I Kept Quiet About My Pregnancy

When you’re pregnant, you’re dying to tell the world, but you want to wait till you pass the 12-week milestone. Waiting till the end of the first trimester is increasingly common, as this period is normally the highest risk period for any pregnancy complications. But for someone like me who found out that I wasContinue reading “I Kept Quiet About My Pregnancy”

Be Grateful When Life is Tough

How to be grateful and strong when things go wrong? There are times when we may feel like we cannot be grateful about anything in our lives. Losing a job or feeling burned out can contribute to one’s negative attitude. Experiencing financial losses or not being able to make ends meet can hurt deeply. EnduringContinue reading “Be Grateful When Life is Tough”

Three Things To Learn in Time of Covid-19

One of the most important life lessons a person can learn is, “This too shall pass”. It’s a simple realization that this pandemic is not permanent. This moment, the way things are as they currently appear, shall change… and, it already has. Everything is always changing. People changed and people learned from this crisis. ThisContinue reading “Three Things To Learn in Time of Covid-19”

Love Yourself

Love yourself. It doesn’t mean being conceited or thinking that you are better than anyone else either. It is about accepting who you are. It is being grateful for the good things and the bad. I have a friend who’s a single parent. At age of 19 she got pregnant with her boyfriend. Unfortunately, he’sContinue reading “Love Yourself”

Lola’s Girl

I always cherish the fond memories I have for grandma, I called her Mamá Pedeng. I have always been her little helper – in the kitchen, in her mini-grocery store (sari-sari store), in household chores and every time she went to supermarkets every Thursday afternoon and Sunday to attend the 6AM mass as well. NoContinue reading “Lola’s Girl”

Mama’s Embrace

Every birth story is unique. It was on Thursday dawn, during Simbang Gabi in 1982 when a healthy little one was brought into this world. The number six and youngest in the family. She was 39 when she gave birth to this child. Her family and neighbors were excited of her birth and so sheContinue reading “Mama’s Embrace”

Life: It Keeps Changing

“Weather is a great metaphor for life — sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad, and there’s nothing much you can do about it but carry an umbrella or choose to dance in the rain!” –Terri Guillemets Life. Just like the weather it’s unpredictable. It keeps changing. Here in Ireland, you could even experience all kindsContinue reading “Life: It Keeps Changing”

Living in Singapore and Leaving it

I can still vividly recall the moment I had set foot in Changi Airport. It was so surreal. I was excited to fulfil my dreams! Eight years had passed. Wow, just like that?! Looking back, I told myself, “I would only be here for 5 years”. But things didn’t happen as I originally planned it.Continue reading “Living in Singapore and Leaving it”

I Bend So I Don’t Break

You’ve seen it plastered on t-shirts, coffee mugs and inspirational posters: “I bend so I don’t break.” What does it actually means?  When I joined yoga class my intention is to lose weight and be fit, lo and behold yoga taught me more than that.  It was my first day as well as my firstContinue reading “I Bend So I Don’t Break”

Gratitude Works

It’s often easy to practice gratitude when you’re on the receiving end of life’s greater fortunes. But do you still feel grateful during times of hardship or the doldrums of everyday living. It can be hard to see the goodness when we are living in the shadows of life. But that is when we need gratitudeContinue reading “Gratitude Works”

How To Live A Balanced Life?

“We must never become too busy sawing to take time to sharpen the saw.” – Stephen R. Covey Stephen Covey describes the concept of “sharpening the saw.” After repeated use and without proper care, a saw will become dull and unable to perform its function of cutting wood. Can you imagine how difficult it wouldContinue reading “How To Live A Balanced Life?”