Living with Alzheimer’s 2 (A Series)

My mom’s favorite questions (most asked): Before: 1. How can the picture come out on the TV? I don’t understand it! 2. How can the video of my son/daughter come out on the cellphone? I don’t understand it! 3. How can you find the words of my favorite song in your computer so quickly? IContinue reading “Living with Alzheimer’s 2 (A Series)”

Living with Alzheimer’s 1 (A Series)

In the beginning… Becoming forgetful is always treated lightly among my friends and my peers. Ever since I turned 40, it has become a standing joke that we should not be surprised if and when we start forgetting things such as where we put our keys or eyeglasses (which were most likely perched on topContinue reading “Living with Alzheimer’s 1 (A Series)”

Hotel Sogo CDO

HOTEL SOGO CDO There are several reasons why we will be coming back to this old hotel with a new image: 1. It’s located in Lapasan, so it’s close enough to the commercial areas like Puregold, Limketkai Mall and Agora Market, and yet far enough from the hustle and bustle of the city to haveContinue reading “Hotel Sogo CDO”

A Time for Bonding

At Short Notice Our third trip to Bicol was planned at really short notice. Joey and I had an unspoken agreement to bring our elderly mom home to Albay regularly so that she could visit her equally aging brothers and sisters. We hadn’t been very consistent with the dates but had somehow managed to makeContinue reading “A Time for Bonding”

Kampo Juan Eco-Adventure Farm

Location: Sto. Nino, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon Coordinates: N 08*23′ 42.2″ E 124*50′ 50.9″ Are you itching for a thrilling adventure but can’t find one that’s accessible? Look no further. At Kampo Juan Eco-Adventure Farm, you get the thrill, the awe and a new understanding of how man should really treat nature. The Must-Try: ANICYCLE –Continue reading “Kampo Juan Eco-Adventure Farm”


Why does a hero have to die when things are going so well? When Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, the idea of democracy in the US was becoming a way of life. When Ramon Magsaysay died in a plane crash, the people of the Philippines were learning to live a corruption-free lifestyle. When Mario Okinlay wasContinue reading “A HERO FALLS UNEXPECTEDLY”

The Teacher and The Engineer

She was a Teacher. She was born in Tiwi, Albay to a Chinese-Filipino couple, and the third child in a brood of eight. Her parents owned a large grocery store that took up the first storey of their house. As a child, she and her siblings would play underneath the rice boxes and in theContinue reading “The Teacher and The Engineer”

It Was Normal

Being a kid in Cawayanon was normal. It was normal that Kindergarten Commencement was held on a picnic blanket with tea party props under an acacia tree in the school yard with our parents around us looking on and we sang and danced The Little Teapot: “I’m a little teapot, short and stout. Here isContinue reading “It Was Normal”

A Sheltered Life

Growing up in Cawayanon was different. There were only a few families, about 30 in all. We went to a different school and played with just a few kids. Many of them were American, hence our spoken language was English. Sometimes, we would be introduced to some teachers from OLLES (Mr. Vismanos, the Scouting Teacher;Continue reading “A Sheltered Life”

Philippine Holidays in 2014

With the ease in buying domestic airline tickets and booking tour packages nowadays, having the knowledge of WHEN to travel should be most useful. I’ve also taken the liberty of including the more popular festival dates for you to check out. See you around! JANUARY January 1, Wednesday – New Year’s Day (Regular Holiday) JanuaryContinue reading “Philippine Holidays in 2014”