Posted in blog update, blogging, Goodreads' 2016 Reading Challenge, journeys, life, Philippine Election 2016, thoughts, thoughts and ramblings, tagged a bit of myself, blogging, journeys, life, Philippine Politics, thoughts, thoughts and ramblings on May 14, 2016 |
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Gosh, my regular readers must be so disappointed seeing the same posts for quite a while now. Some are looking into old blog posts as far back as 2011 and 2012. Imagine two pathetic posts for this month. It’s not because I got tired of sharing my world with you but every time I try to compose something here, I always end up going back to the latest result of the vice-presidential race. More deep breaths, more sighs of relief, more prayers and a gargantuan faith that our Leni will win. She is ahead for several days now but you’ll never know with a Marcos on the other side of the fence. The latter said the only way that he could lose is when he is cheated. What arrogance coming from someone whose family has cheated and emptied the coffers of the Philippines thirty years ago.
Opps, sorry, I promised I won’t be talking about politics anymore. My lips are sealed.
There is an ongoing virus among dogs here in our area. I forgot the exact term used by the vet but it’s like a severe flu, always undetected at first until your pet just won’t eat and it slowly dies. Sad to say, we lost our Japanese Spitz last May 01 and our Aspin the other day. We have only one dog left, a half Lab, half Spitz a friend gave us two years ago. I haven’t gotten used yet tending the garden without our small dog always trailing behind. It really pains me to see them gone.
I was supposed to blog about my seventh year last May 11. It’s not the same as the one that WordPress celebrates with me because it took me a year to actually post something after I created Dreams and Escapes. I transferred some blog entries culled from my previous Multiply site, those posts that were not current at the time I seriously considered blogging here for good. I never left since. Though it was a hard start, I am still here. Back then, there were no like buttons to speak of but WordPress was so supportive of suggesting topics when I joined the 2011 Writing Challenge. I was given a badge but deleted it a few years later. They gave feedbacks for every post like “amazing, fantastic, wonderful etc.” When I think of all those times that I have to wrack my brain so I could stay updated with the challenge, I smile at myself and say I have a lot of patience after all. I am a self-taught blogger constantly looking for themes that would suit my blog, always customizing on the side, editing old posts. Believe me, there will always be some words or two that sometimes make no sense at all. Well, one learns as one goes along. It is one of the challenges of blogging.
This is my 1,790th post for this blog alone, add that to the four remaining blogs that I maintain and it would probably reach 2,000 entries. Having a bigger stats is a bonus of course. I am hoping though that there would be more interactions/comments on the side because I am curious to know where they are coming from. My newest blog, Dreams Never End got more likes and comments when I started there. My 2016 Reading Challenge has gone haywire the past days with only one book read in advance. I hope I’ll be able to catch up in the coming days.
Bye for now, I hope to visit your sites soon. I miss reading your blogs.
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Posted in Close to Nature, journeys, life, memories, photography, silence speaks, thoughts, tagged a bit of myself, journeys, life, nature, photography, silence speaks, thoughts on March 31, 2016 |
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“Everyone needs an emotional foxhole. A place to hide when life’s storms hit” – richard paul evans
I took this shot several years ago on one of our road trips. The calmness of the sea always brings peace to my soul. I wish I could be here once more. It must be nice to wake up early and retrace your steps on once familiar places. It must be nice to sink your feet in the rich sand and feel the gentle waves lapping at your toes. It must be nice just to be here alone.
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Posted in blog update, gardening, gardens, life, thoughts, tagged a bit of myself, journeys, life, thoughts, thoughts and ramblings on March 29, 2016 |
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I’ve finally been able to update my gardening blog, the most neglected one among the five blogs I maintain at WordPress. Spent the early morning gardening and taking some photos of my garden blooms. Josef bought a new grass cutter yesterday so I was able to trim our Green Dust and Fukien Tea plants. The round shapes are not perfect but at least they look lovely now without the extra branches and leaves scattered all over.
I am looking forward to another Senate hearing today on the $81M bank heist which according to recent news may be the biggest in Asia yet. How it found its way to RCBC, a local bank here in the Philippines and how it ended up in some fictitious accounts is the gist of the investigation. Maybe you’ve heard about this big, big news in the banking world.
