Ad Astra Per Aspera

Breaking bread with myself There are places close to home, that become our home too. Pre pandemic, I would come and break bread here at least every other week. Here, I would often sit by the window and watch people go by while enjoying a bowl of my favorite French onion soup, and a glass…

Lessons from Turbulence

Keep calm, it won’t last forever. Good morning, Philippines! I’m back. And I’m so grateful to be back home on terra firma. Flew our nation’s carrier from Los Angeles (love your own and I never take any other airline) and as usual the crew was gracious in their service. The food was good, but unfortunately…

How I Got Rid of My Yaya from Hell

Even before I started reading Nancy Drew Mysteries, I knew that early on I already had the makings of a young detective. At the age of five, I had a yaya named Petra (not her real name) whom my mommy trusted very much. Petra was small and smart, very wiry and moved around the house…