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Rianne and Philip Wedding: Shot with GoPro bridal bouquet

We turned Sept. 21 into a wonderful day, filmed via a GoPro bridal bouquet. Like many close friends know, we turned Sept. 21 from a dark day in Philippine history marking the announcement of Martial Law in 1972 to a wonderful day in our lives during our wedding in 2014. I opted not to post a celebratory message from last week because I would like to be one with our fellow Filipinos — grieving, protesting — facing another dark time in

Pasalubong: Popular gift ideas for Filipinos

Filipinos are known for their hospitality and appreciation when receiving gifts, tokens, and freebies. When coming from abroad, or even when traveling from a local place outside a person's residence, it is customary for Filipinos to bring souvenir items when meeting friends and relatives (traditionally called "pasalubong" in Filipino) in the Philippines. Even new acquaintances can get that much-loved “pasalubong” as well. This guide is primarily for foreigners intending to buy gifts for Filipinos. When looking for popular gift ideas, these don't

Parenting Lessons: Finding time for children

I watched this Ted Talk video: My two cents here: In many things in this world, we believe having a strong foundation is crucial. So the ever-challenging role of parenting should not ignore the importance of being there, especially in the first few years of a child’s life. Clearly, there will be sacrifices in individual lives and careers of parents, but such sacrifices, especially on “me” times, won’t last that long. It’s more like an investment to better family life, I suppose. I’m

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