All posts tagged: musings

The Sunday Currently, Vol. 27

Back to writing The Sunday Currently again

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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. 8: Reading as my sport

reading that is, finally finished reading Jodi Picoult’s Lone Wolf. I’m impressed by the amount of research she must have put into the book, particularly when it comes to the wolves, and how she used that information to weave a story, human characters, around it. It’s the first time I’ve read a novel authored by Picoult, though I have seen the movie My Sister’s Keeper several times, which was based on her novel of the same title. I wonder if all her stories involve family and court room drama… Anyway, it looks like I  have already graduated from reading John Grisham and Sidney Sheldon novels, and some of my new favorite authors/novelists now are Jodi Picoult, Amy Tan, and Tessa Afshar. listening to the sounds of the electric fan and air conditioning. (Remind me to turn off the electric fan later.) Really, when it’s late at night, these are the only sounds I’d hear unless a dog barks or some vehicle passes by. thinking about what I should have said to that rude Israeli that …

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 …

Start of the year realizations

The first month of 2016 is coming to a close and it feels like I have not done enough to reach some of my goals. Some days I’m out all day doing errands and attending to the girls’ needs, while some days I just feel so tired that I would simply rest and sleep for hours. I am starting to feel pressured, but before I start feeling overwhelmed, I think it would be a good idea for me to see go through the things I have learned so far this new year. There’s a thin line between resting and procrastinating. As much as I have learned to value and appreciate rest again–I’m no longer the driven career mom who’s enslaved to the notion that I have to be busy and productive all the time–it has become much easier for me to succumb to procrastination. Unfortunately, I still have a lot of backlog in writing, editing, and translation, not to mention, there are meetings that I still need to organize/attend. When we got back last January 1st from our …