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The Promise Of A New Day


I love early mornings

when the world is still on the brink of waking.

It’s at this time when you’ll hear  the sound of a new day

hopeful promise of  something so dear to hold,

Peace

Stillness

Quiet…

My Amazon Lily

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Been focused on the local news the last three days. There are so many conflicting reports about the supposedly “fake” and “artificial” shortage of water here in Metro Manila. The Manila Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) has done some presscons and they are telling the people that it is because of the El Nino phenomenon. Though a former employee of  Manila Water said that the agency closed the bypass from the Angat Dam going to La Mesa Dam so Manila Water which supplies our needs can’t get enough of it. This was denied by one of the directors of MWSS, they are the government agency tasked to see that water supply in Metro Manila is enough for everyone.

Come to think of it, and it is puzzling. Angat Dam has enough water to last until the rainy season sets in. And all the dams here in Luzon have enough water except La Mesa Dam where the concessionaire Manila Water gets its supply. The government wants to push through with Kaliwa Dam which will be funded by China at exorbitant interest rates. The people are calling for transparency in dam and other China funded projects. I must say, the president loves China and is beholden to it at the expense of the Filipino people. Nakakasawa na. What has become of us that in three years, the drug problems have become even grievous and such other concerns are not being addressed properly? Drugs are cheaper than water? When one is focused on the mindset of “kill, kill, kill”, this is the result. He has even threatened the priests and the Catholic Church anew by telling people in his speech that priests deserve to die.

I took pictures of the garden blooms early this morning. summer is almost here and my annual and perennial plants are blooming.  The Zinnias I planted from seeds a few months ago are a bloom.

Zinnia

Two varieties of shrimp plants

I don’t want to upload them all here to save on space. Have a blessed weekend everyone!


Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com!
You registered on WordPress.com 11 years ago.
Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging.

I would say it has been a long journey.  Yes, I opened an account here 11 years ago with a lone entry of a simple poem but I only got the courage to update it  more than a year later. I do have five blogs here but Dreams and Escapes gets the biggest share of it all.  This is my 2,560th post in this blog and so far, I have around 570,047 stats total for Dreams and Escapes. In terms of followers, this lately registered 3,713 including those who subscribe via e-mails.

It’s been a long journey of meeting people from all walks of life, becoming friends with them, enjoying those lovely comments and exchanges, discovering other blogs that  one enjoys reading. And it’s all about sharing all these –  life, daily experiences, books, family, thoughts and ramblings and some simple poems in between.

It’s been a long journey of sometimes deep thoughts that come and go. Some of my followers have been with me since I started blogging and I deeply appreciate it. Some are just new to my blog but they are also active in commenting and sharing their thoughts too.

And I love how a friend views blogging:  It has become a way of life 🙂

Tubig!!!


Oh my gosh, our area is now included in water rationing starting tomorrow. Late this afternoon though when our village coordinator announced it, the water pressure was  so low. I filled up every container we have here. Good thing we have our overhead tank which provides water inside the house and we have a bypass water outlet at the dirty kitchen and at the garden.  I even filled up our  small  pond which has stayed empty ever since we lost the Koi fish a few years ago.

In some areas here in Metro Manila,  they had no water for about a week now. There are scheduled hours which they have to interrupt their distribution but  having it back is never on time.

In Cebu which is a part of the Visayas region, farms have become so dry the soil was cracked.  I am worried about the coming summer days. Demand for water has become so high and  the water levels at Angat Dam and La Mesa Dam are now critical.  These dams supply water in Metro Manila.

Water is life. You can survive without electricity but water is a necessity.

 

Trip Lang


The past two days I really felt so lazy to blog so I updated our Catholic page at Facebook for the whole month of March.

When laziness creeps in, one is not so inclined to do anything except read, visit a few blog posts, look at  all  those sometimes so disgusting memes posted by Duterte trolls on legit sites at Facebook. I guess, until now, they feel happy sharing those fake and false news, editing legit photos and changing the concept they were written.  Although hundreds of fake sites were already taken down by Facebook, they still manage to enable their sites and share those lies.  Sometimes I can’t help but report and block even an individual who incites hate in his/her comments. Right now, it is Sara Duterte (daughter of the president) who doesn’t mince words and utter those ugly lies against the opposition. She is not running in any position and yet, she is so vocal defending those senatorial candidates who belong to her party. They are  afraid to accept those debate challenges by the opposition  specifically the Otso Diretso team.  I’d like to think, they don’t really have a good platform to present to the Filipino people. Sara is the one who said that honesty is not a requirement for a person to run in a government position. If this is the kind of truth that they believe in, I wonder where we would be if they win. Honesty is a basic requirement in any government. The Filipinos deserve as much.

And speaking of being lazy, I was still so lazy to cook lunch so the three of us, Josef, Jovy and I went to SM East Ortigas mall to have lunch at Max’s. We took Oreo with us although of course he is not allowed inside the restaurant so we stayed at the corridor of Max’s. We had adobo fried rice in a pot, pancit canton and fried chicken and tried their various dessert set in a platter.

We had him groomed yesterday. He is now sporting a summer look. My gosh, it really looks like it is summer here now, it’s a hot, hot weather.

Wednesday Thoughts


I was clearly surprised seeing all these back reads from my previous posts here. Thank you so much Damyanti for  appreciating my posts. Just please click the link to go to her site. She has lots of followers and she writes so well. Been following her for years.

Nissa and I had a lovely time looking at all the pictures she took when they were in Baguio more than a week ago. I saw Nate in Igorot costume and I told Nissa to upload those pics. Some photos were taken by Nate. He is beginning to appreciate how to take pictures.  They even visited Bencab Museum and took photos too. It’s owned by one of our national artists Benedicto Reyes Cabrera more popularly known as Bencab. So curious to see all those artworks.

Looking back, Nissa and I seldom go out together since she got married except of course when there are special events in the family. We thrive on phone calls, messages and texts and once a month, they come over to visit us at home. I always look forward to those days when we can update each other and exchange book titles that we have read.

And speaking of books, I just finished reading Stay With Me, my first book about how life is in Nigeria by a Nigerian author Ayobami Aedebayo. It’s a debut novel about married life and its intricacies, how certain decisions though well-intentioned could go wrong in a heartbeat. It speaks of their culture and touched briefly on the political unrest in Nigeria. It’s my 37th  read this year.

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. It’s the six-week period leading to Easter.


It was my first time to have lunch here, one of those new establishments at Ayala Triangle that serve good and sumptuous food.

It is always nice to bond with my daughter. She took these shots with her camera phone.

Banapple lunch with Nissa.

Banoffee pie for desserts….yum 🙂 Love the  chicken rolls with basil and house salad. The servings are large. Gonna come back here one of these days and try their other menu.