Why You Shouldn’t Look To Christians

My excesss fifteen lbs. just lurv (Thank you, Jane Go for the word!) me to death!  But Yay! I’m on my third week of attending the dancercise which I abandoned for almost three year. Yesterday, Lilia, one of the attendees who has been absent for almost a year came, too! She said she was encouraged…

How To Shake Off Anxiety and Negativity

My stepdad (who was very good to me) passed away just after I left California more than three weeks ago. His celebration-of -life memorial was yesterday. It was way too soon for me to get another ticket to fly back. My comfort was the possibility of doing FB livestream (which, like a status update actually…

Lillian Wong: Facing Grief

After our dancercise, I thanked Dr. Lillian Tabrani for sharing about Joe Holcombe and asked her if she could share about grief. Here, with her blessing, I share her answer with you: Besides being my parent, my mom is also my closest friend so when she passed away, it was like losing two persons at the same…

Aki Con Achis Aquí

Aki has been aquí (here) in Manila for a year and eight months. Sometime last year, she happened to read in the Shinbun (Japanese newspaper) the story of my shop which my designer, Joi Cutter arranged after her husband (John) met Japanese journalist, Kantaro Suzuki, at the Death March celebration in Bataan. When Aki and…

OMG at Todd English Food Hall

Have you ever felt like you were living under a rock or experiencing life through other people’s online photos?  That’s how I felt when yesterday on ASEAN holiday, I met up with my friend, Cielo, who recommended  lunch at Todd English Food Hall, SM Aura; this opened in the first quarter of 2014! (English is the chef’s…

We Know the Ending and It’s Good

How do you overcome grief over losing a loved one? I was mourning on the phone with my mom yesterday over recently losing my stepdad, (her late husband) Bob, to cancer. I remembered his many kindnesses to me and how he made a difference in my life. Times like this, I wonder if the pain…

Healthy Option at Dean and Deluca, Rockwell with Edith

My friend and teacher, Edith, and I met up for lunch. We had healthy Quinoa Salad with Smoked Salmon and Mango. The saltiness of the firm smoked salmon met the pungent aromatic red onions that dominated the quinoa and other vegetables.  The light vinaigrette dressing with bursts of red beet puree and the sweet mangoes…

Sunshine Puey

Sunshine Puey went to culinary school at Tante Marie’s in San Francisco in 2001 and Ecole Ritz Escoffier in Paris in 2005. She has been working since with over fifteen years’ experience in the culinary industry abroad and here in Manila.   She was co-founder of the premier degustation restaurant, The Goose Station, and she is…

How To Not Die Before You Do

Have you had worries about illness, aging, death?  Today’s YouVersion verse brings a fresh perspective. The apostle Paul who wrote this had been exposed to death again and again. He knows what it is to stare death in the face. Repeatedly. And he has way more than enough reason to lose heart. So he understands when…

La Vie En Rose

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be told every day words of love that make you know for sure that with the one to whom you belong, it’s you for him and him for you throughout life? And when he takes you in his arms and enters your heart, his presence banishes your pains and burdens such…

Billiken in Shinsekai, Osaka 

One of the interesting discoveries here at the old Osaka neighborhood of Shinsekai is Billiken which could be found in many restaurant facades: Caption under above sign: “Billiken is a “god of happiness” that was created in the US in 1908.  In 1909, it came to Japan where its unique appearance with a pointed head…