Category Archives: My Family

love yourself

Every now and then, I get bombarded with text messages from wives asking for my advice on their marital woes. The thing is I am not a counselor and I can only speak for myself. The fact that the person on the other end is a stranger makes it difficult for me to reply back Read More →


In all the 36 years that Butch and I have been a couple (as steadies for 7 years and as married couple) , not once have we celebrated Valentine’s Day outside the home. During the 7 years that we dated, he’d say “I don’t want to celebrate Valentine’s day but let’s go on a dinner Read More →

dancing the night away

The attire on the invite read :” Drop dead gorgeous for the ladies and metrosexual for the guys.” Bernie, my gorgeous best friend wanted to celebrate Frank’s (her husband) milestone in life, as he joins the distinguished Senior Citizens’ Club. My task was to make sure my husband will wear the required “metrosexual” attire. “What Read More →


Photo via @HiroshiShih Gong Xi Fa Cai! Gong Hey Fat Choy! I enjoy surfing through the various Feng Sui sites on what lies ahead for the Rooster, the year I was born based on the Chinese Lunar year. I know that it is just a guide but it is fun nonetheless to read about my Read More →

me and my ex bf

I wrote this seven years ago but I thought I’d share it again because today, January 26 is the day we met 36 years ago. Yes, we celebrate the first day we met (January 26), the first day we became a couple (March 7) aside from our wedding anniversary (May 5). Our anniversary is a Read More →

my daughters

I  smile as I flick through the photos from my little red wooden box. As I gaze at the photos of my children, the laughter springs to life in my memory bank. Life has not always been nice and dandy but that is not to say it remained sad or lonely. Life is  about making Read More →


Taken on the stage of Sinulog 1985 celebration The cries of Pit Senyor rings in the air right now as Cebu’s Sinulog celebration heats up. Sinulog holds treasured memories of the two loves of my life: My dad and my husband. Twenty nine years ago , I first attended it with my then fiance. A Read More →

research paper on financing for SMEs

“We are so accustomed to the comforts of “I cannot”, “I do not want to” and “it is too difficult” that we forget to realize when we stop doing things for ourselves and expect others to dance around us, we are not achieving greatness. We have made ourselves weak.” Pandora Poikilos, Excuse Me, My Brains Read More →

roller coaster

Life is like a roller coaster. It has its ups and downs, but it’s your CHOICE to scream or to enjoy the ride. New Year started off with a new planner. Not just any planner , mind you but

family photos

Good bye 2013. Hello 2014. I will affirm the good things for the New Year 2014. I will offer a prayer, wait and expect good things to happen to me and my loved ones. Whenever I wonder what is coming, I tell myself the best is coming, the very best love and life have to Read More →

my children

One of the biggest life-changing event in 2013 is when the last of my kids has  finally flown the coop.  My new life as a blogger in 2006 came just when the kids were in college which then prepared me  to let go one year at a time.  Being alone at home with four cats Read More →

our christmas tree

Your home is whatever place you long to be. Transient feeling of sadness overcomes me when I recall those good old days when my family was complete. Our home is mostly an empty nest during most parts of the year. When my son died 13 years ago, Christmas was bearable because my two daughters were Read More →


The last Christmas with my mom in 1975 was spent singing Christmas songs in our dining room . How we crooned to my mom’s delight as all the 7 siblings from 19 to 10 years old gathered around my brother who played the melody in the Yamaha organ. At times, mom accompanied the songs in Read More →

mayor of hercules

Congrats my dear sister! Myrna Lardizabal de Vera is the 2014 mayor of the City of Hercules, CA. It’s her second time around. She is also the SIXTH Filipino American to become the mayor of this dynamic city. Congratulations! I remember when I helped her campaign in November 2010. Did it even occur to our Read More →


Every man ought to be a macho macho man, To live a life of freedom, machos make a stand, Have their own life style and ideals, Possess the strength and confidence, life’s a steal, You can best believe that he’s a macho man He’s a special person in anybody’s land. (Village People – Macho Man) Read More →


Sparkling and dazzling lights dance around our Christmas tree. Hundreds of tiny lights run along the garlands like waves stretching all the way to the second floor. The girls’ bright red and green Christmas stockings hang on the garlands, just waiting to be filled up with yummy candies and goodies on Christmas day. These pretty Read More →

jollibbee best gift ever

The Christmas season will always remind me of my childhood. There is always this warm feeling in my heart when I think of Christmas day. A child always lives in my heart. As a little girl, my parents could not afford to buy expensive gifts but I was always happy with whatever they gave me. Read More →


Knowing about two couples breaking up the past month brought me back to a similar breakup 30 years ago. My own breakup story. I was twenty five years old, at the peak of my career while my twenty-two year old boyfriend ( who is incidentally my husband) was just a Freshman in Law school. Being Read More →

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