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It didn’t rain yesterday and the sun is shining brightly this morning. Took advantage of it and gardened for a while. The squash I planted didn’t grow well, the leaves are yellow and have holes in them so I removed the plant this morning. I cultivated the soil, removed some weeds and arranged and replanted some of my prayer plants growing side by side with the squash before.

I have plenty of Crossandra seedlings growing at the back of the house, they are self-propagating. I transferred  some of them to the area where the squash used to be. When they bloom, the orange flowers are lovely.  The rain lilies are flowering too. I only have the pink ones, I wish I have other colors. Wonder of wonders, my lone Kamuning plant is flowering again with that lovely scent close to Gardenia and Jasmine. I am thinking of transferring  some cuttings in a pot then plant them later direct to the soil when they have sturdy roots.

Though I wear gardening gloves,  sometimes I prefer my hands bare. It feels so nice when you can cultivate the soil with bare hands and you can arrange the plants nicely.  There is something incredibly satisfying about getting your hands in the dirt and watching your garden grow as you nurture each plant.  Blisters, scrapes and cuts, not to mention the soil embedded under  your nails.  Gardening is not what it would be without getting your hands dirty. Do you agree?

Starting early and finishing the task before catching up with the 8am Sunday mass online. Happy and blessed Sunday folks.

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I called up two friends last night. One is presently on a holiday with her family somewhere in Portugal and I missed greeting her on her birthday three days ago. Another one is a DJ and a teacher whom I met in some of our gatherings in our Catholic group and during Lovell’s two ordinations to Diaconate and Priesthood. Oh my, our conversations reached more than an hour. When you have something to share, the minutes seem to fly.

Finally found some books by Taylor Caldwell online. She was a British-born American novelist and a prolific author of popular fiction. The very first time I heard of her was when one of her novels, Captains And The Kings was adapted on television many, many years ago. Dad, mom and my brothers were regular viewers back then. I haven’t had the chance to read the latter and I am trying to find a copy until now. It was a mini-series, a rags to riches tale of an Irish immigrant in late 1800s. I am mostly into historical fiction. I started reading Ceremony of the Innocent last night and I like the writing style of the author. She clearly has a way with words. The book was published in 1983.

I’m on my 87th read on the Goodreads Reading Challenge. Thirteen more books to go….hooray!

How’s your Sunday? Keep safe everyone!

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In my various foray of those sellers online in our subdivision, I chanced upon someone selling Puto Cassava but it had to be ordered in advance. I didn’t know about this kind of snack until I saw the ad yesterday. We usually make cassava into cakes, suman (steamed in banana leaves) and maruya ( fried and toasted in a bit of sugar).

So cheap for P20 pesos each.  I ordered four and it was delivered here still hot. It was topped with bukayo (grated young coconut cooked in a little sugar). Since the Cassava itself is not sweet, it was perfect.

Paired with this hot mug of Matcha green tea, it was a yummy snack. Mom had a cup of hot choco.

These online sellers are definitely trying to make both ends meet by selling everything from food, make-ups, groceries, appliances like cellphones, electric fans  and even LED lights. You can even contact an online doctor and seek an appointment and they will visit you at home. Beauty parlors are now open too but  it would take you a long time to enter their shoppe.

I read somewhere about the difficulties of some of our fellow Filipinos whose jobs were closed in the middle of this pandemic.  Wayback when Josef and Jovy had their aircon installed last April, they found an all-around carpenter, plumber, electrician all rolled into one. At the start even if he and his assistant only stayed for half a day, Josef and Jovy provided them with free snack and lunch from KFC, paid them more than the usual rate and gave them around six kilos of rice on their way home.  Oliver lives nearby but he has no permanent job so he just rely on what is available. We call him now and then to fix things here. Josef also gave him food during his birthday last week.  At first we asked for his rate but he said it was up to us,  what we can afford to give so giving him a little more is our way of helping a bit. There was one who ventured into the hotel business and loaned from banks but when two of his hotels were about to be opened, quarantine was declared so it’s gone kaput. Now he needs to pay the banks but the establishments are not earning enough to meet the expenses.

One more observation:

I wonder what that aerial survey in Cebu was all about.  Can it cure COVID-19? They’re making it appear like it’s a war between the people and the military. Di po ba COVID ANG KALABAN? Those tanks and several soldiers deployed in Cebu are just making the people afraid. Have they ever thought of our economy?

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Took these shots a while ago. We had an early dinner, some sort of late lunch too. Another birthday to remember. I just wished that Nissa’s family was here with us.

the birthday boy at 36

Of course, Oreo wouldn’t be left behind.

Siomai

KFC fried chicken sent by Nissa via Grab.

A tray of Lumpiang Shanghai, Lechon Kawali and Embutido

Pancit Malabon

Pusit Sisig

We have a dessert of Carrot cake

and Tiramisu

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Locally we call it kaimito.

