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Paskong Pinoy sa Liliw – Ready na pang-aguinaldo sa mga bata :D

Paskong Pinoy Tradition Namamasko

“One, two, three, sixteen, twenty one! 21 groupings of 10 pcs coins each, that should be enough, right?

“Baby maniwala ka kukulangin yan sa daming batang mamamasko after magsimba.”

Christmas 2015. This is my first time to spend Christmas day in Liliw, and I am so looking forward to the hordes of kids who will come knocking on the doors, shouting, exclaiming ‘mamamasko po!’.

Years ago, my then boyfriend Titus (the hubby now) regaled me with stories of kids that will descend on the town of Liliw on Christmas Day. He told me to prepare coins for the kids Aguinaldo or gift – 1 pesos, 5 pesos, 10 pesos, so I did.

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Don’t Just Print Your Pics – Photo book It!

Photobook Philippines album

My 1st photo book from Photobook Philippines arrived today and it got me so excited! I want more!!!

You see I have this one folder in my laptop with label ‘PRINT THIS’ – a collection of my fave photos from all the travels I’ve been on.

My plan was to print at least 10 to 20 4R pictures from each travel, each event over the years, and then safekeep them in an album. But the digital photos sat on the folder, gathering cyborg dust for god knows how long.

Then one day, my sister (@thatneverlandgirl on Instagram) pm’ed me and pushed me to buy a voucher from Photobook Philippines since they were having a promotion. Who can resist a P1000 for P4000 voucher? I can’t. SALES are a weakness, especially fantastic deals that involves photos, and preserving memories.

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Garden Blooms and Flowers by the Roads

Penfires Garden First Bloom

I’ve been enamored lately with gardening. Passing fancy? Or my farmer’s family gene finally sprouting?

My family on my dad’s side are farmers, when Kenneth and I were kids, we’d spent our summer school break in Mindanao to accompany our dad who goes there para mag copra. ‘Mindanao’ for us is Zambulawan, Aurora, Zamboanga del Sur where my dad’s side of the family lives.  The family’s primary livelihood is connected with the earth, tilling it, growing crops, trees, and plants.

I almost forgot my mom’s grandads on both sides were millet and corn farmers, so I guess working with the earth is in the blood.

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Give Me Money Moon ~ A Wish for Blessings

Give Me Money Moon Penfires

A famous line in Cebu ‘Moon… Give Me Money Moon’ whenever the moon shines bright and big. Over the weekend, I asked my husband, my Tagalog friends, and a friend from Leyte, and nope, they are not familiar with it. And I’m so surprise “Really? You haven’t heard of it? You’ve never said it at all?!”


I do, and I still do at times especially when the moon looks enticingly beautiful, full of promises like tonight.

I don’t know if it’s a Cebuano thing or just in our place in Lapu-Lapu City that folks utter the line when it’s full moon or when the moon looks extraordinarily nice.

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Baler Road Stories: Canili and Diayo Dams and Reservoir

Canili and Diayo Dam Reservoir

Baler, Aurora. We arrived there a little past 7 AM after leaving Cubao at 2:30 AM. It wasn’t such a tiring bus ride as our little group – me, Titus, Kenneth and Julie were on-board the executive coach of the Joy Bus line. As soon as we left Manila and reached NLEX, my companions have settled in to a comfortable sleep. I was unable to snatch a nap the whole ride which has become my usual during long bus trip, could be excitement, too many thoughts running on my head and whathaveyous but I did close my eyes here and there.

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