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Posted in Apostles Filipino Catholic Community, blessings, inspirational, journeys, life, QUOTE, tagged Apostles Filipino Catholic Community, Closer to God, Faith, inspirational, life, quotes, silence speaks on January 26, 2014 | 4 Comments »
One of the joys of sharing at our Catholic site are the comments and likes that I see every day. I think that no matter how simple our posts are, sometimes, there will always be someone who needs a loving and positive word to go on and the journey becomes light and easy and the joy gives way to hope for a better tomorrow. This quote has earned 586 likes and 171 shares two weeks ago. And it’s fun to make your own quote. Try it!
Two weeks ago I’ve blogged about Adam, a boy Josef and I met at the church and I was impressed by his manners. What a nice surprise because meeting him again this morning made my day. He saw me near the door of the church office and said, “hello po, nagkita po ulit tayo”, at the same time he took my hand and said “mano po”. The words “mano po”, a gesture made by taking the hand of the elder and putting it on one’s forehead is a sign of respect and literally means “bless me”. That moment, I felt like we’ve known each other for quite a long time although it was only the second time we met him. What a well-mannered boy. He waited for us after the mass and pointed his grandparents to Josef and me.
What a blessing to meet kids like Adam.
Posted in AFCC Global Tambayan, Apostles Filipino Catholic Community, blessings, blogging, Closer to God, entertainment, food, friends, friendship, guilty pleasures, journeys, photography, tagged Apostles Filipino Catholic Community, Closer to God, Faith, food, friends, friendship, get-together, guilty pleasures, life, photography on January 14, 2014 | 8 Comments »
Oh, the comfort – the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person – having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.”
- Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
I’ve been a lazy bug lately. No, don’t get me wrong. I am just resting my weary body from fatigue. The last few days, I was so busy that I was not able to check my blog and post something. Finally, I found time to sit here for a while and update my blog. When you haven’t been blogging for a week, it seems as if you’re starting all over again.
It’s all worth it though because our little potluck lunch party was a success – lots of food, laughter and sharing. Those precious and priceless moments that only friends can enjoy together, something worth-reminiscing and the thought of it makes me smile. We were joined by two priest friends, Fr. Tacky, a Franciscan and Fr. Boy, a Dominican. Not that it matters that they belong to different congregations because they both studied in Rome and met there. We took lots of pictures of course, what’s a party without those wacky poses and shots that make us laugh. We even have to use a tripod so we could all fit into the frame. There is this picture window at our house that never fails to attract our friends and visitors to have their pictures taken there. Believe me, it has become some sort of trademark for the members of our Catholic community who drop by when they are on vacation.
We had an exchange of gifts just for fun. Imagine the laughter we had when we simultaneously opened them and found things like a roll of tissue paper which Darlene said she will take with her on her trip back to Abu Dhabi, a small bottle of efficascent oil from Reena which Matt got, packs of marshmallows and so many more. What do you think, the gift should only be worth P30 and what can you buy with P30? Reymon, aside from bringing three whole roast chicken gave us individual bags of gifts from Bench.
They were surprised to learn that eating green mango with the skin on is the best way to eat one. I asked Joan to bring me some and when they saw me eating a slice, they all tried it except Matt :) Endless laughter!
We can’t get enough so the party extended on to early dinner with ice cream, Fuji apples and suman na pinipig (the best suman I’ve tasted) for desserts. And they all said, “sa uulitin”. Until next time guys.
One of the best gifts that we could ever have is the gift of friendship.
Before you think I am super excited about Christmas, I am. Since December 21 is about to end in a few hours, let my count be, it’s three days to go before Christmas.
It was a busy day for me (weekends are always busy days). We went back to the wet market to buy last-minute things that we need to prepare for Noche Buena. I’m finally done cooking embutido, our Filipino version of meat loaf. My son requested that I put whole hotdogs inside so I also bought Purefood’s tender juicy hotdogs. I normally don’t put hotdog in my embutido recipes but it’s Christmas anyway so I let my son indulge a bit. This afternoon, I made a lightning visit to the grocery store to buy confectioner’s sugar since I am also planning to bake chocolate crinkles (another request from my son) but I was a bit disappointed when the sales clerk told me that he doesn’t know what confectioner’s sugar is. They have baking supplies in their shelves and he pointed to the baking powder lined up there, such a shame because they clearly lost a customer because I am not going back there. I am reminded a few months back when I was looking for baking soda in another supermarket and the sales clerk told me that it was quite sometime since they had a box in their shelves. I asked how could they sell all those baking goodies when the ingredients are not even complete. On my next visit, I was surprised to see small boxes of baking soda prettily lined-up along with all-purpose flour, cake flour, rice flour and boxes of baking mixes. I smiled. At least they listen to the needs of their customers.
Christmas time is a perfect excuse to make those sinful and calorific sweets. I don’t eat much of them anyway because I usually give them to our neighbors and friends. There is nothing like a home-cooked food to share, right? I am planning to bake chocolate chips cookies with cashew nuts. Yes, you heard it right, cashew nuts. Although there are plenty of cashew nuts here, they don’t come in cheap but compared to other nuts like pecan or walnuts which cost an arm and both legs, they are more practical to use. Come Christmas Eve, I’ll make carrot squares to go with the traditional pancit bihon and fried chicken. I usually spend my time laboring in front of the stove after the holy mass come Christmas day. This will probably be the only time that I won’t do it because I can always prepare the Callos and macaroni salad the day before. Would love to spend my time playing with Nate when they come over to celebrate with us.
And Christmas will always be the best time of the year to share love and joys and make peace with those who may have offended you at some time in your life. I remember a year ago, I posted this message on my wall, Happy Birthday Jesus! And a child of nine, a relative asked me, “why happy birthday” so I told him, He is the reason why we celebrate Christmas.
Merry Christmas everyone!
You would finally understand
the endless struggles
and the painful journey.
When you get to the end of the road
And you finally see the light
welcoming you home,
you’ll smile and say,
I am blessed after all.
And you utter a silent prayer of thanks.
There would be other places to explore
and you know deep within
that you’ll be ready to journey again.