Category: Empty Nest

“A journey can become a sacred thing”

We are all travellers in one way or another, each journey varying according to the stages in life. I travel several roads simultaneously, which makes me a constant life traveller, some paths more painful than others, none of them a holiday, but a journey nevertheless. “Every time you leave home  another road takes you  into

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Post-Mother’s Day Thoughts

Ever since my mother passed away in 2016 I have struggled with any family-related holidays and activities. Christmas, Easter and all the events that she took great pains to make special for me as a child are emotional torture. Even though I was an only child growing up in countries where we had no relatives

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The Sexy Window Cleaner

Much as I wish I could write about a gorgeous human window cleaner, I must disappoint some of you and tell you all about my new gadget. Being the daughter of an engineer, I love gadgets as much as the next person, especially if they will make my life easier and the household chores a

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Post-Valentine Sour Grapes

I grew up celebrating Valentine’s Day in full force – both in Mexico and Manila. My parents were both avid believers of the holiday, even though Daddy was not that much of a fan of buying flowers, something Mommy always wished he had done more. There was one year he came home and handed her

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Pass The Champagne, Hold The Aging!

It was a long wait for both my cat Champagne and myself, but the three months separation finally had its happy ending. Two-and-a-half weeks ago I flew to Manila, my flight timed with the end of Champagne’s 90-day quarantine, to pick her up. The results of the Rabies Tither blood test done in Australia were

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My Personal Mother’s Day

I grew up in countries that place a high value on Mother’s Day. The cynicism that has developed over the last two decades about this special day tears at my heart, especially after I became a mother myself. But today is different. It has nothing to do with the universal Mother’s Day and is my

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Escaping Towards Family

Most people tend to run away from relatives when they come visiting, or at the very best, go deep into hiding. Work, meetings, emergencies, out-of-town trips always provide the perfect excuse to vanish and not go through the motions of sitting with people whom you know  you are related to but have nothing in common

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