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Archive for September, 2019


It’s been a while! And that means it’s been three days since I last posted here.

There is nothing much really except I got caught reading some books that I just could not put down.  Would you believe, in all the years that I am into reading and  discovering new authors, this is the first time I encountered a story like this. Tin Man by Sarah Winman is vastly different from the young adult books that I used to read before. It tells about alternative lives, two boys and a girl caught in a love triangle. The first part of the narrative tells the story of Ellis who wanted to be an artist but his father was opposed to it. It tells the story of two teenage boys who fell in love briefly then Ellis got married and Michael became the best friend of his wife Annie.  The poignant remembrance, the memories kept in between the years. The second part tells the story of Michael  and being caught by that dreaded disease. It tells how he treasured those early days of his friendship with his best friend Ellis, the impact of grief, love lost and loneliness.  It is actually a short book but made an impact to a reader like me.  I also read some excerpts on Timeless Moments by Michelle Kidd, another new author in my list.  I started earlier with Stephen Orr’s Time’s Long Ruin but I got confused by the character so I switched to another book called Welcome to Harmony by Jodi Thomas. It is actually the first book in a series.  I wish I could find the other books.

When books reign in your world for a while, you forget to update your blog….haha 🙂

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Down on her knees in prayers.

She asked

Then she waits.

She knows

Answers could come today

Or in the days ahead.

 

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Gosh, three weather disturbances just waiting in the offing.  I hope they won’t turn into dreaded typhoons. We are having monsoon rains, those type that won’t stop in a blink. Honestly, I hate monsoon rains. We still have at least a month probably before the end of the rainy season, sometimes though, strong typhoons still happen during December.

My son Josef who is so fond of playing games in his cellphone and in my computer, downloaded some games on my tab. I am not really into these online games which take so much of one’s time once you start playing one. He said that I could play them when I get tired of reading. Haha!  I have the block puzzle and I am trying to reach more than 1,000 scores on the classic level but all I was able to reach so far is a measly 931. It’s not really that hard but you need a little strategy to get a high score. He also downloaded Wordscapes which I like better  than the block puzzle. Creating new words out of four or just five letters with sometimes only one vowel. Great! I am challenged by this. Sometimes, one thinks of longer words but a three-letter one does as well.

He asked if I want movies downloaded on my tab too. I don’t. I rather  watch one on YouTube when I feel like it (on my computer with the bigger screen, that is). There are several Tagalog movies that come free but I am not into watching films because I easily get bored and sometimes the story seems like culled from one of the books I’ve read before.  Playing music is better for me.

I am presently reading this book about the life of  Hedy Lamarr which was written in fiction. But who  is Hedy Lamarr? It’s the first time  I heard of her. She is Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler, an Austrian-born  American film actress and inventor. I am still in the middle of the book but I find it an engrossing read. I would love to know what her scientific contributions were to the world.

Starting Monday right. Getting in touch with some friends via Messenger and trying to reach out. Have a nice and lovely week ahead everyone.

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Once again

I allowed myself to greet the morning sun.

Communing with God’s glory

At six o’clock am today.

The day is blessed with your presence Lord.

And the sun spreads its light

In the deep corners of the earth.

I  rejoice.

I am happy.

 

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On my way home from SM Megamall where I bought a bottle of Vitamin D, I chanced upon this freshly harvested cassava and bought more than a kilo. I’ve always craved for this when it is in season. Cooked simply boiled in coconut cream, it is so yummy.

Are some of you familiar with this? I wonder if it is also grown in other Asian countries like ours. Some also make cassava cake out of this. But that is more difficult to do than simply boiling it.

Oh my, I just finished my 106th book for this year’s Goodreads challenge. Only 14 more books to go then I am done. It’s been a while since I read a biography. Most that I encountered were memoirs, written by the authors themselves. This one is about the life of an unknown Kennedy and her struggles.

Knowing more about the Kennedys. This time a daughter who was hidden from the world because of mental illness. When I read the book Johnny We hardly Knew Ye a long, long time ago, I was fascinated by JFK’s political career and it was a good read. Rosemary was loved by her family, she was given all those choiced schools and caregivers so she could live a life close to normal. She reached a ripe old age of 86. It was nice reading about how the Kennedys survived the ordeal of having a mentally challenged daughter compared to her gifted and intelligent siblings.

Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter

She was the oldest daughter born to Joseph Kennedy, Sr. and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, sister to Pres. John F. Kennedy and to the senators Robert and Ted Kennedy. She was intellectually disabled and had a separate schooling from other students.

I’ve always been an admirer of the Kennedy clan and  I enjoyed looking at all the pictures included in the biography.

One good read for this year’s challenge.

 

 

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I am reposting these for all they’re worth. Some quotes I made back in 2011 Post A Day Challenge.

These words were actually lifted from some of my earlier blog posts. Back when I had my Canon Ixus camera, I could make memes out of the photos I’ve taken before.

 

 

 

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Today’s Quotes


Found these two lovely quotes from an equally lovely page on Facebook called Candle Light.  Most of the sayings are inspirational. I am sharing these with you.

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Have you noticed? All I did the past two or three weeks was blogged about my family’s health. It’s quite unfortunate that we have come to this. When anyone in the family is not healthy and fit, I worry but I am leaving it all to God. As I’ve always said before, God is a loving God and our trials are just that. How long we can endure defends on how well we believe that everything will be okay in the end. I’ve always believed that He is the greatest Healer of all. Our crosses may sometimes be heavy but we are able to carry them through.

I called Nissa this morning while she was at the UST Hospital. She went back to her endocrinologist. She has to undergo a one time treatment of  Radioactive Iodine Therapy at least a month or two after her surgery. Since that needs a three-day isolation, she has to stay at the hospital’s isolation room when that is done. There are preparations and things that she is not yet allowed to eat. seafood and eggs are a no, no.

When mom was given same radioactive medicine years ago because of her goiter, it was  an outpatient procedure but for a month she was not allowed to even kiss us or her grandkids. I am afraid  the cost of the medication for Nissa is expensive  and the remaining insurance for this year can no longer  cover it all. She still has to verify it with the insurance company. She may opt to shoulder the remaining balance since it is a per sickness/per year basis. And since it is the same sickness that will be covered, she has to shell out cash. Unless of course she will wait for January for the insurance’s renewal.

I also visited my internist this morning and he opted for additional medications for my BP. It was erratic. I’ll have a repeat FBS and urinalysis in a week. The urinalysis is normal except that there is a 2 + protein in it. Creatinine is at a normal range.  Really, when one is getting old, there are unavoidable things that crop up. Diet is one commodity that I have to watch. I don’t have much exercise though.

These things happening at BUCOR (Bureau of Corrections) or what we call Bureau of Prisons are getting out of hand. Those corrupt officials allow the rich prisoners to buy their freedom and the director claims that he does not know it? There seems to be a conspiracy  between those rich drug lords and BUCOR.  Such a shame, almost everyone appointed by this government is a failure. Do you think this Senate hearing is another waste of people’s money? Is it another distraction while most of us are waiting for the Election Tribunal to announce their findings on Marcos’ complaint that he won the VP position?  My goodness, we all  know that VP Leni Robredo is the legit Vice-President who won fair and square againsts Bongbong Marcos.

Kawawang Pilipinas at kawawang mga mamamayan. We are being trampled on and still some of us remain indifferent.

 

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Nissa finally got the result of the final biopsy when she visited her surgical oncologist this afternoon.

It’s stage one thyroid cancer. She will have to undergo one session of radiotherapy and has to go back to her endocrinologist for further assessment.

Feeling sad about this but I know she will get well completely.  She will report back to work on  Monday.

God is good and God is great!

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My  neighbor (a kumare, I was one of the sponsors of her daughter’s baptism fifteen years ago) and I were waiting for the garbage truck to arrive a few hours ago and she asked me about Nissa. So I told her today is Nissa’s check-up with her surgical oncologist.

She told me about her plight nowadays. She could not stand now for long and when she walks she drags her feet slowly. She even said that when they are at the mall, people look at her askance on the way she walks. I told her to not mind them. A few months ago, she still could do morning rounds of walking at the village park. She was crying when she told me that she is just waiting  for the end of it all. I didn’t know how to comfort her so we just held each other tight. Those patients that she used to see at her doctor’s clinic are now on wheel chairs. She is suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

Parkinson’s disease is progressive. It gets worse over time.  Symptoms start gradually, sometimes starting with a barely noticeable tremor in just one hand. Tremors are common, but the disorder also commonly causes stiffness or slowing of movement. Back in 2009 when typhoon Ondoy struck and five families were in their house including us, we noticed her slow movement. That was the start.

Knowing how to comfort a friend. We are quite afraid at times that we might say the wrong words. It’s okay to just listen and empathize. Don’t act as if you know it all. Just tell them you understand.

Habang may buhay, may pag-asa. 

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