Posted in books, gardening, guilty pleasures, life, literature and Fiction, reading, tagged 2015 reading challenge, books, gardening, guilty pleasures, life, literature and Fiction, reading on May 20, 2015 |
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Finally, finally, I am back.
I’ve missed all of you guys. I’ve missed reading your blog posts the past days. I’ve been busy with household chores, gardening and organizing my book shelves. Funny how, there are books from my favorite authors in which I have two copies. I gave some paperback copies to a friend. There is another friend I know who intentionally buys two copies each of her favorite books, one for reading (usually a paperback) and one kept inside a glass book shelf (either a trade paper back or a hardbound one). One thing I lack though is enough space for our books, Nissa’s are mostly hardbound, Josef’s books take up space too. We have a big Lexicon that weighs a ton. I have to list those earlier finds that are now classic books. I’m 60% done with my 2015 reading challenge on Goodreads and I am planning to save the best for last – memoirs and classics.
The carabao grass needs trimming so instead of waiting for Josef to have his days off, I started it three days ago. I only garden early in the morning while the sun hasn’t shown its face yet, an hour or two but not beyond two hours at the most. Can’t stand being outside at 8am (it’s really hot) so I have to wake up early to water the plants, trim the grass and do a little deadheading of my Gardenia blooms. I can’t exactly remember now but a few months ago, our neighbor gave me a little pot of Ginseng plant. It has tiny red buds now about to bloom. I know it is a medicinal plant and I can’t wait to see its flowers in bloom.
Last Friday, I bought my first ever tablet (My Pad 4/Tierra). Lucky for me, it was on sale and I bought it for a lot less than it cost two weeks ago. It’s a 7.8″ Android tab with 3G, an 8MP autofocus rear camera and a 5MP front camera and an 8GB built-in memory. It has an expandable memory up to 32GB. Josef bought me a 32GB micro SD, a jelly cover and a screen protector along with a new SIM card and prepaid card too. Since I intend to use it mostly for my e-books, I installed the Aldiko e-Reader (it is the most user-friendly I guess). I tried the Moon + Reader too on my other phone. If you ask me which is more convenient, nothing can compare to the smell of new books and lovingly turning the pages while you discover a different world out there but having e-books is okay too especially when you read at night because you can always adjust the brightness and the font size plus there is a night mode too. For now though, I am loving my e-books conveniently arranged alphabetically on my e-reader. I can’t wait to read Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield (the last time was during my college days), William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina to name a few and all the lovely chick lit that makes me laugh and cry a little.
I couldn’t ask for more.
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Posted in guilty pleasures, life, my keychain collections, tagged book review, books, guilty pleasures, life, literature and Fiction, my keychain collections, thoughts, WordPress awards and nominations on May 13, 2015 |
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Hello again. I’ve just finished a wonderful inspirational fiction called Angels Walking by Karen Kingsbury. I have just one or two criteria for a good book and most of you won’t probably agree – when it makes me cry because it touches me, when it touches something deep in my soul, when the words are like balm to my wounded spirit – then it’s on my A list. Angels Walking did just that. As usual, I am not writing about it to make a book review because you can find various book sites where the story is more detailed and more concrete. I leave that to bloggers who could and would make an honest assessment of what a wonderful book it is. There are several things though that I learned reading this book. We should not seek perfection in our lives because God alone is perfect. Learn to forgive. This is something so easy to say but so hard to do. Some of you may not believe in angels but I do. As I have said before, angels come in several disguises but we don’t really recognize them as such. Faith could move mountains, right?
When a person starts to live for God, when he steps out of the box of rules and rehearsed ways of living, he becomes real.
That’s one quote from the book that I’ve written on my journal. Recently I received two nominations from fellow bloggers. I regret though that I’ve long decided that this would be an award-free site although in the past years, I accepted nominations and forwarded them to some deserving bloggers. It’s quite redundant for me to be saying the same things about myself as a sort of introduction. I believe that those who regularly read my posts would see a more concrete glimpse of who I am. Anyway, I would love to say a big THANK YOU to two bloggers who nominated me. Joselito Caparino who calls his blog Caps Bulletin included me in his list of Versatile Blogger Award. abOOkishOwl nominated me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award but I declined for the simple reason that I am not really a book blogger. The questions there are all about books. Rarely do I make book reviews, I just share why I like them in a few short words. This made me smile. Really. I am happy. Yesterday, I received two lovely key chains sent by a niece who recently took a trip to Romania with a friend. They toured the old monasteries in different places in Romania. When she saw these, she thought of me. They are so lovely, a bit heavy and are gold and silver-plated. More addition to a growing collection :) How was your day? I hope it made you smile too.
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Posted in blogging, books, family life, guilty pleasures, life, reading, tagged blogging, books, gadgets, life, micro SD card, SD card on May 8, 2015 |
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It’s been a while ….again!
I don’t know, maybe it is the effect of the humid weather here. It is hot and I mean it is so hot. It rains at times in the afternoon but it is never enough to diffuse the heat. Sometimes I have to water the plants twice a day because I pity seeing their leaves wither and all. Good luck to our next water bill.
