I wish I could blog more often on our precious bundle of joy but it is just a monthly update every time my kids come over for a visit. I wish I could say how much I love discovering something new that Nate has learned in a month – new words, new things that he has recently discovered too, the minute or two we spend on the phone saying hi and hello to each other, seeing him learning how to use a spoon on his own and feeds himself with the Yaya’s help. They are the things that make me smile although sometimes I wonder at the thought that he is really growing up fast. He’ll be turning two in three months. I smiled when Nissa said that we still have our birthdays to celebrate (hers on September and mine on October) before even thinking of celebrating Nate’s birthday. I also smile at the thought that when Nate is old enough to read and see my blog he would appreciate all the pictures and posts that I uploaded about him. He earned four blog followers today, not that it matters much but it makes me proud that some people like what I share with them. I wish I could continue writing about his growing up years.
The BER months are almost here. I can hear Christmas songs playing over the radio. We celebrate the longest Christmas season in the world (I think) that starts at the beginning of September and ends way beyond the celebration of Three Kings. I love Christmas, it is my most blogged about topic every year. I am looking forward to the season because no matter how hard life is and how commercialized it has become, it is still the happiest one we have here. Have I told you that I also collect books with Christmas stories?
How was your Sunday?
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Posted in 60's, books, family life, guilty pleasures, Happiness, journeys, life, ramblings, tagged blogging, books, family life, guilty pleasures, life, thoughts and ramblings on August 3, 2014 |
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It is always nice to reminisce the good old days. I wonder how many times I’ve blogged about something like this, mostly about books and music, music and books, a lethal combination that makes the heart happy. Every Sunday is one such opportunity to reminisce the good old days, the relaxed time, the “me” moments. Never mind if the laundry basket is almost full of dirty clothes that need to be loaded in the washing machine, never mind if the side yard needs sweeping from the jackfruit trees that shed leaves like crazy, never mind the half-finished and newly dug earth just waiting there outside. My aging body refuses to work on Sundays so it is spent catching up on reading and listening almost all day long to the music of the 60’s and the 70’s. Most FM radios play them anyway and AM bands have followed suit, so instead of news, I listen and sing along.
This morning, I had a nice chat with my brother who lives in Tulsa with his family. It has become a ritual for us to spend thirty minutes to an hour exchanging news via Viber. Talk about technology advancement and free calls from far-off US of A. I just recently learned how to use Viber, I had it installed on my phone and removed the app for Skype. I get to call my daughter Nissa and listen to my grandson Nate shouting “Nonna, Nonna, hi” over the phone thru Viber. I think this is the best medium for free calls and messaging. Gone are the days when you are often afraid to make overseas calls because you dread to see your phone bill rising to high heavens. It is always a riot of laughter while swapping stories with my youngest brother. We talk about our kids (mostly) and food (all the time) and how hard life is nowadays but as always we get to reminisce on the good old days (again). He loves to cook and sometimes shares his recipes with me. This morning, it was chicken gumbo and bamboo shoots. Alden, my other brother who lives in the province with Mom brought me fresh bamboo shoots the other day. I have some of it cooked in coconut milk with lots of sliced green pepper, the rest I put in the freezer for future use.
Nissa sent me this early this morning (an ad from Books for Less). She said I would surely enjoy finding treasures there. I am excited but they are closed on Sundays.
I hope you are enjoying the weekend.
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Posted in blogging, family life, journeys, life, ramblings, silence speaks, tagged blogging, family life, journeys, life, thoughts and ramblings on July 6, 2014 |
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I set my alarm clock at 4am but I was awake long before I pressed the snooze button. It’s Monday and my son and I were supposed to have our car registered at the LTO. Mondays are his rest days so we thought of going there early so as to avoid the long queue of cars with plates ending in 7. It was raining though and I don’t want my son driving in the rain with traffic to boot. Typhoon Florita (internationally named Neugori) was upgraded to a super typhoon. Though it is still in the Philippine area of responsibility and it won’t likely make a landfall, it is bringing monsoon rains in several places.
