Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for the ‘family life’ Category


Here’s the photo I was trying to show you. I used my tab to upload it since it was the one I used to take it. It is in my media library, it loaded yesterday, I wonder why it is missing now. Look at the muddy water all around.

Read Full Post »


Hopefully for good.

I didn’t have the heart to write the past days except to update you all on what happened here.

The hopelessness of seeing those affected by three consecutive typhoons which brought massive flooding, destroyed homes and crops, loss  of lives and so many homeless still struggling until now. I can’t forget the experience we had eleven years ago when we left the house with the flood waters up to my neck. You can only appreciate those little things in life that you used to ignore because they are there but at a blink of an eye suddenly gone. Needing a few pinch of salt to add to your cooking but you can’t find any.  Our ref was empty for days and we survived on canned goods  almost every day. I can’t imagine how the people in the north and in the Bicol region are doing at the moment with not even a house to come back to. So sad, so really, really sad.

Josef just washed and cleaned the carpet they were using in their room, Two more to go, one of which  I hadn’t used yet but they got wet when we were cleaning the floors. And the garden? Except for a few shoots, those that were close to the ground are still muddy until now. I’ve pruned the leaves and stems of some grown plants but we need to trim the carabao grass again.  It may take sometime before we could restore the whole thing to order. We’ll start tomorrow, hopefully.

I let myself relax for a while reading and finding materials (excerpts from my previous blog posts) to contribute to Sambuhay Interaktib, twice a week program of Sambuhay  TV mass. I found a small community of fellow Catholics there, befriended three of them.  The priest anchors are very supportive. Two stress-free nights twice a week 🙂

How are you all?  I’ll get back to reading your posts later, thanks!

Read Full Post »


I got engrossed for a while reading two books by Lucinda Riley consecutively in the last five days and before that, another book of hers last October. Read four all in all.  Anyway, I am trying to find more authors to follow. When I get excited with a particular book and a particular author, I  tend to look for more of his/her works.

Yeay, I only just discovered watching music videos on Facebook and those previous episodes of Pilipinas Got Talent. I am not bragging here but when it comes to music, Filipinos are the best. From ages about thirteen to twenties, they’ve got it.  There was even this Filipino shadow artist who had  the stage lit up in gold when he got the Golden Buzzer. So proud of these talented individuals.

Yesterday, I posted a photo  at Facebook taken when I got sick several years ago which was also used by my friend ( a producer of GMA 7) in their episode 24 Oras (Magic ng Pasko) four years ago. I know I featured that video here when they had their shoot here at home and included a segment of my plight as a cancer survivor. It earned a lot of hearts and likes.

I remember Doc Julie, one of my medical oncologists At the UST Benavidez  Cancer Institute eleven years ago. Those days when a smile  meant a lot  to me at the lowest ebb of my life.

Read Full Post »


Got so lazy again, just heard two online masses morning and afternoon, loaded the washing machine and cooked spaghetti for lunch. Haha, that’s how my day went. I didn’t even visit the garden. My plants are probably good for two more days without watering.

Aside from the surprise bouquet that Nissa sent me on my birthday,  she gave me additional gifts when they came over  last Saturday. Wow, two lovely sets of pajama and these two equally lovely washable face masks with eyelet designs but were provided with  inner pockets for  additional padding.

Nissa is so thoughtful when it comes to giving gifts.  Attached to the gifts is a homemade card from Nate. I was touched. He filled my Messenger with emoticons/emojis on my birthday – flowers, hearts, smileys, praying hand, a girl running. Maybe he does not know yet how to type his greetings hence, the more than twenty emojis on my wall.

I remember when Josef and Nissa were Nate’s age. They always had surprise letters and drawings when we got  home from work. They are still kept in my shoe box.

The joy of being remembered…priceless 🙂

Read Full Post »


We had this photo taken last Saturday, October 31 when Nissa and Obet dropped by to visit us. This ends  my October the only highlight of which were my birthday and Nissa and Obet’s visit.  We have to take this photo for prosperity…hehe!

Mother and daughter team…

Read Full Post »


It was a quiet quarantine birthday.  We just ordered food at home for lunch and dinner. I’ve missed Nissa’s family though. I was busy almost the whole day answering comments and greetings on Facebook and a couple of long-distance calls to boot.

I enjoyed reading all their messages. I guess that is how a quarantine birthday is celebrated. Since we can’t all go out, we just decided to stay at home.  I got a lovely surprise when someone called that he was at our gate, he greeted me a happy birthday first before delivering a big box from flowerstore.ph – a gift from Nissa. Wow! Took shots of how the day went.  It is quite touching to see  Mum smiling and lovingly touching those lovely blooms. She just love flowers.

