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I just laughed at this. I ordered 2 bottles (1 liter each) of liquid hand wash and the seller requested that I post a picture of it online together with my photo. Free advert? I posted a photo of the two bottles on FB without my picture…haha!

Lately, I’ve been using online stores to buy what we need. Yesterday, my order for maintenance medicine arrived and the pharmacy asked me to comment a word or two on their site, the kind of service, how fast it is etc. I obliged. It’s their way of getting additional customers I guess.

Finally, I am almost done cleaning and weeding the garden. Josef and Jovy are on vacation leave for a week so Josef helped me to trim the grass this afternoon.  It’s hot again, there was no rain for the past two days. Summer is almost over but I didn’t get to appreciate it much because of the lockdown. Whereas before, during summer, I would buy fruits in season but I could not go out nowadays. They say there is no need for quarantine pass but the way I see it, we are still on the upward curve, nothing has changed.

Back in April 2015, I read a book  entitled All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, Goodreads Choice 2014 Winner.  I know I posted a review of it somewhere here.  I found another book of his called About Grace, my third book but it seems a little disappointing, the narrative is good but the story? It was beautifully crafted of course, the language is good but I got lost in the plot.  All the while I wondered if he is the same author of All the Light You Cannot See.  I also wonder if I could finish the book until the end. For me, it’s either you can totally relate or you get bored.  There are so many still on my TBR list. I got curious about the short summary of  The Given Day by Denise Lehan. It touched on the Spanish influenza pandemic which I think is more interesting considering what we have right now, another pandemic. Try to read his other book Mystic River which I think is his best.

What do you know, I’m done with 56 books so far this year.

 

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I haven’t been here for……What? Five days? Has it been that long?

I got so lazy again. Don’t get me wrong, I was just so lazy to blog. I was so lazy to open my computer and write. I was more focused on my tab to read some e-books, converse and get in touch with friends from the other side of the world. I was more focused in finding some online sites where I could buy supplies and other necessities without asking Josef to go out. I was more focused on finding sites where we could order cooked food. Lately, we’ve been ordering food online almost every day since it is still too hot here to stay in front of the stove for too long. We cook though once a day, either lunch or dinner. Breakfast is usually just bread and coffee for mom and a cup of hot tea for me. Josef and Jovy don’t eat breakfast. We have ice cream and silvanas in the freezer, piyaya and ube halaya in the ref. Haha, I told them, we don’t want to get hungry. But when you are cooped up at home, sometimes all you think is about food, right?

We enjoyed the week-long dip in the inflatable pool. It’s now clean and kept in its original box for next use. The other day, I took some shots of the garden after the storm which we had last week, the first typhoon this year. Just checked them if they were destroyed by the strong winds. I’ll be harvesting another jackfruit maybe in a month. There are three more at the other tree.

I found this lovely book called The Bark Cutters by Nicole Alexander, a gripping family saga about early life in Australia interwoven with the future from the great-grandfather to the great-granddaughter. Did I tell you that I have always loved historical stories? This is one of them.

Keep safe everyone! Good morning!

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This was just delivered this afternoon. Gosh, it eats up a lot of water. Good luck Manila Water. It’s all of 659 gallons, three times the size of our overhead tank. Good thing that we have bypass water faucet directly connected  to our water supply. Josef is now enjoying a dip.

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We are on day 48 of the ECQ (enhanced community quarantine).

A two-day “hard lockdown” is being imposed by Manila Mayor Isko Moreno on District 1 of Tondo and that is where Obet’s family live. I asked Nissa early this morning if they are prepared for it and she told  me they have enough supply so far. I am really wondering what “hard lockdown” means.  That means everyone could not go out of their homes for two straight days and by Wednesday they’re back on the enhanced community quarantine.

This situation either brings the best in us or the worse for that matter. There are still families who live now solely on donation and food packs given by generous individuals and their local governments.  I’d like to pay our electricity bills but since there are no meter readings and no bills for April and May, I could not do so. I also need to know the phone reference number so I could pay online but that is only included in their regular billing. Since I left the bank almost twenty years ago, I enrolled all our utilities online, so convenient and so easy.

