Surviving the 80s and 90s: The Filipina-American Version

  My daughter has no idea how easy she has it. She walks into a Sephora and finds a plethora of make-up that will suit whatever kind of looks she wants to portray on her face on any given day. Smoky-eye with a wing eyeliner: available! Foundation color that suits her olive/peachy complexion: over 100 … Continue reading Surviving the 80s and 90s: The Filipina-American Version

Ma Vie En Rose: To Whole30 or To Fake Whole30–That Is The Question.

  Folks. Let's get real. When a person commits to Whole30, you know it's about to go down. To commit to going 30 days without sugar, bread, carbs (the bad ones), dairy (and I don't know--everything else that we call decadent, and comforting) is downright borderline psycho. So, of course, I made my family try … Continue reading Ma Vie En Rose: To Whole30 or To Fake Whole30–That Is The Question.

A Letter To The Middle Child On His 21st Birthday

My Dearest Boy, You have been the one who gave me the least to worry about, but yet--I still worry. You have proven that studies of middle children, and people lied when they talked or wrote about the middle child syndrome and all of its characteristics. You have never been one to fit the mold. … Continue reading A Letter To The Middle Child On His 21st Birthday

Ma Vie En Rose: Favorite Spaces in Fairbanks, Alaska

The husband and I have fallen into a routine during the weekend. ¬†Soon after we drop our daughter off at her ballet school for several hours, we incorporate sitting down for lunch in the middle of running our boring but much adulting needed errands. In a way, I believe we are somewhat nostalgically preparing ourselves … Continue reading Ma Vie En Rose: Favorite Spaces in Fairbanks, Alaska

Ma Vie En Rose: My New Chocolate Cake BFF

  Folks, I have tried every chocolate cake recipe out there. The fancy ones, the Martha Stewart ones, Nigella Lawson's old fashion chocolate cake with the violet flowers. Some of them required minimal ingredients, while others had a laundry list of items. They always turned out great--but, truly not worthy of praise. Until... I picked … Continue reading Ma Vie En Rose: My New Chocolate Cake BFF

The Year The Aurora Met The Sun: Chapter 2 (continued)..

Dinner The downtown area was once the entry of the many settlers who travelled up the river to trade goods. Those who made the decision to live in the land known as the last frontier were considered to be folks of the heartier kind ready for the adventure that life would throw at them. The … Continue reading The Year The Aurora Met The Sun: Chapter 2 (continued)..

Ma Vie En Rose: I hate you, Adobo. I love you, Adobo.

Folks, this is so blasphemous to admit, but I feel that I must (soo dramatic, I know): I have had a frenemy relationship with adobo all my life. When I was growing up, I couldn't stand looking at it. I remember my aunts cooking them in the kitchen and I'd watch the pork drenched in … Continue reading Ma Vie En Rose: I hate you, Adobo. I love you, Adobo.