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It was a quiet quarantine birthday.  We just ordered food at home for lunch and dinner. I’ve missed Nissa’s family though. I was busy almost the whole day answering comments and greetings on Facebook and a couple of long-distance calls to boot.

I enjoyed reading all their messages. I guess that is how a quarantine birthday is celebrated. Since we can’t all go out, we just decided to stay at home.  I got a lovely surprise when someone called that he was at our gate, he greeted me a happy birthday first before delivering a big box from flowerstore.ph – a gift from Nissa. Wow! Took shots of how the day went.  It is quite touching to see  Mum smiling and lovingly touching those lovely blooms. She just love flowers.

Wohoo, that’s me at 64!

Look at the white hairs. I haven’t been to David’s for almost eight months now.

A boodle “bilao” (a big tray)complete with sisig, barbeque, tapa, fried chicken, chicken inasal and lumpiang shanghai plus a kilo of ready to fry veggie lumpia.

A birthday cake from Red Ribbon, a gift from Josef and Jovy.

Making a wish? Just for good health always!

Sunburst! A beautiful, cheery bouquet of two toned violet mums, pink carnations and a sunflower.

It came with this lovely birthday balloon.

Those carnations and mums are just so lovely.

How they look in our sala. I noticed the leaves that look like cuttings from Gardenia. Can’t wait to plant them soon.

So that’s how the day went. Glad to be 64 at last.

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It’s just a matter of hours before I see another year of my life.  Since I started blogging, I made  it a point to at least write something about how the previous year ended  and the anticipation of how the next year will start.

It’s the eve of my 64th birthday. Wow, 64 is just a number, don’t you think? I don’t feel like I am.   I am reminded of the  upbeat song by the Beatles called “When I’m Sixty-Four” and it goes like this:

“When I get older losing my hair
Many years from now
Will you still be sending me a Valentine
Birthday greetings bottle of wine
If I’d been out till quarter to three
Would you lock the door
Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I’m sixty-four……”
 
There are more things one remembers during one’s birthday than just counting the years of  one’s life. First of all, we must be always grateful to our dear Almighty God  that we have reached a certain age still alive and kicking. Grateful too for all the blessings and challenges that made us even stronger through the years.
 
Birthdays always make us a little nostalgic, right? We remember the younger years. We remember the years slowly discovering what life is all about. We remember the happy times with family and friends, the struggle to live life the best way we can and the best way how.
 
This pandemic brought us a different perspective in celebrating birthdays. Gone is the anticipation  of having the  whole family around because  of this pandemic.  We still could celebrate, why not? But it may be not as grand as we used to have in the past. For me, a simple dinner at home would suffice. No need to prepare elaborate dishes. We are just  planning to order online. Besides, I am quite lazy to cook.  It’ll be a pandemic birthday, whatever that means!
 
“Send me a postcard, drop me a line
Stating point of view
Indicate precisely what you mean to say
Yours sincerely, wasting away
Give me your answer, fill in a form
Mine forevermore
Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I’m sixty four?
Ho!”
 

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I had the chance to take more  shots of Cookie early this morning. What a joy to catch her in different poses.

She is quite behaved here.

Practicing looking at the mirror….haha! Are you vain Cookie?

Clingy type. She always wants to be cuddled.

She has definitely grown. She is three weeks with us now.

Look at that fan-like fur. So smooth to the touch.

Would you believe that she cries when Jovy washes her face and her bottom.  She couldn’t take a full bath yet at her age.  Both she and Oreo have more shots last Saturday.

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Josef and Jovy were on leave today from work. They bought some groceries for us and the Samgyupsal grill. I had chicken, pork, and several kilos of fish and some veggies delivered today with no extra charge. I am glad that the seller took time to make a price list of what I ordered and printed it. They have vacuum-sealed everything except the veggies. That’s what I call good service. At last, I found a seller who is also after the convenience of the buyer. I haven’t eaten fish for almost two months now because I could not find someone who sells them fresh at least…. until this morning.

