Posted in 2017, blog update, blogging, books, journeys, life, reading, writing, tagged blogging, books, guilty pleasures, journeys, life, reading, silence speaks on January 1, 2017 |
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Mulling over what 2017 holds in store. It’s a season of hope and new beginnings. A new leaf in the calendar, a blank page that needs to be filled with experiences, journeys and daily happenings in one’s life. There is something nice about a new beginning. You are excited to make it a success somehow, you are excited to learn more about life itself and more excited to traverse an unknown journey with hope and faith in the Almighty.
Time was when a new year is filled with resolutions so to speak. Now I call them goals in life, those small achievable things that make the journey wonderful – the beauty of everything simple. the abundance of blessings one receives day-to-day, the fulfillment of a dream.
I vow to read more books this year, maybe increase the previous 123 books I managed to finish on Goodreads’ reading challenge for 2016. Hopefully, I’ll make it to the 150 mark. I actually started reading an hour after we met the new year last night. Travelling Light by Tov Jansson is a collection of several stories that cover so many subjects. I am just on the first few chapters of the book but I guess I would enjoy it. I wish I could blog every day just like before, never mind if they’ll just be a few lines without photos. The richness of a simple story depends on how it is presented, whether one’s target audience is appreciative enough. Hopefully this post would be the start.
I love to share with you a lovely quote from Langston Hughes’ Dreams. This has inspired me through the years.
Hold onto dreams
For if dreams die
Life is like a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
More dreams to hold. Welcome 2017 🙂 🙂 🙂
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Posted in blessings, blog update, blogging, family, family life, journeys, life, my blogging journey, thoughts and ramblings, tagged blogging, family life, journeys, New Year 2017, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts and ramblings, year-end blog 2016 on December 28, 2016 |
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As all things go, there is an end to everything – days, months and years included. And yes, 2016 is about to end and we think of those things we did this year, old and new friends we met, family togetherness, places we dreamed of visiting, lessons learned, hours wasted on senseless thoughts (sometimes) and all the other things that make life and living worthwhile.
It’s been a quiet year for us except those times we went out as a family to celebrate birthdays and those times we had visitors at home to celebrate with us too. It is always nice to get in touch with friends, sharing meals together and being happy just exchanging news and ideas. It is always nice to be with the whole family celebrating togetherness no matter how simple it is. We do find meaning in the ordinary things in our lives, one has to look back, discern, and admire what is before us. We find meaning in our brokenness, those times when we felt so down and everyone cared, we are just grateful for that.
Do you make new year’s resolution? I’ve never been good at keeping one. They always get broken one way or another. So I dream, make some of it into reality and just enjoy what is in store. The days are not always happy, some are like memories blurred at the edges, some are like a closed book so pleasant to discover, some are lovely thoughts waiting to be shared.
Blogging has become one major step to sharing with online friends. It is such pure heaven to meet fellow bloggers who share their lives, their hobbies, their families and their precious photos and memories. Blogging has become a daily exercise that I look forward to, reshaping my views with the world outside. Blogging has become a pleasant tool for friendship. I’ve finally reached more than 2,000 followers including my 90 followers linked at Twitter. Isn’t it nice that every day, the blog stats increase a little more than before? It’s close to 445,000 views now. I made a total of 157 blog posts this year, add maybe two or three more before the year ends. The wonder of blogging. May I just thank you all for sharing with me through my blogs and yours? Thank you, thank you so much.
May the next year be a pleasant, happy and fruitful one for all of us. Happy 2017 guys.
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Posted in blogging, books, family life, I love Sundays, life, tagged blogging, books, journeys, life in the boomer lane, life of a senior citizen, reading, thoughts and ramblings on December 18, 2016 |
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Ah, the joys and perks of being a senior citizen.
I turned sixty more than a month ago, finally having that much-awaited SC card. There are so many perks attached to being a senior in our country. You have the cinemas for free at certain days of the week or having discounts on other days. I am not much of a cinema fan though so I have not availed yet of free movies and such. Maybe, when I am not that busy anymore and could find time to see a movie, I will. What I did manage to make use of that card in a big restaurant was when Nissa, Josef and I dined at Vikings Marikina on my birthday. And it’s not because I am a senior but they give free lunch or dinner to birthday celebrators for the month. I enjoy the perks of a 20% discount though at Jollibee and McDonald’s. Almost every Sunday we attend mass early and have our breakfast at Jollibee. I love their longganisa with poached egg and a cup of hot chocolate or coffee. They also give a free copy of Philippine Star (one of our national dailies). That at least makes me enjoy dining out at fast food restaurants. Jollibee is a home-grown food chain which has also become famous in other countries. Some grocery items also have discounts depending on what you will buy and if it is included in their list. Hotels and travels have 20% discounts too.
