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It’s one of those days when you wake a little bit early and you’re done with the household chores for the day. All you got to do is to prepare something  for lunch later.

There are times when you feel so lazy and you want to go back  to bed and just catch up on the latest book you’ve been reading since last night. But then you think of other tasks  that you can do. Blog? Re-pot plants? Take Noki for a walk? Make comments on that controversial issue about your university’s alumni association?  Or just stay here and share some random thoughts for the morning.

I think of music. and we all know that aside from bringing us those happy moments of  years and days past, it is also therapeutic. It calms our soul, it makes us dance to the beat  or it make us smile and sing along with the beautiful melody.

I used  to collect CDs of  popular and contemporary singers and musicians. Think Richard Clayderman, the Bee Gees,  Fleetwood Mac, Michael Buble and other  talented musical artists. My daughter Nissa is a fan of the Backstreet Boys. She has CDs and even  magazines about them. She even attended their first concert here in Manila.  Don’t ask me, I could no longer remember when.  Through constant playing of their songs, I learned to love their music too. N Sync is  another  boy band  that she loves and I became familiar with some of their songs. Now, I love the Pentatonix.  The present singers are just as good but for me nothing can beat those artists of the 60’s and 70’s. I am an old soul.

We Filipinos boast of musical talents  some of whom are known worldwide. Take Lea Salonga,  a recipient of several awards in her field. Martin Nievera is one  talent that we could really be proud of.  Arnel Pineda is a Filipino singer/songwriter also known internationally.  Ogie Alcasid is a song writer/singer, comedian, parodist and an actor. His songs are played every day in the air lanes.  There are so many more out there.

Plato in one of his famous quotes said:  “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”

 

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Not so long ago, we discovered an edible fern during our many visits to the wet market. In fact, I blogged about it before here. There are so many ways to prepare such. Blanching is one common way to prepare it or you can cook the young leaves in coconut cream.

Last Saturday, we chanced upon fresh leaves in the market.  I  made it into a  veggie salad by adding julienned  white onions, ginger, tomatoes and  ground pork. I blanched it first with hot water then added the ingredients together with the ground pork later. It tasted so good.

Fiddlehead fern

It is locally known as pako. It is not grown as vegetable but grows in the wild. Not all ferns are edible though so one should be familiar  with it.  It is a perfect side dish for grilled fish or pork.

 

 

 

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Just done reading a book by David Baldacci. It’s been on my TBR list for almost two months before I picked it up again. I was distracted by other books and new authors.

This is quite different  from the usual genre that Baldacci writes about. If you are used to the thrillers that he churns out,  One Summer is a story of a family struggling with being together after the mother dies in a car accident.  The pain of losing a wife, the adjustments one has to make  having the kids around, the daily battle with longing and missing a much-loved family member.  This is not as touching as the stories woven by Nicholas Sparks or Richard Paul Evans. It is a light read though.

This is my fifth read and Goodreads says I am three books ahead of schedule. I am still on the look out for classics.  In the meantime, I’ll make do with historical fiction.

Are you on Goodreads? Did you join the challenge for this year?

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Happy Epiphany Sunday.

It’s the last time I  am going to say  “Merry Christmas”, until next December.  Catholics used to celebrate Epiphany during January 6 of the year but it was later changed to the first Sunday which may fall any time from January 2  to January  8.  Why was it changed? After Vatican II, some local episcopal conferences decided that it wasn’t advisable to  mandate people to attend mass every January 6  of the year. Hence, it is now celebrated the  first Sunday of January.

We attended mass at 6:30 am then later gardened for a while after breakfast.  I have to remove the old sweet potato vines and plant new ones. I added some okra beside the  new ones.   We have to trim the bleeding hearts too since they invaded some branches of our jackfruit trees.  Josef removed the African rose altogether since it is so invasive. I love its orange flowers though. I used to grow it in pots but lately, it even broke the  container pot where it was planted.  Gardening at 9 am with the sun on one’s back is  quite difficult but I have to take advantage of Josef’s free time. We were done after two hours.

Found a small guava growing near the perimeter fence.  The old tree is almost dying but Josef picked two guava fruits earlier.  What a nice surprise!