Would you believe that for the past week, I’ve been reading Christmas stories? I am on my third  book actually. It is a nice change and  it is more inspiring reading books with happy endings and celebrating a lovely occasion than concentrating  on the  disturbing news about Covid-19. Learning to cope with the times, the “new normal” so to speak.

This morning, I let Josef trimmed my hair, about an inch at the back and on the sides too. Got no choice really. The weather is hot so long hair is not practical…haha 🙂

How are you all?

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Aside from the brutal and deadly effects of this pandemic, it also brought along something good for the people, the family in particular. Trite as it may sound, it forced us to just stay at home, be with the family members who we used  to see only a few hours before they go back to their jobs.  It brought us together.

  • Last night, I had a nice time having a video chat with Nate. Just hearing his excited voice shouting “I’m good Nonna” was enough for me. We haven’t seen each other for more than two months now. Every time I talk to Nissa,  either he is asleep, watching television or busy playing with his toys.
  • I am going back to reading but not as focused  as before, one book a week would be enough. I choose which book to read first, something fast-paced or inspirational.
  • I water my plants every day and when I see new growth, I am overjoyed. Yesterday, I planted more seeds of eggplants, beans and squash. I hope I could see them grow in a few days.
  • Josef and I picked calamansi too and gave some to our neighbor Jom. It costs a little expensive now in the market. Since Vitamin C tablets/capsules are out of stock, people have to make use of citrus fruits for their needs.
  • Our neighbor Jom gave us a sack of rice containing 25 kilos. This would tide us over for another  two months. A good soul donated more sacks for distribution to those in need.
  • The bayanihan spirit is working in our country despite those politicians who have  no concrete idea how to run it.  The Bayanihan (pronounced as buy-uh-nee-hun) is a Filipino custom derived from a Filipino word “bayan”, which means nation, town or community. The term bayanihan itself literally means “being in a bayan”, which refers to the spirit of communal unity, work and cooperation to achieve a particular goal. Those in the private sector are working hard to help with gargantuan donations. They are also setting up facilities for COVID-19 patients.  Even individuals who are well-off are sharing what they have. Here in our town, there are donors to the mayor’s office everyday and the mayor  gives those donations  to those areas where people can’t afford three meals a day.

These are just small things that makes the heart swell with gratefulness. Our faith will sustain us.  God is good and God is great.

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I’ve tried planting some a few years ago, those crowns that we usually just throw away but I was not successful. Maybe they don’t want afternoon sun although what I know of them is that they are sun-loving plants.

Yesterday, I was surprised to see this. Finally, my lone pineapple plant is now bearing fruit. I planted it along with my Crossandra, getting the touch of the morning sun almost every day.

It is always lovely to see something that you have diligently watered and it gives you that nice feeling of seeing it bear fruit. Do you know that it usually takes two years for a cutting to mature and bear a flower? Then it would take six months for the fruit to be ready for harvest. I am waiting for it to produce a sucker that I can transfer later.

I am really excited. Counting the days 🙂

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I gardened for a while this morning replanting my rain lilies, some succulents and trimmed the Fukien tea plants. It is a lovely weather to garden now. The sun is shining and yet there is a cold morning breeze blowing. Perfect 🙂

Two weeks ago, we had a left-over piece of Chayote inside the ref. It is a tropical fruit shaped like a pear, with green skin and white flesh, that is usually cooked and eaten as a vegetable. I love mixing it with tinola, sometimes with chop suey  or pancit.

What a great surprise when I saw these green shoots. It is a sun-loving perennial and all parts of it are edible from the roots to the tender tips of the vine. I hope this would grow well and bear fruits so I won’t have to buy some in the market.

 

In a few days, we would harvest our langka (jackfruit). It is getting so big now. There are more fruits growing at the base of the tree. Hopefully, we could cook them as veggies.

 

 

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