Hi! My name is Honey Silvas, and this is a blog about my life.
I was born and grew up in the Philippines. I’m 3/4 Chinese and 1/4 Filipino. If that’s a lot of math for you, that means my mom is 100% Chinese while my dad is half Chinese and half Filipino. I worked as a cruise ship photographer in Royal Caribbean International for a couple of years, travelling to over 20 countries.
Then I moved here to the US over 7 years ago. I am now living in sunny Sarasota, Florida with my husband, my daughter and my dog. I am a work-at-home mom (WAHM) trying to find the perfect work-life balance. I develop websites and work as a WordPress consultant.
Even though I have lived here (and worked here) in the US for a while, my perspective is colored by growing up in a small country, where life is simpler and where maybe we didn’t have all the basic necessities that people take for granted here. When I say basic, I mean, basic, like electricity or water. I lived in Metro Manila, which is the capital, but even there, you only have a couple of hours to collect water from the faucet because water gets shut off for most of the day. (This is because there is not enough water for everybody.)
When I was growing up, electricity was also shut off for a part of the day everyday (called a “brownout”) and it was just a part of life. You just found something else to do that didn’t involve electricity like play outside (gasp!) or sleep in the heat without an electric fan.
Sometimes my husband complains about the “traffic” here in Sarasota. I just laugh and say that a red traffic light and waiting for a minute or two does not equal traffic. For me, traffic is when you can get to your destination faster by walking rather than being in a car because of the bumper to bumper traffic.
Because of this, I’m really appreciative of my life now and I always hold my values and culture in my heart. I have unique perspectives about life, work and parenting that is usually contrary to popular opinion, and I hope to be brave enough to share them here. I don’t think my ideas are correct or new or for everybody, but this is what works for me.