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Thank God for your prayers. Josef came home last Wednesday night. Jovy fetched him from the hospital. He is on sick leave until Monday. Now, I am so careful when I go out in the garden, have to put OFF lotion first before going out. It is rainy season here and mosquitoes are everywhere especially at night.

Nissa had rashes two days ago. She also had fever because of tonsillo-pharyngitis. After two hospital visits, the rashes have subsided and she could eat properly now. She told me early this morning that she and Obet have their annual executive check-up today. It is a privilege provided by the bank for managers and up.

I always get nervous now every time there is someone sick in the family. It started with Alden when he was ill due to cancer. If there is one thing I pray everyday for, it is good health for all family members, relatives and friends. There is nothing better than being in God’s grace and mercy.

A big thank you for reaching thirteen years now of being cancer-free. It is a big blessing but I am always grateful for everyday blessings.

Have a happy week ahead.

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Josef and Jovy went to the hospital yesterday afternoon. Josef had fever. After a series of tests, he was negative of Covid but positive of Dengue. They waited until 12am at the Emergency Room before a private room was available because he had to be placed under infectious diseases. No one is allowed to enter the room except the medical personnel and nurses. Jovy came home around 5am, we didn’t have enough sleep because I was monitoring them. She had to report for work at 3pm, bring clothes and the groceries I bought for Josef. He could not ask anyone at the hospital. He is all alone. Jovy has to bring the items to the nurse station. Sad😒 They also saw something in his thyroid which needs an EENT. I hope it’s nothing complicated.

An hour ago, one of the nurses at OPD at the hospital called me and he told me that I am scheduled for biometry for my eyes at 12 noon tomorrow. I asked him if they could postpone it for a week, maybe by then, Josef would have left the hospital. I could not just leave the house because mom is afraid of being alone. Hopefully, my opthalmologist would understand. If worse comes to worse, next week I have to go to the hospital.

I need your prayers please for Josef to get well soon and for the whole family too.

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH❤😘🌺

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This Pandemic…


It is really sad that after more than two years of this Covid, lockdowns and people especially kids who were not allowed to go out, has a negative effect afterall. And it showed even if you were not affected by Covid.

Nissa and Obet brought Nate to the eye doctor for check-up over the weekend. His eye grade reached 300 both eyes. Being indoors has an effect according to the doctor. His eyes haven’t been trained for more than two years to far places/sites. The eyeballs have elongated so he is now nearsighted. You can count the number of times in your finger when they allowed him to go out.

Now wearing eyeglasses at the age of nine.

If I may say, Covid has changed my sense of hearing. I could not fully understand videos, songs, group discussions etc. It is slowly coming back now although I’m still finding it hard to listen in enclosed places. It’s just so noisy.

I wonder when this Covid would finally be eradicated. We still wear masks in going out. Lately, the Department of Health has reported around 3,000 people affected in the whole country.

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There’s that trigger again reminding me to start another blog post. I feel so lazy. I haven’t visited WordPress in a while.

I had a conversation with a friend from Canada (there were four of us when we were in college). Grace met an accident last Easter Vigil, had multiple pelvic bones fractures surgery which was not successful so she had a hip replacement surgery. Then she got infection in her gall bladder so she went under the knife again. Among the four of us, she is the only one who was not affected by cancer. All three of us had it, the two with breast cancer and me with colon cancer. Three survivors. Grace introduced me to their parish priest who also blogs about all of his homilies. I visited his site and left a few words via e-mail. He answered, how nice.

Last January, Sr. Thea, an FMM nun, told me that she was diagnosed with lung cancer this time after several years of being free from it. I don’t know about Precy since we haven’t gotten in touch for so long now. She changed her cellphone number.

Grace told me to be gentle and allow myself to grieve. Sometimes though, I still feel so low and couldn’t think of something nice to blog about. But I read, I am on my 82nd book this year. I found a book with Japan as the background during the 15th century. Just started so I don’t know yet if it is worth-reading or not.

I was laughing finding this on my newsfeed except that I no longer use a library card. I mostly read e-books nowadays and have my virtual library at Goodreads.
Another image the words of which I find provoking but it’s true. I remember a friend who told me once that the journey to life is not always a straight path.

Have a beautiful and peaceful weekend😘☺💐🌷🎉🎈🎊

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According to Wikipedia, Taal volcano is a large caldera filled by Taal Lake in the Philippines. Located in the province of Batangas, the volcano is second of the most active volcanoes in the country, with 38 recorded historical eruptions, all concentrated on Volcano Island, near the middle of Taal Lake.

Nissa sent me these photos yesterday. They celebrated Father’s Day in Tagaytay where the volano is located.

