I was about to start gardening but there was this sudden drizzle enough to wet the grass but not enough to water the plants. It made me quite lazy to garden and played with our three dogs instead. I haven’t taken any picture with the three of them together since they run around when I am in the garden. I tried my tab’s camera to take a few shots though.
Haha, they are camera-shy. I often read in the garden using my tab and sometimes they are curious enough to see what I am doing, short of wanting to take a sip of my coffee or tea. Sometimes I feed them a day-old pandesal and they like it.
Most of my garden blooms now are my orange and pink-striped lilies. I replanted some plants early this morning and trimmed my overgrown bleeding hearts.
They are not as clear as those I take with my Canon camera and it is not so easy to focus the subject when you would like to take macro shots. Such is the limit of a lower megapixel.
My blackberries are thriving nicely. I planted five of them in a row behind the house. Oh, and the spicy and sweet aroma of the oregano mixed with minty smell of basil which I planted in a pot – heaven. Add the lemony scent of my Calamansi flowers and you’ll get the feel of a small garden where you can stay for a while, write a few lines or two or just watch the world go by.
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Posted in blog update, Faith, family, family life, guilty pleasures, I love Sundays, life, tagged family, family life, Feast of Sto. Nino, precious moments, Tondo fiesta on January 17, 2016 |
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Yesterday was Sto. Nino’s Feast Day. It’s a very important celebration for all Catholics in our country. Josef and I went to Tondo, Manila to visit Nissa’s family and her in-laws. I am amazed of my daughter’s familiarity with the place since she got married more than four years ago. Whereas before I only heard of Tondo, slowly I am getting to know the place now. We met Nissa in front of the Tutuban Center. She takes jogging to heart and regularly frequents the place on Sunday mornings to take Zumba class and jog. It was quite lovely to see joggers with their pets in tow. I also discovered that going via that route is easier than taking a connecting train ride. We had a hearty breakfast at Jollibee before proceeding to their place.
The Feast of Sto. Nino is almost a week-long celebration in most areas where the image of the child Jesus is their patron. Dawn processions, masses held in His honor, lots of food, programs and dancing at the town plaza and having so many balikbayans from all over the world add to the festive spirit of celebrating. Yesterday was also our town fiesta where I was born.
In Tondo, almost all streets were filled with people and it was quite hard to take a commute going back to Tutuban Center to take another LRT ride home to our place. Josef and I walked from Tutuban To Recto, my first long exercise since the start of the year.
I finally got my two copies of Richard Paul Evan’s books left by a friend with Nissa before going back to the USA after a two-week vacation. Got two more key rings , with the Statue of Liberty depicted beautifully in them. It is my first time to have key rings in New York.
Seeing Nate again was the highlight of our visit. He was afraid of the dragon dancers in the streets but he was so happy showing off that he is a werewolf with matching sounds to boot.
Such a happy occasion for the family. How was your Sunday?
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Nate is such a funny guy. He was so happy seeing all those gifts that he had to open last Christmas eve and was very excited to taste the simple spread we prepared for our Noche Buena. Nothing fancy but just a simple meal shared with the family. It was a ‘Special Day’ after all.
Reminiscing Christmas Eve 2015.
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Posted in blogging, family life, guilty pleasures, journeys, silence speaks, tagged Awaiting Christmas 2015, blogging, Christmas 2015, family life, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts, thoughts and ramblings on December 1, 2015 |
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Gosh, where have I been the past few days?
I don’t want to whine since it is the beginning of the Christmas season but apart from the endless shocking news in our part of the world, our internet connection has become oh so slow, slower than an aging turtle on the move. I could not even see those photos attached to several blogs that I follow and to think that is not enough, my old PC is acting up again.I am grateful though that I haven’t lost all those people who visit my blog. I have now reached a total of 375,260 hits as of this writing. I know, for some bloggers, this would not matter much but it’s okay, at least I know that even if most of them are not my followers, they visit my blog and read what I write. For a blogger, that means you’re not alone in cyberspace ranting or sharing your dreams. I treasure so many online friends here who also share their thoughts with me, they are the reason why this blog still exists.
Life has become such that a day won’t be complete without visiting at least one social media or reading news online. It makes me a little sad that for some people, texting is more acceptable than actual conversation and updating your wall on Facebook about the daily happenings in your life is more the “in” thing to do than calling or conversing with your loved ones. I know, I know, you would say, it can’t be helped because getting in touch with them through this medium is faster and easier too. We are enslaved by time and that’s a fact. We worry that a day won’t be enough to do all the things we want to do. I know, sometimes I am guilty of this.
Josef and I usually linger at the dining table updating each other about anything under the sun. We talk about politics and he keeps asking me why I don’t blog about it. I told him I might not be able to control myself and say things I’ll regret later. We talk about sports, basketball especially since we are both excited for the championship win between our alma mater, University of Santo Tomas and Far Eastern University. We talk about his training at JP Morgan Chase and how different it is from his previous work. Oh yes, we talk about Christmas past and how we will celebrate it this year. With Nate around, it would surely be a blast no matter how simple it is.
I welcome December with so much anticipation and hope for better days ahead. My little sparrows are back, greeting me each morning with their lovely songs. What more could I ask for?
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Ah, to remember those days of old. They make you smile and nostalgic of course. Taking a trip down memory lane to the max :)
Nissa called me up early this morning looking for a box where she put some CDs, a copy of their wedding invites and baby pictures which their official photographer used during their wedding reception. All of our photo albums were flooded six years ago when typhoon Ondoy hit Metro Manila. My son painstakingly wiped dry all our photos and collated those which can still be saved. I looked at the photos she chose for the video, some are frayed at the edges but they evoked memories.
Nissa was around five or six here and Josef was 3.
Then I found this too, mixed with their baby pictures. A former office mate took this shot years ago when I was still with BPI.
“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”
– ansel adams
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