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What happened? Got at least ten spam comments on my folder. Good thing Akismet is always there. Thank you WordPress.

I like it that some bloggers who don’t subscribe to my blog are reading my old posts. I guess most of my older ones are way, way better than those I am posting nowadays.  They have more “meat” because I was sharing my plight as a cancer patient and survivor. When I think of those days and months that I was indisposed, I often wondered  how I survived them – frequent lab tests, hospital visits every three weeks and chemotherapy which saps one’s strength. But God is good. He let me have that faith that I get well in the process.  When you pray fervently for your heart’s desires, your prayers are answered in one way or another.

I had an hour of gardening so early this morning. The weather was just fine with an early promise of a lovely day. Looking for more pots where I could transfer my Impatiens plants. It is so nice to see new shoots of Zinnia once again.

I am reading some books about winter and Christmas but I haven’t done any Christmas decoration yet. Years back, we used to put up decor come November 1. I don’t know why, I don’t feel so much inclined to do it this early. Maybe  I am getting really old,  no longer excited to put up Christmas decorations. I have lots of TBR books that I want to finish before the end of the year.

October is about to close, have a lovely and blessed November.

 

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Nissa was still on vacation leave until yesterday. She watched the Backstreet Boys DNA World Tour Manila last night together with a friend. Twenty four years ago, my young daughter became a fan. She bought CDs and magazines of the boy band and  also watched their previous concert held here several years ago. Josef and I had to watch a movie at Ali Mall while waiting for her.

Back then, we all hummed and sang along to their brand of music. They have grown old of course and have regrouped again for this world tour. Nissa was ecstatic. She went to the venue early. She took shot of the group but she posted these photos on her wall at FB, a picture of much older Nick Carter and of the group. She even took a video of their opening number. You can hear the shouts and “kilig” moments of their loyal fans. She booked her ticket six months ago I think. My, but the tickets are so expensive. She also watched other foreign artists who held concerts here before she got married.

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A loyal fan. She told me they have a new album.

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Watching other videos uploaded by Nissa. The hat dance was lovely 🙂

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Yeay, I’m enjoying tinkering with my new phone. The three cameras are great. One is for selfie but I am not fond of selfie, one is for wide-angle shot which can be used to zoom out and shoot landscape. The rear camera is for regular use.

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Yeay for birthday dreams that come true.

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I did enjoy it.

Though it was just a simple lunch with my kids, Mommy and Jovy. I wish I could upload my birthday video here which Nissa took yesterday. I am sharing some photos instead.

Ah Oreo, you are part of the family

 

With Mom, she’s 90 years old.

 

Our group photo sans Jovy.

 

The boy with the missing tooth.

 

Josef and Jovy with Oreo of course.

Since pets are not allowed inside the restaurant, one of the waiters fixed our tables just outside the door.

Oh and yes, Nissa brought home a bagful of gifts some of which were given by my niece Liza.

I have refrigerator magnets and key rings again with lots of chocolates, a lovely blouse, condiments for Singaporean dishes,a big bottle of Neutrogena facial wash, Hainanese Kaya Spread With honey. Kaya is a sweet creamy coconut spread made from coconut milk, eggs, and are flavored with pandan leaf and sweetened with honey, Laksa and Tom Yam noodles.

And the highlight of course is purchasing a brand new Samsung phone, Samsung a20s which was newly launched last September 2019.  And I won’t have to add a memory card. It has a 64 GB memory /4GB RAM. a triple camera (13MP, 8MP and 5MP)…lovely

Samsung A20S

It is always a joy to spend an important occasion with the family no matter how simple it is.

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Let me see, I’ll be turning 63 in a few hours. Another milestone to reach, more dreams to uphold.

I have always said before that celebrating a birthday is like waiting for New Year to arrive.

The past year has been a quiet one, just the way I like it. I was overjoyed discovering new authors and new books. Yes, give me a book anytime, and I’m in 7th heaven.

Thank you Lord for the gift of life.

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Did I say I finished two books in three days?  And yes, blogging was relegated to the back seat again.

The Brave

Waited for this book for almost a decade since it was published back in 2009. I love Nicholas Evans. Read all of his five books now. I wonder why he is no longer writing. I haven’t seen a new one since The Brave. The last time I heard of the guy was back in 2010 when he and his family members got sick because of eating poisonous mushrooms.   The Brave is his last publication so far. Alternating between the main character Tommy Bedford’s fast and present, but you are never lost in the story. A lonely childhood, as heartwarming as his other books.

Lost December

Richard Paul Evans, you rock!

Just finished reading this in a day. I love the twist and turns of the story. Evan’s stories have that arresting themes that grips you, some warm tales of family life, triumphs, friendship. They are feel-good stories that make you go on reading till you reach the last page.

Lost December is one of those. I like the relationship between father and son, how they survived the brief alienation from each other and how the son learned how important family is in the end.

We make bad choices at times but the lessons they teach us are priceless. I have this lovely quote from the book:

” In life we all take different paths, some more difficult than others, but in the end, all that matters is whether or not they lead us home.”

Except for his Michael Vey series which are more YA books in character, I read almost all of his books. We are friends at Facebook…haha 🙂 His books  I have are hardbounds and all have lovely covers to boot. I love the quotes written in each chapter of every book. Aside from Mary Oliver, he is one of my favorite authors.

Oh my, and I found two more books by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of the Yellow Sun and Americanah. I Am David by Anne Holm has been on my wish list for a number of years now and what do you know, I’ll be reading it soon too.

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