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Recently, my Chinese ESL students are sharing the good news with me. When they do this, I feel enlightened because it is not that common for me to learn something about what is really going on in China unless I intentionally read their news and current events.

I have listed them below though I would not go into deep details. Rest assured I included URL links in case you want to know more about it.

The number of children playing video games alarmingly kept on rising since this pandemic began.

The…


Are we running out of time?

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A few days ago, on September 8th to be exact, Catholics commemorated the birthday of Mama Mary. Well, technically, there is no mention in the Bible about her birth date, however, Catholics have been celebrating Mother Mary’s birthday on September 8.

It is the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is exactly nine months after December 8 — the feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. That is not, as many people (including a lot of Catholics) mistakenly believe, the day on which Mary conceived Christ, but the day on which the Virgin Mary herself was…


A come-back post

The photo is mine. I took this selfie before going out to get some groceries.😅

Hello, everyone! My name is JJ. Not really my real name but most of my relatives and close friends call me it.

I started writing on this platform several months ago. Admittingly, I am not a good writer but I am trying to work better every time. In fact, I have written 53 stories here! I mostly write personal stories, you know, life experiences and lessons I learned along the way so I am hoping my readers would somehow learn from reading them as well.

I am a mother of three boys. They are twelve, ten, and nine years old…


And perhaps something better is in store for me.

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So something despairing happened to me recently.
I blamed the troubles on myself because it confused me.
I wanted this dream project so badly.
I already believed it was going well and smoothly.

As a freelancer, losing a project is heartbreaking
sleepless nights and skipped meals are daring
To prepare me and make them proud
I want everything neat and sound

Patiently, I waited 4 hours for nothing
Eventually, they started apologizing
The meeting got rescheduled. And I couldn’t say anything
I still wanted to work with them, so I said, “It’s okay.” Smiling.

I cleared my schedule for the…


Poetry about why a mother is strict

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Candies, gummies, lollies, and chocolate
hotdogs, chips, junk snacks, and sweets.
All taste like rainbow yet, my kids don’t always get a bite.
Just a colorful imagination, think it’s a delight.

Pepsi or Coke, instead of fruit juices
I said, “Hey, first eat these egg sandwiches.”
“But Mom, our friends said colored drinks taste best!”
“Yes, I know. But it will make you go restless.”

Mom, can I go to Liam’s? I’ll be back by 6.
Okay, honey! Later help me get our dinner fixed.
Oh, wait! Turn on your phone’s location.
We’ll never know a sudden situation.

I even…


Vaccine roll out in the Philippines update

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On the 9th of July 2021, I received my first dose of the Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine.

The whole process took about an hour. I and my husband arrived at the vaccination site at 11:00 AM. By the time we got there, we could hear a man making an announcement, “As of 11 o’clock today, Davao City has an additional 400 vaccinated individuals.” And everyone applauded.

Among my family, relatives, and acquaintances, many of them are reluctant to be inoculated. They have two reasons.

First, they do not trust the vaccine from China, the Sinovac, due to safety concerns. Initially, the…


They may be your luckiest charm as well.

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It is common to watch a witchcraft movie with cats alongside the witches. Yes, usually black cats.

At Halloween parties, feline-themed decors make them spooky.

Back in the middle ages, they were even worshipped like gods and goddesses. They were also worshipped by ancient Egyptians along with other animals. Egyptians were the first to believe that cats bring good luck to their owners.

Japanese people believe that having a feline friend while being a single woman attracts handsome suitors.

In China, cats are considered spiritual guardians. They consider cats as a symbol of good luck.

In the Philippines, many store…


Is there ever a right way?

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Browsing on Goodreads, I stumbled upon this quote by Joy Marino:

“People raised on love see things differently than those raised on survival.”

Reading the quote made me think about which way I am raising my kids.

As a mother, I do believe that it is best to raise my boys on love. On the other hand, ever since I started my own family, my husband insists that raising our sons on survival is better.

It is indeed true that people raised on love see things differently than those on survival.

Love and survival are two different things that people…


And they are equally as happy as the adults with children.

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Is life better without kids?

For many couples, one of the most exciting days of their lives is to meet their offspring.

However, in a recent study in the USA, it appears that opinions on having children are changing. In fact, the research shows that twenty-five percent of adults have no desire to become parents.

Psychologists of Michigan State University studied the characteristics and satisfaction of adults who do not want to have children and revealed that a quarter of American adults are satisfied to be child-free.

Jennifer Watling Neal and Zachary Neal, both associate professors in MSU’s department of…


If toxic workplaces do not change their culture

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Years before the pandemic, many business owners have already begun outsourcing their projects to remote workers. Thanks to technology, telecommuting has been made possible, and this article will unravel the causes why it is here to stay, even after the end of this pandemic.

Technology has made it plain-sailing for employees to work from home, and increasingly, there are independent contractors anywhere in the world today. Because of the advancement of telecommunications, people can carry out their tasks from the comfort of their homes, no matter which country they reside in.

Over the past year, telecommuting has become the new…

JJ Sum

A wife, mom of 3, & a TEFL certified tutor. I write about Mothering, Family, Relationships, Remote work topics, and Trending matters.

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