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There was this early morning drizzle which was good enough to wet the garden and my plants are happy. Saving on a few gallons of water because of the rain. On my way to the church to hear mass, the rain has finally stopped.

I have to drop by the supermarket later to buy a floor fan. Ours broke a few days ago and I think it needs a new capacitor  so we could use it again.  Sometimes though, it is not very practical to have it repaired and pay a high cost of repair. It is more convenient to buy a new one because you are rest assured that you could use it for years.

I am on my 130th read this year for the 2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge. I found this lovely book about three sisters celebrating Christmas. A mesmerizing book about the lives of adopted families and how they  keep the bond strong. Yes, I know, it might still be too early for some to think about the Christmas season  but I am now having my countdown,  it’s now only 65 days to go before the big event. Some of you won’t probably think of celebrating and don’t look forward to the event. I’ve always said in the past that no matter how commercialized the celebration of Christmas has become over the years, it is the best season to bond with families and friends and celebrate. It’s the joyous season, the festive atmosphere, the anticipation of celebrating Christ’s birth that makes it so beautiful. The spirit of giving makes it all the more wonderful to celebrate. The amount and the cost of gifts you give and receive don’t really matter that much but it is the thought behind the tradition of gift-giving. It comes when you feel just as excited as your five-year old grandson.

A few more days to go and I’ll be turning sixty-two. Ah, remembering those days of agony, remembering those days of being happy, reminiscing about the sunny side of life.  Sixty-two seems ancient to some but I guess it’s how you live your life that counts.




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I used to blog about blogs and the life of a blogger, for  sometime now though, I haven’t written a single post.

Been blogging  for  about nine years now. I must admit, it is a long journey. A journey of faith, hope, inspiration, finding friendship, sharing and visiting places  I’ve never been. It is nice to see those places that you just read in books. It’s nice to see those wonderful photos shared by online friends from other parts of the world.  Who would have thought  that blogging has gone this far?

When I started here, there were no like buttons yet but comments were open. WordPress used to have that yearly review of our blogs but for some reasons it was gone two years ago. What a pity, I loved it.  Then there was a time when they would add some inspiring words once you have  written another post like awesome, great, inspiring and the like. I miss that too.

I still use the old platform when writing a post and since  I am on a free theme, I now reduce the size of the photos I upload before posting.  I  used to participate in the photo challenges of the site where they give you a word and you have to supply your own interpretations in photos. Those posts ate up lots of my free space that is why I am  quite conscious now to post photos.

I reached another milestone, I guess. Finally I crossed the line on having around 550, 000 stats on my blog. This is for Dreams and Escapes alone. My other four blogs are not regularly updated.  At the moment,   I have a total of  550,057. It is great to know that people from all walks of life still visit and read my posts and some leave comments  on them.  I thank all of you for following my blog.

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Gosh, I saw this lovely spider web attached  to our Tagpo tree early this morning. I tried taking a photo but the web looks so transparent under the morning sun, I could hardly see it on my cam.  It reminds me so much of Charlotte of the story, Charlotte’s Web. This book is a personal favorite, reread it so many times in the past.  It is considered a classic of children’s literature that adults could enjoy too. It’s about life and friendship and time’s passing.

I have some favorite quotes in the book that I have also written in my notebook of quotations.

“Why did you do all this for me?’ he asked. ‘I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.’ ‘You have been my friend,’ replied Charlotte. ‘That in itself is a tremendous thing.” 

Friendship. When you find someone who would protect you and help you without counting the cost, you  are blessed and lucky.

“After all, what’s a life, anyway? We’re born, we live a little while, we die.”

The cycle of life. We’re born and we carve our destiny here on earth. We enjoy life and  live it the way we think is the best for us and then it’s time to go to the great beyond.

“Never hurry and never worry!”

Sometimes this is hard to do. It seems as if worrying is part and parcel of our everyday life. We worry about the present and wonder what the future brings.  We hurry,  always chasing time. Before we know it, we have grown older and time still passes us by.

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Life As We See It

I wonder where he is now, that guy I blogged about here exactly two years ago. I no longer see him every time I attend mass at our Parish. His swollen and grangrened  feet were bound by dirty gauze. He used to have a small plastic can in front of him  for alms from passersby. Maybe he has died?

There used to be an old man here in our village roaming the streets of the subdivision early in the morning. He would knock or press the doorbell and ask for financial help. One time he showed me a spent packet of blood pressure medicines. It so happened that at that time, I used to take the same so gave him 2 pieces of it. Another time, he left two large pieces of milkfish at our gate so I have no option but to take it. The following day, he came back and asked for the payment way more than the price of milkfish in the market. I paid him a little more than what he asked for.

