For Maria.

This might be Christmas 1988. The cousins! Photo taken by Dad. Maria is in yellow.

I’ve been thinking of my cousin Maria a lot lately. Everyone knows her as Maria, but we grew up knowing her as Marian. She’s kind, artistic, and absolutely strong! She’s currently in the hospital.

It’s been years since we’ve seen each other or connected, but know we’re thinking and praying that you get well soon.

Keep fighting, Marian! โค



The highlights of my week were attending TWO Giants games and the Glossier pop-up at Rhea’s Cafe! I got to spend time with Bianca and Loretta. Sister time is quality time. ๐Ÿ™‚

I watched more baseball on TV. That’s a given! And it was the last week of work before spring break. Hurrah!

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What did I do this week? It was very laid back. I did a bit of shopping, finally ate hot Cheetos after an eternity, and watched a bunch of baseball.

I also took care of my dress measurements with the bride squad. So much fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

Rain was in the forecast, so I wasn’t digging that much.

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  1. Still pumped because of our extra innings victory. Go Giants! ๐Ÿ™‚ #beatla #andrewmcclutchen
  2. Why does the weekend always go by so quickly?
  3. Looking forward to the warm weather today!
  4. I’ve been cutting out junk food. It’s so hard! Especially sweets. Ahhhhh.
  5. I dislike losing my things. Where did I put my cardigan? Random, I know.

Have a great week! Good night.



It was a short (work) week for me! Time flew, but it was nice to have a few days off. The highlight of my week was catching up with college friends and meeting Blake. It’s been a while. So much laughter and jokes.

And of course, Easter! Spring is my favorite season. Baseball returns, longer days of sunshine, and sometimes less layers. LOL.

Photo credit to Dale for the featured image.

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Lumpia, ube, and pan de sal.

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Lola Mila (far left) and the family. โค Circa early 1990s.

Lola Mila’s been there for us since we were almost a year old. She came to the US in 1988. I learned a lot from her. Growing up, I always wanted to be by her side. Whether it was church, walking to the grocery store, or going to the park.

I can remember those school days. She would make us the best breakfast. Pan de sal with butter or cheese made on the stove top, chocolate milk, and sometimes champorado (Filipino chocolate rice porridge). During big family parties or the holidays, she would make her lumpia and ube. She taught me a lot about Filipino culture. Respect is at the top of the list. After school, I recall her always telling us to make sure we changed right away + preparing for school the night before.

I always got sad when she flew back to the Philippines from time to time. I found comfort knowing my maternal grandparents weren’t too far away. I also remember our family trips to Lake Tahoe, Disneyland, visiting relatives in Southern California (Long Beach and San Diego), Portland, and Seattle! Where did the time go? Those were some great times.

I do my very best to spend time with her. She means so much to me and I can say the same for my siblings and cousins. Lola Mila is resilient, patient, and kind. Thank you for being such a loving grandmother. You are always appreciated. Please teach me how to cook! Haha. ๐Ÿ˜›

Namumutan ta ka, Lola.