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Touch –

an absolutely necessary thing

but in this pandemic,

we are reduced to hand signals

and smiles that we could not even see.

No hugs.

No kisses.

No embraces.

Just shouts and whispers

within the mask.

Enforced time in the four corners

of our homes.

Will we ever be brave enough

to hug, to kiss and embrace?

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When you feel like crying because you are touched,

deeply touched by inspiring words.

When you learn to appreciate the value of

lovely, lovely memories

You cry tears of  joy.

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One more day to go

the BER months are coming.

May your September be

full of fun and blessings.

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91% done! Ayayay 🙂  Did you know that I finished two books in three days? And that is why I missed blogging again. I was quite engrossed reading. I am almost there, nine books more to go before I finish the challenge and that means 25 books ahead of schedule. I read a lot at night. The best way to spend the time before going to sleep. Sometimes, I could consume two hot mugs of tea in different flavors of course. I have Manuka honey,  cranberry and ginger now by Lois tea. I alternate it with the Twinings flavors that we bought earlier.

I had a dream last night but it was kind of weird. I dreamt of riding a ferris wheel, a big one at that somewhere in Tagaytay.   It does exist and is called Sky Ranch, a 5-hectare leisure park south of Manila. I don’t know which is better, Enchanted Kingdom or this one.  I’ve been to Enchanted Kingdom during one of Bank of PI’s family days.  My two kids have been there a lot of times and enjoyed the rides.

The truth is I am afraid of heights  (you may visit the link I posted above,those rides in Enchanted Kingdom). Even a height of 20 floors in our  office before makes my knees shake and wobble.  It still does when I go to places high enough for me to look down. The first and last time that I rode a ferris wheel was when I was in high school.   Years ago when we were still living in Quezon City, we celebrated the Feast of the Sacred Heart during the months of June and usually, ferias in strategic places were constructed and one of them was the ferris wheel.  Feria is a Spanish word meaning carnival or a festival. That dream that occured last night is an antithesis  of my fear. I was actually enjoying the ride. I don’t really know what it means.

Had I finally conquered it?

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I am getting lazy, take that to mean I am getting bored with what is happening around.

It’s almost six months now that practically, there was no social life for me except those times that Jovy’s grandmother and her cousin came over for a visit and when Nissa and Obet visited us more than a month ago. In between are just calls and conversations with my brother who is based in Tulsa, several calls with my niece who is based in Singapore and occasional messages from my brother and sis-in-law who are staying in the province. My brother after almost a year of being indisposed is back to his old job but is not a full-time one. The present mayor of our place asked him to help them even with three persons who replaced his old job. Their experience is not enough to meet the requirements of being municipal administrator. I told him to take it easy, good thing his present project is right within our barangay.

Even blogging for me has somehow lost is appeal. There was a time when I used to blog so early in the morning even thinking of what to write about the night before.

2020 brought so much, unlikely happenings that we’ve never expected and this is happening worldwide. The political scenario here is dim and it has been like that the past four years. I wonder, will we be able to get up again and make us proud of our country?

We have lots of talented, responsible, decision-makers, and well-educated and experienced individuals who could run the country but….. and we are in dire need of new faces who are not corrupt. We are in dire need of people who would think of the welfare of the millions of Filipinos and not concerned about their pockets. Good governance is what most of us dream of. Would it be just a dream now? We need problem solvers, those who have plans on what to do with these gargantuan problems we are facing now most especially this pandemic which has now become the biggest problem that these legislators and officers of the land have to address. Yes, to tell you the truth, I am getting tired of it all.

I am trying to lose myself in books and watching Interaktib every night. This program makes me laugh.

How are you all coping with this pandemic? I hope everyone of you is safe.

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Yeay, even if the rest of the week are not that busy, weekends I think are still the best. Even if Jovy and Josef work from home, midweeks are quite a little bit toxic than weekends. Time to relax and pamper yourself drinking tea and  applying Jeju Aloe Ice on your skin, savouring the ice cold lotion. It is better applied when it is cold.

I am still reviewing my earlier posts. I am in the middle of 2015  and I am definitely enjoying reading them again –  the days spent with Nate picking calamansi and staying in  the garden, the quiet days  and blissful nights of reading, time spent discovering new books, conversations with  friends, glimpses at Facebook etc.

