Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura
Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura
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Pink talk and lanterns
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - May 22, 2022 - 12:00am
Last Saturday I was sitting waiting for someone when I heard two men talking. “The election results are a nightmare,” one said to his friend.
Are you happy now?
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - May 15, 2022 - 12:00am
It’s May 15, the birthday of my yaya who took care of me. I gave her money from my P2-a-week allowance to buy Pilipino Komiks and Tagalog Klasiks, smuggled them to me when my mother was out so she would not...
Reunion for Tristan
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - April 24, 2022 - 12:00am
Once upon a time a very long time ago, I had little children — three girls born one after the other, then five years later, a son.
Tribute to a beloved lady
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - March 20, 2022 - 12:00am
God took our aunt Eva Beatriz Rafols Gonzalez. She was 96 years old and the last of her generation in our Gonzalez family.
What will happen next?
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - February 27, 2022 - 12:00am
Sometimes I feel I am going mad. I have orders for many rosaries. If I can make three rosaries a day, I can make my deadlines.
Birds and lung cancer?
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - February 6, 2022 - 12:00am
When you have gotten as old as I, your daily schedule follows a pattern. Every morning you wake up, wash your face then sit with your husband for a while.
Recipes, imagination and personality
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - October 24, 2021 - 12:00am
To write this I had to reread last week’s column. Did I say anything about Malu selling fruitcakes? I know every year she habitually makes them to give away to relatives and friends.
Bored to death
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - September 12, 2021 - 12:00am
What will I write about today?
Whose fault is it?
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - May 16, 2021 - 12:00am
Now that I have cooled down, I wonder what went wrong. I think it was the branch for not accepting my check on the day I sent it down.
No more ‘palusot’
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - March 14, 2021 - 12:00am
I write this because we have certain behavior patterns that we must change.
Good times and bath times
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - October 4, 2020 - 12:00am
Once upon a time, a very long time ago, four Filipina teenagers, fresh graduates from high school, boarded planes to go to a finishing school in Lausanne, Switzerland. These were Helen Marcelo, Chiqui Liongson, Menchu...
Just a simple life
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - September 27, 2020 - 12:00am
I think the biggest lesson learned from the pandemic is the value of doing our own things but never losing touch with the rest of the family.
Creative at quarantine
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - September 20, 2020 - 12:00am
Quarantine is a dead period for most people but not for some. I am being creative so I enjoy myself. Maybe you should try to be creative, too.
Nothing is without complications
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - September 13, 2020 - 12:00am
How can I get into business with someone I don’t know? I don’t even want to get into business with people I know.
My quiapo street market experience
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - September 6, 2020 - 12:00am
When I was a baby she helped my mother take care of me.
Our first healing massage
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - August 30, 2020 - 12:00am
Let’s agree that the lady who gives massages is masahista in Pilipino.
Bottling or battling?
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - August 23, 2020 - 12:00am
Maybe I pressed the wrong button. Or maybe a mean monster was playing tricks on me.
Fly to old age
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - August 16, 2020 - 12:00am
Now I’m 76 years old. I thank all my relatives, friends, students, fans who sent me 241 greetings on my Viber.
Fear of falling
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - August 9, 2020 - 12:00am
I pray my favorite prayer: ‘God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the ones I can, and the wisdom to know it’s me.’Sometimes I just don’t know...
A wonderful escape
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - August 2, 2020 - 12:00am
What does one do when she sees her outer world slowly crumbling, when she is dissatisfied with everything going on outside her small apartment?
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