Posted in blessings, blogging, health, journeys, life, reflections, silence speaks, tagged health, journeys, life, my 6th year in remission, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts on July 14, 2015 |
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It’s been a while and I’ve missed blogging. I don’t want to miss this opportunity though to say my heartfelt THANK YOU for all the blessings in my life.
Today is my 6th year in remission. Some of you might wonder why I celebrate something that brought me so much pain and insecurities and doubts and all the emotions you could imagine. I believe that you are strongest when you are at your weakest. Cryptic you might say but it is true. When you are at the lowest ebb in your life, when you feel so much alone, God is there to lift you up. When you are given second chances at life, you appreciate every minute of every day that you are alive. You appreciate the wonder of living no matter how painful it is sometimes, no matter how hurt you feel because not every one is happy for you. You wonder how you were able to cope but you did and you smile that you are brave and strong in facing all the challenges, and you are left standing tall and proud.
Six years ago, I also started this blog because I wanted to share my plight hoping that I could reach some souls out there who are in the same journey as I was. I am glad that a few also shared their personal experiences with me and I am happy that in the process of blogging, I met a lot of online friends who made the journey even more meaningful and worthwhile.
Six years ago, I was given a second chance at life. I am grateful and thankful for everything.
Today, I celebrate the beauty of life. Today, I celebrate the gift of second chances. Today, I celebrate the gift of family. Today, I celebrate the gift of friends who were with me throughout my journey and I am thankful for those new friends I met along the way.
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It’s good to be back.
I haven’t been feeling well the past days so blogging has taken a back seat. Arrggh…the aches and pains of getting old. It’s quite nice to read other people’s thoughts once again and look at the lovely photos after a self-imposed absence from blogging. Sometimes, I feel so lazy to even boot the computer and check my e-mails. I just checked my stats and saw some previous posts which kept appearing on my most read/top posts. This blog entry is actually my 1675th one. I think I’ve already covered almost every subject that I wanted to share in cyberspace.
In between taking naps now and then and drinking lots and lots of water and buko juice (young coconut juice), I’ve finished three books in four days. I would have wanted to visit Nissa’s family last weekend but I always find it a challenge to commute on my own. Nate had fever too, so with Nissa so we survived on Viber, Skype and text messages. Thank God we are okay now. Hopefully, we could be together either on Saturday or Sunday to celebrate Josef’s 31st birthday.
A friend recently commented on one of my notes at FB about the books I have on my list. I couldn’t remember how many books I’ve read before including those of Nissa’s that she used to collect (Charmed series, Sweet Valley High and Sweet Valley University). You would probably classify them now as YA books, chick lit or contemporary ones. I grew up on M & B when I was in high school and all books were borrowed from the library. I have some all-time favorites though. They taught me so many things. Here’s my short list:
1. Markings – Dag Hammarskjold
2. Seasons in the Sun – Rod McKuen
3. All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten – Robert Fulghum
4. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint Exupery
5. The Prophet – Kahlil Gibran
6. Tuesdays With Morrie – Mitch Albom
7. Letting Go – Morrie Schwartz
8. The Heart of Loving – Eugene Kennedy
9. Gift from the Sea – Anne Morrow Lindbergh
10. Jonathan Livingston Seagull – Richard Bach
11. Why Am I Afraid to Tell You Who I Am – John Powell
12. Simple Moments – Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD
13. Charlotte’s Web – E. B. White
14. I Like You Just Because – Albert Nimeth, OFM
15. Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor E. Frankl
16. The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand
17. Embraced By the Light – Betty J. Eadie
18. It Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It – Robert Fulghum
19. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
20. Grow Something Besides Old – Laurie Beth Jones
I actually blogged about this on 15 Books, 15 Minutes years ago (list of 15 books you can recall in 15 minutes). I hope you’re not getting bored reading a blog post all about books. I just started on my second book of Lisa Genova called Love Anthony and it’s about autism. Remember Still Alice?
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Posted in blogging, journeys, life, thoughts, tagged a bit of myself, journeys, life, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts and ramblings on June 1, 2015 |
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I was so looking forward to the month of May but it came and went with nary a thing that I could remember it by except the intense heat that it brought to the country. There were the occasional thirty-minute rains late noon or early at night which made me clean our small pond manually since we haven’t attached our new submersible pump yet. I miss our Koi fish which I used to watch early in the morning as they did their morning exercise of swimming back and forth in their small abode. Such is life, a certain phase of the journey has to end sometimes or take a back seat to give way to a new adventure. I promise myself though that I won’t take care of Koi again. I am thinking of converting the vacant pond to a garden with lots or ornamental flowers but I miss the relaxing and soothing sound of trickling water every time I visit it.
I think I forgot how to blog. The past few days have been all work and to tell you the truth I wasn’t really inspired to write a few lines. Maybe, blogging has ingrained itself so much in my psyche that life feels a little wanting without writing my thoughts so here I am again trying to organize them.
June, what have you got in store for me?
A few nights ago, I dreamed of fireflies, those tiny insects that my cousins and I used to catch at night when we were kids. We would put them in empty glass jars and watch the tiny flames in their bodies. I dreamed I was in the middle of a meadow watching the fireflies dance and waiting for the stars to show themselves in the night sky. They are best seen in the darkest of night don’t you think? Sometimes I miss the simple life we had in the province.
My son Josef is turning thirty-one in three weeks. He asked me to suggest a place where we could spend dinner or maybe lunch and I jokingly told him, I haven’t seen a movie in a decade. And I mean, the big cinema is now a luxury that I haven’t enjoyed for the longest time. DVDs and occasional Star movies on television put a stop to that. We both laughed when I told him that I like a big bag of popcorn too. Why is eating popcorn so tempting when you are inside a movie house?
