The 12 Scams of the Holidays

I just got this really helpful email and I wanted to share it with you too! The shopping season is so hectic that we can sometimes let our guard down while checking off our Christmas lists  — both online and offline. It’s good to be reminded now and then of safety tips so that our shopping trips will not leave us extra haggard!! :D Happy shopping and be safe :D


The 12 Scams of Christmas Holidays

Thursday Thoughts

This is for you, who feels down and defeated.

This is for you, who is so tired of what life has handed out .

This is for you who thinks that life is unfair and you just couldn’t get a break.

I want you to know that the struggle is part of your story and this is just one chapter. It will be a distant memory soon that will push you to work harder and live life to the fullest.

While you are in the midst of your troubles, do not forget to celebrate the small things and to notice the kindness of other people. It can be a friend who listens, an office mate who made you laugh or the driver in your shuttle who took a short cut so that you won’t be late for work today. All these are signs that the universe is still looking out for you.

Believe in your strength and if you are the praying kind, hold on to Him.

Have a good Thursday my friend :)

maya angelou


darkest night




The Stellar Interstellar

I watched Interstellar last weekend and I was promptly swept off my feet with the majesty of this movie. Space and space travel is undeniably awesome and to have it re imagined by Chris Nolan is just a spectacular treat for the eyes.


The mission of Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), Brand (Anne Hathaway) and their team is to save humanity by looking for another habitable planet that the human race can move out to. The earth is suffering from one devastating blight after another and without saying much, Global Warming has reduced the earth into a dust bowl where only corn survives. In the movie, there is talk of wormholes, tesseracts, gravity, physics and singularities.  I remembered all the handouts I read in STS when I was a Senior in UP.  Space and time travel are undeniably very interesting topics but it has never been explored and presented as beautifully as in this movie. The effects are not overwhelming because there is still a sincerity to the treatment. The movie is a feast for the eyes but you never get tired of looking at it.


One thing that I never expected though was to cry throughout the movie. I was of course expecting a wonderfully crafted and thoughtful movie (it is Chris Nolan after all) but Interstellar also tugged at the heartstrings without being too emotional. However fantastic space and planet explorations are it is Cooper’s own struggle as a father who is making his way back to his kids which grounds this movie. It is in those moments where Cooper shows his side as a father that I felt the urgency of the mission. Cooper must succeed. Cooper must transcend. Cooper must return. But what will he return to? The void of the deep dark space is related so achingly with the void Cooper’s family has to deal with.



There is a scene in the movie when Cooper returned from a planet where he and Brand visited for only three hours. When they got back to their space station 23 years have already passed. Cooper sat in a chair and viewed 23 years worth of video messages from his family. That scene broke my heart. It was just a tight shot of McConaughey’s face all wet with tears. It was heartbreaking. The devastation felt by Cooper was so palpable.

I never am one to do movie reviews but I really just feel the need to share how beautiful Interstellar is because it impacted me most as mom. The movie’s premise may be extreme but just like Cooper, I would do anything to keep David and Noah safe and to ensure their future. As parents we’re pioneers and also navigators — we try to chart a course for their future that would allow them to be safe, secure and happy. We try our best to figure out the road ahead of us but in reality, our kids sometimes just need us to just stay and be with them and to live out our moments together.

There were a couple of very memorable lines on parenthood throughout the movie and I think I sobbed through all of them.  I’m sharing a few of my favorites plus a line from a poem that was constantly recited throughout the movie. It’s one of my favorite poems too (so seeing it come to life in this film is so awesome)


Brand: Couldn’t you’ve told her you were going to save the world?

Cooper: No. When you become a parent, one thing becomes really clear. And that’s that you want to make sure your children feel safe. You cannot go and say them that they are not safe and someone is going to save them.


interstellar brand and cooper in space

Brand: Love isn’t something we invented. It’s observable, powerful, it has to mean something… Love is the one thing we’re capable of perceiving that transcends dimensions of time and space.


Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.


interstellar black hole


Cooper: Once you’re a parent, you’re the ghost of your children’s future



Young Murph: Dad, why did you and mom name me after something that’s bad?.

Cooper: Well, we didn’t.

Young Murph: Murphy’s law?

Cooper: Murphy’s law doesn’t mean that something bad will happen. It means that whatever can happen, will happen.



Also can I just say how awesome it is to see women scientists in this movie? It is such a great thing for young girls to see Murph and Brand (played so well by Jessica Chastain and Anne Hathaway) in a field that is dominated by men. And I say this because the recent Kim K gimmick (#breaktheinternet) as funny as the memes are is not doing anyone any favor except for Kim. Young girls need to see roles like these fleshed out in movies that yes we can be queens and models and scientists too!

Five Tips for A Fun Family Road Trip

shell and oreo

Team Santos recently went off to Tagaytay for a super fun road trip with our friends. We stayed at Hotel Kimberly but before going there we all met at the big Shell station at the South Luzon Expressway (near Susanna heights) I'm pretty sure this area is a landmark, this is our go-to meeting spot whenever we're going off to the South for some much needed R&R. We gassed up at Shell and the kids started snacking already hehe. Going on road trips with two kids require a lot of planning and … [Continue reading]

My Life (Now) in Pictures

homer saturday morning

Dahil Friday, my body is already on weekend in...   And I couldn't wait to finish all my work just so I could log out and leave     What's better than Friday? SATURDAY MORNING! Ang sarap matulog!! But of course it's bazaar season which means me and Dan are up at the crack of dawn every weekend this November for ingress. No rest for the weary!! So ManilaBaby will be at this weekend's Global Pinoy Bazaar:   And we will … [Continue reading]