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So Sad


Covid is busy catching lives. One of my friends from Canada just informed me that one of our priest friends during our younger years died of Covid. He was 70.

Almost every month, I see some familiar names of priests, some I’ve known when I was still in UST, some I met through their online masses. I watched Fr. Eli’s homily last August 14 on YouTube. I guess that was his last.

It is sad to know that old friends whom you haven’t seen for a long time suddenly leave the scene.

Maligayang Kaarawan Mama Mary


With eyes closed in fervent prayer, I wish you a Happy birthday MAMA MARY.

It is happening again, my stats is turning those magic numbers for so many years now every time we celebrate Mama Mary’s birthday.

Catholic churches are closed again because the group handling Covid 19 here opted to return to MECQ (Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine) after declaring three days ago that Metro Manila would be under GCQ (General Community Quarantine). No matter what they term it, even how many CQs are there, bubbles, localized lockdown, granular lockdown as long as the problem of this pandemic is not properly addressed, we will remain having those positive cases everyday. Every sacrifice is borne by the Filipino people because of the inefficient way those retired generals are handling this pandemic. The(ir) president woudn’t trust the expertise of the medical sector to address the problem.

For almost two years now, I haven’t been inside the church because of so many restrictions. I guess the Philippines is the only country with the longest lockdown. I just rely on online masses everyday.

Un Pueblo Amante de Maria


The Philippines has been a nation known for its devotion to Mama Mary

Pueble Amante de Maria. People in love with Mary. It is an endearment we use for Mama Mary. Roughly translated in Tagalog, it’s bayang sumisinta kay Maria.

Tomorrow is Mama Mary’s birthday. I was always in awe of the stats I gathered on my previous posts about her birthday. I garnered the highest stats in one day in one of my birthday posts about her. If I remember, got a total of 4,843 visits. Amazing.

It’s Unfortunate


I had a little accident at the comfort room. I was about to go out of the shower area when my feet slid down and my forehead touched the hard floor. I had more than a one inch cut. Jovy cleaned it, applied wound ointment then tiny strips to close the would. Then she applied a large medical strip to hold it.

They told me not to go to sleep but I felt so sleepy after the fall. It is not painful anymore, thank God.

Our Fur Babies


Yesterday, we got worried about Cookie. Her bowel movement was frequent so at around 8:30 pm last night, Josef and Jovy had to bring her to the vet. She has Parvo, a contagious virus affecting dogs. She was given several medications and seven days injections which cost sky-high. She probably got it when they usually go out for a walk inside our village.

Oreo stayed with me last night and he’s now asleep at the foot of the bed. When Jovy and Josef came home from the vet clinic today, they sanitized everything inside the house. Jovy did the fogging and floor cleaning while Josef disinfected the garden. After a while, a veterinarian and his two companions arrived. Noki has three shots, anti-rabies (which we do every year) immunity and deworming. Nika and Niki had immunity, deworming and anti-rabies vaccine too. They could not catch Lassie, the elusive one so they were not able to vaccinate her. Oreo had his 8 in one vaccine months ago while Cookie had her 5 in one at the same time. I guess Parvo vaccine is not included in the latter.

As I have said before, our fur babies are family members so if one of them gets sick, we worry. I hope Cookie will get well soon. I asked the vet why some dogs seem to be always afraid of human and he said, they might have been maltreated in the early years of their lives.

Add To Cart


Lazada.

Lazada Philippines is an online shopping site for electronics, fashion, appliances, baby needs, books, groceries and what have you. Even S &R is in Lazada too. Because of this pandemic, almost everyone is trying to avoid going out to shop, online shopping is better. Lazada is joined by several sellers, they have a minimal delivery charge for any item that you buy except cold cuts, meat and poultry which have higher charges because they deliver them on the same day that you ordered.

You can earn points buying at Lazada, for three times, I got three deliveries for free. They will be on sale again this coming September 9 (9-9 sale). Yesterday, I looked at the items that will be on sale come September 9. I m trying to find a gift for Nissa for her birthday this month and gifts for Nate on his 9th birthday in November. I have started listing items for the family to give as gifts come Christmas. You can drop them all at your add to cart then select later which to buy. There is that buy option which you can click.

