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Can’t wait to share this. Josef, members  of Obet’s immediate family and I attended Nate’s graduation blow-out after a two-hour ceremony where he garnered  almost all the awards given this school year for Kindergarten 2.  Nonna is so proud of this little guy. He led the prayers of the graduates earlier.  Nissa took lots of pictures and videos but I just love these two. Will post some of the pictures later on my blog about Nate. Next school year, he’ll be in Grade one.

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Been focused on the local news the last three days. There are so many conflicting reports about the supposedly “fake” and “artificial” shortage of water here in Metro Manila. The Manila Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) has done some presscons and they are telling the people that it is because of the El Nino phenomenon. Though a former employee of  Manila Water said that the agency closed the bypass from the Angat Dam going to La Mesa Dam so Manila Water which supplies our needs can’t get enough of it. This was denied by one of the directors of MWSS, they are the government agency tasked to see that water supply in Metro Manila is enough for everyone.

Come to think of it, and it is puzzling. Angat Dam has enough water to last until the rainy season sets in. And all the dams here in Luzon have enough water except La Mesa Dam where the concessionaire Manila Water gets its supply. The government wants to push through with Kaliwa Dam which will be funded by China at exorbitant interest rates. The people are calling for transparency in dam and other China funded projects. I must say, the president loves China and is beholden to it at the expense of the Filipino people. Nakakasawa na. What has become of us that in three years, the drug problems have become even grievous and such other concerns are not being addressed properly? Drugs are cheaper than water? When one is focused on the mindset of “kill, kill, kill”, this is the result. He has even threatened the priests and the Catholic Church anew by telling people in his speech that priests deserve to die.

I took pictures of the garden blooms early this morning. summer is almost here and my annual and perennial plants are blooming.  The Zinnias I planted from seeds a few months ago are a bloom.

Zinnia

Two varieties of shrimp plants

I don’t want to upload them all here to save on space. Have a blessed weekend everyone!

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A few days ago (I think last Tuesday to be exact), Josef and I looked at the moon when he went out of the gate to go to work.

“It’s so big. Take a photo”, he said.

I just gazed at it and remembered those days when my brothers and I were still staying in the province. When it is full moon and the surroundings are brighter at night, we would visit some relatives near our place usually after dinner. I was always in awe of the bright moon above, how it shone clearly. I always  wondered though lots of times why it seemed to move and travelled with us. Where we were, it was right there above us. And except for a few clouds that hid it somehow and the dark shadows of trees along the rough road, it kept lighting our way.  You won’t really need a flash light nor a torch to guide you.

There seems to be something mysterious while you are gazing at a full moon. You think of so many things and remember those moments of the past when playing tug of war or hide and seek with friends and cousins was the order of the night. Back in the province, the silence was  broken with shouts of laughter and joy.

Nissa’s family is spending a few days in Baguio City. They went there yesterday since Obet has a one-day teaching engagement/guesting with some employees of Bank  of PI where they both work. Monday is a holiday here so it would be an extended road trip for them.  Going to  Baguio is not complete without taking  souvenir shots of this lion’s head, an entrance to Baguio City.

 

At Lion’s Head, Kennon Road, Baguio City

I was talking to Nate a while ago. He asked me what I want for pasalubong. I told him to bring home “walis tambo” and veggies. It’s cold out there  (around 13 C°) but they are planning to swim at the pool later today. Anyway, it is heated.

 

A typical Nate pose.

Oh yes, the cold mornings are back but it is definitely colder in Baguio.

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Ah, this is supposed to be a rest day after hearing the mass early this morning. I have to do to the laundry though. The laundry basket was bursting at the seams. Anyway the laundry is done after so many loads. At least I’ll be free tomorrow morning to tend to the garden and maybe plant ampalaya (bitter gourd). I saved the  matured seeds yesterday when I cooked some veggies for dinner.

