Home Cooking with the Tornadoes

I promised the kids that I will teach them to cook more this school year. We started our home school year in January and home cooking would be a great life skill to teach them. Besides, they love helping me out in the kitchen. They don’t mind chopping veggies and would beg me sometimes to let them put the ingredients into the pot, so why not take advantage of their interest in the kitchen, right? So I started teaching them basic Filipino dishes, like Sinigang (Tamarind soup), Chicken Adobo, Tinolang Manok (Boiled Chicken in ginger soup) and some of their […]

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Boys in Ballet: Let them surprise you!

It’s been two weeks since our boys started attending ballet classes with Twinkle Toes Ballet & Music Academy in BGC and I can’t help but rave about our youngest son, 7-year old Judah. Don’t get me wrong, I’m equally proud of all our three boys. All three of them show up excited to learn from Teacher Tara Leach and she’s told us twice that they show great potential in ballet. But if you know Judah’s backstory, you’ll understand why I’m brimming with pride for this little boy.   As I’ve told Teacher Tara, this is the first time I’ve seen Judah […]

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Parenting: The Salvation Conversation

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Conversation over dinner: Pablo, 12 (to Lukas, 9): Everybody eventually dies. You will die someday and you will go to God. Me (curiously, to Pablo): Are you going to heaven? Pablo: Yes! Me: How do you know that? Pablo: Because Jesus is my LORD and Savior. Me (turning to Lukas): What about you? Are you going to heaven? Lukas: Yes! Me: How do you know? Lukas: Because I believe in Jesus Christ. Because he died for me. Me (turns to Judah, 7): Are you going to heaven? Judah: Yes! Me: Why are you going to heaven? Judah: You know why? […]

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Boys in Ballet

I remember watching a bunch of teens perform in church several years ago. They were all wonderful dancers and we enjoyed their routine very much. However, in about 8-12 kids, one was a head above the rest in terms of technique. I knew right then and there that this one had years of training up his belt, and quite possibly, in ballet.  I was right. That’s the thing about dance. If you look hard enough, you’ll be able to distinguish between the good dancers from the trained ones. Training brings out the best in every dancer and ballet is dance’s […]

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A Hassle-Free Fun Kiddie Birthday Party

Our middle child, Lukas, celebrated his 9th birthday earlier this week. We invited a handful of friends to celebrate it with him with play time at Kidzoona and an early dinner at McDonald’s afterwards. Lukas was so excited, it was his first time to hold a party on his birthday with his friends. For the past several years, we’ve celebrated his birthday much, much simpler — usually just us, family, which I honestly think is okay because it helps us teach them to live without a sense of entitlement. And to appreciate and enjoy the company of family on their special […]

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