Memo ni Mommy: Mga Kaalamang Pampasigla ng Pamilya- Book Review

*Disclaimer: I was gifted a copy of the book Memo ni Mommy: Mga Kaalamang Pampasigla ng Pamilya by Bessie A. Rios courtesy of Church Strengthening Ministry, Inc. in exchange for my honest review. The views and opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not necessarily represent the postings, strategies or opinions of the author and publishing company. 

This article is written in Filipino language- The National Language of the Philippines

Natutuwa akong gawin ang book review na ito dahil una, ang libro ay isinulat ng isang Pilipinong manunulat at masugid na tagapagtaguyod ng kaalaman ukol sa pagmamagulang na si Bessie A. Rios.

Pangalawa, sabay na ginamit ang wikang Ingles at Filipino na mas madaling unawain para sa nakararami at higit na nabigyang-kulay ang mga praktikal na payo niya para sa lahat ng ina.

Matapos kong basahin ang librong Memo ni Mommy: Mga Kaalamang Pampasigla ng Pamilya, higit akong humanga sa natatanging karakter nating mga Pilipino pagdating sa pagmamahal at pag-aaruga sa ating pamilya. Mas naging proud ako bilang isang Pilipino dahil sa mataas na uri ng pagpapahalaga na ating iginagawad sa katungkulang ipinagkaloob ng Panginoong Diyos sa atin bilang isang ina.

Sa dami ng librong nabasa ko tungkol sa pagmamagulang, karamihan ay isinulat ng isang ina. Hindi ito nangangahulugang mas mataas ang katungkulan ng isang ina kumpara sa isang ama dahil ang pagmamagulang ay hindi isang kumpetisyon. Continue reading

The One Lesson That Changed My Marriage- Book Review

*Disclaimer: I was gifted a copy of the book The One Lesson That Changed My Marriage by Joey Bonifacio courtesy of Church Strengthening Ministry, Inc. in exchange for my honest review. The views and opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not necessarily represent the postings, strategies or opinions of the author and publishing company. 

At the time of writing this post, my website went down for maintenance.   An error message appeared as I was browsing my site saying that it is not found. A technical glitch like this would definitely send me into panic.  So I immediately sought the help of my trusted technical guy- my husband Alvin.

But my husband was still in his office at that time. We have discussed through an instant messaging what seems to be the problem. The more he explained to me the cause of the issue, the more it becomes an alien thing to me.

And the more I asked him what he is going to do about it, the more I become frustrated for the things that are unknown to me.

The flaw on the technical aspect of a website is probably the number one challenge most bloggers face. When I started my blog last year of December, I’ve dealt several troubleshooting. There were issues that can be fixed by just following the Frequently Asked Questions but the harder ones needed some assistance from technical support team. I could not survive the honeymoon stage of building a blog if not for the loving support, patience, and encouragement from my sweet husband. My frustration over technical matters which I really don’t understand gradually receding when my husband gave me an ASSURANCE that he will do everything he can to make it work.


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Blogger Recognition Award and My 11 Nominations


My conversation with Tammy will always carry a basketful of love and affirmation. She is my constant companion online and God knows I would really want to cross continent just to meet her personally.

We became friends when she made a comment to one of my blog post but then my ignorance with the setting made the comment disappear forever. I emailed her back and apologize because I do not want to leave a rude impression, then a natural kind and warm person that she is- she replied with me.

Right there and then, she has planted a tiny seed of possible friendship that could blossom between us. God brought us closer to each other through sharing and blogging.

Tammy, my words may be redundant but I will never get tired of loving you as my friend who by your loving embrace to this friendship defied our miles of location, race, and culture.

I will never get tired of saying that you have brightened up my life as a mother, wife, and friend.

Thank you for sharing wisdom in many areas… Thank you for this recognition… Thank you for the friendship…


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Last March 9, we celebrated our 16th year wedding anniversary in a buffet restaurant and overnight stay at a lavish hotel in a neighboring city. At first, I hesitated the idea of leaving my children with my diabetic mother although her condition (Thank God!) is far from the worst kind of diabetes but I was concerned with my toddler who still co-sleeping with us and has a major issue on separation anxiety.
That special day wouldn’t be possible if not for my mother and my eldest child- Pinky. My daughter has been very understanding and supportive that we took a day to celebrate our anniversary. With a few planning tricks and off we went.

We spent our lunch in a buffet restaurant, munching with variety of Asian, Mediterranean, Western cuisines. As much as I enjoy the food and our time alone together, I can’t help but think about our kids at home. Have they eaten well? Are they enjoying their time together as well? Is my little boy asking where I went?

I would send messages to my daughter and she would assure me that everything’s fine. And in between of forking tempura and calamares into my plate, I kept on calling my kids to check on them.

I honestly enjoyed that special day with my husband.  No kids around the table. No sippy cups or telling of tales about school. It was just him and me. But I was still distracted.

While observing my husband’s refined table etiquette which is admirable since then, I noticed again the few fine lines on his forehead.  Those are results of Continue reading

The Long and Winding Road

We picture our journey on the road to be perfect instead we find ourselves lost in a dangerous terrain. We want shortcuts. There is nothing wrong with desiring safety, but to think that each ride is easier and hassle-free may not be true.

Every detour, every road blocked, every pause, and every twists and turns has something to teach us.
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