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I haven’t seen Nate for almost two months now since he has Saturday classes to make up  for those days that classes were suspended. Yesterday though, his class had a field demo in Physical Education and Nissa took a video and some photos of the kids.

These photos were taken yesterday in school. Nissa said he gained weight the past month. I said, “bagay”.

Mother and daughter team….haha! Nissa has lots of photos of Nate and the two of them together usually inside  the car but this was taken in front of her in-laws house.

Hope to see you this coming Saturday Nate. Nonna misses you.

 

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I was supposed to garden for a while but the sudden drizzle put a stop to it.  Now the sun is up and it’s hot outside.

Starting the month right with a few posts…hehe. Anyway, yesterday Nissa sent me this latest photo of Nate wearing a Katipunan attire.  Maybe they had a program in school commemorating those earlier historical events.

Haven’t seen Nate for more than a month now since he has classes during  Saturdays to make up for those past days when there were no classes because of typhoons. Though we talk over the phone, it is always nice to see them personally. There is nothing like playing together, laughing out loud, sharing a meal and lots of stories.

I miss you baby. Stay well and good.

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We are a big clan.

My  paternal grandfather had fifteen kids in all and dad was second to the oldest  among Tatay’s  kids (we called our  paternal grandfather Tatay and all the rest of his other siblings except my lone aunt who we called Nanang). The first seven were during the first marriage and the second eight kids with Tatay’s second wife. I never knew my paternal grandmother. She died giving birth to their youngest, their seventh child who grew up with speech defect  and cannot speak well.  One of them told me that I look like her, speak like her and even got her mannerism. Maybe that was why I was so closed to them when they were alive. Let’s just say I was one of their favorite nieces.  They are all gone now except the youngest who is now around eighty years old.

When Tatay married again, they had eight kids and the youngest is now as old as I am. I remember Dad telling me that his only sister used to take care of her half-siblings. My two aunts and an uncle live in Spain with their families and the youngest  is married to a Japanese and has lived in Japan for more than three decades now.

I have close to about fifty first cousins  and  so many nephews and nieces with their own families now.  Imagine having so many grandchildren with cousins. I  haven’t met almost half of them except seeing them in pictures. Last February 2011, my aunts and uncles organized a family reunion and it was an amazing attendance with around a hundred family members  including their wives and husbands.  I was not able to attend though because of health problems.

When my aunts  and I meet, we usually talk about our family tree.  We remember those days when Tatay was still alive and my brothers and I would visit them in their home in another barangay in the province.  We remember those days when Tatay was so active in Church. He was a choir member and  a Legion of Mary member too. And I remember those days when we would visit their farm and before we go home, our bags are laden with fresh veggies and some fruits.

Though we are far from each other, we get by through Facebook messenger and occasional texts and calls.  We are connected. We may not often see each  other but the bond is there.

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The sun is shining bright. I hope the monsoon rains which typhoon Maria would be bringing are not strong to cause flooded streets and houses. Sometimes monsoon rains take as long as more than a week, a little inconvenient when you want to go out and it’s raining outside.

I checked the garden for a while making sure that the the plants in the planter’s box not reached by the previous rain yesterday are not too dry.  I also checked our jackfruits which are still fruiting and our two kalamansi trees.  What do you know. I just harvested about a kilo of fresh kalamansi. Perfect for  marinating meat, dips and making kalamansi juice. I am trying to limit my sugar intake though so it would be just a bit of  sugar.  I am planning to buy honey when I go back to the supermarket.

Fresh kalamansi

For the past two days, I avoided eating rice. Carbohydrates eventually turn into sugar and sugar feeds cancer cells. Trying to do it right slowly until my body adjusts to no rice at all. My daughter Nissa is on a Keto diet. She’s been on it for the past two years.  I asked my internist about it and he said I should not eat fats  since I am on maintenance with high blood pressure. I  don’t like fats specially from pork  and chicken.   When I buy chicken, I remove the skin or have chicken breasts deboned by the vendor.  Josef suggested that I cook my meals in our steamer to avoid those unnecessary oils and fats that I don’t need.

Over the weekend, Josef and I bought some wonton wrappers and cooked  Pinsec frito. Pinsec is a type of dumplings wherein wonton wrappers are filled with ground meat, carrots, sesame oil, salt, ground black pepper, green onion, crab meat (optional), and egg  or seafood filling and then deep-fried until golden and crisp. It’s best eaten when it’s hot and it’s best with sweet and sour sauce as dips.

Pinsec Frito

As we grow older, it’s not just the body aches and muscular pains that we experience. I still feel my immunity is low. After all these years, maybe it is still the effect of chemo drugs. I am grateful though that despite all these  setbacks, I feel okay and I thank God for that.

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Yesterday was another  lovely family day. Played with Nate, gave him a bath and picked calamansi for them to bring home.

When  he got bored with his meager toys here, he suggested that we open the PC so he could play. He knows how to play Bejeweled and when he hits the target and see the word  Excellent, he claps his hands and points to the  scoreboard.  He asked me to open Warcraft and StarCraft but I told him those were not for little boys like him. It is only his Ninong Josef who play the games.  I showed many photos that I took previously and those which Nissa forwarded through messenger. He was happy.

He tinkered with my tab, finally finding the camera and took shots of Nissa sleeping on the bed. I erased most of them because they were not in focus and so blurry. Before they left, I took a few shots not being aware that  he set it to video. So we had so many one minute and fifty seconds video shots while he was making faces in front of the camera. Naughty, naughty Nate.  He ended saying “Do you like it Nonna”?

I asked him about school and his classmates. He said that he brings lunch to school because his class ends at 11:20 am.  When his classmates noticed it, they also brought their  own.  “Girls are not allowed“, he told me, meaning it is an all-boys class.

I promised to buy  him some marbles to play with next time he visits and toy soldiers too, he added. He brought with him a big transformer car but could not  make it  go because the batteries were not charged properly.  So we just converted it to a big robot.

The happiness of a child sometimes lie in simple things.  They don’t need really complicated toys to make them happy. It was another wonderful day, another day to cherish.

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It’s Josef”s 34th birthday today. He didn’t file a leave of absence  so probably we will just celebrate when he comes home this afternoon.

I recycled one his photos   from two years ago. Taken on the same day when he took a vacation leave so we could go out and celebrate.

Today is another blessing, another year of celebration of life. I remember when he was born. Compared to Nissa, it was a very easy birth. We arrived at the hospital at about 10 pm then at 11:15 pm, we touched faced.  He was a healthy 7.3 lbs. baby, low forceps.  We checked out the following day. He was named Alvin Josef. We call him Sef at home but his friends and office mates call him Alvin.

So really blessed and lucky to have a very responsible, loving and lovable kid. Way to go Josef. HAPPY BIRTHDAY 🙂

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When he turned two, he cuddled a Mickey Mouse stuffed toy bigger than he was.  By the time he was three, he was so amazed with Spiderman.

Now that he is five, he loves everything about Spiderman.   It is the first day of school today. He is now in Kindergarten.  All of his stuff from his bag to lunch box to  his jacket are all Spidey.

Way to go Nate. Make it good okay?  I know you are more inspired to go to school.

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