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I haven’t been here for……What? Five days? Has it been that long?

I got so lazy again. Don’t get me wrong, I was just so lazy to blog. I was so lazy to open my computer and write. I was more focused on my tab to read some e-books, converse and get in touch with friends from the other side of the world. I was more focused in finding some online sites where I could buy supplies and other necessities without asking Josef to go out. I was more focused on finding sites where we could order cooked food. Lately, we’ve been ordering food online almost every day since it is still too hot here to stay in front of the stove for too long. We cook though once a day, either lunch or dinner. Breakfast is usually just bread and coffee for mom and a cup of hot tea for me. Josef and Jovy don’t eat breakfast. We have ice cream and silvanas in the freezer, piyaya and ube halaya in the ref. Haha, I told them, we don’t want to get hungry. But when you are cooped up at home, sometimes all you think is about food, right?

We enjoyed the week-long dip in the inflatable pool. It’s now clean and kept in its original box for next use. The other day, I took some shots of the garden after the storm which we had last week, the first typhoon this year. Just checked them if they were destroyed by the strong winds. I’ll be harvesting another jackfruit maybe in a month. There are three more at the other tree.

I found this lovely book called The Bark Cutters by Nicole Alexander, a gripping family saga about early life in Australia interwoven with the future from the great-grandfather to the great-granddaughter. Did I tell you that I have always loved historical stories? This is one of them.

Keep safe everyone! Good morning!

Things Happen


This was just delivered this afternoon. Gosh, it eats up a lot of water. Good luck Manila Water. It’s all of 659 gallons, three times the size of our overhead tank. Good thing that we have bypass water faucet directly connected  to our water supply. Josef is now enjoying a dip.


Today, 103 years ago, Our Lady appeared before three shepherd children at Fatima in Portugal. Here’s a picture I took of the image of Our Lady of Fatima nine years ago in Binakayan, Kawit, Cavite. Proud of this shot, just reduced its size to save on space.

Here’s another photo that one of our volunteers took  early this morning during the Marian procession at  our village, an image of our Blessed Lady.

Another image of Our Lady of Fatima

Happy Mother’s Day


It’s that time of year again when moms all over the world greet each other  Happy Mother’s Day.

I started blogging about Mother’s Day celebrations back in 2010. We usually go out for lunch in different places every year, exploring new eateries in the metro.

To think, this is the first time that Nissa and I won’t see each other on Mother’s Day. And I am wondering when it will be. She sent me this message a while ago accompanied by a lovely photo.

Happy Mother’s Day to my Mama Arlene. You truly are irreplaceable because you have not only been good but a GREAT mom to us. We owe you everything! I love you and miss you so much!

Happy Mother’s Day din sa lahat ng mga naging nanay sa buhay ko, to all my friends who are also Moms and to their wonderful moms as well. Mabuhay tayong lahat! 

I commented back:

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY too anak. You’re the kind of daughter I’ve always dreamed of – thoughtful, loving, smart and kind. The best daughter in this side of the universe. Warm regards to everyone there at pakibati mo rin ako kay balae. Kisses to Nate. May GOD BLESS us all💐🎈🙏

Yesterday, the early morning started with a Marian procession in our village. May is Mama Mary’s month so all Saturdays of the month, there will be early morning processions.

There were only  a few of them who took charge of the procession passing by every street in our subdivision praying the rosary and alternating it with the song Heal Our Land  sang by our talented local artist Jamie Rivera. It was so touching.

Yesterday I also ordered two kilos of mangoes, Jovy placed an order of two pizza boxes using Lala Move. I made pickles out of the green mango and the ripe ones are for dessert.  Imagine my surprise when I received my order of two boxes of siomai  and the guy greeted me “God bless po”.  I smiled and greeted him the same. When complete strangers greet you that way, you can’t help but be touched. I use those greetings for my friends and family members when they are online and when I am at church,  we usually greet each other “Peace be with you”during the peace offering.

Happy Mother’s Day to all my fellow mothers out there. Special mention to the three ladies who always visit  and make comments on my blog – Elizabeth, Anne and Wilma.


Staying home for more than two months now. I don’t know, since the enhanced community quarantine, I’ve been reluctant to go out even just at the nearby talipapa  two streets away from our house inside our subdivision.  It is where we buy our food, necessities in the kitchen like pork, chicken  and other veggies. I learned to transact online the last two or three weeks and they deliver them here right at the gate.  Eggs are sold by trays (30 pieces). Many homeowners have become small entrepreneurs providing necessities to homeowners who don’t want or cannot go out because of the lockdown.  You can order cooked food for lunch or dinner along with different kind of snacks on the go. Most of them deliver for free but when you order from a different place aside from our town via Grab Food, delivery fees are included in your bill. But that is just to be expected since they spend time outside risking their health to go grocery shopping for you or to buy cooked food from open establishments that only provide take-out, no eating inside their places.  Just have enough cash at home to meet your needs.

I miss going to the church and attending Sunday masses.  Although masses in different churches are held almost every hour online via live streaming, you cannot go to communion and I miss that. There is a talk that they will extend this lockdown for another two weeks, I am all for it but barangay and local town mayors should also be strict in its implementation. So many people are still on the streets. So many people still go out every day.

It’s getting harder to imagine when we start to begin life “normally”  again. Until they find vaccines for this virus, we are left thinking how many days more we have to get through  this “new normal” aspect of our lives.  I want to share with you this photo I took nine years ago when we celebrated Mother’s Day.  It’s of Nissa and Josef, now we have Nate.

Keep safe friends! Be mindful of your health 🙂

What About Me?


Hmm…never mind the humans as long as Oreo has his stock of dog food. He just love Dentastix.

Hay Naku!!!


In my last post here two days ago, I told you that I am now focused on Christmas stories, those inspiring ones that bring about the beauty of celebrating Christmas. I’m  done with a story about  Alaska, spending Christmas in the wilderness and witnessing the northern lights.  I’ve always love novels that have Alaska as their setting.

This afternoon, I was looking for some movies to watch when I saw this free movies app on my phone. I watched two actually, The Unborn and  Love Alaska. What a lovely coincidence finding a still new TV movie (2019) featuring such a lovely place.  I am overjoyed.

What’s happening to the Philippines? Today is the last day of the approved franchise of the largest broadcasting network, ABS CBN  but  the National Telecom didn’t approve their renewal. What would happen to the more than 11,000 employees of the network? It has become a victim of this government’s whims.  They’d rather have the millions of viewers feel ignorant on what is happening around.  To think this is the time that we badly need those up-to-date reports brought by the network. This government is abnormal and it is obvious that the reason is political.

Hay naku! When will they stop harassing people? This is what I read from an irate netizen:  POGOS are allowed to operate even with unpaid 50 billion taxes. They stopped ABS CBN from operating with fully paid taxes. This is clearly anti-Filipino, anti-democracy,anti-freedom of speech.

If you must know those POGOs are illegal gambling operations run by the Chinese nationals and are protected by the government. The latter serves china more than it does the Filipino people.

POGOS allowed to operate with 50 billion taxes unpaid. ABS-CBN stopped from operating, with all taxes paid. This is anti-Filipino, anti-democracy, anti-freedom of speech.ech.id. ABS-CBN stopped from operating, with all taxes paid. This is anti-Filipino, anti-democracy, anti-freedom of speech.