Posted in Closer to God, Clouds, inspiration, photography, tagged Closer to God, Clouds, journeys, life, photography, Rabindranath Tagore, silence speaks on October 24, 2014 |
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Yesterday was another busy day for me – doing never-ending household chores, preparing meals for the day and tending my small garden. I had to trim the carabao grass because I could no longer use the stepping-stones, they were almost covered with the fast-growing ground cover. I think I sweated a pint (this is no exaggeration) when I finished trimming the front of the garden. It was that kind of perfect weather, blue sky and a gentle breeze blowing softly and the dogs were happy because they had company. Then I looked up and saw these clouds rolling by as if they were late for a rendezvous. I couldn’t run fast enough to get my camera and take a few shots. See how quickly they move and change course.
I am a cloud-watcher. Since I was a child I have always been fascinated by clouds. I could not count the times I took shots of clouds and blogged about them. Next to my macro photos on flowers, clouds are my favorite subject.
Rabindranath Tagore described clouds beautifully when he said “Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”
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Posted in friends, friendship, life, silence speaks, tagged friends, friendship, journeys, life, quotes, silence speaks, thoughts on October 23, 2014 |
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“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.”
Was it only a few days ago when I blogged about finding happiness in simple things? I found these wonderful words from Henri Nouwen (another favorite author) which exactly echo my own thoughts. Time and again, I’ve quoted the same words when I blog about friendship.Sometimes, you are lucky to be inspired by how other people see things, how they look at life from their end, how in one way or another, you feel that you are exactly at that same place and you smile because you are blessed.
My youngest brother and I love to talk about our younger years. Early this morning he asked me how I am going to celebrate my birthday. Will there be a party? At my age, you don’t call it a party but a gathering of friends you are close to. You laugh out loud at some silly jokes but no one would really mind because they laugh at the same things. You shed a tear or two and they also get teary-eyed while sharing their own unique journeys. Kindred souls…that’s who we are. They lift you up when things seem to be not right in your world and they are not blind to your faults. I look forward to seeing them again soon.
I found this lovely meme from one of my friends’ timeline. How true! It’s from lessonslearnedinlife.com.
You’re lucky when you find a friend who celebrates with you at your best and be there for you at your worst.
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Posted in blogging, guilty pleasures, life, ramblings, silence speaks, thoughts, tagged John Green, journeys, life, Richard Clayderman, silence speaks, thoughts and ramblings on October 21, 2014 |
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I am lost.
I am lost in a sea of words that will never get to be seen in print. I struggle with the thought on how I will string the words and make a beautiful line or two. Not inspired? But I am. Busy? Not so much now. Lazy? Most likely. Come to think of it, I visit WordPress every day just to be updated with posts from online friends that I follow. I sometimes make comments but I still could not find the “like button” inside a post, not just mine but all posts that I visit. It is forever “loading”. You can’t see me liking your posts, rest assured though that I read them and I do sometimes get inspired by your words.
It’s a peaceful night.
I watched YouTube last night but it took so long to load (hopeless internet connection) so my son suggested that I sleep early and wake up early too to catch up on everything. I wonder why I had this sudden craving for cheese pimiento spread paired with a crunchy slice of Vienna bread. Since I don’t know how to make one, I have to find it on YouTube. Such a simple thing to do but I never tried it before. Talk about simple things that make one smile.
I hear the music.
Gosh, this is even crazier than before, it’s 1:55am and I should be in deep slumber but I am wide awake. The quarter moon and a sprinkling of stars are clearly visible from my window. It’s a beautiful sight and I am transported to another world while I listen to Richard Clayderman’s instrumental music. I have several CDs of Richard but it is nice to listen on YouTube when the internet connection is good. Another favorite is Kenny G. I could listen all morning to their music and not get bored. Listening to Kenny G. always reminds me of the movie Dying Young and as always I can relate to the whole story, from the point of view of someone who has to struggle with health issues. I was lucky enough to find the book on a sale bin at Diplomat. The book was written by Marti Leimbach. I love the movie adaptation better though. Sorry Marti, you made me cry but not as much as Victor and Hillary did.
Oh, it’s John Green!
Last weekend, Nissa brought her boxed set of John Green books which her sis-in-law gave her on her birthday last month. I am not a fan of YA books. So far, the only John Green book that I read was The Fault In Our Stars and even wrote a short review at Goodreads. I am giving these a go as soon as I find time to buy a plastic cover at NBS. Nissa never goes without covering her books first before reading. Here are the titles included in the set:
- Looking for Alaska
- An Abundance of Katherines
- Paper Towns
- Will Grayson, Will Grayson
- The Fault In Our Stars
Are you a John Green fan? Join me in another reading marathon. By the way, Richard is playing the song Feelings now.
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Posted in Faith, journeys, life, silence speaks, thoughts, tagged a bit of myself, Faith, journeys, life, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts on October 16, 2014 |
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Mornings are definitely getting colder. Officially, we’re now at the start of the Amihan season, dominated by trade winds which means cooler temperature. Hopefully, gone are the days of flash flood, thunderstorms and endless rain showers. On second thoughts, it is during the months of November and December that the Philippines experiences stronger typhoons when the southwest monsoon meets the northeast winds. I like this lovely season best of all, a clear sign that Christmas is near. Oh, I am not counting, I’m just excited about it all :)
Imagine yourself going to bed at an ungodly hour of 7pm and waking up at an even crazier time of 3am. I like it though, when you feel the palpable quiet all around, no motorcycles and motor cars to disturb the peace, just those silent moments of introspection and soul-searching. It’s an additional bonus to write a blog with an uninterrupted and faster internet connection.
