The raindrops linger
And I stand here….
Savoring the quiet
Of a misty morning.
The raindrops linger
And I stand here….
Savoring the quiet
Of a misty morning.
Posted in city gardening, flowers and blooms, gardens, life, photography, reflections, tagged a bit of myself, flowers and blooms, life, photography, silence speaks, Vanda Orchids on April 29, 2013 | 4 Comments »
Don’t laugh…it’s not what you think! Two nights ago (how would you categorize 3:45am…between night and morn?) I woke up to the reflection of the full moon on my bedroom window. Everything was bathed in soft light and I just could not resist going to the garden and gazing at the moon. I thought it was too late to go back to bed and still too early to prepare breakfast. Yes, why not, why not take the chance of taking a few shots with only the street lights and the light in our dining area reflecting its glow at our french windows? Crazy? Well, it was another experiment that I am glad I did.
I like this actually because it turned out like a black and white picture with my gardenia shrub on the foreground.
And this came as a bonus. My Vanda blooms turned out pretty well on a dark background.
Posted in Caleruega, gardens, Happiness, inspirational, life, photography, reflections, silence speaks, tagged a bit of myself, Caleruega, inspirational, life, nature, photography, reflections, silence speaks on April 16, 2013 | 9 Comments »
Sometimes, life needs to be taken one small step at a time so you can learn to appreciate what is in front of you and look back with fondness what you left behind.
Posted in chemotherapy, Closer to God, Faith, life, reflections, silence speaks, tagged a bit of myself, blogging, Closer to God, Easter 2013, life, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts on March 30, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
March is rapidly fading into oblivion but I still look forward to tomorrow. Easter brings that lovely feeling of being reborn – a new hope, a new beginning. Easter is one of the most important feasts in the Catholic calendar.
It’s been a quiet week, highlighted by the celebration of the Last Supper mass and watching Siete Palabras on TV. I’ve cried my eyes out the past week. Yes, tears are just a blink away but they’re really not tears of sadness because I am lonely, they’re more of that feeling of reaching out, taking a grasp at the beauty of life and remembering the past and such. I do appreciate these moments of silence that Holy Week brings but my mind is still pregnant with thoughts that I somehow wanted to share but cannot translate into words. I’ve missed our yearly Visita Iglesia, my son has to report to work the past two days and I don’t know how to drive so I just visited the nearby church, a few minutes away from the house.
Why do I sometimes torture myself reading something that reminds me of those days when I was having treatments – endless hospital visits, blood tests, chemotherapy and doctor visits? It just happened that the book I recently read deals on how to survive and prepare one’s self for the inevitable. There’s no telling that no matter how careful you are, at one time in your life, a loved one or a family member becomes a victim too. But then, the glorious moment of knowing that you will get well and having that gargantuan faith in a loving Creator is more than enough to make you feel that you are truly, truly blessed.
I had a long chat with a friend last night and we touched on so many issues and things dear to the heart. One such subject that we never get tired of sharing is about our respective families. She has an eight-month old baby girl and I have baby Nate to talk about. I told her that when my two kids were growing up, I didn’t notice much of their everyday development because I was working. It’s quite different though when you’ve got so much time in your hands and appreciate everything you see and even blog about it. Who knows, if blogging was in vogue thirty years ago, I might have filled up all the empty spaces allowed. I still keep their “love letters”, those small notes that I got to receive every day taped at our bedroom door, I regret though that we were not able to save most of the pictures of their younger years. Our photo albums were destroyed by typhoon Ondoy and even if those shots were painstakingly dried and restored by my son, some pictures were blurred at the edges.
Happy Easter everyone!
With Christ, the heart never grows old! – Pope Francis
Have a blessed and meaningful Holy Week!
(I don’t own this pic, it was just culled from the net).
Posted in Close to Nature, life, nature, poems, ramblings, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts, tagged a bit of myself, Close to Nature, life, poem, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts, thoughts and ramblings on March 15, 2013 | 2 Comments »
I sat there waiting
for the morning sunlight.
