All posts tagged: A Musing Mom’s Tales

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, …

The Sunday Currently, Vol. 7: Books, music, and more

reading Jodi Piccoult’s Lone Wolf. This book has intrigued me ever since I saw it on Book Sale. I’m glad I had a chance to go back to the same bookstore outlet earlier this week and it’s still there. writing a mental note of all the things that I need to do this week. As usual. Later, I’ll jot them down on paper, too (i.e., if I don’t fall asleep first). listening to the songs Madonna sang at her recent Rebel Heart Concert in Manila. Come to think of it, I used to be a huge Madonna fan. I grew up listening to her songs and knew most of them by heart. She’s a great singer, entertainer, but I made a choice to stop idolizing when I finally understood the meanings behind her songs, etc. thinking about all the answered prayers we had this past week, including reconciliation between my parents-in-law and sister-in-law. smelling the lasagna we had earlier at Almon Marina, Alabang Town Center. It smells heavenly despite its appalling appearance. It’s a far …

The Sunday Currently, Vol. 6: Getting back on track

It’s been a while since I have updated this part of my blog. This is supposedly the easiest way for me to ensure that I write at least once a week, but it has started to feel like I wasn’t writing at all. I have considered deleting this section altogether, but I thought it would also be nice to cap off Sunday evenings with this. So, I guess I’m back to writing Sunday Currently posts, and I just hope that I’ll be able to do it more consistently this time. Anyway, here it goes… reading articles and comments in response to the controversial post by Manny Pacquiao concerning LGBTs. Seriously, people, he simply quoted the Bible; those were not his words. He was not condemning anyone at all, but spreading the Word of God. It’s a good thing, however, that the community is reacting. (Reminds me of what Mark Twain once said about reading the Bible.) Obviously, the Word of God had stirred something in them. The only question is what they would do about …

Not quite a mom

It’s Sunday. Instead of having a relaxing evening, I’m nursing disappointment and frustration. This is not how I envisioned any of my days or nights as a mom. When I was younger, I had seen myself as nothing but a nurturing, sweet, loving, and capable mom. Now, however, I question myself whether I am any of those, whether I should have been a mom at all… why God allowed me to be a mom. Lately, I tend to lose my temper at the slightest hint of disrespect and disobedience, and discipline my children, especially my eldest, out of anger. I tend to say harsh words (as opposed to spanking) in my attempt to make her understand that I am very, very displeased with what she had just said or done (or not done). In the end, it would look like I have won and have broken her spirit, but the truth is, it would probably be much easier to contend with a child with a broken bone than one with a broken spirit only to …

Lessons from “Twilight”

Turning the pages of this bulky novel has rekindled my passion for reading. It’s been a while since I last sat down and did nothing but read… there are two lines from the movie that would always stay with me: “Remember who you are” and “You must feed first”. I think everyone who has read the novels and seen the movie counterparts should remember these, too. The story presents many moral values, especially for the modern-day teens, but these are the ones that I could relate to the most at this stage of my life. Somehow, these lines simply stood out above the rest.

Asia e-Commerce Expo 2015 brings together the biggest brand leaders in Asia

[Sponsored Post] Leading e-commerce experts from emerging markets, award winning e-commerce players, and established e-retailers in the Asia Pacific Region (APAC) will be gathering under one roof at the Asia e-Commerce Expo 2015 (#AECoE) on 25 November 2015 (Wednesday), 8 AM to 6 PM, at SMX Aura in Taguig City. Organized by TAG Media and Public Relations, the #AECoE provides a unique opportunity both for learning from and networking with senior leaders from the biggest brands in the Asia Pacific region. Discussion topics include market analysis, digital marketing, CRM, eCommerce, and more. The program will also feature an hour of Speed Networking among the participants and industry leaders to encourage future collaborations as well. Speakers, who are leaders from different industries and are always engaged in momentous pursuits of significance in the ASEAN region and beyond, include: Constantin Robertz – Managing Director, Zalora Lars Jeppesen – CEO, Tech One Global Jacqueline Van Den Ende – Managing Director, Lamudi Kristian Melquiades – General Manager, Viber Janette Toral – Founder, Digital Club Filipino Subir Lohani– Managing Director, Carmudi Philippines Chinkee Tan …

Guilt-free shopping, anyone?

Lately, I’ve been out most of the days of the week, doing errands, filing legal cases, paying off personal loans… and shopping. The latter, however, was more of a by-product of all those things that I had to do. I think I finally understood why my husband once felt a sudden urge to buy himself a very expensive pair of leather shoes in Singapore, when we have just spent nearly 100k for our family vacation abroad. For the past several years, mind you, I have successfully practiced avoiding window shopping unless I intend to buy a particular item. I would only go into a particular store if there’s something there that I have really been planning to buy and if they’re holding a sale. I have always prided myself for being able to refrain from impulsively buying stuff for myself at the mall, even if there’s enough cash in my wallet or debit card for me to be able to purchase anything I’d fancy. Like my husband, I tend to spend money on good food, and …

“In the presence of my enemies”

I have mentioned in my previous post, Who and Why, that we are dealing with some vexatious individuals, who are related to each other and have been harassing us in various ways. Today, I finally received the subpoena for the first of the string of criminal and civil cases that I have filed against them. I cannot begin to tell you how happy I am that finally, there is now a schedule for the preliminary hearing at the City Prosecution Office for the first case(s) that I have filed. To me, that means justice is on its way. I can’t wait to see these people behind bars, who are also rumored to be members of a drug syndicate and are apparently notorious for their ill manners and violent nature. They may have instilled fear in us at one point in time, especially among my children, but shall do everything (legal) to make them own up to all their crimes against my family and me. One of their victims and a witness to their evil deeds, my father, died recently. …

A room with a view

What’s the best thing to do during summer vacation when you’re not out on the beach? Reading, of course! Travel vicariously through books. I just finished reading “Harriet Beamer Takes the Bus” on Kindle and it has stirred in me a longing to go out and travel once more. Harriet is a 70+ year old widow who lost a bet to her daughter-in-law. As a consequence, she had to sell her house, pack her bags, and live with her son and daughter-in-law. She decided, however, to take the long route going to their place. She wanted to see the world, and so she traveled from Philadelphia to California via land transportation. And traveling she did, while adding more salt and pepper shakers to her collection. I had imagined the luxurious hotel rooms where Harriet stayed as well as the tourist spots she had visited. The story was beautifully written that I felt like I was with her all the way, hearing her conversations, feeling her emotions, seeing everything in her own eyes. But there is …