By the way, I would love to thank those new online friends who are now following me here. I know, 793 followers are not much to other bloggers’ standards but then I am so lucky and grateful that they read my blog. Right now, my stats are blooming registering a high 270,981 visits. That’s a feat if you ask me. I am always conscious of the fact that I nearly consumed two-thirds of the allowed 3.072MB limits. I used to post high-resolution photos in my earlier blog entries but then I realized that it would easily eat up my allowed free limits so I opened a new blog for my photos two years ago, I think. Of course I don’t expect that it will gather as many followers and visits like this main page but at least I get to see my macro shots in full. If you have time, you can visit it here. I am reviewing some of my earlier posts and trying to adjust the photos to at least medium sizes.
Every week, my daughter makes it a point that I get to talk to my grandson Nate over the phone. Although Nissa and I get in touch every day, I only get to hear Nate’s voice over the weekends. We see each other once a month, they come over so we could catch up on things. Sometimes, I laugh at the things Nissa shares in her messages. Yesterday, she texted that at Nate’s age, he is really a smart little boy. She told Nate, “Mommy will make you milk, ok” and he answered “ok”. I laughed when I read it and I missed him all the more. Last night, I got to talk to him for about a minute. Nissa told me that when he saw my picture on Nissa’s phone, he said, “Nonna, Nonna”. I love it that he always responds to the non-stop “I love you” although sometimes he could not pronounce it yet correctly. He is a year and seven months old now, that stage where he listens to every word you say and try to imitate it.
It’s still a little dark outside. I’d love to take a few shots of the rain droplets at the garden. What a cold morning and the drizzle has not stopped yet. Good morning :)
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Posted in blessings, blogging, Closer to God, Faith, inspirational, tagged a simple prayer, blogging, Closer to God, Faith, journeys, prayers on June 30, 2014 |
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Happy New Month. I’d like to bring back the days when blogging was such a joy because every day, there is something you can share even such a simple prayer like this.
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Posted in blessings, blogging, books, family life, guilty pleasures, life, Philippine cuisine, tagged a bit of myself, blogging, books, family life, food, ginataang santol, guilty pleasures, life, thoughts and ramblings on June 30, 2014 |
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The past days, I didn’t have the energy to blog. I am still busy with gardening,what with the onset of the rainy season and the carabao grass seems to grow by leaps and bounds. I actually hired somebody to clean our side yard outside because I am planning to have it planted with some green veggies. As is the case with people who are not really into gardening, they can never visualize what you want to do with it. I have to tell him how to remove the stubborn weeds by turning over the soil and removing the roots embedded there. It is even more time-consuming to give instructions and see if he did it the way you wanted. Gardening is hard I know and when you don’t have any love for the earth, it would be just one tedious task that you will have to do again and again.
My son and I did our marketing this morning back at Pasig market. It is always something I look forward to because I am so curious about what fruits we could buy that are in season which would save us a few pesos. Santol is selling by the crates and a kilo of the Bangkok variety with that sweet and juicy pulp is selling at P20.00 and the ordinary ones are at P10.00 a kilo. I was thinking of cooking ginataang santol so I bought two kilos. The last time I cooked something like this was about a year ago. I have forgotten how yummy it is, with the sour taste blending perfectly with the coconut cream, Thai red chilis and a bit of ground pork to make it more tasty. Filipino recipes cooked in coconut cream won’t be that authentic without the hot taste of red or green pepper. I am also planning to plant the local siling labuyo in our backyard. Josef was delighted when he saw bright red cherry tomatoes. We could use them for fresh vegetable salad. Locally produced zucchini are a lot cheaper than the imported ones. I also got the orange variety of sweet potatoes, what a joy! It is always a thrill to discover something new to buy and something nice to experiment on in the kitchen.
