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Yeay, I went out in the garden to sweep the yard and water the plants. It’s cold outside and the past mornings and late afternoons were kind of windy. I started pruning our Fukien tea plants but didn’t finish them yesterday. I was kind of lazy and sleepy too.

It’s nice to stay in bed a little late sometime. And with a hot mug of coffee, it’s wonderful. I always use Stevia nowadays. Trying to avoid sugar because of my abnormal blood glucose.

Do you keep new year resolutions? I used to but not anymore. It is never followed anyway. Unfulfilled dreams, things going haywire, health problems, political unrest etc. etc. Year 2022 was not favorable to us as a family although we were happy that my youngest brother and his wife visited us last November and stayed for two weeks. Mom could no longer recognize him. She thought he was my son Josef. We lost a younger brother last May 15 to colon cancer, the same ailment that my oldest brother and I had several years. He was a bit too young to die at 61.

When you think of the past days and months rapidly melting into 2023, you can’t help but think. How come that despite your efforts to stay healthy, you still have problems with your health? Unfulfilled dreams for the future are a little stressful but I am not dwelling on them that long. Prayers always help. They are my stronghold when I am happy or feeling so low.

I am looking forward to 2023. I hope it would be a good year for the whole family and the whole world. Are you looking forward to it too?

Happy New Year in advance✨️🎈🎉

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Yeay, I went out in the garden to sweep the yard and water the plants. It’s cold outside and the past mornings and late afternoons were kind of windy. I started pruning our Fukien tea plants but didn’t finish them yesterday. I was kind of lazy and sleepy too.

It’s nice to stay in bed a little late sometime. And with a hot mug of coffee, it’s wonderful. I always use Stevia nowadays. Trying to avoid sugar because of my abnormal blood glucose.

Do you keep new year resolutions? I used to but not anymore. It is never followed anyway. Unfulfilled dreams, things going haywire, health problems, political unrest etc. etc. Year 2022 was not favorable to us as a family although we were happy that my youngest brother and his wife visited us last November and stayed for two weeks. Mom could no longer recognize him. She thought he was my son Josef. We lost a younger brother last May 15 to colon cancer, the same ailment that my oldest brother and I had several years ago. He was a bit too young to die at 61.

When you think of the past days and months rapidly melting into 2023, you can’t help but think. How come that despite your efforts to stay healthy, you still have problems with your health? Unfulfilled dreams for the future are a little stressful but I am not dwelling on them that long. Prayers always help. They are my stronghold when I am happy or feeling so low.

I am looking forward to 2023. I hope it would be a good year for the whole family and the whole world. Are you looking forward to it too?

Happy New Year in advance✨️🎈🎉

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Today is the eve of the much-awaited Christmas day. Though our Noche Buena would be simple this time, I still look forward to twelve midnight where we share and rejoice in Jesus’ coming. I have given my gifts to mom and the kids. Let us not forget why we celebrate CHRISTmas.

It is also the 9th morning of the dawn masses but I finished Simbang Gabi last night. Two of my favorite priests had concelebrated mass last night. Fr. Pao delivered a touching and a very inspiring homily which reminds me, I love to share it on my wall so I could listen to it time and again.

Yesterday, we had Christmas lunch with Nissa’s family. I just cooked carbonara pasta and we ordered the rest online – 2 roasted chicken, grilled pork liempo and bangus. Had two flavors of ice cream for dessert. We exchanged gifts and Nissa gave me a set of bedsheet, table cloth and table runner plus a box of tea infusion from Marks and Spencer with matching tea biscuits. They also brought with them an umbrella and a broom from Baguio. Nate was so happy with his Christmas gifts, I also gave him cash for his birthday last month. Although they didn’t stay long, it was a lovely reunion. They watched Eraserheads concert the previous night and came home late so they were sleepy. Eraserheads is a famous local band in the country. Nissa told me that even if the tickets were so expensive, it was all worth it.

Come to think of it, we didn’t have picture-taking except for the two shots I took while we were praying before lunch.

Oh, my order of lumpiang shanghai has just been delivered.

MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone❤🌲🥂🎄🎁

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The Catholic Church will be celebrating its first Sunday of Advent tomorrow where the first purple candle will be lit. It is called the Prophecy Candle which symbolizes Hope and God’s forgiveness toward man. It also symbolizes the expectation of the Messiah.

Come to think of it, it’s 28 days more to go before Christmas. Yes, I am counting but I am not much enthusiastic about decorating for Christmas. Last year, I bought a three-foot tall Christmas tree instead of putting our old seven-foot tree. Much as I want to change some decor, they have gone too high too like the basic commodities in supermarket and grocery stores. Our street though is now decorated with Christmas parols/stars in each front of the houses.

I am busy with our local government’s requirements for mom’s social pension which I should have done before but it’s only this time that I have her transferred as a permanent resident of our town since she has been with me for more than three years now. I already have her senior’s ID issued by the municipal hall. Our Dept. of Social Welfare and Development needs updated ID pictures of hers so I draped a white linen in one of our windows yesterday and took shot of her on my phone. I had it printed at the photo shop today together with three photos of us and Nate. I also bought three frames for the enlarged photos. I also started choosing more pictures for printing, got ten from several albums on my Facebook account.

I hear Christmas carols now being played at a department store near our place. Christmas time is definitely near.

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A lovely image of our Blessed Mother. I always look forward to this day every year. I always blog about her on her birthday.

