Category Archives: My Core

An engagement party

He’s now 28 and last year graduated from medical school. I met her girlfriend then during his graduation celebration and last night he faces another milestone in his life – it was his “engagement party” cum advance wedding reception for … Continue reading

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God called

Yesterday was Fr. Ervin’s ordination at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Rockford, Illinois. I have no doubt he will serve the Lord faithfully and he will be an outstanding servant of God. It was my first time attending an … Continue reading

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I call her Jaz

Every year at this time Jaz is in Chicago to attend the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting. It’s been a tradition that we meet no matter how busy and tight her schedule becomes. This year is extra special … Continue reading

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The cats

As I count the months towards my plan of retiring in the Philippines, this afternoon I decided to check the requirements for taking the cats home with me. Glad I did because I didn’t realize the form of importation has … Continue reading

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Smoke gets in your eyes

We all know how frustrating to take a photo when there’s not enough light. This is my entry to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge for the week: Perspective. Last weekend at my niece’s graduation party, aside from food and music, games … Continue reading

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Sweet and Sour Brisket

It’s been many years ago when I first cooked a beef brisket. I found a great recipe at and it was successful my sisters could not forget the memory of it. So on this our weekly bonding session, they … Continue reading

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A magna and 15 lamb chops

Today my cousin celebrated her college graduation at a Brazilian restaurant. She graduated magna cum laude and I was there along with 20 of her family and friends. Now I could say I’ve tried most of the churrascaria in Chicago, … Continue reading

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Bonding over food

Today was spent with my two sisters. It started with my youngest sister with a trip to the Vietnamese market at Argyle very early in the morning. She did some marketing and then we proceeded to our other sister’s apartment. … Continue reading

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A different perspective

My call to my niece today was quite very early. I glanced at my phone when I woke up and found the sad news. Her father-in-law just passed away at the early morning dawn this Christmas Day. She said that … Continue reading

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Simbang Gabi – a Filipino tradition

Last Sunday, we attended a Simbang Gabi or in Spanish Misa de Gallo. It is a Filipino tradition during Christmas time. Simbang Gabi or Misa de Gallo is actually a Christmas Marian Novena which culminates with the Noche Buena on … Continue reading

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