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Happy Sunday people and friends!

My gosh, I already reached 76% of my allowed free space for this blog. 24% more to go. I wonder how long will that be. Considering I have limited posting photos here and avoided posting them in high resolution unlike before, maybe it might take a while. I have another blog entitled Dreams Never End which you might like to visit too. The last time I updated it though was December 2019.

Yesterday was another lovely family day for us. Nissa’s family was here. Our good friend Fr. Aly spent lunch with us. We had a good chat about those earlier days. He has been our friend since our house was blessed in October 1995. He was only about two years into the priesthood then. He also officiated Nissa’s wedding more than eight years ago. It is really nice to bond with old friends, it’s like there is no gap in between.

I laughed at Nate for sneaking out some of his toys here. He was so proud when they were about to go and he was holding them in his hands. I told him, he has so few toys here compared to what he has accumulated at home. He wouldn’t leave them behind. He brought a Captain Marvel notebook and some colored pens which Nissa gave him. He divided the pages into Things Done, Drawings. Good, Bad etc. I laughed at his entries under Good. He watered the plants, he swept the floor ( he spelled the floor with just a single 0), he was behaved and he read books. On the Bad space he wrote: Daddy got mad at me because I was noisy. Under Drawings, he has several. He even drew a tree complete with roots and fruits showing 🙂 I taught him to draw a box and he imitated it and told me there was something inside it. Nate could be creative and expressive. I asked him what was inside, he told me he kept his toys there….clever idea! He is quite tall for his age and we have now the same size of footwear, haha.

Come to think of it,this is the only picture I took yesterday. We were more focused on sharing laughter and creating memories.

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

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Once in a while, I post some excerpts of my previous blog entries at my Memories on Facebook. They are not the whole posts themselves but just a few lines that catch my fancy at the moment. These are some of them which I wrote at different dates….more like different months and years.

The way you look at things probably depends on how you view life itself. As they always say, you could see a glass half-full or half-empty. It does not matter whether you’re 30 or 50, maturity comes not in the number you add to your age but in the richness of experience you encounter making you grow and learn a little more.

I’ve never been good at following “how to’s” unless it’s a complicated recipe that I need to experiment on. Sure, sometimes they make life easier but it is different from following rules that you have set yourself to do. The step-by-step-numbered rules bore me. I wonder if I am alone in this because sometimes I do encounter blog posts like how to learn to be happy or how to be a good writer or how to make your blog more popular(taken from the point of view of the author of course) but in real life we each have certain criteria and values that we wish to meet that we think assure us of happiness and success. It is like reading a highly recommended book but you find it boring. Short of saying “to each his own” we have our way of coping and facing what is in front of us. 

Boring or not, a book never fails to teach me a lesson.

It’s so quiet here, no tv, no radio, not even the noise of passing vehicles can be heard. It’s a deafening quiet and my mind is filled with riotous thoughts – the kind that have no beginning and have no end. Have you ever experienced those moments when you really want to write about them but you don’t know how and they just keep floating in your head? There is something you want to voice out and put down on paper (or shall we say, write in a draft in your PC whichever is more convenient) but it eludes you once you are staring at the blank screen. Whoa! What happened to the rich and jumbled thoughts I had earlier? Life, sometimes, is funny. No, life is funny. Make that three dots at the end.

Peace, serenity, warm welcome, quiet moments, bonding with friends, soul searching – I found them all at Caleruega. God is so visible in that place and to coin the words that describe it, it’s CLOSE TO NATURE, CLOSER TO GOD.

There is that one moment that stands out, so lovely, which makes you say, “I need another moment like this”.

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I was about to go out to buy some supplements at Mercury drugstore early this morning when I clearly forgot the name of the medicine. I remember writing down Enervon C and Biogesic but I clearly forgot the other one which I’d like to buy, I’d like to think I am not yet that old enough to forget things once in a while. There are three words that I usually forget. I know that it starts with a C.  Ah, I get it finally, it’s cranberry. Every time I buy this, it takes me a while to remember it. There is another one, a plant I used to own because I love its dainty flowers. It starts with the letter B.  I have to rack my brain again to remember  Begonia.  It is always at the tip of my tongue but for the life of me, it usually takes a few minutes to remember its name. Then there is this one-stop store at the corner where  I take tricycle ride when I go out alone.  I keep remembering 7-Eleven or even Alfa Mart  or SaveMore, but I keep forgetting  Mini-Stop.

