Review – A Game of Thrones: Communist Propaganda

Meet Michael John T. Go of Philippine Christian Gospel School. I sat as one of the panelists of the school’s Literary Criticism Workshop where Michael presented his review of the television series, Game of Thrones. He noted that the show tackled the social hierarchy and the oppression of the people. In his conclusion, he believes that George R.R. Martin is a leftist and supports the destruction of the capitalist system. This made me want to start watching the series. 


I am not going to stop the wheel. I am going to break the wheel.”

-Daenerys Targaryen

Games of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, one of the most viewed television series, had a humble beginning as a novel in the mid-90s entitled A Game of Thrones. This book is, by far, the greatest accomplishment of George R.R. Martin. This book revolves around a social hierarchy in which every royal strives to take the Iron Throne. In the theory of Marxism, social classes cease to exist and there is one common class for all. Marxism does not have multiple bourgeois nor does it simply have proletariats; there is simply equality and one sole leading figure, and that is the undoing of A Game of Thrones. Continue reading “Review – A Game of Thrones: Communist Propaganda”

Homeschooling and the questions you’ve been meaning to ask

This is quite a long article about homeschooling, a subject I am very interested about. Do not worry. I wrote this in friendly language so if you are just as interested as I am to know more about homeschooling, this is the post for you.


Followers of this blog know how much I enjoy teaching my children at home.

Back in our little home in Montana, I started a learning corner where the twins embarked on a learning adventure. The twins learned colors, shapes, numbers and the alphabet at home and it motivated me to work on my graduate degree in Language and Literacy Education (which I finished last July). Continue reading “Homeschooling and the questions you’ve been meaning to ask”

Book Review: Understanding the Fallen Woman During the 19th Century (Anna Karenina)

I encountered the author, Serena Rhene Sy, during the Literary Criticism Workshop at the Philippine Christian Gospel School. Her teacher, Bea Martinez, is a good friend and invited me to be one of the panelists. It was a productive, albeit headache-inducing, afternoon because the 12 paper presenters were intelligent and clearly, studied their subjects well. I will be sharing more of these reviews in the succeeding Wednesdays. For now, here is Serena’s review of Anna Karenina. Yes, a 16-year-old young lady wrote this. 


Whatever happens, I know this: You’ll always be right.”

Anna Karenina

Brought to life during a period when the Germans, Americans, and Japanese were emerging as rising powers, with Russia just beginning its rise to power, Anna Karenina brings the reader to the period of the golden age of Russia, during a time when social and political changes gave rise to the intelligentsia and the liberation of the serfs, a time when Russia faced the brutalities of the Crimean and Napoleonic Wars, a time of the diffusion and rise of the Western influence in the spheres of society, which would one day culminate in the Russian Revolution during the 20th century. Continue reading “Book Review: Understanding the Fallen Woman During the 19th Century (Anna Karenina)”

Love your size

I write about my life as a woman (wife, mother, learner) twice a month in Cebu Daily News’ Opinion Section. This article was published on October 15, 2016. Click here for the link to CDN’s website.

I had been at war with my full figure since I got back in the Philippines last June.


Telling myself “I am so fat” has since become a habit. I have equated the size of my arms to ugliness. I lashed out at my husband for convincing me to stay in the US which, I stressed, resulted in my depression and overconsumption of cakes and pastries leading to the demise of my 36-24-36 vital statistics. Continue reading “Love your size”

The brain inside those heads

Written March 5, 2016

I get on a frantic reading mood days before my short story class.

But on class day (night actually), I sit in the last row feeling completely relaxed as I listen to my classmates – most of them are in their 60s – give their views and intepretations of Maile Meloy’s writings involving womenand their choices, or the riveting hunting story of David Quammen. Continue reading “The brain inside those heads”

Product Review: More products to try out for babies and toddlers from Tupperware Brands

When new brands are introduced to me and this household, I take extra effort to test the products for weeks (and sometimes, months) before I write my product review.


After all, this is a product review. It is not meant to solely impress the sponsor (or just sing high praises of their products because they were given for free). I believe that any brand, with honest-to-goodness intention to listen to the comments of its consumers, would take note of constructive criticisms because this spells opportunity to create better products.

Continue reading “Product Review: More products to try out for babies and toddlers from Tupperware Brands”

Book Review: Into the center of your life – Ayse Birsel’s Design the Life You Love

Here’s  a self-help book that refrains from merely telling you what to do to make your life better; here’s a creative book that takes you into the center of your life and helps you charter the course that you want and need, and you’re actively part of it.


Welcome to Design the Life You Love: A step-by-step guide to building a meaningful future bytopnotch designer Ayse Birsel. Continue reading “Book Review: Into the center of your life – Ayse Birsel’s Design the Life You Love”

Never forget

I write about my life as a woman (wife, mother, learner) twice a month in Cebu Daily News’ Opinion Section. This article was published on October 1, 2016. Click here for the link to CDN’s week.


 If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten,” wrote the English journalist and The Jungle Book author, Rudyard Kipling.

Kipling’s words were swimming in my brain as I temporarily resigned from being my twin children’s teacher one evening after endless hours of convincing them to “study your letter-sound correspondence and the sizes of objects because you have a written exam tomorrow.”

Continue reading “Never forget”

Long Bus Rides and the Sunrise

I love long bus rides.


I especially love the ones which last for eight to 12 hours. The kind that involves only two rest stops. Those rides that makes your bum numb from seating for four hours straight.

I love the sound of the engine roaring as it makes love to the road for the very first time; hesitant, unsure but definitely romantic and full of passion. Continue reading “Long Bus Rides and the Sunrise”