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Rainy Tuesday


I went grocery shopping early today at a supermarket in our town. All I could manage were two heavy bags of groceries and they’re not complete. I’ll just buy the rest at the grocery store just outside the gate of our village.

The prices of basic commodities have definitely gone up and we could not do anything except close our eyes and buy them. Price of eggs goes up every week. I wonder why. Inflation rate has gone up again last month. It seems the present government is not doing anything, more than a month in office and we don’t see future plans for the economy. Where are we going Philippines?

It is raining again, that kind that takes so long to stop. My rain lilies are blooming. I am including a photo here.

When August Starts


It’s cold and wet. It’s August afterall. The rain stopped early this morning and I was able to visit the garden for a while. I love the raindrops clinging to the leaves of some of my plants. They look like silver jewels. My Kamuning has that lovely scent which I could smell from the garage.

I am on my 105th book this year. 69% of what I promised myself to finish reading by December. I found so many lovely books at ReadEra, all e-books of course. As usual I still prefer historical books. I always love reading about what life was like in the 15th to 19th century. I am reminded of our very own kalesa more than 50 years ago. Kalesa is a two-wheel horse-drawn carriage used in the Philippines more than half a century ago. It was a primary mode of public and private transportation during the Spanish colonial era. Now, they largely only survive as tourists attraction. They are still used today in the commercial district of chinatown and in the province of Ilocos where historical landmarks abound.

How’s your day? Stay safe everyone.

Hello August


Hello everyone! Here I am again, quite uninspired to do some blogging. I miss my previous month-ender blogs and blogs for a new month. Been reading some of my posts back in 2011.

It’s August….yehey! I hope we won’t have typhoons and floods in our neck of the woods. It rains though everyday. I could not garden because the grass is always wet. Sad to say, I haven’t been scheduled yet for my cataract operation, the hospital came short of new lenses because there are so many senior citizens scheduled for operations. Have to wait I don ‘t know how long. They haven’t called me yet.

Today is the 171st anniversary of Bank of the Philippine Islands where I used to work. There’s Nissa now and Obet too who are Manager and Senior Manager respectively. I miss BPI. I miss the daily walk during lunch break going to Makati Commercial Center. I miss the daily masses at Greenbelt Chapel which I attend every morning. A new building is now under construction at the old BPI HO.

By the way, that flower grows in my garden. It is called shrimp plant.

AUGUST❤🦚🌺🌴….

May this month keeps you healthy. May you remain happy always. HaPPY NeW MOnTh.

Minute Reflections


Close your eyes for a while

Savor the silence

Listen to God’s voice

He gently calls,

Whispering His everlasting love.

Silence is a prayer in itself.

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Always believe in prayers

No matter how mundane your wants and needs are,

God answers our prayers.

It may not be immediate

But rest assured it is the best.

Let us learn to listen to God’s whispers

Let us learn to appreciate silence in our hearts.

(Reposted from my post back in 2011)

Getting There


Finally, I completed all the requirements for my cataract operation. I went for two consecutive days at the hospital. My biometry was done the other day. My opthalmologist scheduled me as the last of his patients although I was there earlier than the others. They use a different instrument.

Biometry is the process of measuring the power of the cornea and the lengthof the eye and using that to determine the ideal intraocular lens power. If this calculation is not performed or if it inaccurate, then patients may be left with a significant refractive error.

I had the IOL Master (hope I got it right)an ultrasound biometry using infra-red laser light. There are so many patients, mostly seniors needing cataract operation so everything is scheduled.

I haven’t visited WordPress for a while now. So really sorry, I haven’t read most of your posts yet. This rainy weather makes me lazy.

He Is Home


Thank God for your prayers. Josef came home last Wednesday night. Jovy fetched him from the hospital. He is on sick leave until Monday. Now, I am so careful when I go out in the garden, have to put OFF lotion first before going out. It is rainy season here and mosquitoes are everywhere especially at night.

Nissa had rashes two days ago. She also had fever because of tonsillo-pharyngitis. After two hospital visits, the rashes have subsided and she could eat properly now. She told me early this morning that she and Obet have their annual executive check-up today. It is a privilege provided by the bank for managers and up.

I always get nervous now every time there is someone sick in the family. It started with Alden when he was ill due to cancer. If there is one thing I pray everyday for, it is good health for all family members, relatives and friends. There is nothing better than being in God’s grace and mercy.

A big thank you for reaching thirteen years now of being cancer-free. It is a big blessing but I am always grateful for everyday blessings.

Have a happy week ahead.

More Prayers Please


Josef and Jovy went to the hospital yesterday afternoon. Josef had fever. After a series of tests, he was negative of Covid but positive of Dengue. They waited until 12am at the Emergency Room before a private room was available because he had to be placed under infectious diseases. No one is allowed to enter the room except the medical personnel and nurses. Jovy came home around 5am, we didn’t have enough sleep because I was monitoring them. She had to report for work at 3pm, bring clothes and the groceries I bought for Josef. He could not ask anyone at the hospital. He is all alone. Jovy has to bring the items to the nurse station. Sad😒 They also saw something in his thyroid which needs an EENT. I hope it’s nothing complicated.

An hour ago, one of the nurses at OPD at the hospital called me and he told me that I am scheduled for biometry for my eyes at 12 noon tomorrow. I asked him if they could postpone it for a week, maybe by then, Josef would have left the hospital. I could not just leave the house because mom is afraid of being alone. Hopefully, my opthalmologist would understand. If worse comes to worse, next week I have to go to the hospital.

I need your prayers please for Josef to get well soon and for the whole family too.

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH❤😘🌺

Just Grateful


The pitter patter of raindrops on an early morning

Fresh cup of coffee

A cup of mango orange tea

Sunny side up with toasted bread

Quick hug from our fur babies

Freshly laundered sheets

Flowers in the garden

Finding another book to read

Afternoon naps

Cozy socks

Deep conversations with friends

Surprise call from a friend

Receiving a letter from a snail mail

Smiles, smiles smiles.

Waking up early to see the sunrise.

Catching the morning breeze on your face

A well-tended garden

Inspiring homilies from your favorite priests

Meeting new friends

Being at peace with one’s self

Crying with joy

A new day, a new beginning

Then the story begins again.

When Morning Comes


Morning comes softly

In the gentle whispers of the breeze

A kaleidoscope of orange, blue and purple

The sun is slowly showing its face.

Like a flower slowly showing its petals,

I see your serene face

Anticipating what the day will bring.

This Pandemic…


It is really sad that after more than two years of this Covid, lockdowns and people especially kids who were not allowed to go out, has a negative effect afterall. And it showed even if you were not affected by Covid.

Nissa and Obet brought Nate to the eye doctor for check-up over the weekend. His eye grade reached 300 both eyes. Being indoors has an effect according to the doctor. His eyes haven’t been trained for more than two years to far places/sites. The eyeballs have elongated so he is now nearsighted. You can count the number of times in your finger when they allowed him to go out.

Now wearing eyeglasses at the age of nine.

If I may say, Covid has changed my sense of hearing. I could not fully understand videos, songs, group discussions etc. It is slowly coming back now although I’m still finding it hard to listen in enclosed places. It’s just so noisy.

I wonder when this Covid would finally be eradicated. We still wear masks in going out. Lately, the Department of Health has reported around 3,000 people affected in the whole country.