Nov 17, 2018

November 17, 2018 at 10:28PM

111718 With Ma, sis, pompom earrings and spectacles via Tumblr

Nov 13, 2018

November 13, 2018 at 08:28PM via Tumblr

Nov 11, 2018

November 11, 2018 at 08:28PM

111118 Our first mall Christmas tree sighting 🎄 via Tumblr

November 10, 2018 at 11:28PM

111018 Thankful for the filling dinner at my SIL’s house today. And it seriously feels like I ate more than all my meals for the last three days combined. 🐷 That’s not counting the slice of yema cake and the sweet & spicy tamarind I kept munching. 🤭😳 via Tumblr

Nov 3, 2018

November 03, 2018 at 08:28PM

110218 “Some mothers are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together.” ― Pearl S. Buck

Joining the sons on an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) mountain ride despite the fear of extreme adventure is a form of love too, I guess. 😳 via Tumblr

Nov 1, 2018

November 01, 2018 at 08:28AM

The decades preceding the age of 50 are generally all about building a career, a business or a nest egg, nurturing a marriage, getting into or out of a relationship, raising kids, caring for parents.

Now that I’m 51, things seem to propel forwards at such a velocity that kids are flying the coop. Hospital visits are getting a bit more frequent. Planning for retirement and estate are concurrent. Things are happening so fast, yet I find myself slowing down and sometimes unable to keep up. Clearly, I am transitioning to the next phase we call midlife.

Sometimes, in a woman’s life, transition feels like a crisis. It is even more compounded by the onset of hormonal changes that bring about anxiety, the blues, frozen shoulders, and chin hair.

So, what will age 51 bring? Will I find a renewed sense of purpose and passion? Will I become more comfortable and confident in my skin? Will I figure out what my legacy will be?

Time will come when I may be confronted by thoughts about my own mortality or the physical limitations of life when I’m not as limber as before (so long yoga twists and headstands). However, the good thing is I no longer grapple with insecurity: career-wise, relational, financial… physical. No more second-guessing things because as they say and I read somewhere that “The good thing about getting older is the benefit of hindsight.” 😊

Gone are the days of school runs, because eldest son now does it for our youngest boy. No more beating deadlines for tuition fee payments, because two of three kids are now working. Harried mornings are now replaced by slow lunches. Late nights out are not as enticing anymore. Taking family trips or relaxing staycations are more appealing now.

My new normal is waking up ahead of the alarm clock, saying my prayers, doing my counted steps, having oatmeal for breakfast, slathering myself with moisturizing and mood-enhancing essential oils (shameless plug) after a shower, and getting ready for the day ahead.

Come to think of it, if this is going through midlife, then I most definitely welcome the journey. The transition may be overwhelming at times, but I’d rather look at it as a lifestyle reboot. via Tumblr

Oct 31, 2018

October 31, 2018 at 09:28AM

103118 Behold, this halloween photo spot 👻!!! While looking for some holiday decor last night, I chanced upon this framed mirror. It doesn’t really go with the rest of what we have at home, but it’s quite a piece for a selfie. 😊 via Tumblr

Oct 30, 2018

Oct 23, 2018

October 23, 2018 at 04:28PM

Randomly twinning with my 14 year old son and trying to bridge the 37 years age gap between us…

I came across this one taken last April 2018 while backing up photos from my phone to Google Photos and Flickr. Who said joggers or sweatpants and slip-on sneakers are just for the young? As the millennials would say, carry pa naman. #chos via Tumblr

Oct 21, 2018

October 21, 2018 at 09:28PM

The highlight of the week would be Pa’s potassium level getting back to normal and the end of Ma’s therapy sessions… via Tumblr