Tropical Bliss in Boracay

To celebrate the end our visit to the Philippines, we decided to spend a few days in Boracay — one of the most popular destinations in the Philippines.  In 2012, Travel and Leisure named the Boracay the top overall island.  There are some parts of the island that are super-developed and take away a bit …

Birthday Musings – Almost Halfway Through my Forties

I like birthdays.  I look forward to celebrating my friends’ birthdays, my kids’ birthdays, my extended family’s birthdays.  Even when I was a kid, I would get slightly disappointed when things did not go as planned for my birthday celebrations.  Since I’ve become a mother, I have not really been focusing on my own birthdays. …

Lost Art of Having Brunch (For Parents with School-Age Kids)

When I was in my 20’s and early 30’s (i.e. life before kids), I loved having brunch with friends. There’s just something about getting up late and lazily enjoying an indulgent brunch on a Sunday morning. Many of my close friends have shared personal and candid thoughts or musings over a glass of mimosa or …