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“For some, life lasts a short while but the memories it holds last forever.

Every year during Dad’s birthday and anniversary, I would find myself blogging about him. If he were alive today, he would have been 99 years old.

Yes, the memories linger like they happened only yesterday. I miss the stories, the life lessons you taught us the values you shared but most of all ….I MISS YOU….still.

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Second to rice, pancit is a Filipino noodle dish which is also a staple on our table. It uses rice sticks mixed with pork, shrimp, chicken and vegetables. We even mix it with sliced hot dogs and chicken liver.

I prepared this for lunch today and followed Chef Tatung’s recipe by adding sliced squid balls to the pork. Veggies are half-cabbage, Baguio beans, carrot, celery and green onion for toppings.

You could eat this as substitute for rice. Yumyum🥢🍜🍷

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Crazy Covid


Last night a relative from UK called me up and told me about what they went through first week of December when four of them, she, her husband and two kids were found positive with Covid-19. She got the worse case, she had fever for more than a week, hardness of breathing, tastebud was nil, she kept coughing. She thought she would die. She was crying while narrating her experience with Covid.

“God is merciful”, she said. She held on and spent her time praying while she was isolated. It was the hardest challenge she had to face.

Like cancer, Covid is crazy. You’ll never know if you will live or die. When you are given a second chance at life, everything is a blessing.

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It was a joyful but quiet celebration of meeting 2021 finally. Although firecrakers are prohibited during the general community quarantine, for a few minutes before the new year started and a few minutes after, it was so noisy outside. By 1 am, everything was so quiet.

Mom and I are alone in the house. Josef, Jovy and our two pets spent the new year with Jovy’s grandma. They will stay there until Sunday.

Here’s our simple lunch: a healthy veggie salad with mayo/garlic/vinegar dip, slivers of cheese and thin slices of crisp apple, two rolls embutido and baked macaroni. Blueberry cheese cake and brownies for desserts. Heaven🍎🥒🥬🧀

Turning a new leaf in the calendar of life, another 365 days to make life more meaningful.

Peace and prosperity to all. HAPPY AND BLESSED 2021.

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Eating some left-over macaroni salad, a small bowl of reheated pancit bihon, two slices of Embutido and a hot mug of red berries tea infusion….heaven 🙂

Christmas day was a quiet celebration, a day of thanksgiving, a day of praying harder that we get to go back to pre-Covid days, not being afraid to go out, not being wary of kissing the hands of our elders, not too cautious about kissing and hugging our kids.

If there is one thing that this pandemic taught us, we learned to be closer to our family and to God.

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Nate 12-24-20

Yes, we haven’t seen each other for ten months except through Messenger video chats until today. Another milestone in our lives seeing each other again.

No kisses except tights hugs and “I love you Nate” and “I love you Nonna” in between. He has grown so tall for an eight-year old.

Through the short time that they were here, we had lunch together  and Nate enjoyed playing with my revolving computer chair and he said that he liked it.  Nissa didn’t buy him one at home because she knew he would play  with it.

I gave him a set of pajama and Word Factory. I told him to enjoy playing with her mom and dad. It is a good educational game from seven to adult.

Nissa  and I took lots of pictures of course (for prosperity and remembrance).  We will choose which one to upload later.

I guess I won’t need to cook later for Noche Buena, we still have untouched food inside the ref and I ordered two roasted chicken for later.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ONE AND ALL.

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If you’re wondering about the title, it just means, “Happy Birthday Brother”.

This is my youngest brother Noel. BTW, there are three of them and I am the only girl. They live in Tulsa. We get by thru Messenger and Viber catching up on each other’s lives. Today is his 57th birthday.

I told him in jest if he could cook Tupig for me, a native delicacy in our province. When it comes to dessert, he is a better cook than I am and he knows how to prepare our native desserts. He is the most loving, thoughtful and responsible brother. He is very supportive of my writings, a memory keeper, he has all the pictures of the earlier years. He is a computer whiz, assembled our first PC back in the mid-nineties bit by bit. He would bring home materials for the CPU and assemble them at night. When Multiply closed shop, he saved all my published photos there.

Happy birthday bro. May you have the best of birthdays despite this pandemic. Keep safe always. We miss all of you.

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Reading was set aside for a while. I could not concentrate reading even at night aside from perusing a few poems by Mary Oliver….again!

There are deliveries almost every day for the three of us (Josef, Jovy  and me) brought about by the Lazada sale last December 12.  They have sales every month like 10-10-20, 11-11-20 etc. And since this is also their Christmas sale for the year, there seems to be many shoppers online. Lazada Philippines consists of several sellers of electronic accessories, appliances, toys, groceries, fashion accessories, home and living, health and beauty accessories too, You name it, they have it, all at a much lower price than in department stores with minimum charges for delivery. I have completed my gifts shopping at Lazada. There is one more item that I am waiting for, an electric kettle I ordered two days ago for our use. Lazada is a very popular online destination in Southeast Asia. “The online shopping group boasts one of the largest catalogues of items in the Philippines, with items from different  reliable brands, and are grouped into categories that are being sold in the website and the app”.

Yesterday, I prepared Embutido, a Pilipino meatloaf which  is also a regular fare for our Noche Buena.  Pair it with pancit or any pasta dish, some favorite sweets and  other desserts  and you’re good to go. I made 16 rolls in all. It can keep for long in the ref  without losing its flavor, just freeze it.

This afternoon, I wrapped all the gifts for the family. Jovy helped me with the bigger item for Nissa and Obet. Good thing SM East Ortigas gave me extra wrappers because half portions of the Christmas wrappers I have here got wet during the flood last month.

Last night was a very inspiring 2nd day celebration of  Simbang Gabi.  Fr. Paul, one of my favorite priests at St. Paul was the mass presider. Looking forward tonight for the 3rd celebration.

Take care guys, Covid is still enjoying its worldwide romping around.

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Nate And I


Nate and I had a nice video chat a while ago. He showed me their Christmas decor focusing on the Christmas tree.

“I didn’t put up ours” I said and he asked why.

“Can you tag along when your mom and dad come over?”

“They won’t let me go out”, he answered. I told him there’s the car.

“I have some gifts for you”, I said.

“Thank you Nonna, I would not miss that. I’ll ask Mom”

.It is always nice talking to Nate even just through video chat. I miss the little guy. Oh but he is growing taller everyday and a little chubby too 🙂

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Nate At 8


Can’t believe it, Nate is eight years old now. And yes, time really flies. I made an album today from his birth (first photo) and every year of celebration until his seventh birthday.

Nissa wrote this on her timeline:

“To my darling baby Nate..Oh my… just the thought that you are already 8 brings tears to my eyes. Watching you grow and blossom to the young man that you are now is truly a blessing. I love our late night conversations about everything under the sun- making choices, your dreams, happy memories, and even death. I love how you still depend on Mom’s back rubs to be able to sleep and yet be so independent in other things.

Every time I see you, I am reminded of how blessed I am that God gave you to me.I love you so much, my best buddy! I hope you enjoy your special day because you truly deserve it.Daddy and I love you so,so, so much and we will always have your back!

Love you 3000,Mom

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