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That’s Nissa and me taken on the hills of Caleruega in Nasugbu, Batangas ten years ago. It’s one of those road trips that we really loved. Nissa took hundreds of pictures of the place. Beyond are the Nasugbu mountains which hikers open go to to explore.

Seeing this today on my newsfeed reminds me of those happy days when we used to go on roadtrips and enjoyed those lovely times with the family. You’ll pass by Tagaytay and can even take a look at the scenic Taal on your way to this place.

Compared to what I see now where some towns of Batangas are buried deep in ash, where homes were sadly destroyed, where animals and pets were abandoned by their owners in their haste to flee, where there are large cracks in the highways going to those places, I just feel so sad and so inadequate to help. I keep them in my prayers though that this catastrophe would finally end.

Sometimes in life, we experience those life-threatening circumstances and events that we never thought would happen and we are mostly not prepared for it. We are quite happy staying in our own comfort zones, eating three meals a day, having a good night sleep, free to move around and do what we want. Life is short, we all know that. When things like the volcano eruption happens, one feels helpless. How could you go on when the things you took pains to have like your own place under the sun is suddenly destroyed and not habitable anymore? How would you feel if you see a deserted place all around you  and even those animals and plants you have nurtured for years are suddenly dead?

I read a report that the pineapple plantation in Tagaytay is destroyed. Initially P74.5M livestock  and crop damages were reported in Cavite and Batangas. They were covered in blankets of thick mud.  Coffee farms are included. A friend (they are a couple actually and both are chefs) tells her experience with the ashfall in their area the afternoon of January 12. They have a newly-opened restaurant in Tagaytay. They were both resting after a hectic morning of preparing menus in their restaurant when suddenly they heard a roar and they thought it was just thunderstorm, the sky blackened and ashes  began to fall.  Everything became gray. They are worried that the ashes that fell on their roof might actually destroy it. There is no water and no electricity. The painstaking days of putting up a restaurant a few months ago has come to naught. I remember that when we had typhoon Ondoy back in 2009, the couple and some of Nissa’s friends (they were all classmates  in college except Rhea’s husband) came to visit us and brought groceries  and things to cook right here.

I believe that  God is good though, He won’t give us something that we can’t carry. Our load might be heavy at this time but He is always there for us.

We need your prayers. Please include the Philippines  and all those affected by this disaster. THANK YOU so much.

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Lately I’ve been thinking about it, that one word …..journeys!

The last few days, I’ve kept in touched with friends, some are former officemates, some I’ve met  at our Catholic page on Facebook where I am one of the admins, some are friends I’ve previously met online. We talked about our families, our dreams and life itself.

Journeys.

For some, it may mean going to some places they’ve never been to, exploring, getting to know people. But I am talking about those days that we travel life’s highways.  We meet people along the way, gain and learn lessons from our experiences.  We don’t always travel on life’s paved roads, most of the time we encounter rough and unpaved, unknown and narrow ones. We move on, trying to reach our destinations.

My friends and I talked of growing old and getting older. It’s not that we wish to alter what life deals us but we are in agreement  that we don’t really want to reach that age where we get dependent  on our kids to take care of us. Here in our country, it’s in our culture that we take care of our olds until they leave this earth. Home care, stay-in facilities and assisted living are really not great options for us. Besides, those are quite unaffordable for an average families like us.

Journeys.

We sometimes get lost but in the process  we discover beautiful paths. Let’s enjoy every moment of the journey. Let’s be bold enough to face those unexpected trails and thorny paths. Let us not focus on how far we still have to go before we reach our destinations. Let’s take time to smell the flowers along the way.

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Journeys


We are all pilgrims trying to find our own place under the sun.

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WITHOUT prompting, ask your child these questions and write EXACTLY what they say about you:

What is something mommy says a lot?
Nate: I love you, Nate

•What makes mommy happy?
Nate: me

•What makes mommy sad?
Nate: When I’m makulit

•What’s mommy’s favorite thing to do?
Nate: Spend time with me

•What is mommy’s favourite food?
Nate: Veggies

•What is mommy’s favorite drink?
Nate: Beer

•If mommy could go anywhere, where would she go?
Nate: to the mall to go shopping

•How does mommy annoy you?
Nate: When you’re mad at me

•What is mommy’s favorite tv show?
Nate: Goblin

•What is mommy’s job?
Nate:banking

•What is mommy’s favorite color?
Nate: Purple!

•How much do you love mommy?
Nate: So much!

Nissa doesn’t know where he got the beer because she doesn’t drink beer, or maybe he sees her occasionally with one.

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It’s been a quiet year for me the whole of 2019.  Come to think of it, I haven’t attended any party with friends except for having dinners and lunches with the family.  Mom is getting on in years so I could not just leave the house for long when she is with us.

Except for that one week vacation in our hometown last July visiting my sick brother and bonding with some relatives, I haven’t gone any place else. It was an eye-opener too  for the family. Nissa was hospitalized twice when she had her thyroidectomy last September and her radiation therapy earlier this month. Thank God, she is feeling okay now although she has to take medications for life. Her oncologist removed her thyroid both left and right.  Thank you too for all your prayers and concern for my brother Alden and for Nissa.

I’ve been calling up friends via Messenger the past few days, getting in touch with those I haven’t seen for quite a while.  It is so nice to be updated with everyone. By the way, you can download the Messenger app on your phone or tab even without signing in to Facebook. How I wish I could talk to some of you too. It is now easier to communicate through this than through Viber. You can easily see who among your friends are online.

Some would probably think what a dull life I am leading. I assure you, I find pleasure in my small garden, so much joy in reading and discovering new books and authors. I am happy playing with Oreo. I find satisfaction in experimenting in the kitchen. Simple life for a simple me.

While I was playing with Nate last Tuesday, he showed me one of his front teeth which is now quite loose.  He will eventually lose it one of these days. Then we talked of the tooth fairy. I told him it is just a myth. He asked me what he would do with it once it comes off. I told him to just give it to his mom.  He doesn’t know where the first tooth  went but he was glad it was replaced by a permanent one.

I am now in my 149th read in Goodreads. I am presently reading a box set of four books. They are all light reads. These are relaxed days before the frenzy of meeting a new year –  new opportunities,  new dreams to uphold. I no longer keep a new year’s resolution since I could not follow it through but I always pray for good health for friends and all members of the family.

I hope 2020 would be a good year for all of us.

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In our language you call it “nangangapa”. I told you earlier this is a trial and error thing. Sometimes, I couldn’t even see the blog itself except for the latest blog post on my reader.

I need to log in via Google to see the whole thing. The app itself, I think is not enough. Considering that I need to take photos via this tab to be able to post them here, I may not be able to attach other photos taken from my CP. It takes better pictures than this one.

I just took a look at my total stats since I am dreaming of reaching a total of 600,000 by year-end. I need 90 plus more to reach it. I miss my PC, Josef is so busy he hasn’t taken a look yet.

I am closer to the goal, there are four more days to go before the new year.

My youngest brother from Tulsa are comparing notes on what to prepare for our Media Noche. He said prepare something sweet, something long like pancit, just a little of everything. I told him I’m gonna try lechon kawali. We still have embutido here which I cooked before Christmas and we haven’t touched the Christmas ham yet. Maybe a kilo of menudo too which I could prepare in advance.

In a few days, another leaf in the calendar would be lost. Let us all welcome 2020 with hope and prayers for a healthy life 🎊🎉💕🌝

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I hear the church bells ringing

Another day of anticipating

And waiting….

Getting closer to the day

When Christmas is

here.

 

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