Nov 17, 2018

November 17, 2018 at 10:28PM


111718 With Ma, sis, pompom earrings and spectacles https://ift.tt/2QQQApU via Tumblr https://ift.tt/2PxsfbX

Nov 13, 2018

November 13, 2018 at 08:28PM


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Nov 11, 2018

November 11, 2018 at 08:28PM


111118 Our first mall Christmas tree sighting ๐ŸŽ„ https://ift.tt/2DcPEbn via Tumblr https://ift.tt/2T4NVdQ

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. ๐Ÿท That’s not counting the slice of yema cake and the sweet & spicy tamarind I kept munching. ๐Ÿคญ๐Ÿ˜ณ https://ift.tt/2POvqLS via Tumblr https://ift.tt/2Qw00H2

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. ๐Ÿ˜ณ https://ift.tt/2F1dwRV via Tumblr https://ift.tt/2yQLFOH

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.” ๐Ÿ˜Š

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. https://ift.tt/2qmpvPS via Tumblr https://ift.tt/2JvSLMG

Oct 31, 2018

October 31, 2018 at 09:28AM


103118 Behold, this halloween photo spot ๐Ÿ‘ป!!! 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. ๐Ÿ˜Š https://ift.tt/2yGyUX1 via Tumblr https://ift.tt/2COZJuK

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

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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… https://ift.tt/2Pfoyqg via Tumblr https://ift.tt/2AkUKjR

Oct 19, 2018

October 19, 2018 at 08:28PM


Our complete family according to age… #Throwback to a few months ago https://ift.tt/2q1TMTy via Tumblr https://ift.tt/2Cw6qSD

Oct 17, 2018

October 17, 2018 at 09:28PM


Clearly, one of us had a more artsy take… https://ift.tt/2Af55hq via Tumblr https://ift.tt/2P3u2Vi

Oct 3, 2018

October 03, 2018 at 08:28PM


100318 “Nothing you wear is more important than your smile.”- Connie Stevens https://ift.tt/2OEyABn via Tumblr https://ift.tt/2O26obZ

Sep 28, 2018

September 28, 2018 at 08:28PM


In this world, a good time to laugh is any time you can. — Linda Ellerbee https://ift.tt/2xIgbtG via Tumblr https://ift.tt/2R535i5

Sep 27, 2018

September 27, 2018 at 09:28PM


Sweet treats to send-off the bro… https://ift.tt/2OTW1Dw via Tumblr https://ift.tt/2zzjJzG

Sep 25, 2018

September 25, 2018 at 06:28AM


Here with my siblings, Pa and Ma on Ma’s 80th birthday last Saturday… https://ift.tt/2N4AeHC via Tumblr https://ift.tt/2O0T0Ej

Sep 24, 2018

September 24, 2018 at 06:29AM


Having my friends over for my Ma’s 80th birthday last 9/22 was the perfect excuse for hamming it up for the cam https://ift.tt/2DqtnII via Tumblr https://ift.tt/2PW7xOL

Sep 23, 2018

September 23, 2018 at 04:28PM


092318 I live for days like this ♥️ #complete https://ift.tt/2I5iY3P via Tumblr https://ift.tt/2PUOcNV

Sep 17, 2018

September 17, 2018 at 04:28PM


1 top 2 ways, a fave from @ateclothier https://ift.tt/2D5ynm6 via Tumblr https://ift.tt/2NQnN6k

Sep 15, 2018

September 15, 2018 at 01:28PM


091518 This morning while finalizing the venue for a special event, strong winds toppled boards and intermittent rains sent planners in a frenzy for back-up. We are in Cebu but we still feel the effects of supertyphoon Mangkhut as it batters some parts of Luzon. Praying for everyone’s safety. #typhoonompong #mangkhut https://ift.tt/2xiMMFo via Tumblr https://ift.tt/2D0oQg9

Sep 11, 2018

Sep 9, 2018

September 09, 2018 at 11:28AM


090918 Almost the same color combo with the eldest ๐Ÿ˜Š https://ift.tt/2oS6zra via Tumblr https://ift.tt/2QdXntH

Aug 25, 2018

August 25, 2018 at 08:28PM


082518 “Today’s special moments are tomorrow’s memories.”-from the movie Aladdin https://ift.tt/2w9O3P0 via Tumblr https://ift.tt/2NgEPr0

Aug 23, 2018

August 23, 2018 at 08:28PM


The Dancing House called Fred and Ginger is a modern landmark in Prague #throwbackthursday https://ift.tt/2MJ5mQx via Tumblr https://ift.tt/2w8ylDZ

Aug 16, 2018

August 16, 2018 at 08:28PM


Quaint Florentine house surrounded by green for this week’s photo theme https://ift.tt/2MhLN2D via Tumblr https://ift.tt/2MTv7e2

Aug 13, 2018

August 13, 2018 at 08:28PM


Suddenly, as one approaches the top, the views open up—the horizon widens. There is quiet… other than the occasional cries of seabirds. - Normandy Region https://ift.tt/2ML8mZK via Tumblr https://ift.tt/2P2ZD6D

