Ah, when you think of reunions, you think of the good old days, way when you were a bit younger, still hale and hearty so to speak.
Our family on my father’s side will have a reunion on February 11. All except one have all died already. Dad was second to the eldest among seven kids but then my grandfather married again with eight kids more. Their youngest is a year younger than I am. I’d like to think that among all the siblings, we are so few, four kids, my three brothers and I. My uncles though and my lone aunt had several. My cousins have their own families now and lots of their children are already married too. Overall, maybe we could reach more than a hundred from the two marriages of my grandfather. Sadly it would be held in the province. Three of my aunts have come home for a short vacation with one of my uncles. They were inviting us to attend. It would take at least 5 to 6 hours to reach our place. I am in touch with most of my cousins through FB. I don’t know most of my nephews and nieces through my cousins personally. It is nice though that even if we don’t get to see each other, we talk online. Hopefully we’ll get to see some of them when they come for a visit.
The last time I attended a grand reunion was in 2011 with my high school batch. It was a lovely affair updating each other on our lives, sharing a meal together and having nice chats. They even invited one of our teachers in high school.
Sometimes you just can’t believe that you are really getting old. Those little kids you used to see have somehow grown up. They now have their own families and you have your own grandchild. How time really flies. Yes I know, age is really just a number besides your name. Growing and getting older, that’s what but you also grow in wisdom as you age. What used to be hard to comprehend is now a daily occurrence in your life. What used to be understandable only to grown-ups are just bubbles that burst as you go along.
Growing old gracefully and getting older wisely,.
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Posted in family life, journeys, life, silence speaks, thoughts, tagged family life, guilty pleasures, journeys, life, silence speaks, thoughts on February 5, 2017|
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Lately, I saw this father and daughter singing together on Metaspoon. The guy played the guitar as they sang together. The daughter is probably about four or five years old. It is lovely to see them together.
Those aha moments when you smile and you laugh just because you are happy. Last Saturday, I was surprised when I saw Nissa and Nate at the gate. They took a commute from their place to ours just to see me. My son-in-law was left at home early that morning. They took their breakfast with us. I inquired if Nissa brought milk for Nate. She said she didn’t because Nate eats a lot during meals so he does not need to drink milk.
We played blocks and touching ball, priceless few hours of being together, with not a care in the world except to laugh , be merry and play. You put yourself being a child of four, carefree and happy. Picture-taking goes in the back seat with no attempt to bring your camera out. Or maybe simply, you forget. The things we do to make the moments something to remember, something to think about when they are gone.
I am reading a beautiful book. It is actually a contemporary love story. my third book of love stories since I began my 2017 reading challenge. It’s quite a nice change from the memoirs and historical books I am fond of reading. The plot may sometimes be exaggerated or overrated but it goes well with the overall appeal of the book. I am looking forward though to finishing Mary Oliver’s Upstream and Lang Leav’s Memories. The first one is a selection of essays by Mary Oliver while Memories is composed of poems by Lang Leav. I am reading them both in installment. a way to prolong the lovely prose and superb style of writing. Sometimes you wish you could write like they do – wishful thinking if I may say.
Those aha moments. Those moments when you are just enjoying everything. Those moments that are deeply felt in the heart. Those unforgettable moments. You want to make them last forever.
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This is quite a late post but I am proud to share it with all of you. A few days after Christmas, my oldest brother gave us about two kilos of Ube (purple yam). Since it was too big for us to just boil it, Josef and I decided to make Halayang Ube. We used to buy halaya on certain occasions at home, it is not a regular fare for us. The day before New Year, we had the whole thing boiled and mashed finely. There is a sort of excitement making a dessert for the first time. It is time-consuming to mix it while in the pan because you have to make sure that it comes out sticky and thick enough. Imagine an hour of mixing it on top of the stove while cooking.
I used about two cups of coconut cream, 3/4 stick of butter and three cans of condensed milk, no sugar added. The original recipe calls for the first two ingredients plus two cans of condensed milk, two cans of evaporated milk and a cup of sugar. My son made a mistake of buying milk though. He thought he bought two each of milk but when I opened the cans, the third one is also a condensed milk. Instead of going back to the grocery store, I just used all the three cans of condensed milk without adding sugar. The halaya was creamy, just perfect topped with grated cheese.
Boiled ube or what we call purple yam.
It’s a yummy Ube Halaya, added it to our desserts during our media noche.
There is always a first time for everything. Experimenting in the kitchen was a success. You have to let it cool for at least two hours inside the ref before eating. It is best served actually the next day. I will do this again if we could find fresh Ube roots in the market. I think that harvesting it is seasonal too. It is one of those yummy treats that you could make on your own and won’t have to buy the finished product.
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I just received my badge on Goodreads’ 2017 Reading Challenge. I committed myself to read 150 books this year. Done with one Just about to start A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle. Hoping this book won’t disappoint. The short summary says: A Year in Provence transports us into all the earthy pleasures of Provençal life and lets us live vicariously at a tempo governed by seasons, not by days.
Reading is such a joy that I could not give it up. Hopefully, I’ll finish the challenge with flying colors. I feel good at a mere sight of a book. Aside from the author, sometimes the cover is one deciding factor why a certain book is priority on my list. Done with some classics last year, it is about time to discover new authors. Good luck to me.
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Posted in blessings, blog update, blogging, family, family life, journeys, life, my blogging journey, thoughts and ramblings, tagged blogging, family life, journeys, New Year 2017, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts and ramblings, year-end blog 2016 on December 28, 2016|
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As all things go, there is an end to everything – days, months and years included. And yes, 2016 is about to end and we think of those things we did this year, old and new friends we met, family togetherness, places we dreamed of visiting, lessons learned, hours wasted on senseless thoughts (sometimes) and all the other things that make life and living worthwhile.
It’s been a quiet year for us except those times we went out as a family to celebrate birthdays and those times we had visitors at home to celebrate with us too. It is always nice to get in touch with friends, sharing meals together and being happy just exchanging news and ideas. It is always nice to be with the whole family celebrating togetherness no matter how simple it is. We do find meaning in the ordinary things in our lives, one has to look back, discern, and admire what is before us. We find meaning in our brokenness, those times when we felt so down and everyone cared, we are just grateful for that.
Do you make new year’s resolution? I’ve never been good at keeping one. They always get broken one way or another. So I dream, make some of it into reality and just enjoy what is in store. The days are not always happy, some are like memories blurred at the edges, some are like a closed book so pleasant to discover, some are lovely thoughts waiting to be shared.
Blogging has become one major step to sharing with online friends. It is such pure heaven to meet fellow bloggers who share their lives, their hobbies, their families and their precious photos and memories. Blogging has become a daily exercise that I look forward to, reshaping my views with the world outside. Blogging has become a pleasant tool for friendship. I’ve finally reached more than 2,000 followers including my 90 followers linked at Twitter. Isn’t it nice that every day, the blog stats increase a little more than before? It’s close to 445,000 views now. I made a total of 157 blog posts this year, add maybe two or three more before the year ends. The wonder of blogging. May I just thank you all for sharing with me through my blogs and yours? Thank you, thank you so much.
May the next year be a pleasant, happy and fruitful one for all of us. Happy 2017 guys.
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