March 31, 2021

Windows to the World

* This is an excerpt from a previous blog dated March 30, 2012. Thought it especially relevant now, on this 2nd year in a lockdown, and international travel seems like a faraway dream. How these sentiments resonate with me now on entirely different level. Looking Out I always make it a point to look out the window when the plane begins its descent. Though I usually sleep most of the way, my body wakes when it feels the subtle plunging of the aircraft. To the dismay of the people beside me, I try to peer out the window even if […]
March 21, 2021

From 0 Months to 3 Years: Children’s Language Milestones (Filipino)

The most frequent question I hear from friends and clients is: “How do I know if my child’s speech and language development is delayed?” First, let me start with the simple answer: you need to watch out for their developmental milestones. So, to help you out, here is a quick guide for communication skills to watch out for during the most critical first 3 years of life. If you notice any of these missing, get in touch with your paediatrician. Also, inquire about the need for developmental screening. For the not so simple answer, consider a speech and language assessment […]
April 27, 2020

My COVID19 Lockdown Diaries

After just a week of taking it easy and acting like I was on holiday, I started to look for ways to keep myself occupied and productive.
April 21, 2020

The Journey Home – My 30-Day Yoga Graduation

It’s week 6 of this lock down, but the days I’ve been counting more zealously were those at “Home” with Adriene. I had started her 30-day yoga journey on March 21st, a week after the announcement of the community quarantine. I was hooked from day 1, and looked forward to waking each day just to practice. Every day had a special intention, and I was always pleasantly surprised at how they were exactly what I needed in those moments. There was a weekend when I put off Adriene‘s class to attend some live sessions by Global Mala Manila‘s Yoga Festival; […]
February 17, 2020

GILIW KOrus: UP Concert Chorus, My Love

The actual tagline of the concert was Love is Our Song, but my title is what last night actually meant to me. Despite the somber beginnings of this homecoming concert (the idea spurred by a death in our ranks), it became a memorable gathering for 130 or so alumni from all over the world. 58 Years of Music My favorite moment of the night came as early as the invocation, when it felt like the entire Bahay ng Alumni was singing The Majesty and Glory of His Name. I was so moved by the moment, so thankful to share this […]
January 20, 2020
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How To Pay For Your BIR Registration Fee Without Leaving Home

Another year means another tax season! ? Ever since I sorted out my taxes as a freelance professional, I’ve really tried my best to do things right to avoid late penalties and the like. In previous years, I’d gotten comfortable with making trips to my RDO (regional district office) to manually file documents. By doing so, I had plenty of people to ask about the right procedures or for any updates. Luckily, I’m not alone in this adulting. I have several friends with whom I’ve formed a sort of “Taxes Support Group”, and can confer with regarding this matter. So, […]
January 13, 2020
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I Sold 4 of Our Cars in 4 Hours: Lessons on Online Sales and Letting Go

I have an ongoing struggle with “letting go,” but with more mindful practice, I feel like I made progress in leaps and bounds last year. Those who truly know me can attest to my being clingy and overly sentimental, making it very difficult for me to say goodbye – to people, places, experiences – and to throw things away. The latter may be traced back to both my parents who, for lack of a less pejorative term, are both pack rats. The Surprise So imagine my surprise when I came home from Thailand, and dad casually asked for help in […]