I discovered muzy.com app a few months ago where you could do picture collage, quotes, photo texts and photo quotes quite easily and I’ve been using it since then posting my personal quotes and prayers at our Catholic page in FB. I love it Here are some morning thoughts for you.
We’re into the first week of the Advent season and I’m just like a child waiting for Christmas. And did I say, I have my countdown? It’s Josef’s day off so we had the chance to do some honest to goodness cleaning. I was pleasantly surprised when he showed me his room with a functioning 14-inch color television complete with a DVD player. He brought them down when he cleaned up our upper cabinets. I have completely forgotten about them, they’ve been there since typhoon Ondoy and that was more than four years ago. We sorted out a box full of CDs, DVDs, some favorite movies that Nissa collected and songs of yesteryears which are still so good to hear and listen to.
And it’s time to bring out those treasured Christmas albums and sing along with the likes of The Gunter Kallmann Choir, Jose Mari Chan and the upbeat Tagalog Christmas songs of the Dyna Ensemble. A friend who was a former DJ asked me if I have an album of The Gunter Kallmann Choir. I just learned from him that it is no longer available locally. It’s the best album there is that I have treasured listening to through the years. It makes me feel nostalgic just listening to the music and remembering Christmas past. We have Nate now and it would surely be a happy one for us. It’ll be his second Christmas with us and I am sure he can now appreciate the twinkling lights on the Christmas tree and the sound of Christmas carols that he could dance to.
I was thrilled when I saw the number of likes, comments and shares on this simple message which was culled from one of my previous Christmas blogs here at WordPress. Last Sunday, I posted it at our Catholic site which I help maintain at Facebook. As of today, it earned 34 tags, 1,603 likes, 798 shares and 73 comments. Amazing. Maybe they found the message uplifting. I am sharing it again here:
It’s the Holy Season of Advent and we’re now celebrating the first Sunday. Every year, we look forward to the coming of Jesus and pray those beautiful prayers of longing and waiting and sing those beautiful songs of hope and promise.
The Advent season is full of God’s blessings for all of us. He makes us realize and remember to look back at the whole year that is about to end and to look forward to a new and hopeful year that is about to begin. Are we ready to take Him into our hearts? Are we ready to accept Him in our lives? True, we always say time is gold and we should not waste it but we also need to take stock of what is more important, a quiet contemplation, a moment of silence, a minute of giving thanks. Let this be a season of joy for all of us, awaiting a most precious event of the season – a baby born in swaddling cloths to save mankind.
Wow, it’s 23 days to go before Christmas!
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Hello everyone! Finally got my order of t-shirts from ABS CBN. Josef and I ordered three but there is no size yet for the third one. A shirt costs P250.00 and all proceeds will go to the survivors of typhoon Yolanda. Another way of sharing aside from donating goods and sending cash.
Loosely translated, it means “let’s help” or “let’s be one in helping”, extending our hands and making our kababayans cope and rebuild and bring back life to normalcy again. And with God’s grace and determination, we can do it.
Tulong na. Tabang na. Tayo na.
Got sick again. Been so busy the past few days that I had fever last night accompanied by muscle pains, sore throat and that feeling of being so helpless and sleepy. Son reported for work early this morning and I went back to bed when he left. I was surprised when he came back two hours later carrying a large bag of Pan de Manila pandesal, two soup pack and some medicines for headache and fever. He said he filed a leave of absence so he could take care of me. So sweet, I was touched. We did our groceries for Christmas the other day after which he asked me to accompany him to the appliance section of the store. Gosh, he bought me additional birthday gift, an AC/DC rechargeable AM/FM radio with LED light. He said I could use it for gardening since it is so handy to carry around. We had a good laugh while he pointed out the advantage of having one (although I have an old radio that I still use to listen to news). We repainted our gates and did some minor works at the house with the help of a neighbor.
And it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, it’s actually 29 days to go. Who’s counting? I am. I took shots of our street a few minutes ago with the Christmas lights on, it is so beautiful. It is the only street in our village that has uniform Christmas decoration. We have permanent lamp posts in every house here and our street coordinator had them all decorated with lights and lanterns.
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“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” – Elisabeth Kubler Ross
I am thinking of a nice title for this blog but all I can remember are the faces of those survivors , fellow Filipinos who were directly affected by typhoon Yolanda. We get to see several countries pitching in, embracing us and helping not just financially but their presence in the devastated areas are like beacons of light and hope for everyone. We get to see that the bayanihan spirit is still alive. We get to see people from all walks of life, from all areas in the Philippines doing their share of helping, making their presence felt, trying to reach out to our unfortunate kababayans. And the silent majority are there quietly doing their share of repacking, donating goods and extending their hands and praying that this tragedy would somehow make us realize that life is short but it is never too late to do our bit of kindness. We are in mourning – mourning for the loss of thousands and thousands of people from the Visayas, we are in mourning seeing the devastation caused by typhoon Yolanda, we are mourning for those little children whose lives were suddenly cut short.
Some observers say they admire the resilience of every Filipino, the ability that one could still smile despite everything, the desire to rise again from the rubbles and rebuild one’s life despite all the odds. They admire the way we handle grief, weeping in earnest for what happened but life has to go on and we pick up the pieces slowly but with determination that we could do it.
Earlier on, I was one of those who asked, “but where are the local officials and where is the national government?” I would have ranted like the rest of the netizens in the social media whose way of coping was criticizing every move of our government officials, help is slow in coming and it’s a matter of life and death - save our people from extreme hunger and thirst. The former are doing their best to bring sanity to such chaos but it still seems lacking and they need to move fast. I posted this earlier at Facebook and some of my friends had different reactions to it. Short of cursing the government for their slow move, they won’t take it sitting down. The government must know that they lack the push to do what needs to be done.
Rant all you want, criticize all you want but are you doing something? ARE WE DOING OUR SHARE in helping the government make life easier for the typhoon victims? Sec. Dinky Soliman said that this is a collective effort so let us join hands and be one. It does not help that all we do is post negative comments and act as if we know better.
So I told them: I respect all your opinions here. All of us are affected in one way or another by this massive, destructive, enormous and devastating calamity. All I’m saying is that we must not negatively react “lock, stock and barrel” to all the news we read online. And while we all know that it is the government’s duty and responsibility to help our people, let us do our share. Sometimes, ACTIONS ARE BETTER THAN WORDS.
I was surprised to receive this wonderful letter from my niece who is a student at Oklahoma Christian University. She said and I quote:
Hi Tita Arlene! I just wanted to say a quick hello and see how you guys are doing. I also wanted to let you know that even though I know you guys weren’t affected directly by the typhoon recently, my school has sent a lot of love and prayers to the Philippines this past week and a half. We have a Filipino alumna from here who spoke to us today about it and we also had a special prayer time specifically for the Philippines last Tuesday. So if you know anyone who was directly affected, please let them know we’re thinking about them! I definitely think about you guys a lot because it’s been so many years since I’ve seen all of you. I’m glad that you all are okay, and I hope you’re doing well. Please give Nate a hug for me on his birthday this week. I can’t wait for the day until I finally meet him. I always take joy in seeing the pictures that you and Ate Nissa post of him – he’s definitely growing up fast! Anyway, I miss you all and please send everyone my love. Take care always!
Everyone is praying for the Philippines. Our faith is bigger than any storm that comes into our lives. Bangon Pilipinas!
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HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY darling baby Nate. Yeay, and you are counting :) How time flies, now you can walk on your own even if they're just baby steps. It's time to see the world from a higher place and discover many, many things dear to your heart.
I can't believe it, was it only a year ago when your Dad and I patiently waited for you to see the world and hear your first cry?