When my family was stationed at Ft. Wainwright, Alaska many years ago, people told me that I may have difficulty sleeping during the summer months because of the 24-hour daylight. They also mentioned that people often found themselves suffering from SAD (seasonal affective disorder) during the winter. I waited for these things to occur, … Continue reading Ma Vie En Rose: The Land of the Midnight Sun Solstice Festivities.
This past week, I left part of my heart in Denver. The other part, of course, always belongs in San Francisco. The reason behind such comforting abandonment is that all of my three children are currently in Denver. My husband and I returned to Alaska--quite literally without a child in tow. Although, two of … Continue reading Ma Vie En Rose: Denver, Colorado.
Chasing Cars. We'll do it all Everything On our own We don't need Anything Or anyone If I lay here If I just lay here Would you lie with me and just forget the world? I see you every now and then. When I close my eyes, and silence surrounds the empty shell that a … Continue reading Chasing Cars.
The first day in June is quite a celebration in Fairbanks, Alaska. The day itself signifies that old man winter has "officially" vacated the premises. The residents can vouch for this as they look to all the greenery that envelops the city with an energetic vibe--a reminder that it is now safe to accomplish the … Continue reading Ma Vie En Rose: Midnights in June.
Relationships with sisters are never easy. The eldest of five children, I have three sisters and one little brother. As a child, before my brother was born, I used to have dreams where I'm counting my sisters to make sure that they were all present. In my dream, I'd line them up and count … Continue reading Sisters.
Let's continue with the art theme, shall we? As a child, I loved accompanying our nanny or my mother to the market. In the Philippines, the market was called palengke. I was fascinated with the stalls that sold variations of vegetables, and fruits. To shop for the daily meals was an every day chore. The … Continue reading Ma Vie En Rose: Sakura Koretsune
A message from the First Born on Mother's Day: "Your children sucks, but you're a good Mom. Love, Your Children.... or don't love them. I wouldn't. *One of them burned my pans." His girlfriend's message, on the other hand: "Happy Mother's Day! See you in June!" *Note: his brother (the middle child) burned … Continue reading Ma Vie en Rose: A message from the First Born.
I had been quite engrossed in my daily work at the office these days. This is the season in academia where we are ending the year with events, finals, and commencement. Where I work is no exception. My day job consists of juggling many balls in the air, and being cognizant of avoiding any … Continue reading A Grandfather’s Love.
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
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