Easter message on Good Friday

I’m one of those Catholics who don’t anymore observe Lent in the traditional sense. Because, can’t I live my entire life as a ‘sorry’ and at the same time a ‘thank you’ as well such that Lent, Easter, and Christmas are everyday experiences? Does that make me a bad Catholic? Anyway. In other words, while…

“Surviving the family holiday”

Family relationships are complicated because of the expectation that “we are all the same” because we’re part of the same family. The expectations we have of each other (because we’re related) can make it difficult to “be ourselves,” especially if we have different values and goals than do other family members. Because of pre-established roles…

Kdrama initiation

I’ve been exploring the new Viu app- it’s truly all Korean stuff. Kdrama, a dizzying array of it, as well as Klifestyle features. Nothing in the drama section was familiar to me. When you say Korean, I say Samsung because my gadgets are which is more a conscious effort on my part to buy from…

Almost a halloween story

This huge one is at the St. Michael the Archangel Church in Irosin, Sorsogon. In the background is Mt. Bulusan. I lingered by it taking in it’s history. Bells jog my memory. It was the day before my wedding and I was staring at the image of St. Joseph on my wall. Mother had put…

time off at the beach

Work hard, play hard

It’s important that at some point in your life you really focus on your career, almost to the point of insanity. You’ll never get this time back. You have to want it so bad that you wake up in the morning and you think about it, love it, breathe it, eat it, and see it…

One wish down

I’ve lost all the rosaries, scapulars, religious rings and bracelets given me.  Maybe I’m just not into such representations.  But, I was humbled seeing that my former boss carried on him always a rosary in his pocket.  The image of him touching his pocket throughout the day to make sure it was there remains in my mind…

Going off the grid

I think when you spend enough time when it’s quiet around you and you don’t open your mouth for three or four days, there’s parts of your brain that can kind of rest. I think when we’re out in the world and we have to talk to people, we edit ourselves. You know, we have…

The meaning of spring

In Japan, it’s sakura season once again.  In the cities, the beauty this time brings is evident in urban gardens and parks especially designed to showcase such. Similarly, in February, Baguio City celebrated the beginning of spring, panagbenga in the local dialect.  The celebration however needs to go beyond commercialism and one-off hurried planting of…