It’s best eaten cold from the ref. In the province, neighbors give this for free. Star Apple is a fruit that grows in the tropics including Southeast Asia. We harvest them around March and April. A kilo (around five pieces) costs P70.00.

Aside from being a tasty dessert, it has several health benefits too. It contains vitamins A, B, C, lysine, niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, dietary fiber, amino acids, methionine, and protein. It has minerals such as iron, copper, magnesium, calcium, zinc, manganese, phosphorus, and potassium.

Kaimito, anyone?

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I again dropped by the Liwasan after the 6:30 am mass today.  The vendors are still there but buyers  were few. Maybe it’s because it’s still early.

I finally bought a jar of this  brown rice brew. It really tastes so good. It has fiber content, low calories and non-fattening too. Besides, it has no caffeine. I am reminded  of those days more than half a century ago when we were growing up in the province with my grandmother. Instant coffee was unheard of in the vicinity so what she usually do around that time is to roast rice until it turns brown then she adds water  and boil it. You can keep the roasted brown rice for a week in a jar. It is a poor man’s coffee. I seldom drink coffee nowadays so I thought of this . It’s just a 165 gram small bottle.

I’ve been reading a lot lately. I found another book by Markus Zusak, He is the author of that much-acclaimed book entitled  The Book Thief. Looking forward to reading Bridge of Clay. I  recently finished The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly. It’s a thriller and it was hard to put down.  Presently, I am in the middle of reading The Moonspinners by Mary Stewart, a first by this author. There is a movie adaptation I’ve seen on YouTube but I want to finish the book first before watching it.

Have a nice start  of the month. It is almost summer here.

 

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I make it a point to just relax every Sunday after attending the early mass at 6 am.

That means no gardening, no scheduled time with the washing machine, just reheating leftover meals  and yes a lot of reading in between. I am happy starting  Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield the other day.  I am challenged by the Wordscape  game Josef uploaded on my tab a few days ago. And in between reading, I tinker with Block Puzzle Jewel and Match 3 Jewel. I used to dislike playing online games before but as one grows older, you seek venues where you could spend relaxing time too. Since I seldom go out except attending weekly Sunday masses, twice a month trip to the market, grocery shopping almost every week, an occasional trip to visit my internist, another occasional lunch out with the family, you might think life is boring. I assure you, it is never dull. When you are given second chances at life, you always grasp every day and embrace it with hope for another tomorrow. Another chance to shine in your own little corner of the world. Never mind the bad news you always see on television (I don’t watch news anymore). Never mind the annoying happenings which your local politicians are wont to do (mind you, you’ll get stressed out just reading the news). Never mind the traffic even in your neighborhood.

Yes, our street is busy every day of the week. When our car leaves the garage, one has to wait for a few more minutes and let the other cars, e-bikes and motorcycles pass by first. It has become one of those alternative routes going to and from other towns in our province.

Oh what bliss just spending a little of your time waxing poetic about everyday lives, getting in touch with friends  through Messenger, being updated with news on their walls.

Happy Sunday all.

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Once again

I allowed myself to greet the morning sun.

Communing with God’s glory

At six o’clock am today.

The day is blessed with your presence Lord.

And the sun spreads its light

In the deep corners of the earth.

I  rejoice.

I am happy.

 

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Have you heard of this gadget? Nissa has one not exactly like in the picture because hers has metal band. It is a digital watch which also shows the number of steps or strides you have taken in one particular day.

When I was at the hospital, Nissa made me wear it every time I go out to visit the university campus or to buy food. The more you move and walk or run, it would register on your fitbit. Accordingly, “Your speed depends on the length of each stride and the rate at which you turn strides over. If you want to go faster, you have to increase either stride length or stride turnover.” 

Such a lovely and smart fitness tracker. It records the number of strides you have made within the day via Bluetooth on your cellphones. Nissa has to make 12,500 strides  a day to earn points which have equivalent gifts  converted monthly.

I enjoyed going up and down the stairs, sometimes not using the elevator to keep track of my strides. Nissa was billeted at the fourth floor so you can imagine the exercise just walking.

Today is Mama Mary’s birthday. I  have always made a short blog of it through the years. It is always a nice surprise that I get lots of views  every September 8.  Attended the early mass at 6am. It was a lovely homily from one of my favorite priests, Fr. Leo Luanzon. We sang the Salve Regina in her honor.

Ad Jesum per Mariam! To Jesus through Mary!

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Would you believe, I woke up earlier than usual at 3am. Could no longer sleep so I did the morning chores early. Imagine cooking breakfast at 4am and watering the plants at 4:30 in the morning.

Attended Sunday mass early and I was surprised to see one of my favorite priests presiding. He delivers the best homily every time I hear mass with him around. Lucky and blessed Sunday for me.

I was looking at the Memories  on FB earlier then I found this photo taken by Nissa four years ago.

I wonder what we were smiling at. Happy together, the nonna and the grandson.

HAPPY SUNDAY all.

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