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Nissa always says that now that she is a mother herself, she appreciates all the things that she learned from me while growing up. We were not what you can say, a normal family. Husband was away during their childhood years. I was the nanay con tatay of the family until they finished college.

There is a lot to learn when you are rearing kids on your own.  A trial and error thing that works sometimes, at other times they do not. But there is always a sense of fulfillment when they grow up as responsible adults.  There is a sense of accomplishment too when you see them  as successful individuals in their own career.

One happy family despite the odds.

Since today is Mother’s Day, I traipse down memory lane once more.  One remembers the days when mere notes and letters written in notebook pages  and crumpled letter envelopes greet you when you go home or a home-made card telling you that they miss you. One remembers Nissa’s cut-out  colored papers fashioned into flowers and Josef’s drawing of a big house with a big single door but lots of windows where we could all live when they have jobs of their own. And those lovely times going up the stage with them during recognition days every year in school. One remembers that time when one of Nissa’s professors called you and said congratulations because your daughter will be graduating Magna Cum Laude, one of those Latin honors that every parent and student dreams of. One remembers the anticipation of counting the days until your grandchild is born.

Ah, the years are kind.

It’s been a long time since I tasted a mocha-flavored cake. Those were the days when birthdays of my two kids were always celebrated with either vanilla or mocha-flavored cakes. Di pa uso dati ang Red Ribbon, puro Goldilocks lang. The former only began franchising in 1999.

Goldilocks’ mocha roll.

Josef gifted me with a whole Goldilock’s Mocha cake for Mother’s Day. Though I am not much into sweets now, I enjoyed having a slice.

Tomorrow, Nissa and I are going out for lunch, a late Mother’s Day bonding and catching up. I love my kids, they are so thoughtful .

And did I say  that togetherness is what counts?

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Ever since I can remember, I’ve always blogged about Mother’s Day since I started blogging. It is always a joy to remember and give tributes to our dear mothers who risked their lives giving birth to us all.

We can’t really quantify the love that a mother gives to her child. You are all special in her eyes.

There was a special blessing to all mothers at our parish today. Then they gave each of us this heart-shaped balloon. The message says “Your courage and passion inspire me to become a better person. HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY. From St. Francis of Assisi Parish.”

And here’s my greeting to all my mommy friends on WordPress.

May you all be blessed.

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Can’t help but share this (Nissa and Nate talking about death). Sweet, sweet Nate 🙂

Nate and I got to talking about death last night…

Me: Would you be sad if I died?
Nate: Yes..and if you die I want to go with you and stay in Heaven with you.
Me: No..I want you to live your life and be happy even if I’m gone.
Nate: Mama said when we’re in heaven we’re all brothers and sisters. If I died, would you remember that I’m your son?

Then he started bawling and I couldn’t help but cry too…
💔💔💔

And as sad as he was, he still thought to wipe away my tears and ask me to stop crying because He will ask God to give me a long life and because He will protect and take care of me forever.

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We’ve changed venues (church) two months ago. We now attend our very own  Parish here in Midtown instead of going to the town to attend Sunday Masses. Sometimes, we walk.  It is just a ten-minute walk from our place. Sometimes, we ride on e-bikes to get there on time. We usually attend the 6 am mass, the first mass of the day.

Oreo is used now with us bringing him along on Sundays. Every time he sees me dressed for mass, he guards the door and keeps barking until we put the leash on him which is a signal that he could come along with us.  It is his weekly exercise too. He is  usually quiet in the middle of the service. This morning though, he saw another dog at the patio  of the church (on leash too). He can’t keep quiet and wanted to go down and mingle.   Jovy says he is so spoiled because sometimes we treat him as a baby here and  he loves it.

I haven’t done any reading for about two days now. I am half-way with Merton’s autobio and about to finish a book  about 20th century America. I have always loved reading historical books, be they are novels or not. There is something nice about knowing what happened in the past. Done with 60 books since January, half of what I set myself to read this year.

Watched the debate of the senatorial candidates last night on television held at my alma mater, University of Santo Tomas and was sponsored by CNN Philippines. Some people who belong to the administration said it was staged by the opposition, Otso Diretso candidates. May I just say that they are more prepared to debate on issues important to the country? They have platforms which the administration candidates don’t seem to have. Election day will be in two weeks and voters should have discerned enough on who to vote for to govern the country.