I am into my second book  this year, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.  It’s Goodreads’ Choice Award for Best Fiction  2017.  It’s my first book of Celeste Ng. I am still trying to find copies of more classic books that I haven’t read yet.  I love this quote from the book:

“It came, over and over, down to this: What made someone a mother? Was it biology alone, or was it love?” 

I think motherhood is more about love. It is  a privilege. a glorious blessing.

Happy Sunday everyone.

 

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I am not feeling pretty good.  Body malaise but I don’t have fever. I’ve been lazy  lately except for a brief time spent at the garden this morning. I have to re-pot some plants and plant one more head of pineapple. I saved it after  the  new year.  I have about seven heads now plus some ornamental ones.  I understand it would take about two years before they bear fruits and more than six months for them to mature. They are growing nicely here. Sipping a hot ginger lemon tea.

The weather here has been a bit erratic since the start of the new year. In the southern part of the country, they just had the first weather disturbance. Agaton  strengthened into a tropical storm before it exited the  country. Some areas are still flooded because of continuous rains.

Here in Manila, it is still cold at night and in the early morning but the sun shines all day now. I am grateful that we have longer nights than days.  Maybe we’ll have this fair weather until the end of February due to the Siberian winds.

We’ve put away the Christmas decor and the house is back to normal again. We still have some left-over ham and a few rolls of embutido inside the freezer.  Only the pomelo,  some oranges and apples are left of the fruits we  bought before New Year.  Thinking of what to prepare for lunch. I  remember telling you about the watermelon packet I found at the grocery store last week.  I used it for shrimp sinigang with camote tops (sweet potato)  gabi (taro root) and one eggplant.

Watermelon Sinigang

Wow, it is better than tamarind mix. One of these days, I will use watermelon slices.

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Once in a while we feel so inspired that we would want to share those inspirations with the world through our blogs.  And it is even better when we find a good content to write about.

“You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.”

 

This is a quote from Stephen King from his book On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft.  Back in 2011, Nissa brought home  a copy of this book for me to read which she borrowed from the bank’s  Stress Management office.  I loved it so much that I dreamed of finding my copy every time I visit a book store. I was lucky enough to find one at Booksale, still with the dust jacket on and looked so new.  What a nice surprise. I even blogged about it twice. I thought  at first it was his autobiography but I was mistaken, it was about how to begin writing and going on.

“Words create sentences; sentences create paragraphs; sometimes paragraphs quicken and begin to breathe.”

I know, it is most of the time hard to start but once you have written that first sentence, everything follows.  I mentioned in my previous post that I would like to write everyday again but I don’t know if I will be able to.  Sometimes, laziness sets in, sometimes you can’t think of a nice content to share and to write about. You might think it is kind of stressful to write every day. You’d think you are forcing yourself to write, deep inside though, you have that desire to be heard.

“Your job isn’t to find these ideas but to recognize them when they show up.”

Do you agree? I do.

“The scariest moment is always just before you start. After that, things can only get better.”

Sometimes the blank pages seem so hard to fill up but there are those inspired moments that you simply have to touch your keyboard or glide your pen across the blank pages and the words flow smoothly along.

From past experience, I noticed that when I don’t blog for about a week, it is so hard to start again. It seems  I am  lost in space  and the words would not come.

I know it would be an ambitious undertaking, writing every day I mean but I’m gonna try.

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Started the year with a well-loved classic, Little Women by Louisa May  Alcott. Wow, 150 years into its first publication. I’ve seen several volumes of this  book when  I worked at the  UST library as a student librarian way back in the seventies but I was never inclined to read it. There were so many choices then.

I am hoping I would enjoy reading it as much as those who have rated it five stars on Goodreads.  I am not really influenced by five-star rating, I’d rather explore it on my own but sometimes it helps one decide what to read next.  I have discovered so many talented and gifted  contemporary authors through this medium.  Maybe one of these days, I would re-read more of the Brontë sisters,  Charlotte’s Jane Eyre and Emily’s Wuthering Heights.  I have two books of the latter and an old copy of the former.

 

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