My Late Mother is in My Closet.

An entry from our travel journal. #AmsterdamDiaries, September 2017. TRAVEL EPIPHANY, WHILE VINTAGE SHOPPING. Whenever I enter a vintage shop, the images that flood my mind are of Wiel’s mother, Jos, and mine- Concepcion, in their spring of youth days. We’ve seen their pics wearing outfits from the 50s and 60s, respectively. How simply fashionable they looked in their Sunday’s best […]

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Japan Was Always a Healing Journey.

A HEALING JOURNEY. The last time we visited Japan, my mother died the next morning after we arrived in Osaka. My brothers said, “Huwag ka nang umuwi muna, ate. Anyway, nung nagpaalam kayong ba-byahe sa Japan, she told you: ‘“Mag-enjoy kayo ha!” (“Do not return immediately, sister. Remember that when you said you’ll go to Japan, she told you: ‘You […]

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Respect of other people’s way of life— always bring it with you whenever wherever you travel.

We know that one of the best places to learn more about a country’s culture are in churches, mosques and temples. It is like having front seats in a live theatre where you may observe how locals live their lives and practice their faith and religious beliefs. For non-practitioners of a particular religion, these experiences may offer a colourful visit, […]

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On authenticity and embracing your own wounded-ness

MASADA, ISRAEL, November 22, 2017 — I know when I am not being my true self, skin break-outs appear on my skin like a messenger of gloom. “Ohmigosh, I am not aligned with the Universe again,” were my quick thoughts! “Not being true to myself” were instances where I found myself trying to cater to the needs of others before […]

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On There Can Be No Right or Wrong Religion.

Our shared journey through life is one big church of our love for each other, love of our family, our home, our community, art, music, food, travel, environment, writing, creating, written and spoken words, ideas, hope, giving and receiving; of random acts of kindness by strangers; of all things that bring amazement and gratefulness to our hearts. Our loved ones […]

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