One of our members from Rome sent this pic to our group. I simply love it.
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And I’d rather call this album, the language of cats. We used to have three cats in the house. They multiply rapidly so one time I even thought of having them neutered. We never got the chance to name them properly except that they were called Uno, Dos, Tres. Not very original I guess, but the easiest to remember.
Yes, they were all females and they all answered to the name Miming. They are all gone now, they just upped and left, one by one. I wonder why, in all the years that we had cats as pets, we never saw them die inside the yard. An old friend said that if they fall ill, they leave the house and stay somewhere else. All we have now is an all-white kitten which my mom adopted a month ago when we saw it lodged near our overhead water tank, crying and probably looking for food. I have around fifty pictures of them, taken at different days but I love the following shots when they were not just sleeping or staying in a corner at peace with the world but busy climbing our ampalaya trellis and exploring.
What’s in there?
I am all alone here, they won’t see me….
Then there were three. This is a favorite place, our concrete garden set where I sometimes read and update my journal.
Looking for what?
And she said, “better make it good” when she saw me with a camera.
Don’t disturb, can’t you see I am having a nap?
Oh no, don’t….I am camera shy!
This is my space…..
Ah, the adventure begins!
Uno said, I can do it…I can climb too, better than you can….
Tired finally and the cats’ day out is over.
Posted in AFCC Global Tambayan, Apostles Filipino Catholic Community, blessings, food, friends, friendship, guilty pleasures, silence speaks, tagged AFCC friends, always a friend, Apostles Filipino Catholic Community, blogging, Faith, food, friends, friendship, life on June 26, 2012 | 4 Comments »
Gosh, I was like “oh, oh, where have you been” upon seeing the faces of my three friends two of whom I’ve last seen almost a year ago. And to think this is the first time that they came over here at the house to visit me.
Thank God for surprises! When He tickles you with one, He makes sure that it is really something you will treasure, maybe long after the laughter, the giggles and endless smiles are gone. Yesterday was another day “worth-remembering”. That’s really my favorite line, the worth-remembering people, events and surprises in my life. There are moments when you just look up and say a prayer or two that He is giving you another beautiful day to put in the treasure chest of your memories.
Yesterday was such a lovely day spent with friends from my Catholic apostolate group, the Apostles Filipino Catholic Community. It all started about two years ago when Fr. Louie Coronel, OP created an online page at Facebook. AFCC has actually been in existence as a Catholic organization in Rome for the last twenty years. We cater to the global Pinoys and share reflections, news, ideas, and ways of strengthening our Faith and our own journeys as Catholics. We finally met some of the members in two successive gatherings last year at Bahay Dominiko, Sto. Domingo Church in Quezon City. Meeting face to face, realizing that they were not just names and pictures on Facebook was awesome. Truly, God works in wondrous ways. Forming friendship with people younger than you are, (they could be your sons and daughters) sharing their own spiritual journeys in life, sharing their own pain with you and sharing their thoughts and aspirations are clear affirmations that everything is possible when you look together and look forward in the same direction. Friendship is a lovely thing, don’t you think?
Imagine six hours of sharing and laughter, talking about anything under the sun, touching on such serious subjects like life’s travails and journeys and yes, we even touched on subjects like the stock market and how it works, life in a bank as an employee, life of a OFW, photography, faith, and places we want to explore and dream of visiting – they are an eclectic mix of topics alright.
We had a yummy lunch of grilled pork steak, roasted chicken, grilled liempo, sautéed mixed veggies and the ginataang santol which I cooked earlier. Reymon, Joan and Lilet said that this is the first time they have tasted santol cooked as a dish. It went well with the grilled meat. I jokingly asked them, “Did I pass?” and Reymon laughingly answered,“Wow, ang sarap po Mommy.” Late in the afternoon, we harvested calamansi in the backyard for Lilet to take home. It was such a joy seeing them enjoying themselves picking calamansi despite the afternoon shower which turned into a heavy downpour before they left.
Oh, the joys of meeting and hugging each other, and smiling at the thought of shared jokes remembered – what a lovely gift – having friends! And I’d like to end this blog with these words for they briefly describe what friendship is all about. It was written by Dinah Maria (Mulock) Craik.
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 with the breath of kindness
Blow the rest away.
I actually have lots of materials for this topic, pictures of friends that go back almost forty years – high school classmates, college chums and former office mates who have become close friends over the years but I prefer something like this – a symbolic picture of what friendship is all about, reaching out and slowly getting to know someone you can call a friend in the end.
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver
What a lovely day to start the month! When you are simply blessed, you can’t help but share your blessings with others. I was perusing my earlier posts because I was looking for something I could share at our segment “Health Watch” at our Catholic page in Facebook in which I am one of the admins. I recall I did a blog two years ago on herbs and spices so I have to search the exact date that I posted it here. Perfect time to read my previous blogs and 2010 seemed to be so full of reflections, maybe because those were the days that I have to struggle with my health. And I always say that this blog exists because of my journey, health-wise, although lately it has become an eclectic mix of different subjects. A friend asked if I’ve changed my site to a political blog. Nope, it’s just that, since January and the 44 days that there was an impeachment trial, I was glued to the television. I jokingly told him that I had perfect attendance and blogging about it was like taking exams whether I actually understood what was going on or not. Mind you, I kept notes.