Welcome June, I hope you won’t pass us by too quickly.
“In early June the world of leaf and blade and flowers explodes, and every sunset is different.” – John Steinbeck
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…then everything is quiet,
and you get lost again in the beautiful
experience of absorbing more words
and you are transported to another place….
I’ll be back….promise.
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Gosh, no matter how careful you are in editing your blog posts, sometimes there is always an unwanted word or an unwanted letter that should not be there at all. Or maybe in your haste to publish what you have written, you don’t see your own mistakes glaring at you in the face. I think the hardest thing to edit is your own work. I was frowning when I saw these words….when a personS starts….That was the quote I included in my last post. What a shame, personS indeed. It’s the “S” letter and it’s ugly :(
The proofreader here is not enough because as long as the spelling of the word is correct, even if it was improperly used in a sentence you’ll still get to see “no writing errors were found”.
This reminds me of the late Inday Badiday’s tv program Careful, Careful.
Even seasoned authors have lapses too in their writings. I see those words especially in e-books. Those memes on Facebook, they make my head ache just reading those things on my news feed every day, that is why I don’t allow others to post on my wall. No one is allowed to automatically post things on my timeline, I review all tags before I add them up.
How do you use “who” and “that” in your sentence?
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Posted in blog update, blogging, journeys, life, tagged blogging, blogs, guilty pleasures, journeys, life, silence speaks, thoughts and ramblings, WordPress on May 11, 2015 |
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I am still counting. Indulge me a little… please. It’s my 6th year at WordPress.
And let’s keep this between us. I don’t really celebrate the time I opened an account here, not knowing what theme to use, not knowing how to customize a simple theme, not knowing how to blog at WordPress. There was that one pathetic post (a poem, if I remember) culled from my college journal and it stayed there for almost a year without any additional post. I am celebrating the time I transferred some of my blog posts from Multiply. One thing I remember was blogging about the movie Summer of 42 after accidentally finding a copy of the book by Herman Raucher.
More than a year later, I participated in WordPress’ 2011 Post A Day Challenge proudly posting the badge given by WordPress on my page. If I remember, I was in doubt if I’ll be able to finish it. Blogging everyday had its rewards but it was so hard to think of topics to blog about. It was a long uphill climb to get a thousand stats and a hundred viewers so to speak. When you are just starting to blog, you appreciate every like, every comment and everyone who follows it. First and foremost though were those times you were so touched by sincere comments that sometimes were longer than your post. Until now, I get a bit teary-eyed reading those comments shared by fellow sojourners, seeking an end to a painful reality, wishing that the journey is not that heavy to traverse and that the long road may not be that treacherous and thorny.
I wonder how long I’ll be able to keep this up, writing about everyday life, writing about simple things that may seem insignificant to most but precious to the heart, writing about the aches and pains of growing old and appreciating life – a life of second chances.
Thank you to my blogger friends. Thank you to all those people who visit my blog every day.
The dream stays. It will come true someday I know.
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Posted in blogging, books, family life, guilty pleasures, life, reading, tagged blogging, books, gadgets, life, micro SD card, SD card on May 8, 2015 |
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It’s been a while ….again!
I don’t know, maybe it is the effect of the humid weather here. It is hot and I mean it is so hot. It rains at times in the afternoon but it is never enough to diffuse the heat. Sometimes I have to water the plants twice a day because I pity seeing their leaves wither and all. Good luck to our next water bill.
I told you in one of my previous blogs that I am catching up on my reading, finding the books I purchased last year mixed with the bestsellers that I collect and along with those books are my e-books on my micro SD card. Here’s what happened three days ago, I accidentally dropped my phone on a basin of water while doing household chores. Gosh, you could hear my shouts probably up the third street of our subdivision. I fished it out and a little amount of water sipped through my lower screen. I told Josef about it and he said that I open it, remove the battery, remove the SIM card and the SD card too. We have to have it dry before checking back if everything is okay. To think that my e-books are all there. My brother assured me though that unlike the SIM, the SD card is safe from damage. I held that thought until my son came home and opened it, had it dried for two days, (luckily, there was little water) then he tried reassembling it yesterday. Alleluia! It worked, all my photos were intact and all the Viber photos of Nate that Nissa sent me. The screen though has blurred to a dull cloudy gray but at least all my e-books were there. I could not make a call nor send texts and some of my contacts were deleted from the list. Josef’s girlfriend who is quite knowledgeable on cellphone settings was able to retrieve them all but my Aldiko e-book reader was not functioning. Josef tried to uninstall and reinstall it to no avail, it could not read my micro SD card where they are restored. I have been using the Aldiko Book Reader App on my android phone for almost three years and since it is easy to navigate, I never thought of installing other applications but last night Josef tried installing the free Moon + Reader and Skoob EPUB Reader on my phone. So far so good but I am not happy with both. I could not find Import so I have to read sometimes direct from the SD card or wait for the book I would like to read to download first. It’s a good thing I have a reliable and cheap double SIM phone to make calls and send texts. I am still lucky I could do the same with my damaged phone. Oh well, I am thinking of buying a mid-range phone, something affordable but could still function as an e-book reader. Buy a tab, Josef tells me and I jokingly told him, I’ll buy a gift for myself on Mother’s Day.
There are only two occasions in a year that I buy something for myself (something I like but not necessarily needed) because I think I deserve it (haha), during my birthday and during Mother’s day. Most of the time I buy books or small kitchen gadgets.
Say hello to a new cellphone or tab. Wish me luck :) Did I just say a new cell phone? Oh my, I hope I can afford it.
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