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Can’t wait to share this. Josef, members  of Obet’s immediate family and I attended Nate’s graduation blow-out after a two-hour ceremony where he garnered  almost all the awards given this school year for Kindergarten 2.  Nonna is so proud of this little guy. He led the prayers of the graduates earlier.  Nissa took lots of pictures and videos but I just love these two. Will post some of the pictures later on my blog about Nate. Next school year, he’ll be in Grade one.

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Oh my gosh, our area is now included in water rationing starting tomorrow. Late this afternoon though when our village coordinator announced it, the water pressure was  so low. I filled up every container we have here. Good thing we have our overhead tank which provides water inside the house and we have a bypass water outlet at the dirty kitchen and at the garden.  I even filled up our  small  pond which has stayed empty ever since we lost the Koi fish a few years ago.

In some areas here in Metro Manila,  they had no water for about a week now. There are scheduled hours which they have to interrupt their distribution but  having it back is never on time.

In Cebu which is a part of the Visayas region, farms have become so dry the soil was cracked.  I am worried about the coming summer days. Demand for water has become so high and  the water levels at Angat Dam and La Mesa Dam are now critical.  These dams supply water in Metro Manila.

Water is life. You can survive without electricity but water is a necessity.

 

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The past two days I really felt so lazy to blog so I updated our Catholic page at Facebook for the whole month of March.

When laziness creeps in, one is not so inclined to do anything except read, visit a few blog posts, look at  all  those sometimes so disgusting memes posted by Duterte trolls on legit sites at Facebook. I guess, until now, they feel happy sharing those fake and false news, editing legit photos and changing the concept they were written.  Although hundreds of fake sites were already taken down by Facebook, they still manage to enable their sites and share those lies.  Sometimes I can’t help but report and block even an individual who incites hate in his/her comments. Right now, it is Sara Duterte (daughter of the president) who doesn’t mince words and utter those ugly lies against the opposition. She is not running in any position and yet, she is so vocal defending those senatorial candidates who belong to her party. They are  afraid to accept those debate challenges by the opposition  specifically the Otso Diretso team.  I’d like to think, they don’t really have a good platform to present to the Filipino people. Sara is the one who said that honesty is not a requirement for a person to run in a government position. If this is the kind of truth that they believe in, I wonder where we would be if they win. Honesty is a basic requirement in any government. The Filipinos deserve as much.

And speaking of being lazy, I was still so lazy to cook lunch so the three of us, Josef, Jovy and I went to SM East Ortigas mall to have lunch at Max’s. We took Oreo with us although of course he is not allowed inside the restaurant so we stayed at the corridor of Max’s. We had adobo fried rice in a pot, pancit canton and fried chicken and tried their various dessert set in a platter.

We had him groomed yesterday. He is now sporting a summer look. My gosh, it really looks like it is summer here now, it’s a hot, hot weather.

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I was clearly surprised seeing all these back reads from my previous posts here. Thank you so much Damyanti for  appreciating my posts. Just please click the link to go to her site. She has lots of followers and she writes so well. Been following her for years.

Nissa and I had a lovely time looking at all the pictures she took when they were in Baguio more than a week ago. I saw Nate in Igorot costume and I told Nissa to upload those pics. Some photos were taken by Nate. He is beginning to appreciate how to take pictures.  They even visited Bencab Museum and took photos too. It’s owned by one of our national artists Benedicto Reyes Cabrera more popularly known as Bencab. So curious to see all those artworks.

Looking back, Nissa and I seldom go out together since she got married except of course when there are special events in the family. We thrive on phone calls, messages and texts and once a month, they come over to visit us at home. I always look forward to those days when we can update each other and exchange book titles that we have read.

And speaking of books, I just finished reading Stay With Me, my first book about how life is in Nigeria by a Nigerian author Ayobami Aedebayo. It’s a debut novel about married life and its intricacies, how certain decisions though well-intentioned could go wrong in a heartbeat. It speaks of their culture and touched briefly on the political unrest in Nigeria. It’s my 37th  read this year.

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. It’s the six-week period leading to Easter.

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It was my first time to have lunch here, one of those new establishments at Ayala Triangle that serve good and sumptuous food.

It is always nice to bond with my daughter. She took these shots with her camera phone.

Banapple lunch with Nissa.

Banoffee pie for desserts….yum 🙂 Love the  chicken rolls with basil and house salad. The servings are large. Gonna come back here one of these days and try their other menu.

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I suddenly miss Bank of PI. It’s where I used to work for almost twenty-two years.

This morning, Nissa and I met up in front of the building then we went to Ayala Triangle to have lunch at Banapple. 

A few days ago, Nissa posted a solo photo of hers with Bank of PI as the background. Their office has now transferred to another BPI Bldg. in Buendia Avenue. The facade has been there for almost forty years. We transferred to that site back in the early eighties. Pretty soon, it would be demolished to give way to a new and better  Bank  of  the  Philippine  Islands. She told me to pose with BPI in the background 🙂

Suddenly I am reminded of those days when I used to walk the  streets of Ayala Avenue.  BPI  lies at the corner of Ayala Avenue and Paseo de Roxas so it was always the venue for rallies back when we were trying to oust Marcos from the presidency.  That monument  at the corner across the street is of my hero Ninoy Aquino and soldiers who accompanied him when he was assassinated at the tarmac of NAIA.

Ayala Avenue has changed a lot, more high-rise buildings, more restaurants and eateries. Back in my time,  Ayala Triangle was a vacant lot intersecting Makati Avenue and Paseo de Roxas. Now it is an oasis for tired eyes. I love the garden.

Looking at the denizens of Ayala Avenue each with  lanyards on their necks and cellphones in their hands, I suddenly miss the corporate world.  It’s now a far cry from those days. I don’t miss the traffic though. It has become a gridlock even at noon. It’s a good thing it was easier to take a UV Express going back home.

 

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I love this. It’s my first letter from Nate. It’ll be his graduation from Kindergarten school come March 23.  I am sure it would be another memorable and happy occasion.

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