Who Am I?

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.

About Honey Silvas

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.

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10 thoughts on “Who Am I?

  1. Honey, I have visited the Philippines twice. I did my thesis research for graduate school with Philippine Christian University (Manila). Wonderful country and culture! I even got to experience a typhoon while I was there! There was no hot water where I stayed (a little uncomfortable for me) and we did have the water shut off one day. But the food….:-)!

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    • Honey Silvas says:

      Yup, I totally forgot that there is no hot water on tap there either. You either bathe with cold water or boil your own water. It is wonderful though like you said despite everything. Good for you for trying the food! That’s one of the things I miss from home and my husband doesn’t eat Filipino food (picky eater). Something about meat tasting gamey, fish tasting “fishy”, food smells weird (“if it doesn’t smell good, it probably doesn’t taste good”). He doesn’t know what he is missing out on.

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  2. I love the look of your blog Honey… lovely first post – nice to meet you!

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  3. burnybee says:

    Your blog looks amazing!

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  4. BarbaraA. says:

    Hi Honey, thank you for following my blog. I really liked your introduction and I can relate when you write about the cultural differences between the country you were born and the country you live. Looking forward to read more. Keep on writing!

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  5. camppants says:

    I love the tone of your writing and your perspective.

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  6. Angie K says:

    Wow, respect for what you do and what you have achieved! I will follow your blog with greatest interest now. I am not sure you will be interested to know about mine, but if you are, I would be more than honoured for you to follow me back! 🙂 Take care and keep up this great work!

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