Me On Weekends

by Anna Katharina on September 3, 2014

in Journal

Time flies so fast. I am in that stage of life where I am mindful on how to spend my weekend the way I like it. Let go of the usual tasks and routine and make my day more than the usual,add fun and spend quality time with my kids.

Out of town trips, hobbies, reading pocketbooks, cooking, crocheting, recycling, heritage tours,walking tour, basketball games at the Dome,  CCP PPO concerts, Bayanihan etc… these are some of my #MeOn Weekend activities.



One of my favorite , me and my kids visiting Manila Zoo. After 20 years, this the first time I have brought them to the zoo. Mali the elephant in the background is more than 30 years old.The best part is I don’t have to prepare anything since they are all grown ups. Its never too late to bring your kids to the zoo and I had a great time!

More to come #MeOnWeekends… : Fifth year

by Anna Katharina on July 22, 2013

in Blogging,Journal


My blog on its 5th year

I thank my children for encouraging me to blog. Though I have failed to blog as I used to, I still get emails from my readers  local and abroad thanking me for the content of my blog  which has been helpful for them.  They have even cited some of the blogs as a reference for their research and as tool in teaching other students.

A lot of things have happen since I have this blog.  Aside from getting older and at the same time getting into a new world (that of the internet), this will be part of me as I go through life in my 50’s and 60’s.

I noticed that I spent an average of 2 hours a day with the internet, checking my email, reading Facebook, knowing what’s the latest news, browsing my friend’s status and photos and reading my children’s latest blogs, report, Twitter and Instagram aacounts.

My podcast show Online Doktora is still up. From time to time I get to receive (local and abroad) medical  inquiries through emails. Its heartening to note that through this medium, I am of service to others.

Another online podcast that I was involved with is Awit at Papuri, a pastoral undertaking by our family to spread the word of God in Filipino.

Once in a while I do field reporting for Jeric Pena Reports, where I helped my son to interview people for his news report. He gets amazed on how I blend with the crowd and the spontaneous questions that come out of me. It goes with my training as a doctor and nurse.

My readers, colleagues, students .. thank you.

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Through the years…

by Anna Katharina on January 1, 2013

in Family,Journal,Traditions

Welcome 2013!

Something special happens in every Filipino family every Christmas season.This season starts from December to the first week of January the following year.

I wish I knew how my parents celebrated their first Christmas as a family, since I was only 3 months old then in December 1961.There was no picture to document and remember such event.

I came to know the essence of Christmas when I was a preschooler (5-6 year old) at that time. I would have a new dress that my mother brought from Cinderella (the shop is still existing).The dress was worn for my school’s christmas party, at misa de gallo, and when going to my paternal grandparent’s house. My paternal grandparents would speak to us in Kapampangan and English that’s why I understand a few words from the language.

This is my 24th year celebrating my own Christmas with my children, the usual hustle and bustle of activities,though less strain on my part because all the kids are grown-ups. I have more time for my own shopping and I stayed home a lot.

Christmas for me means family gathering, renewing friendships with long time friends, gift giving and attending Christmas parties. Yes I have to have time for reflection about what I still want in life, my spirituality and faith, my health and future of our family.


This year 2013 , just simple things , simple life plus good health. This season has to be merry and joyful, it has to be….

My 10 Christmas thoughts

by Anna Katharina on December 23, 2012

in Blogging,Journal,Traditions

1. Gift giving / Wrapping gifts – practical and useful gifts

2. Christmas parties with Costumes – Gangnam dancing

3. Shopping – Great finds at Divisoria and Baclaran

4. Food galore -New dishes to try this season

5. Fatigue -Too many parties, late nights

6. Families- Skype

7. Simbang Gabi-

8. Vacation – 2 weeks of waking up late

9. Traffic – at EDSA

10. Sad face!- sad memories

Merry Christmas everybody !