Does this happen to you? Sometimes I’m afraid this is the start of being forgetful so when I remember them, I write them in my notebook.  And unless I  read what I’ve written, I keep forgetting.

 

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I don’t know what kind of president we have here. He is certainly a psychopath to the max. If US and some other nations have closed their borders, here,  they are allowing tourists and those coming in from the affected areas of China. Even the health secretary says, it is not yet time to ban mainland Chinese to come over.  Some are in a panic mode already. They’re many Chinese here in the metro.

Maybe this government is afraid to offend its best friend China that is why even those who are supposed to protect us are not doing anything. Sorry for the rant friends, this is just disgusting. This is not the only issue at hand that he ignored.  He was not even concerned with the victims of Taal volcano eruption. They decreased the supposed budget for calamities considering we are the most prone when it comes to earthquakes, floods  etc. The budget for the office of the president increased tremendously. And wow, he is even challenging to scrap the Visiting Forces Agreement between US and the Philippines just because  US cancelled the visa of one of his alalay  Sen bato. (that lower case name of the senator is deliberate).

PLEASE HUWAG niyong ipagsapalaran ang buhay ng bawat Filipino.

 

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Facebook calls them Memories, those somehow forgotten events that happened years ago but they remind you of it.

When I opened my Facebook account this morning and visited the app, I saw several photos of the last high school reunion I attended some nine years back.  Some of my classmates and batchmates visited me I think a couple of years ago but that was it. I am trying to avoid going out often because my immunity is low nowadays. Yes, I still wear face masks when I go out.

Taken almost 39 years after our high school graduation.

I do communicate with them almost every day thru Messenger, call them once in a while. They are the same old jolly people just like when we were in high school.  I guess high school days were the best years. Getting to know everyone, forming lasting friendship with some, embracing our individual journeys in life. Some of them post about their travels, some just like me talk and post pictures about our grandkids.  It’s quite nice to reminisce those days, the laughter, the difficult and challenging assignments we had to do in some of our high school subjects.

Back then, I hated Algebra but I loved Physics and English. History was a favorite because we were lucky enough to have good teachers.   Before we graduated, we had a high school presentation and the whole batch chose to imitate some programs on television but with some twists of course. It was more of the laughter in every episode of the presentation. Since I couldn’t act, I chose to join the production staff.  It was a lovely legacy to the junior batch. The succeeding batches had part 2  and part 3 of it. I remember the last issue of our high school paper, those lines  like “I bequeath……” describing something about yourself and bequeathing it to one of the junior students.

And high school ought to prepare us for another journey and difficulties. But we learn, how we learn in the process.

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Those words simply mean, “while there is life, there is hope”.

Saw this photo published by one of our news dailies here. A touching tale of something you would love to ponder on. Amidst the tragedy is a life growing.

Photo culled from Phil. Star.

Habang may buhay, may pag-asa.

 

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One thing that you can’t fault about the Filipinos is their ability to still smile and laugh amidst calamities  and natural disasters. And the Bayanihan spirit is still very much alive with the private sector fetching in even with meager resources. There is our Vice-President Leni Robredo who was the first one in this “out of this world” government to personally see the plight of the Taal survivors. But where is  Digong, they asked. Ah. busy lambasting the Catholic church in one of his speeches again yesterday with an audience of another religion. Let’s not go further, I don’t really want to talk about his slowness in addressing these gargantuan problems. He does not  want to allow other nations to help our shores so be it, let him be buried deep in mud.

I was watching some videos posted at Facebook and I literally laughed seeing those who were wearing nightgowns, police uniform, school uniforms and some men in the evacuation center wearing skirts and dresses. No doubt about it, they really appreciate all the help from our kababayans.  Maybe some donors would want to get rid of those items that they no longer need. Take note though, there are mountains of goods, food items, potable water, toiletries, linens, canned goods etc. being brought to those places where there are so many evacuees. Here are some photos I culled from the net.

That’s VP Leni at the relief operations in Sta. Teresita, Batangas

They’re game wearing those dresses

The BAYANIHAN spirit is still very much alive. These are volunteers repacking goods for distribution

That’s a school uniform

Latest reports say that Taal Volcano is still under alert level 4. There is still the possibility of future eruption.

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