10 Reasons Why I Haven’t Blogged in Two Years


If there exist a ZERO BLOG AWARD for bloggers like me, I should have definitely won by now. I’ve been busy for the past two years, and all I wrote was 1 blog last year! How sad. Just felt blogging this morning while I’m busy too updating other things. Thank God my computer still knew me. Haven’t touch it that much.

So what I have been through and have been doing, since we stay for good here in the Philippines?


Two of my three kids who were born and lived their lives back in Italy needs guidance for their new experience. The language, the foods, the environment, the people, and most especially the school. Everything about the Philippines is new for both of them. They never speak the Filipino language, but understand a bit. I would say it’s been so difficult for them. I stayed for a month or so with my daughter inside the classroom during her adjustment period. And now, she speaks Filipino and English language as if she was born in the Philippines. My second son, however still speaks in English, a bit of Filipino as well. I’m proud of them because they become achievers too in school in spite of the language barriers.

As for me, of course I need to adjust too. I have been away for almost two decades and I don’t even recognize some neighbors when I arrived. I will get lost on the streets already. Too much have changed in this hometown of mine.


When we arrived obviously, we still don’t have our own house to stay in. We settled for a year in my mother’s crib. Practically invading the third floor with full of boxes of our things. Literally, we brought home almost all of our stuffs from Milan. From kids’ toys, dining tables, chairs, cabinets, etc. It has been exhausting unpacking and repacking and transferring into our new home. Until now, I still got untouched boxes to organize. Whew!


When you were an absentee on your school or family reunions, the tendency when you come back is to rekindle your relationship with them. I have been to gatherings, weddings, funerals, grade & high school reunions, family travels, and chitchat with neighborhoods. It was fun talking with everyone…knowing some, too. I have been closer to my grade school friends and created “The Original Sipay Unlimited“. Our group is practically small, 10 originally. But, our two guys passed away so quickly. I know they are laughing with us in heaven whenever we talked about them.

I have reunited with my high school gang too. “22B’s and Unknowns“. We seldom go out for distance problem. Some are overseas, some are away from our town. So we really organize a date for the get together.


Well, bonding with friends is awesome, but what we did [with my grade school classmates/friends] is to give back. We organized a “BecOS We Care” program and its goal is to give something to the community. Be it small or big, it will always be a pleasure to help others. We don’t need to be rich to reach people, right? For now, we had already 3 projects concluded. Looking forward for more.


So this is really the exhausting and stressful part of my two-year-stay. After 1 year,  finally, we built our dream house! I supervised everything personally. I bought almost everything: nails, screws, wood, roof, gravel, sand, hollow blocks. Name it, I have learned the construction items in a span. Quite an experience though. The stressful complains of the neighborhood for the dust and noise [and some damages, too], the out-of-stock of materials, the weather, and the out-of-budget! Really, being all alone literally is a double effort. My hub’s obviously a video call away. He can’t help me physically.

The building is finished, yet incomplete inside. It’s the furnishing and completion which is a bit slow. I don’t have millions! But, that’s OK. I can deal with that. As long as we got windows, roof and a bed to sleep. I am just happy as ever.


Well, if you are a full time mom or dad you are expected to be hands-on. I cook when I can [buy cooked food for the past 4 months since we don’t have yet gas], wash and iron clothes [bring to laundry shop when too much], wash the dishes, clean the house, water the plants, pay the bills, repair minor damages, attend school meetings, help on kids’ projects, etc. etc. I can’t jot every single thing I do everyday, and one should really tag me as SUPERMOM! Hey, Don’t contradict me. There is no room for being sick if you are a mom or dad, especially when there is no one around. I bet you can relate. I have no helper neither a husband [he’s abroad]. So where do I find time to sit down, relax and blog, huh? While I am sleeping, I guess. Ha ha ha!

Anyway, I like what I do. I complain sometimes, just to myself. But, I guess I won’t need any helper for now. I still can manage. Just as my hub said, “don’t get a helper, you will have an enemy”. He knows I am a perfectionist. Get the picture?


This should be no. 1 in my list. Ha ha ha! As what they say, “only in the Philippines“, internet sucks oftentimes! When I first arrived, the first thing I confirmed is the slow connection. I can’t even post photos! Just like now, during this writing. I wanted to put some photos, yet it always says “failure to upload“. Whew! Things have been so easy back abroad. No explanations needed. I can’t blog if I can’t connect.