As I have always said, I don’t believe in surveys. Surveys represent a mere trickle of the total voting population. Some are there to mislead everyone who they should vote for. They are paid ads meant to condition the minds of those who haven’t chosen who to vote for. And they could be manipulated.

It is your right to choose the best man for the job but please be discerning enough that he knows the responsibilities and duties attached to it. Popularity is not a basis for choosing the best, having the best doable platform is.

The real survey happens on May 13.  Wish us luck guys and pray for us too that it would be a clean and honest election.

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Yes, it is another family day with just Nissa, Nate and Oreo for company. Josef has an overtime work today.

I am simply amazed by  Nate’s appetite nowadays. He is a little chubby compared to the last time we saw each other during his graduation in kindergarten.

I cooked fried chicken wings and spaghetti for lunch.  He ate three fried chicken wings, a little rice and a plate of spaghetti. Shared a bar of chocolate with Nissa later,  then King Crab crackers plus  two bottles of Mogo Mogo. Then a few hours  ago, he said he was hungry again. Nissa cooked some eggs and hot dog...kain ulit siya with fried rice. WOW.  He even finished the bowl of fried garlic rice a little later.

Nissa said, “tumaba siya ano Ma?” He does not want that word “mataba” (fat), he frowned at both of us.

Ah, I said, “malusog”.

Malusog is mataba din”, he told us.

“No“, I said. Malusog means healthy.

We weren’t able to take pictures because both of us were busy talking while Nissa took a nap. I told him about the snake I saw a few days ago and he told me about the big snake he saw at the zoo. He even remembers that time he soiled his Pampers while they were in the car. We were laughing while he was making “kwento”.

Nissa is really so thoughtful. Got more “pasalubong” from her – two bottles of Nivea Body Milk, Jeju Aloe Ice Soothing Gel and Novena pamphlet to St. Camillus de Lellis (Patron of the sick, nurses and hospitals) with a handkerchief prayer attached. They are so lucky, they always get to see visiting relics at the Manila Cathedral.

Thank you Sang, love them all!

And Saturday is always a thrill when Nate is here.

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My dearest Mom,

Of course I didn’t forget, it is your birthday today. How I wish you were here with us. If you were here, at least tomorrow we could go out and celebrate your 90th birthday.

I can’t imagine myself reaching that age. Nine decades of happy and blessed life. I know you sometimes forget, simple things that still you ought to remember. Then you will say “anto layay ulok, alingwanan ko la”. (Gosh, I always forget).  But you know that you forgot something.  Maybe it comes with old age. I always hear this phrase that  “when you reach 80, everything is a bonus”.

We are blessed too that you are still with us despite your age. Hopefully, you’ll still see Nate growing up. I am proud to say, he is a smart boy.

May you always remain strong and healthy and most of all happy.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOMMY.

from a loving daughter.

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It’s been a while. Just so lazy to stay in front of the computer and write. Sometimes,it really feels that way. You’d think you have nothing to write about  and your mind wanders again. The good thing is I was able to finish two books in between.

For the first time in so many months, I read a love story. It’s fiction of course but it seemed it was based on the royal family. Knowing how the other half live their lives is quite interesting enough, the protocols,  the dos and don’ts and everything, even the  way you walk, alight in a car, the way you dress, the way you address everyone. Thinking about it, it must be really hard to all and still show the world that everything is okay.

Josef and I went to our twice-a-month marketing  this morning buying some meat, lots of fish and other seafood.  It’s always a thrill to find fresh produce in the market. Summer fruits are in season now but some are still a little pricey.

Kaimito

These are star apples. They are locally known as kaimito. They cost around P50.00 pesos a kilo (about four pieces). They are best eaten cold. Back in the province almost every household has a star apple tree so they don’t buy these, they just wait for the fruits to ripen.

I also bought half a kilo of fresh peanuts then boiled them later for snacks.

 

Peanuts or mani in our local language.

One thing that I love about going to the wet market is to see their fresh seafood. I bought shrimps  and lato, an edible sea weed. These are pretty common here. They also call it sea grapes. We had it for lunch paired with grilled milkfish. Yummy. all you have to do is to chop an onion and tomatoes. I added one whole salted duck egg. You won’t need anything else except maybe a pinch of white ground pepper for that kick.

It is always cheaper to buy all of these at the public market than relying on supermarket stores.

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