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APOLITICAL a·po·lit·i·cal/ˌāpəˈlidək(ə)l/adjective not interested or involved in politics Apolitical—a word that best describes ME and many carefree young people in our very opinionated yet very sheltered generation. Not talking about every millennial alive on the Philippine islands, but I believe most of my millennial friends and acquaintances choose to be apolitical human beings. Why not?…

Mom, I want to try walking in the rain. ☔️

“Mom, I want to try walking in the rain.” ☔️ My mom mind was quick to say NO because…who goes out for leisure when it rains, right? 🤷‍♀️ But then, I saw in her little eyes 👀 the yearning to discover how it feels to walk in the rain, something she’s never experienced yet in…

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…

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. 🙏🏻

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. …

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…

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…

Coping with anxiety during quarantine

“Motherhood is driving me crazy!” I used to think this statement is an overstatement…until I got quarantined…during a pandemic…with a toddler. It’s been 55 days since the Philippine government declared a community quarantine, which evolved into “enhanced community quarantine” to “extreme enhanced community quarantine” due to the Covid 19 pandemic. Whatever it’s called, this lockdown…

Life lesson from a quarantine summer

This magnificent mango tree is the scenic view closest to Masungi Georeserve that we can enjoy this quarantine summer. 🌳 🌤 Every morning, Tash and I will open our room window, stare at this beauty, greet it good morning, count the birds that fondly nestle on its strong branches and marvel at the many fruits…

Missing my fearless, carefree self

Imagining the adrenaline rush of our thrilling ride in the middle of the majestic Paoay Sand Dunes 🤩 How I wish I can shout my heart out like we did back then, willingly embracing the unseen wind right in front of us, joyfully surrendering to every unexpected bump and turn. Yes, we all want that…

BE IN THE MOMENT: Life lesson from children

In a generation where multitasking has become a way of life, practicing mindfulness is something easier said than done. Though I have read a lot of articles about it and attended quite a few events that promote it, being mindful is still something I find hard to consistently do. As a work-at-home mom, I try…