Sparks Memory – Along the Konmari Way

Townhouse living means a lifestyle of always keeping what matters at home.  When we decided to move to Gingham Lane, we gave up a suburban home lifestyle.  Moving  from 450 square meters to 107 requires frequent decisions about one s personal belongings.    It means accepting an annual season for serious decluttering.  This is best…

Lego Let Go

As part of my New Year s resolution to lose weight, I decided to also lose weight or rather mass in our home.   I decided to begin the clean up during Lent.  Someone suggested on Facebook to give up one thing everyday for 40 days.    The decluttering bug stuck beyond Easter and  I…

Against American Odds – Weekly Photo Challenge

The Vietnam War is made famous by the American s defeat despite great effort.   It reveals the weakness in the most modern military power: guerilla warfare.   My photos for this week s photo challenge is about what the Liberation Army did to beat the odds against the American military.   Hopefully, it reveals…

See Through Shadow

Its been awhile since my last blog post and I will begin this post as part of this week’s photo challenge ,Shadow, with a promise to be more regular this 2017.    In a way, I have been away or in the shadows of WordPress for a while.   I have been having little adventures…

2016 – A Year with Few Names 

“Tahom” means beautiful in Ilonggo and I received this pouch from my friend who believes my name should be “beautiful”.  I would like to believe she is right. Perhaps that’s why I use it so often.  I like things with letters or names.  For me, some names are art and life and not just proper…

Portrait of Resilience

It has been difficult since my mother passed away.   There seemed no shortage of challenges and opportunities seemed rare.   I feel blessed though that she taught me a great deal about resilience.   So now this weekly photo challenge reflects me, a self portrait of someone who is  Resilient. I am posting new…

Horizon- Past to Present 

It’s a Sunday morning.   This year we are exploring our own country and heritage.  My son is a dual citizen and before he turns 18 and decides on being Filipino or Canadian, I want him to know more about my country.   So while WordPress is looking for New Horizon or the future, we are…

Herstory of Home I

I have been living on Gingham Lane for three (3) years now and writing about it for one (1) year.    It was a long road to this Home.    Rather than a History of this Home, I have a Herstory.    I was inspired to write this from a conversation I had with my…

A List of Lifetime Lists

I write this article as I find it in my To Do List for Sunday.  No matter that I am late by a day.   There is some satisfaction in seeing it on my list for November 20, 2016 and checking it or scratching it out to mean the task is completed.   Then to…

Moon Magic

Last Monday, earth inhabitants were reminded of the wonders of this universe.   I was rushing home and braving infamous Metro Manila traffic during peak hours to catch the Supermoon. I didn’t catch the moon over my house.  I was too late but I captured the moon over Gingham Lane.     It seemed to bless…

Supermoon 2016

This post is from  http://Welcome To Life Memoirs blog https://tyagipayal.wordpress.com/ It was nice to know I wasn’t the only one mesmerized by the Supermoon last Monday.  Her perspective is from Down Under.    On Monday 14th November 2016 the gap between the earth and moon was at very closest point,known as Perigree,which was one of…