Things I Wish I Knew in My Twenties: A Letter to My Son in 2031

I was actually thinking about being 50 in the next 10 years.  This made me think about the son who will be doubling his age by then.  So I made a list of what I want to tell him when he has or is around graduating college.  I hope that he (and other people in their twenties) finds, considers, and heeds bits of wisdom I can offer in this 2031 letter I am writing for him today at 2021.

Continue reading “Things I Wish I Knew in My Twenties: A Letter to My Son in 2031”

Five Days Into Self-Love

moon, woman, silhouette

In this lifetime, how many times have you loved and cared for something or someone?  And how much of yourself did you commit to it or him or her?  More often than not, we give more of ourselves to others than to our very selves.  We tend to the well-being of our loved ones and our priced possessions while neglecting our needs.  Fortunately, in this day and age, there are people who remind us to take a break and listen to our core.

Continue reading “Five Days Into Self-Love”

Tag: Not Really a Movie Review

Some time ago, the husband was telling me about this movie, based on a real-life bunch of adults playing tag.  I managed to say “Ah..” to feign a little interest.  I, recently, found it on Netflix, and heck, I watched it and unexpectedly, I loved it!  Having said that on the first paragraph, you know that this is Tag, not really a movie review.  Nevertheless, I will try to slide a bit on that. Photos in this post were taken from Netflix screen shots.

Continue reading “Tag: Not Really a Movie Review”

From Crave to Craze: 10 Food that Trended in the Quarantine

It’s the 4th Monthsary of Quarantine in the PH! At this point, we probably have all heard about the Quarantine Effect.  Weeks turned to months and months turned into a whole quarter plus!  Most of us just needed to find ways to be productive.  Some people turned to become vloggers, writers (I would like to believe I became one), performers, and online sellers.  These quarantine hustles have afforded us to keep our sanity and also something short of our old financial status, in the wonderful journey of staying at home. From crave to craze, here are 10 food that trended in the quarantine!

Continue reading “From Crave to Craze: 10 Food that Trended in the Quarantine”

Making and Keeping Friendship

people, jumping, happiness

In these times of unavoidable social malady, I can’t help but think about people I know, outside of my home, where I have been staying 24/7 for almost 106 days now.  Truth be told, its only 105 days and 22.5 hours for I went out a couple of times for very short errands.  To make the story short, I just miss my friends!  Not that I’ve had enough with my boys at home, but I just look forward to being with my girls, for a change! 

Continue reading “Making and Keeping Friendship”

What Does New Normal Mean to You?

monalisa, mona lisa, corona

It has been more than 2 months since we got stuck in our homes, not because we chose to, but because we had to.  And still, we have to.

This was a golden opportunity for me to try out being a house wife…

I used to tell my friends, especially my mom-friends that I dream of being a house wife:  staying at home, cooking for the husband, caring for my kid and for the house.  So when quarantine was mandated, the therapy clinic where I work closed, I saw the positive side and thought this was a golden opportunity for me to try it out!  But just 8 weeks after, I realized it was unfair.  It was unfair for me to try “house-wifing” when I have no me-time.  I could not even reward myself of taking a trip to the café or the bookstore after cleaning the house up.  Even leisure grocery shopping was impossible! 

Continue reading “What Does New Normal Mean to You?”

Selfitis: Taking Too Much Selfies

couple, man, woman

Selfies.  Most of us, no matter how old or young we are, do selfies.  It’s either you do it too little or too much.  In my FB and IG feeds, I have a handful of friends and relatives who loves, as in loooovvvves taking selfies.  And I cannot help but notice that most of them, if not all, are pretty and photogenic.  I speak for both males and females and you bet, they know it! 

Continue reading “Selfitis: Taking Too Much Selfies”

Lessons I Learned From Brewing My Own Milk Tea At Home

In the middle of the quarantine, the husband purchased a DIY Milk Tea Set from Tastexperts Manila. It included 2 big Assam tea bags (times 10 or 20 of a regular tea bag), 1 pack of vacuum-sealed raw tapioca pearls, 1 big bag of non-dairy creamer, 1 liter bottle of sugar syrup, 1 plastic powder scooper, pearl shake straws, 1 wire tapioca scooper, a shaker, a jigger (both brand new) and a sheet of instructions. The task looked daunting! It took me around 3 days to bring myself to do it.

Continue reading “Lessons I Learned From Brewing My Own Milk Tea At Home”

10 Hashtags That Might Have Predicted the Pandemic

hashtag, hash, tag

The age of social media does not only give us a medium to virtually connect with one another.  It also bestows power upon a person, institution or even just an idea.  Trend setters, were suddenly able to spark a movement with their fingertips while sitting on the couch at home or in a café.  Through hashtags, each one of us can collectively bind our thoughts and elicit actions, whenever applicable, and conveniently build a paved memory lane if we want to look back and remember later on.  Ironically, or so I think, at this very unprecedented time, the hashtags worked in reverse.  It seemed to me as if the universe took these trends too seriously and metaphorically smeared the future, into what is happening today.

(Hashtags included here are based on Philippine trends in the last 5 years.)

Continue reading “10 Hashtags That Might Have Predicted the Pandemic”