Ma Vie En Rose: The Land of the Midnight Sun Solstice Festivities.

  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.

Ma Vie En Rose: Denver, Colorado.

  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.

Ma Vie En Rose: Midnights in June.

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.

Ma Vie en Rose: A message from the First Born.

  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.

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

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