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Ah, what a busy, busy morning.

I started gardening again before the carabao grass grows  too long and would be hard to trim. Thunderstorms are a daily occurrence now (well, almost). After all the rainy season has set in. I love when it rains and I don’t have to water the plants but I don’t look forward to the rainy days.  I hate typhoons and continuous rains. In our country,  they are inevitable though.  I am just praying there would no more strong south winds (habagat)  that would bring flash floods and rainy days.

We had a simple lunch yesterday at  Kuya J.  It is not really that high-end but the food was okay.  Would love to try their other recipes someday.

The birthday boy was busy. He and his girlfriend had a seminar at Uber  in the afternoon.  Next would be at Grab. The traditional taxis/cabs  here nowadays are getting a little unpopular.  Some smell and they are even expensive. Uber and Grab entered the scene a few years ago, they are now slowly dominating the market. You can’t sign up though if you have your car older than the year 2016.  With  Uber and Grab, you’ll know how much you would pay beforehand.  Peak hours are quite expensive though.  For group rides with fixed destinations, you can always use AUVs.  The fare is way  cheaper than the sedans used by Uber and Grab.  Buses and jeepneys here are the traditional alternatives in public commuting. Trains like the LRT and MRT  always break down. They are not properly maintained.  I don’t always go out long distances and commute. Malls and supermarkets are everywhere.  The recently opened SM East Ortigas mall is so near our place. You just have to take a tricycle ride  then take a walk for about five or ten minutes to get there.

Still enjoying social media despite the ugly and bad news every day.  One just got to be vigilant always. What about you guys?

 

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Just my simple observations.

We are observing and commemorating our 119th Independence Day today where we are supposed to be united once again as a nation.  I salute our heroes who sacrificed their lives to gain our independence. In the past, we have seen our former presidents present at the symbolic flag raising ceremonies in Luneta  but this morning,  Duterte was not there as planned, no reason given.  It was Vice-Pres. Robredo and foreign Affairs Secretary Cayetano who graced the occasion. Some were clearly disappointed, like he was trying to avoid his presence there but most people rejoiced in not seeing him there. The division among the people is blatantly obvious. Malacanang is mum about it 😦 .

There were these reports that he grudgingly thanked the US in helping  our AFP  and PNP  in  the Marawi siege.  He said he was not aware of it. Goodness gracious, he is the commander-in-chief who is supposed to be on top of the game.  You mean, “tutulog tulog lang”? (sleeping on the job). The AFP and PNP know that he wants the  NPA (the communists party of the Philippines) and the two Moro groups MILF and MNLF to help them in their fight. How could he even think of having those three enemy groups to be in the camp as our brave soldiers up front? The nerve. Sure the drug menace needs to be stopped but I am alarmed at the extra judicial killings  happening almost every day.  Is it a case of protecting the drug lords but disposing the lowly users and pushers? If the government is serious about it, why is it that until now, no drug lord has been arrested. I think they are freely  roaming around.  By the way, martial law is not lifted yet in Mindanao.

What’s happening to us?  Are we really free in the true sense of the word?

 

 

 

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Thank you so much Google Philippines for this doodle, a nice tribute to our Araw ng Kalayaan.

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He repeatedly said during his homily, “for every success of a man, there is a mother behind”.  It was the essence of Fr. JP’s homily early this morning.  He gave  special blessings to all mothers who attended the mass today.

There was this boy who came home crying. At the gate, his mother asked what happened.  He said that he didn’t want to go to school anymore. His mother assured him that she’ll teach him at home. He was principally educated at home by his mom who was a teacher.  He became a world-famous figure. He was the most prolific inventor in American  history and amassed a record of more than 1,000 patents  in different fields. He is Thomas  Alba Edison.

For every success of a man, there is a mother behind. May I repeat that? For every success of a man, there is a loving mother behind.  She is the one who motivates a child to become someone, she patiently teaches values  and instill those good manners to her children. We seldom see a mom who is not that concerned with her growing up kids. Once you embrace motherhood, I think that’s a given.

Over the years, the celebration of Mother’s Day, just like Christmas has been commercialized. Fancy those department stores brandishing their wares to vulnerable shoppers  during Mother’s Day. Gifts are lovely but of course but it is not only during Mother’s Day that we should show our love for our mothers.  Every day, we have the opportunity to love them and think of them always. We are lucky if we still have our moms around. We are blessed if we could still talk to each other and share important events in our lives. No matter how commercialized the occasion has become, I think most mothers would still want to celebrate it and be recognized in their efforts to care, teach and love their children well.

