Confidence Booster

Like many people, I don’t have a very high self-esteem, but there is one thing that can usually give me a small boost of confidence. Can you guess what it is? No, it’s not baking a nearly perfect batch of chocolate chip cookies or being able to put my girls down for a nap with absolutely no fussing on their part. It’s wearing high heels.

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Laughing over Lumpia

If you couldn’t already tell by my name, I am Filipino-American. For some reason, it is very common for Filipinos to give their children names that combine their parents’ names. (My mom’s name is Arleene and my dad’s name is Rubin.) I can’t speak Tagalog, Ilocano, or Visayan, I only understand the “bad” Filipino words or when my grandma is telling me to go eat and growing up we didn’t practice traditional Filipino customs. We did, however, make lumpia.

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