Then she came and perched atop
our bare avocado tree.
I listened to her sweet rendition -
a tweet, a song probably.
As if sensing that I was watching,
she quickly flew away.
And I was left
With a tepid cup of coffee.
I wish life could be this simple.
No extra baggage to carry.
Just this -
a sweet melodious song
a bird in flight
unmindful of what she left behind
but just enjoying what the morning brings
and what she can find
and discover beyond.
And I sit here
Posted in blessings, Closer to God, Faith, inspirational, journeys, life, reflections, tagged a bit of myself, Closer to God, Faith, journeys, life, quotes, reflections, silence speaks on March 2, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Close to Nature, Closer to God, gardens, guilty pleasures, Happiness, inspiration, journeys, life, photography, reflections, tagged a bit of myself, Close to Nature, Closer to God, life, nature, photography, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts on March 1, 2013 | 1 Comment »
I can’t help but remember one of my favorite books Gift From The Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh when I took shot of this wind chime that has been a part of our garden for so many years now so I am borrowing the title of her book here.
It was a gift from one of Nissa’s friends. It came from Palawan. When the wind blows, the shells create a sound like someone frying on a hot griddle. And this reminds me so much of the cowrie sea shells that I used to play with when I was a child. I actually bought two during one of our forays at Dapitan Arcade when I had my treatment a few years ago. Being reminded of childhood even just by a simple cowrie shell is such a lovely feeling. Looking at this, there are times when I want to explore the shore and look for some gifts from the sea – more shells to collect, a piece of glass with smooth edges brought about by too many times of playing hide and seek with the tide, some uniquely shaped stones to bring home. Collecting memories of childhood is one of the best gifts that you could always find in your heart, the times when you are ignorant of life’s broken dreams because you believed that dreams come true.
Don’t you just love the sound of the wind and the sea when you place a cowrie shell close to your ear?
Posted in Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, blessings, Closer to God, Faith, His Holiness Pope Bendict XVI, Pope Benedict XVI resignation., reflections, silence speaks, tagged Catholic Church, Closer to God, Faith, life, Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Benedict XVI resigns, silence speaks on February 28, 2013 | 2 Comments »
I am sad, I would surely miss the smiling face of Pope Benedict XVI. He will no longer be seen in public starting today. Last night, I watched the live feature of the final public Papal Audience on television and his message made me cry but it inspired me so much.
“I commend all of you, with great affection, to his loving care, asking him to strengthen you in the hope which opens our hearts to the fullness of life that he alone can give. To you and your families, I impart my blessing. Thank you!”
I am praying that he would be in good health and will continue to pray for the whole Catholic Church and the world. I also pray that the College of Cardinals who will be choosing the next Pope will be guided by the Holy Spirit and that the conclave will be a success. News say that our very own Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle is a strong contender. He is the second youngest cardinal among the 117 cardinals who are qualified to choose a new Pope.
Even his Pontifex at Twitter will no longer be updated unless the new elected Pope would continue posting inspirational messages and prayers.
Here is a stunning picture of St.Peter’s Square shared by Vatican Radio -English Version taken last night by AP, with less than 24 hours left in the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI. And I thought, the moon shines in splendor just as much as in Rome, giving an uncanny feeling that I am closer to the place.
I am also sharing some of his inspiring messages on Twitter.
We can be certain that a believer is never alone. God is the solid rock upon which we build our lives and his love is always faithful.
Offer everything you do to the Lord, ask his help in all the circumstances of daily life and remember that he is always beside you.
Everyone’s life of faith has times of light, but also times of darkness. If you want to walk in the light, let the word of God be your guide.
We do not possess the truth, the truth possesses us. Christ, who is the truth, takes us by the hand.
In this Year of Faith, may every Christian rediscover the beauty of being reborn in the love of God and living as his true children.
If we have love for our neighbor, we will find the face of Christ in the poor, the weak, the sick and the suffering.
I like this best, he said that he is “not stepping down to travel or go to receptions. I will continue to be dedicated to the Lord.” We will miss you Pope Benedict!