Month: June 2016

Marking history

30 June 2016. Today marks the inauguration of our country’s 16th President and 14th Vice President, Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Maria Leonor Gerona Robredo, respectively. I was up almost as soon as the alarm on my phone went off and started preparing breakfast by the time the 6AM news coverage on the inauguration started. I can’t recall ever waking up early in the past, although I do remember watching certain parts of the previous Philippine presidents’ inauguration address. In fact, this must be the first time I have learned of the symbolisms used on such occasions, including the going up and down on the staircase of the outgoing and incoming presidents. It’s a good thing that we’re homeschooling and my girls, especially my 7th grader, are now old enough to pay attention to the program. I honestly wouldn’t take it against them if they prefer to do other things, even if it concerns the country’s history; I know I’d rather play or read a novel if I were their age. Thankfully, I didn’t have to …

The Unfriendly Bee

It’s been a while since my girls and I went out with Quinn, our one-year old Boston Terrier, in tow. I attended our weekly discipleship group/Bible study meeting earlier and while my women’s group was studying, my girls were playing with dear Quinn. After the meeting, we headed to the park, which was just outside the church building, and let Quinn walk. We decided to have lunch then at one of the nearest fast food restaurants, one with a famous “bee” for its mascots. It’s been more than a month since we dropped by the place and we really missed their famous chicken. As we were eating, Quinn stayed under the table. As usual, Lil Sis was the last to finish her food and I had to help her with it. Of course, it shouldn’t take me long to finish it, so I told my girls to get ready, we would leave as soon as I was done. I was about to put into my mouth the last forkful of spaghetti when my 12-year old …

The Sunday Currently, Vol. 9: Maligayang Araw ng Kalayaan

Reading children’s books on Filipino myths and legends. I’m not sure if I was inspired to read them because it’s our country’s 118th Independence Day today, but one thing I’m sure of is I missed reading such stories! I loved them as a child and had even memorized many of them. However, as I grew older and discovered the joy of reading English literature, I suppose I started thinking less of Filipino literature. Anyway, I couldn’t resist buying the books after I’ve seen them at Fully Booked earlier this evening. I know I have introduced Filipino stories to my daughters, but I am guilty of always choosing the English version because they’re easier to read out loud than the Tagalog or original version. And, as we study Filipino at school, I realized how little my daughters really know about or appreciate the Filipino culture, which is a shame. As much as this realization is appalling, I am glad that we are homeschooling; now I can teach them not only the things written in their textbooks, …