It’s taking a long time for my Social Security pension to be credited to my account. SSS said it usually takes two months to process such. I wonder what’s taking them that long. Hopefully, by January I’ll be able to enjoy it.
Talk about the joys of blogging. Imagine a grandma blogging still and enjoying reading other blog posts. Sometimes, I just could not keep up with those wonderful posts I see here on WordPress. And I noticed too that most bloggers I follow are in their senior years like me. Well, base on experience, they have more things to share and more wonderful happenings in their lives. We talk about our kids, how successful they have become. We talk about our grandkids, how we enjoy their company and their presence in our lives. We talk about several things like photography, gardening, trying new recipes, visiting places and our daily struggles in life. We learn, oh how we learn from other bloggers.
I follow a certain blogger here Ana Linden. She’s giving away free copies of her e-books until December 31st I think. I just downloaded them They have 5 stars at Goodreads.
Happy Sunday to all.
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Posted in blogging, Closer to God, I love weekends, my blogging journey, silence speaks, tagged 3rd night of Simbang Gabi, Awaiting Christmas 2016, blogging, Christmas 2016, Closer to God, reflections, silence speaks on December 17, 2016 |
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Lately, I promised myself to write everyday just like when I participated in WordPress’ Post A Day writing challenge back in 2011 but always, always I get distracted by other things. There is always something that is ought to be done, there is always something that prevents me from sitting long enough to write a blog post, there is always something better and more urgent to do than blogging.
Josef and I had our twice a month visit at the wet market early this morning. We make it a point to go there early so we could catch fresher produce. It is easier to navigate the place when there are few early risers like us. One thing that I love about my suki (favorite vendors) is that they give you discounts especially when you buy by the kilo. My son knows where we buy meat, poultry, fish and vegetables. It is always a thrill to discover new things at the wet market. Compared to prices in supermarkets, items are a lot cheaper and fresher. Come to think of it, they give Christmas gifts too. My fish suki gives me a bottle of fish sauce every year, my other suki gives t-shirt. Some of them give coin purses that are so handy to use when marketing. Josef laughs at me when I smile bringing home these gifts. Simple though they may be, but we always say, it’s the thought that counts.
It’s the third night of Simbang Gabi.
Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel.
Emmanuel means God is with us. The gospel today talks about the presence of God in our lives. It is the presence of God which will complete us, not power, not wealth, not possessions. We seek God’s presence, we knock so we could be heard and we do this through prayers. We see Jesus though in the Holy Eucharist.
May you all be blessed. Have a nice weekend.
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Have you ever encountered this message while logging in to your account here at WordPress. Yesterday, while I tried to log in I had this message on my PC. I’ve been using Firefox for the longest time and it was only now that I encountered such. I got a headache reading those comments by bloggers who had similar problem like I did. I also search how it could go back to normal but since I am not a techy, it is so hard to understand everything.
I’ve finally switched to Chrome and it is going great. I wonder why we encounter these errors. It is time-consuming to look for solutions that are never there. It is just crazy. Learning the use of Chrome all over again.
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Posted in blog update, blogging, journeys, life, thoughts, thoughts and ramblings, tagged a bit of myself, blogging, journeys, life, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts, thoughts and ramblings on November 29, 2016 |
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I am grateful.
I am grateful to all those online friends who are following my blog and posting comments to my posts, and to those who click “like” regularly too. There is a feeling of warmth when you see people reacting, commenting and liking your thoughts. I always say that sometimes the “muse” goes on leave for a while and you can’t think of anything to write about. You have written about your one remaining dog, and your cat and your garden and the blooms you are now enjoying. You have written about how it feels to be alone in your thoughts and how happy you are to have your family around. You have written about discovering new blogs and seeing those lovely places that they share.
It makes me smile.
It makes me smile to read the adventures and experiences of other bloggers, how they love sharing anything under the sun. It makes me smile to reach out and exchange thoughts with them. It makes me smile just being here. I have always said time and again that blogging has become a way of life. It has become part of the daily grind that we call life. When things get a little upsetting, I blog. When things get a little stressful, I blog too. When things make me happy, I share it in cyberspace. Our thoughts and actions define how we feel, how happy we are. Happiness comes naturally when we cultivate friendship in our own small way. It comes naturally when we interact with other people and make them smile too in the process. Little acts of kindness, some compassionate words to make one happy.
It gives meaning to my life.
Some of you won’t probably agree on this one. Blogging for me is now a habit I can’t break, one good habit to journey through. It’s been more than seven long years of blogging. It has somehow change my perspective, the way I see things through other bloggers’ eyes.
How is your blogging journey?
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