We enjoyed a yummy dinner with everything grilled. The samgyupsal tasted so good with all those side dishes and sausages plus the fresh Romaine lettuce. The thing is, it is a little hard to clean the grill.

This afternoon, Josef and Jovy brought the three furry loves to the animal clinic. They have to go back to fetch Noki for his anti-rabies injection. Cookie has her five in one shots and they told me that the vet calls her Taba. During the week that she stayed with us, she gained weight. Taba means fat…hehe! Oreo is now done with the eight in one shots. Actually, all three of them have gained weight especially Noki. He is not used riding in the car so he held on to Josef on their way to the vet’s clinic. Cookie just went to sleep when they reached home. She is well-behaved unlike Oreo, short of opening the door by himself, he keeps jumping every time the two arrive home. He knows the sound of the gate opening.

I was busy, haha! Busy reading.

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Yesterday was rainy, today, the sun showed its face. But there is another super typhoon looming and will probably enter the Philippines come Sunday. I am praying it won’t and if ever, it won’t affect Metro Manila. I hate floods. I hate the rain when it pours non-stop.

My air plants are growing nicely. I have them in my bedroom. Early this morning, I put them on the floor where the sun’s rays shown. They had a sun bath for about twenty minutes. It is nice to grow these undemanding plants, you just need to mist them a little every day and immerse them for a bath at least once a week for ten minutes, dry them and put them back to their vases.

Na adik na yata ako sa air plants 🙂 I keep looking at the different varieties online. I still have a vacant rose gold air holder. Maybe I’ll order some Stricta air plant in a few days. Thinking about it….haha!

The two fur babies stayed in my room for a while and I laughed at how Cookie kept looking at our sliding glass doors seeing herself there. When Oreo was little, he did the same thing. Maybe they were both puzzled why there were more dogs like them 🙂 I took shots of them of course, taking so many pictures.

Behaved? Yes they are. Their carers are not around.

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You’d think it is a review of the movie, right? Wrong. I just borrowed the title.

I saw this picture of a little girl walking with her old grandma and I suddenly thought of my grandparents. I grew up not knowing nor even seeing my paternal grandmother. She died when her youngest son was born (the seventh child- six brothers and a sister). What was sad about it my uncle Domie who is now around eighty-two years old was born with speech defect. He is the only one we call uncle and the rest of them we call Tatay. Tatay means father in the vernacular. I don’t know what happened, uncle Domie never attended school but he knows how to count, he knows the faces of our local money. His nieces including me are all called Bea (pronounced as Be)by him.

Most of my Dad’s brothers and only sister told me that I was a look-alike of my paternal grandmother, my height, the way I walk, the way I speak and the way I carry myself among relatives and friends. I wished I have known her.My older brother and I together with three cousins grew up under the care of my maternal grandmother. Mom was always with Dad when he was working here in Metro Manila until my eldest brother and I reached high school and we were all transferred here. My youngest brother spent his grade school years in a nearby public school when we lived in Quezon City. The four of us spent our high school years at the University of Santo Tomas, two of us graduated there in college.

Speaking of my baing (vernacular for grandma), she was quite strict with us but we grew up knowing how to pray the rosary every six o-clock in the evening. There was even a part there spoken in Latin but I already forgot all about it. I wrote in one earlier post here that I learned weaving mats through her. I learned a lot about life during the Second World War through her stories. That probably influenced me why I like reading about anything historical now.

Funny how sometimes, just a mere picture would trigger memories. Sometimes, you long for those days of old. You smile at the thought and you reminisce.

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Finally I was able to take some closer shots of Cookie. I am sharing just two here. Look at the shirt she is wearing. It says UST, a legacy from Oreo when he was still a puppy.

That’s how she looks a little closer.  Oreo is now protective of her. She had her deworming shots today  while  Oreo had his Anti-rabbies vaccination and fur trim. 

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Friends?


The picture speaks for itself. – Oreo and Cookie!

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For Nissa, this is a precious gift from her unico hijo.  Nate always ends up his greeting with “you’re the best”…. 🙂

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