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I guess for the first time in so many years we won’t be celebrating the awaited Media Noche to observe the changing years. Josef and Jovy will celebrate it at the latter’s grandma’s place. They’ll be back tomorrow in time for dinner. So it would just be mom and me. I doubt if she would even wake up to greet the new year. I’ll just cook the palabok in time for dinner tomorrow. I made macaroni salad chicken adobo, paksiw na bangus and ordered a tub of pork hamonado. I won’t have to cook maybe again for another two days.

Compared to the previous years where around this time there were firecrackers, today is so quiet. Last night though, a crazy youth threw a stone on the window in Josef’s bedroom. One glass of our French window was broken. We didn’t see the culprit since it was dark at the vacant lot behind the house. My goodness, in my dismay at what happened, I really uttered, whoever you are, may you rest in peace. And do you know what that means? They are usually uttered when someone dies. What if they don’t have those window blinds, that stone might have hurt them. Our four dogs were at the dirty kitchen last night while two were at the garage but they didn’t even bark, it was so sudden.

Let us all look forward to the coming year. May it be healthy, prosperous and blessed 2023.

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CT Scan


I had my nth check-up yesterday with my ENT. She cleaned my ear as usual and there is no more blood. All I saw were just dried residue of my Otic drops. Since she could no longer find anything why it is still not well, she suggested that I undergo CT scan. I am not just sure if it is covered by my medical insurance. The procedure costs 11K which for me is expensive. Been spending my monthly pension on medicines alone not just for my ear but for my BP and blood sugar as well. Hoping and praying it is nothing serious. It’s holiday here today and there’s no office work until Monday. Josef will have to accompany me to the hospital on Tuesday.

Need your prayers, thank you very much.

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Yeay, I went out in the garden to sweep the yard and water the plants. It’s cold outside and the past mornings and late afternoons were kind of windy. I started pruning our Fukien tea plants but didn’t finish them yesterday. I was kind of lazy and sleepy too.

It’s nice to stay in bed a little late sometime. And with a hot mug of coffee, it’s wonderful. I always use Stevia nowadays. Trying to avoid sugar because of my abnormal blood glucose.

Do you keep new year resolutions? I used to but not anymore. It is never followed anyway. Unfulfilled dreams, things going haywire, health problems, political unrest etc. etc. Year 2022 was not favorable to us as a family although we were happy that my youngest brother and his wife visited us last November and stayed for two weeks. Mom could no longer recognize him. She thought he was my son Josef. We lost a younger brother last May 15 to colon cancer, the same ailment that my oldest brother and I had several years. He was a bit too young to die at 61.

When you think of the past days and months rapidly melting into 2023, you can’t help but think. How come that despite your efforts to stay healthy, you still have problems with your health? Unfulfilled dreams for the future are a little stressful but I am not dwelling on them that long. Prayers always help. They are my stronghold when I am happy or feeling so low.

I am looking forward to 2023. I hope it would be a good year for the whole family and the whole world. Are you looking forward to it too?

Happy New Year in advance✨️🎈🎉

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Yeay, I went out in the garden to sweep the yard and water the plants. It’s cold outside and the past mornings and late afternoons were kind of windy. I started pruning our Fukien tea plants but didn’t finish them yesterday. I was kind of lazy and sleepy too.

It’s nice to stay in bed a little late sometime. And with a hot mug of coffee, it’s wonderful. I always use Stevia nowadays. Trying to avoid sugar because of my abnormal blood glucose.

Do you keep new year resolutions? I used to but not anymore. It is never followed anyway. Unfulfilled dreams, things going haywire, health problems, political unrest etc. etc. Year 2022 was not favorable to us as a family although we were happy that my youngest brother and his wife visited us last November and stayed for two weeks. Mom could no longer recognize him. She thought he was my son Josef. We lost a younger brother last May 15 to colon cancer, the same ailment that my oldest brother and I had several years ago. He was a bit too young to die at 61.

When you think of the past days and months rapidly melting into 2023, you can’t help but think. How come that despite your efforts to stay healthy, you still have problems with your health? Unfulfilled dreams for the future are a little stressful but I am not dwelling on them that long. Prayers always help. They are my stronghold when I am happy or feeling so low.

I am looking forward to 2023. I hope it would be a good year for the whole family and the whole world. Are you looking forward to it too?

Happy New Year in advance✨️🎈🎉

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Last year on my FB wall I wrote, You will always love the memories that Christmas brings no matter how simple the celebration is.

I feel so sleepy but I can’t go back to sleep. I only had four hours of sleep last night and woke up at 5:30 am. I saw mom earlier that she was already awake. She didn’t join us last night because she was deep asleep. I prepared breakfast for her, lumpiang shanghai and a slice of bibingka which we haven’t touched last night. Then Josef ordered breakfast at Jollibee this morning. Could not resist the aroma it brings. It’ll probably take two more days before we could eat all these. I still prepared pork afritada yesterday for lunch today. They will be spending the afternoon at Jovy’s grandma’s place.

I love all those photos posted by relatives and friends – family gatherings, so much food and gifts galore. The Filipinos always make it a point to celebrate despite the very high price of basic commodities and the high cost of living nowadays. For me, as long as we are together, it doesn’t really matter whether there is enough food on the table. As usual,there are no photos of the family but I took one of our noche buena meal.

Bibingka, buchi, lumpiang Shanghai, roasted chicken,spaghetti and ice cream for dessert. Ice cream in the middle of the night? We didn’t touch it though.

