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  “Go somewhere you’ve never been.” My Mama used to revel in the joy of travel.  When I was younger she would join friends for pleasure trips to Bicol, Cebu, Hongkong, and even the Holy Land.  She would be happy showing off her pictures and re-living her experiences.  When she retired from government service and […]

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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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I just turned 38 last week, and I still do not see any need to lie about my age.  Truth is, I would rather lie about my waistline, not my age. Unfortunately, my age is easier to conceal than that other “figure”. Birthdays are always something to be thankful for.  Another year does not necessarily […]

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wistful

It’s my Mama’s birthday today.  Memories keep flooding back, and I probably am entitled to be wistful, just for today.  Happy memories of when she was still around are enough to warm my heart and put a sweet smile to my face, but the thought that she is no longer around for tight hugs, sweet […]

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  After a one-night love affair with enchanting Vigan, we drove towards Laoag City where we would be meeting Hubby’s college friend.  Our Tres Mikaelas, who are such mallrats, got excited to see Robinson’s Laoag (after travelling from Vigan to Laoag, they were dying for cold drinks and a fully airconditioned place); unfortunately, it was […]

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This wanderlust persona has been further “activated” by the summer season, much like a Ms. Hyde waiting to come out after months of toiling in work and (my kids’) school activities.  Our beloved city of Pines is not spared from scorching hot sunny weather at high noon, although we are now experiencing April showers in […]

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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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