Friday, November 20, 2015

Remembering Mom

Our last family picture

Time flies by indeed. It's been a year (and a few days) since mom left this world.

It has been a tough ride. No, it has been more than tough, with emotions like guilt, empathy, and love, thrown in the blender that is one's life.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Let the Children Play

I love my nephews to death, and while I am that stereotypical doting aunt who lets them get away with everything - well most of the time - now and then, I am also sensible when it comes to proper "parenting".

The other day, my sister shared the photo above on Facebook. I am probably biased, but my nephews are on the higher end of the intelligence spectrum. And I suppose that allowing them to play on their own, drawing on their imagination has a huge role in that.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Quest for the Best Apple Pie in Manila: First Stop - Mom & Tina's

I've always had a sweet tooth, and I honestly can't say what my favorite dessert is. One thing I can say, though, is that I would never say no to Apple Pie.

The sad thing is, I haven't had an Apple Pie that makes me feel like angels have just scattered pixie dust all over my tongue. Hence my search for the best Apple Pie in Manila.

One of my go-to places for Apple Pie is Mom and Tina's.

Mom & Tina's, dela Rosa Street
I used to visit their branch along C5, but this new one is nearer to where I live now, and the other week, I just had to walk over there to have some pie.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

...But of Love, Power, and a Sound Mind

Those are the last words of a Bible verse that I have pretty much leaned on for the better part of my life. A verse that my mom taught my sister and me very early on.

When I woke up this morning, I realized I didn't remember anything about it all except for these last words. I had to google for the entire thing.

"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." - 2 Timothy 1:7

Friday, October 9, 2015

Remembering Kurt Cobain - and Looking Back at Who/What I Was

Every "kid" in the 90s knew and adored Kurt Cobain. For most of us, he represented what we wanted to be - to be our own selves without having to "suffer" the choking rules our parents imposed on us.

Those who knew how to play the guitar would spend tons of effort and time to learn Nirvana songs. Because it was cool like that. Even cooler was to have the best guitar. Acoustic guitars like seagull guitar were the most popular, although we also went for electrics.

Music was part of our rebellion. We were doing the right thing.

We were kids. Now, we know better. I think.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Laidback Saturday at Satinka Bistro

I'm not one for things labeled artisanal, but Satinka Bistro has made quite an impression on me. Located at 1137 Kamagong St. corner Chino Roces Ave in Makati, the place is so unremarkable from the outside, which makes its interior a pleasant surprise. In fact, I had been passing Satinka for months and didn't realize it was the place my friend had been inviting me to visit for so long.

When I finally went, I immediately fell for it. Downstairs, Satinka is quite small, but it exudes a charm that can't be ignored.

That wall immediately catches your attention - and holds it, too.

Friday, March 27, 2015

It's Beach Season Again!

It's not like we aren't able to go to the beach any time of the year, unless there's a typhoon; but March to July is the period most people prefer to go, isn't it?

So it's March, and all I can think of is the beach.

If you knew me five years ago, you'd know that I was at the beach at least three times a year. But things happen, life changes...

At the beginning of this year, though, I promised myself that I would go on at least one trip (alone or with a group, but preferably the former) before June. Well, I've reached my quote when my family went to the wonderfully isolated black beach somewhere up north.

Here's the exciting thing (at least for me): I've got another beach trip scheduled in a couple of weeks!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Black Beach at the 'End of the World'

Last weekend, my family went to a friend's place several hours north of the city. While the drive was long and temporarily stressful when the three kids got grumpily sleepy, it was all worth it.

Truth be told, I had cold feet the night before. It was the first time we were going somewhere as a family without mom. I couldn't bear the thought, but my sister talked me through it.

And well she did.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

I Think of You at the Oddest Moments, Mom

You've been gone for almost two months now, and I can't say it's been easy, nor can I say that it's horribly tough. I suppose it's because of the difficult time we had since we learned that you had cancer late in 2013. No, difficult doesn't even begin to describe it.

I thought that your passing would be easy, compared to others, since we were "prepared" for it. As it turns out, we weren't.

Now that you're gone, I think of you at the oddest moments.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Craving Cyma

It's one of those days - or weeks - when I just feel hungry all the time. Right now, all I can think of is Cyma. The last time I was there was a month or so ago, and these are what keep my mouth watering.

Moussaka and rice-stuffed roasted bell pepper

Greek Salad
Nothing more to say.

In case you find yourself craving Greek food, though, check out their menu here.