My Mother, Concepcion: The Opposite of Immaculate

Among the last four generations of women in our paternal and maternal families, my mother, Concepcion, was the one with a most ardent wanderlust which sadly, like an unrequited love, was a dream unmet. She always liked cold temperature and the smell of pine. (Hence, I grew up with the smell of pine- from house cleaners to fresh Christmas tree.) […]

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Top 10 Experiences for Beyond 50 Couples When Traveling to a City for the 1st Time

What do we, quinquagenarians or midlife travelers 50 years old and above, prefer to see when traveling? For Dutchie and I, we prefer the word ‘experience,’ rather than just ‘see.’ As much as possible, we avoid the tourist traps as they tend to be more commercialized and are therefore, more expensive. On first day, we usually take free tours (check […]

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Amid the COVID-19 threat, self-incarceration can be bearable when we stay grateful.

EVERYTHING AL FRESCO EVENING DRINKS WITH OUR NEIGHBOR ON A SATURDAY NIGHT @ our home (we call) #CafebytheForest. Rest assured we strictly observed Social Distancing and here’s how we did it, without spoiling the fun: Self-incarceration does not mean we cannot enjoy the things we used to do when times are normal. As Italians sing to spread love and positivity […]

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Everything that’s been happening in the world today is preparing us for the Zombie Apocalypse and we think we’ll be okay, as long as there’s laughter in our hearts.

EVERYTHING THAT’S BEEN HAPPENING IN THE WORLD TODAY IS PREPARING US FOR THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE AND I THINK WE’LL BE OKAY. Last night after the kids left us at the dinner table, I told Dutchie: “I never thought I would live to see this day where people all over the world will share a common scare and health threat of […]

Everything that’s been happening in the world today is preparing us for the Zombie Apocalypse and we think we’ll be okay, as long as there’s laughter in our hearts. Read More