Beautiful, isn’t it🥰

Father’s Day celebration
Nissa and Obet

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Have you ever experienced being alone in a crowd? Have your loneliness got the better of you and you felt crying?

When we were in the province more than a month ago, I saw so many relatives and friends that I’ve never seen for years. I felt elated for a while talking to them, sharing about life and death and dying. Many of my cousins volunteered to cook every day and prepare snacks (until Alden’s funeral) for our guests who attended the 6-day wake.

I would look at his coffin and I would cry silent tears of goodbye. How hard is it to let go? How hard could it be losing a sibling who is very supportive of your own family?

I think of people leaving this earthly life, is dying like falling asleep but you never wake up? I remember my sis-in-law’s story when Alden died. She was at his bedside. According to her, he smiled and said, “panalo na”. Panalo na means we won or I won. I really don’t know what that means except maybe to tell the world that he was finally free from pain. He won over the three difficult years of his illness.

I lost interest in politics when Alden died. It seemed like there was a vacuum, some unfufilled yearning that I can’t define. This sense of loss brought me again to the question, “what is happening to the world?” They elected an unworthy man, a crook, a thief and a liar instead of a proven and reliable incumbent vice-president. They don’t want someone who is fit and experienced when it comes to people they promised to serve. Until now, there is still a question of election fraud, that those electronically transmitted results were padded. Imagine having transmitted more than 50% votes in two hours. They say we have the worst internet connection but the fastest transmission of the election results.

One time, my sis-in-law, niece and I were outside just letting the hot afternoon go by, watching Mae’s cats and their pregnant dog. I told Mae that she accompanies me to the sari-sari store nearby to buy something to munch on. “No need tita”, she said. She brought out a big box full of different biscuits and let me choose what to nibble on.

My other cousin twice brought mangoes from their tree during our novena prayers. Another cousin prepared pansit and soup alternately for our afternoon snacks during the novena. Two more cousins alternately lead the rosary prayers. You see it is the small things that count.

Feeling alone again and reliving the happy days.

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I lost weight worrying about Alden’s health before he died. It’s been 32 days since he left us. Everything is still vivid in my mind.

My cousins visited us during our 9-day novena to join us in prayers. They took some shots when we were at one of my cousins’ place. I can’t post them all here because they eat up my free space.

Our barangay is the highest place in the whole town.
Overlooking the town proper.

A few days after Alden’s funeral.

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Grief doesn’t end at the loss of the person you love. It grips you like a tight knot, the more you remember those days of old – the laughter and the tears.

At Maxine by the Sea with sis-in-law, niece and my brother Alden. Taken three years ago before we discovered he had cancer.

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I had the opportunity to play with Oreo and Cookie yesterday afternoon. They stayed in my room for a while. As always, Oreo was so noisy barking at the dogs outside. Cookie was so “malambing” and she liked being cuddled. Took some photos of course. Look at the two of them.

Cookie is now so big at one year and eight months. We had three aircon installers yesterday so they had to stay in my room. Josef and Jovy had their old aircon replaced by 1HP split type inverter aircon which was a gift from Jovy’s dad. He also sent money for Max’s hospitalization. It’s the seventh day now that he is sick and he is still at the pet hospital. He does not eat well yet so he has to be supervised by the vet.

I am so worried about my brother. He barely eats and doesn’t have a restful sleep. I again asked Nissa if we could visit him one weekend. We could not bring mom though because for sure if she is there, nobody could take care of her. My sis-in-law is focused on Alden. My mom doesn’t understand our situation. Although we want her to see Alden too, it would be very hard for all of us if she would be left behind there. I do hope one weekend we could visit my brother.

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Yesterday, we celebrated Mom’s 93rd birthday, it was just the two of us for lunch so I just ordered kare-kare, barbeque, afritada and Beef Caldereta. Nissa sent two family-sized pizza in different flavors while Josef bought Red Ribbon cake. We had late dinner so mom was not able to blow the candle on her cake. She said she was sleepy at around 8:30 pm. She usually has dinner at 6 pm.

She loved the food and we have much left in the ref, probably good for two more days and the birthday cake remains untouched. I’ll give her a slice later.

Our two puppies are confined at the dog clinic since last night. Another one died three days ago after Jovy and Josef brought her to the vet. The two confined puppies are the only ones left out of the nine because the six others were given earlier to Jovy’s friends. I really don’t know what happened, all of a sudden, they won’t eat. We only feed them Pedigree meat and cooked rice. It is so expensive to bring pets to the vet. They have already spent around 10k the past few days. I wonder how much more they have to pay for the confinement of the two. Josef disinfects our garden every night for three days now. I hope, these two will get well soon.

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