Aug 11, 2018

August 11, 2018 at 09:28PM


This is the newer part of the city of Monte-Carlo on reclaimed land… Monaco is the 2nd smallest country in the world but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in attitude. https://ift.tt/2MDg73G via Tumblr https://ift.tt/2M7ea3c

Aug 10, 2018

August 10, 2018 at 08:28PM


Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus or Basilique du Sacrรฉ-Cล“ur was completed in 1911 and consecrated in 1919. #FlashbackFriday #ForumSession #FSFridayHype https://ift.tt/2vA3fEX via Tumblr https://ift.tt/2KIcnfE

Aug 9, 2018

August 09, 2018 at 08:28PM


Le Mont Saint Michel, as of 2015, has a population of 50. The island has held strategic fortifications since ancient times and since the 8th century AD has been the seat of the monastery from which it draws its name. #throwbackthursday #fotografiaunited #montsaintmichel #fsthursdayhype #likeallphotosfulease https://ift.tt/2OimnOA via Tumblr https://ift.tt/2vsMvzq

Aug 7, 2018

August 07, 2018 at 08:28PM


It used to be the center of social life of Americans in Manila for decades since 1911 and where the only Filipinos allowed in were servants. It became a bomb shelter and then was occupied by the Japanese. All that is now history and a storied hotel. https://ift.tt/2MoEd1W via Tumblr https://ift.tt/2OQxpMi

Aug 6, 2018

August 06, 2018 at 06:28PM


080618 Sweet treats and coffee with Pa & Ma https://ift.tt/2OLu3Ko via Tumblr https://ift.tt/2OeY586

Aug 2, 2018

August 02, 2018 at 08:28PM


080218 After a quick trip to our go-to ATE Clothier, what followed was a wide range of topics over savory and sweet treats https://ift.tt/2KjxyV4 via Tumblr https://ift.tt/2ve6oKm

Jul 24, 2018

Jul 12, 2018

July 12, 2018 at 03:28AM


Our long overdue catch up stretched lunch to 4 hours ๐Ÿ˜Š https://ift.tt/2ulKunm via Tumblr https://ift.tt/2L5wc4H

Jul 7, 2018

July 07, 2018 at 07:28PM


Hung over ๐Ÿคช https://ift.tt/2KBfvPb via Tumblr https://ift.tt/2ugKwNs

July 07, 2018 at 09:28AM


The second son will soon fly the coop and carve a niche for himself in his field of study. This development brings a whole new dynamic and could potentially increase or decrease our time with each other. I’m savoring (and looking back at) every moment we’re complete. This brings to mind what Michael J. Fox once said that “Family is not an important thing. It is everything.” This was last April at Sun Moon Lake. https://ift.tt/2KWSNNE via Tumblr https://ift.tt/2KTh0aO

Jul 4, 2018

July 04, 2018 at 09:28PM


The other side of serious… He is the one that says the most hilarious of punch lines and the fastest to laugh at my antics. I just don’t remember what cracked him up here. ๐Ÿ˜‚ https://ift.tt/2IQDQeb via Tumblr https://ift.tt/2KMRuRa

Jul 3, 2018

July 03, 2018 at 10:28PM


Years back, they really would have wanted Manila to be their retirement base. With all of us siblings located in different places (Cebu, Singapore, Canada), Manila was a no go. It was too far, too costly, and too inconvenient a place to visit. It took a lot of convincing from us before Pa and Ma relented to leave Manila and live near one of us. Up to now I’m still trying to convince them to stay. ๐Ÿ˜Š https://ift.tt/2tQLWyN via Tumblr https://ift.tt/2z7nqOS

July 03, 2018 at 12:28PM


“It’s great to have gray hair. Ask anyone who’s bald.” — Rodney Dangerfield https://ift.tt/2KtUGVR via Tumblr https://ift.tt/2KGU5iS

Jun 30, 2018

Jun 29, 2018

What’s with the wire? Our youngest son turned 14 last March. And like most teens his age, young adults and some seniors like my 76 year old Pa (lol), his going out wardrobe includes headphones, charging cable and powerbank. ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜† The “Fear Of Missing Out” is real... ๐Ÿคจ

Jun 25, 2018

June 25, 2018 at 12:28AM


At Il Corso, City di Mare #postbinignit https://ift.tt/2MT4bew via Tumblr https://ift.tt/2lwL9hT

Jun 21, 2018

June 21, 2018 at 04:28PM


“I seriously believe that I should rethink the length of my sideburns” ๐Ÿ˜œ #tbt #throwback #howdoyoukeepitneat #noprofoundcaption https://ift.tt/2JWDBnd via Tumblr https://ift.tt/2K8DzaT

Jun 17, 2018

June 17, 2018 at 10:28PM


Fathers Day Dinner ♥️♥️ https://ift.tt/2ter1V2 via Tumblr https://ift.tt/2tgOpRI

Jun 13, 2018

June 13, 2018 at 06:28PM


After some rockefellers and a glass of margarita ๐Ÿน https://ift.tt/2sTxGEX via Tumblr https://ift.tt/2MmLAaH

Jun 11, 2018

June 11, 2018 at 06:28PM


Cebu… All year summer weather https://ift.tt/2LGHxF4 via Tumblr https://ift.tt/2xXPNOV

Jun 9, 2018