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Summer Adventure Begins

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Family and friends | 0 comments

Wishing everyone a happy Fourth of July! We’re off to a little summer adventure. I’ll try to post often depending on wireless connections and availability. I will most likely will be on Instagram so hope to see you there.

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52 Weeks, Weeks 26

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Family and friends | 0 comments

Weekly snapshots of my girls and life in general in 2015

There were lots of playdates, arts and crafts, and general laziness in our house this past week, now that school’s out. It also has been pure madness as we try to get ready for our vacation while hanging out with friends whom we won’t see until the end of the summer. But it’s all good, I really would not change anything at all. The crazier life is at times, the happier I am. So here’s the lowdown this week…

Chiara – She’s ecstatic about wrapping up grade school and starting middle school in September. She’s growing up fast and testing the waters of rebellion as she incessantly pushes her dear momma’s buttons the wrong way.

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Ines – In reaction to her sister’s aforementioned rebelliousness, she is constantly saying to me, “I’m SO NOT going to do that when I’m older.” We’ll see, Ines…

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Now tell me again who’s idea was it to give kids two months off from school? These girls are keeping me way too busy. Have a great week, dear friends.

Summer Reading 2015

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Lifestyle | 0 comments

Yes, summer is officially here! Time to put together my reading list and start choosing books I want to spend July and August with in the next two months. Usually during the summer, I go for books that are super light but these three books just keep coming up as favorites in a lot of book reviews that I’ve added them to my list as well.

1 – In the Country by Mia Alvar – A book about the Filipino diaspora is something that I easily can identify with. In the Country features nine stories of Filipinos in various parts of the globe as they try and struggle to forge new lives and identities in their new homes. While the book talks about the Filipino immigrant experience, the theme is really how many of us deal with changes in our lives like moves, transfers, getting uprooted, and how we all try to settle in our new reality and try to move on. This book is featured as Amazon’s “Book of the Month” in June and positive accolades just keep coming in for this new writer. I can’t wait to start reading it!

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2- Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler – I’m a sucker for family saga and secrets that a “perfect family” harbors. This book follows the lives and stories of four generations of Whitshanks in Baltimore, starting with the initial encounter and ensuing romance of the grandparents, Anne and Red Whitshank. This book is another Amazon “Book of the Month” and promises to be a great read.

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3 – Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud – An offshoot of the book The Stranger by Albert Camus. The main character of this book, Harun, is the brother of “The Arab” character in Camus’ book. Harun delves into isolation, sadness, surviving his brother’s death and the negative effects of colonialism. The author has already received various literary awards for this book. There is a play based on the book that will be performed this summer in Avignon and a movie that will be released in 2017.

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Yes, yes, these books aren’t exactly light summer reading. But I am sure they will keep me entertained, engrossed and curious during lazy summer afternoons and evenings. What are you reading this summer?

Images via Amazon

52 Weeks, Week 25

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Family and friends | 0 comments

Weekly snapshots of my girls, and life in general, in 2015

Chiara – Her soccer team won first place this past Saturday after playing a tough game in the finals under steady, and at times heavy, rain. This is also her last week in grade school so we treated her to an intimate family dinner and a graduation cake this past weekend.

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Ines – This girl rocked her first track season. Despite being a newbie and one of the youngest in her age group, she made it to the League Championships. She surprised us with a third place finish in the 400 meters. She really had a good year in school and her activities but I think more than anything, she’s ready to do nothing and enjoy the summer.

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Hope you have a great week! The girls are out of school after Tuesday, so I say, “let the madness begins!”

Dreaming of Cuba

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Interiors, Travel | 0 comments

On my bucket list is the goal of one day visiting Cuba. I hope that by the time I get there it would not be overdeveloped or too commercialized. As many of us who live in the Western World, I have this romanticized image of Cuba, of old colonial homes and tropical breeze, of men wearing guayabera shirts and ladies fanning themselves to cool off.

While I know many of these images are stereotypes that are popularized by the media, I sometimes come across pictures and articles that reaffirms these truths. Last week, T Magazine featured the house of creatives Pamela Ruiz and Damian Aquiles in Havana. The house, which is a labor of love, took the couple years and years to renovate and bring up to livable conditions. Just imagine doing a restoration job where there are no hardware stores nearby and the government pretty much controls all construction material! So the couple ended up using repurposed materials from other houses in the area as well as bringing things from the US and Mexico.

There just something about these images that say hot, lazy summer days to me. There’s also the visual texture that so rich and nicely counter-balanced by the huge ceilings and pale walls, which gives the house such a post-colonial bohemian vibe. And don’t get me started with those tiled floors! Yes, yes, folks, I’m officially Cuba dreaming.

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Images from T Magazine