Greet your moms, it’s their special day today.

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She was there so early watching the dawn breaks. It is quite lovely just to hear the sounds of chirping birds  and the early morning songs of a new day.

She knows she has to water the garden plants.  The sun would show its face in  a while and she needs  to do her task.   She took hold of the garden hose, pointed it at some shrubs and let the water do its job.  For a  few minutes she was focused on watering her plants, noticed  some new shoots and early summer blooms. She thought, I must take photos of these but for strange reasons, she never gets to do it, taking those pictures. She pointed the water hose at first on her face, the drips of water rapidly cascading to her toes.

Bliss, what bliss to feel the cold of the morning.  And the sun is slowly rising. It’s another day and she is happy.

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I seldom do political blogs nowadays. I am not just disappointed by what is happening in my country but I am disgusted with some of the elected officials of the land.  I wonder how they still manage to stay there. Or  people somehow  have become just indifferent that this could pass up as a  joke? As they are fond of saying here, “joke, joke, joke”.

There was this senator who is a member of the  powerful Commission On Appointment.  They were on the verge of finally confirming the appointment of  Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo the other day when he casually asked about her status as a single mom in such a derogatory way that it became viral on the internet.  Gosh, the nerve of this well-known plagiarist.  Clearly, he has no respect for women.  He drew flak on social media and he was asked to apologize publicly but he said the social media can’t take a joke. My goodness, such sensitive issue should not be taken as such. It is offensive.  He apologized later but said it was meant as a joke.

He said: “In the street language, when you have children and you are single, ang tawag lang ay na-ano lang. Thank you, you have my 100 percent support, Madam Secretary”.

What is exactly the meaning of na-ano? It probably means having children without the benefit of marriage or the marriage  has gone  kaput or just something like “so, so” if you know what I mean.  Any which  way,  I don’t find it shameful if someone is single  but is taking  care of  her kids. I wonder if he has even thought of his own daughter who is a single mom as well.

Taguiwalo replied  saying: “Senator Sotto, I teach women’s studies in UP so we respect all kinds of families, and that include solo parents. Thank you.”

Just the other day, I blogged  about the gift of being a mom, a   precious gift  that all of us moms, sons and daughters and even husbands should appreciate.  I repeat, there is no shame in being a single mom.  There is no shame in telling the whole world that you are both a mother and father to your kids. There is no shame in providing for their needs and seeing to their  welfare. I  would rather prefer being single than to have an irresponsible and  philandering husband in the process.

I admire solo or single mothers.  The responsibility of  being a single parent is enormous. Such  emotional effects on the children. The  weight of single-handedly  doing the job of parenting. Salute to all single parents out there.

 

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There is one more day to celebrate this month.

May 14, 2017 is Mother’s Day. Celebrate it with creative gifts with your mum or nanay or mommy or whatever you call her in the process.  They need not be expensive gifts that you have to buy. You can even share your precious  time with her.

The gift of motherhood.

Precious.

Wonderful.

Lovely.

There was a time when you were old enough to take care of your younger siblings that you wondered how it is to be a mother. There was a time when you asked yourself, will I be a mother someday? Will I be good? Will I be blessed with lovely and wonderful kids?

There is no cut and dried formula that would make you the best mother in the world.  There is no hard and fast rule that you have to follow.  Motherhood is a learned experience and that comes from the heart. Once you become one, you are like a bear always protecting her cubs.

Who says motherhood is easy?

Being a mother may be the hardest job you will ever have.  24/7 may not be enough for you to learn things along the way. It’s funny how sometimes  you learn from a mere baby.  The gift of patience, the gift of giving, the gift of unconditional love – these will always be learning curves in your life. You smile at the thought of those early days when a mere movement of your sleeping child was a pause for concern. You smile at the thought when you catches his or her glance and smile back at you. You remember the first words. you keep record of those days  when they first learned those words,  when they first learned how to walk, when their first tooth appeared, when they had their first hair cut. The many blessings of firsts in their lives.

You don’t stop to be a mother just because you turned sixty. You’ll always be one until the end of your life.  When you are blessed with caring and responsible kids, it’s really a big bonus.  When you are blessed with smart and intelligent kids, it’s  probably like you won in a major lotto draw although when you are blessed with kids, it would be enough.

Motherhood.

I would not exchange it to any occupation in the world.

 

 

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