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A lovely start of 2021 for Nissa and 0bet. They got their new car yesterday, their third since they got married. They sold the first one, a Honda Civic a few months ago.

Officers at the bank are allowed to change cars every five years. 40% of the total cost is shouldered by the bank and 60% by the employee depending on the rank of the employee. Obet is a Senior Manager at Bank of PI. Junior officers are given 20% by the bank and they shoulder the rest.

Nissa wanted a more roomy and comfy car so they purchased a 2021 Ford Territory and got it yesterday. I asked Nissa if they would also sell their Hyundai car but she told me it would be their spare.

The regulatory pose with all car dealers here. They removed their face masks for the photo op.

Ah, happy faces. They took it for a spin yesterday. I told them that if they would have it blessed at Antipolo Cathedral soon, they could leave Nate here since Antipolo is very near our place. It is where the image of the patron saint for travellers is located that is why most car blessings are done there. Would love to see that sunroof.

Today is also the Feast Day of Señor Sto. Ñino, the child Jesus, it is only observed in the Philippines. It is a special privilege given to the country for so many years now. Nissa and the family have their fiesta today.

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Sweet And Sour Pork


Trying to see if this would upload, it is supposed to be my attachment on the post Simpol.

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Second to rice, pancit is a Filipino noodle dish which is also a staple on our table. It uses rice sticks mixed with pork, shrimp, chicken and vegetables. We even mix it with sliced hot dogs and chicken liver.

I prepared this for lunch today and followed Chef Tatung’s recipe by adding sliced squid balls to the pork. Veggies are half-cabbage, Baguio beans, carrot, celery and green onion for toppings.

You could eat this as substitute for rice. Yumyum🥢🍜🍷

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I’ve alway been a fan of Chef Tatung Sarthou. I often see him on television with his regular segment in one program of ABS-CBN.

I occasionally catch him on his Facebook page showing those recipes that he cooks. They don’t need elaborate ingredients. They are simple recipes so easy to follow.

Last Sunday I decided to order his first published cookbook last November 2020. Delivery was fast, ordered it through Lazada.

He calls it Simpol which means simple in English. The book is thick, the pages are glossy with picture of every recipe featured in the book. I browsed it and it seems they are so easy to follow. He simplified those elaborate recipes and made the ingredients affordable. One of these days, I will try some of them.

This book is one more treasure to keep.

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Happy New Year


WELCOME 2021🍇🍈🍊🍋🍎🍏🍓🍒🍑🍐

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I’m Lost


Gosh,my computer gave up on me, it suddenly shut down. I am not so good writing on this tab. I’veclearly forgotten how it’s done.

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Lapses


Oh my, I’ve been reading a book for almost a week now but I am only on chapter 12. How’s that again? Yes, it’s about the Spanish flu. I seem to be more excited updating our new Catholic group on Facebook and engaging with some members that by the time I’m done browsing, I feel so sleepy.

I attend  two, sometimes three Novena masses online every night.  It is so nice listening to the homilies about the Gospel readings every night. Four more to go and Simbang Gabi will be over. Looking forward to Christmas day.

The other night, Nissa created a “room” for our family. I have ignored that app since it was introduced on Facebook until yesterday when I caught my brother Noel and Nissa talking. It was a video chat, wonderful! We were updated on how Noel celebrated his birthday and I got to see what my sister-in-law prepared for their dinner. I also ignored that other app called “story” since most of my friends who post their stories there also post them at the same time on their news feed, a little redundant I think. I love Messenger though since I get to have long conversations with my friends here and abroad without opening Facebook. Nice, gone are the days when you have to spend so much on overseas calls.

Final delivery of Lazada orders today. It was a big help for us  with all those household needs and additional gifts for  the family.  Nice to have online shopping which is reliable for us shoppers. Even my gifts for our  online Kris Kringle was ordered from Lazada and there was a minimal fee of only P85 pesos for delivery expenses.  Lazada took charge of it, to think it was as far as Bicol. You order online, instruct them where it would go, and voila, problem solved.

So how is your Christmas preparation? Are you excited?

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Solitude


I  had a  more-than-an-hour-lovely chat  with a an online friend last night.  She is based in Bacolod City in the southern part of the Philippines and we both belong to the group chat of Sambuhay Interaktib.  We touched on so many subjects like our online Kris Kringle at Sambuhay Interaktib that  includes twelve priest friends and seminarians who are active at the site.  I wonder what mechanics they will do to make it successful.

We touched on  religious books we have read before. Her sister is a Trappistine contemplative  nun so the latter suggests books for her to read. She loves Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen and Mary Oliver too. I told her to look for the works of John O’Donohue, a former priest, poet and writer who died last January 4, 2008. A great loss to the people who love his works like I do.

Solitude.

It’s a favorite word for this newly-met friend. She told me that she would have entered the convent too but it didn’t materialize.  Solitude may have different meaning to some but that kind that we crave being in the company of our thoughts, those times that we need to contemplate about life and find meaning in the everyday things happening around, those times that we need to be alone and just enjoy life as it is.

Solitude.

Being alone but not necessarily lonely. Being alone and feeling lonely are two different things.  We can grow more comfortable with just being ourselves. It gives us an opportunity to plan our lives. I always experience that lovely communication with God and nature when I am in the garden, uprooting weeds, pruning and planting some seeds or deadheading flowers.

You can sit quietly in a corner, listen to some music of old and before you know it, you are uplifted. Sometimes it even comes to a point where you sing too and you remember lovely memories in your life.

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Oh my, what are those spam comments for? I received ten spam comments overnight and I erased all of them a while ago.

Spam comments are even rampant on Facebook and they paste them on religious sites too. Bitcoins, what are they for except to lure unsuspecting individuals who believe in instant money.

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Catholic calendar. I shared a photo of Mama Mary on my wall at Facebook and a short write-up on why I venerate her.

“O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.”

Last night, I reread one of the two books that I have of Rod McKuen.  His words are always inspirational. They are like a balm to my heart. I wish I could find more of his books. 

Happy Tuesday everyone!

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I missed blogging yesterday.

It was cloudy here and it is still cloudy now. I got lazy and just read. What would your  reaction be if you find more books of  one of your favorite authors?  Take a guess. It’s Mary Oliver of course. I finished Felicity in one sitting  and I got so inspired reading. Just started on Blue Iris.  It is a slow read though because I like to imagine those places and things  she described in the book. It is a  rich collection of  poems,  essays, and of Mary Oliver’s classic works on flowers, trees, and plants. When these words uplift the soul, one feels blessed and happy. I am re-posting some poems from her Felicity book.

This one is entitled The Gift.

Be still, my soul, and steadfast.
Earth and heaven both are still watching
though time is draining from the clock
and your walk, that was confident and quick,
has become slow.

So, be slow if you must, but let
the heart still play its true part.
Love still as once you loved, deeply
and without patience. Let God and the world
know you are grateful.That the gift has been given.

Then there is this short one called  Everything.

Everything that was broken has
forgotten its brokenness. I live
now in a sky-house, through every
window the sun. Also your presence.
Our touching, our stories. Earthly
and holy both. How can this be, but
it is. Every day has something in
it whose name is forever.

Got this third one online:

There are still so many lovely words there and I am keeping them deep in my heart. I have seven books of Mary Oliver now including the lovely and thick hardbound copy of Devotions.

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