Mammography sucks01:58 PM Tuesday April 21, 2015 |

Instead of going to Cardinal Santos Hospital again to wait for hours to have a breast ultrasound, my daughter suggested why not I go to St. Luke’s instead. She called the Breast Center and got me a 2 pm appointment. Great, no waiting, easy, fast. I arrived in St. Luke’s at 2:05 pm and I… read more

Discovered Breast Cancer thru self-examination12:13 AM Monday April 20, 2015 |

Doctors always remind us ladies to do self-examination. And this was how my relative found out that she has breast cancer. She was watching Pope Francis on tv and felt a tiny lump in her breast. She went to Cardinal Santos Hospital and had a series of tests which confirmed that she indeed has it,… read more

27 invitees to bday dinner05:42 PM Sunday April 19, 2015 |

I am hosting a simple bday dinner for Oh My Buhay readers whose names were picked from among the comments received from January 1 to April 15. OMB Bday Dinner May 22, Friday 6:30-10:00 pm. Casual Attire Venue (Makati, The Fort or Ortigas Area) and directions will be emailed to you before May 15. I… read more

Culmination of my year01:04 AM Sunday April 19, 2015 |

Now that I am a lot older, Good Friday has become the highlight of my year.  For most people, their year ends on December 31, based on the calendar.   Me naman,  my year ends on Good Friday.  The following week is the start of my new year. Why?   Good Friday is the day where… read more

Good Friday procession 201511:49 PM Saturday April 18, 2015 |

The Good Friday procession is the biggest activity in Binangonan. Almost 50 santos join in the procession attended by thousands of Catholics and non-Catholics. As usual, the parish priest didn’t join the procession unlike when we had American and Spanish parish priests. What’s the black hood and cape for? My crew were on standby. We… read more

Good Friday Fiesta Penitensya02:24 PM Saturday April 18, 2015 |

I grew up hating the actual day, Good Friday. Kasi ang lungkot-lungkot. It was forbidden by the Catholic church to speak loudly, be noisy and active. So quiet, bawal tumakbo, tumawa, lumundag, ngumisngis, kumain. Walang pagkain. Bawal maglinis, magwalis. Ang init-init pa, bawal maligo. Walang palabas sa tv. Bawal magpa tugtog ng juke box. The… read more

Smart 7 year old01:34 PM Saturday April 18, 2015 |

She’s 7 and I think she’s very smart and mature for her age. Her mom, Chique, brings her to the office once in a while. And every time she’s there, she shows up in my office with a big smile. She came the other day and gave us sweets from Lucban, Quezon. She calls me… read more

Many Filipinos will lose their properties11:07 AM Saturday April 18, 2015 |

I think many Filipinos who are now permanently residing abroad will lose their properties, especially those they inherited from their grandparents/ parents. How? 1. They don’t get to pay real property taxes. Unlike during my parents’ time where the municipal office did not auction off lots with unpaid taxes even for 20 years, ngayon, most… read more

OMB Tweets #1112:13 AM Saturday April 18, 2015 |

1. I panicked when I saw an adult ipis crawling in the living room. I ran to the kitchen looking for a bottle of alcohol but there’s none. In panic, I grabbed a blue plastic folder with construction drawings and dropped it on the ipis with all my might. I was not at all interested… read more

Casino Boom in the Philippines01:04 AM Friday April 17, 2015 |

Philippines on the verge of casino boom. Good or bad? Both a) Casino owners will sleep on top of wads of cash and fill up fast their passbooks upon passbooks. Brisk business = good. b) Thousands of Filipinos will lose their kabuhayan, swim in debts, because of casino addiction. = bad. c) Couples will quarrel… read more

Walking the dogs09:22 PM Thursday April 16, 2015 |

Husband asked me to join him walking. A—–“Ay paalis ka na, magso-shorts pa ako”. E—–“Babalik ako”. He would walk for half hour then come back for me. E——“Hindi ka pwedeng matagal dahil baka hindi mo kaya”. I don’t have exercise kasi. I ran to my son’s drawer and borrowed a new pair of white socks…. read more

Dress I wore on Holy Wednesday05:01 PM Thursday April 16, 2015 |

Reply to Irene: The white cotton dress I wore to the procession on Holy Wednesday: I bought it in Rustan’s Shangrila, second floor, right side as you enter the door. I think it’s around P4,000 – P5,000. Original price was P8,000 yata. Ay nalimutan ko na. It did not come with a camisole, it’s very… read more

200 year old bricks supplier04:17 PM Thursday April 16, 2015 |

Reply to Tania: They delivered to me 500 more pieces of the antique 200+ year old bricks that came from a furnace for melting iron or metal. I didn’t want to accept sana kasi na-over budget na ako but they said kasi daw paubos na yung merong original stamps. The bricks were imported from Thailand… read more

The town prepares for Good Friday10:15 AM Wednesday April 15, 2015 |

Good Friday in Binangonan is one of the busiest days in our town, if not THE busiest. And just like me, the big population awaits this most special day in our practice of Christianity. Our town’s long history includes our religious traditions. Our church used to be bright and elegant. Its interior was painted cream…. read more

Pulvoron Vendor09:48 AM Wednesday April 15, 2015 |

Most of the time I only buy from vendors to patronize their livelihood, para makatulong. Pulvoron This woman said she was the one who made all these pulvoron. She lives in Mabuhay, Tondo, Manila. She was 16 when she got pregnant.  She has 5 children. Her pulvoron and other items were on a kariton. I… read more

Street Food is Fun09:32 AM Wednesday April 15, 2015 |

Visita Iglesia is more fun with street food. Our pilgrimage is not complete without it. One has to be down to earth to join our family in our annual Visita Iglesia because it always ends with lots of eating— eating of inihaw na pusit, bibingka, halo-halo, lugaw, etc. Fish Vendor. The danger of contamination is… read more