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12 Practical Ways to Shine and Make the Holidays Meaningful

I love Christmas. And in the Visayan islands of the Philippines it is called “Paskwa.” This is the holiday that my family celebrates in December. So I will refer to “Christmas” and “holiday” in this post. If you celebrate a different holiday this December, this post still includes you so (more…)Read More

Traditions I Keep on Christmas Holidays

I live in Bronx, New York. This is now my home and where I will spend my Christmas holiday. This time of the year, I get homesick. As I get older, I get more nostalgic. I left California when I was 22 years old, and this year I’ll be 28 years (more…)Read More

Check It Out: Christmas Gifts We’d Like to Give

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In the Philippines and elsewhere, buying Christmas gifts can be as stressful as preparing the family holiday gathering. What should I give mom, dad, or hubby? Will he like it or not? What about those toys for the kids? What’s hot? So, we, at Pinay.com, thought we would move the conversation forward and (more…)Read More

7 Sparkling Lessons From An Unconventional Mom

My mother is a beautiful, complex creature like no other. She wasn’t like most moms, not prone to exhibiting sappy affections or wearing aprons. When we were newborns, she rarely carried us in her arms, afraid that we would accidentally slip off her fingers. The carrying was left to the (more…)Read More

Nurse Breastfeeds Babies Not Her Own

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Filipina nurse Maria Belen Moron, 27, usually breastfeeds two babies a day or at least 20 in a month at South Cotabato Provincial Hospital, in the Philippines. However, Moron is not paid as a “wet nurse” but she is doing it voluntarily as a mother who understands the struggles of first (more…)Read More

7 Sparkling Tips to Travel With a Toddler

It’s bad enough that you have to endure a long-haul flight with a crick in your neck, seated next to an overweight smelly passenger. Factor in a screaming toddler in the other seat next to you and you have yourself a 14-hour long nightmare. Oh, and the toddler belongs to (more…)Read More

Maid in Manila or Maid in America?

Imagine a typical Pinay housewife’s day. She wakes up early to prepare breakfast and gets the kids ready for school before her usual chores: supervise the cleaning, go to the market, and plan the meal for the night. Another day accomplished with a lot of help: a kasambahay, a driver, (more…)Read More

Pinay’s Real Life Drama on the High Seas

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In 2003, Rebecca Catedrilla, in her 40s, left the Philippine island of Mindanao to work abroad—not for greener pastures but to hide herself from the shame she brought to her family. “I am not proud of what I did but I am proud of the lessons I learned,” she said. (more…)Read More

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