Online Transactions

A friend and a fellow blogger wrote about learning to wait. I am afraid I am one of those seemingly impatient persons when it comes to waiting.  Be it in a traffic (I guess this is inevitable),  drugstores, mall payment counters, doctors’ offices and the like.

It is a good thing, there are  now “senior citizens” lane  when paying for one’s purchases. It rather cuts the time waiting  for a few minutes.  I usually buy my maintenance medicines at Mercury Drug Store. There is this branch close to our place  that serves their clients oh so slow.  There are more senior citizen buyers than  regular customers.  Now, I remember, the  municipal hospital is also close by so the customers are always in line.

When I left the bank where I used to work back in the year 2000, I enrolled all our utilities for online payments.  Paying online is easier than waiting for your number to be serviced by a bank teller. As long as you have a wi-fi and your app is updated, you’re good to go.  Online transactions too  are now  in place for those merchants selling clothes, gadgets, even grocery items. Most of them deliver the items free (I guess the delivery charge is  already included in the cost). Some are paid in cash as soon as you get the items. Food  merchants  have delivery charges when you order online but you’d be assured that the items you ordered would be delivered in  less than 30 minutes. If you are quite lazy to go out because of the traffic and  and the not so friendly smog  in your area, it is still the best option. You just have to wait for a while.

The internet has surely gone a long way to help us in our daily lives.  You don’t have to buy a newspaper every day to get updated with  news.  Just read online and that’s it.  For those trolls online, it is also the easiest access to publish fake news. So beware.



One of my first attempts at street photography.  Look at his gnarled hands. Life hasn’t been kind.  I asked him if I could take of photo and he nodded with a shy smile.


Aging is when you add years to your life –

But growing old makes you wiser through the years!

Wednesday Thoughts

Finally, finally I’m done with my monthly ritual of trimming the carabao grass.  It’s a good thing that for the past two days,  the afternoons were breezy.  Just right for gardening.

The rocks behind and in front of  this very small Mayana stem used to be a design  of a long  rectangular flat  pot   for my Bonsai Juniper but after only about three years, it died on me.  I don’t know how to take care of Bonsai plants. Even the Bonsai Tamarind which the landscape gardener  put in a corner of the garden died too after one or two fruiting season.  Maybe they really need special care that I don’t know about.

Our compost pit is now ready for use. The lower part is just right to use for planting, the leaves and veggie peelings have turned into a rich soil.  Since I don’t   have extra pots for my remaining  eggplant seedlings, I  made use of two 5 gallon mineral water bottles.

Oh and our two jackfruit trees are bearing fruits again. I counted them, 15 in all in various sizes. Two more months and some would be ready for harvest.

Two days ago, I was surprised for a sudden increase in my stats. The usual 120 to 180 visits turned into 569 in one day. When I took a look at my dashboard, the numbers came mostly from the US. Whoever you are, thank you for visiting my blog and reading my older posts.

May you find moments that make you laugh and sing and dance and smile today. Have a lovely and blessed Wednesday.


Today’s Quote

Where does a man find healing amid so many broken places? How does he find love in the ruins and wine-wrapped shattered pieces of his own soul? 

Wrapped in Rain – Charles Martin


Pure Magic

You think I’m nuts but I  love the smooth feel of newly waxed and buffed floors on my bare feet. I love to squirt water on my face every time I water the plants. I love the smell of newly cut grass and delights in discovering new blooms in my garden!

The magic of daily living, taking delight in simple things that make life worthwhile.

I was reviewing  the photos I took from way back then I saw these pictures of my kitty.  She is no longer here with us. In all the years that we’ve been taking care of our cats, we noticed that when they get ill, they just leave and don’t come back. Why do they go away to die? Do you think they know when they are dying. In all the years that we’ve been here, We haven’t buried any of them but our dead doggies are in one corner of our garden.

So serenely asleep on top of  one of my garden pots. Sometimes you wish you could steal a few moments in a blink.  Sometimes you wish you could take a shuteye at any time of the day then you wake up feeling refreshed.


I am supposed to have my eye check-up by an ophthalmologist  but I told my son to  just have it after Holy Week.  My left eye got an error reading when I went to an optometrist a few days ago.  Maybe, the grade has increased.  The optometrist said  I might  have a cataract  and need to be seen by an ophthalmologist.  Oh well, this is really something that I need to do.

Happy Monday everyone!

Good Morning Sunday

We attended the early morning mass at 6:30 am.  Since Pope Francis’ directive came out a  couple of weeks ago, we were treated with brief but meaningful homilies since then.  Oh yes, “no more than ten minutes please”.  Before, a priest would deliver his sermon  for almost thirty minutes and when the content is not that inspiring, the churchgoers get bored.  Their attention is lost in the middle of  it.

Dropped by the supermarket after the mass and we bought something for breakfast. There is a new product by Oishi which some of my friends were raving about when it came out in the market.

Gourmet Picks – Salted Egg

I am not really a fan of junk food but now and then, the craving is there. Wow, salted egg flavor. Gosh, it is better than your more popular Pringles. Salted egg is one of those easy things to prepare for breakfast or during the season of Lent when we are required to abstain from eating meat every Friday. You just have to add fresh diced tomatoes and bingo, you have a tasty breakfast.

Going back to Gourmet Picks, the chips were not really salty but the flavor of salted egg was there.  No wonder, it has become a hit when it comes to junk food.

Nissa and Obet bought a new bike (his old one is now a  bit small) for Nate as his prize for being an honors student. They went jogging at Roxas Blvd.  very early this morning before going to mass at 10am.

The joy of seeing the sunrise and spending time with the family.  The joy of putting your feet on the pedals of a bike and let the world go by for a while. The joy of having a new bike.

Congratulations Nate

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