Last Thursday night, I told Fr. Pao that it was like I had my own segment in their program Interaktib.  I contributed three random excerpts from my blog and they collated it before reading on air. I remember Brother Ed saying “eto na ang quotable quotes”. Haha! I  am also enjoying their show, pampatanggal stress talaga, lots of laughter coupled with news of our Catholic faith.

Previously, I blogged about this. Until now, I am looking for a copy of P. Anciers’ Libertine’s Destiny. I read it when I was in college. The Humanities Section of UST had only one copy and it was always out. Every time a student returns it, there is always another student who would like to borrow it. I should have looked for a copy long ago and bought one too. It is no longer in circulation. Even a reading group at Goodreads is on the lookout for this particular book. All I remember is that it was  set during WWII.   Has anyone of you read it previously? It was serialized long ago in a  women’s magazine here.

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I am trying to take a siesta but I could not sleep. Then someone was at the gate, I could hear the doorbell  bell ringing.  Ah, finally, after almost a week of waiting, my order at Lazada arrived today. I am still waiting  for the three packs of the longganisa I ordered online.

Speaking of tea, I tried several flavors of Twinings before and that of Celestial Seasonings, two brands of tea that I like. Then I found this new one (at least to me) from Lazada. The aroma of combined apple, cinnamon and raisin, just perfect for an afternoon drink. The taste is mild but I like it. There was I time when I used to experiment on different flavors but they have become so expensive here. Even Lipton’s green tea is so costly. Yeay, one box is enough 🙂

Catching up on my reading too. I found a few books by Taylor Caldwell. The only book I had before of her was Captains and the Kings because we watched it on a television series. I hope these books won’t disappoint.

I watched two masses today, one in the morning and one this afternoon. I love listening to their homilies even if there are the same gospel readings. It has now become a regular routine for me to hear mass every morning.

Here’s what I learned from Fr. Regie this afternoon and I quote:
Do we have that same longing for Jesus?
Do we hunger for Jesus?
When, where and how did I see Jesus Today?

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I am still randomly copying some excerpts from my earlier posts for my journal and which I’m gonna share later at Interaktib. Then I found this, it’s something I wrote  from six years ago.  Reposting it.

WHEN WORDS ARE NOT ENOUGH

Sometimes,

I hide myself behind the flow of words

If you are clever enough

You’ll catch me  peeking

from a curtained window

admiring the view

but never brave enough

to open the door.

Sometimes,

life seems so difficult

and one’s smile catches the tears

one look that lingers

that one goodbye

erases hundreds of hello.

How could you not see

that life  is sometimes

hard to journey through?

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Hi Anne, I know you’re curious how my new journal looks. These are those words I’m gonna share to Fr. Pao’s program called  Interaktib.

I hope you can still read my handwriting, got these from my earlier posts, copied them at random.  It was when I was still in the process of recovery long ago.

I am on page 6 and still updating it. Hopefully, I could fill this up as I  go along. Have a good day.

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For the first time, I prepared two cups of the brew early this morning. I was awake at 5am and was at the garden before 6am. I prepared a cup with just a little sugar to go with it. I put it in a small foot  stool near where I was weeding. Two of our naughty cats played around and the plastic stool toppled on the grass.  Oh my!

I have to go back in the kitchen to prepare another cup and this time, I put it on top of our concrete garden table covered by a glass coaster. I don’t drink coffee every day except when I am in the garden this early and there is a morning breeze that plays with the leaves in the garden making the dry ones fall to the ground. Every day I have to sweep the yard. We have a small compost pit at the farthest corner of the garden and all the leaves that I gather are placed there to rot.  This soil mix is one of the best to use when you are replanting.

Speaking of coffee, mom can’t get by without her early morning fix. Sometimes she doesn’t even eat breakfast as long as she has coffee prepared.  We used to let her prepare her own but in the last few months, either the coffee is too much, the sugar too little and she ends up with an unpalatable cup. So what Josef suggested was for us to buy her three-in-one sachets complete with sugar, cream and of course coffee. These instant coffee packets are flavored in caramel. mocha, hazelnut, brown coffee etc. They come in different brands. Problem solved. All you need is to pour hot water and voila, it’s done.

Are you a coffee drinker or a tea lover? I am one of both. I’ve tried turmeric tea yesterday. They say it is good to boost immunity.

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