Wohoo, that’s me at 64!

Look at the white hairs. I haven’t been to David’s for almost eight months now.

A boodle “bilao” (a big tray)complete with sisig, barbeque, tapa, fried chicken, chicken inasal and lumpiang shanghai plus a kilo of ready to fry veggie lumpia.

A birthday cake from Red Ribbon, a gift from Josef and Jovy.

Making a wish? Just for good health always!

Sunburst! A beautiful, cheery bouquet of two toned violet mums, pink carnations and a sunflower.

It came with this lovely birthday balloon.

Those carnations and mums are just so lovely.

How they look in our sala. I noticed the leaves that look like cuttings from Gardenia. Can’t wait to plant them soon.

So that’s how the day went. Glad to be 64 at last.

Read Full Post »


I had the chance to take more  shots of Cookie early this morning. What a joy to catch her in different poses.

She is quite behaved here.

Practicing looking at the mirror….haha! Are you vain Cookie?

Clingy type. She always wants to be cuddled.

She has definitely grown. She is three weeks with us now.

Look at that fan-like fur. So smooth to the touch.

Would you believe that she cries when Jovy washes her face and her bottom.  She couldn’t take a full bath yet at her age.  Both she and Oreo have more shots last Saturday.

Read Full Post »


Josef and Jovy were on leave today from work. They bought some groceries for us and the Samgyupsal grill. I had chicken, pork, and several kilos of fish and some veggies delivered today with no extra charge. I am glad that the seller took time to make a price list of what I ordered and printed it. They have vacuum-sealed everything except the veggies. That’s what I call good service. At last, I found a seller who is also after the convenience of the buyer. I haven’t eaten fish for almost two months now because I could not find someone who sells them fresh at least…. until this morning.

We enjoyed a yummy dinner with everything grilled. The samgyupsal tasted so good with all those side dishes and sausages plus the fresh Romaine lettuce. The thing is, it is a little hard to clean the grill.

This afternoon, Josef and Jovy brought the three furry loves to the animal clinic. They have to go back to fetch Noki for his anti-rabies injection. Cookie has her five in one shots and they told me that the vet calls her Taba. During the week that she stayed with us, she gained weight. Taba means fat…hehe! Oreo is now done with the eight in one shots. Actually, all three of them have gained weight especially Noki. He is not used riding in the car so he held on to Josef on their way to the vet’s clinic. Cookie just went to sleep when they reached home. She is well-behaved unlike Oreo, short of opening the door by himself, he keeps jumping every time the two arrive home. He knows the sound of the gate opening.

I was busy, haha! Busy reading.

Read Full Post »


You’d think it is a review of the movie, right? Wrong. I just borrowed the title.

I saw this picture of a little girl walking with her old grandma and I suddenly thought of my grandparents. I grew up not knowing nor even seeing my paternal grandmother. She died when her youngest son was born (the seventh child- six brothers and a sister). What was sad about it my uncle Domie who is now around eighty-two years old was born with speech defect. He is the only one we call uncle and the rest of them we call Tatay. Tatay means father in the vernacular. I don’t know what happened, uncle Domie never attended school but he knows how to count, he knows the faces of our local money. His nieces including me are all called Bea (pronounced as Be)by him.

Most of my Dad’s brothers and only sister told me that I was a look-alike of my paternal grandmother, my height, the way I walk, the way I speak and the way I carry myself among relatives and friends. I wished I have known her.My older brother and I together with three cousins grew up under the care of my maternal grandmother. Mom was always with Dad when he was working here in Metro Manila until my eldest brother and I reached high school and we were all transferred here. My youngest brother spent his grade school years in a nearby public school when we lived in Quezon City. The four of us spent our high school years at the University of Santo Tomas, two of us graduated there in college.

Speaking of my baing (vernacular for grandma), she was quite strict with us but we grew up knowing how to pray the rosary every six o-clock in the evening. There was even a part there spoken in Latin but I already forgot all about it. I wrote in one earlier post here that I learned weaving mats through her. I learned a lot about life during the Second World War through her stories. That probably influenced me why I like reading about anything historical now.

Funny how sometimes, just a mere picture would trigger memories. Sometimes, you long for those days of old. You smile at the thought and you reminisce.

Read Full Post »


For Nissa, this is a precious gift from her unico hijo.  Nate always ends up his greeting with “you’re the best”…. 🙂

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »