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About Phillip

Hello and welcome to My name is Phillip and I grew up as a military brat. I can remember as a young child looking at a photo of my older sister holding my mom’s hand at a zoo while she was pregnant with yours truly. The photo was taken in France while my Dad was stationed in Germany for the second time. I recollect my parents and my sister talking about all the fun things they used to do before I was born, and places they used to travel. It used to get under my skin hearing their stories because I didn’t get to experience all the fun things with them. After I was born in Germany my father received orders to return back to the states and I didn’t get to personally see and enjoy my birthplace. After we returned to the states (Texas) my parents didn’t travel much other than the occasional summer trip to take my sister and me to visit our grandparents and other family members in South Carolina. I remember looking through an old photo album wondering what it was like to travel and explore all the places my family had the opportunity to visit. As I grew up I had a map I put on my bedroom wall, where I would place thumbtacks in all the locations that I wanted to visit. My best friend and I used to tell each other stories of how we would travel the world and visit many historical landmarks and enjoy the festivities in interesting places. I always thought it was cool to dream and imagined what it would be like to see the places I became fascinated with in magazines, books and movies. At the age of 19 I joined the Air Force and began a new mission. Fifteen years later and all grown up I have been around the globe and had the chance to stop into some cool places. I feel like I’m just beginning to open the door to new parts of the world. While I live in Turkey I invite you to experience some of my past travels along with some of my planned new journeys.

Jamaica Mon

My wife and I went to Montego Bay Jamaica for a week and stayed at the Rui Palace all inclusive adult only resort. This video far from says it all, but it’s a snip-it of what you can do there. We would go back to this resort and stay again for sure.
The only tip I would suggest is that you bring all the toiletries you need unless you are ready to spend big money on those items.

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Fishing story……”saltlife”style

Fishing story

Everyone should have a good fishing story, so here is one of mine…..
I set out with the intention of targeting blacktip sharks, so I grabbed my fish trap to catch some bait and my (secret weapon) ten foot rod. I fished a warmup fishing hole to calibrate my gear and catch some bait. After I caught a trap full of pinfish, I headed to a spot where I knew I could land a big one. When I pulled up, I noticed people in my favorite fishing hole. I figured if I went over and engaged in some casual conversation, they would welcome me to fish in the same spot, and without question they made their first mistake. I set up to the east of them, where all the fish were entering the bay. Since all the sharks in the water were running, the smaller fish in this area would be trapped then the sharks would have a feeding frenzy. The guys fishing this spot didn’t realize I was cutting them off by taking this position. They caught some small bait and were having some success, but I had a feeling I was about to get what I was after and be on my way.

As I sat there one guy got a huge tug on his line and as he began to reel in his catch the line buckled and he drug in a catfish head with the bait he was using in its mouth. Everyone around was pretty amazed because of the excitement, but he was disappointed because he lost a potential good catch. As we began to get over the humor of the situation my line began dragging and the fight was about to be on. I fought and fought for a few minuets for the shark to realize it was going to lose. Now for those who don’t know, if you plan on keeping a shark to eat you have to field dress it right away or let it go. I grabbed my smith and Wesson knife and began gutting this soon to be dinner. After I finished dressing the shark out I was a tad curious to see what it had been feasting on. As I squeezed the stomach a half piece of catfish came out. The guy next to me didn’t seem to be as amused as I was to discover the other portion of what he lost. After his friends laughed at him and we got over the excitement, I decided that I wouldn’t waste the new free bait and cut that up and tossed it back out there.

Minutes later, the catfish proved itself to be the bait of choice and I landed another blacktip for the freezer. As I broke down my setup, I thanked the fellas for letting me join them and headed home. I don’t think they were very excited to see me for the short period of time I was out there considering they had been out there all day. Thanks for reading and here are some pics from that weekend adventure.

Almost had the bait

Almost had the bait

First catch

First catch

Look at what's inside

Look at what’s inside

Two blacktips

Fish from my warmup spot

Fish from my warmup spot


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Chicken Bulgogi

I typically don’t measure things out so when I give you these ingredients this is an eyeballed measurement of what’s in the dish.
I decided to make some chicken Bulgogi because when I went to Korea that was one of the dishes that I and many others fell in love with.
Not only did I fall in love with this dish I learned to make it while I was there. I brought it back and shared it with my family and they also fell in love with it.
The ingredients that you will need are:
3 chicken breast thinly sliced preferably partially frozen.
1 onion chopped
1 cup shredded carrots
1 bell pepper chopped
4 cloves garlic minced
1/3 cup soy sauce
3 scallions chopped
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon unrefined coconut sugar
1 tablespoon pepper
*** Red pepper flakes for spice
1/2 teaspoon honey
Using a sharp knife take the partially frozen chicken and thinly slice it across the grain (width ).
– Place the chicken inside of a Ziploc bag or a bowl that can be sealed up.
– In a separate bowl, add all of the liquid ingredients, pepper& sugar then whisk until the sugar is completely dissolved.
– add the liquid ingredients to the bag along with the rest of the chopped ingredients and set in the refrigerator for one hour.
Preheat a skillet or a wok over medium-high heat. Add the contents of the bag in the in the wok or skillet and sauté until all of the chicken is completely cooked and then let it simmer.
Since I’ve switched to Paleo style eating I’ve been using a cauliflower style rice to serve the Bulgogi over.
Let me know what you think.

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The Whole New Us!

