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Relationships – The Unforgiving Ex-Wife
Dec18

Relationships – The Unforgiving Ex-Wife

Fifteen years ago my husband left me for another woman. Let’s call her “Ruby”. Ruby is twelve years younger than me, and a “typical Filipina”.  Both my parents are also Filipino but I was born and raised in the States.  I have only been to the Philippines twice in my life and have no plans to return.        My husband said he didn’t leave me for her, that our marriage was over before he even set...

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Relationships: Status – Single. Mother. Hopeful. It’s complicated.
May13

Relationships: Status – Single. Mother. Hopeful. It’s complicated.

  Dear Dr. Holmes and Mr. Baer,   I am a 20-something solo mother with a young child. It has been five years since I separated from the father of my child and I just got my annulment. My annulment made me realize that I am finally free… free from the bad marriage and yes, finally free to start dating again. I have started going out with some guys, but many times I get annoyed with their stereotype of the single mom:...

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Relationships: Too Big for Her Britches
Jan09

Relationships: Too Big for Her Britches

Dear Dr. Holmes and Mr. Baer: I am 28, an English major and a teacher. I have been emailing, Skyping with this American, James, 36. We met three years ago at a party, and last month he proposed to me, after asking my mother and father permission to do so.  My parents were very happy, because they saw this as his willingness to respect our Filipino culture.  Also, he has never been married and is willing to convert from Protestantism...

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Relationships: Working Mom Dilemma

Dear Dr. Holmes and Mr. Baer, I am a working mom with 8-month-old twins. We’re living in the compound with my in-laws. My husband’s aunts are the ones taking care of my babies from Monday to Friday, and all of them are crazy about my kids. My problem is that I feel that I am not getting respect from the caregivers of my kids. They bring the kids anywhere, sometimes without my knowing it. On weekends, when I’m at home...

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Relationships: “Kasal Lang Ako” by Dr. Margie Holmes & Jeremy Baer

© Artchastudio | Dreamstime.com Dear Doc Holmes and Mr Baer: I am a manager at one of the restaurant chains here in the Middle East.  Many of the waitresses working here are also from the Philippines, like me. The minute I met Diana, I knew she was different from the other Filipinas who worked at my restaurant. Now I know why.  She used to be a Psychology teacher when she was in the Philippines and I was formerly a -seminarian.  We...

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