A Father’s Yearning

The whole world will soon be celebrating Father’s Day. The usual jokes, memes and accolades will go around social media. Some of them will be funny, critical or inspiring. Because of this coronavirus pandemic, anticipate celebrations to be unique and creative. No customary neckties, lunch buffet, and family get-togethers. As for me, I expect to … Continue reading A Father’s Yearning

Flip the Switch

The government is slowly easing coronavirus-related restrictions in the country. Unbelievable, right? A significant flattening of the curve has not yet been achieved. Are we really ready to go back to our regular routines? Maybe not, but I want to quote a time-tested adage: “This, too, shall pass away.”  COVID-19 is not here to stay. … Continue reading Flip the Switch

I love my mother-in-law!

I am so fortunate to have an awesome mother-in-law. Ima, as we fondly call her, is an embodiment of the Proverbs 31 woman. Hands-down. Here are some verses that aptly describe Ima (vv. 17-20,25-27). She is energetic and strong, a hard worker. She makes sure her dealings are profitable; her lamp burns late into the … Continue reading I love my mother-in-law!

Empty Nest: Both Fun and Awful

I expected that my wife and I have three more months before we have an empty nest. Our older son Ian, who had been living with us for all 26 years of his life, is getting married in December. Perhaps I was just naïve enough to think that he would only move out a few … Continue reading Empty Nest: Both Fun and Awful

Submission: The Wife’s Job Description?

A couple of weekends ago, I heard a preacher say that submitting to her husband is the wife's job description. He was preaching from Ephesians 5:22 which says, "Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord." Now, I had written a lot of job descriptions over the years. And so, … Continue reading Submission: The Wife’s Job Description?

I was a child of an OFW, and I hated it!

My father was an OFW--Overseas Filipino Worker. In 1972, he left behind a wife and six children, ages ranging from 3 to 17, to accept a high-paying engineering position in Malaysia. He remained an OFW until his death 22 years later. Our family enjoyed the material and financial blessings that come with having an OFW … Continue reading I was a child of an OFW, and I hated it!

“Here comes the bride; three months inside.”

Yesterday, a good friend of mine admitted the real reason why he was in a hurry to marry his girlfriend: he got her pregnant. So, when she walks down the aisle on their wedding day next month, she would be three months pregnant. Once more, revelers will change the lyrics of the traditional wedding march, … Continue reading “Here comes the bride; three months inside.”

“I’d rather be happy than right.”

Here is another marriage principle that I am recommending to husbands. This builds on the "Happy Wife, Happy Life" article that I posted last week. If you apply this principle, I guarantee that your personal stress levels will go down drastically. It sounds facetious but hear me out. I have observed that most of the … Continue reading “I’d rather be happy than right.”

Happy Wife, Happy Life

This is a maxim that I would like to present to my fellow husbands for consideration. It's short and easy to remember. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to apply it. Say to yourself, "happy wife, happy life," over and over again, every day. Soon enough, you will believe it and you will … Continue reading Happy Wife, Happy Life