ABOUT

 Silver Lining Mama is Jan (that’s me!). I’m a stay-at-home mama who took a break from the corporate world in 2011 to tag along with my husband from Manila to Minnesota to live an expat life, raise 2 third culture kids and become a self-proclaimed rolling stone family. 
I was a Project Manager in a global IT company before I took this sabbatical from corporate life. I guess the Project Manager mindset is difficult to shake off. Now, I “manage” a different set of projects at home which I talk about in my blog –motherhood, kitchen adventures, DIY and crafting, photography, and whatever creative stuff that strike my fancy. To date, I have also started these blog projects:

Silver Lining Mama is a blog about living blissfully through positivity, meaningful parenting, creative projects, and inspirations from this wonderful world, virtual and physical. Blissful living is a mindset, happiness is a choice, and gratitude is a good foundation for a positive life.
This is Silver Lining Mama’s Manifesto.
 
Thank you for visiting. Good vibes! Happy reading!
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107 thoughts on “ABOUT

    1. Thank you! Let’s just say I’m a clueless Asian who is not sure whether the invitation for pie and coffee is just a figure of speech. Haha! Nevertheless, I imagine i’m having coffee while reading your funny stories. 😉

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      1. Hi, No, I like snakes but, don’t drink their wine. Good Liquid Vitamins are great and some acurstupiuts specialize in herbs. Just watch herbs from china. There crops are sprayed and lead is in and on eveything, as I hope you know this a big issue there.

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  1. What do you think of Minnesota?! It’s currently – 6 in the Twin Cities! (I’m a Minnesota girl myself, born and raised!) It’s been fun checking out your blog. Your family is adorable! I’m looking forward to reading more of your scribbles. 🙂

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    1. Hi, Christy! The weather is definitely beyond my wildest imagination of cold. 😀 The most extreme would be Duluth in December 2013, -20s! And I like it, especially after a fresh snowfall. (Well, except the part when it takes about an hour to get everyone in the family all bundled up.) 😀 I enjoyed reading your blog. Glad to finally meet a Minnesotan in the blogosphere. 🙂

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  2. Loved this: Being busy Mama, writing is mostly scribbling, hurriedly done like my grocery list. You have a distinct voice, I’m enjoying reading your blog 🙂 Feels like I already know you.
    I’m not much of a courageous person, so here’s hoping to get much inspiration from you.
    My love to Amelie and Alexander 🙂

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    1. Hi, Jacob! That’s a brilliant idea. I should try that myself. Although judging this week, 15 a day is way out of my league.😄 Thank you so much for checking out my blog, I hope you found something interesting. I will definitely read your blog! Looking forward to more exchanges. Happy weekend!

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  3. Hola Silverliningmama! “pancit bihon”…that’s all the Tagalog I know lol…it’s ALL about the noodles for me. I am definitely a noodle girl vs a rice girl. Nice to meet you 🙂

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    1. Aww thank you so much for thinking of me. 😘 It means a lot! I’ll try my best to write more about my expat life here. I honestly look forward to your posts. I got hooked since I read your post about your bday. First year is always full of firsts and adventures.😊

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      1. i'm lucky enough to have all 3 of these designs! but unufetonatrly my candle necklace was broken when I got it in the mail. 😦 my favorite is the monster zippered pouch…i got 2 of those for Christmas this year! can you tell that i ask for anthro giftcards every opportunity i get?! 🙂

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      2. Great post, Erin.(By the way the Grey Ghosts are bundle of cuteness but not Bengals that I would know of – although, who knows? Their mom did not say – just strays Lorraine had fostered during my last visit there).

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      1. Oh yes, we do enjoy our time in Cebu, especially the kids! I have a few followers who are Filipinos expats, love to have their feedbacks on my stories, they always teach me something and show me other(s) angle(s) and perspectives. Feel free to comment, would love to hear from you too 🙂 Have a lovely day!

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  4. Happy to have found your blog!! I can’t wait to tag along on your adventure!! I hear Germany is beautiful!! 🙂 Where else have you lived? I loved that you said you are a “rolling stone family” 🙂 🙂 Happy to connect!

