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Here I am again sharing some thoughts about my late dad.

We spent grade school in the province except Noel who transferred here in Manila during his last two years of grade school because be was the only one left there. The four of us graduated at the Univ. Of Santo Tomas Education High School. College life was also spent in UST.

I remember the summers way back then. That was the time we spent the summer break going to Manila to be with Dad. That was in the mid-60’s. Mom, my three brothers and I would ride in a Pantranco bus with two bundles of firewood meticulously gathered before our trip. We used charcoal and firewood to cook back then.

When we reached high school, summer days were spent in the province. I remember planting cashew nuts with Dad which eventually grew along the perimeter wall of our one-hectare lot. We also planted Formosa pineapples. They still bear fruits until now. Coconut trees are scattered all over.

At first, it was just the three of us, dad, my older brother and I stayed in our very small house in Quezon City when I started high school. Mom and my two brothers were left in the province. Do you believe that I started reading Mills and Boons pocketbooks when I was in high school?

Dad would bring home three or four pocketbooks which he usually borrow from the UST high school library. After a week, another batch is borrowed. It was where I learned more about those lovely places aside from our country. I worked for a while at the Humanities section of the UST Main Library way back in college. That’s where I learned serious reading because of the many subjects/books that I encountered.

Gosh, every year since Dad died, I would blog about him during his birthday and death anniversary. Perhaps you’ve read about those anecdotes that I have shared before.

Today is dad’s 14th death anniversary. I miss him…still.

🥲😒❤🧡

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Last Monday was my first time to go out in a year because of this pandemic. I went to Union Bank to get my new savings account card because their Stock Transfer department needs it for future cash dividends starting next year. I was supposed to submit my authority to submit the papers allowing credit to my account, unfortunately, their Stock Transfer was closed.

I was supposed to change the given PIN to my card but even the ATM is not updated. It was a holiday here yesterday. It’ll be a hassle to go back again. We went to a nearer branch of the bank yesterday to no avail. The two doggies were with us. They are so used tagging along every time Jovy and Josef go out. I took a photo of Cookie, she was excited. We went to Shakeys later for a late lunch.

The December wind blows and I am happy.

Aside from my birth month, it is one of the most awaited month of the year. I haven’t wrapped my Christmas gifts for the family yet, one nice thing to do in the coming days, afterall Christmas is just twenty four days away.

Excited, oh yes of course even if December 24 is a regular working day. Today is our town fiesta. We celebrate the sumbintik festival every year. It’s a festival of sweets made by Cainta residents. How nice to begin the month watching the display of several houses even if it is only online. They are having dances/program right now before the concelebrated mass begins at 9am. I am sure it would be a blessed and happy celebration.

HAPPY FIESTA CAINTA🙂❤🌻🎉🎈

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A friend who used to be an officemate also used to visit my wall at Facebook and occasionally comment on my posts here although she is not a blogger.

These last few days, I missed her words and the inspiring comments that she usually write. I had a sudden inkling to visit her wall, there was nothing there for the last four months. I tried some friends of hers who have the same surname as she has. Probably her kids? We have some common friends at Bank of PI on Facebook but I’ve never read nor heard about Minnah.

What a sad ending when I read that she passed on last July 19. We used to talk about her having dialysis twice a week before. I told her about my dad’s plight having dialysis before he died. In our hospitals here, it is not free. I wonder if that has changed now. My dad died fourteen years ago after six months of treatment. Minnah said, it was hard to put up money for her dialysis twice a week.

When Dad died, I promised myself that I would never submit to that treatment if (God forbids)I would be in that same predicament. Imagine, they drain out your blood and put it back clean, same procedure after two or three days. All the nutrients your body absorbed in those days in between come to naught.

My dad passed away because of end stage renal disease. I have chronic UTI since I gave birth to Nissa. I haven’t been to my doctor since this pandemic started.

They always say health is wealth and I agree.

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For the nth time, I am requesting for prayers from you my online friends.

Two years ago, I went home with Nissa and Josef to visit my younger brother Alden at the hospital. I stayed there for a week. He has colon cancer like my older brother and I had before years ago. He didn’t undergo operation but opted for alternative treatment.

For a few months now, there is always blood in his stool. His latest blood chem is not good. He needs to undergo blood transfusion ASAP. The thing is, his doctor was transferred to another hospital yesterday which is quite far from our place. I wonder if they were able to meet the new doctor today.

I know that it would no longer take us long to be with him, all I am asking is to prolong his life a little so we could be together again. I could not go home since no one could take care of mom who is slowly showing dementia. Life is so stressful.

My older brother who lives in the next subdivision has just undergone brain operation three months ago and he is not yet well enough to take care of mom.

Prayers, always prayers. Life is short.

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Doing this in advance, greeting Nissa and Obet on their wedding anniversary tomorrow. I remember that one particular afternoon, nobody cried, we were all laughing because it was a happy and joyous occasion. My tears flowed though when they visited us a day after to let us know they were going on their honeymoon.

There were so many photos that their photographers took for their wedding album but I love these informal shots bettter, which reminds me I have my own wedding album of Nissa which was included in the package of the photographers. It is a small 6″ x 6″ album.

I just love this, two important people in my life in one frame. Lovell was still a deacon here. He was ordained to priesthood the following year. That smile from Nissa…priceless.

We called it Purple Day. Opps, one boy was missing. Bobic, adopted daughter of Alden was the little bride while those darling little ones are kids of Obet’s sister and Nissa’s close friends.

To reminisce one lovely occasion.

