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I am always touched watching the flickering candles at the Padre Pio Chapel in Libis. The symbolism of having pure light, penetrating darkness and illuminating one’s path is so uplifting.
St. Padre Pio is one of my favorite saints. I believe he was instrumental in healing me when I was sick eleven years ago. I have always experienced kneeling down with that blank paper in my hands and didn’t know what to write in my petitions but once my pen glides on the paper, it is a spontaneous flow of thanksgiving and asking for special intentions. I am always in awe every time I read those testimonials of people he has touched through their prayers.
HAPPY FEAST DAY PADRE PIO. I am sad I could not visit you today.

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Here are some more excerpts from my  older posts that I’ve shared with Interktib. They air now twice a week because some of those who take charge of the program are seminarians who have started their classes.

I have already shared those with check marks. Some go back as early as 2011.  I always look forward to sharing these words, touching a soul or two in cyberspace.

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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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Touches


Learn how a flower grows

it doesn’t hurry

it takes its time.

Listen to the raindrops

once in a while

does it makes you smile?

Kiss a child

and watch how she pulls your face down

and she kisses you back.

Happiness are brought by simple things

which we sometimes ignore.

 

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Hmm….it seems I could no longer duplicate the things I did back in 2011 when I joined WordPress’ Post A Day Challenge and I did it…..successfully.

Here I am again promising myself to post daily. I wish I could do it again.

Haha, I’ve been waiting for today and here it comes finally and I was not disappointed, I heard Jose Mari Chan belting out  A Perfect Christmas from a friend’s wall on Facebook.  I have always told you in my previous Christmas posts over the years that we have the longest celebration of the season. It might be different this year because of Covid-19, so many people are left jobless but we could still celebrate without much fanfare, right? The simpler,  the better. I don’t wish for expensive gifts this year but I wish for the presence of my family including Nate of course.

I made this out of the photo I took yesterday at the garden. It’s my blooming Bleeding Heart.

Despite this pandemic, we still have something to look forward to…..Christmas!

 

 

 

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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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Saw this photo on GMA Networks’ wall.   Setting aside the use of a dishwasher, which would you clean first? I am always of the belief that drinking glasses should be first followed by utensils, then plates. Big items should be last. Do you agree?

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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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Lazy bug strikes again. Yes, you read it right, I am just too lazy to blog. Supposedly, yesterday, I’ve done my month-ender blog but I just read and was focused on social media.

It is truly exasperating when you have a lunatic for  a  president. He repeated that  people can use gasoline as disinfectant. The nerve of the guy. Those who blindly follow him might just do it. How can you trust  a supposed highest officer of the land  recommending something like this and who is just waiting for vaccines to end this pandemic if his attitude bores on lunacy? He sounded pretty sure that by  December, everything would be solved thru those vaccines. Sorry, I don’t trust china too.

Our health workers are so overworked that they requested for at least a two-week  enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila and suburbs to give them time “to breathe”. They are already exhausted and overwhelmed by the number of positive cases that keeps on rising every day by the thousands now. VP Leni has suggested some protocols that those in-charge with COVID cases could follow but then the problem is they don’t see eye to eye with her. She is working on her own with the help of the private sectors despite lack of budget. If only the man would step down willingly and let the reigns be transferred to someone who works non-stop. He’s been saying that he is tired but does not want to let go. Ay sus! He said it himself, “inutil” siya.  That’s inutile in English guys.

Yesterday was  the Feast Day of St. Ignatius of Loyola. He is a Spanish Catholic priest and Theologian and is a co-founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). Ateneo de Manila University  is the top two university of the country run by the Jesuits. Last night, I watched HOLY DARKNESS: Ignatian Spirit in the time of COVID-19, a night of songs and prayers to St. Ignatius of Loyola.  It was presented by the Jesuit Music Ministry of Jesuit Communications. Oh my gosh, I had a grand time listening  and watching it on FB. Some songs  were quite familiar because we sing them at church. Lovely, lovely music. It was like attending a concert for more than an hour of talented singers and choirs.  Before that, I also watched Fr. Pao on the Friday edition of Interaktib at Radio Veritas. They tackled the life of St. Ignatius of Loyola. He said that he truly appreciated a truly Ignatian education because he studied in Ateneo.

It’s raining here again. Have a happy weekend guys.

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