A happy milestone

Reflecting on the days when you were a baby brings back fond memories, but today calls for something different. Here’s a message just for you on your first day of your 30s … ———******——— Hi Tishie Girl, I am so happy for you now that you’re on another solo trip. I could hear the joy…

2017

How do significant life events or the passage of time influence your perspective on life? Experiencing a stroke in 2017 profoundly shaped my outlook on life. Despite no warning signs, my commitment to staying healthy, influenced by my mum’s medical history, proved vital. The occurrence during my Zumba class, as per doctors, highlighted the positive…

Gratitude

In the middle of jetlag and a confusion of time zones, I almost forgot my 6 year anniversary from my stroke. “Thank you Lord for the extension of my life.” I am feeling joyful and grateful that I have reached this far and still feeling this great. Oh yes…yes… I know that my body isn’t…

A Guest Post for Tuesday

“Maybe it’s just a daughter’s job to piss off her mother.” . Chuck Palahniuk Diary I was thinking of a topic to write about and this suddenly came to mind. What if I let my kids write something about me. So today, i asked my daughter, Pat, to be my guest blogger. Jack often tells…

Snowfall down Tim’s Street

“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold.” – Aristotle I know it is nice and all but I can’t imagine myself living in a place with snow 24/7. But I just love these photos that Tim sent me when he went for a walk down his…

When I first open my eyes…

“When I first open my eyes upon the morning meadows and look out upon the beautiful world, I thank God I am alive.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson Today….I am grateful for another year of life. This is my fourth year anniversary since I had my stroke. Thank you Lord! P.S. And when I opened my…

32 Years ago…

“Together is a beautiful place to be.” 32 years ago …  I married my best friend. It sounds cliche but we were really the best of friends then… and up to now we still are. Laughing at the same corny jokes… loving the same food…liking the same travel destinations… being funny and weird and loving…

Teach them well…

“I believe the children are our futureTeach them well and let them lead the wayShow them all the beauty they possess insideGive them a sense of pride to make it easierLet the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be” – The Greatest Love of all From at a very young age we taught…

Today is the 6th of September

“Family is a gift that lasts forever.” – unknown …and today is my mother’s birthday. She passed away in 1991, right before my husband, my one year old son and myself migrated to Melbourne, Australia. I could still see her being so excited when she saw Tim smile at her for the first time. ……

I am smiling…

“What makes you a man is not the ability to make a child, it’s the courage to raise one.” — President Barack Obama I am smiling because I have you beside me as the father of my beautiful kids… Happy Father’s Day Jack ❤️ It is FD here in Australia, I don’t know why we…

Another 7 days

Victoria’s Covid cases have spiked once again, with 20 new infections emerging overnight. So it was announced that lockdown will go on for a further 7 days. Hoping to see you soon, Melbourne! Photo taken near the Crown Casino

Lockdown 6.0

It is a sad day again… Eight new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the state today, so after just about a week of freedom, Melbourne and the whole of Victoria is back into lockdown. We are now into our 6th lockdown from 8 pm (that’s less than an hour to go). The health ministers…

Postcards

“The postcard is sacred to me. It makes me sad that no one sends them very much anymore because of email and texting. I still like to buy them, but they’ve lost their original function and now just seem like reminders or mementos of what they used to be.” – Elaine Equi I don’t receive…

Through Tim’s Lens

“Sometimes you just got to find an old dirt road and go where it takes you.” – unknown London has now reopened post pandemic (jealous!) Tim and Leigh (my son and daughter in law) decided to go for a few days away to the country roads of Dungeness. These photos are from Tim’s lens and…

Interview #187 – Patricia

“I will let my daughter do whatever her heart wants. I will support her and guide her and give her all the knowledge that I have because I want her to succeed in whatever she loves.” – The Miz Patricia, my daughter, was interviewed by J Robinson and was featured in the Notion Magazine issue…

“Pinoy Pride”

It has always been a Filipino athlete’s dream to win gold in the Olympics, but somehow that hasn’t happened … until now. Although I am living so far away from my homeland, it brought tears to my eyes seeing Hidilyn Diaz, the first ever Filipino to win gold in the Tokyo Olympics. And what a…

Are you OK?

