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Just For Fun


There are so many apps at Facebook but this is the only one that I’ve tried at the moment. I just want to know how well they know a person through her public profile by guessing (?) things that would make you smile or frown.  My FB status is for friends only. I don’t click like on those posts of friends who are updating their walls publicly.  For one thing, I never send  nor forward chain mails even if they are of religious kind, I just erase them. Neither do I  play online games, it is a waste of time for me.

I like this though.

And except that weak point which is being crazy about sweets, I am not. I choose sweets I wanna eat and only do so when I crave for it.  Neither do I smile when confronted with suffering, I just cry silently and pray. All the rest though are quite true. I really hate FAKE people but I love meeting new friends.

By the way, I’ve just erased another twenty spam comments with that annoying word “write”. Some even have  WordPress sites. If they are legit  WordPress users, how come  they’ve joined the bandwagon of spammers?

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It’s Healthy


Picked some mulberry leaves early this morning from a small mulberry cutting I planted about three months ago. It was given by our neighbor and luckily it survived. As it needs pruning to produce those spuds, I harvested the healthy leaves and made them into tea.

They say that mulberry tea leaves have many health benefits including the reduction of blood sugar. Mulberries are filled with nutrients that are important for our body, including iron,riboflavinvitamin Cvitamin Kpotassium, phosphorous, and calcium. Hopefully in a few more months  I would be able to see those tiny mulberry fruits.


It’s Josef”s 34th birthday today. He didn’t file a leave of absence  so probably we will just celebrate when he comes home this afternoon.

I recycled one his photos   from two years ago. Taken on the same day when he took a vacation leave so we could go out and celebrate.

Today is another blessing, another year of celebration of life. I remember when he was born. Compared to Nissa, it was a very easy birth. We arrived at the hospital at about 10 pm then at 11:15 pm, we touched faced.  He was a healthy 7.3 lbs. baby, low forceps.  We checked out the following day. He was named Alvin Josef. We call him Sef at home but his friends and office mates call him Alvin.

So really blessed and lucky to have a very responsible, loving and lovable kid. Way to go Josef. HAPPY BIRTHDAY 🙂

Why?


I am sad and angry at what is happening to the supposedly honorable  Supreme Court Justices of the land. The Supreme Court has clearly lost its credibility with these men in robes.

Count on it, this is definitely a rant.

Yesterday, those eight justices who voted for CJ Sereno’s  ouster were the same people who didn’t give her a chance for reconsideration on her Quo Warranto appeal. At the same time they also dismissed the case of the Marcoses on all the charges of hidden wealth and plunder, take note, in billions of dollars.  And it seemed they are still running  the country with the president as their puppet. Bongbong Marcos wouldn’t give up that he was actually defeated by our VP Leni Robredo last election. They are changing the rules to their own advantage. And here’s more, Imelda Marcos saying  that she wants to see her son in Malacanang before she dies.  Is she dreaming while awake?  Perhaps they have clearly forgotten that bloodless revolution way back in 1986 where they were exiled in Hawaii.

I wish people would find it in their hearts not to be accepting and apathetic of what is happening now. But most people are afraid to voice out their opinions and speak. Anyone who contradicts the president is his enemy. And here comes another directive from Duterte (yes, it is not a law, just his whim) to the Philippine National Police to arrest those who are hanging out in streets or even in front of their residences. And as always just like his drug war, the poor people are the first to be victims. He is clearly creating a grim scenario so maybe he could also declare Martial Law all over the land. They arrested stevedores at the port who were still in uniform earning an honest living.  The police seems to have lost its ball in this Duterte game. Pathetic 😦 They’re like dogs given  chew bones and they are busy with it. Aren’t they supposed to protect the people?

Oh my gosh, what next?

 

 

On Books And Reading


Will this never ends? I found twenty comments on my spam folder with the usual sites before with the word sexy at the middle of the e-addy.  I am guessing this is only one person using different e-mails.  I don’t know what they get  out of such useless spam  comments. Waste of time really. I even noticed that my comments on two blog posts by friends  were  “liked” by a spammer with  the same e-mail address. What do you think?

Equinoxio21, an online friend advised me to bring back the re-blog button by going to “sharing” on “My Site”  menu   and clicking the “Sharing buttons”  and saving it. Voila, the re-blog button appears again. Thank you!

I found another book by one of my favorite authors (aside of course from Mary Oliver, Richard Paul Evans, Khaled Hosseini and many others) Nadia Hashimi.  Hashimi is an American doctor, a bestselling novelist and a women’s rights advocate.  Her parents are Afghans so she always write about life in Afghanistan.  Since I encountered Khaled’s Hosseini’s books years ago, I looked for other Asian authors and found her.  I’ve read three of her books before two of which I posted reviews here two years ago. When The Moon Is Low is Goodreads’ Best Book of 2015, I actually wrote short reviews about her first three books that I read. Here’s my take on this: One of the best books I read so far on the 2016 reading challenge. I wonder why I am always drawn to historical novels (I am an old soul) and stories about Afghanistan always make me cry.

The Pearl  That Broke Its Shell came second on my reading list although it was her literary debut novel. And I wrote: “A painful but riveting story about what life is like for women in Afghanistan.”The Pearl the Broke Its Shell interweaves the tales of these two women separated by a century who share similar destinies.” Here’s a lovely quote from that book.

“Life has typhoons. They come and turn everything upside down. But you still have to stand up because the next storm may be around the corner”.

The third book is entitled One Half From The East.  I am reading the fourth book now. Just like the first three books, this one looks so good. A House Without Windows is a haunting story about friendship and the plight of women in Afghanistan.

If only I could find her other book which I think is the newest so far.  When you find such gifted authors, you always look forward to what they write about.

Yes, I remember another author, Khaled Hosseini, Afghan born and also a doctor. His memorable book, The Kite Runner was adapted into film which Nissa and I watched years ago. We cried inside the cinema.

 

 

Our Spidey Preschooler


When he turned two, he cuddled a Mickey Mouse stuffed toy bigger than he was.  By the time he was three, he was so amazed with Spiderman.

Now that he is five, he loves everything about Spiderman.   It is the first day of school today. He is now in Kindergarten.  All of his stuff from his bag to lunch box to  his jacket are all Spidey.

Way to go Nate. Make it good okay?  I know you are more inspired to go to school.

Dreaming On A Monday


Glad to see the sun again in all its glory.

Been busy in the kitchen early this morning cooking. Been able to cook the santol in coconut cream and there are plenty more left.  Boiled the young corn and they were super soft when cooked, yum.  A neighbor gave me  kamias (tree cucumber)  candies early this morning. It is almost out of season now so what was left of the kamias fruits in their tree, she made into preserved candies. It taste better than prunes.  She said she loved the Indian mangoes I gave them yesterday, so sweet.

From time to time, we give each other cooked food or fruits which we harvest from our small gardens. It’s really nice to have friendly neighbors, they’re like relatives to us.

Last night I spent almost an hour listening to Chopin’s Etudes  and Nocturnes since I was inspired by the book I have  just read. It was about classical music. I remember my  late grandmother (my parents’ godparents) who used to play those LP records of  Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Johann Strauss’ Vienna Waltz.  When I was in high school, we had music classes every Saturday and our music teacher made us research on the lives of those famous artists of long ago. My dad used to have some of those LP collections too which were given by some priest friends of his when he worked  in UST before. I don’t know where they are now.  Once in a while, I crave to listen to classical music. It’s a good thing I can always rely on YouTube for those lovely and unforgettable tunes. And when you are using a nice head set, listening is quite a beautiful experience.

Have a lovely Monday everyone!