All posts tagged: Family

Life Happened

I feel like it’s been so long since I posted something. I only have one reason — life happened. I barely remember what happened in May, for sure I’ve been sleeping way too much. My sister-in-law had an emergency C-section last May 13 because her water broke early. She was supposed to deliver late June or early July. Lucy was born prematurely, but now she’s doing really well and gaining weight. She was very tiny when she was born, just a little over three pounds. Last June 1, we moved to a condo in Makati. Some things happened at home, and we had to go for a while. My father-in-law contracted pneumonia and was doing regular chemotherapy again for his lung cancer. It is not good for me and Taglet to be around him, so we decided to move out temporarily until he’s well and I’ve given birth. Condo living is not so new to me. Sort of. In Singapore, I used to live in flats that looks like condos haha! My brother and I …

No, Your Mother-in-Law is not Evil

One night, while playing mahjong at Topher and Sam’s house in Katipunan, our friend Gots said the most enlightening statement ever — that mother-in-laws are not evil, they are simply not our mothers.  Queen Narissa from the Disney movie, Enchanted. Let me get this straight, I have no problems with my mother-in-law. We get along well. I feel that she genuinely cares for me.  There are just some days that, just like your own mother, our mother-in-law gets somewhat annoying. Mostly, they are annoying because they care too much. They buy you food that you don’t eat. Or they force you to eat food that you don’t eat. They tell you things that they already told you before. They tend to be so kulit. They treat people differently.  Simply put, they are like our own mothers, but at the same time, they are not. We tend to have more patience for our mothers, or maybe because we are way too familiar with them. I realized that MIL’s always mean well, too. As a new member of the …

Face to Face with the Big C

I never thought I’ll ever write about cancer. My earliest memory of it is my Tita Bessie, my mom’s eldest sister, who was very sick when I was in kindergarten. I didn’t know it was cancer until I was in grade school. I can’t seem to understand what it was. I just knew she was sick. A few months later, she passed away. It was a blurry memory. I was a kid and I didn’t feel the pain of losing a relative. I still didn’t know that feeling. Tita Bessie taught me that losing a family member is a sad thing. I didn’t know her pain as well. Late in 2012, my friend Faye was diagnosed with Stage 1 cancer. In February 2013, she had a total hysterectomy. She had her entire reproductive system taken out. She is a survivor. A very brave woman that I will always look up to. You can read her story here. Taken at Mom and Tina’s in Mother’s Day. She was also the reason for my first ever blood …

Question 1127

So my friend, Addie is that one person who blogs a lot. I love what she writes and follows her posts. She has this one section in her blog BETWIXT AND BETWEEN called Thought Questions. Today, I am picking it up from her and answering my first ever question. It is not a secret that I love my family very much. I kind of have the same level of love for them and for Jeff. I bet they both won’t mind. My favorite person in our house is my Mama, then my Papa, then my sibs. So my most favorite place would be home. Since Jeff and I got married last year, I moved in with him and his family in the south. South meaning south of Manila. My family lives in Antipolo, which is about 45 minutes and 30 kilometers away. I love going home to my parents. I love seeing my Mama. Four hours with her every week gives me the courage to face the next 164 hours. She is my rock, my …