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There are so many apps at Facebook but this is the only one that I’ve tried at the moment. I just want to know how well they know a person through her public profile by guessing (?) things that would make you smile or frown.  My FB status is for friends only. I don’t click like on those posts of friends who are updating their walls publicly.  For one thing, I never send  nor forward chain mails even if they are of religious kind, I just erase them. Neither do I  play online games, it is a waste of time for me.

I like this though.

And except that weak point which is being crazy about sweets, I am not. I choose sweets I wanna eat and only do so when I crave for it.  Neither do I smile when confronted with suffering, I just cry silently and pray. All the rest though are quite true. I really hate FAKE people but I love meeting new friends.

By the way, I’ve just erased another twenty spam comments with that annoying word “write”. Some even have  WordPress sites. If they are legit  WordPress users, how come  they’ve joined the bandwagon of spammers?

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I found this amazing and inspiring video from YouTube. I seldom share videos here but this one is so lovely.

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Happy  Sunday all!

After that intermittent rain last night (yes, there were moments it totally stopped then rained again), we have finally seen the face of the morning sun. Compared to yesterday, it is still cloudy outside but the rain has finally stopped.

I haven’t attended Sunday mass yet, gonna wait for Josef and Jovy to come home before we catch the evening mass here at the village. My gosh, it started to rain again as I write this.

I’d like to think that happiness is not always measured by one’s success in life. Sometimes we think that successful people are happy but deep inside they’re not. You could be smiling, shaking hands with people you meet, showing a happy face for others to see but  deep within, you are alone in your thoughts, sometimes ugly, sometimes suicidal. What makes people commit that one act  of ending their lives despite their success? What makes them think of suicide and do it? What makes them so unhappy that they have to do that drastic measure of taking life into their hands?

You’ve heard of Kate Spade ending her life one Tuesday morning then a few days later Anthony Bourdain followed suit.  Time and again I would hear of Kate Spade and her creations  (not even dreamed of even seeing her creative designs in my orbit) but Anthony Bourdain was famous even here in our country. He has visited the Philippines several times, trying on our exotic food like balut and our to die for lechon.  He even shared a glass of halo-halo  in a slum area in Tondo.  Most posts at Facebook are about his life, how he struggled to study culinary arts in his early  years. A celebrity chef, traveler and a story-teller.

Beneath the success and happiness may be a deep depression for both.  Do we really understand what depression is and what depression means? I don’t. All I know is that success in life does not always makes you happy.  My oncologist a few years ago emphasized that one of the major causes of cancer, any cancer at that is stress, aside of course from genes.  I believe so. When you are stressed, your body shows signs of weakness too physically. You get that gargantuan headaches and you think it is a normal way of life.  You get those joints  and muscles pains and you think they’re just part of growing old. Sometimes we ignore and procrastinate until it is too late.

Let’s learn to value life every day. Let’s learn to be happy in the true sense of the word.  Even little things could make us smile and be happy. Albert Camus said it so well and I quote: “You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.” 

 

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Happy Sunday all!

Caught the earliest mass schedule at 5 am. There is a certain advantage in attending an early morning mass.  For one, the church is not full, you can choose a seat. Another thing, you can watch the sunrise filter through the stained glass windows of the church.  By the time the mass is finished, the  early morning sun is full on your face. And the little morning breeze is just right, not too cold, not yet hot. Along the way, I bought a big box of hopia from my favorite vendor.

The ternatea I planted from seeds have shown at least three inches of stem with leaves. Wonderful. The flowers could be used as tea or decorations in a  dish. Looking forward to those blue lovely flowers. Ternatea is also called butterfly pea. It might be a good climbing shrubs for my newly stalled steel matting fence.

I am propagating my double-petaled pink Bougainvillea. Hoping it is a success.

Have you noticed? Why does WordPress no longer have that  Reblog buttons. I wonder why.

Here’s a lovely quote from Alfred Austin:

The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.

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Wild flowers growing in the mountains of Tanay.  Finding simple joy in seeing the best of nature!

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Baler

As we walk our individual life journeys, we pick up resentment and hurts, which attach themselves to our souls like burrs clinging to a hiker’s socks. These stowaways may seem insignificant at first, but, over time, if we do not occasionally stop and shake them free, the accumulation becomes a burden to our souls. – richard paul evans

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Yesterday.

We were able to get our EMV cards at the bank. We have to wait for Jovy to come home so she could drive us there.

There are always long lines both at the counters and  at the customer service booths. I have to approach one of their officers and introduced myself as a former employee of BPI. She immediately looked for the replacement cards and let Mom sign hers but I have to replace the PIN numbers for both cards at the ATM machine.

We went to SM East Ortigas later to have early dinner at  the Classic Savory Chicken.   Mom  said that the place was familiar so I told her, we had eaten there before. We dined on buttered chicken, pork chops, pancit canton, chop suey,  crab and corn soup.  Oreo is now allowed to eat veggies like carrots and chayote and minced chicken liver too so we had to separate them and put them in a glass of water to remove the flavor before he could eat them.  He loved the veggies.  We also ordered dinner for Josef and brought it home with us.

Tired.

Started trimming the grass as soon as it is light.Wow, it has grown after more than a month. Went back to the garden around 4 PM. Planted another packet of Zinnia today. I hope they would sprout in a week. I noticed while I was weeding, there are new shoots of my Vinca, probably from the flowers that have fallen to the ground. I am envisioning how this would all look when they bloom.

I gave our neighbor bottle gourd. There are more  than ten of them on our trellis in different sizes.  Did you know that there are amazing benefits of bottle  gourd?  It is  a vegetable often ignored by many but it acts as a diuretic, improve digestion and prevents constipation.  It also reduces risk of urinary infection and lowers blood sugar levels. Since it is low in calories, it also aids in weight loss. There are also so many ways to cook it.

Finally.

I can now update my reading. Just done with a book about nature and biodiversity. The importance of a healthy natural environment. ” Biodiversity is in decline all over the world. The number of species of animals, plants and microorganisms is decreasing”. I hope to see our little sparrows moving back to the garden again.  I miss their sweet voices early in the morning.

 

 

 

 

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