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“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something. So that’s my wish for you, and […]

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Early Saturday morning I had the opportunity to bond with my eldest daughter, Kayla, when she brought me to her scouting activity which requires the attendance of a parent.  Although she was not feeling well, she could not miss the event because she was one of the student – organizers.  I saw her dedication to […]

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My Mama used to say that we should take time to re-read books we’ve loved when we were younger, just to see if we have the same perspective, and the same reaction to what we read.  Chances are we don’t, not because of any change in the book (none, evidently), but because we have changed.  […]

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despicable me?

  When I first started my column in July of 2010, I made it clear to Mr. Sam, our beloved editor, that I would not be writing about legal issues and most especially about politics, but it will just primarily be a lifestyle column on topics like family, parenting, food, books, beauty, fashion, etc. Now […]

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Last week I was all excited and proud about my little diva finally braving Grade One, feeling victorious after our setback last year at her being accelerated but emotionally unprepared for elementary.  I might have spoken too soon. After the Independence Day holiday last week, Nadine has again started to cry whenever I get ready […]

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Turning the pages of my mothersmother diaries, I distinctly remember our heartache last year, a very painful experience we went through when our little diva Nadine was accelerated to Grade 1.  Ok, let me take a step back as you might be wondering what “heartbreak” that was, and why it should be painful when promotion […]

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When you are a lover of books, of fiction novels particularly, there is simply no end to new bittersweet experiences: living other people’s lives, travelling to other places, indulging in others’ memories.  I have always loved how William Styron put it: “A good book should leave you…slightly exhausted at the end.  You live several lives […]

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wanderlust

  Summer brings back memories both wonderful and sad, it is what I consider a season of ironies: tempering mixed emotions and merging a fusion of sentiments.  I could not face summertime without having to think about vacations we used to spend with my Mama, and all the fun, food and festivities we have shared […]

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  Last Saturday was our youngest daughter’s graduation from pre-school.  It felt weird, because back in June she was accelerated to first grade after passing the qualifying exams, and in view of the K+12 program started by DepEd this year.  In “Mothersmother ep. 03: Diva’s Heartbreak” (SunStar Baguio, June 28, 2013), I referred to my […]

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A few weeks before Lent, the Catholic community was shocked by the news of Pope Benedict XVI retiring on February 28, 2013.  The 85-year-old pontiff is reportedly the first to retire in Roman Catholic church history, spanning a period of 600 years. I pride myself for being raised as a product of a Catholic school […]

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