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As I journey to decluttering my home, I find I’m decluttering my life as well. Revelations have come to fruition as I sort through our belongings. Last night, as I was pairing up clean socks, I realized the discolored, blue and broken plastic laundry basket we throw all the laundered, single socks, is older than my marriage. My husband has had this laundry basket long before he and I started dating. He actually can’t remember how old it is. We’re going to guess it’s about 20 years old and was, at one point, the only laundry basket we ever owned. We had less stuff back then.Read More →

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For as long as my husband and I have had the kids, we’ve traveled with bulky car seats and boosters wherever we go. I mean everywhere! We brought a car seat and two boosters to Hawai’I, Nevada, and even to the Philippines! Can you imagine checking those in, along with your luggage and balikbayan boxes? As a parent of 4 little kids aging from 11 years  to 21 months old, I haven’t been this excited about an item I saw in a magazine in a long time!  It’s portable, foldable and small. It’s small enough to fit in a backpack and carry-on luggage. It’s forRead More →

We call him Holy Father. He was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Among his many titles, he is also the first Jesuit pope and the first pope from the Americas.  However, Fortune magazine named Pope Francis number 4 on their list of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” in 2016. Beating him to the top spots were Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos (1), German Chancellor Angela Merkel (2) and Leader of Myanmar National League for Democracy Aung Suu Kyi (3). Let’s face it though, Pope Francis wasn’t even trying. Fortune called 2016 “the year of Pope Francis the diplomat.” He was credited in playingRead More →

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Living in America, I tend to notice each Filipino or who I think may be Filipino. Some are harder to spot than others, as our facial features often resemble other groups such Vietnamese, Chinese, Indonesian… You name the person, we likely have a Filipino who looks just like them! My father reminds me of Charles Barkley, the retired basketball player. A few other people have remarked on the resemblance, as well. There is one thing I notice that reminds me 100% of the time of Filipinos. If I’m driving by a house and they have certain vegetables growing in their front yard, my brain quicklyRead More →

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Have you read the Vanity Fair article in the January 2017 issue on American actor Chris Pratt? He was the cover story and discussed the crucial events that lead him to where he is today. Pratt discussed how he was living on a beach in Maui, Hawaii. He was barely 20, living with friends in a van and tent, basically broke and miserable. One day, he was outside a grocery store waiting for a person to buy beer for him and his friends. However, an Asian guy in his 40s, a stranger at the time named Henry, came up and asked if he was goingRead More →

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After migrating to California from the Philippines, I decided to immerse myself on the rental laws regarding renting a place to live. I have found out that the law that was once a paragraph has grown to several pages throughout the years. The particular California Civil Code that explains this law is Code 1950.5 – Security Deposits. It defines security deposits as money that the landlord holds to protect his or her property in case the tenant breaks the rental agreement by not paying rent, causing damage to the property or leaving the place dirtier than when the tenant received it. If the property isRead More →