I told you in one of my previous blogs that I am catching up on my reading, finding the books I purchased last year mixed with the bestsellers that I collect and along with those books are my e-books on my micro SD card. Here’s what happened three days ago, I accidentally dropped my phone on a basin of water while doing household chores. Gosh, you could hear my shouts probably up the third street of our subdivision. I fished it out and a little amount of water sipped through my lower screen. I told Josef about it and he said that I open it, remove the battery, remove the SIM card and the SD card too. We have to have it dry before checking back if everything is okay. To think that my e-books are all there. My brother assured me though that unlike the SIM, the SD card is safe from damage. I held that thought until my son came home and opened it, had it dried for two days, (luckily, there was little water) then he tried reassembling it yesterday. Alleluia! It worked, all my photos were intact and all the Viber photos of Nate that Nissa sent me. The screen though has blurred to a dull cloudy gray but at least all my e-books were there. I could not make a call nor send texts and some of my contacts were deleted from the list. Josef’s girlfriend who is quite knowledgeable on cellphone settings was able to retrieve them all but my Aldiko e-book reader was not functioning. Josef tried to uninstall and reinstall it to no avail, it could not read my micro SD card where they are restored. I have been using the Aldiko Book Reader App on my android phone for almost three years and since it is easy to navigate, I never thought of installing other applications but last night Josef tried installing the free Moon + Reader and Skoob EPUB Reader on my phone. So far so good but I am not happy with both. I could not find Import so I have to read sometimes direct from the SD card or wait for the book I would like to read to download first. It’s a good thing I have a reliable and cheap double SIM phone to make calls and send texts. I am still lucky I could do the same with my damaged phone. Oh well, I am thinking of buying a mid-range phone, something affordable but could still function as an e-book reader. Buy a tab, Josef tells me and I jokingly told him, I’ll buy a gift for myself on Mother’s Day.
There are only two occasions in a year that I buy something for myself (something I like but not necessarily needed) because I think I deserve it (haha), during my birthday and during Mother’s day. Most of the time I buy books or small kitchen gadgets.
Say hello to a new cellphone or tab. Wish me luck :) Did I just say a new cell phone? Oh my, I hope I can afford it.
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Given the opportunity and the know-how, would you try growing mushrooms in your backyard?
This morning, Nissa brought me an oyster mushroom fruiting bag from their trip to Amadeo, Cavite last Saturday. It was a gift from a relative who has started mushroom production in that area. I am excited to try it. I love mushroom, any which way it is prepared and one is rest assured of its freshness and safety when it is grown in one’s backyard. this fruiting bag only needs to be sprayed with water twice a day and should be kept in a dark and cool place. Wish me luck, I hope it gives me a nice cluster in two weeks. She also brought a pack of Amadeo Coffee. It’s a different kind from the instant one that we are used to because it is brewed. Amadeo produces the best coffee this side of town and is also known as the coffee capital of the Philippines. Gonna try it tomorrow when I have enough time to prepare it and enjoy a sip.
Now I learned what a “sandwich hug” is. Nate is just so showy with how it’s done with Nissa and me, our three heads so close together with him in the middle holding tight with a bonus kiss. What a lovely Saturday, another visit that I would treasure :)
I hope it is not too late if I greet you a nice weekend too! Happy weekend friends. Keep those smiles :)
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Posted in Close to Nature, guilty pleasures, journeys, life, memories, tagged childhood memories, Close to Nature, Closer to God, journeys, life, summer 2015, summer fruits on April 12, 2015 |
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When the sun shines longer each day, it’s summer.
When the wind blows early in the afternoon diffusing the heat of the morning, it’s summer.
Many of us look forward to summer despite the fact that a day could really become a scorcher. Summer for school kids means a long, long vacation. Summer gives you that perfect excuse to stay longer under the shower, find a nearby place that has a private pool to visit, go to a beach and soak under the sun or if you just want to stay at home you can join your little kids in their inflatable pool. My son loves to wear the most tattered and frayed t-shirts during the summer months, you could almost see several little holes in them. He says it becomes more comfortable with frequent washing.
What I love about summer is the profusion of different kinds of flowers. Sometimes, when you are lucky, those few annuals show their heads and surprise you with lovely blooms. Fruits are also something to look forward to. Mangoes are the best fruits you can find in our neck of the woods. I haven’t visited Pasig market yet but I am sure there are plenty of star apples now, honeydew melons, mangoes, water melons, pineapples, papaya and many, many more. I am looking forward to tasting sineguelas (Spanish plum)again. Don’t you just wish you could enjoy drinking fresh buko juice everyday which is so healthy and beneficial to your health? Fresh young coconuts are available in almost every corner of the neighborhood. Singkamas (Jicama) as we usually call it here are aplenty during the hot summer months. I know some call them turnips but it is not the variety of turnips that you usually find in other countries. Although it taste bland to some people who are not used to it, it is one of my favorite root crops. They are best eaten cold with a little salt and vinegar used as dip. They are also mixed with other vegetables to make spring rolls. I haven’t tasted lomboy (we call it duhat in Tagalog and Java plum in English) for quite sometime now but I remember the days of old when my cousins and I would pick these juicy fruits when school is out. Armed with bayong or baskets, we would climb trees even under the heat of the sun and gorge on the plum, juicy fruits.
There is a fresh mango smoothie cooling in the fridge. It’s definitely summer.
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