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Let’s Not Be Complacent


If the reports of the Department of Health are true, we are now at the lower risk of Covid-19 averaging 500-600 positive cases for the past 4 or 5 days. One thing though, they still could not locate the passengers of an airline who came from Africa. I guess contact tracing is still nil. I wonder if they do administer tests upon arrival at the airport. Sure they have closed our borders to some countries because of fear of the Omicron. Sounds like Voltes 5 back in the 80s.

DOH says about 34M Filipinos are now fully vaccinated. And some frontliners are having their booster shots. I am still in a quandary if I need to have that booster shot come December 15, just six months after the effectivity of the vaccine. My question is, will everyone be vaccinated again after these six months? It would be a non-stop endevour as long as Covid-19 is still in our midst.

Some people are afraid if the government will declare lockdown again if someone is found positive of Omicron.

I ventured out again yesterday without Jovy and Josef, riding in a UV Express to go to the Ortigas Center to fix my problem with my change of PIN at Union Bank and to have my account updated at PNB. Killing two birds with one stone, that’s what.

I am planning to attend the 12th Sacerdotal Anniversary of a priest friend at EDSA Shrine on December 9. That would propably be the last trip on my own this month.

Oh, and it’s barely seventeen days to go before the much awaited event – CHRISTMAS ❤🌲🥂☃️🎄

I Miss You…Still


Here I am again sharing some thoughts about my late dad.

We spent grade school in the province except Noel who transferred here in Manila during his last two years of grade school because be was the only one left there. The four of us graduated at the Univ. Of Santo Tomas Education High School. College life was also spent in UST.

I remember the summers way back then. That was the time we spent the summer break going to Manila to be with Dad. That was in the mid-60’s. Mom, my three brothers and I would ride in a Pantranco bus with two bundles of firewood meticulously gathered before our trip. We used charcoal and firewood to cook back then.

When we reached high school, summer days were spent in the province. I remember planting cashew nuts with Dad which eventually grew along the perimeter wall of our one-hectare lot. We also planted Formosa pineapples. They still bear fruits until now. Coconut trees are scattered all over.

At first, it was just the three of us, dad, my older brother and I stayed in our very small house in Quezon City when I started high school. Mom and my two brothers were left in the province. Do you believe that I started reading Mills and Boons pocketbooks when I was in high school?

Dad would bring home three or four pocketbooks which he usually borrow from the UST high school library. After a week, another batch is borrowed. It was where I learned more about those lovely places aside from our country. I worked for a while at the Humanities section of the UST Main Library way back in college. That’s where I learned serious reading because of the many subjects/books that I encountered.

Gosh, every year since Dad died, I would blog about him during his birthday and death anniversary. Perhaps you’ve read about those anecdotes that I have shared before.

Today is dad’s 14th death anniversary. I miss him…still.

🥲😒❤🧡

Hello December


Last Monday was my first time to go out in a year because of this pandemic. I went to Union Bank to get my new savings account card because their Stock Transfer department needs it for future cash dividends starting next year. I was supposed to submit my authority to submit the papers allowing credit to my account, unfortunately, their Stock Transfer was closed.

I was supposed to change the given PIN to my card but even the ATM is not updated. It was a holiday here yesterday. It’ll be a hassle to go back again. We went to a nearer branch of the bank yesterday to no avail. The two doggies were with us. They are so used tagging along every time Jovy and Josef go out. I took a photo of Cookie, she was excited. We went to Shakeys later for a late lunch.

The December wind blows and I am happy.

Aside from my birth month, it is one of the most awaited month of the year. I haven’t wrapped my Christmas gifts for the family yet, one nice thing to do in the coming days, afterall Christmas is just twenty four days away.

Excited, oh yes of course even if December 24 is a regular working day. Today is our town fiesta. We celebrate the sumbintik festival every year. It’s a festival of sweets made by Cainta residents. How nice to begin the month watching the display of several houses even if it is only online. They are having dances/program right now before the concelebrated mass begins at 9am. I am sure it would be a blessed and happy celebration.

HAPPY FIESTA CAINTA🙂❤🌻🎉🎈

First Sunday Of Advent


Wrote this blog back in 2011. Around that time, there were no options of likes and comments. It’s a gloomy Sunday but I am happy because Advent season is here.

HAPPY NEW YEAR. New Year in the Catholic calendar begins each year with the season of Advent.

It’s the Holy Season of Advent and we’re now celebrating the first Sunday. Every year, we look forward to the coming  of Jesus and pray those beautiful prayers of longing and waiting and sing those beautiful songs of hope and promise.

The Advent season is full of God’s blessings for all of us. He makes  us realize and remember to look back at the whole year that is about to end and to look forward to a new and hopeful  year that is about to begin.  Are we ready to take Him into our hearts? Are we ready to accept Him in our lives?  True, we always say time is gold and we should not waste it but we also need to take stock of what is more important, a quiet contemplation, a moment of silence, a minute of giving thanks.  Let this be a season of joy for all of us, awaiting a most precious event of the season – a baby born in swaddling cloths to save  mankind.

