Apartment Hunting Tips for Millennials Starting a Family

Gone were the days when our only concern in buying or renting a place is whether or not it has interiors close to our Pinterest finds. When you’re already a parent or you wholeheartedly plan to be one, choosing a new place you can call “home” means more than just looking for fancy furniture and…

A Working Mom’s Mental Toughness Challenge 🧠🧘‍♀️

Mental Toughness Challenge Accepted! Learning the art of gracefully transitioning from Thought # 1: Humanizing the role of Edge Computing in a Digital Society 🤓👩🏻‍💻 to ⬇️ Thought # 2: Listening to Tashy’s story about Ken, Barbie and Chelsea’s lemonade adventure in the Dreamhouse 👧🏻 and struggling to go back to ➡️ Thought # 1…

Mommy, why do you lock me here all day?

“Mommy, why do you lock me here all day?” This was the funny comment of my feeling-adult 4-year-old last week. So ako si Mother Gothel and siya si Rapunzel stuck in a tower? 🤪 But while I laughed about it, hearing this from my daughter surely breaks my heart. 💔 Though she understands that we’re…

Homebased teaching opportunity at 51Talk

Securing income in the middle of the pandemic is really not easy. While I’m thankful for being able to work on my content writing business while taking care of my daughter, obtaining enough regular clients and hitting my goals are honestly more difficult nowadays. 😞 So, I can just imagine how hard it may be…

Taympers (time first)!⌚️

If you’re a 90s kid with a happy childhood, you probably said this line several times during play time decades ago. Whether it’s tagu-taguan or patintero we were playing, the magic words “Taympers” (with matching hand gesture forming the letter T) gave us the super power to be exempted from being tagged by playmates even…

Irony of the pandemic

The irony of the pandemic — it tells you to stop and hide for safety, yet it presses you to move forward because life must go on. Guide us throughout this ironic phase of our life, Lord. 🙏🏻

7 Benefits I Got (still get) from Blogging

As a child, I wrote every single day on my scented diary (with lock that ensured my youthful privacy). My diary was a quiet confidant to whom I shared my views and sentiments without reservations. I’d write about almost anything—my experience in school, my favorite cartoon series, my crush, my friends, my family vacation, my…

Quarantine Holy Week 2021

“Why does Jesus have many houses?”  This was Tashy’s innocent question during our Visita Iglesia 2 years ago. 😄  I miss going to different churches with the family during Holy Week. 💒 But while I long to talk to God inside the church, I am also thankful to encounter the Lord in many, different opportunities. …

“Emotions create habits” #SunLifeItoAngArawMo

“Emotions create habits.” 💛👩🏻‍💻 This is my favorite realization among many other beautiful lessons I learned from Sun Life’s interactive workshop “Build Bright Habits to Reach Your Goals”. I always thought that habits can be sustained only by will power. So whenever I fail to pursue a habit, I blame my mind. 🧠 I blame…

Don’t be proud

This is one of my favorite quotes from J. Donald Walters’ “Life’s Little Secrets”, a book I regularly read for inspiration as a teenager. Until now, I still need this constant, straightforward reminder. When life is well, it can be tempting to think that everything is a result of our own awesomeness. While there’s nothing…

What will she be in the future?

What will she be in the future? I’m excited to find out. ❤️ For now, I take delight in witnessing her discover her interests. I cherish the moments when her curiosity leads to her messy experiments. For now, I try to document her little wins and try to comfort her when she gets frustrated. I…

Grateful to be back inside the church

What’s your highlight of the week? Mine is, after 7 months, I was able to attend mass in our natural habitat. ⛪️ While I’m grateful for online masses that help strengthen our faith during quarantine, I cherish the different kind of peace and joy that come from the rare moments I get to spend time…

Buy beauty and self-care essentials from home and support Filipino NiXYpreneurs

Buy self-care essentials from home and support Filipino NiXYpreneurs. 🛍 😎 NiXY is a multi-brand group that offers world-class beauty products like: 🧖🏻‍♀️ Korean skincare line Deoproce💄 Australian cosmetics company BYS💇🏻‍♀️ Kiss New York💃🏻 Greek fragrance group STR8 Just choose the beauty and self-care products you like from NiXY’s Digital Catalogue and contact a NiXYpreneur…

Books about Family Life from Feastbooks

When I was 24, I read this book called “How to Find Your One True Love” by Bro Bo Sanchez. I didn’t care if the bookstore cashier thought I was cheesy or desperate for love. 😅 I really bought the book simply because I was 24…and still single. 😂 While there’s really no one strict…

The Library Heiress

More than two decades ago, I was a child growing up in a world with no internet, no fun mobile games, and no video calls. Other than television (Hello Batibot!) and my plastic kitchen toy set, my favorite form of entertainment was my humble collection of storybooks. 📚 Best childhood ever! For decades, my little…

You’ll be safe here

Dear Tash, Mom is scared of the virus that I tell you about. Sometimes, Mom is still feeling weird about our new setup. Most of the time, Mom is tired, trying to balance work and taking care of our home. Despite all that, Mommy will do her best to protect you. Just like Rylie of…

Let your heart design

“Mom, let your heart design,” Tash said to me yesterday while I was busy working. ❤️🖍🎨 I’m not sure if she heard it from one of the children shows she’s been watching, but I really think it’s a catchy tagline or an empowering mantra for the second half of our memorable 2020. 🤓 Surely, the…

Scent of coffee beans and handwritten love notes

Scent of coffee beans ☕️ and handwritten love notes 📝 Whatever it is that makes you smile genuinely, enjoy it. 🧡🤎 Allow yourself to get a taste of those simple pleasures — warm hugs, genuine laughter during a Zoom call, unexpected food delivery from a friend, milktea or that indoor plant you just bought. When…