Early this morning, I received another delivery which I ordered two days ago. I told the messenger, “malapit na September 9″. Really looking forward to it. He answered, “Christmas ma’am, malapit na rin”. We laughed.

Yeah, CHRISTMAS is just around the corner indeed.

One More Day


Tomorrow is the beginning of the BER months.

I know some of you will probably react and say, “it’s too early yet”. On Facebook, I saw several photos of our talented composer and singer Jose Mari Chan with captions like”lalabas na ba ako?”, “I’m coming”, “eto na”. All speak on the anticipation of Christmas. I’ve told you in my previous blog posts that we celebrate it the longest in this neck of the woods.

Jose Mari Chan is a Filipino pop singer, composer, TV host, endorser and a business man in the sugar industry. He is well known in those lovely Christmas carols that Filipinos love.

Pandemic? Yes it has changed our outlook in life, changed our priorities, changed how we view our health. We have become so conscious of it but still this virus is wrecking havoc in this world. Last year, I didn’t think of putting up Christmas decorations but I bought family gifts early braving one morning at the mall. This time though, although I am fully vaccinated and had Covid four months ago, I am afraid to go out. We could still celebrate Christmas quietly, attending evening masses online and buying small gifts to celebrate the season with the family.

Christmas is the season for rejoicing. Jesus is coming. It’s a birthday most of us don’t want to miss.

And More Dog Stories


Nissa, Nate and I had an early video chat this morning. It is so nice to see them again.

Nate was cuddling a dog, it was quite big. I was surprised that he is no longer afraid of dogs. He used to be with Oreo, maybe because Oreo was so playful when he was a puppy. So that big dog is a three-month old pure breed Labrador which they adopted just yesterday from Obet’s sister. How nice to see them all together.

Finally, I was able to pet Nika, our other dog from the pound. I am afraid of the other one because he is not so friendly. Although he visits the garage now and then, he turns back to the garden when he sees me. He destroyed three pots of my Amazon lily.

My little Jennifer flower

I ordered a pack of rice hull the other day. It was only P30 pesos but the plant vendor had no change. I was forced to buy another pot. This plant is called Jennifer (Jenny Creeper). First to have one like this. I’d like to buy more once they have re-stocked their supplies. It has tiny pink flowers that resemble a daisy.

I have so many plants to repot but I don’t want them to be exposed to too much water, maybe I’ll do it after the rainy season.


Joke, joke, joke๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜…

Doctor : “Your Liver is enlarged.”
Patient : “Does that mean it has space for more brandy?”

(This is called “Positive Thinking!” ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„)

Lady to her dietician : “What l am worried about is my height and not my weight.”
Doc : “How come??”
Lady : “According to my weight, my height should be 7.8 feet..” ๐Ÿ˜œ

(Now this is called “Positive Attitude” ๐Ÿ‘)

A Man wrote to the bank, “My Cheque was returned with remark ‘Insufficient funds’. I want to know whether it refers to mine or the Bank’s”.

(This is self confidence in its peak! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚)

This one is classic !!
A cockroach’s last words to a man who wanted to kill it : “Go ahead and kill me, you coward. You’re just jealous because I can scare your wife and you cannot..!!!!”
๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…

Always be positive even in difficult situations ๐Ÿ˜Š

Me : โ€œOur dog is very clever. At seven oโ€™ clock every morning, he brings us the newspaper.โ€
My friend : โ€œBut lots of dogs do that!โ€
Me : โ€œI know โ€“ but we donโ€™t subscribe to any newspaper!โ€

๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

CTTO

More Doggie Stories


I am featuring our two small doggies. It is International Dog Day today, August 26. Our pets are parts of our family too. 0ur fur babies are growing. Cookie turned a year old last August 22 but they celebrated it at Jovy’s grandma’s place.

Compared to Oreo, she is more behaved and so malambing.

We couldn’t take photos of Oreo anymore without him moving around. Last night when I took their photos, he hid himself under the bed.

Here’s the only clear one I have of him yesterday. He is beginning to have that attitude.