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Girls Resist! All rights reserved. Angeli Gabriel and her mother, Marlyn Henning, take pictures after the family moves to Tennessee in Mother and daughter share similar haircuts and floral prints. My mother, like many Filipinos, is an excellent storyteller—very expressive.
I could still imagine every motion she was making and every glint in her eye, as I heard her smiling through the phone. Years ago, I moved to Washington D. Trips home became more difficult and less frequent. For my mother and me, distance has always been a constant. But as the decades went by, the veneer of normalcy began to fade as the sacrifices of my mother and our family in the Philippines came to the fore. Why 10 million Filipinos work overseas. It is quite common in Filipino families for parents and children to live apart. Today, an estimated 10 million Filipinos are working overseas.
Of the many Filipino professionals that travel overseas to work, some of the most well-known are nurses. My mother is one of those nurses. Our story began in , when my mother was born in the rural town of San Jacinto, Philippines. Her father, a bus driver, was the sole earner in their household, struggling to make his earnings stretch and support his wife and six children. The stories my mom tells about this time in her life take on a somber tone as she talks about family meals that only included rice, water, and salt.
Her father would try to persuade his children to eat, constantly promising meat in their next meal, knowing that it was a promise that he could rarely keep. Marlyn Henning far left in during her senior year of nursing school. The class was Public Health Nursing and involved going to rural areas to provide treatment. But by the time my mother, the youngest daughter, was a teenager, my grandparents had saved enough money to invest in something that would change their future: sending my mom to nursing school.
As a teenager, she loved to draw and sew, and she even dreamt of a career in fashion and design. But my grandparents asked my mom to consider nursing. My grandparents had seen for other families that nursing helped provide the financial stability their family desperately needed. They enrolled my mother in Lyceum-Northwestern University. My mom graduated as a registered nurse in Then in , after years of gaining hands-on medical experience, my mother joined the ranks of many Filipino nurses who came before her. She recalls the day she left for the job. At the airport in Manila, Philippines, she prepared to hop on a plane for the first time.
Her father was sad to see her leave, and my grandmother cried incessantly. See millions of Filipino workers return home for the holidays. Each stint home lasted for about 45 days, enough to catch up on what had happened with family in the past year, before having to reset the clock and return overseas to work. Angeli Gabriel, is being held by grandmother, Rosevida Pasana. Here, she and grandfather Amado Pasana seated are having dinner with several family members at their house in Manaoag, Philippines.
Like many other Filipinos working overseas, my mother sent the majority of her pay back to her family. Her parents needed her support as they grew older and as my grandfather became unable to work as much. Some of her siblings fell into financial hard times. But this book taught me to be a better trip planner for the trips we do take and even inspired me to be a better, more aware reader.
Surprisingly enough, even though the author briefly describes the beauty of the world e. Switzerland, Costa Rica, South America, etc. His writing style is guy-like and reads more like an advertisement-ridden blog than a book. But it is a book and I did learn from it and I did enjoy it therefore, like every book I read, I give this book five stars.
I read this book to my son Angelo while he healed in the hospital. He liked it. John Higham, his wife, September, and their two kids, Katrina 11 and Jordan 8 had been planning and saving for this trip for years. The family of four started out on tandem bikes: one parent on front, one kid peddling behind. And while I absolutely admired them for doing so, I quickly decided the book might not be for me. But then without spoiling things for you, something happens and their travel plans were completely altered.
The way they dealt with this showed such resilience and spirit of adventure. It was great to read. The book really shifted gears and their story made me laugh and cry and dream of travel. I enjoyed every minute of it, and read more slowly as the book progressed, in an effort to enjoy the experience for longer. They sound obnoxious.
This was not the case in this book. John Higham has a great voice. His wife September sounds amazing.
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His children are interesting and easy to like. What I loved most about this great book is what I love most about long-term travel: there is an internal journey the traveller takes that is just as important as the geographical one. This is a wonderful, inspiring read. May 17, Lori rated it really liked it.
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This was a great little story of a family of four who takes a year off from their 'real lives' to travel the world. As I began to read this story, I was a little frustrated - maybe because I was trying to get something out of the book that I wasn't getting. Then, as I continued to read, I became more appreciative for the writing and the way the story is told. Upon completing the book, I got the most out of my reflections of the story as a whole.
I am grateful to the writer for not overdoing the This was a great little story of a family of four who takes a year off from their 'real lives' to travel the world. I am grateful to the writer for not overdoing the descriptions of their experiences i. I smile at the thought of how it would turn out for my family if we did the same.
I most enjoyed the realism of their story - the funny parts that had me laughing out loud, the not-so-great aspects of traveling the world, and the emotions and personality changes the family members experience as a result of their adventure. Apr 14, Jackiew rated it it was amazing. I absolutely love this book. It's about a couple who had a dream that they would quit their jobs and take their two kids around the world mostly on tandem bikes. It is very well written and I have laughed many times throughout the book reading about their adventures.
I love that the couple and their kids decided to go see the world and teach each other about different cultures. It also has passages throughout the book where you can go on Googlearth and check out where they went. I did not do I absolutely love this book. I did not do this as I find that a little disruptive when I just want to read the book!