We used to have a janitor here in the village years ago. Every morning when I sweep the front and side streets of our house, I would see him with either  young sweet potato leaves or taro leaves in his hands  and he would sell them to some of our residents here at the village. Those veggies grow freely at some vacant lots here.  I no longer see him too.

I wonder where they are now. I wonder if they have family members who are taking care of them if they are still alive. Sometimes, circumstances force us to do things like begging and seeking help from other people to survive. Life is difficult and almost always does not treat us equally. Some people are more blessed than others. Some people are more successful than others. Some are fortunate to be born with silver spoons in their mouths.

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. Soren Kierkegaard

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It’s those times like when you are  watering the plants that deep thoughts gather and you want to write them all but it is always not to be.  When you are busy, your mind is busy too with so many things.

There was a cold wind that blew early this morning and I told myself, “what a perfect time to have that hot cup of coffee”. Sad to say though, I am no longer a regular coffee drinker.  When I do, I use coco sugar instead of the  regular table sugar we buy in the market. They say it is healthier, I really don’t know but since I experienced an elevated sugar last year, my  doctor prescribed maintenance medicines for me. My sugar  level  is normal now but I still take medications both for sugar and my elevated blood pressure.

When you’re getting on in years, you can’t help but be wary  of your health. Health is wealth, we always say.

So excited to go out tomorrow with the family, a late celebration of Nissa’s birthday.  Just  harvested kalamansi for them to take home. Happy to be able to see Nate  again.


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Maybe it’s just too much of being alone that makes me a little introspective, an awkward silence broken by the steady hum of the fan and a gentle gust of wind playing with the shell chimes outside my window – a sense of deja vu. It feels like those times when you cling to the memory of a dream before it fades and dies.

A timid smile might mean a start of renewed friendship or a beginning of a lifetime commitment, but somehow, we’ve got to learn that a YES is not a promise and a promise is not a vow.

Somehow, we’ve got to know that a simple NO does not mean rejection but a mere anticipation of better things to come.

Somehow, we’ve got to realize and accept that permanence might just be an illusion. In this life, there is always a challenge to overcome. Avowals of love today maybe words of hatred tomorrow.

That there is a difference between a friend who listens from someone who talks too much. Sometimes, it’s mere togetherness that counts.

That it is better to admit you were wrong than say it wasn’t your fault.

That trials and sufferings can strengthen the soul and success is inspired by ambition to reach one’s goal.

That it does not mean that God does not answer our prayers but it’s because He has better plans.

We call unbelievable things miracles but it’s God saying, “my daughter, I am here”.

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So it’s October finally.

Made this meme a few years ago via muzy.com. I used to make memes like this before but I’ve grown tired of it that is why I am using  this old photo to greet the October month.

Yes, I often blog about month endings and beginnings, a sort of summary for the last month and an anticipation of the following month.

Excited about October? I am of course though I’ll be getting a year older again before the month ends.

Started this morning gardening outside.  Our good neighbor planted snake plants alongside our perimeter wall and I have to weed and uproot unwanted grass and as usual  sweep it of candy wrappers and cigarette butts.  Our walkways in the subdivision are cemented but I made them leave a long planters box  on one side of our perimeter wall so I could fill it with  plants. I love ground covers but I could not find plants that would need minimum care, that is, even without watering them every day. Jom heard of it and he said they have plenty of snake plants in his parents’ house in Paranaque.  Our front garden outside is filled with Santan plants and they are presently in bloom at the moment. How lovely to see red flowers in the garden.


Gone are those days when you were so busy taking care of your kids and working at the same time. Now that you are in your senior years, you just enjoy their company. You just enjoy wearing  comfy slippers and  mules when you go out of the house. No serious thought about the future anymore except perhaps how you could maintain your health  so you could stay longer with your kids.  Growing old has its advantages too, enjoying simple things in life that you used to ignore because you were always so busy earning a living for your family. Sunrises, sunsets, gardens, morning cups of coffee,  romping in the garden with your cats and dogs. Gone are those days too when you could still hire household helps that you could trust and leave the house in their care. Now, they’d rather work in fast food chains, grocery stores, factories and the like. If you are raising a family nowadays, your reliable help in the household would be your parents or in-laws.

Now that you’re getting old, you take things a little slowly too, sometimes more of rest than work but that’s okay, you are not at race with time.  Just enjoy the remaining years, make new memories with your kids and grandchildren.

Be happy, October is here!

And here’s from WordPress:

You’ve posted 12 days in a row on DREAMS AND ESCAPES! Keep up the good work.

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