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Time flies! And June has ingrained itself without us being that aware of the months and dates passing  by. Oh yes, I used to have those month-ender blogs, some are summaries of events the past month or so. I also used to look forward to things happening during a new month.  Gone are those days when  I anticipated those moments that Nate and I will see each other again. Gosh, it’s been more than three months since they came over last.  The other day, I had a nice video chat with him. He made faces in front of the camera and he lost another front tooth….haha!

Many parents are apprehensive in the opening of classes which was set by the Department of Education come August 24. I wonder how prepared they are to shift to another tool of learning. They say that there won’t be face to face encounter with fellow students and teachers. You can always use online modules and home schooling. What about those who are studying in public  schools and don’t have the means to access the internet? Will they be left behind?

As I see it right now, the riding public/commuters are having problems with going back to work. What use was the  almost three months lockdown without  preparation from our Dept. of Transportation? We are back to square one.  Do we expect the same thing with the Dept. of Education when classes open? Will they be prepared for it?  Will the students benefit with this kind of learning?

Last night, we celebrated Jovy’s birthday. They went out to buy food and had some cakes delivered. We laughed at Oreo struggling with the bone of the Crispy pata. He was like a small kid given an unknown toy to play with. We took some photos of course for prosperity and Jovy lighted some candles for her birthday wish.

 

The other day, Josef and I trimmed our garden plants. I transferred my only Kamuning plant from a pot direct to the soil. The flowers have a heady scent like Gardenia.

When it grows taller, I will trim its branches and plant more.

Welcome June!

 

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Two days ago, I posted a photo of Nissa and Nate. Nate’s hair has become a little long for summer wear.

Yesterday, his dad attempted to cut his hair. It was the first time that Obet held scissors in his hands to trim Nate’s hair. Here’s the new look, haha 🙂

One becomes a little enterprising when there is really a need to be. Kaya naman pala.  Nissa says he likes it.

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Oh, the usual  reason, been so lazy again. The weather is still hot here that you couldn’t think of nothing worthwhile to do except read and point the hose sometimes on your face while  you are watering the plants. I stopped counting the days since they declared a lockdown here.  What is deeply annoying is that after those more than two months of not being able to go out, they are still not doing mass testing. I bet even the official tally  broadcast everyday by The Dept. of Health is understated.  Their only way and the easiest one for them is to continue this quarantine. Such a shame and they expect the private sector to do the job that they are supposed to do. This government sucks big time.

Three days ago,  JP Morgan delivered two brand new HP laptops for Jovy and Josef’s use. They are still working from home. And those employees within the five-kilometer radius to their office are allowed to report to work. They have shuttle service to and from work with two free meals daily. This might go on for more days than we expect.

 

And take a look at this, Nate is getting chubbier everyday.  His hair is getting longer too. Barber shops  are still closed. He is happy that Nissa doesn’t report to work yet until the end of the month but she said it is harder to work from home than in the office. Starting next month, they are required to report to the office twice a week.

 

Done with two books in the last three days that I didn’t blog. I love Nora Roberts’ The Witness. An entertaining thriller interspersed  with a little romance, believable plot and an extraordinary heroin. A great summer read.  Ten books in advance for this reading challenge at Goodreads.

Take care everyone! May we be all safe from this pandemic.

 

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Aren’t I lucky? I found a sequel to the book The Bark Cutters by Nicole Alexander called A Changing Land. It is as engrossing as the first book. How I wish I could find more of her books in the future.

You know one good thing that I appreciate being on quarantine for more than two months now? I am able to attend daily live streaming of masses online. We need to have a stronger  faith in these times of uncertainties. We never know when everything goes back to normal again. We ask for the grace of strength and fidelity to you Lord.  We ask for endurance in our daily battle with this pandemic.

I spent an hour in the garden very early this morning. The silence was unhampered by  cars and motor vehicles passing by.  How lovely it is to commune with nature when silence is all around. You are alone with your thoughts and sometimes, they are rich with things that you want to do, things you want to write about and things you dream of still becoming. Your thoughts wander beyond and you think of the times walking every morning  behind the house, a  vacant space  which is now full of houses.  Silence awakens that sleeping creative side of you. And you wish everything is back to normal. But what is normal nowadays?

There is one thing positive though that the days brought us, pollution has lessened. Family bonding is an everyday affair although sometimes you get to talk only via Viber or Messenger.  it is better than nothing though. Technology certainly has its advantage in these trying times.

Be safe, Be well. Be happy 🙂

 

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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!

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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.

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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 🙂

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