Hi everyone! How have you been? It’s been a while and there is no valid reason neglecting this blog except that I was just busy. It’s Holy Week next week so I have to finish everything (gardening included) so I could at least spend it in quiet reflection and visit some churches for our annual Visita Iglesia. Hopefully, Josef and I could do the Manila loop on Holy Thursday. I wish mom is strong enough to join us in the Stations of the Cross. I love visiting churches nearby during the season of Lent but I haven’t ventured in the churches of Manila yet We have done the Rizal area as far as Morong and Cardona and several towns in Laguna. Rizal province and Laguna have the most beautiful century old churches in the Eastern loop, well-preserved and they have lovely facades. One time, we tried the churches in Marikina City, Josef was driving and we got lost along the way. Marikina has a lot of one-way streets and it was quite confusing. Hopefully, we could do it again and I suggested if we could just take a commute since most churches in Manila are near each other.
I am catching up on my reading. All the Light We Cannot See is my first book of Anthony Doerr. It’s Goodreads’ choice 2014 winner. It is a historical fiction set during World War II, a wonderful and moving account on the lives of two teenagers, a blind girl from France and a German orphan boy who grew up in an industrial and mining town in Germany. I love reading about WW II, be it fiction or a true account of what happened. My parents have their own personal account of it when the Philippines was occupied by the Japanese. The book is another facet of history as told by Doerr. I love Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief (read it twice actually) and almost all the books of Leon Uris about the war in Poland and what life was like in Ireland during the Industrial Revolution, subjects that keep me awake for hours until my eyes can no longer decipher the words. Here are some interesting quotes from the book. I jot them down as I read them.
“Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.”“We rise again in the grass. In the flowers. In songs.”“I have been feeling very clearheaded lately and what I want to write about today is the sea. It contains so many colors. Silver at dawn, green at noon, dark blue in the evening. Sometimes it looks almost red. Or it will turn the color of old coins. Right now the shadows of clouds are dragging across it, and patches of sunlight are touching down everywhere. White strings of gulls drag over it like beads.