I’d like to tell you about my reading journey, my 2019 Goodreads Challenge particularly. At the start of the year, I committed myself to read another 150 books. I am on my 27th read  and it is the first YA book for this year. I am trying to read different genre and find more new authors. If possible, I prefer first book publications because they are usually the best.  Publishing a book for the first time and writing about it must be pretty hard.  There are so many competitions out there.  There is this book entitled All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. I had it for a couple of years now but it was only the other day that I started reading it. It’s Goodreads’ Choice 2015 for Young Adult Winner. As Goodreads says: The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die. And since I read both books  before, I was intrigued to read this one too. So far, so good. I smiled at the five-star and one-star reviews on Goodreads. I am not deterred by the one-star review since I feel  encouraged to read it  seeing that there are many five-star reviews too. It might be a little disturbing for some but we have to admit not all books  are about rainbows, some could be stars in the night that shine brightly above. Though I still prefer memoirs and historical fiction, occasionally, YA books are welcome.

I saw this particular photo from an album I posted at Facebook nine years ago. They have this “memories” app and you can visit it every day to remind you what life was years ago.

When this was taken, Lovell  was still a seminarian. He is now a Dominican priest – a son, a close friend and a confidante.  Caleruega is such a beautiful place and I miss it.

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It was a lovely morning spent with Nate and Nissa. As Obet wasn’t around to drive for them, they came here via a Grab car and left the same way a few minutes ago.

After lunch, Nate and I  read his books.  I am so amazed. Last time we read together, Nate could barely pronounce the words right but now he is quite fast enough to pronounce the words. Except for those “ed” of past tenses which he pronounce as it is spelled, he could read them all.

When we were kids, mom and dad didn’t enrol us in kindergarten.  There was no grade level like that in the province. I told  Nate that when I was his age, I was just learning to write my ABC.  It is so different now, they have all the tools to learn easier than before.

Nissa gifted me with a bottle of Olive moisturizing lotion  (it smells so heavenly) and a box of Mark  and Spencer organic green tea. She knows I love tea. Just perfect for those cinnamon raisin cookies that I baked earlier.

Nate calls this his wacky shot. As he was moving a lot, it was somehow blurry. He took photos of all the corners of the house including our shelves of books, Oreo, Mom while playing cards and different angles of our sala. I erased most of them and we were laughing so loud when he took Nissa’s photo atop the bed.

What a lovely Saturday and  when  Nate  is around it is even lovelier.

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Today is the  Feast of Santo Niño. It is celebrated every third Sunday of January all over the Philippines. The Sinulog Festival in Cebu City is the most popular and the biggest one celebrated in  honor  of the Holy Image of Santo Niño.

Tondo where Nissa’s family live and our town in Pangasinan are also celebrating their own fiesta today. Until last year since Nissa got married, we used to celebrate with them braving the traffic of the place while a long parade of floats,  bands  and several images of the Child Jesus lined down the streets.  Imagine going home stuck in traffic for more than two hours in one place.

Early this morning Josef and I heard mass then we saw this lovely image of Santo Niño ready for procession  along the streets near the church.  Beautiful!

We dropped by the supermarket for a few minutes because I bought a small transistor radio which I could use outside when I am gardening. It has a three-way  power supply, AC-DC, battery operated and there is also a rechargeable battery inside which recharges during the AC playing.  It’s locally made but for its price, it’s great. I could now listen to my favorite FM station while trimming the grass and weeding. They play 60’s and 70’s music all day long during Sundays and those waltz tunes I seldom hear nowadays.

Have a lovely Sunday everyone 🙂

 

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I chanced upon some fresh items at the wet market early this morning. I bought 1/4 kilo of dulong  which I made into fritters. Dulong is called silver fish in English maybe because of its color. A very tiny fish, barely an inch and quite transparent in appearance.  It is a popular dish in the Philippines. Fritters and patties are so yummy especially when the dulong is fresh. I also bought sea weed which is eaten fresh with tomato salad.  Some call it lato but I guess there really no  English translation for this one. Locally, we call it  Ar-arosep. 

Yummy lunch for  mom and me.  Blue rice is of course a given.

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