• My kids' journey,  parenting

    THE LETTER SOUNDS

    Most kids start learning to read by age 4. There is no need to pressure your toddler if you think he is completely uninterested. But if you want to give your child a headstart, then do it without exasperating him. You can make it fun and entertaining by using toys , online games and videos. There are so many videos out in the market that aim to help parents teach their preschoolers how to read. One video that I have found really helpful is Leap Frog’s Letter Factory. It teaches your child the letter sounds, which is the foundation for reading. I got my DVD when my 3rd child, Ryan,…

  • My kids' journey

    UNWIND

    Unwind. by Nate Punzalan on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 11:50am Here’s a short poem I made, in proper form: rhyme and meter. Haven’t done this in a while, so it may not be too good. I’m proud of it, though. 🙂 Unwind. Arise! The glowing haze; Their colors turn behind. My heart is in a daze; My thoughts, undone, unwind. A grain of sand in rake; The agony of pride A joy I seek to take. I hold it all inside. The gentle breeze in call, The havoc wrought deceased, It echoes through the hall: The day, at last, is seized! The velvet, ever shy, Ascends to take its…

  • marriage,  parenting

    GOOD-LOOKING OR RICH?

    Yesterday, Janina and I heard about a survey saying that majority of men prefer “good-looking but poor” as a life partner while majority of women prefer “rich but ugly.” Upon hearing this, I turned to Janina and asked her “What do you think I looked for in your dad?” I was assuming she’d say either good-looking or rich (in good deeds maybe :D) , or tall, or kind, or smart, or all of the above, hehe. But her answer caught me by surprise. She said “godly.” I did pray for a good-looking, financially-stable, kind and yes, a tall man, among others. But really, on top of my list was godly.…

  • My kids' journey

    A TAYLOR FAN

    Janina’s a Taylor Swift fan! Had I known that her concert tickets will sell out in 2 days I should have lined up at Ticketnet. The ones we got were just SRO tickets (priced the same as the seated ones in Upper Box A at P3,700 each!!) but at least Janina gets to see her. Janina too wants to be a singer someday! We’re hoping that this concert will give her a vision of what she could be in the future.

  • marriage

    I CHOOSE “US”

    A few weeks ago, Paolo and I were counselling a couple who kept on arguing over the pettiest of things. I left them with a 3-word “mantra” that really sounded silly, but I think it drove the point home: ALWAYS CHOOSE “US”. Five years ago, I made this blog to surprise Paolo on the eve of Valentine’s Day. I was expecting no less than a delighted “Oh darling, you’re the sweetest and most thoughtful wife!” but instead I got a lukewarm retort “Ano ‘to?” uttered in a tone that to me meant “How did you even think of coming up with a crazy idea such as this?” Of course that…