February 13, 2018

Pre-Valentine Pampering

Really not one for cheesiness on Valentine’s Day, but it’s never stopped me from celebrating love with family and friends. Besides, the occasion is sandwiched by other important, personal dates that also fall on the month of February, like our anniversary, and the birthdays of my sister and boyfriend, so there is actually a lot of love to go around. Suprise! Last Sunday, Ry came to my room with a mischievous smile, which I’ve learned to identify as, “I bought something.” True enough, within seconds, he held out a bag in front of him labeled Havaianas. Inside were, not 1 […]
August 7, 2016

Passing of a Pet

A video posted by One Day, Kaye (@kaichypoo) on Aug 10, 2013 at 7:57pm PDT You always stood out: from being the whitest in a litter of browns, to your peculiar personality of oral fixations and expressive faces.  I will feel your loss the most in the everyday things. I’ll crane my neck after parking the car, just to glimpse your form on the driveway; I’ll think you’re nearby when I hear the soft tapping of your nails on the ground. I’ll miss you welcoming me home with a leaf, a bowl, or occasionally a t-shirt grabbed from the sampay. I’ll hear […]
February 7, 2016

Love and Brownies

February, by virtue of Valentine’s Day on the 14th, has now become casually referred to as the month of love. I’ve never placed any specific importance on celebrating Valentine’s, but I’ve never hated it either, even when I was single. I’d taken the opportunity to do little things for my family and friends, like writing them little notes or giving them small tokens.  My boyfriend and I also celebrate our anniversary on this month, so we’ve been extra appreciative of one another these past few days. He gave me flowers and new charms for my Pandora bracelet, and I baked some Chocolate-Strawberry Truffle […]
September 20, 2015

A Part Apart

Getting tipsy at a wine fair, Christmases, graduation, family trips, and the long-distance runs we joined last year For the past weeks, since she’d finalised paperwork and itinerary, my sister has been out with friends having mini-despedidas for her #CountdownToSydney. The latter half of this week was spent at home, packing and arranging last minute details for her trip. During this time, I was priming myself for her departure, reminding myself that she’ll be back sooner than I think. One year might seem irrelevant to some, but this is the longest I’ll be apart from my “twin.” While it may sound like a […]
September 14, 2015

Family Friends

Is the concept of a “family friend” one of those Filipino-isms? I don’t think I’ve ever heard any other nationality use this exact phrase as we do, oftentimes as modifiers instead of nouns. Others say, “she’s a friend of the family,” but we say, “she’s a family friend.” There is also a connotation that the relationship is much deeper than others: a family friend is someone you roll deep with, possibly spent endless summers with when you were younger; and no matter how far life has stretched your band of friendship, across years and miles, you just snap back together […]
September 8, 2015

#BilangPilipino

We can still keep hoping, and working together, for a better Philippines. Praying for a wiser electorate this 2016, and a leader who will have the country’s best interests as his/her top priority, and not selfish ambitions. United for the flag Beautiful capture by @BilangPilipino on TwitterPosted by The Ryan Cayabyab Singers on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 I felt privileged to have been part of the launch of #BilangPilipino this morning, TV5’s media campaign that encourages awareness through high-tech and accurate coverage for better discernment. It’s been a while, but I got choked up singing our arrangement of Bayan Ko and […]