5 Days Before Our 5 Years

Five days from now, my beloved husband and I will celebrate our 5th Wedding Anniversary. As a countdown to our celebration, I will be sharing with you some photos from 2006 and some thoughts about marriage  that I learned along the way.

For our prenuptial photo session, we went to Dole Kalsangi. Here are some of the captured moments:

“What if I never knew
What if I never found you
I’d never have this feeling in my heart
“How did this come to be
I don’t know how you found me
But from the moment I saw you
Deep inside my heart I knew”“Baby you’re my destiny
You and I were meant to be
With all my heart and soul
I give my love to have and hold“And as far as I can see
You were always meant to be
My destiny”

*Lyrics from Jim Brickman’s “Destiny”


I was out of the blogosphere for more than two months because I got preoccupied with offline priorities. Convinced that I would have more stories to tell and more articles to write if I allow myself to be engrossed with my key relationships, I decided to focus on what I deemed valuable. As relationships and responsibilities screamed for my attention, I decided to set aside certain things like shopping and blogging. Continue reading

Memories of Love

Mr. and Mrs. Jose Regala Banting

Thirty nine years ago today, my father and mother got married despite the odds. My maternal grandmother’s strong opposition posed a lot of obstacles to the romance between the handsome Kapampangan and the lovely Ilongga, but the trials only made their love stronger. Continue reading

House Bill No. 1799: An Act Introducing Divorce in the Philippines

My husband and I signed the following position paper.

How about you? What’s your stand on this?

Let me hear from you.

We vehemently express our position against House Bill No. 1799, An Act Introducing Divorce in the Philippines.

We disagree with Gabriela Representatives Luzviminda Ilagan and Emerenciana De Jesus who emphasized that legalizing divorce would give “married couples in irreparable marriages another legal remedy that they can resort to in addition to the country’s existing laws on legal separation and annulment.”

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Intense Longing

A woman's life can really be a succession of lives, each revolving around some emotionally compelling situation or challenge, and each marked off by some intense experience. ~Wallis Simpson

My husband and I have been married for four years now. Our closest friends know that we have been praying for twins. We were told more than a thousand times that it would be crazy to raise twins. But we were not discouraged. In fact, we already have names for them: Jose Luis and Isabel. Instead of being called Daddy and Mommy, Paul and I would want to be called Nanay and Tatay, in celebration of our Filipino roots.

It was only in the past few months that the desire to be a mother has become so intense to be ignored. I feel there’s something brewing inside of me, a feeling that I cannot fully comprehend. It seems that every inch of me is aching for motherhood. Continue reading

“The Mystery of Marriage”

Today, my husband and I are celebrating our

4th Wedding Anniversary.

We overflow with gratitude as we meditate on the mystery of love.

Here are some photos from our wedding in 2006

and some striking quotes from Mike Mason’s book on marriage.

“In marriage a man is given the opportunity of seeing one woman,

one person, as he has never seen any other woman or person before.” Continue reading

Bless The Broken Road

I admit it, my husband and I make a big deal out of our monthsaries. We find a lot of reasons to rejoice each time we add another month to our journey as a couple. This Bonifacio Day, as Piao and I celebrate our 47th Monthsary (read: 1 month to go before our 4th Anniversary), we would like to share with you one of our wedding songs: Bless The Broken Road by Rascal Flatts. This song succinctly captures our intricate love story:

I set out on a narrow way many years ago
Hoping I would find true love along the broken road
But I got lost a time or two
Wiped my brow and kept pushing through
I couldn’t see how every sign pointed straight to you

Every long lost dream led me to where you are
Others who broke my heart they were like Northern stars
Pointing me on my way into your loving arms
This much I know is true
That God blessed the broken road
That led me straight to you

I think about the years I spent just passing through
I’d like to have the time I lost and give it back to you
But you just smile and take my hand
You’ve been there you understand
It’s all part of a grander plan that is coming true


Now I’m just rolling home
Into my lover’s arms
This much I know is true
That God blessed the broken road
That led me straight to you

That God blessed the broken road
That led me straight to you.

Happy 47th Monthsary, my Piao!