an investigation journalist. I come from a middle-class family, In The Philippines that means you eat 3 meals a day. My dad...

''Saturday is my favorite day of the week'' ''Why is that?'' ''Because on Saturdays, I take off my ''cab-driver-hat'' and I put on my ''grandpa-hat''. (Manila, Philippines)

''When our son told us he wasn't going to be a pastor we felt disappointed. Not disappointed in him but disappointed because one day, someone will need to take over our church. We are pastors and we serve a community of 200 people. We never tried to convince our son...

''When I told my father I was gay he responded with: 'No, you are not. You are mistaken.' It took me 35 years to tell him that. It still hurts when I think about his response. He is not a bad person, I love my father but he will never understand how I can love another...

Left: ''There is a girl in our class and he really likes her!'' Middle: ''No I don't!'' Left: ''Yes you do!'' Right: ''He is in loveeeee!!!'' (Manila, Philippines)

''When I met my wife, I wasn't able to afford her a ring or a wedding so I never proposed. We were in love and we didn't want to wait before we could build a future together. Now we have two beautiful kids and we are still not married. The money we make we use to...

''This is a bit awkward..'' ''Why?'' ''We met last week on the internet and this is our first date..'' (Manila, Philippines)

''I still have his clothes and pictures hanging on the wall. His name was Raphael. He was only one year when he fell down the stairs. When I explained to the doctors what had happened they didn’t believe me. They thought I was lying and that I physically abused him....

''I was working in a hotel in Singapore when I got my ''quarter-life crisis'' so I decided to turn back home to The Philippines. Back home I started working in sales but I realized that despite of the good salary, I felt really unhappy. I kept thinking: 'what if this...

''There is no need to be afraid of getting old and wrinkly because if you make it as far as I did, it will happen anyways. You don't need to be young to be beautiful. You just need to know the right secrets. You want to know mine?'' (Manila, The Philippines)

I am currently traveling through Asia and my first stop is: THE PHILLIPINES! Beyond excited to share stories from this part of the world. I hope you will enjoy this journey with me.