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 ๐ŸŽ„ 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. ๐Ÿท That’s not counting the slice of yema cake and the sweet & spicy tamarind I kept munching. ๐Ÿคญ๐Ÿ˜ณ 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. ๐Ÿ˜ณ 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.” 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. via Tumblr

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 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

Oct 19, 2018

October 19, 2018 at 08:28PM

Our complete family according to age… #Throwback to a few months ago via Tumblr

Oct 17, 2018

October 17, 2018 at 09:28PM

Clearly, one of us had a more artsy take… via Tumblr

Oct 3, 2018

October 03, 2018 at 08:28PM

100318 “Nothing you wear is more important than your smile.”- Connie Stevens via Tumblr

Sep 28, 2018

September 28, 2018 at 08:28PM

In this world, a good time to laugh is any time you can. — Linda Ellerbee via Tumblr

Sep 27, 2018

September 27, 2018 at 09:28PM

Sweet treats to send-off the bro… via Tumblr

Sep 25, 2018

September 25, 2018 at 06:28AM

Here with my siblings, Pa and Ma on Ma’s 80th birthday last Saturday… via Tumblr

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 via Tumblr

Sep 23, 2018

September 23, 2018 at 04:28PM

092318 I live for days like this ♥️ #complete via Tumblr

Sep 17, 2018

September 17, 2018 at 04:28PM

1 top 2 ways, a fave from @ateclothier via Tumblr

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 via Tumblr

Sep 11, 2018

Sep 9, 2018

September 09, 2018 at 11:28AM

090918 Almost the same color combo with the eldest ๐Ÿ˜Š via Tumblr

Aug 25, 2018

August 25, 2018 at 08:28PM

082518 “Today’s special moments are tomorrow’s memories.”-from the movie Aladdin via Tumblr

Aug 23, 2018

August 23, 2018 at 08:28PM

The Dancing House called Fred and Ginger is a modern landmark in Prague #throwbackthursday via Tumblr

Aug 16, 2018

August 16, 2018 at 08:28PM

Quaint Florentine house surrounded by green for this week’s photo theme via Tumblr

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 via Tumblr

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. via Tumblr

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 via Tumblr

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 via Tumblr

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. via Tumblr

Aug 6, 2018

August 06, 2018 at 06:28PM

080618 Sweet treats and coffee with Pa & Ma via Tumblr

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 via Tumblr

Jul 24, 2018

Jul 12, 2018

July 12, 2018 at 03:28AM

Our long overdue catch up stretched lunch to 4 hours ๐Ÿ˜Š via Tumblr

Jul 7, 2018

July 07, 2018 at 07:28PM

Hung over ๐Ÿคช via Tumblr

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. via Tumblr

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˜‚ via Tumblr

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 via Tumblr

July 03, 2018 at 12:28PM

“It’s great to have gray hair. Ask anyone who’s bald.” — Rodney Dangerfield via Tumblr

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 via Tumblr

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 via Tumblr

Jun 17, 2018

June 17, 2018 at 10:28PM

Fathers Day Dinner ♥️♥️ via Tumblr

Jun 13, 2018

June 13, 2018 at 06:28PM

After some rockefellers and a glass of margarita ๐Ÿน via Tumblr

Jun 11, 2018

June 11, 2018 at 06:28PM

Cebu… All year summer weather via Tumblr

Jun 9, 2018