A Dose of Reality, My Quirks, Thoughts and Notions

Perks of Having a More Successful Older Sibling

"Sister is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship." -Margaret Mead  They say the youngest child is the luckiest child in a family. I am not sure I can say that with the deepest conviction. Maybe it's because in our family, there's only… Continue reading Perks of Having a More Successful Older Sibling

My Quirks, Thoughts and Notions

To Grandpa With Love

Dear Abuelito, Last Friday, you would have celebrated your 107th birthday. I wonder if you celebrate birthdays in heaven. I do not have much memories with you. Mom did say you used to pass by the house and visit me as a baby. Turns out, you still drove a car at 80. I feel so… Continue reading To Grandpa With Love

Thoughts and Notions, Uncategorized

It’s Not a Joke

“There is no point treating a depressed person as though she were just feeling sad, saying, ‘There now, hang on, you’ll get over it.’ Sadness is more or less like a head cold- with patience, it passes. Depression is like cancer.” – Barbara Kingsolver, The Bean Trees June 2018 was a month of triumph in the Philippines… Continue reading It’s Not a Joke

A Dose of Reality, Thoughts and Notions

Needs and Wants

“If one prays for patience, do you think God gives them patience? Or does he give them the opportunity to be patient? If they pray for courage, does God give them courage, or does he give them opportunities to be courageous? If one prayed for their family to be closer, you think God zaps them… Continue reading Needs and Wants

Motivational Thoughts, Thoughts and Notions

The Song That Tells Your Life

"I think there is a song out there to describe just about any situation." -Criss Jami, Killosophy If someone told me a year ago that there was a song that described exactly how I was feeling and also said exactly what I needed to hear, I would have been so grateful. Just a few weeks… Continue reading The Song That Tells Your Life

Corner of Gratitude, Thoughts and Notions, Uncategorized


"Sometimes, things happen because we make them happen. And sometimes, things happen because they are meant to lead you where you're supposed to be in that exact time and moment--because that is exactly where you need to be." I was raised a Catholic. I went to Catholic schools from grade school to college. In my… Continue reading Epiphanies