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I Live with a Bum

Yes, I do. But it’s not all bad. Let me backtrack a little and give a bit of background to this short narrative. My used-to-be 8-yr old daughter, who always figured in my old blogs, just graduated from college this July.  Of course, this brought me great pride and joy, because after all our persevering […]

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My Weekend Market Fails

Happy Monday! I hope your weekend had been a productive one, spent the way you wanted to spend it. For us, we’re kinda big on weekend markets, maybe because there are no grumbly, drag-your-feet-when-shopping males in this fam. Our obvious fave is the Salcedo Saturday Market in Makati, because we like food better than stuff, […]

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Summer Escapes: Staycation at the Luneta Hotel

As I’ve argued with my mom a dozen times, staying at a hotel, whether it be in the metro or somewhere far from home, is still an escape.  An escape from everyday drudgery, housework, karaoke-singing neighbors, cavorting cats in heat.  That is why, aside from the fact that our family loves old Manila, I am […]

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Mother’s Day: the Day After

It is Monday morning in Manila, Philippines, 7:00am. The day after Mother’s Day. I have the day off from work, but I have been up since 4am, just in time to drop off daughter at her dorm, and my nephews at their house, because they spent the night. I sit in my dirty kitchen while […]

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To Be Old in the Time of Pokemon

I’m sure you’re sick of it by now. People unexpectedly stopping in the hallways; super slow drivers, especially past water tanks, churches or graffiti you would’ve otherwise ignored; and kids pestering you to please turn on your hotspot, or could they now “please get data subscription”. All because of Pokemon. Yes, the Pokemon has made […]

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When it’s time to let daughter go and live by herself…

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Have Granny, Will Travel

In my younger years, I guess the articles or blogs that would have caught my attention would be those talking about how to comfortably (or survive) travel (if this is at all possible) with your small kids. Nowadays, however, with the kid in college, you would think that travel would be so much easier.  No […]

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Super Normal Girl Goes to Guam

Sadly, this would be the last of this year’s “Summer Escapes” series, as summer has officially ended in the Philippines, so says our local weather bureau, PAGASA.  We were, however, able to squeeze in one last family trip to nearby Guam, which was hurricane-less a couple of weeks back, and perfect for some water activities and […]

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Summer Escapes: Crimson Resort and Spa

Summer is at its tail-end, and we’ve been having rain showers these past few days, but it’s not too late for  some last-hurrah summer getaways with the fam. So here’s our third suggested destination for your family vacation: Crimson Resort and Spa in Mactan, Cebu, Philippines. A bit pricey, you may say, but this resort has […]

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Summer Escapes: Liliw Resort

For those who want to take a break from the usual hot, sandy beaches, here is a cool alternative, the 2nd in our Summer Escapes Series. Liliw is a small town at the foot of Mount Banahaw in Laguna, Philippines.  It is, at most, a 3-hour drive from Manila via the South Luzon Expressway. This […]