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Today, February 11, is  the 22nd World Day of the Sick which coincides with the commemoration of the Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes.  Let us take time to say a prayer for the sick as well as for those caregivers who work hard to ease their suffering, giving hope and encouraging words to help them through their painful journey. The original quote is  from St. Thomas Aquinas which goes like this:

To one who has faith , no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.

 

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I was just but a kid when the Beatles came into the limelight, taking everyone by storm  and with their catchy brand of music that defined the 60’s. If you don’t belong to the age of the “baby boomers”  (Wikipedia defines them as those who were born between the years 1946 and 1964) you’re not probably familiar with the names John, Paul, George and Ringo but I doubt it,  even my twenty-nine year old son is familiar with their music.

Last night, I was searching for  the AM band that I regularly listen to every weekend but I could not find it so I switched to another station and found this sports channel playing, what else, The Beatles. They started on the first appearance of the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show, playing tracks that are now so familiar with most of us. It was in relation to the 50 years celebration of the group since they first set foot in the United States back in 1964.  It was a lovely four-hour of listening to several  of their well-loved songs, live recordings of their guesting at the show. Come to think of it, they are one of my favorite groups but I don’t have a single CD of their songs, I do have several back copies of Jingle Chordbook magazine though, where they were regularly featured. Maybe, in my entire life, they are the only group whose songs I know so much about, lyrics and all.  An artist friend who is a Beatles fan all these years named one of his sons John Paul George (I am not kidding) and  his nickname (yeah, you guessed it right) is of course Ringo.

I am looking forward to next Saturday’s feature –  their  love songs as a group and as individual artists. Of course, it is easier to catch them on YouTube but listening to them while you are relaxing is still the best way of appreciating their music. Don’t you just wish you could own this latest 13 CD Beatles collection? I wish 🙂

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Got this pic from Photobucket, a picture of John, Paul, George and Ringo.

I do remember watching their first movie A Hard Day’s Night with my nine-year old son two decades ago, a feature  in one of the newest television channels back then.  You can still catch it on YouTube. As with other groups that have disbanded for good, the Beatles will be remembered for their music.

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Once in a while, I see  it  in the wet market and it  looks  so fresh  that I am always tempted to buy. This morning, my son and I did our twice a month marketing  and saw it,  there were just four bundles on sale, I bought two and we had it for lunch along with lumpiang shanghai.

Locally, fiddlehead ferns are called pako. They are wild and nutritious greens which you can make into salads or cooked in coconut cream. Either way, they taste wonderful.  Here’s the simplest way to prepare this delicious treat. I just blanched  it  then topped it with fresh tomatoes, red onions, strips of fresh ginger  and sautéed ground pork.

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Once, life was a robust tree that gave us shade in the garden and sacks of avocado fruits when they  were  in season.  As with all things, life comes to an end, it cannot endure forever.

One remembers what it was once  and it brings back  pleasant memories – the times when I used to just sit in the garden under its shade, the times it felt so tranquil and quiet  watching the early morning unfolds, the times I  wrote a few lines while seeping a tepid cup of coffee, the times I used to listen to the  tree sparrows sing  as they hopped from branch to branch, the days in between when dreams seemed within reach.

Life will always be the way you see it through the lens.

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Grow Tall Little Man


Our Precious Bundle of Joy

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I simply love this pic. That’s our baby Nate with his dad. Nissa shared it at Instagram. He is really growing up fast. She captioned it “Walk Like A Man” 🙂

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These,  I think, are lazy blogging days for me. For the past two days,  our “normal” weather is back and take that to mean that the cold days and colder nights are gone but PAGASA says, we will still experience the cold weather in a few days but not as temperate and balmy as the days we experienced back in January.  In the next two weeks, we’ll be experiencing  a high  31 °C and a low  22 °C.

I was again lucky to find another book by Catherine Cookson , my 7th read this year. I was impressed with her writing style in A Dinner Of  Herbs that I finished the whole book, all 725 pages of it in four days.  I love a bit of history and the 18th century England setting  was just perfect.  It was quite a surprise that I enjoyed the book immensely and when I looked at Goodreads, most readers marked it five stars.  I didn’t even know it was made into a series  until I read some  reviews so I got to watch a few  episodes on YouTube.  I know, some would say the book is always better than the  movie adaptation but  it is nice to recall the story while seeing the characters’ faces onscreen.  I wonder when the movie adaptation of The Book Thief  will be shown here. Some reviews say it’s  emotionally flat  and does not show justice to the beautiful book by Marcus Zusak.  I believe that every film adaptation on any well-loved book deserves some merits because it is completely different from the pages of the book.  I’ve read it twice, by the way and got to  appreciate it better the second time around.

Our street is showing a new look. I woke  up one morning several days ago and saw every light post decorated with red ribbons and rectangular red cloth crazily dancing in the wind.  Oh, they dressed them  for the V-day. Who celebrates Valentine’s day now?  Florist shops would make a  killing again with the costs of a few blooms thrice as much on a regular day.  I always smile every time I see someone wear a red shirt on Valentine’s Day. Why do you have to wait for Valentine’s day to show and reinforce that love?

Yes Virginia, there’s a St. Valentine and he is a patron of love, young people and happy marriages.

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