Posted in Christmas 2013, family life, guilty pleasures, season of advent, silence speaks, tagged Apostles Filipino Catholic Community, Christmas 2013, Christmas countdown, Christmas music, family life, guilty pleasures, silence speaks on December 2, 2013 |
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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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Posted in Christmas 2013, family life, journeys, life, photography, tagged a bit of myself, Christmas 2013, Christmas countdown, Christmas in the Philippines, family life, life, photography on November 26, 2013 |
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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.
Violet St. at night.
In front of our house
A corner street light
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Louie, my sixteen year old nephew sent me this early this morning. It’s a part of his artwork collections that he posted on his timeline in FB. It’s a pencil sketch of two kids with hook and lines. It reminds me of those serene afternoons I spent with mom going fishing during school breaks when I was in grade school and the times I spent with my cousins looking for green beetles to play with. Another artist in the family. My younger brother is into architecture, my other nephew paints too (he’s a Fine Arts graduate) and my daughter is into arts and crafts and makes her own greeting cards complete with drawings and cut-outs. I’m truly impressed because I could not even draw a stick figure much less make something like this.
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I miss my “apo” so much that I decided to have some hard copies of his studio portraits which Nissa sent me yesterday. So right after doing our monthly groceries, off I went to Picture City bringing my external hard drive along. I have all of the 25 shots printed with three pictures enlarged. Had to kill time for at least an hour before they were ready so I visited one of my favorite jaunts, Booksale. And what a lovely surprise to see another copy of the beloved classic A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. I was in college when got acquainted with Francie Nolan, the main character in the story. A few years ago, I bought a copy of my own but lost it during typhoon Ondoy. I guess it’s about time to reacquaint myself with this lovely book.
Wow, you can just imagine my excitement when I saw the pictures and decided right there and then to find frames for the three enlarged ones and two small shots of Nate, the Little Genius sitting besides two encyclopedia while holding a pair of eyeglasses. One of the sales clerks at Robinson’s’ Store helped me find frames and mount the pictures. Had a good laugh when he said, “his face is familiar, is he a model ma’am?” “I’ve been here before”, I said, “when I bought a picture frame a few months ago and you assisted me”. He smiled. Sometimes, I do enjoy conversing with sales clerks and cashiers while waiting for my turn to be served. And of course, I was elated that they find the pictures of Nate lovely. His face now occupies a major portion of our shelves where I display family pics. That’s how proud Nonna is. How can a little tyke brings so much joy and lots of smiles?
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