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Just Wondering


I wonder, are they telling us the true numbers affected by this 2019-nCoV? How many actually died in Wuhan? I recently saw several videos  and they look so scary. Everyday, there is a reported rise in the number of those affected (worldwide)  and the number of deaths grow too.

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I posted this reflection back in February 6, 2011. Those were the times when “like” was not yet a feature of the WordPress app. Now you can convert it to emoticons and you can also use other emojis provided by the  WordPress editor. There are no limits 🙂

These are the same gospel  readings today.  And here’s a short reflection that I made back then.

Salt and light are the metaphors used by Jesus in today’s Gospel.   I love how the two words are intertwined – the earth is dark because of our sins and our lives  seem bland because there is no salt in it.  We are included in the mission that Jesus gives us, to proclaim and to announce His Kingship everywhere and to invite people to enter into His Kingdom.  Being a Christian is not just through words, we must make good use of ourselves, our talents, we give taste to whatever we do in life. Christian life is how you relate to people.  Only when we follow Christ’s teaching and examples that we will see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Going back to this morning’s mass, I sat in a pew different from the one I usually sit on. And during the homily, I noticed these carvings  like: “CALL ME at this number_______ and something  like : I need a GF with another cell phone number _____. I smiled and thought, maybe, those who have written these words badly need friends. But why would they destroy  the pristine  varnish/coat of the pew to get noticed? I  remember those days when I was still in college, students would leave chain letters near the church fonts or at those seats in the library where I used to work.  I never believed in chain mails/letters even if they contain some religious one that you have to pray for to obtain favors. Faith and worship are not conditional. Either you believe or you don’t.

I bought a few groceries at SaveMore on my way home from church. There is a glaring absence of morning shoppers unlike when  the 2019nCoV was still unheard of.  Maybe like me, they are wary too. Everyday,  we get  updated of deaths and  individuals showing signs of the virus.  You’ve got to have these at home – alcohol (bought a few bottles), rolls of tissue paper and  hand sanitizer. Good thing there is no panic buying here except for finding unavailable face masks for the people’s daily use.  As I have said before in my previous blogs, I often wear face masks (either washable cloths or the disposable ones) when I go out. That started when I got sick more than ten yeas ago. Chemotherapy affects the immune system. It weakens it. And I am afraid of the pollution brought about  by vehicles and motorcycles on the road.

Have a blessed Sunday all.

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TODAY IS WORLD CANCER DAY. May I please request for your prayers for all cancer patients and survivors? I would deeply appreciate it. Let us pray for those who died of cancer, who are suffering from cancer, and for those in remission like I am. THANK YOU so much.

Cancer sucks. It’s an enemy that lies within.

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Alarming


This  is quite alarming.

First novel coronavirus death outside China is from the Philippines.  He was the partner of the first confirmed case of coronavirus here. They were both admitted at San Lazaro Hospital.

What now Department of Health? What now Sec. Duque? Are you happy now that you still allowed those Chinese planes  to land here despite banning them from other nations?

The World Health Organization in the Philippines said this is not a locally-acquired case. So they brought it with them from China.

And we always say, PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE.

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I went out for a while this morning to have a hair trim and to send money to my brother in the province. Wow, almost everyone I met were wearing face masks. Some had washable cloth masks on, most were wearing surgical masks and a few with N95 masks.  I wore one too of course. Are we being paranoid here? I hope not. It just came to a point that everyone is aware that our government won’t take care of us. They can’t even provide face masks for free.  Where other nations have banned flights from China earlier in the week, ours was always “too late the hero”.

Earlier reports said that they are observing more than thirty one patients (that was as of yesterday) for possible infection caused by the coronavirus.

As usual their troll army is at work again. A writer friend had this shoutout on his wall: Name a country that in the face of a very dangerous health crisis deployed trolls instead of doctors.  There was also this site called Meme Buster which has screenshots of the same messages from different people making up stories that are not true. There was even one supposedly an OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker)  lauding and  praising China for having a nice work and high salary. I repeat,  Filipinos here in our country are not racist but they make us feel like we are inhumane and have no concern for our neighbors. It’s just that unlike those countries also affected by the coronavirus, we can’t rely on our government to take care of us.  Some commenters said that if China is that rich, then why do illegal Chinese come to the Philippines to establish those offshore gaming which is illegal in their own country? And there are those who are avid followers of the president branding Filipinos to be Anti-China or Anti-Chinese for simply being concerned with national health security in our country.  So much for this, perhaps you are all getting tired reading my rants.

I had a nice chat with a friend whom I haven’t seen for quite sometime. We touched on so many subjects and I told her she could come over for overnight stay during summer when there are no classes. She is a teacher in our province. What a lovely feeling getting in touch with old friends.

 

 

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We are not being racist but Chinese immigrants have grown to millions since the president took over back in 2016. Now those occupying apartments/condominiums in the South of Metro Manila are Chinese, depriving some Filipinos of affordable places to live in. I read in some reports that they pay double or triple the amount that is supposed to be paid and they pay in advance. A very lucrative business to those Filipinos who grab the chance to earn more.  Come to think of it, they have constructed housing facilities too. The president welcomes them with open arms.

What are best friends for anyway? Duterte said that it is unfair to impose travel ban considering the closeness of the two nations. It behooves me to understand that China is far greater important to him than his own people who he promised to serve when he got elected. 16M die-hard duterte followers.

We have POGO now (Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators) owned and managed by the Chinese. Lately, there are  prostitution dens being patronized by these people. They come in without visa, and the Philippines issues visa right there and then upon arrival.

Now we have our first case of the coronavirus. A Chinese woman who came from Huwan, passed by Hong Kong, landed in Cebu City then went to Manila. Now she is confined at  San Lazaro Hospital, a public hospital for communicable diseases which is so close to the university belt. I fear for those small kids who have to commute to and from school exposing them to the danger of the virus.

Finally, they have to wait that one gets infected before issuing travel ban but according to reports it is only confined to Huwan province but reports also say that the virus is now all over china.Oh,I guess issuing a travel ban now is moot because China has lockdown. Too late the hero, that’s how uncaring our government is.

We don’t have those  modern facilities to address this just like other nations so we must really be wary of the happenings here. No enough training even for health personnel to handle it. And the “good” secretary of health seems to be just following orders from his boss.

Philippines, I ask this once more, where are we going?

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A short conversation between Nate and Nissa.

Nate: Mom, can Daddy already hug you and kiss you?
Me: Yes, nak.
Nate: I wish I was Dad.

Aww.. I think he really misses me.

It’ll probably take a few more days before he can hug and kiss her.

 

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