There is one program on TV that I watch regularly now (since the start of the year, that is). I am not much of a TV addict but I watch news from time to time and catch a little of early morning programs. Tawag ng Tanghalan though caught my eye one afternoon while I was ironing. I remember this program was in existence when I was growing up, back then, my mom used to listen to it on radio. They have revived it a few months ago. I am simply overwhelmed by the talent in singing displayed by contestants from all parts of the Philippines. The country is truly a gem of a place where you can find good musicians, composers and great singers. Even a five-year old can belt out a nice Tagalog song and dance to the tune of the latest songs. I’m impressed. The television program is now in the process of choosing the first-quarter finalist from among the top five semi-finalists and they are all good. I marvel at the way they could touch the high notes in both English and Tagalog songs. I almost missed it yesterday. I laugh at myself sometimes when I imitate the way they sing after the show. (Don’t worry, nobody hears it except me…hehe). It’s the last song syndrome if I may say. Sometimes, it stays with me even when I am gardening or feeding the dogs.
I hope your day is a wonderful one. May I also invite you to visit my gardening blog? You can just click the link on this post.
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Left the house very early this morning for the Via Crucis at our local church. Josef has work (the American company does not observe Holy Week but here in our country, it’s a long four-day weekend) so it was just a two-hour visit, a yearly devotion of prayers and reflections on the Way of the Cross. There was a time when we used to visit several churches every Holy Thursday going as far as the surrounding towns in Laguna and the eastern loop of Rizal towns followed by the Last Supper mass. Just finished watching Siete Palabras (Seven Last Words) at Santo Domingo Church where my co-admin, Fr. Louie was one of the preachers. Our Catholic page, Apostles Filipino Catholic Community is on its 6th year this coming April. Sometimes I can’t believe that I have lasted this long at the site to help with our online apostolate. It’s a promise to myself that as long as I can, I would help.
Yesterday, I had a long chat with my priest son, Fr. Lovell. He had fever for four days and ended up being admitted at the hospital. What a way to celebrate Holy Week. I prayed hard that he will get well soon. There are times when he would preside on masses in pilgrimage churches and he would always text me and ask about my prayer petitions. The answer is always the same, “good health for the family”.
I always believe in the power of prayers. I always believe that God answers prayers in His time. I am lost without prayers, my intimate and personal conversations with God. Back when I was undergoing chemotherapy, I always prayed that if I get well, He would bring me back to my normal health so I could take care of my family longer. Answered prayers are special gifts that gladden the heart and uplift the soul.
A close friend had this link posted on her wall, Pins of Light by Fr. J. I made my online retreat there two days ago. It was a beautiful and lovely journey. Every year, they post something you can reflect on, you can visit it regularly though because there are several blog posts worth-reading.
May your celebration of Good Friday be as solemn and meaningful as the rest of the week. I am looking forward to Easter Sunday.
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I am borrowing a photo from gettyimages. Today, February 4 is World Cancer Day. Some people who haven’t even encountered the word (yes, it is just a word) would ignore reading this. I am happy and thankful to be in remission for almost seven years now. God is good, I know.
I am happy that some readers who are in the same boat like I was several years ago find inspiration through this blog, sharing their plights and requesting for prayers and advice on how to cope with cancer. I am happy that they are also open enough to share their stories. I am oftentimes grateful that until now, my blog posts on being a cancer patient and cancer survivor still get the most views. Being able to help in my own little way is just so wonderful.
Please join me in praying for those who are suffering because of cancer. It sucks but it is not the end of the world. I am also praying for those who are in remission like me. I thank God for second chances at life. I thank God for life’s blessings.
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Posted in guilty pleasures, Happiness, journeys, life, reflections, tagged a bit of myself, guilty pleasures, journeys, life, pursuit of happiness, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts on October 14, 2015 |
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Exactly five years ago I wrote my first post with this title so this makes it part 2. Never mind, this would just be in the same format as the first one I wrote long ago. Remind me of the happy times and my heart jumps with joy, nothing exceptional but just simple things that make me smile.
