My niece asks her Mom, “Why are the rivers here in Aurora clean?”

We were on the way back to Manila from a family vacation in Aurora Province when my niece, Danica, suddenly asks her Mom, “Why are the rivers here in Aurora clean?” Everyone in the car was surprised with that question. It was a very simple one but carries with it such a complex dimension of…

At 6am in Saigon, someone shouts, “My friend!”

I have always had beautiful, touching, and amusing encounters in all of my overseas travels. This one can probably be considered as among the best and the most endearing among all those little and memorable encounters. Let me begin from the start. On my third trip to Vietnam in May 2008 (I was with JR…

Aurora: a way to look back and move forward

(A repost of a blog from my main site, meilbox.asyanna.com, dated December 31, 2010.) First of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR, DEAR FRIENDS and READERS! May the love and goodness of our Lord continue to be our source of strength and inspiration! JR and I spent a few days in Aurora right after Christmas. It was…

Dreaming of a Philippine Leadership Academy

(A repost of a blog posted last December 7, 2010 in my previous site, http://meilbox.asyanna.com) If I have the means, I will build an institution and name it the Philippine Leadership Academy. It will produce graduates with the integrity and courage of Mahatma Gandhi, intelligence of Jose Rizal, and spirituality of Mother Theresa. The graduates…

Silang’s Little Secret: Abundant Cafe

(Repost of my Sept. 11, 2010 blog in meilbox.asyanna.com) My UP friends (Rory and Jinky), hubby, and I went on a quick trip to Tagaytay yesterday and we were gifted once again with a fun-filled and beautiful day. Tagaytay is one of my favorite places in the whole world and the quick trip yesterday sealed…