Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Millie the Poet

12 February 2020

I am here to say:

Fly, Baby, Fly

The fears, tears, and heaviness disappears

For you’ve always had them

Those iridescent things called wings

So, do it, Child

Your time has come to

Fly, Baby, FLY !

Monday, September 23, 2019

Team Momma in the Hizzie ! !

Don't mind the low pixelation and fire coming out of my nose. This is a low quality SnapChat photo.

I never truly understood (and embodied) the sports-family-mentality until today. Tonight, I was “all in” mentally, emotionally, and physically. I wasn’t counting the minutes, on my phone, getting bored, but was in full engagement mode and only multi tasked where it made sense. I even PLANNED and executed to a T ! Whuutt! I planned an early dinner at home because we were out from 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm. What I am most proud of is that I was fully present to support Coach Handsome Daddy in his coaching preparation, before, during, and after!

The Coach Handsome Daddy with our lil mastah prince! FYI: That Orange Aloha Cooler bag has hella food in there: mixed unsalted nuts, apples, bananas, cheetos, other junky chips, & ice cold water in good containers.

I made sure we had comfy tailgating chairs because we were greeted with no freakin seats in sporting activity #1. Phew! Sporting activity #2 had uncomfortable bench seats with no back support - no bueno. I also packed enough food and cold water enough to share. I felt absolutely vibrant being so prepared ! !

Here are our highlights of our first official day of training on and off the court !

With our theatre & volleyball princess! 

Say this with me:
Healthy and vibrant parents = Healthy and vibrant Kids
P. S.

I used to be a Girl’s Scout in the Philippines and all I remember is that a Scout is always prepared, is physical and smart, but mostly pleasant to be around. **And we DID NOT have to sell anything so I liked that a lot**

Have a Charmed and Blessed Week Friends!

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Daddy Lessons: Triple B’s

If I could summarize the most important lesson my Earthly father taught me it would be this:

“Be 🐝Better 🐝Baby 🐝

My dad said and lived out these words until his very last day with us 8 months ago.

I remember whenever I would tell him about someone ruffling my feathers, he would sit back, smoke his cigar, and in a very brut, unapologetic, and frank manner would say, “Millie, you’re better than them. Stop acting like you’re not.

Then in another example, I’m pulling my hair out, stressed out, and overwhelmed and he says nonchalantly in an even tone as smooth as butter, “Millie, get your shit together and things will get better, darling.

"Being Better" was not for the sake of competition and making someone else lose; rather, it was for the sake of transcending all situations that made me feel less than, afraid, ashamed, rejected, dejected, looser-ish, frightened, alone, ugly, messy, etc.

What I loved the most about him was his uncanny ability to simultaneously engage my mind and heart in a way that only a loving father could. Happily, I find myself using these emotional and intellectual tools to troubleshoot myself and life situations I encounter. I'm finding more and more that this type of self awareness is not only rare, but it is also a game changer in finding and maintaining successes in the various arenas we have in life (relationships, business, health, finances, etc.)

For all of this, I am so grateful for all the lessons my Papa has gifted me. I will make sure to do the same ;-)

P.S. To Papa in case you are reading this in Heaven:

(I Love and miss you forever to infinity, Pa! And yes, I will always continue to strive to be better just like you taught us. I will also try not to get cross eyed and red when I get angry and will hold my temper to the best of my abilities. Lastly, I promise to stay off my high horse unless we are going into battle. Peace out!)

Have a charmed and blessed day! 




Sunday, December 3, 2017

Decadent Datenights

Hey guys, listen up. Go get a babysitter. Dogsitter. Take the night off. Whatever you need to do to make a reservation (real quick) at Delage in Oakland, California.

I have a feeling that this legitely-poppin’ Michelin recommended establishment will earn its very first Michelin star real soon. You'll want to be there before they do that because their $65/person price tag will go up for sure! This is a real bargain in the Omakase realm in my humble opinion.

Anyhoo, I am sooo glad we did not follow through with our original reservation elsewhere and went with this quaint, Omakase-fusion, dining experience. 

this was the 3 oz toro steak. fatty tuna belly lightly seared and sliced into 3 slices garnished w/ black truffle paste, garlic chips, and ponzu A++. mmmm.....fat girl kid kinda good

**You know you are in good hands when you feel like you’re being teleported somewhere really cool where all your senses are positively triggered. Hollaa!!!**

We looooovvvvved our dining experience so much I completely nerded out and busted out my mini notebook and started taking notes like I was in school.