I can't put this one down. I'm not sure to give this a three or a two star rating. There were some funny moments, but I found a lot of it was just we did this and then we did that. The writing was a bit clunky in parts. I couldn't also help but notice the American centric viewpoint at times. Still, I had to admire the parents for travelling with their children for a year and experiencing all the trials and tribulations on their journey. Aug 18, Emily rated it really liked it. This was an honest and witty memoir of one family's yearlong adventure around the world.
I appreciate this book because I can relate on some level, since we are also a Mormon family living in the Bay Area. I like to think of myself as adventurous but this was a whole different level. While I plan to travel much more than I am currently able to - and with the kids even! This definitely made me think about exactly HOW I wan This was an honest and witty memoir of one family's yearlong adventure around the world.
I don't think I'm up for camping and I am not that fond of biking. So I'm thinking in an RV? Maybe this is wimping out. But I seriously couldn't live on ham sandwiches for months. And changing countries and having to find new accommodations every 2. Seeing the sights and experiencing different cultures is. And like the Highams, that is something I want to pass on to my kids.
So congrats to the Highams on writing a great book filled with captivating experiences. One day soon I hope to have my own foreign travel with kids adventures to share! Feb 05, Heather rated it liked it Shelves: non-fiction , travel. Considering how much I love traveling, I thought this book would be a run-away hit for me, but it was pretty middle of the road. Higham writes about taking his family of four on a year-long trip around the world.
However, a lot of the book is really about odd bits of minutia and really seems to skim over or miss the really interesting parts of traveling. Such as this statement about poverty Considering how much I love traveling, I thought this book would be a run-away hit for me, but it was pretty middle of the road. But neither is watching from the sidelines. Poverty is a complicated problem, with no easy solutions. Watch out for those deeply philosophical and original insights Higham, you might lose me. Sep 24, Jenna rated it it was amazing.
This is my "Great Book" pick of the year, and I have decided that it will be my gift of choice to friends and family this holiday season. I found it an easy, witty and fascinating read as I journeyed with the Higham family around the world. Frequent outbursts of laughter kept me awake reading long after I should have turned out the lights, and even my 8-year old dau This is my "Great Book" pick of the year, and I have decided that it will be my gift of choice to friends and family this holiday season.
Frequent outbursts of laughter kept me awake reading long after I should have turned out the lights, and even my 8-year old daughter enjoyed listening to excerpts and following up online when her curiousity was piqued. It has moved me to think of destinations outside of my comfort zone for family travel, as well as contemplate ways to just plain spend more time with my own family and see them with new eyes as well.
This book is a sure pleaser! Jun 04, Denicemarcell rated it it was amazing. This title was on one of the goodreads ads so i followed the link. Very glad i did, love this book. Haven't done the google links yet will check them out before i return the book to the library.
The website and the google links mean i don't have to own this book. I just did a bit of exploring This title was on one of the goodreads ads so i followed the link. I just did a bit of exploring with them. They have great suggestions for trip planning that's the bit i want to use and the daughter's reading list. Mar 03, Sarah rated it it was amazing. I felt like I was there with the Highams as they chronicled their adventures all over the world. They sound like great people to hang out with : It was enriching to learn about other culture tidbits and to see how the family dealt with various situations.
John cracks me up with his thinking and how he appreciates his wife many times in different situations : The kids have great attitudes and it was also fun to see how the humans all over the world can be alike yet different. I what a fun read! I definitely liked this book than the other book "A Year Off" sp? Dec 25, Rafael rated it it was amazing. The story of this family is simply amazing. Having traveled for a year with my family not long ago I connected with many feelings and perceptions they had, especially relating to other cultures and people.
Interesting the way they start their trip comparing Americans to the other cultures, and by the end, they compare new experiences and local habits to things they lived and saw during their trip. They became global citizens.
By the way, excellent book to plan a trip around the world! Jan 02, Michele rated it it was amazing Shelves: book-a-week , travel.
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I LOVE this book. I felt like I was on the trip with the family. There was just enough funny, and just enough introspection. I was so sad to be going home when I got to the end. The best thing, though, is it's a book. I can travel around the world again, just by opening the front cover. Cannot recommend enough, especially if it is a dream of yours to travel around the world. Jul 15, Amy Koons rated it it was amazing. The only thing bad about this book is that it had to end. Not just a travel story but a family-togetherness, weathering-hardships for adventure story. It's funny and interesting and so great.
I was sad the journey had to come to an end. Apr 06, Jamie rated it it was amazing. I thoroughly loved this book! I was even laughing out loud at times.
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This book makes Andy and I want to travel with the kids even more. There is so much in life to be learned be seeing how other people live. An added bonus is the quality family time. Apr 28, Amy rated it it was amazing. LOVED this book!!!!! It's about a family who traveled around the world in 1 year with their 2 children. Loved reading about their experiences and learning about places and customs. It made me want to book my trip, too!
If you are at all interested in travel, check this out! Jul 27, Holly rated it it was amazing. This book was very well written and I found I could not put it down. I was fascinated to find out how a family of four travelled around the world, and the end of the book provides a lot of useful information. I loved the humor in the writing as well. Mar 25, Tori rated it it was amazing Shelves: highly-recommended.
Absolutely loved this book.
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