Hello spleen, Halloween

I was going to write a thoughtful retrospective on my 5th Halloween celebration in the States and then, I got depressed. Not the big D, but sill gloomy, cranky, fussy, etc. It was cute to see the kids leave for the day with their nanny, very excited about wearing their costumes for the second timeContinue reading “Hello spleen, Halloween”

You’ve been schooled

DH and I decided to finally face the real world when it comes to our kids’ education. Unfortunately, I will not fall asleep and wake up when they are 18 and hopefully somewhat educated. I have talked a little about the anxiety raising among my parent peers about school options in this post. I triedContinue reading “You’ve been schooled”

‘Ask Away Friday’ with Vanilla Housewife

Very different post for this Friday, folks! I have been ‘dialoguing’ with the  hilarious Jhanis of Fascinations of a Vanilla Housewife for a while now. She lives in the Philippines; I live in New York.  Similar stuff crack us up so when she asked me to take part in an Ask Away Friday, I said: ‘Yeah, let’s doContinue reading “‘Ask Away Friday’ with Vanilla Housewife”

Mood of the day: hand-me-down

I have been obsessed with secondhand clothing since I was a little girl. It started as a necessity because my folks could not afford brand new clothes for 5 kids. It then became an addiction to the endless possibilities that already worn garment offers: shapes, periods, styles etc. I remember that as a child, everyContinue reading “Mood of the day: hand-me-down”

Raising kids in the City

Contrary to what people think city kids do wear Crocs shoes for at least 4 months a year like any other kids living in the countryside or near the beach. Parents cannot resist the visually painful Blob plastic trend because Crocs are magic. They are basically the only shoes that don’t drive you completely nutsContinue reading “Raising kids in the City”

Lost in transition?

‘Bob: What are you doing? Charlotte: My husband’s a photographer, so he’s here working. I wasn’t doing anything so I came along. Bob: What do you do? Charlotte: I’m not sure yet, actually’. Lost in Translation, Sofia Coppola (2003) I was very excited to attend Kiera’s baby shower because it was taking place in theContinue reading “Lost in transition?”

Activist mama: I’m every woman…It’s all in me.

‘ My body may be a work-in-progress, but there is nothing wrong with my soul.’ Bree Osbourne (Felicity Huffman), Transamerica  Last week, DH sent me an email about a vigil in Harlem for Islan Nettles. I had no idea about who this hot African American woman was.  I searched about her death and my heart stoppedContinue reading “Activist mama: I’m every woman…It’s all in me.”

Cougar town

cou·gar ˈko͞ogər‘ noun a large American wild cat with a plain tawny to grayish coat, found from Canada to Patagonia. informal, an older woman seeking a sexual relationship with a younger man. I cannot remember the last time I went dancing with my girlfriends. I have a vague feeling that it was just after IContinue reading “Cougar town”

Mood of the day: back to back

It has been a while since I have done a MOTD post and the reason is simple: in the last 2 weeks I have been looking like a hobbit on most days and when I was not, I had to rush out of the house because I was late for this or for that. IContinue reading “Mood of the day: back to back”


kar·ma /ˈkärmə/ Noun 1. (in Hinduism and Buddhism) The sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in… 2. Destiny or fate, following as effect from cause. When I closed the door on my kids’ face to rush to some networking drinks, I had a weird feelingContinue reading “Karma-sutra”