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🌲⛄Little Christmas tree,

No one to buy you,

Give yourself to me

My little Christmas tree🌲☃️

This is fun, decorating a 3 ft. Christmas tree. Our 7 ft. tree was relegated to the backseat. I bought this little tree last month so it would be easier for me to decorate it. I could not find the smaller star to put on top. There are so many decorations that we bought for the big tree two or three years back, some of them need replacement now. Josef only brought down the Christmas balls and flowers. I just added candy canes and cookie figures.

Last year at the height of the pandemic, we didn’t put up any decor. If Josef doesn’t get lazy, we’ll put up the porcelain nativity set given by a friend years ago. If I could buy pink ribbon and other pink decor, I will decorate the wreath too.

This is my dream of a little tree.

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It’s been a while that it rains every afternoon preventing me from visiting the garden again. I’ve long wanted to repot the plants I bought a couple of months ago. Finally, the Cinamumu plants that my former boss at the bank gave me are bearing those tiny green buds which will turn into scented yellow blooms.

Cloudy skies at the most. Don’t get me wrong, clouds are one of my favorite subjects in photography but only when I could see the blue sky in the background. Sometimes on a clear day, they move so fast and you could see various figures up there.

I miss seeing the stars at night. They make me dream of distant places I have yet to traverse. Dreaming at least keep us grounded in our lives. I remember those nights wayback in the province when my brothers and some cousins would watch the starry night lying on the grass in front of the house while munching on boiled peanuts or sweet potato. We seldom had bread but we had rootcrops instead.

I was one of those with many childhood dreams. I dreamt of finishing a course in college in a big university, have a job in one of those prestigious banks in Ayala Avenue, have my own family and nice house in the suburb. Simple dreams you might say, but back in those days, for a provincial lass like me, those dreams were too big. One by one they came true. I graduated in the oldest Catholic university in Asia. University of Santo Tomas was founded in 1611. I earned a degree in Economics. I was employed in the oldest bank in the country, Bank of the Philippine Islands which opened its doors in 1851. I have two kids who I am so proud of. Nissa is a manager at Bank of the Philippine Island, Josef works at JP Morgan Chase Bank. They both graduated in UST too. So proud of my precious, smart and talented grandson. Gosh, I’ll be turning 65 in three days.

I remember this lovely quote from Langston Hughes that I have memorized during my college years.

Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die, life is like a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.

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Here’s an update on our two fur babies, Oreo and Cookie. They had their furs trimmed last week. It is a regular thing now. Yesterday, Cookie has her pneumonia vaccine. Just like humans, they have their regular check -up with the vet. Our other four dogs stay outside. The three of them are adopted from the dog pound. We haven’t learned to pet Lassie yet. She is too elusive. She now mingles with the other dogs but when I try to pet her, she turns around. Maybe before we got her, she was a victim of torture. Even animals feel the hardship of trusting humans if they experienced something bad.

Here are photos of Oreo and Cookie.

This is how Oreo looks now. He is half the size of Cookie.
Our playful dog Cookie. I love her trim.

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Yeay, I’m done with my Christmas shopping for the whole family but some of them have not yet been delivered. It is really nice to shop online, either you have to pay in advance by depositing to your Lazada wallet or pay in cash when they are delivered. Did I tell you that I have received credits for my purchase? There are some items too where the delivery fees are waived. You can even earn coins while browsing at the site and they translate to one peso each. I have to review all my purchases so I could earn more.

As I have said before I always purchase kitchen gadgets for Nissa and Obet. One gift for them both. I told Nissa to use them in their new home. As for Nate, I always buy two gifts on his birthday and during Christmas, toys and books mostly. Found a nice book about the history of the dinosaurs and a set of dinosaur figures for his birthday next month. Kinda expensive but he always has the best. I bought some practical items for Josef, Jovy and mom, things that they could use daily.

Last year we didn’t put up Christmas decoration because of the pandemic. This year though, I ordered a smaller plastic Christmas tree which is easier to decorate than our 7-foot one. I also ordered some Christmas decor. Although senior citizens like me aren’t allowed to go out in malls, there are plainty to choose online.

Did I say it’s 73 days to go before CHRISTMAS?

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I have wanted to blog at the start of the month but laziness prevailed again. Haven’t been here the last four days I think. Don’t get me wrong, I was just too lazy to write. Sometimes, you lose your muse and and forget what is to write about.

I am mostly at the garden but every day, it rains at unexpected moments. I couldn’t seem to finish uprooting weeds and I have yet to start pruning the carabao grass. Gardening is a job of the hardworking🤣😅😂. And I am not one lately.

The weather here makes one lazy. I am looking forward to this month though because finally, it is my birth month. Can’t wait for the 27th. There is something about birthdays that makes one wishful, nostalgic and you remember the days of old, when you were so excited to face and dream of big dreams to happen. Then as the days go by, you finally realize that not all those big dreams come true. That one does not travel in a straight path but there are barriers you have to face. Birthdays also make us realize that we’re not just adding years to our lives but we are also growing. Hope should not be set aside because as long as we are alive, there is always hope.

It’s been two years now that we haven’t celebrated Nissa’s birthday together because of this pandemic. Good thing there is always the reliable Messenger to get us through and the ever ready Grab drivers to bring and deliver food and our gifts. We celebrated too even if there were just the four of us at home. Maybe, when Nate’s birthday and my birthday come, they’ll be most likely repeats.

The whole afternoon, I was looking for Christmas gifts for the family at Lazada. There is nothing yet except filling my cart with possible gifts and ordering gift tags and twenty five pieces of Christmas wrapper.

What did I say? It’s 83 days to go before Christmas🍀🌲☘

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