All posts tagged: Philippines

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 …

A week with no TV

It’s summer vacation (at least here in the Philippines), but my little girls are not watching TV, ironically. I had to impose the rule of no TV for a week after I have noticed that they seem to have gotten addicted to some programs that they usually watch, to the point that it would take them about an hour to finish a meal and we’re usually late for appointments because they’re glued to the screen. Last Easter Sunday was the last straw, when we came to church late (again) for the nth time. At first, I thought the rule would be very difficult to impose for in the past they used to sneak while I would be asleep or reading in the bedroom. I was actually pleasantly surprised that they have been very cooperative. They did not plead to have the sanction lifted, although they would assure me that they would not interfere if I watched TV. Once or twice, however, they asked me if their late grandmother had banned me from watching TV when I was …

An OFW Family Drama

After ten long months, my husband finally came home again from abroad. Although he stayed for only three days and four nights, it felt like he had always been with us. Or at least, that’s what I had hoped for everyone in my family to feel, including myself. I thought it would be good for my husband to witness and experience our daily activities. That way, it would be easier for both him and the girls to talk about things and make the transition less painful as well when the time comes for him to leave again. Hence, my husband and I agreed that there would be no fancy place for us to visit or expensive toys to buy for the girls just because he’s home, and we didn’t have the girls excused from their classes either. While our daughters were both in school, my husband and I spent time together doing the things we would normally do as a couple… talk endlessly, share jokes, watch TV together, buy groceries, cook together, and so on. It was …

“Mom, at what age would you like me to get married?”

“Mom, at what age would you like me to get married?” I have a feeling that I should start expecting such questions from them beginning today. Actually, I should have thought of that when my older child asked me yesterday whether she’d get rich when she grows up. I don’t think they really understand the meaning of marry or marriage, but going back to their question, I answered “30” to my older child A, and “35” to my younger one Z. Why much later for Z? Because she’s younger and so baby-ish that I think it would take a long time before we let her go. As for A, I suppose it’s given–because she’s older, she’d mature faster and would want to leave the nest sooner. And well, I have this feeling that she would want to be independent the soonest possible, so I’d rather brace myself… that doesn’t seem to make sense though, does it? A gave a follow-up question: the perennial why. Why? Because according to studies, the human brain does not become fully mature until the age 25. And, …

Missing and wishing

I have just finished looking at my friend Michelle’s photos on Facebook. She and seven other travellers came together to visit Patagonia. She took great pictures and the sceneries were simply breathtaking. And to think I never thought such place with such name existed until she posted her albums! As I was looking at her pictures, a few things came to my mind. First, how blessed she is to be able to travel to such places. I wonder if God would ever allow me (with my family) to see such places too, and if yes, I wonder when that would happen. Although I am happy for her–after the painful divorce she had to deal with last year, she certainly needs a break, and a fabulous one such as this–I must admit that I am also envious of my friend’s travel escapades. To be able to travel and see the world would always be one of my dreams and prayers yet to be answered by God. The other thing I realized was that I’ve missed my friend and our highschool group very much. She was one of my best …

Full-time mommy gets a new full-time home-based job

I got a phone call at around 6 am today, inviting me to a virtual conference with prospective clients/employers. Two hours later, I found myself online at Skype, sharing things about my employment background, etc. To make it short, I just got hired. I’ll be working on a new account starting next week. I was thrilled to hear it, especially that I did not expect it at all. In fact, all I could think of during the call was to go back to bed. But, as always, I’m open to both new challenges and the idea of getting an extra income. However, a nagging voice tells me that it might not work out again, like my last job, for the same reason: although it’s home-based, it’s still a full-time job and I might get so cranky again, put my health in line, and miss spending time with my girls so much. Not to mention lose focus on my graduate studies. Since God brought me to it, however, I’d like to think that every thing will turn out well. After all, I’ve been …

Odd girl out

Part I – Elementary school days I woke up the other day with Mr. Big‘s songs in my head. It must be because of the band’s recent concert in Manila, which  I was not able to attend. Bummer! Nevertheless, I still enjoyed the night, staying up late as I looked up Mr. Big’s videos on YouTube. I have to admit that their music evoked a mixed emotion and endless memories of my childhood. They reminded me most of my elementary school days and how much I felt like I was the odd one in class. I’m not exactly sad about being that way, but I have to admit that were days when I sometimes wished that I were popular in class. After all, I was pretty popular and had many so friends in our neighborhood then. Besides, now that decades had passed, my elementary batchmates couldn’t seem to get enough of having reunions or mini gatherings lately, and I couldn’t seem to enjoy much being with them because I was never really close to most of …

Revisiting the Manila Ocean Park

Summer vacation’s already halfway through–at least here in the Philippines–and while my girls feel that they still haven’t done enough, I am worried that I’ve already indulged them so much. Let’s see… we go to the malls almost each time they feel like it. We’ve been shopping and dining out, depending on the extra money we have on hand. So far, they’ve had dance lessons–a crash course on ballet and Hawaiian–and have already performed before a crowd at the mall for their first ever dance recital. When we’re home, they would stay all day in their mini pool, which I usually set up in the veranda, and they would even invite some of their friends over. If not, they would stay inside the house, watch TV or movies on DVD, play with their toys, read their books, do various art activities, or just sleep. Sometimes, when it’s not so sunny, I let them go out and run around the neighborhood or on scooters with their playmates. And on other days, the three of us would head to a …

Dreaming of water

It’s one of those days that I just feel lethargic, mostly because of the weather. Of all the days, why did the water company choose today to clean the water tanks and cut the water supply in our village? I don’t understand why they have to do it on a Saturday and again, without prior notice. Even if we have already made plans to spend the day somewhere, we still have lots of chores to perform first at home before we leave, not to mention, activities relating to hygiene. Sure, today’s windy, but it still feels hot! The wind does not really help that much, especially that clean water for bathing, cooking, washing the dishes, and watering the plants is what we need now, including water for pets. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever longed for the pool at my brother’s condo and yes, Boracay–I’d like to go back there–until now. It doesn’t matter if the sun’s glaring as long as I’m dipped in cool water. The heat is starting to make me feel not only tired, …