#ThankSeries: To the Man with the Biggest Heart

"Di man siya matangkad, tinitingala ko siya." That was the first line I wrote in an essay about my father, which won me first place in a national exam back in the '90s. My Dad stands 4'11" tall, some say like his namesake, Napoleon Bonaparte. And, of all the things he could have passed on … Continue reading #ThankSeries: To the Man with the Biggest Heart

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Stepping forward

Somewhere between changing diapers, teaching our 18 month old her ABCs, and breastfeeding, I found out I'm pregnant with our third child. My first reaction was, "Wait, what?!" Hubby, bless his heart, just grinned from ear to ear and said, "You wanted a child who would look like you, so maybe this new baby will." Men, … Continue reading Stepping forward

Infinitesimal moment of silence before the fireworks

Two months since my last blog entry. I’ve been finding it difficult to write, not for lack of things to talk about, but because sometimes I think the more compassionate thing to do is to keep quiet. When a friend and neighbor of mine loses a loved one, part of me wants to make the … Continue reading Infinitesimal moment of silence before the fireworks

Why am I happy to be Filipino?

There are so many reasons why I thank God I'm Filipino. But I'm narrowing it down to my top 10, in no particular order: 1. Pinoy Music. Some critics say we don't have a distinct sound. I say that IS our sound: we take the best (and sometimes a little of the worst, too) from music … Continue reading Why am I happy to be Filipino?