It’s Mother’s Day in the UK…

After all these years living in the UK, I never got used to celebrating Mother’s Day in Winter time. I got used to the universal one in May. Although it’s so nice to be greeted twice in a year, from my friends in the UK, and from family and friends around the globe. It makes you feel so proud to be a mother during this special day. It is the hardest role I’ve done in my life and it is true that you’ll never know what it’s like to be a mother until you become one. That’s why I don’t pay attention to the ones who are not mothers yet, whatever they think motherhood is like and how it should be. 

To the two best mothers I’ve known in my life, my own mother, Beth Papas-Mercado, and mother-in-law, Jean Banes, and to my special friends celebrating in the UK today, Happy Mothering Sunday. I am so proud to be a MOTHER!   



“Before you were a Mom –
You slept as late as you wanted and never worried about how late you got into bed. You brushed your hair and your teeth everyday.

Before you were a Mom –
You cleaned your house each day. You never tripped over toys or forgot words to a lullaby. You didn’t worry whether or not your plants were poisonous. You never thought about immunizations.

Before you were a Mom –
You had never been puked on – Pooped on – Spat on – Chewed on, or Peed on. You had complete control of your mind and your thoughts. You slept all night.

Before you were a Mom –
You never held down a screaming child so that doctors could do tests…or give shots. You never looked into teary eyes and cried. You never got gloriously happy over a simple grin. You never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep.

Before you were a Mom –
You never held a sleeping baby just because you didn’t want to put it down. You never felt your heart break into a million pieces when you couldn’t stop the hurt. You never knew that something so small could affect your life so much. You never knew that you could love someone so much. You never knew you would love being a Mom.

Before you were a Mom –
You didn’t know the feeling of having your heart outside your body. You didn’t know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby. You didn’t know that bond between a mother and her child. You didn’t know that something so small could make you feel so important.

Before you were a Mom –
You had never gotten up in the middle of the night every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay. You had never known The warmth, The joy, The love, The heartache, The wonderment or the satisfaction of being a Mom. You didn’t know you were capable of feeling so much before you were a Mom.

Send this to someone whom you think is a special Mom… 

And remember that behind every successful woman……
is a basket of dirty laundry.”
— Unknown.


One perfect day…



This was our church wedding day 14 years ago. We already got married in civil ceremony in the UK a year before our church wedding in the Philippines. It was such a beautiful wedding. The church was solemn, beautifully decorated, a string quartet and a choir played heavenly music during the service, My High School best friend’s brother was the priest. My friends and relatives around the globe flew all the way to show their love for us. My mother and my father were both present. What more can I ask for?  

To my husband who truly accepted the good and the bad me since that day, thank you. Thank you for all your patience, your unconditional love, your care. I felt very special in your life. Thank you for bringing out the best in me, for making me feel that I exist, that my views count, that my voice is always heard. Thank you for listening every time I feel down. Thank you for being proud every time I achieve something. Thank you for keeping me grounded, for making me realize what life is all about. I can’t imagine my life without you. You and our daughter, Alyanna, are the greatest blessings in my life. Thank you. I love you. 


Happy Anniversary, Garry!  Here’s to another wonderful 14 years of LOVE and HAPPINESS… xxx



Exercise to be healthy, not for vanity…


I don’t take classes or go to the gym for vanity. First of all, I love to eat but I don’t just put every yummy cake in my mouth. I try to eat right like cutting FAT, although I admit I eat quite a lot of carbohydrates. I’m Filipino, I love rice. I ate rice since I was a child and I was never obese. I only started gaining weight when I gave birth to my daughter. It has been a yo-yo diet since then as I am not very good in following a diet. In fact I hate the word ‘diet’. Those high protein diets never worked at all, well, just for me. I always crave for rice when I’m eating Filipino food, or even other Asian food. It’s just not fun to eat Asian food without rice. So I found a great option to burn what I eat – exercise!
I exercise almost everyday to burn calories and try to be healthy as possible. I am not aiming to look like that body in the picture. NO! I just want to sweat it all out in this freezing weather, and continue motivating myself to be able to exercise consistently. Of course, I have to thank my husband too for being an inspiration. He’s the one who got me into Body Attack. He’s very good and fit for his age.

During my last blood test, which was ages ago (and I should be doing another one soon), my cholesterol level was quite above the normal but not so bad. I was advised to do exercise to fight high blood pressure and other illnesses. Everyone reaching their 40s should watch what they eat. It’s the stage where we develop illnesses from our bad food intake when we were younger. It’s the warning stage as they say.

I always had an active lifestyle. Taking a class is something I will always love to do. I have Zumba Wii at home, and other exercise DVDs but you know what, it is different when you go to a proper class as you get pushed to work harder.  I love doing Body Combat and Body Attack classes. Not so much into Zumba as a lot of teachers in our area don’t do the right Zumba. It should be fun, it’s a dance exercise, not aerobics. I’ve been to disappointing Zumba classes, so I gave up. Bokwa is another interesting dance exercise from LA, an African inspired dance workout. But it’s not as popular as Zumba yet, and hoping it will boom in my town by 2020. LOL  

Bottom line is we can change and make things work for us. It is easy to just stay in bed, watch tv all day, eat junk food and gain weight. It is really up to us to change. 

So come on, get your ass out of bed, and exercise! Whether you are walking at the park, biking around, it’s a start. Attend any class and just do it slowly. I felt so much better and even more energetic just a few months of classes. Now I can’t stop! LOL x