On child traffickers, trespassers, and other law anomalies

Call me paranoid. This morning, a middle-aged woman drew open our front gate, walked into our driveway and called out to us through our window and woke us; all without permission from any of us tenants in this 3-door apartment compound. She claimed that she was doing a survey for a milk company and started ticking off questions after questions about our children, most suspiciously, of our two younger ones. We were up very late the night before and planned to rouse much later till, at least, one of the babies are up. This woman’s intrusion was quite annoying, and […]

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1st HAPI Homeschoolers’ Talent Fair 2011

Jay came home rather late the day before. It was the last day of VBC and he was one of the people in charge of the activities, it being a Kids Ministry event. I opened up the package and saw that the frames he bought to hold Pablo’s oil pastel works were broken. It was 8:30pm. Shopwise closes at 11pm and we weren’t even sure if they have the kind of frames that we needed. Nevertheless, we donned the kids up and headed out to take our chances. We got back home before midnight, put the kids to bed, cleaned up the mess […]

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Vacation Bible Camp 2011

VACATION BIBLE CAMP Pablo had to wake up early so he can go with his dad to his workplace where VBC was held. He loved riding the UV Express van but didn’t like having to take the jeepney. I’m sure he also got tired having to keep up with his dad’s pace so they wouldn’t be late. We live 3 hours away, after all. And every night they come home, I could see how much he loved his day. I’d ask him about it and he would tick off all the activities that they’ve done. He knew the songs and […]

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Pablo sings for 3,600 people (MOTHER’S DAY SPECIAL NUMBER)

In all his 5 years…. Pablo has never memorized an adult song. He has never sung with a microphone.   He’s never sung with a minus-one, much more, with a live band. He has never performed onstage. When Jay called me to let me know that Pablo will sing for the mothers on Mother’s day, I froze. I need to trust my kid more. Pablo took on 3 different worship services. He sang 3x in a hall with a capacity of 1, 200 people. Cheers. Hoots. Sighs. A standing ovation. Pablo brought the house down. Every word was clear. Every […]

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What it’s like to be Mrs. Palacpac (An account on 7 years of Marital Bliss)

About 10 years ago, Jay Palacpac and I sat it out at the Department of Foreign Affairs lobby awaiting the release of our passports. Our band then was supposedly booked for a 2-year gig in South Korea and a passport was necessary. It didn’t take long before we heard Jay’s full name being called out from the speakers. At the mention of his surname, I heard a few giggles which I sort of expected, but then, there it was, the clapping! Jay nonchalantly stood up and went to claim his passport. We were out of there a few minutes later […]

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