Our gracious attendant Kara found my geeking out endearing and said I could take home the pretty Card stock menus for my Scrapbook & Blog. SCORE!!!

Speaking of the attendants here Kara & Jasmine were absolute sweetie pies and were really adorable in their urban, sleek, and trendy get ups. They had these super cute low waisted, high quality, Japanese-denim aprons that they paired with black leggings, mid-length boots, black fitted tops, and hair-do’s in high buns. They reminded me of graciously flitting ballerinas knowledgeable in every course they presented to us including the cute little doodads on every dish.

**no photos here. i didn't want to be weird and take photos of the ballerinas**

Here’s a breakdown of the Omakase (chef’s choice) 8-course tasting menu we had with photos, description, and our rating of each culinary experience:


kabocha salad- kale, quinoa, ume-orange dressing A+


chef's choice sashimi w/ ponzu (akami, kinme/tai, anago, &toro don). A++


**no picture of #3 ** we were too busy sampling the sake. we sampled all the tiers and started w/ the junmai. stick w/ the junmai cuz everything else tasted like nail polish remover. your taste buds won't lie.


this was one of my faves. it took the hummus & chips experience to a whole 'notha level. that black stuff is fermented rice and the bubbly looking thing is the chip you dip in the black stuff. the pomegranate beans and doodads in the middle made a flavor explosion in your mouth. this course was pure MAGIC

oh my snap, i don't like duck but i looooveed this DUCK! sashimi grade duck if there ever was one. man this was good. i'd eat duck everyday if it tasted like this. A++


this was hella lit. sequence is important here. you eat this from from left to right. A++ that black stuff on top of the white sushi tasted like an upgraded salt. i want that in my kitchen cupboard.


this was really underwhelming. they shoulda put soma' that black nori salty thing in here. it was hella bland even if the ingredients were super fresh B+


duuuuuude. i dont mind gaining 5 pounds with this dessert. they made a green tea custard with fresh cream and fruit for dessert. kara hooked it up with the bubbly for anniversary too. she's really pretty btw

Friday, June 10, 2016

Summer 2016

Wednesday, 6/8/16- Gigi's last day of 2nd grade and kindergarten for Gavin.

Later that day we celebrated with their cousins and family for (Alina's 9th birthday.)

With the newest member of the family, Tyson only 11 days old!

Thu., 6/9/16 kids played with neighborhood friends, went to the library, park, and grocery shopping.

Fri., 6/10/16, taking advantage the free bowling for elementary kids during the summer! 

The kids love bowling! Especially with the bumpers 😊







Friday, February 20, 2015

Oakland Museum of California

On Wednesday, we put our current obligations on hold to spend the day with friends at the museum.

I was thinking about how our friends were doing and sycnhronistically received a group text from Kiscelle about hanging out with the gang for an outing at the Oakland Museum of California.

My scheduled meetings were changed, we checked to make sure the hubby was okay with the kids missing school, packed our food/snacks/drinks, and got ready for a day of fun!

We left at 10:30 and got to the museum at about 11 am. The museum has its own enclosed parking structure and parking was easy. We stayed for about four hours and with museum validation, the parking fee was $5. Children 8 and under are free and adults $15.

There are three parts of the museum, natural, history, and art (I think). We spent most of our time in the natural portion of the museum but visited all three. 

Gigi and Rowan.

Gavin enjoying looking at bees up close.

Gavin and Alana listening to an audio/visual exhibit.

Alan and Myra hanging out.

Gigi so excited to see Kayla and Kelsey!

We had lunch in the open, grassy area of the museum.

Mommys hung out while the kids played after lunch. 

Hello Clark!

We had a kick watching Gigi and Rowan do this basic cheer lift with the smaller kids. 

Here's a video of Gigi, Rowan, and Kelsey.

Mateo, Clark, & Gavin.

There was this psychedelic, art-inspired video exhibit that was strange and captivating. 

We also read about how Frida Kahlo  found art as her positive companion from the many physical and emotional challenges she faced.

An outing wouldn't be complete without a group photo!

Top row, from L to R: Kiscelle, Clark, Rowan, Gigi, Kayla, Kelsey, Myra, Gavin, Alana, Millie.

Bottom row, from L to R: Linda, Adria, Mateo, Petra.

A passion for adventure, fun with our kids and, friendship is what continues to draw us together. 

Thank you mamas & kids for another wonderful excursion!