Nov 30, 2018

November 30, 2018 at 09:28PM

113018 Bataan on Bonifacio Day #completefamily via Tumblr

Nov 29, 2018

November 29, 2018 at 08:28PM

112918 While the hubby was in San Pablo City for a client meeting, I was in Antipolo. I had a full day exploring the galleries of Pinto, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, and the Hinulugang Taktak falls on this part of the Sierra Madre mountains. via Tumblr

Nov 27, 2018

November 27, 2018 at 09:28PM

Travel on my mind… On one of the viewing decks of Elephant Mountain while gazing at Taipei 101 via Tumblr

Nov 22, 2018

November 22, 2018 at 09:28PM

Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna with the hubby and sons (May 2018) because sometimes it’s good to reminisce… via Tumblr

Nov 17, 2018

November 17, 2018 at 10:28PM

111718 With Ma, sis, pompom earrings and spectacles 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 7, 2018

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