Another Five Stars


WordPress says it is time to blog again. Yes, I set up a schedule twice a week though sometimes I don’t even follow.

I found this lovely site on Play Store where you can download books, put up an online library and choose what to read. Although I’ve already read most of them, there are still lovely ones out there. Authors are alphabetically arranged so you can find your favorites among them.

I recently discovered Jo Thomas. I love her writing style – talk about reindeer, lovable dogs, rainforests, silence, the Northern lights, meals cooked in woodfire, reinder hides as seat warmer and of course Denmark and into Jo’s snow-filled world. A Winter Beneath The Stars is a heartwarming hug of a story. Beautiful setting.

I am giving another ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ to this one.

Good Old Tuesday


I recently updated my blog about Nate. It was his 9th birthday yesterday. You can see some pics at Our Precious Bundle of Joy at https://nonaarlene.wordpress.com

Or you may click the link here on my main blog. It seems there is no share button anymore.

Thank you so much.

Sad


A friend who used to be an officemate also used to visit my wall at Facebook and occasionally comment on my posts here although she is not a blogger.

These last few days, I missed her words and the inspiring comments that she usually write. I had a sudden inkling to visit her wall, there was nothing there for the last four months. I tried some friends of hers who have the same surname as she has. Probably her kids? We have some common friends at Bank of PI on Facebook but I’ve never read nor heard about Minnah.

What a sad ending when I read that she passed on last July 19. We used to talk about her having dialysis twice a week before. I told her about my dad’s plight having dialysis before he died. In our hospitals here, it is not free. I wonder if that has changed now. My dad died fourteen years ago after six months of treatment. Minnah said, it was hard to put up money for her dialysis twice a week.

When Dad died, I promised myself that I would never submit to that treatment if (God forbids)I would be in that same predicament. Imagine, they drain out your blood and put it back clean, same procedure after two or three days. All the nutrients your body absorbed in those days in between come to naught.

My dad passed away because of end stage renal disease. I have chronic UTI since I gave birth to Nissa. I haven’t been to my doctor since this pandemic started.

They always say health is wealth and I agree.

More Friday Musings


First of all, I’d like to thank you for all the prayers for Alden. It is deeply appreciated.

The other day, I started filling up my journal with quotes from the books I’ve read, my own quotes which I have shared to our Catholic page and two groups. I am sure, I have written them long ago here. With almost 4,000 blog posts, I have forgotten about them. Some as early as 2011. I am reposting them. Thanks to Memories on Facebook. I am sharing them with you:

See something positive in everyday that passes and you’ll discover as the days go by that life is beautiful. Think of hurdles as challenges that would push you to a life of happiness. Life needs hurdles on its path for its advance.

Sometimes, crying is not a sign of weakness but a sign of strenght.

I would love to re-phrase this quote from E.B White. “ I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world. This makes it hard to plan the day”.

Here’s mine. I would just love to enjoy the world right at this moment. I choose to dream of pleasant things that would make life worthwhile. I choose happiness over negative thoughts that sometimes linger in my mind. I choose Today, I choose serenity.

Why not show the world that you can smile despite the tears? Why not show everyone that you can be brave despite the fears?

Sometimes, happiness is found in the smallest details of people’s lives. The untrodden path may seem daunting at the start, but it’s when you are brave to follow the trail that gives life’s meaning, it’s when you stumble along the way that you’ll really know that the end of the road is a beautiful vista of surprises.

They were all from my posts in 2011 afterall. Gonna share with you a photo of Nate and Nissa with Ogie Alcasid, an actor, talented composer and singer. They chanced upon him on their way to Siquijor and Dumaguete City down south. Nate’s first plane ride and they were on the same flight.

The captions says, “is this really necessary Mommy”?😅😂🤣

It was their treat to Nate’s second birthday.

Look at his expression. This was taken November 2014.

Requesting For Prayers


For the nth time, I am requesting for prayers from you my online friends.

Two years ago, I went home with Nissa and Josef to visit my younger brother Alden at the hospital. I stayed there for a week. He has colon cancer like my older brother and I had before years ago. He didn’t undergo operation but opted for alternative treatment.

For a few months now, there is always blood in his stool. His latest blood chem is not good. He needs to undergo blood transfusion ASAP. The thing is, his doctor was transferred to another hospital yesterday which is quite far from our place. I wonder if they were able to meet the new doctor today.

I know that it would no longer take us long to be with him, all I am asking is to prolong his life a little so we could be together again. I could not go home since no one could take care of mom who is slowly showing dementia. Life is so stressful.

My older brother who lives in the next subdivision has just undergone brain operation three months ago and he is not yet well enough to take care of mom.

Prayers, always prayers. Life is short.