Gosh, I’ll be turning 58 in ten days, a certified and indulgent “lola”. Life is good and I am grateful. When I think of the times I went through in the past I could not help but wonder how I was able to stay standing still. Those are my favorite words nowadays, standing still. Standing still amidst the vicissitudes of life, standing still amidst the trying times that you have no control of, standing still despite and in spite of every bend on the road that you encounter. I am grateful though for the endless blessings that God bestows on me and my family. Believe me, the trying times make one stronger and braver because they make you realize that you possess that inner strength and courage to face it all. I remember what Nissa told me yesterday about what Nate recently learned. I smile at the thought that my almost two-year old grandson is learning positive attitude at such a tender age. When you say “God is good“, he would answer in a clear voice with two hands raised, “all the time”.
A friend once told me that as you get older, you tend to reminisce about the good old days and the times that made you really, really smile. Isn’t that what life is all about? The past carries with it lessons that would help us in our present journey. I do remember. We ought to be growing wiser with age and welcoming getting older with grace.
Joy is shaped by simple pleasures.
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Posted in flowers and blooms, journeys, life, photography, silence speaks, thoughts, tagged a bit of myself, journeys, life, photography, silence speaks, thoughts and ramblings on October 15, 2014 |
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It’s a sluggish journey to kingdom come, my internet connection, that is. For the past several days, it was a struggle to write a blog post here. I hate that whole-screen commercial ad that suddenly pops up on my screen when I am searching the net. It is sponsored by our internet provider so I guess, short of blocking it out which I don’t even know how, I have to bear with it not with a smile but through gritted teeth. Even my old PC conks out on me just when I am a bit inspired to write. They’re partners in crime probably.
The truth is I was not feeling well the past two days. I think I had too much of gardening, weeding and digging the soil, taking advantage of the sunny days. I even planned to repot some of my sansevieria plants and trim my Fukien tea plants. And it’s been like ages since I captured a bloom in the garden. It’s almost all green now except for the white flowers of my two dwarf calamansi.
Pachystachys Lutea. Common names are Yellow shrimp plant, Golden candle and lollipop plant.
Did you know that the actual flowers are the white ones on the tip of the yellow bracts ? These are so easy to grow from cuttings. When I have time, I’ll propagate more of this.
After so many years having this in the garden, I finally learned its name just the other day. It’s called Zebrina pendula more commonly known as Wandering Jew. It’s quite invasive so it needs heavy pruning. It easily thrives through cuttings and are best hung in a corner.
A friend just reminded me of my upcoming birthday. Some close friends and I have already celebrated it in advance a week ago at Vikings – Megamall. One of them came home for a short vacation and she treated us to lunch. I will share some pictures I took of the event when my internet connection is good. Birthdays are reminders that we are not only getting older but should be growing wiser with age too.
Color me yellow at least for today. Yellow is the lightest hue of the spectrum. The color psychology of yellow is uplifting and illuminating, offering hope, happiness, cheerfulness and fun. I need all these right now.
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Posted in blessings, Close to Nature, journeys, silence speaks, thoughts, tagged Close to Nature, journeys, life, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts on October 9, 2014 |
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You watch -
as the grey dawn turns into gold
as the silver rain droplets stubbornly cling
to the taro leaves creating jewel-like dots
as the colony of ants meet and kiss
storing food for the rainy day.
Then a little sparrow perched on top
of the dried trunk of your avocado tree.
To your surprise, it started singing
and it made your day.
You can’t help the smile on your face.
to make that hot cup of coffee.
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Posted in birthdays, blessings, Closer to God, Faith, journeys, life, silence speaks, thoughts, tagged a bit of myself, journeys, life, silence speaks, thoughts, thoughts and ramblings on October 2, 2014 |
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I actually thought of posting a blog yesterday but things got in the way as usual, it was a busy, busy day. Finally, Josef and I were able to finish cleaning the garden and trimming the carabao grass. It looks more like a garden now, thank God.
How I wish the thunderstorms we’re having every afternoon would let up a bit and let me enjoy the sun all day long. The heavy downpour yesterday made going home an agony for most commuters. My daughter and son-in-law got stuck in traffic for around two hours when on normal days, travel time is only about thirty to forty-five minutes. I told them to always have something to munch on inside the car for such eventualities. I left the corporate world fourteen years ago, but sometimes I miss the daily commute, the camaraderie we had with fellow commuters and office mates. Back in those days, we had carpooling , sharing a ride with friends who lived in the same area so travel time was more enjoyable than the options public commuters have now, jostling with a big crowd, waiting in line on MRT trains that frequently break down, smelling the exhaust fumes of motor vehicles, buses and jeepneys in all corners of Metro Manila. These are those times that I am grateful to be in the comfort of our home sans the traffic and everything that goes with it.
I am glad October is finally here. It’s my birth month so I am excited. Time flies! I don’t mind growing old really, I am just grateful and thankful for all the blessings in my life. At times though, unseen problems show their ugly faces but what is life without challenges? Wear age with grace – never mind the grey hair that show regularly like a proud crown on your head, never mind the aching joints that make you sometime sleepless, never mind the wrinkles that crop up before you can even say, “gosh, I am getting old”. Two years from now, I will be able to line up at the senior lane in supermarkets. Two years from now, I will be able to buy medicines at a discount. Two years from now, I won’t have to pay Philhealth contributions so I could enjoy the benefits attached to it. Two years from now, when Nate turns four, I will be able to teach him to read by himself and appreciate nature through the camera lens. You see, happiness is how you make it. Getting another year older won’t be a hindrance though, it somehow makes life something to cherish even more.
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