Seven Reasons to Embrace Fall

They say it’s fall. Hard to believe, but indeed the calendar does not lie, we’re well into October now. I’ve only started liking fall over the past few years. Before that, having lived in countries with a four-season climate and a mini-country with one loooooong rainy season interrupted by three sunny summer days (yes, I am talking […]

Is There Any Room Left for Gratitude in Thanksgiving?

The history of Thanksgiving dates back to antiquity, when the Greeks were honoring Demeter, the goddess of agriculture who was giving mortals plentiful harvests. If we are to transpose the sentiment to today’s world swallowed by consumerism, we’d bring offerings and homage to Gates, the God of computing for making administrative work and wasting time […]

Happy Birthday, Mami!

It’s been 9 months since she became gran’ma to the most perfect (yes, most perfect) baby boy who carries her husband’s name. 3 years since she and her husband gave their daughter away in marriage. 10 years since her daughter left the childhood home to find her path and build her life. 30 years since […]

Lonesome Orchid

There are days when we are too busy/tired/moody/out of touch to notice the beauty around us. On days like that, I like to remember something beautiful that I encountered or experienced in the past. For whatever reason, today I remembered our vacation to Hawaii last year and the picture I took one early morning of an […]


“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Elliot Part I (before) I want to be what I am not, Yet I tie myself tight to what I am. I’m sunk so deep in my own displeasure, Yet I refuse to reach for the rope. I dream of the […]