I realized that the last time I wrote something on this blog was literally last year! Where did the year go and why have I not written lately? Well, last May, my aunt died. My Auntie Llena was my dad's sister and I really loved her. She was always asking for us to come visit [...]
Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month – Filipino-American Singers!
I am always searching for Filipino-American creative artists so that I can show Jax (and inspire him!) So, in honor of AAPI Heritage Month, I've compiled a TOP 10 list of who I feel are the most currently famous Filipino-American musicians. Let's celebrate their influence in the entertainment world! GALING! Please comment below if I [...]
Tiny (BOY) Dancer
As many of you already know, Jax is a dancer. He has always been a dancer, even as a baby. We used to dance all the time, and whenever he stayed with his Gramma and Papa, he danced with them, too. We honestly don’t remember a day when he isn’t dancing. He took to all [...]
Another White House Christmas!
Jax and I returned from another U.S. Christmas! Thank goodness. We weren't sure we were going to be able to make it. Jax's teacher caught Covid at the tail end of the term and he had to isolate although we tested twice and had negative test results both times. Unfortunately, we even had to cancel [...]
Merriest Christmas, Everyone!
Hi All! I promised I would be more diligent about updating you on our lives via my blog. I haven't been good about it lately, but one of my new year's resolutions is to become better about updating it. 2021 was a good year. Let's see.... we're still living in the Algarve, Portugal. Yes, our [...]
Keeping Score on Paris
I’m Now a YAP Accredited Yoga Teacher!
And it’s official!! I’m now a YAP Accredited yoga teacher! . To say it has been an incredible and enlightening 10 weeks would be an understatement to everything I’ve learned and discovered about yoga, its benefits, anatomy, and philosophy. This course was seriously one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself and I [...]
My Latest Skincare Routine
As many of you know, I wrote about my very simple skincare routine in my book: Whatever: How to Look Younger Than Your Actual Age (for the audiobook version click here). Well, I joke, but seriously, as soon as I published the book, I felt like my skin started to show signs of aging! Where [...]
Forget Napa. My Newfound Love is Douro.
Since Jax goes to an International School that follows the British calendar, we had a half-term break last week. It was the perfect time to do a road trip! Our itinerary also included a stop in Evora and particularly for Ry, surfing hotspots Nazare and Ericeira. I will have to share about those charming places [...]
You guys! Why had I not heard about this fantastic romantic musical comedy-drama until now? I have been on a Netflix streaming binge, catching up on this show that debuted in 2015 and ran for four seasons, ending in 2019. First, it is so well-written and fantastically produced with musical numbers and original songs. Apparently, [...]