Odette, my friend who sent me those Richard Paul Evans’ books two days ago told me that she’s coming home for a brief vacation in a few months. She told me, no, it’s more like she commanded me to shop online at Barnes & Noble so she can order them early. Gosh, when it comes to books, I really can’t resist. Some titles are hard to find here though so I have written my wish list last night. Never mind the fiction books, we have a lot of them here but the truly lovely titles are nowhere in site. So here’s my list:
- Poems and Prayers of Helen Steiner Rice, hardbound. Back in my college days, I used to collect quotes of Rice, even those I saw printed on greeting cards.
- Alone by Rod McKuen. I’ve always wondered if I ever get the chance to own another McKuen book. His Seasons in the Sun was a rare find and I enjoyed every word. I even blogged about him here.
- New and Selected Poems – Volume One by Mary Oliver. I never owned a Mary Oliver book because I can’t find one here but I enjoy her poems and writing by searching the net.
- Why I Wake Early – Mary Oliver. There’s a paperback copy of this at B & N
- Thoughts in Solitude by Thomas Merton. Back in college, I devoured Merton’s books in the library. How come I could not find any copy here?
- Facing Your Giants by Max Lucado. He is one of my favorite inspirational authors.
- Selected Poems by E.E. Cummings. Who could forget the lovely lines “the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses?”
- The Christmas Box Collection and Lost December by Richard Paul Evans. I’ve read almost all of his earlier books except these.
- QB VII by Leon Uris – a wonderful work of fiction about the holocaust and lots of nerve-racking courtroom scenes. Would love to have a hardbound copy for a change.
What about you, what’s on your wish list?
Posted in friends, friendship, life, tagged a bit of myself, food, friends, friendship, hands, high school life, high school reunions, UST Education High School, Weekly Photo Challenge -Wordpress on May 24, 2012 | 3 Comments »
I remember taking this shot at a casual get-together with some high school classmates at Shakey’s Espana, in front of UST where we finished high school. Those bracelets were gifts from one of our classmates who makes jewelry as a hobby. I do remember the laughter, the camaraderie, the game I posted at Facebook if they could recognize whose hands and arms are in the picture. Cherished memories, lovely thoughts shared!
I started a blog last night, a birthday greeting to a once-treasured friend. I just wondered how after writing a few lines, I was suddenly at a lost for words. Maybe, the memories have finally blurred at the ages after thirty-eight years. And here’s the first few lines that I wrote:
Today I greet an old friend who greatly influenced me in appreciating the written word. There’s really nothing like writing your thoughts on paper and making them alive , complete with commas and periods. It started with a simple notebook, pouring one’s heartaches out, trying to assuage the pain through writing.
And after thirty-eight years, here I am thinking of you once again. Memories sometimes play a trick on our imagination, we thought we have forgotten but they simply do the opposite, they make us remember. Pleasant things are laid to rest somewhere deep in our hearts. I just hope someday, we’ll cross paths again and say, those were the days, the painful growing up years, the emotional upheaval. Nothing of course could bring back the clock. Time, no matter how we look at it, no matter how we want to let it stop for a while, will continue its course and it never waits.
So happy birthday…all the best always!
Posted in blogging, Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of La Naval, place of worship, writing, tagged a bit of myself, Apostles Filipino Catholic Community, blogging, friends, it's my 3rd year of blogging, life, Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of La Naval on May 11, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Oh my, oh my! Can’t believe it’s exactly three years now since I started this blog. Time certainly passes like the wind. The last two years, I made a recap of some blogs I did earlier but it is a time-consuming job so I’ll pass, at least for now. Blogging has been a sort of commitment although I was not so inclined to advertise that this blog exists. I also don’t mind that although there are a lot of readers out there, comments come in trickles . I’d rather share my thoughts with a few who appreciate what I write about and learn a word of wisdom or two by reading my blog. There was a time three years ago when I decided to share to the world what I went through – a survivor’s tale of how life was and the times in between the rigorous surgery, chemotherapy, kidney bypass and endless trips to the diagnostic center and hospitals to be reassured that life after all these is still normal. And I thank God for miracles, small and blessed events and happenings that gave more color to my life. And I thank God for meeting new friends here who sincerely wished for me to get well. I thank God for fellow cancer patients/survivors on the same journey with me, making me feel that I am not alone in this journey. I thank God for the support of my family, they were there at the most trying times, at the most difficult days. Suffice to say, blogging helped me coped splendidly with my illness. When you share your pain and let it out of your system, it’s becomes easier to bear. Life after all is not without its tears.
This is another memorable day for me because after more than a year of exchanging notes and comments with Dean, one of our junior admins based in Australia, I was finally able to meet him personally. I found myself revisiting the Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Sto. Domingo Church in Quezon City. That’s where we agreed to meet along with another admin of our Catholic page, Apostles Filipino Catholic Community. It was a lovely few hours of bonding, talking about our Apostolate and all the friends we’ve met through the page.
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