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    1. Hi, Lisa! I’m glad to read your message, and happily following back! I moved around in the Philippines and currently in the US with family, daydreaming of moving to London or Australia.😄 I think I have restless feet syndrome, I haven’t been living in the same house for more than 2 years in the last 12 years or so. 😂 Looking forward to exchanging thoughts with you.

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      1. Really?

        Well let me tell you this then and see if it changes your mind!!!

        We lived through a Typhoon over here some years ago. It hit us at 180 kph, ripped houses to pieces (we only lost one roof tile) and (very sadly) caused various other associated devastation. There I was, fast asleep after having consumed one or two beers the day before (cases of beer that is, as opposed to glasses), blissfully unaware of what was going on – unaware that is until I was rudely awoken by numb nuts rocking my shoulder back and forth and screaming “wah blah ya ya ooooooo ing.”

        It was so noisy I could hardly hear her and to be honest I replied, “why have we got a helicopter parked on top of our roof?”

        “Its a storm,” she was screaming, “get up and do something.”

        Of course I soon sobered up and got the picture, so I yelled back, “who the bloody hell do you think I am? King Canute? I know I’m an Englishman and I know I’m the best but not even I can hold a bloody Typhoon back.”

        Later, as our beautiful hand crafted granite staircase was turned into a moving fountain, the water building up in the living room, an inch a minute, and as I sat among the fish drinking another beer (there wasn’t a lot more I could do after I had checked all the doors and windows), I saw her come splooshing down the final set of stairs leading to the living room.

        “And where the hell are you going,” I shouted at her?

        She tossed her head in disgust at me and continued splooshing downwards and then very imperiously said, “I’m going to boil the kettle and make a cup of tea, what’s it to you white boy.”

        “You stupid bloody woman” I shouted back, “the whole city has been hit by this Typhoon, there isn’t a drop of electricity for miles. Just how the bloody hell do you intend to get the electric kettle fired up. Do you have some hydroelectric scheme hidden away in your handbag that I don’t know about?”

        “Oh,” was all she replied and then she turned around and started to sploosh back upstairs, “I’ll go and wring a pair or two of knickers out then, may as well since we’ve got all this free water around.”

        There was a lot more that went on too – but perhaps for another day.

        I LOVE LIVING IN ASIA – I LOVE ASIAN GIRLS – AND LUCKILY FOR ME, ASIAN GIRLS LOVE ME BACK – HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!

        Cheers ~ ‘ter

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      2. All Asian girls love me – I have the kind of face that Venusians love to kiss and that their husbands love to hit – arf arf!!

        Cheers ~ ‘ter

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    1. I used to dream of having kids in different countries and/or naming them after a place. I’m sure my kids will be glad it didn’t happen that way. 😀 Glad to be following an expat blog with a daddy perspective.

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  6. MA – I love this post. I wonder though if institutions also have seasons and a finite life span. This is not to say that The Church will die out, but maonnestatifis(institutions?) of The Church may come and go. I loved your tweet about the institution being pregnant (as opposed to near death.) Sometimes in pregnancy, it just feels like we are dying – even to the point that we beg for someone to kill us and get it over with.PS Missing you here in The Heartland.

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  7. The Sandhills area already has 28,000 miles of pipelines in it, I heard one coetnmmator say on TV. In any case, they will reroute around it. The nation will reroute around Obama. Neither can happen too soon.

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  8. I thought it was a pretty decent book, but it got boring from time to time. I wish there was more of a romance between Kanin and Allie, but I’m just a sucker for romance and I love Kanin. But I found some of the book to get pretty boring some times, but I liked the crviaietty. It was hard for me to follow when Allie and Zeke went under water to find Jackal or something like that, so the rest of the book soon got boring.

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  9. I do agree with all of the concepts you have introduced on your post. They’re really convincing and will certainly work. Nonetheless, the posts are too quick for newbies. May you please extend them a bit from subsequent time? Thanks for the post.

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