Friday, October 28, 2016

Making Memories: The Lion King on Broadway, a Mother and Son Bonding Time

You heard this before: Collect moments not things.

Bonding time with your child doesn’t stop when your child starts driving, or when he goes away to college. A child, from infancy to adulthood need quality time with their parents.

Experts say…

Wait, forget about the studies. Just ask your grandma or your mom.  There’s no need to do an extensive research.  You just have to listen to the wisdom of the elders: a parent’s goal is to raise a happy and well-adjusted child.

As my mantra goes, “a happy simple life.”

Earlier this week, I was fortunate to see the Broadway play, “The Lion King” with my 21 year-old son, Jonathon, who grew up watching the American epic musical film by Walt Disney Films.

I was born in the Philippines, and music was very much part of my childhood life. I call it a gift from my parents, more than a family tradition.

As a family, we ate dinner together and when dinner was over, my brothers and I would sing while Dad and Mom played the piano.

When my parents had to move, my Mom gave her piano to my son, Jonathon, since it would be cumbersome to move it, plus she thought it was time for my children to learn how to play the piano. She always insisted that music would be great for the children. He was about 3 years old.

To this day, Jonathon had not stopped tinkering with the piano keys.

It was my first time to watch “The Lion King” on Broadway. The two times my husband bought tickets to see the play, I ended up flying to the Philippines to be with my Dad. Luckily for my son, this was his third.

The opening act was so beautifully done that I got emotional (as usual).  The elaborate and wonderfully crafted set design, costumes, dance choreography and musical compositions resulted in plenty of applause and surprises. 

As a parent, watching "The Lion King" on Broadway will make you appreciate the hard work of every child’s music, voice, dance and art lessons. Every move will remind you of the determination – sweat, tears and joys of every creative talent presented and showcased on stage.

As a child, watching "The Lion King" on Broadway will remind you of your dreams and what you can become, and as Mufasa said, “Remember who you are.”

Most people travel far to go see Lion King on Broadway. However, If you live in the New York metropolitan area, I suggest you take time to see this breath-taking play.

Make it a tradition, a gift.

Have a great weekend.

PS: Shout-out to Rachelle and MakilalaTV

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Conversations on Regrets and Inspiration


The thing about regret is that if you have chosen to do something differently when you did choose to do, the present wouldn't be where it currently is. And it's impossible to know whether your present would be better or worse with the choices that you've actually made.

It's usually this thought process that leads you to thinking that things aren't good enough in your present.
Andy they could have been a lot better if only you had done that thing.The problem with that is that you  are constantly lamenting the things you don't have which takes your eye off the fact that you have so much in your life than you do have and are likely taken for granted.

Nothing is more inspirational than being in love. It turns on the light bulb inside your brain and makes you want to be a better person. It connects you to a world that is bigger than yourself and lifts your eyes towards the clouds and away from the horizon.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

What do you pray for? Reflections about love, hate, deportation, hope and the metamorphosis of the green hosta

Tragedy, an event causing great suffering, destruction and distress.  Sadly, at some time in our life, we will face an event that will cause great suffering and distress. How we cope with tragedy will effect how we live our life.

For me, there are two dates that forever changed my perception of the world and the Universe I live in.
·         September 11, 2001.
·         October 27, 2005.

September 11, 2001. That day our world was shattered. Individuals  were willing to kill innocent people and die for their religious beliefs.  Was it hate that compelled the 19 terrorists to carry out four coordinated terrorist attacks? Will there be a time when their hatred of our very existence will cease to exist? Or do we now live in a world where violence is part of our daily lives?

October 27, 2005. The day my parents and brothers’ lease on their pass to obtain the American Dream came to a tragic end. After 20 years of living in America and spending tens and thousands of dollars on lawyer’s fees to obtain legal status, my family was detained, deported and banned to travel to the United States  for 10 plus years.   It is  the day my world changed. The day when I thought God forgot about us.

Those events had affected my children more than I thought possible.

Every year, every month, every week, every day – there are tragedies that make me question whether LOVE  can really solve the problem of the hatred that seems to have plagued our Universe.

What kind of future is in store for the next generation?

Friday, May 27, 2016

What's Cooking? High energy snack of the day: Baked Plantains

Plantains look like bananas. They are higher in calories and are a reliable source of starch and energy, dietary fiber, 
Vitamins A, B complex, and C, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium. 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Global Moms+Social Good 2016: Be a mentor, Girl Up doesn't mean Boy Down, support girls education

As a mother of four, my hope is that my children, their children and future generations, live in a loving and caring environment. 

When there is love in the home, and in the community, children can dream, and realize their full potential.

On May 5, 2016, Global Moms,  together with the United Nations Foundation and Johnson and Johnson,  gathered a diverse group of men and women to talk about this year’s theme: 
“What do you wish were true for every child everywhere?”
Topics included:

  •  Understanding motherhood worldwide
  •  Equality and access for families everywhere
  • A 360-degree education: What girls need to reach their full potential
  • Women and Girls in the Syria Crisis: Strength Through Adversity
  • The Humanitarian Crisis: Creating Safe Spaces for Women and Children
  • Keynote address: Ambassador Samantha Power
  • From local to global challenges: Focus on the whole child
  • Care, prevention and the truth about today’s infectious diseases
  • The changing role of dad in the modern family
  • Keynote: Every Mother Counts: Women’s Issues

Since education is close to my heart, the panel on education caught my attention.

The panelists were:
  • Caryl M Stern, Pres. & CEO, U.S. Fund of UNICEF
  • Meredith Walker, Co-Founder of Amy Poehler’s  Smart Girls
  • Amy Gong Liu, Girl Up Teen Advisor
  • Emily Mahaney, Senior Editor at Glamour (moderator)

I was born and raised in the Philippines. My parents provided a loving and nurturing home for me and my 5 brothers. Our hearts were filled with love. When I was growing up, a good and decent public education wasn’t readily available.