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My mom is turning 84 this September. And she lives on her own. Her only companion is her all-around helper. Many a times my brother & I have asked her to stay with us but she enjoys her independence too much. And like every other Chinese, she can’t stay away from her business so she lives there. Literally! @_@

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My mom has always been a tough cookie. Out of 8 siblings, only she & my uncle Caye were able to work their way up & study to become a doctor. She went abroad to take up residency, came back home to put up a hospital, and became highly successful in her medical practice as an OB-Gyne.

My mom was never one to cower & hide. She always met life head on & was never afraid to take chances. For that, I admire her greatly. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a woman more brave & tough than her.

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Mom took up her residency in JAMAICA HOSPITAL in New York. She then specialized in Obstetrics & Gynaecology, back when women were encouraged to just stay home & have babies. Lots & lots of babies.


My Mom & my Uncle Caye who braved & traveled the world together to fulfil their dreams & aspirations in another country. Far from home.

Becoming a FEMALE doctor during her time was no small feat. Those days, women were encouraged to stay home & raise a family. Men did the heavy lifting. But my mom, she was able to do both, have a career & raise a family.
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My parents were both doctors. My Dad was a brilliant Surgeon, and my mom has long since retired to take care of the businesses my Dad left behind.


Theirs was not an arranged marriage. But more of a marriage for convenience & comfort. My mom was 35 when she got married. 36 when she had me. They built their empire together.

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My mom juggled between being the best doctor that she can be, and the best mom that she can be. In between that, she wore many hats. She was a wife, a daughter, a sister, a teacher, a businesswoman.

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I don’t think anything brought her much joy except for when she had me & my brother, and thereafter our own children. Other than having us, it was all work & more work. How I long for her to have & find joy in her heart. To enjoy life more & see the world in all its beauty.


We always saw my mom as both the Father & the Mother, even when my Dad was alive, even when he was around. My mom is my ultimate hero. <3 Just like my Lola is hers.

So you can just imagine how goal-oriented & determined she is. Once she sets her mind to it there’s no talking her down. No amount of cajoling on our part can make her stay & live with us. She likes her alone time too much.
The next best thing is to monitor her. Not because she’s senile, because let me tell you, at her age, she’s still very alert & straight as an arrow as can be. But she doesn’t see hereself as a “senior citizen”. She has fallen or bumped her head time & again on many occasions & we would find her with bruises when we would go for our usual visits.
So this PLDT Home DSL Fam Cam is perfect because I can still see her even when we’re far apart. She doesn’t like being treated like a senior. Even when going down the escalator when I would guide her she’d get offended. So with the PLDT Home DSL Fam Cam, pwede akong magpa-simple. And best of all, it’s interactive. I can see her AND talk to her too!

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By subscribing to PLDT HOME DSL Plan 1299 and up/month, you can avail of a PLDT Home DSL Fam Cam for your home. CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE!
For an additional P99 a month on top of your PLDT HOME DSL Plan, the FAM CAM is an affordable alternative to more expensive CCTV systems. It’s plug and play so it’s easy to set up. You don’t need to hire technicians to install it, you can do it yourself.
The PLDT Home DSL Fam Cam is a home monitoring camera with built-in microphone, automatic light adjustment, WiFi connectivity, plus motion and sound detection. You can put it anywhere in the house, it doesn’t need a wire to be connected to a computer. With a PLDT Home DSL Fam Cam, you can keep an eye on your home and your family from miles away.
Although the PLDT Fam DSL Cam is best controlled and viewed via the PLDT Telpad, it’s mobile app-supported so you can see what’s going on via your tablet or smartphone.

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And for as low as P1699, you can get a landline plus a PLDT HOME DSL Speed Boost and a free Quad-Core tablet.

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I just got mine & I’m having Kap set it up in my mom’s room so we can keep connected all day errday. ❤️

My mom has taken care of me all my life. Now that she’s in her twilight years, it’s time that I take care of her & give her the love & attention she so deserves.

This situation brings to mind a special book, one of my all-time favorites. I cry every time I read it, now that my mom is getting on in years. LOVE YOU FOREVER is a beautiful story about parenthood, a poignant parable about life and death, a testimony to when the roles of child and parent become blurry, and soon -reversed.

There is a powerful, age-old resonance to the story, centered on that intangible, steadfast bond between mother and child. No one can read this without the tears falling.





In the poignant book LOVE YOU FOREVER by Robert Munsch, the story starts with a mother singing to her sleeping baby: “I’ll love you forever / I’ll love you for always / As long as I’m living / My baby you’ll be.” She still sings the same song when her baby has turned into a fractious 2-year-old, a slovenly 9-year-old, and then a raucous teen. When her son grows up and leaves home, she takes to driving across town with a ladder on the car roof, climbing through her grown son’s window, and rocking the sleeping man in the same way. Then, inevitably, the day comes when she’s too old and sick to hold him, and the roles are at last reversed. Her son holds her close to him as she breathes her last and sings to her “”I’ll love you forever / I’ll love you for always..” CRY ME A RIVER!!! :'(


I love you forever, mom. I always ask God to give you more years. Enough to allow us to take care of you this time & love you just as you have done all these years. Please, take it easy a little. Take a pause & smell the flowers. you deserve it. <3


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  • Reply Kei Aclaro

    Awww… What a touching post naman po about your mom… She is indeed a strong and independent woman. An epitome of a true and selfless love…

    At least you have the FAM CAM to check up on her welfare time and again…

    April 21, 2015 at 5:46 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      Yes super useful. Not just for kids but for ageing members of the family as well. Thank you Kei! :-*

      April 21, 2015 at 5:49 pm

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