Life in the Time of Covid-19

Since the beginning of this year, I have been fighting off cold symptoms, which usually hit around New Year’s Day. Mind you, I have not been sick, but with the onset of this #Covid19, I have been worried that I may be more vulnerable to catch it, given that my body is somewhat weakened already.Continue reading “Life in the Time of Covid-19”

Living with Alzheimer’s 13 (a series)

Happy Easter, Mama Diaries Fans! Mama’s Daily Schedule: 5:00am – Mama starts waking up G and E, demanding breakfast 6:00am – E gets up and prepares Mama’s breakfast (lugaw) 7:00am – Mama is still eating breakfast reluctantly and lamenting that she wants to sleep. G administers her meds. after, Mama sleeps for about 10 minutesContinue reading “Living with Alzheimer’s 13 (a series)”

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”

A HERO FALLS UNEXPECTEDLY

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”

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”

My (Unfortunate) Experience with the New Laguindingan Airport

I feel I need to share this experience.. not because I am discouraging people from coming (we actually don’t have a choice in the matter because it is the only airport within the vicinity of Cagayan de Oro City).. but because I want to give fair warning to our guests/ investors/travelers coming to CDO andContinue reading “My (Unfortunate) Experience with the New Laguindingan Airport”

My Philippine Adventure (Cawayanon Reunion) by Karen Haycox

Sometimes in our effort to entertain, we run out of words to express ourselves. Yes, folks, it is called Writer’s Block. But just about the same time, another writer comes into out midst and saves the day. I am posting my friend’s experience – with her permission, of course, and a few corrections (c”,) –Continue reading “My Philippine Adventure (Cawayanon Reunion) by Karen Haycox”

Centrio: the NEW Ayala in CDO

It opened yesterday, November 9, 2012. I intentionally didn’t go yesterday because I could just imagine the crowd that was eagerly anticipating this grand opening. Not to mention those responding to the shops that were also opening with the mall, whose marketing strategies were to offer free items for a WHOLE YEAR to the firstContinue reading “Centrio: the NEW Ayala in CDO”

Independence: Is It Truly Worth It?

I was raised on American History, American customs and culture, American language (complete with American accent) and American food. Many a time in my young life when I actually believed I was an American. For six years through grade school, the only stressful subject that marred my smooth upbringing was Pilipino class. This was aContinue reading “Independence: Is It Truly Worth It?”

Goal: The Philippines.. One Island at a Time

Another dream fulfilled! On March 19, 2012, Ed and I embarked on a journey that would take us on a 36-hour land trip to Albay, a 3-day layover visiting relatives, a short drive to Manila, and another 2 days relax period before flying back to Cagayan de Oro.  All-in-all, it was an exciting experience forContinue reading “Goal: The Philippines.. One Island at a Time”