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I haven’t blogged for a while. Just feeling lazy I guess. You know that lethargic feeling that you just want to rest in bed and you are afraid to venture out because of the heat. It always rains every day but they are just thunderstorms. After two hour we’re back boiling again. It’s 34 C degree at the moment.

The truth is I just want to be updated with the news. The results  of the mid-term election distracted me. Just imagine this, by July 1, duterte  will have held all the branches of government – executive, legislative and judiciary. What I am afraid of is the total domination by China in the West Philippines seas.  Duterte is bragging that China would not let him step down.

And for the first time too, it took me more than a week to finish the book that I recently read. It’s supposed to be a thriller. It’s a novel of deception, intrigue and human  weakness.  It took me half of the book to really grasp the story. There were so many characters which were sometimes not relevant at all.  I think this book is not just my cup of tea.

Sorry guys, I am really not so inspired.

 

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Yesterday, I went back to my doctor so he could interpret the results of my lab tests. He asked if I voted and I said yes. He looked at me, smiled a sad smile and uttered “talo”. We talked of the previous election maybe for about two or three minutes before he reviewed my files. “Maybe  it was rigged?“, I asked him.  “You’re right”, he said. His doctor wife stopped for a while on her way to her clinic and said, “92% counted and still zero for Otso Diretso”.

I have deficiency in Vitamin D so I have to take 2,000 I.U. of Vitamin D daily complimented by calcium supplements. Since the medicine could only be sourced at Healthy Options, I had no recourse but to go there yesterday afternoon.

I had a good chat with the manager of Healthy Options when she approved my senior citizen’s card and asked about the election in our place here in Cainta. She knows the present mayor who won for the third time this election. We touched on previous mayors here who did nothing to the town. Atty. Mayor Kit Nieto is loved by the Cainta residents, I told her. They don’t want him to go. He won hands down over his former Vice-Mayor as  his opponent.

Social media is still awashed with different opinions and comments on what is happening here. Those Duterte diehards say that we should respect the decisions of the voters. How could we do that when it is glaring that there seemed to be massive cheating in the senatorial level? The candidates were not actually the losers, we are.

Hoping the truth will come out fare and square. Some are suggesting and demanding to have manual counts of the senatorial votes all over the land.

You see how dirty politics is?

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I can’t really believe the numbers I am seeing. This is just too crazy. Before I went to sleep, it was barely 1% count and they were not transmitting the results from different areas.  They said the transmission server was  having glitches. At around 2 am while we were all asleep, there was a sudden surge of vote counts. Something happened. More than 90% of the votes has already been transmitted. And none of the opposition candidates, yes, not one of them made it to the top twelve. How did this happen?

Prior to the close of the election, a lot of precincts in the whole voting areas of the country  complained about the procedures done. Some OFWs (Overseas Filipinos) were not able to vote because their OAV (Overseas Absentee Voting) did not arrive on time. Some were disenfranchised, no names appeared on the list of voters. Some who voted for a different candidate has his/her receipt rigged with the name of the administration candidates.  VCMs (Voters Counting Machine) were malfunctioning and the voters’ ballots were just put aside and the teachers said they’ll just be the ones to enter those ballots when the machines are fixed or replaced.

And now here comes the magic of it all. Even unknown candidates of the administration made it to the top 12 but those who are best qualified in the opposition like Mar Roxas, Atty. Chel Diokno or even Bam Aquino were swept aside.

Same old questions nagging at me since the campaign started. Where are we going Philippines? One man rule and every one of them follows like musicians relying on the batton of the musical conductor. Is there still hope for us? Have we never learned what the past taught us? Are we going to repeat the same mistakes done in the past?  I am almost losing hope. There is really something not right about the results. It’s either some voters are still of the belief  that this administration is doing it right or something in those missing hours in between, there was an anomaly.  In the local level, opposition candidates won. It just goes to show that people want change. Change for the better, change from this nightmare. And we should hold COMELEC accountable for all these glaring mistakes.

I am quoting two of  netizens’ comments on social media:

From Palomo Alpaca:  Let us not be fooled. The delay in transmitting results for several hours was not a technical glitch. The interface programs were put to work. What happened was digital dagdag bawas using an intermediate program between the transparency server and the servers of the election watchdogs and media. Madali lang po gawin yun. But you need to wait for the true results before you can do the digital dagdag bawas. That’s what they did. They waited first for the true results before they manipulated the numbers that will be transmitted. That is why there was no transmission for several hours except for a couple of hundred thousand votes from Northern Luzon.

