Sunday, May 9, 2010


Today is Mother's Day. I woke up early, grabbed my mobile and called my mother in the Philippines. I blurted out, Happy Mother's Day, Ma. She laughed and thanked me and said that she hopes that she will still be given more chance to celebrate Mother's Day. Of course, I re-assured her but I immediately changed the topic as not really into this kind of conversation. It’s a habit of mine to call her every Sunday.

Unconditional is my description to a mother’s love. Actually, it is beyond words and no adjective can aptly describe it.

A few years ago, I was in Cambodia and this picture melted my heart. Against the heat and waves, this young mother is trying to paddle safely her child. At first glance, I thought this was wrong, but after thinking deeply, I asked myself what if it was a case of emergency and that she must transport her child to a clinic or hospital and that this was only her way of doing it.


In Japan, I saw a news clip about omiai. One of the issues tackled was how mothers of single Japanese convened or assembled, carrying resumés and photos of her sons and daughters hoping that she could find the perfect match for her child. This is still practiced in Japan.

Just from two examples I mentioned above, a mother’s love is really unfathomable. As I said, earlier it is beyond words.

As you celebrate this day, don’t be embarrassed to express your love to your mother. A simple I LOVE YOU, MA is way greater than any material thing you can give. Happy Mothers’ Day to all the mothers in the world.

Ma, Palangga ka namon!



  1. hi totomai. the picture is heartbreaking but yeah, it certainly tells us how unconditional mother's love is.

  2. thanks kit. happy mothers day to yout mom

  3. Mother's Day is every day, but it's good to honour our mothers with a special day we can all acknowledge.

  4. Hi Totomai - In Thailand, mothers day is Aug 12, the Queen's birthday.

  5. Lovely post, I would rather think that nothing is wrong with her or the child.

  6. what a beautiful photo. your mother appreciates your calling her and remembering her on her day.

  7. very sweet post...and a wonderful photograph.

  8. @eileen, i hope too

    @ewok thanks. im a certified mama's boy lol

    @laura thanks too

  9. Do you travel a lot?

    Your mum is lucky to have you.

  10. tukayo alam mo ba na pina-practice din dito ni mama mo yung omiai? dala nya picture at resume mo. bwahahaha!!! joke lang :P


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