50yo & retired 😜
married since '92
mom to 3 boys (aged 24, 21, 13)
Manila-born & bred
011318 The lessons these past few days: 1) to be (more) mindful of our own health and 2) to never take an ordinary cough forgranted. While in Manila, Jerry was awakened at midnight by pain in his right lower rib area. Makati Med ER did tests and xray and advised him to get admitted due to pneumonia. He secured his prescribed antibiotics, signed a waiver, flew home to Cebu and did another round of tests. Earlier today was his OR procedure where Dr. Guardiario and Dr. Rosello drained fluid from his right lung. Praise God for blessing the hands of those who assisted. Thanks to the pulmo team, the thoracic surgeon, the anesthesiologist and to Dr. Etemadi for taking good care of Jerry. This photo is of us after the procedure and after the kids and I had our pneumonia shots.
010818 Having a househelp is a convenience I miss sometimes. However, for the last 4-5 years that we didn’t have one to clean after our mess or to prepare hot meals or wash and press our clothes, we’ve somehow survived. We’ve become creative in coming up with solutions even to the most mundane of tasks. In a way it made us more mindful of each other and each other’s needs. This afternoon, I was sitting in a nearby resto with my youngest son who I picked up from school and who was having his early dinner at 530pm. I enjoyed sipping on fresh young coconut juice and felt quite relieved that I didn’t have to do the dishes, at least for tonight. #orangeskintone 📸: Jake
010618 I long realized that this was too strenuous for me but I went along and challenged myself to keep up (with my sons and hubby). Yoga is still my first love. Anyway... My thought bubble was: this was not a competition and I just needed to do what this 50yo body could handle. Even if I was not within the required RPM and gear or resistance level, dear me, I pedaled as much as my legs and butt could take it. Tough but I felt good and was mighty proud of myself.
010518 He is our youngest son who was born weighing only 2 pounds, 13 years ago. Usually he’d get hand-me-down apparel from his brothers and would borrow their shoes. Now that his feet are bigger, he needs his own pair of kicks. Today he was happy to find a pair that was 40% off the regular price and was more than glad his Christmas money was enough to fund the purchase.
010518 School sitch. Breakfast with the schoolboy and elder brothers like it’s 2017 and prior years... 🤗
010418 True to our 2018 wellness goals, I’ve prepped mini bottles of some of our favorite essential oils to add to hubby’s regular office/travel kit. Panaway for muscle aches, RC for restful sleep (vs. snoring) and Peppermint for alertness or vs allergies and flu symptoms. Sorry Big Pharma, no OTC meds for us since mid 2017 and for as long as we could manage. 🤗
010218 After this pic was snapped, D said her face looked red and there were lines around her eyes. I said my eye bags were heavy and deep. However, no offense meant to those who spend time editing pictures, I decided to post it here unedited, red face, eye bags, crow’s feet and all. We’ve aged, there’s no denying that. Let us just say these are our lines of #distinction, marks of #maturity and scars of #happiness.
010118 First lunch of 2018 right after hearing mass. It kinda sets the tone for the whole year, that family (and extended family) is top priority. ♥️
123017 Ready for 2018
123017 Before we get caught in a frenzy of celebrations to bid goodbye to 2017 and to welcome 2018, here’s our year in review...
122917 Shoptalk. It’s always a pleasure spending time with this group even for just a couple of hours. The extra dose of laughter is something we readily welcome. And the hot drinks treat was a bonus. 😊