Visit America May 202111:19 PM Tuesday May 04, 2021 |

Traditionally, our family spends the month of May in America. There are many events to celebrate in May. Summer school break, my papa’s birthday, his death anniversary, my birthday, Kuya Junior’s twin grandsons’ birthdays who share the same birthday as mine, and the biggest celebration of all is the Tan Family’s annual grand reunion (Memorial… read more

Negative Covid tests, ready to fly09:15 PM Tuesday May 04, 2021 |

A negative RT/PCR covid test result within 72 hours prior to departure is an international travel requirement these days. Edmund, Oyen, and I went to Cardinal Santos Medical Center yesterday for our swab tests. Edmund’s appointment was at 2:45, while Oyen and I were both at 3 pm. We heaved a sigh of relief when… read more

Moderna, India, Dennis Uy, Pacquiao03:43 PM Monday May 03, 2021 |

Poorer countries like the Philippines are at the back of the vaccine supply cue. I ordered Moderna vaccines hoping to get them on May 15. I was advised that I would receive 3 vaccines x 2 doses for 3 people on June 15 or July 15. The rest will follow towards the third quarter and… read more

Chest build-up03:21 PM Sunday May 02, 2021 |

A— “Bakit parang napapansin ko lumalaki boobs mo.” A—- “Naiinscure naman ako sayo.” E—-“Anong boobs? CHEST! Chest yan hindi boobs.” E—–“Nag sa sag na nga.” A—- “Hindi, halata nga pagka na side view ka. Ayan oh, ang laki.” E—- “Nag sa sag.” A—- “Nanu-nulis nga eh.” E—- “Ano ka? Chest yan. Pinapalaki ko nga pero… read more

I renewed my passport at last03:49 PM Monday April 26, 2021 |

While stuck in the US during the 2020 lockdown, I checked when our passports were expiring to be sure. I was aware that my Philippine passport was expiring this March 2021 but I wasn’t eager to renew it because after having been trapped in the United States for many months, I was not very eager… read more

Discovering forgotten items02:29 PM Sunday April 25, 2021 |

I’ve been discovering packages, wrapped knick-knacks in all sorts of places around our house. Decors, handkerchiefs, shoes, souvenir items I don’t even remember I have. Some have obviously been hiding for years waiting to be discovered by me. Here are a few: I have totally forgotten that I have this. I should find a wall… read more

Tawa Tawa is believed to treat Dengue Fever05:02 PM Saturday April 24, 2021 |

We live in a country with lots of mosquitoes everywhere we go. Be it at home or in the office. The risk of getting bitten by the dengue-carrying mosquito is always present. Dengue is common in more than 100 countries around the world. Forty percent of the world’s population, about 3 billion people, live in… read more

Dengue, Platelet, Tawa Tawa09:11 PM Thursday April 22, 2021 |

April 22, 2021 My son-in-law was in the hospital due to dengue. We initially thought it could be covid but thankfully his RT/PCR was negative. Edmund was right when he told me to have Derrick’s blood tested for dengue. Oyen suspected that Derrick was bitten by a mosquito when they went out walking. It’s been… read more

Ford Cainta’s Employee Died11:17 AM Wednesday April 14, 2021 |

Last year we lost one of our sales supervisors at Makati Ford to stroke. And recently, we lost a young female employee from Ford Cainta. According to Oyen, our employees had their annual physical check-ups and there were health issues found on the girl’s test results. On March 26 she told Vicky, her immediate boss,… read more

LV store in Greenbelt03:21 PM Tuesday April 13, 2021 |

Before the lockdown, my daughter and I went to Greenbelt to aliw ourselves. It can be depressing to get stuck at home. Aware of the Covid risks, we limited the number of stores we visited.  Yen wanted to inquire about LV’s perfume refill. She has one bottle she bought in the US and she wanted… read more

Unidentified Eggs02:27 PM Tuesday April 13, 2021 |

Antonia’s master dish is tinola. It’s a dish I will never miss because she cooks tinola three times a week and would gladly increase the frequency upon request but thanks, no thanks. She doesn’t cook egg as a standard breakfast menu but gladly accepts orders upon request. There are mornings when I crave for egg… read more

Philippine Vaccine Situation is Pathetic11:31 AM Monday April 12, 2021 |

As much as possible I try to avoid criticizing the way things are here but I just feel frustrated lately. I hope the vaccines come soon. The virus is on a rampage and we don’t have any defense except to duck, cover, and hide. I received an update from the barangay at 10 pm reiterstingnthat… read more

Edmund’s Tattoo10:44 AM Saturday April 10, 2021 |

For the past ten years at least, my husband has been dreaming of having a tattoo somewhere on his arm. A few times we went inside a tattoo salon– twice in Las Vegas, once in London, once in San Francisco, pero he didn’t do it naman. Urong sulong. A few days ago, a package arrived… read more

Bye Ramon Dimacali08:58 PM Friday April 09, 2021 |

I woke up this morning to a sad message from Beth Villamil that her former boss, and our friend, Ramon Y. Dimacali passed away this morning at 1 am due to Covid. We didn’t even know that Mon was sick so this came as a shock. Many people that we know have died in recent… read more

Edmund’s Fish are Pro-creating03:15 PM Thursday April 08, 2021 |

My husband’s water pets (hehe) are multiplying. They are pro-creating without him knowing. Edmund is just delighted to discover that there are little ones swimming around. 3/23/21 10 am

Guard Dogs02:29 PM Thursday April 08, 2021 |

The village we live in here in Manila is gated with at least 4 security guards manning each of the three gates. The main gate could have 5 guards. There are roving guards too even outside the perimeter fence. In the middle of the night, a guard always comes by to check the cars parked… read more

Go home to your country09:35 PM Wednesday April 07, 2021 |

What’s happening now in the US is moral degradation.   From a nation that’s been looked up to by all nations for great leadership and order, the US is now on its declining path and has lost its luster.  The decline in the quality of life, the rise in homelessness, lack of education, poor parenting,  too… read more