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I haven’t seen the sun’s face for almost a week.

It keeps hiding behind  the thick dark clouds  which are threatening rain again. We are still experiencing monsoon rains and maybe this will last until the weekend.

I  miss the summer days.  I miss the early morning sunrise, I miss those mornings at the garden with a hot cup of coffee while watching the  traffic and the students pass by.

My thoughts wander….beyond.  Time seems to go too slow or maybe because I always wake up early and the morning chores are done in a jiffy.

I am  presently reading The 3rd Victim by Sydney  Bauer, a  thriller. Murder, a  dead baby, IVF  (In Vitro Fertilization) , court scenes and a criminal lawyer trying his best to know the truth and defend  someone who everybody thinks is the guilty one.  When you are in the middle of reading something, you have your own conjectures on who is the criminal and you form an opinion but will get  disappointed because you do not expect what happens next.  I slept late last night trying to reach the end of the story  but it’s all of 528 pages and I am just halfway through.

Sydney Bauer is an Australian author and this is the first time I encountered her work.

 

 

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Blue, you said, fits me more

Than any color would do

That canvas called life

Could never hide the truth inside

As you once were, I feel blue tonight.

I chose to be a poet

But you wonder why

My poems never rhyme

Maybe I’ll find the words

That will match the music and the song

If only you were here!

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I’ve missed this kind of music. Oh yeah.

Listening to the early albums of  The Beatles on YouTube while I am having my tab charged for further reading. I placed the headset on Oreo’s ears a while ago and now he is watching me tapping my fingers near where he is. When you talk to him, his head goes this way and that and seems like he understands.  Maybe he does, who knows. His eyes look alert.

Having a puppy for company all day long, it  makes you a little inventive…haha! When he is not sleeping, he watches me and sometimes reaches out his two front paws and touches my hand while I am holding the mouse.  He is about four months old  now and in human years, (with his pedigree)  that is equivalent to a five-year old.  I have to do research on this because I am curious about his age.  He has lost three of his milk teeth.

Going back to The Beatles, I am playing their Greatest Hits Collection, more than an hour of  listening to their well-loved songs. I am reminded of my younger years when what you can hear on the radio are different groups and artists who belonged to the  first British Invasion, a cultural phenomenon of the mid-60’s. Who would not be reminded of the Dave Clark Five, the Rolling Stones, Herman’s Hermits, the Hollies, Chad and Jeremy? I love them all.

There was a time when my kids were small, we used to watch old films of The Beatles on a new music channel on television. Maybe, that’s why until now, Josef downloads some on his Bose SoundLink Mini and he let’s me listen to it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Picked some mulberry leaves early this morning from a small mulberry cutting I planted about three months ago. It was given by our neighbor and luckily it survived. As it needs pruning to produce those spuds, I harvested the healthy leaves and made them into tea.

They say that mulberry tea leaves have many health benefits including the reduction of blood sugar. Mulberries are filled with nutrients that are important for our body, including iron,riboflavinvitamin Cvitamin Kpotassium, phosphorous, and calcium. Hopefully in a few more months  I would be able to see those tiny mulberry fruits.

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It’s Josef”s 34th birthday today. He didn’t file a leave of absence  so probably we will just celebrate when he comes home this afternoon.

I recycled one his photos   from two years ago. Taken on the same day when he took a vacation leave so we could go out and celebrate.

Today is another blessing, another year of celebration of life. I remember when he was born. Compared to Nissa, it was a very easy birth. We arrived at the hospital at about 10 pm then at 11:15 pm, we touched faced.  He was a healthy 7.3 lbs. baby, low forceps.  We checked out the following day. He was named Alvin Josef. We call him Sef at home but his friends and office mates call him Alvin.

So really blessed and lucky to have a very responsible, loving and lovable kid. Way to go Josef. HAPPY BIRTHDAY 🙂

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I am sad and angry at what is happening to the supposedly honorable  Supreme Court Justices of the land. The Supreme Court has clearly lost its credibility with these men in robes.

Count on it, this is definitely a rant.

Yesterday, those eight justices who voted for CJ Sereno’s  ouster were the same people who didn’t give her a chance for reconsideration on her Quo Warranto appeal. At the same time they also dismissed the case of the Marcoses on all the charges of hidden wealth and plunder, take note, in billions of dollars.  And it seemed they are still running  the country with the president as their puppet. Bongbong Marcos wouldn’t give up that he was actually defeated by our VP Leni Robredo last election. They are changing the rules to their own advantage. And here’s more, Imelda Marcos saying  that she wants to see her son in Malacanang before she dies.  Is she dreaming while awake?  Perhaps they have clearly forgotten that bloodless revolution way back in 1986 where they were exiled in Hawaii.