This is very Italian. Tavola Calda means “Hot Table“. I opened up a small eatery on our ground floor. It was supposed to be our garage, but heck, I don’t have a vehicle. I don’t want it to be just an empty space. And, after the house was finished, I get a little bored not doing anything after domestic chores. I needed something to get busy with, that I like. We opened it last January, 2019. Pasta, french fries, cheese sticks, chicken nuggets, cheese sticks, chili dog, waffle, hamburger, flat bread, mango shake,  toasted bread, etc. etc. Yeah I can definitely handle that! Pasta pesto genovese is superb! You need to taste it! [chuckles]


OK. Another Italian word here. Ha ha ha! It means “Little Kids“. I had a hard time finding a name which has no similarity to other businesses. The guy at the DTI office when I was registering my business name had finished suggestions. So I decided to give another Italian twist to it. As of this writing, I am still furnishing/arranging stuffs on our second floor. This is what I love. A learning center for kids and a play area for them. How cool is that? Moms will not worry if they need to go somewhere without kids. They can drop theirs at our center. I would teach Art and Fashion class for this summer..hmm, my expertise…{“ahem…coughs”}. We will open this April 8! Gosh, am I ready by that date? I still need my Barangay clearance and tarpaulins and staff. Hope you can visit us soon! No free foods though. Just balloons.



Aside from our Eatery and Kid’s Center, there’s also my son’s recording studio on the second floor of our building. Anyway, he manages that so I am not busy with it. The ground floor however needs to be furnished. We decided to make it a transient home for travelers, guests or anyone who don’t want to stay at expensive hotels. It’s still empty so expect me to be the busiest creature this month of April. Got a due date. I guess I will definitely blog again next year. Ha ha ha! Once a year won’t hurt. Nah…my thoughts will definitely haunt me if I don’t jot them down.

Kidding aside, I hope I have written some 10 reasons why I don’t really have time to blog. I still have millions in my mind, but this summed it up. Sorry, this one’s got only pictures of myself [ready on the blog library]. I will definitely share some beautiful memories and shots when the internet permits me. Thanks for taking time to read. See, I wrote this thing for an hour or so. Hurrying now to pay some bills.



Love yah,


Fireflies: 22Bs


If there will be a thing that will last forever, it would be the friendship with my high school friends. We met way back 1984 and I was a Sophomore transferee student back in my hometown, Lucban [Quezon]. My Day 1 to a new school became easier knowing I knew two elementary classmates of mine, Lyn and Elda. I have no school friends, so I need to jive in. It wasn’t hard though. From them, I’ve met Sheila, Beth and Loida.

We just clicked! We named our ‘group’ as “22Bs” [Tagalog version of Fireflies], for the particular reason that we love adventure. Like fireflies wandering around.


Our high school days was one of the best episodes in my life. We play Cluedo, Scrabble, Spirit of the Glass; sing our hearts out with cassette tape karaokes; standby at the cemetery, eating ice candy, eating pancit habhab with ‘bahaw’ [cold rice], and first time experiences of “lambanog” [distilled palm liquor from coconut sap]. We had shrieked for Menudo boy band, dance to Madonna tunes, watched betamax videos during vacant periods and read Mills and Boon pocketbooks. Name it, we did all the teenage stuffs. That’s typical when you’re in high school.


After college, we had our different schools, but during semestral breaks, we see to it that we bond together. Even we got our different directions after college, we still keep in touch. Five of us are married now. Lyn is the only single in the group. Beth haven’t had the chance to be a mom, though. I got 3 kids [2 boys, 1 girl], Elda got the same as mine, Sheila had 2 girls and Loida had 3 girls and 1 boy. It’s 2020! We are still young at heart. Well, at least we’re still not grandmas [for now].


I will always be grateful for these girls who always brighten up my world. We make sure that we bond together, at least once a month. Our kids are “bigger” now. No more strollers, feeding bottles and diapers. Just bottle of beers and red wines. [Hahaha].

See, aren’t we so cute from THEN and NOW photo?



35 years of friendship..and counting. Need to say more?