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Friday, February 3, 2017

Chinese Marriage and Broken Mirror

When a marriage is falling apart, should you stay or should you go?

Will life be better alone, even if that means single motherhood? Or is every marriage still worth sticking with, however troubled when you have kids to compromise.

These were the questions I had years ago. It was a tough decision for me and my kids,  however tough decision I made. It made me a better person that I am today.

I had the privilege of attending Coylee Gamboa's Broken Mirror book launch on Jan 27, (Chinese New Year) at Manila Opera Hotel. The book launch was attended by the author and bloggers.

The author told us that Broken Mirror is a true story of her classmate friend "Aurora".  She turned it into a book with her friend's permission. She changed the names of the characters depicted in the book. It was a story of Aurora from her childhood up to her marriage life, being a battered Chinese wife and how she took courage and fight for what was right for her and her children.

Aurora shows us the secret world of Filipino-Chinese marriages. In a culture where a woman's silence in the face of abuse and maltreatment is viewed as a virtue because of self-sacrifice and submission. Aurora defies tradition as she breaks the code of silence and divulges secrets of a Chinese marriage.

In the preface of the book, I wanted to share this with you from Aurora Teo Mei Ling

"What can bring back that light? Only hope. But what is there to hope for when you have lost everything? I cannot answer that because the answer would differ from person to person. But I can tell you this ---you find something to hope for. When you do, it will sustain you and, one day, the light will dance in your eyes again".

I have read the first part of the Broken Mirror. It was interesting, this book could save you and your marriage. If its not worth saving for, the book will help you cope up and according to the author " ..there is hope and light at the end of the tunnel, this exercise of baring my heart would have been worth it all"...

Broken Mirror is available at National Bookstore and Fully Booked branches.

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