- got my first birthday greetings from Bank of PI a week ago and I smiled at the thought of another birthday. Let me see, I’ll be turning
58, 59, 60 in two weeks, though I don’t plan to have a birthday party, I still look forward to the day.
- Nate’s shouts of “I love you Nonna” when he is in the mood to talk to me over the phone and I treasure the days that they come over to visit us, when the quiet becomes shouts of laughter and excitement. He loves seeing our three dogs, even calling them by names but when they come near, he is afraid and hides himself behind me.
- Nate’s urging for us to visit the garden so he could pick calamansi to bring home. Never mind that he loves to pick those which are still in their buds. He would always say, “ang bango bango” while enjoying the lemony scent of the tiny flowers.
- the joy of seeing another bloom of my Gardenia though it’s quite a little late for its flowering season. I usually enjoy the scented flowers during the months of May and June.
- finding the fifth book of Richard Paul Evans. I have waited so long to read the last series wondering how it would end. It was one joyful ride, love always triumphs in the end.
- the surprise little gifts from Nissa, she is so thoughtful that way. Lately she gave me a L’Oréal matte pressed powder and two big bottles of body lotion and I was like, “how did you know I need them?” She simply answered “basta”.
- enjoying a hot cup of coffee while staying in the garden and waiting for the day to bring another surprise, a bloom maybe or something that I could take a photo of. I just planted my first blackberry seeds three days ago. Wish me luck that they would grow into seedlings so I could transfer them to a sunny spot in the garden.
- learning to bake an upside-down cake. This was my favorite when I was in high school and I found a simple recipe on the net that was worth a try.
- finding more online friends through this blog and enjoying all the blog posts on my reader. Having a steady number of visitors and views a day really make me smile.
- seeing one of my favorite senators Kiko Pangilinan (I only have three among the twenty-four) personally yesterday when Josef and I visited the 1st National Pork and Egg Festival at Megatrade Hall. He used to be one of our Dept. of Agriculture secretaries but he is now running for another seat in the Senate. I love his sense of humor and the stories he shared while tending their farm in Cavite.
- an early e-mail from a friend, another advance birthday greetings.
- finding new books to read but of course, that’s a given. Books are my best friends
Maybe, just maybe when I turn 59, life would give more surprises, something more to smile about, something more to be grateful for and more blessings for the family.
Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life – Omar Khayyam
This is my 1,724th post. How cool is that?
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Posted in Faith, journeys, life, month-ender blog, silence speaks, thoughts, tagged a bit of myself, Faith, journeys, life, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts, thoughts and ramblings on October 1, 2015 |
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September came and went like lightning, a dry September if you ask me because the days were just like summer, so hot with thunderstorms in the late afternoon or early evening. I can’t recall any particular event worth-remembering except Nissa’s birthday and having Nate around over the weekend. And yes, the endless gardening task trimming the grass, deadheading my Gardenia and Crossandra and replanting some Ruellias. Gardening is sometimes a bit boring if you have to wake up early in the morning while the sun is still in slumber. It gets too hot even at seven in the morning.
October started with early morning drizzle then at exactly 3 o’clock this afternoon, the heavy downpour drenched our garden and our garage. Manila Water chose to replace our water meter today (of all days) and according to the contractors, they replace water meters every five years. The new gate valve has to be connected to our existing water line, bringing in a spray of mud and water that reached our car. The pressure was too strong. The rain has stopped a while ago but they haven’t cemented yet the concrete that they have to break up earlier to change the meter. There is a storm coming although we are not in its direct path but it would surely bring monsoon rains until early Saturday morning. What a start for a new month.
Still and all, I welcome October with joy and anticipation. It is my birth month after all. I am always thankful for all the graces and blessings that came and will come my way. It is a celebration of another year ahead, a celebration of life, a celebration of joys and pains that give life its meaning. Even in times of adversity, even when we feel sometimes that we are alone in this world, it is always a blessing to feel that inner strength, that unshakable faith that all would be well in the end. We learn through tears (sometimes) and we embrace gladness in our hearts. Growing old has its rewards.
Happy new month. a blessed October to all!
Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose. – BT Bradford (Hidden)
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