Blessed CHRISTMAS to all my WordPress friends🎄✨️🎉😘💜

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Today is the eve of the much-awaited Christmas day. Though our Noche Buena would be simple this time, I still look forward to twelve midnight where we share and rejoice in Jesus’ coming. I have given my gifts to mom and the kids. Let us not forget why we celebrate CHRISTmas.

It is also the 9th morning of the dawn masses but I finished Simbang Gabi last night. Two of my favorite priests had concelebrated mass last night. Fr. Pao delivered a touching and a very inspiring homily which reminds me, I love to share it on my wall so I could listen to it time and again.

Yesterday, we had Christmas lunch with Nissa’s family. I just cooked carbonara pasta and we ordered the rest online – 2 roasted chicken, grilled pork liempo and bangus. Had two flavors of ice cream for dessert. We exchanged gifts and Nissa gave me a set of bedsheet, table cloth and table runner plus a box of tea infusion from Marks and Spencer with matching tea biscuits. They also brought with them an umbrella and a broom from Baguio. Nate was so happy with his Christmas gifts, I also gave him cash for his birthday last month. Although they didn’t stay long, it was a lovely reunion. They watched Eraserheads concert the previous night and came home late so they were sleepy. Eraserheads is a famous local band in the country. Nissa told me that even if the tickets were so expensive, it was all worth it.

Come to think of it, we didn’t have picture-taking except for the two shots I took while we were praying before lunch.

Oh, my order of lumpiang shanghai has just been delivered.

MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone❤🌲🥂🎄🎁

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I was browsing the Memories app at Facebook when I saw this lovely image of our front garden several years ago. Those Pandakaki plants with tiny white flowers gave up on us but was replaced by Scarlet bush, Shanghai beauty and Kamuning. The Koi fish at the pond got lost during a flood. Our carabao grass are a little sparse now but all the plants have grown tall.

For the first time in more than two years, Josef and I went to the wet market to buy some necessities for Christmas Eve. I am planning to cook at least two recipes and the rest I ordered online. I don’t know when Nissa’s family would be coming over if it is on the 23rd or 24th of December. She hasn’t confirmed it yet. My gifts for mom and the kids are ready now. It’s about three days and thirteen hours to go before Christmas according to the Christmas clock.

It rains every day now and the sun is barely showing it’s face. I hope I could finish trimming the Fukien tea plants before Christmas day.

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Noel and I had a nice chat this morning. We talked of how he will celebrate his 59th birthday but he said he had to go to work but their friends held a party and they were invited.

I visited his wall on Facebook and I saw those pictures he shared when his godparent Mama Julian died early this year. Among the four, mom is the only one left. They were the photos of Dad, Mom, Mama Julian and Nana Mina when they visited us several years ago while Noel’s family were on vacation too.

Mama Julian and his family were in the same compound in Quezon City when us kids were still younger. They were the best of friends. I remember during my grade school years in the province and when our barangay fiesta is celebrated in December, Mama Julia’s family would stay in our house, the night would always be a lovely affair with dancing and programs and the two (Mama Julian and Dad) would act as emcees. They would solicit raffle prizes beforehand and raffle them off to our ka-barangay. It was always a lovely affair. They even had drama skit afterwards. Back then, a 200-peso envelope was a big, big prize. There were gifts from Mama Julian’s officemates in Congress. All of the latter’s family are residing abroad now except for two who came home and the other one was a teacher.

Those were the days when we would all look forward to December 27. Nowadays, it’s run by the barangay captain in our place.

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If yesterday was windy, now it is raining, that kind of rain that is slow to stop but lingers although it is not strong. You know that kind of weather that makes you stay in bed and just tinker with your phone and tab….alternately, that is. Oh, I have just made a cup of coffee using Stevia as sweetener.

My youngest brother Noel renewed my subscription for another month at Photobucket and copied all the saved photos I made in several albums over the years. Isn’t that wonderful? He is our memory-keeper. He told me to choose the photos I like before the subscription expires in January. All the birthdays, special occasions and flowers I took in my garden are all there. I was also able to upload Nate’s photos until he was seven or eight I think. I smiled thinking of those days he spent his 7th birthday in Singapore and visiting Legoland in Malaysia with his parents. Seeing his joy in touching those giant Lego toys and wondering. He has severals sets at home. Obet’s sister always indulge him on birthdays, Christmas and when he gets certificates of appreciation and medals every school year. Lucky kid🥰

It’s Noel’s 59th birthday tomorrow. My parents chose that name because it was so close to Christmas day. And it’ll be the third night of Simbang Gabi.

It’s raining still and it ‘s cold. The pitter-patter of raindrops is making me sleepy.

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I asked my ENT this morning if my low immunity has any bearing with what I am undergoing with my health now. I told her I am a cancer survivor and she nodded. I told her further that common colds usually take a month to heal since I got sick. When you have low immunity, it is easier for you to catch those unwanted bacteria/viruses in your body. Maybe that is also the reason that when I had Covid more than a year ago, my sense of hearing was affected. Among the four of us at home, I was the only one who heard those so noisy rolling drums for days that I had Covid. When I got well, my sense of hearing was affected. I could not hear even the daily masses online quite well until gradually one on one conversation was okay although I still don ‘t understand those songs on YouTube and those group discussion that I wanted to listen to until now.

My ENT told me that it would be hard to use a hearing aid if it is not molded to my ears. I quit practicing on the hearing aid that my youngest brother left for me but I could hear while wearing it. It may take sometime before I could wear hearing aids fit for my ears. Maybe my low immunity contributed to the other ailments I have at the moment.

The effect of that traitor called cancer is long-term.

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