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It’s been a while since I posted my reading materials here. I was cleaning one of  our cabinets then discovered all my journals, some are still blank waiting to be filled and  some of my brand new books still unread.  A couple of years ago, I took a photo of them.  They are now wrapped in plastic covers.

Except for the small volume  of Breakfast at  Tiffany’s, a glimpse of Helen Steiner Rice’s poems and reading Mary Oliver’s book from cover to cover,  my other books remain unread.  Would love to start on Haruki Murakami’s Kafka On The Shore pretty soon. That’s Oscar Wilde collected works is a treasure. I have previously bought a small volume (paperback edition) and that’s what I’ve been reading in fits and starts. The words are pretty small so I am finding it hard to read. I got used to e-books where you can enlarge the prints or even change the background color to your liking. I have read  Thomas Merton’s  Thoughts on Solitude before but it is really so nice to finally have my copy.  I used to have almost all books by Diana Gabaldon, trade paperback editions but I somehow lost them all during the flood in 2009.  John Green’s five-volume books are still in their original cartoon cover. I enjoyed reading A Fault In Our Stars before so maybe these books are good too.

As I am done with my 2017 reading challenge in Goodreads, I am presently trying new authors, thrillers and historical fiction.

What’s on your to-be-read list? Anything interesting?

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I know, I know. I should be writing  about how my day went yesterday celebrating my 61st birthday.  I went out for a while to see our street all aglow with  red  Christmas lights in each electric post in front of each house.  I just love it. This is what Santa says:

Right now, there are 57 days until Christmas 2017

And yes, I am quite distracted by the songs playing on Josef’s Bose SoundLink  Mini. It’s a Bluetooth speaker  which was Nissa’s gift to him last Christmas.   It’s the sound of the  70’s this time. I don’t know why but I was looking for another song by Frank Sinatra called  Something Stupid  and he has it too. Oh, what a thrill!  Jumping with joy listening to well-selected songs he downloaded on his phone the past few days.

Let’s see, Josef went on vacation leave yesterday so we could celebrate my birthday. We were out the whole day. Nissa brought Nate to their office to have  a Halloween party so we had lunch together at Tokyo Tonteki  in Greenbelt 5, Makati. Yes, it’s Japanese cuisine and I simply loved it. Then we went to BGC (Bonifacio Global City) to shop for a while. I’m impressed with their  JP Morgan office, it’s so tall and so big. I watched their ad at the ground floor lobby featuring the services of JP Morgan Chase Bank worldwide.  Next before we went home, we had dinner at SM East Ortigas mall. That completes the day for me. Food and more food.  I had fun reading all the greetings on Facebook.  Six of my priest friends also sent their greetings and one offered his mass intention for me. These photos stand out:

A photo collage from a friend who greeted me “Happy New  Year”.

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Taken yesterday at Tokyo Tonteki.

 

 

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Yesterday, we celebrated Nissa’s birthday. It was quite late by a week but it was worth it.  Nate was shouting “Let’s eat at Kenny  Rogers”. Nissa told me that Nate’s favorite is the mac and cheese which is served as a side dish in their broiled chicken menu. We chose between the former and  Kuya J’s. The latter serves Filipino food. Since Nate was the only one who liked to eat at Kenny’s we decided to have lunch at Kuya J’s.  Last time we ate here was during my son’s birthday last June.

We had two orders of halo-halo for dessert but the glass was so  big one order was enough for two. Yummy, yummy ube ice cream plus a little of other ingredients like leche flan,jellies, ube, corn flakes  and macapuno. Their halo-halo is one of the top six halo-halo flavors  you can find  thereabouts.

They call it their Halo-halo Espesyal and the shaved ice is actually made of milk so it does not make it watery.  So flavorful and so yummy.

I am thinking of where we will celebrate my birthday next.  Maybe we will come back here to try their other  recipes.  More than the food, it is the company of family that made the post-celebration special.

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And October is fast showing its face by the door. Where did September go? I guess it is the fastest month of the year. It’s when the BER months  begin and the long celebration of Christmas is just around the corner.

Oh yes, as I have blogged time and time again, we have the longest Christmas celebration ever.  Some start it as early as September and  it ends as late as February. I usually put up Christmas decorations  by end of November. I listen to Christmas songs on YouTube. The Tagalog songs of old are still the best. The happy tunes, the way we celebrate it, the nitty-gritty of  all the preparations.

I love October. More than just being my birth month, I love the season, a little cold in the morning, longer nights, less rains and typhoons.

We don’t have autumn here but I admire every post about it. There is something magical about falling leaves and gentle breezes that accompany it. There is something to look forward too once fall comes.

What could be more exciting than an October day? What could be more  lovelier than waiting for a birthday?

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Nissa  sent me these pics earlier.  Since she was on leave from work, she took selfies with Nate.  They had breakfast together at Jollibee. The latter is one of Nate’s favorite places to go to.   I love the smiles on their happy faces.

Sweet !

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What’s it about Monday that makes one lazy sometimes or bold enough to tackle another difficult job?

I am half-way through trimming our carabao grass again. I bought a new grass cutter several days ago so it is easier to do the job now.  The weather is just fine for gardening with a gentle morning breeze to enjoy.

Gosh, the noise of the vehicles passing by our street. The main road in Ortigas Avenue Ext. is being repaired so some commuters pass through  our subdivision to avoid the heavy traffic. I hate it  when some use their car horns inside the subdivision. They are not supposed to do that since the subdivision only allows  a lower speed limit compared to the main roads. It is annoying. Yesterday afternoon, two cars bumped into each other right in front of the house causing a traffic jam for a while. Those drivers get so impatient.

I harvested about a kilo of kalamansi  after gardening and made some into juice. The fresh, delicious taste of freshly picked kalamansi…heaven.

 

There are plenty more where they come from.  It’s time Nate visits us again so he could bring some home.  Speaking of  food, yesterday I  cooked  pancit bihon for lunch. It is a Filipino noodle stir fry so popular for everyday meals and on special occasions too.  Since it is a complete meal in itself one does not need to add rice to the dish.  You would need about a half kilo of pork, 500 grams of vermicelli noodles, carrots, chayote, Baguio beans and two stalks of celery.

 

There is still a little left inside the ref with two pieces of longganisa to boot. Perfect for another meal later.  Left-over meals for  Monday…haha!

Have a nice week ahead friends!

 

 

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They came yesterday with the grandson in his pajamas and my daughter said, “he just woke up”. so the first order of the day was, they had breakfast first before he took a bath.

As soon as we had our lunch, he asked  if we could pick kalamansi. He loves to visit the garden and play with our dog Noki but he was afraid of our three kitties.  When he was at play, he kept saying, “I don’t want to go home, I will stay with Nonna”. Nissa and I just smiled. It is a standard dialogue when he is around. He usually takes another bath before they go home and he always ask, “Are we going home after I take a bath? I don’t want to take a bath”.  Haha, the logic of  a four-year old 🙂

They brought with them his new set of Lego toys but he also has a big plastic bag of toys here.

 

He is so creative. He could build  several figures out of the tiny Lego blocks.  I have an hour with him with his ABC and story books.  He always love to sit on my lap and read him fairy tales. Gosh, I’m impressed, he could summarize every story after reading.

 

We were having a snack of Banana bread and Cinnamon rolls when he suddenly blurted out: “Happy birthday Mommy” to Nissa. We just laughed. Her birthday is next month yet.

Then he said, “bye books, bye toys, bye Nonna”.  What a lovely day it was. Family day is always something I really look forward to.  It does not matter  how simply we spend it as long as we are all together.

 

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