Yes,I was able to catch up on reading. I laughed out loud while reading Sophie Kinsella’s I Got Your Number. I know, you’ll probably say, most of her books are funny and humorous but then, don’t we sometimes want to read books that are simply relaxing? Just imagine, four books in one week and I am on my 5th one, another book by Jojo Moyes. That’s a feat if you ask me :) I could not wait though to do some looming again but it has to take a back seat in lieu of gardening.
How was your day? I am looking forward to what July has in store. I’ll be on my 5th year in remission by July 14th. Thank God for the gift of health. I bow my head for all these graces and blessings.
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Posted in birthdays, blogging, Faith, family life, journeys, life, silence speaks, thoughts, tagged a bit of myself, blogging, family life, journeys, life, silence speaks, thoughts, thoughts and ramblings on June 21, 2014 |
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It’s been a while. I know, I know, I was beaten by the lazy bug, a perfect excuse being not able to visit WordPress for a while. I really miss blogging. For the past seven or six years, I’ve shared my thoughts and reflections online, from Friendster to Multiply to WordPress. Some friends are urging me to open an account at Pinterest, what for, I am happy with blogging at WordPress. I feel that even if I am sharing myself with the world in this medium, I can still maintain my privacy and the growing friends that I have here respect each other’s thoughts and ramblings. We may differ in a lot of things but we have the same quest for self-fulfillment and happiness. Blogging is like a favorite chocolate brand that you seek now and then.
We’ve heard of the adage, into each life some rain must fall and we always interpret it as problems we need to overcome. When we think of it positively, we could say, those drops of rain that sometimes drown us could be a series of blessing that we should be grateful for. The sun always shines after the rain, right? There are moments though when one feels the weight of the world on one’s shoulder and you feel helpless and afraid. I remember, sometimes too vividly, the hurts and the pains of the past but I’d rather not dwell on that feeling for long. I let myself cry when I am alone, I let myself reminisce about the happy times but that is all there is to it, reminiscing and letting the tears flow silently for a while. I met a friend the other day and we had quite a long chat about life. I told her about my struggles with my health almost five years ago, the pain of chemotherapy, the worrisome kidney bypass a year later and everything that came after that. She said I am so strong to have endured all of it and I answered back that I have to be for the sake of my kids and for my health. It’s hard to let go I know but that is how life is. We cling to our faith and pray that we will be strong enough to face and carry our own crosses in life. Sometimes though, we are in a hurry making a life that we forget to live.
It is my son’s 30th birthday today, something more to be thankful for – celebrating the gift of life and the gift of motherhood. I think this is one of those rare times that he spent his birthday away from home enjoying the falls of Majayjay. I am getting old. Having grown-up children allows you to comfort yourself with the pleasant memories of their childhood, cherished thoughts of their growing up years, their own pain of chasing their dreams, finding their own niche under the sun and building their own treasures of good memories.
This afternoon, I heard my grandson over the phone said “hi Nonna” and that was enough. I smiled, thinking happy thoughts about my family.
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This is just the thing that I don’t like sometimes because I thought, not writing it would still makes me remember those lovely words in my head. I have a thought box now, a lovely Fannie May chocolate tin that I saved last month and started filling it with simple writings that pop up now and then, when it is so inconvenient to sit in front of my PC, explore and write. Did that ever happen to you? Words come when you are so busy doing something else but your thoughts keep intruding, shouting to be written or else you forget. It always happens and no matter what I do, I could not recapture those exact words. It is so frustrating.
Last night, I dreamed of a few lines that I thought I could remember when I wake up. I even dreamed that I write it pronto so they wouldn’t get lost but my sleepy eyes won and now I don’t remember a thing. I told myself that there will always be more time to capture those lovely thoughts. I wish.
Dreams are sometimes so fleeting, they vanish quickly before you could even say “hello world, I am wide awake now”.
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