And another from Allan Bernabe:

Computerized tally used to be a smooth, trouble-free process requiring minimal to zero human intervention, that’s already been done several times in our country’s election history.

Suddenly, this computerized system is inexplicably wrought with problems after problems, just to be able to keep on producing a “consistent” 12-0 lead of administration bets?

Something or somebody is so blatantly trying to choke the digital process to force it into deviating from its programmed algorithm.

A single minor adjustment to correct an error of not showing “ñ” in names in previous computerized tally was used as an excuse to inflame a firestorm to try to unseat a duly elected vice president. But now, it’s just “okay” to accept thousands of errors and major server problems in this years “record breaking” lopsided victory of infamous plunderers, liars and self-admitted know-nothing administration candidates?

Why are people suddenly indifferent to such in-your-face monumental anomaly?

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Actually, I don’t want to blog about the results of the election yet, it is still too early to predict who won the game. I voted very early this morning. I was at the polling precincts ten minutes before they  opened.  It was easier to vote that way, no long lines yet and the weather was still a little cool. Done in fifteen minutes.

I’d rather tell you about what happened today. Well, I just woke up and reading all the comments on social media.

I was third in line at the precinct where I voted, a line for senior citizens. The first two gentlemen were in conversation and the first showed his kodigo. The second one asked “bakit si Lito Lapid?”  (Why Lito Lapid?) The first one answered, “magaling ayan na actor sa Ang Provinciano”.  (a a good actor in the television series Ang Provinciano. ) My goodness, their  penchant for voting actors  and popular personalities during election  is still in place. I never watch the show so I really don’t know if Lapid is there. Good thing he also carried Bam Aquino, Samira Gutoc, Mar Roxas Chel Diokno, all oppositions and my candidates. As a backgrounder, Lapid was a former senator but you can’t even count on your fingers what bills he authored and were passed into law. Back in 2012, Lapid’s wife was arrested for smuggling $50,000.00 into the US. She is a green card holder. She didn’t report a series of dollar cash deposits made into her account.

When Nissa was done voting after an hour-long wait. We took a Grab car going to SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City. By way of conversation, I asked the driver if he has already voted, he said he was not a registered voter. He is from Mindanao, Davao to be exact…haha. Ah, I said, Duterte country. Nissa nudged me at the elbow, the driver just smiled. It was an uneventful trip.

Nissa has reserved lunch at 11 am at one of the restaurants there. They accepted it not knowing that the mall opens at 12 pm because of the election. We had no option but to seek another venue somewhere in Greenhills. We had a short Grab car ride going to the place. It was a Chinese restaurant. On our ten-minute ride there, the owner of the car was so talkative. He asked where we voted and we said Cainta. He said that he wished his family could transfer to our place because our incumbent mayor is so good and responsible. The former is from another town in Rizal.  We talked about the election going on, the cheatings by some candidates etc.  I brought home some food for dinner then slept.

I am still hoping and praying,  the election would have a favorable result.

 

 

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Nissa always says that now that she is a mother herself, she appreciates all the things that she learned from me while growing up. We were not what you can say, a normal family. Husband was away during their childhood years. I was the nanay con tatay of the family until they finished college.

There is a lot to learn when you are rearing kids on your own.  A trial and error thing that works sometimes, at other times they do not. But there is always a sense of fulfillment when they grow up as responsible adults.  There is a sense of accomplishment too when you see them  as successful individuals in their own career.

One happy family despite the odds.

Since today is Mother’s Day, I traipse down memory lane once more.  One remembers the days when mere notes and letters written in notebook pages  and crumpled letter envelopes greet you when you go home or a home-made card telling you that they miss you. One remembers Nissa’s cut-out  colored papers fashioned into flowers and Josef’s drawing of a big house with a big single door but lots of windows where we could all live when they have jobs of their own. And those lovely times going up the stage with them during recognition days every year in school. One remembers that time when one of Nissa’s professors called you and said congratulations because your daughter will be graduating Magna Cum Laude, one of those Latin honors that every parent and student dreams of. One remembers the anticipation of counting the days until your grandchild is born.

Ah, the years are kind.

It’s been a long time since I tasted a mocha-flavored cake. Those were the days when birthdays of my two kids were always celebrated with either vanilla or mocha-flavored cakes. Di pa uso dati ang Red Ribbon, puro Goldilocks lang. The former only began franchising in 1999.

Goldilocks’ mocha roll.

