Today I went to the opening of the newest branch of SM, its 60th. As it is just a tricycle ride from our place, I had the chance to witness how people flocked to the shopping mall, jostled with the crowd waiting outside. I got curious. There was traffic near the place since a lot of vehicles were turning right to occupy the parking spaces still left open at the SM City East Ortigas Mall. There were high-end shops inside much like you see in their bigger branches. The first thing I went to though was at National Bookstore. This was more organized than their previous one in this same place.
I bought some books for our little one and browsed over their bestsellers displayed at the shelves. I saw books by Lang Leav selling at P799 each. Have you ever had any penchant for pens and pencils? During my college days, I was enamored with colored pens which I used to plot curves and lines, bar graphs and pie charts in my Economics course. I still love collecting them until now. Just this morning, I saw this lovely image on my news feed. I am not sure where it originated but it was such a perfect way to demonstrate how it was years and years ago when personal computers were still unheard of.
We all learned the art of writing words and our alphabets through this, right? The ever reliable pencil with an eraser at the tip. I remember when I was in grade one, we used to write with those black pencils as big as my fingers. At some point the eraser comes off because we bite it during those hard times when we can’t follow instructions from our teachers. Now erasers come in different sizes, in different colors and even in different scents. They look like candies to the untrained eye. The pencil as we know today comes in a protective casing made of wood or plastic and painted in different colors. Those various shapes and colors of sharpeners are a dream too. Despite the modern technology that we have now, this popular writing tool is still being used. It’s our first computer, so to speak.
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I am grateful.
I am grateful to all those online friends who are following my blog and posting comments to my posts, and to those who click “like” regularly too. There is a feeling of warmth when you see people reacting, commenting and liking your thoughts. I always say that sometimes the “muse” goes on leave for a while and you can’t think of anything to write about. You have written about your one remaining dog, and your cat and your garden and the blooms you are now enjoying. You have written about how it feels to be alone in your thoughts and how happy you are to have your family around. You have written about discovering new blogs and seeing those lovely places that they share.
It makes me smile.
It makes me smile to read the adventures and experiences of other bloggers, how they love sharing anything under the sun. It makes me smile to reach out and exchange thoughts with them. It makes me smile just being here. I have always said time and again that blogging has become a way of life. It has become part of the daily grind that we call life. When things get a little upsetting, I blog. When things get a little stressful, I blog too. When things make me happy, I share it in cyberspace. Our thoughts and actions define how we feel, how happy we are. Happiness comes naturally when we cultivate friendship in our own small way. It comes naturally when we interact with other people and make them smile too in the process. Little acts of kindness, some compassionate words to make one happy.
It gives meaning to my life.
Some of you won’t probably agree on this one. Blogging for me is now a habit I can’t break, one good habit to journey through. It’s been more than seven long years of blogging. It has somehow change my perspective, the way I see things through other bloggers’ eyes.
How is your blogging journey?
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It is a gray morning here. Weather disturbance Marce has intensified into a tropical storm. Although there is no typhoon signal here in Metro Manila, the sun hasn’t come out today.
I miss the sun and I miss the beach too. It has been so long since I’ve visited one. Nissa’s family spent last week at the beach. Nate told me that he had a wonderful time swimming even at night. It must be lovely to stay outdoors on a sunny day. It must be lovely to dig your toes in the sand and smell the salt air. It must be lovely to just idle around and think of lovely thoughts about life.
A picture of Nate playing with his daddy.
Moments of bliss. Moments of being thankful. Moments of just being happy. It takes a moment to experience simple joys. Barefoot, while the sun touches your face and you hear the sound of the gentle waves. The sea beckons in all its glory.
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Haha, this is hilarious.
I am presently reading two books by former Sen. Miriam Santiago entitled Stupid Is Forever, her take on politics, love, her life as a senator of the land, her quips on her enemies. and about life itself. She used to be so outspoken, sometimes even sarcastic in front of her colleagues in the Senate but she definitely made sense. She was a top-notch lawyer, an intellectual.
Here are some of the quotes lifted from her two books.
When people say that the art of politics is the art of the possible, they mean the art of speculation, calculation, intrigue, secret deals and pragmatic maneuvering.
I know of a politician who is so windy that he can give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation by telephone.
Miss kutsara ka ba? Kasi papalapit ka pa lang napapanganga na ako.
Question: What is the plural form of rice? Answer: Extra rice🙂
Marriage is when a man and a woman become as one. The trouble starts when they try to decide which one.
We are really, really sick. We are morally sick. We are mentally sick. The higher the position, the higher the mental sickness.
Kung may pangit na nagsabing “Pwede bang manligaw?” Sagutin mo. “Sure basta hindi sa akin.”🙂
Some jokes are corny of course, they are mostly written in the vernacular. I love her article on weaponizing social media. These two books are what we say, “Miriam na Miriam”. They are a nice change from the usual books that I read.
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Yes, I believe those in their sixties are baby boomers.
It’s been a busy weekend and blogging took a back seat. I would love to blog every day just like before but it is a no go. It’s either one is too lazy to blog or nothing comes out worthy to blog about. I think it is more of the latter though. Sometimes the muse doesn’t work. But I am happy that a lot of people have followed my blog lately although when I looked, some blog sites are no longer active and the blogs are already deactivated. Some are written in another language that I can’t understand. Sorry guys, much as I want to follow you back or read your posts, I am in a bind. Anyway, I did follow some of you and I look forward to reading your posts. It is always a thrill to discover new blogs and writers here at WordPress.
Nate turned four yesterday and my daughter went on leave from work so she could prepare his small party celebration in school. She brought along spaghetti, pizza, cake and ice cream for Nate’s classmates. Seeing their pictures, I think Nate enjoyed the party. Last week, they went on a three-day trip to Subic, Zambales for swimming and to visit Zoobic Safari. It is always nice to see Nate enjoying those moments at the beach. There is nothing lovelier than being with your family on a road trip.
The last two days, I’ve been busy gardening again, trimming the carabao grass while listening to good old music on my small radio outside. Listening to news, humming along with 70’s and 60’s songs, that’s what life was all about the last two afternoons. It was nice to garden because it was a little windy. I don’t have much of flowers nowadays except the blooming Crossandras, Santan and Shamrock. Our street is looking festive, they just hung lanterns on lamp posts yesterday and lit them last night. Beautiful🙂 They even have these Christmas decor on the railings of the sidewalk made of native materials. Nice🙂
Sidewalk Christmas decor
My Santan blooms in front of the house.
It’s otherwise known as Jungle Geranium.
I managed to finish two books the past week, some light reading about works of new authors that I found lately.
How are you all?
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