Pueblo Amante de Maria❤❤❤🌷🌸💐🌹

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 “Do you understand what I have done? You call me your teacher and Lord, and you should, because that is who I am. And if your Lord and teacher has washed your feet, you should do the same for each other. I have set the example, and you should do for each other exactly what I have done for you..”John 13:12-15

For the past several years or so, we started our tradition of Visita Iglesia every Holy Thursday and I always look forward to it every year. It’s one way of celebrating Holy Week by visiting old churches and praying the fourteen stations of the Cross.

Holy Thursday marks the end of the forty days of Lent. Holy Thursday is the day that we Catholics commemorate the institution of three pillars of the Catholic Faith: the Sacrament of Holy Communion, the priesthood, and the Mass. During the Last Supper, Christ blessed the bread and wine with the very words that Catholic and Orthodox priests use today to consecrate the Body and Blood of Christ during the Mass and the Divine Liturgy. In telling His disciples to “Do this in remembrance of Me,” He instituted the Mass and made them the first priests. And it’s the beginning of the three-day celebration of Easter. We call it the Maundy Thursday. Maundy is a Latin word “mandatum” which means a commandment. It was during the Last Supper that Jesus commanded:

And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.‘ John 13:34

The washing of the feet represents  the service and charity of Christ, who came “not to be served, but to serve.” It reminds us of  the tradition  of spring cleaning, that we have to be clean, both in body and mind to welcome the glorious celebration of Easter.

Here’s wishing you all a Holy and Blessed Maundy Thursday!

(A repost from 2012)

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It seems like I no longer want to go outside from my comfort zone. Yesterday was only the second time I had my hair trim since the pandemic began. I have to wait for almost an hour before it was my turn at the parlor shop. The hair stylist asked me if I want to have my hair colored back to black. I told her I am waiting for it to turn all white. She smiled and I told her to remove the curls. My hair has that natural curl when it grows a little longer.

Overjoyed to see several fruits. I bought two kilos of mangoes. They are in season now because it is already summer. I haven’t tasted star apple the past three years so I also bought a kilo. It might take sometime again before I could go out. I am not that eager anyway, there are now so many alternatives in buying what one needs. Even medical prsecriptions are filled online. One of these days, I need to go back to my doctor though before my medical insurance expires on my 66th birthday six months from now.

It is Holy Wednesday and everything is quiet. Gone are those so noisy cars of candidates in the coming election. They’ll probably be back after Easter Sunday. A few more days to go before the much awaited election day.

Would you believe? I harvest two or three guavas everyday and eat them in the garden while I am watering the plants. One good thing about having a guava tree. Our lone papaya is still bearing fruit and every two or three months, I get to harvest one or two. Such is a world of a gardener. There is always something to look forward to. I harvested jackfruit three days ago and cooked it in coconut cream yesterday. Since we try to avoid eating meat during this Semana Santa, it is perfect with fried fish.

Have I told you that Nissa has Nate vaccinated too? He had his second dose last month. Next schoolyear, face to face classes would be implemented. They could not move yet to their new house because they have decided to add two more rooms and a balcony plus cabinets and bedroom dividers which were not included in their original plan. It is better to fix everything first before they transfer. Construction would probably take six months.

Something happened to my cellphone last night. I was trying to charge it but it didn’t and “reboot” appeared. I lost all the photos in my gallery, good thing I have several albums saved on Facebook and the photos I have on my tab. That was more than 700 photos I lost. I need to register again to our Cainta app so I could show it when I go to the mall.

Have a blessed HOLY WEDNESDAY🙏🙏🙏👏👏👏

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Uneventful February. Well, except for my booster shot last February 9 and going out last week to deposit a check to the bank, I didn’t go out much. If you can call twice visit to the grocery store at the gate of the subdivision a venture outside, that’s it. All other needs were delivered online.

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday. For us Catholics, it is the beginning of Lent and ends on Holy Thursday. It is one of the most importang events in the liturgical calendar, the imposition of ashes. Turn away from sin and believe in the Gospel. I am planning to attend the 6am mass at the Shrine of Our Lady Of Light. The family still observes abstaining from meat on all Fridays of Lent. Senior citizens like mom and I are already exempted though. Still, it is nice to keep the tradition.

I hope March would be a good month for us all.

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I attended two online masses this morning, I regret though that I was not able to participate in the imposition of the ashes.

Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent. Time to reflect. Although senior citizens like me are already exempted from fasting and abstinence, I will still try to observe it on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and will abstain from eating meat and meat products in all Fridays of Lent. Just bought several kilos of fish and some veggies yesterday.

Here are some lovely thoughts, in the words of Pope Francis.

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Most Catholics here in our country waited last night with so much anticipation on the start of our celebration of Simbang Gabi (mass at night) and Misa de Gallo  (dawn or rooster mass) early this morning. Simbang Gabi as we usually call it is a nine-day novena before Christmas.  It is a lovely tradition we observe every year. I miss going out at night to attend it this time of pandemic.  Almost every church go online though. Attendance is still limited when you attend personally at the church, receive communion and participate in the prayers and participate in the singing. That is the limitation of attending masses online but you can choose which church and service you want to listen to.

I think, those in-charge of  tracking this Covid pandemic only allows 30% capacity of these celebrations in churches. There is even a directive now starting today that wearing face shields and face masks are mandatory. It used to be where face shields are only seen in malls because they are required by the establishments when you enter. Now, once you leave your house and go to a public place, you have to wear face shields as well with the face masks.

My goodness gracious, they are blind to the fact that most people wear both when they go out. And we’ve been doing it for almost ten months now. Some government officials break their own rules. The present chief of the Phil. National Police even had his mañanita birthday celebration at the height of ECQ some months ago. Are they doing anything? I bet…waiting for available vaccine which is even reported to have been purchased from china.

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