Josef gifted me with a whole Goldilock’s Mocha cake for Mother’s Day. Though I am not much into sweets now, I enjoyed having a slice.

Tomorrow, Nissa and I are going out for lunch, a late Mother’s Day bonding and catching up. I love my kids, they are so thoughtful .

And did I say  that togetherness is what counts?

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Ever since I can remember, I’ve always blogged about Mother’s Day since I started blogging. It is always a joy to remember and give tributes to our dear mothers who risked their lives giving birth to us all.

We can’t really quantify the love that a mother gives to her child. You are all special in her eyes.

There was a special blessing to all mothers at our parish today. Then they gave each of us this heart-shaped balloon. The message says “Your courage and passion inspire me to become a better person. HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY. From St. Francis of Assisi Parish.”

And here’s my greeting to all my mommy friends on WordPress.

May you all be blessed.

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Sometimes you just imagine, have I really written about all those subjects? Sometimes you just imagine, have I really shared all those stories about my life and my family? Sometimes you imagine, have I lasted this long in this blogging world?

Yes, I am on my tenth year today at WordPress. WordPress actually celebrates how long you have been here the moment you opened it even without an entry but a lone poem which somehow got lost through the years.  But I celebrate it when I began  writing my posts. What did I know of  customizing a site? What did I know of uploading photos here and adding four more blogs through the years? Although only Dreams and Escapes is active at the moment, still I am proud what this blog has become.  I used to upload several photos at Multiply, earned about a hundred friends who became close to me. I met some of them over the years. When it closed shop several years ago, I just maintained my WordPress blogs.

For those who are quite new here. I have five blogs all in all. A blog for my grandson Nate, a separate blog for  photography, another blog for my garden and a new one which would replace this site once my free limit is filled up. All have their links here on Dreams and Escapes. You can just check the site.

It’s my 10th year at WordPress, a decade of sharing life and all its angst and joys. I can’t believe I have garnered a total of 690,545 stats and shared a total of 3,261 posts in all my blogs.

I really don’t know how many followers I have because most  of them don’t actually interact nor click like to a post. I have loyal followers though who I also follow back.

Looking back, admiring the present and moving on to the future. I would like to thank those wonderful friends who I met here. You have enriched my life more than you know.

culled from the net

 

 

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I noticed a couple of days ago that WordPress has removed the spellcheck. What happened? I always use it even if I know that there is no grammar error or wrong spelling in my post. It was very helpful.

So WordPress has this to say:

We removed the feature as it has become a bit redundant lately. Most major web browsers have some form of this already built-in, and free extensions like https://www.grammarly.com/ are making huge strides in the field.

It felt like the right time to back out of that field and focus more on everything else we offer.

Are you missing it too?

 

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Morning exercise…..gardening!

Whew! That was quite a heavy downpour last night saturating the garden.  It rains almost every day now either late at night or early in the morning.

It’s the perfect time to tend the garden for a while. I noticed some shoots of my yellow Iris  growing with small roots. Have to cut them and replant. Trimmed my Mulberry tree too, it is fast growing and I am thinking of removing it for good. Mulberries grow tall as high as 70 feet  and they need a larger space to spread their roots. I am afraid that when this  grows even bigger,  our septic vault would be affected.  I already cut the branches but the roots are still intact.  Good thing it is just about a year old since I planted it as a cutting. I googled about it and I was so disappointed to know that it will take ten years before it bears those tiny fruits.

I need to transfer and replant my prayer plants. The outer leaves are already dry. If it does not rain this afternoon, they are next.

Prayer plants

They’ll be good combined with the purple-leaf plant that I have at the back garden but I don’t know its name.

Yellow Iris

Really need to propagate this lovely yellow Iris. It’ll be perfect at the round bed where the Mulberry tree is right now.

So much to do but I find gardening so fulfilling.

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Can’t help but share this (Nissa and Nate talking about death). Sweet, sweet Nate 🙂

Nate and I got to talking about death last night…

Me: Would you be sad if I died?
Nate: Yes..and if you die I want to go with you and stay in Heaven with you.
Me: No..I want you to live your life and be happy even if I’m gone.
Nate: Mama said when we’re in heaven we’re all brothers and sisters. If I died, would you remember that I’m your son?

Then he started bawling and I couldn’t help but cry too…
💔💔💔

And as sad as he was, he still thought to wipe away my tears and ask me to stop crying because He will ask God to give me a long life and because He will protect and take care of me forever.

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