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Which Is Which?


And do you write Happy Heart’s Day or Happy Hearts’ Day?

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So proud of my  nephew.

I talked to my youngest brother a while ago and we talked of the kids. They live in Tulsa. My nephew is graduating in Architecture at the end of December. It took him only four and a half years to complete a five-year course. He usually take summer jobs and two of them offered him a job right after graduation.  Two job offers…wow!

I am so proud of him. He was offered a salary even higher than what my brother is getting.  Wow! When he qualifies after his training and apprenticeship, that might even be doubled.  Right now, he is doing some rendering and teaching autocad at the university where he is studying.

Ah, the pleasure one gets when you see your kids finish their schooling and be successful.  My niece, the oldest of the three kids is a full-pledged nurse and the youngest is studying Astronomy. According to my brother, he wants to become a scientist.

“You’re blessed and lucky“, I said. His kids are really doing well. My niece together with some of her friends in the medical field visit Haiti regularly.  She finds it fulfilling to do those missions and render help to the kids there.

My brother and I were joking. He was asking about my birthday. I told him in jest, “Don’t send me  a gift, send dollars instead”. He laughed and we were laughing over the phone like crazy. He wants to go home and take a vacation here.  I hope he does. We haven’t seen each other since Dad died.

The joys of getting in touch with family…..priceless 🙂

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My doctor is happy.

I am happy.

Thank God for a clean bill of health. People always say, health is wealth. I do agree. And I believe that when you are healthy, everything good follows. You can enjoy life in all its glory.

Went back to my doctor early this morning and showed him the result of my lab test. He smiled and said jokingly, “ang galing ng doctor mo ano?” I just laughed. I really hope I won’t have to visit him again for a long, long time. I’ll just come back when my prescription for my medicines are fully used up.

It’s a lovely day for shopping. Not too many shoppers around. I was all alone at the gift wrapping counter. I asked the staff assigned there if he could also wrap the small items I purchased. He agreed with a smile.

Hmm, my Christmas shopping is done.

All I need are some extra decor for the tree if Josef would help me put it up.  And yes, grocery shopping too next month for Christmas. I haven’t planned a menu yet on what to prepare by then. Let me first anticipate the joy  of having another birthday. Did I say I am turning 62, 63, 64 in almost three weeks?

Time does fly, doesn’t it? Imagine, I left the bank where I used to work when I was forty three. That is about two decades already.  Back then, my kids were only in their teens. Nissa was only starting in college and Josef was in high school. Now we have an almost seven-year old in the family.  Sometimes it is lovely to look back and think of the memories we left behind.  They are memories to treasure and keep. When you have a home to go to and a family to love, they are both blessings in our lives.

October is a lovely month, isn’t it?

A friend forwarded this to me a long time ago. I thought I’ll share it  with you.

 

 

 

 

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I just laughed and smiled.

A few days ago, I saw this video on Facebook featuring our talented and famous local artist  Jose Mari Chan introducing some of his new compositions along with old songs that were so popular playing in the air lanes in recent years. He is a singer and a composer, a gifted artist.

And would you believe?

They talked about the BER months saying that it is only a month to go before we start celebrating Christmas. Yes, we have the longest celebration of Christmas on planet earth that starts on September and ends around the month of January. Then Jose Mari Chan sang his famous Christmas songs and I was hooked. It prompted me to go to YouTube and find more, the Ray Conniff singers, the Gunter Kallmann choir and the group called Pentatonix. Of course the version of Bing Crosby’s   I’m Dreaming Of A White Christmas tops them all.  It’s a 1942 original version.

Christmas in August, why not?

I have a confession to make. Over the years, I play Christmas songs as early as June and I get a thrill listening to those fantastic voices. There is nothing like a good melody to make you smile and reminisce even of Christmas past –  the family gatherings and reunions, buying gifts for family and close friends, preparing a nice menu for Christmas and New Year’s eve, seeing lanterns on the streets at night, decorating the Christmas tree and of course listening to Christmas music.

The days are long but they move fast. We still have birthdays to celebrate.

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You’re lucky when you find a friend who celebrates with you at your best and be there for you at your worst.

Happy Monday morning friends.

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Glad to see the sun again in all its glory.

Been busy in the kitchen early this morning cooking. Been able to cook the santol in coconut cream and there are plenty more left.  Boiled the young corn and they were super soft when cooked, yum.  A neighbor gave me  kamias (tree cucumber)  candies early this morning. It is almost out of season now so what was left of the kamias fruits in their tree, she made into preserved candies. It taste better than prunes.  She said she loved the Indian mangoes I gave them yesterday, so sweet.

From time to time, we give each other cooked food or fruits which we harvest from our small gardens. It’s really nice to have friendly neighbors, they’re like relatives to us.

Last night I spent almost an hour listening to Chopin’s Etudes  and Nocturnes since I was inspired by the book I have  just read. It was about classical music. I remember my  late grandmother (my parents’ godparents) who used to play those LP records of  Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Johann Strauss’ Vienna Waltz.  When I was in high school, we had music classes every Saturday and our music teacher made us research on the lives of those famous artists of long ago. My dad used to have some of those LP collections too which were given by some priest friends of his when he worked  in UST before. I don’t know where they are now.  Once in a while, I crave to listen to classical music. It’s a good thing I can always rely on YouTube for those lovely and unforgettable tunes. And when you are using a nice head set, listening is quite a beautiful experience.

Have a lovely Monday everyone!

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Happy  Sunday all!

After that intermittent rain last night (yes, there were moments it totally stopped then rained again), we have finally seen the face of the morning sun. Compared to yesterday, it is still cloudy outside but the rain has finally stopped.