No, I am not ok… Starting from midnight tonight, Melbourne is going into its fifth lockdown. I am done with feeling angry or going to that path of blaming people. I am just frustrated and so tired of this situation. But I am sure we will be ok. Hang in there Melbourne. We got this!

Patricia

“We must teach our children to dream with their eyes open.” – Harry Edwards Just a few months back, I and my husband were asked by my daughter, Patricia, if we were willing to pose for a photo as a subject for an interview about her. Of course we agreed…anything for our daughter, right? We…

Mommy & Daddy

“One of the greatest titles in the world is parent, and one of the biggest blessings in the world is to have parents to call mom and dad.” – Jim DeMint In as much as I can remember…. My mum and dad met during The Japanese invasion of the Philippines. According to my mum… She…

From Orange Trees to Orange Beanies

“There is no blue without yellow and without orange.” – Vincent Van Gogh This is my entry for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – CFFC – Orange, which incorporates a few other Challenges. These are some orange trees during the past autumn season at the Rhododendron Botanical Garden. For BeckyB’s #TreeSquare Orange variety of flowers for…

Getting Close at Home

“The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” – Maya Angelou My home is small but that is not a good word to describe it… so maybe I will just say that it is cozy… and I won’t have it…

What a Wonderful World

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharlal Nehru Thanks Amy for the challenge for this week – It’s a Wonderful World… what a beautiful reminder. When…

View from my Kids’ Rooms

“I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them.” – Phyllis Diller Just when I woke up this morning Pat sent me this wonderful view of Melbourne at day break from her bedroom window. She just moved in last weekend so I haven’t seen…

Here we go again!?!

The new normal… it is the acceptance that this will happen again and again and we just have to get used to it. This is Melbourne … by 11:59 tonight, we are back in Lockdown. Acting Premier of Victoria announced that Victoria is to have a 7 day Circuit Breaker snap lockdown. (Fingers crossed 🤞…

An Afternoon Walk on Mother’s Day

”Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.” – Unknown First of all, Happy Mother’s Day to all of you great mothers out there. I am wishing you more blessing, more love and more happiness in your lives! It is Mother’s Day today, but I had an early celebration yesterday….

27 Precious Years

“Happy birthday to one of the few people whose birthday I can remember even without a Facebook reminder.” 💐❤️🎂🤗🤩 Dear Patricia… Happy 27th birthday to our dear baby! As you grow old-errrr remember to love more, always value the precious moments in life, treasure your family and friends, laugh louder and smile a little more…

A Few Weeks Ago

“Be in love with your life. Every minute of it.” – Jack Kerouac I had a feeling of slight numbness on my left arm. It wasn’t severe or continuous but I wanted to be sure that it wasn’t related to my stroke which I had three years ago. I had an MRI and also had…

“I want my mummy’s hug…”

What mother wouldn’t feel her heart broken when she hears her child saying, “I want my mummy’s hug.” My youngest child is 26, but she is still my baby no matter what. And yesterday she is feeling sick so she had to have a Covid test and wait for the results before she can even…

Being 62

“Nobody expects to trust his body overmuch after the age of fifty.” – Alexander Hamilton I was walking last week when all of a sudden I felt my knees being misaligned. I don’t know if that is the term but that is what it felt like. But it did’t stay long that way and it…

“Me Day”

“Soft sand, rolling waves, and endless sunshine. What’s not to love?” – Selena Barrientos Yesterday, I posted some snow photos in London from my son, during one of his walks in the park near where he lives. Today, I have some summer photos from my daughter, Pat, when she went to Brighton Beach in Melbourne….