Nice meeting you, I’m Pedro Martinez. My wife, Rosemarry Mel, and I moved from Virginia to Puerto Rico.
Rosemarry is Cambodian raised in Richmond, Virginia. I’m Puertorican, born and raised on this Island of Enchantment, as it is often called.
Moving to Puerto Rico was the best decision we had made, and after some time, we share some of our experiences through this blog—Camborico.com
What is Camborico?
The name comes from combining the countries we are from, Cambodia and Puerto Rico, but the meaning is so much more for us.
Camborico is the experience of combining the two cultures, which are very different, including the food, the way of life, and enjoying the best of both worlds.
My Story (the intro)
It is a pleasure to meet you. I was named Pedro Martinez at birth. I’m a former U.S. Army paratrooper and current Tech exec, part-time restaurateur and blogger with my wife’s help.
I also do other freelance work building WordPress websites, and writing content and reviews.
I’m currently based in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, on the skirts of the El Yunque National Rain Forest (it does rain a lot), but we try to travel often around the island.
I enjoy eating delicious meals, drinking good beer and smoking the best cigars. Additionally, I enjoy traditional organic farming, hanging out with the family at the beach.
I eat, drink craft beers, travel and blog. The best part is that I do it with my lifetime partner in crime, Rosemarry. This blog is not just about Pedro, but it is more about a Camborico family sharing their experiences.
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I was born on the island of Puerto Rico in the mid-70s, at a time when child car seats and seatbelts weren’t popular and smoking was allowed everywhere.
I was raised in a loving, Christian, middle-income household where I was provided with everything I need and then some.
My parents made sure I had a great education that started with treating others as you wanted to be treated and work hard for what I wanted.
I attended both public and private schools from pre-K to high school. By then I knew I was an odd cookie.
Moving to mainland USA
Right after high school graduation, I’ve joined the US Army as an active-duty Paratrooper. I was stationed at Fort Bragg where I’ve spent most of my time working as a Parachute Rigger when not traveling overseas.
After a parachuting raining accident, I left the service and jumped (no pun intended) into the Telecommunications industry, this was the early 2000s, the DotCom-bust era.
In 2004, I’ve met my wife, Rosemarry in Richmond, Virginia while working and going to college. We moved together to the Washington, DC area a few months later.
From the Telecom industry, I made a transition into Information Technology, co-founding my first software company in 2005. In 2010, I joined the financial sector, holding engineering, architecture and Leadership roles.
Unsatisfied and unhappy with the daily corporate grind and the cold winters of the Mid-Atlantic, my Rosemarry and I decided that moving abroad was our next adventure.
Welcome to Puerto Rico
After months of research and a few important considerations, we moved to Puerto Rico in 2013 along with my son, Peter (now 22 years old).
We bought some land in the town of Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. We built our home, which was made out of shipping containers and completely off-the-grid.
In 2017, our twins (boy and girl) named Sokáh and Rakaná were born, just 3 days before Hurricane Maria devastated the island.
I’ve founded Taverna Don Pedro, my very first restaurant the same year; sold it almost a year later in 2018. This was something I wanted to prove myself I could do.
We returned to Virginia for just over a year, as I took on some contract work to be close to my in-laws. The idea was for them to spend more time with our kids.
My wife and I realized that our hearts and passions were in Puerto Rico, so we decided to return to our home in 2020. And if you ask me, returning to the island was the best decision of our lives.
Our New Project
We have recently begun the process of opening our second restaurant within our farm—Camborico.
Camborico will serve authentic Cambodian food along with other unique Camborican-inspired recipes. All food creations are made by my wife. You will find me behind the bar, of course.
As many expats online can share, part of living abroad comes with many challenges. Those challenges can include making money and a decent living while doing something you are passionate about. Living in Puerto Rico is not the exception to those challenges.
Every day living on this island brings a new learning experience for us as a family and many rewarding moments.
For my wife Rosemarry and I, good food, traveling and tropical climate brings us together as a family. Above all, we enjoy making new friends.
In conclusion, I can’t wait to share our adventures with you, so stay tuned for more to come. I sincerely hope we can bring useful, positive, and fun content to you.
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I only share products and services that I have personally used and would recommend. This also helps me earn a living and continue to share more useful information with everyone.
Thank you for reading my personal story. I look forward to getting to know you.