I haven’t attended Sunday mass yet, gonna wait for Josef and Jovy to come home before we catch the evening mass here at the village. My gosh, it started to rain again as I write this.

I’d like to think that happiness is not always measured by one’s success in life. Sometimes we think that successful people are happy but deep inside they’re not. You could be smiling, shaking hands with people you meet, showing a happy face for others to see but  deep within, you are alone in your thoughts, sometimes ugly, sometimes suicidal. What makes people commit that one act  of ending their lives despite their success? What makes them think of suicide and do it? What makes them so unhappy that they have to do that drastic measure of taking life into their hands?

You’ve heard of Kate Spade ending her life one Tuesday morning then a few days later Anthony Bourdain followed suit.  Time and again I would hear of Kate Spade and her creations  (not even dreamed of even seeing her creative designs in my orbit) but Anthony Bourdain was famous even here in our country. He has visited the Philippines several times, trying on our exotic food like balut and our to die for lechon.  He even shared a glass of halo-halo  in a slum area in Tondo.  Most posts at Facebook are about his life, how he struggled to study culinary arts in his early  years. A celebrity chef, traveler and a story-teller.

Beneath the success and happiness may be a deep depression for both.  Do we really understand what depression is and what depression means? I don’t. All I know is that success in life does not always makes you happy.  My oncologist a few years ago emphasized that one of the major causes of cancer, any cancer at that is stress, aside of course from genes.  I believe so. When you are stressed, your body shows signs of weakness too physically. You get that gargantuan headaches and you think it is a normal way of life.  You get those joints  and muscles pains and you think they’re just part of growing old. Sometimes we ignore and procrastinate until it is too late.

Let’s learn to value life every day. Let’s learn to be happy in the true sense of the word.  Even little things could make us smile and be happy. Albert Camus said it so well and I quote: “You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.” 

 

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Good morning everyone!

For the past four days, I really didn’t feel like blogging. Still lazy to blog, from time to time though I make comments on my favorite blogs and like my friends’ posts.  I don’t know why really, blogging  has taken a backseat for a while.

Yesterday, the family was complete  with Mom, Nissa’s family, Josef and Jovy. It was a lovely family day for us.  Enjoyed playing with Nate when Nissa and Obet went to our family dentist for a while after lunch. Since he has few toys here at home, we always play  with some blocks and his tiny dinosaurs. He seemed contented though even with those, so few to choose from. They don’t always bring some of his toys when they come to visit us.  Bath time is usually playtime too for both of us. Nissa said  Nate is happy when they are here because he could take a bath at least twice before they go home.   We both picked kalamansi for them to bring home. When he saw my mini-watering can for my hanging plants, he filled it with water and watered my shamrocks and shrimp plants.  He even asked his mom to buy him one too so he could use it at home.

I took some shots while he was busy playing.

The other week,  they went to Baler,  the capital of Aurora province which is located 231 kilometers north-east of Manila.  Nate told me about visiting  waterfalls, swimming, eating and eating. There was a place there where Nissa said is more of a zigzag than the roads going to Baguio City.

Sunrise at Baler

The hotel where they stayed  faces this lovely beach where you could watch the sunrise from your window or go out and submerge you feet in the sand.  She brought me so many “pasalubongs”, gifts from Baler including some key chains  that I collect and refrigerator magnet.  We had a lovely time viewing all the photos they took of the place.

Yesterday, she also brought her Mother’s Day gift for me, a lovely SAKURA Longchamp bag. I  used to collect bags, I don’t always get the chance to use them all but this one I like.  It is for everyday use and so convenient for those items which normally won’t fit a small bag. She knows I always bring an umbrella, my cellphone and tab when I go out.

Today is Holy Trinity Sunday. Attended the early morning mass alone. Mom attends the Sunday TV mass.

Have a nice week ahead.

 

 

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There is this feature on Facebook called On this Day.You get to see  old photos and shout outs you posted several years ago. Then I saw an album with the great Filipino artist Manny Baldemor. I know I blogged about him here before that I was simply overjoyed seeing our photos again. I copied two.  I was still into cross stitching when I took  photos of the event.

Two of his paintings Fruits of Labor  and Good Harvest were  translated into cross stitch.  It was a lovely afternoon spent with fellow cross-stitchers and art enthusiasts. Below are  the original paintings among so many that he did as an artist and a great painter.

Good Harvest was also translated into cross-stitch by DMC thread.

He is the first famous Filipino painter that I’ve met personally. and he was so gracious with his time entertaining questions about his works.

 

 

 

 

 

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I love my headset. I can always listen to my favorite music and sometimes watch films on YouTube.

Tonight is one of those that I treasure, listening to the music of Rod McKuen and Henry Mancini.  I was reading  some early posts about Rod McKuen then thought of listening to his husky voice while he recites some poems and sings his songs.  He is not probably popular with kids and the millennial  nowadays. I agree, there is only one Rod McKuen. He shared his music to the world and his poems.  I always get inspired  reading his words and listening  to his music.

I remember Mary Anne, a friend I met back in our Multiply days.  She died about two years ago,  a previous blogger here at WordPress too.  She sent me two CDs of Henry Mancini one birthday years ago. She knew I love Mancini’s music and she loved it too. Wherever you are Mary Anne, let us listen to your favorite.

My love of Mancini started when I  watched the movie  adaptation of The  Thorn Birds (a book by Colleen McCullough)  The theme song was just heavenly  so I looked for more of his compositions and there are several in YouTube.  I am presently listening to The Very Best of Henry Mancini while writing this.  Think of The Pink Panther, Moon River, Days of Wine and Roses, How Soon, Two for the Road. I could go on and on. They are wonderful music of days gone by.

My night is filled with music.

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