I took a little break since my last post and now I’m back! As you all know I got married to the love of my life last year in June, and since then, we’ve had some adventures in bringing six kids together over a summer, getting some settled into a new school, and learning how to blend as a family. So what adventure can I tell you about? In the last thirty days (starting 1 Jan) my wife and I decided to participate in the whole 30 challenge:

In a nutshell we cleaned up our eating habits by cutting out processed foods such as sugars, dairy, beans, anything with alcohol, breads and a few other foods people tend to love. We replaced them with whole foods that are natural and unprocessed such as veggies, grass feed meats, fruits, nuts and healthy fats. My goal in this challenge was to find out how my body would react or respond to the change in tailoring the things I consumed. I considered myself a pretty healthy eater prior to taking this challenge and was already adopting a Paleo eating style as well as exercising regularly. We slowly changed our kids over to some of the recipes to see how they would like the dishes and they scarfed the food down and loved it.

The first few days of cutting carbs and tossing out all junk food weren’t bad. One thing we both noticed after about three days was a slight decrease in energy and that we snacked a lot throughout the day prior to starting this. What helped us get through this challenge was preparation. We made sure we had all the right foods at our disposal as well as removing the temptations…….so out with the chips and in with more nuts, and fruits. I pre-seasoned all our meats for the week and grilled them on Sunday, then portioned them over the course of the week. I used a crock pot each week to cook greens, and soups to ensure things didn’t get redundant. I have a passion for food and love to cook, so I truly embraced taking the challenge.

After a week of eating clean, we noticed our body began to purge itself through bowel movements to the point for me I was unsure if I wanted to continue the challenge. I know it may not be something glamorous to discuss, but it’s very important for me to point this out because this was a pivotal point for me in this program. What I realized was my body began to purge and dump toxins because the foods we were eating were healthier for us. A few days of cleansing, we felt better and our energy started to climb to new heights.

As we progressed through the program I rediscovered a new love for creating wonderful meals that my family enjoyed. The group I was a part of kept me motivated by posting pictures on Facebook and testimonials of the trials they were facing, as well as how they worked to overcome them.

With ten days left, I had lots of energy, a happy digestion system; I could tell I was losing weight because those old jeans fit more comfy then before. The idea of taking on a challenge became more of a lifestyle change, and we decided we were going to keep going past the 30 day mark. I will post our Bod Pod results and more pictures at the end of our 90 days. Here are a few meals and dishes we made along our way.

The last two pictures are a part of the reintroduction phase of the whole30.

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I DO !

June 19th was a true day of happiness where two families came together and became one. As you all know, I asked the love of my life to be my wife while visiting Rome, and the day has finally come where we are husband and wife. I would now like To introduce to you, the Brown Family. There has already been some cool weekend adventures and we have plenty more to come.
Here are some photos that were taken. The pictures taken at the chapel were taken by a coworker and the picture taken at the beach were taken by me with the use of a tripod and timer.
The beach was super hot that day. I hope you all enjoy the photos.













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Fishing in Florida

Fishing in Florida has been one of many adventures I have been able to partake in since I have moved here. During the spring I had a few friends come down to soak up the rays and they had the opportunity to check out the deep seas in the Gulf of Mexico. I’ve been able to go shark hunting and reel in some big aggressive species in addition to catching some to throw on the grill. My cousin and I took part in a charter so we could test our skills at sea. The best part of all is that I have been able to do it with my kids.

I taught my kids how to fish from the pier and from the surf. This is such an inexpensive way to spend quality time together and the best part of all is you’re at the beach. In addition to teaching them how to fish, they also learned how to clean and prepare a meal out of the catch of the day. I’m trying to live the proverb of teaching a man to fish in the literal. Spending time with them has been a blast and watching them pick up the skills of angling has been a true adventure.
























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That’s My Boy !

My son is overcoming his shyness on the mats while learning Brazilian Jujitsu in the community of Georgetown TX. He is very eager and excited about what he is learning. His confidence has increased as well as his discipline to become a better student. As a proud Father I wanted to share his recent victory with all of you. If you are in the Georgetown area and you’re looking for a place your child can learn about the martial arts, try


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Good friends, Good wine, Great times

I found a unique wine shop in Panama City Florida Wine Dog that has a great selection of wine, cheese, beer, and cigars. They host a variety of events from wine tastings, sunset cruises, books signings and much more. This weekend I had the pleasure of attending one of the cruises they hosted through a companyIsland Time that did an outstanding time of showing my friends and me a smooth sailing experience on the bay while we indulged in wine , beer and good fellowship. Although the sunset was falling behind a line of clouds, I was still able to capture a few moments where it peaked through to smile at us. We were visited by some local dolphins and entertained by a few people that decided to get down to the music played aboard the boat. If your looking for something to do in Panama City, try The Wine Dog.















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Getting ready for a Panama City summer in Florida!

Although the last few weeks have been busy (school)I have managed to get out to shoot some new material. I have a bunch of new adventures from fishing, paintball shooting sprees, sailing on sunset cruises and many more to come. I checked out a paintball field where my son’s and I can go and shoot each other.I also figured this would be a great activity for my coworkers to let of some steam and fire a few rounds at their supervisors.

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The temperature is starting to ramp up and we need to make sure we are ready for some adventures in and around the Florida area. Here are some shots that I have taken.

I look forward to sharing this weekend’s adventure with you as well

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Photo challenge from the beach

Photo challenge from the beach.

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