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Friday, January 22, 2021

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Christmas in our hearts

It’s that time of year, the most wonderful time of the year - Christmas! A time to reflect on the roller coaster ride that was 2020. A year no one expected. A year where the world was forced indoors, where we...

The kind of wisdom that comes with age

In a world where new, young and fresh are what capture society’s attention, how do we value age and experience? Is there a place in modern society for our aged? Our Lolos and Lolas whose life experiences are priceless. A veritable fountain...

What sets your soul on fire?

As I write this, our young cousin Ysabel celebrated her 18th birthday as well as our cousin Graces. I was privileged enough to be invited as one of Ysabel’s 18 candles via Zoom. We had the virtual celebration and part...

Empathy

/ˈɛmpəθi/ noun the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. What does it mean to will the good of the other? With Victoria being in stage 4 lockdown and curfew being implemented, we’ve taken extra precautions with our toddler. He knows...

The Golden Rule

In the current climate, there’s a myriad of competing voices, different viewpoints and divided agendas. As a mother to a three-year-old, the landscape as we know it has changed dramatically. Now, more than ever, I believe that the focus...

A positive mantra for 2020: 2020 is mine!

OK, I just did something completely crazy and out of the norm. I joined a beauty pageant last September.  Why? You may ask. As if I wasn’t busy enough with working full time, studying my post-grad in law as well as being...

Life after Daddy in Australia

After finishing the exchange student program at RMIT University in November 2005, I went back to the Philippines to be with my family. The first Christmas after Daddy died was the hardest. We missed him terribly.  I remember looking at...

Our Dad, a Hero

Have you ever jumped off a plane without a parachute?  Where your heart is in your throat? Your heartbeat ringing in your ears?  That’s what it felt like when our Dad passed away. Life became an unending free fall. Imagine being on...

How I met the love of my life

When I was younger, I didn’t have a mental picture of who I wanted to be my boyfriend. I was too busy exploring the world and testing the boundaries of what I can achieve. I was always driven and...

Lessons from my Mother

Growing up, we had a firm but loving mum. She was very hands on. She knew all our assignments. She’d outline all our lessons. She made sure we had healthy meals and ran our household like clockwork. TV was...
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Australia Day: For we are one and free

The new year brings hope and optimism that we will see the end of the pandemic later in the...
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