I wish people would find it in their hearts not to be accepting and apathetic of what is happening now. But most people are afraid to voice out their opinions and speak. Anyone who contradicts the president is his enemy. And here comes another directive from Duterte (yes, it is not a law, just his whim) to the Philippine National Police to arrest those who are hanging out in streets or even in front of their residences. And as always just like his drug war, the poor people are the first to be victims. He is clearly creating a grim scenario so maybe he could also declare Martial Law all over the land. They arrested stevedores at the port who were still in uniform earning an honest living.  The police seems to have lost its ball in this Duterte game. Pathetic 😦 They’re like dogs given  chew bones and they are busy with it. Aren’t they supposed to protect the people?

Oh my gosh, what next?

 

 

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When I was just starting my blog I wrote this blog post and I am re-posting it here because until now (from nine years ago) I still receive text messages like this.  A friend at FB recently posted this question: “Do you text using full words or abbreviations?”

A decade has passed and yet texting the shortest way possible is still the name of the game. My goodness, maybe this is one reason why  some kids nowadays could not even spell words correctly. I know, the trend now is using  your cellphone instead of a landline phone. with a cellphone, you can go anywhere with it.

I don’t buy the alibi of some that they are just saving on time. Misspelling a three letter word, condensing it  to just one is just a no, no for me.  Why is just spelled plain Y. It’s won’t take a minute of your time to text the full word right? I love reading text in full words and full sentence too. And I text that way.

Some prefer calls which is more expensive than sending a text message. Some big companies here like Globe and Smart Communications have included free calls on the same network as long as you are paying a fixed online subscription but they charge additional ones when you have exceeded your limit in a month.

Texting is for everyone. A janitor on the street, a vendor in the market, a student  and almost everyone else has cellphones. Of course, they are not those lovely gadgets that you see every six months in the market. You can buy a cellphone at a low price of P500.00 pesos and you can take low resolutions pictures too (they are almost blurred when you enlarge them). You can use call and text cards or what they call e-loads.

Ten Things I Hate About Texting

Sure, texting is a tad way to reach people that easily – as long as the signal is okay, you have enough load (if you are using a prepaid account) and you are busy  to  call the person you want to talk too. Texting can make or break your day depending on how creative or imaginative the other texter is or how annoying sometimes when you receive a text message which is not to your liking.  Herein are some of the things I really hate about texting: 

1.  Hu U – receiving a text with a message like this is not just annoying,it defies good manners. You can ask politely enough without resorting to a three-letter question which you can’t even qualify if it is Tagalog or not.

2. K – How much does it take texting the whole word “okey” or okay” than just plainly sending K? Are you trying to be in or what?

3. Dito na me – who me? This is even more unacceptable than the K word, if there’s such a thing. Either you speak straight Tagalog or plain simple English.

4. Wer na u? – same thing as number three. It is obnoxious.

5. Receiving chain texts, like a prayer,  asking you to send them to at least 10 or 15 people, otherwise something happens if you don’t. Receiving grace from above is unconditional.Goodness, are you playing God?  I could appreciate just a short and simple prayer or a nice quote than having this one in my message inbox.

6. Too much abbreviated words – it’s beginning to look like English is a mangled language. It’s okay to substitute 4 for “for” or d for “the” but deliberately misspelling the word even if there is just one letter to insert to correct it is plain laziness for me.

7. Kol me, kol kita – another abused term in texting. You just have to add another letter to correct it to “call”. Have they never learned that  they allow 160 characters  in one “send” and it  costs  one peso just the same?

8. Just like in No. 5, receiving texts from people whom you don’t know from Eve and asking you to send the same message to your network of friends. Unless it is a “quotable quote” again and the receiver would even thank you back for forwarding it, why should you?

9.  Just plain guessing about your number and when you politely respond, they would text you back, “pwede ba kitang ka-text mate” or something to that effect.

10. Receiving an unknown call or texts in the middle of the night when you are about to sleep only to inform you there is such and such on such and such  a date. Can’t it wait till tomorrow? I need to have my beauty rest. hehe..

Honestly, I  always do the texting the old-fashioned way, full words, Tagalog  if Tagalog  and English when I’m in the mood. I like receiving inspirational messages first thing in the morning , because sometimes I do it too, send quotes to my close friends as my good deed for the day.  I remember now, I have these two or three former office mates and a fellow carpool rider before, the usual thing is, you ask how the person is after a few months of not hearing from him/her but these people start the night or day just forwarding annoying chain texts which I never bother to forward anyway. How about just saying, kumusta ka na or how are you? Don’t you think it would make the recipient more responsive to your text?

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