Posted in family life, food, guilty pleasures, I love Sundays, I love weekends, tagged Faith, family life, I love Sundays, journeys, thoughts and ramblings on April 23, 2017|
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It seems like it was only yesterday and yet it is Sunday again. Time travels so fast.
I miss reading the Sunday papers, I used to subscribe when dad was alive. Early Sunday mornings would always be a cup of instant coffee and Philippine Star. I don’t subscribe anymore since I always don’t get to read it anyway. Besides, when you eat an early breakfast at Jollibee, the morning paper comes free. For so many Sundays now, we always attend the 6:30 am masses in town. There are always online sites for national dailies if one wants to be updated with the headlines which almost always deals with extra-judicial killings. It’s not really good to be reading those news reports that only make you feel that the present government is doing nothing. I pity my country, in nine months since their president occupied Malacanang, it’s one big ride downwards.
Today we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday, a feast day in the Catholic Church. It is celebrated on the Sunday after Easter, the Octave of Easter. I will always remember my former boss at the bank, she was the one who initiated that we pray the 3 O’clock Prayer to the Divine Mercy every day. I’ve come to memorize the prayer. This hour of Great Mercy promises tremendous grace in our lives.
So yesterday was a family celebration of Mom’s birthday. It’s one of those day worth-remembering again not so much of the food (though we have plenty of it) but more of the camaraderie and the laughter when our baby Nate is around. I think he will always be the life of a party. I have some food magazines here and Nate pointed at one of the covers and told his dad that he wanted something similar to eat soon. It’s a colorful array of veggies and meat on the side. We laughed while he pointed at the photo. Sometimes kids are taken by colors although they are the first to figure out that a certain taste is not to their liking. I am glad that Nate eat his vegetables more than her daddy does 🙂
Have I told you that I finally changed my Aldiko e-reader to Moonreader? Moonreader seems the better option for my e-books, it is easier to navigate and to follow. Since I started reading e-books a few years ago, it has always been Aldiko but I guess it is no longer that user-friendly on my tab. I wonder sometimes that despite an outer device with a 10 gb to boot, I still get the message, the space it not enough to upgrade apps. The only apps I installed earlier when I didn’t have my computer before was the BPI and WordPress. The tab comes with all those pre-installed apps that you cannot delete but are upgraded from time to time Facebook included. never mind, I only ever use it for reading and for paying household bills online. I want to buy a camera first before changing my tab. One of these days, maybe.
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I’ve read somewhere about those seven signs when you are seriously broke. Seriously, I don’t think there are just those seven signs for you to realize that you really don’t have enough to tide you over until the next pay-day or until your next pension.
My goodness, there must be something wrong with people who try to live beyond their means. Nowadays, gadgets are always updated almost every six months and there are people who just can’t help themselves, they need to buy the newest and latest model of cellphones, tabs, lap tap or what have you maxing out their credit card limits in the process.
Since I started working at the bank back in 1978, I also started keeping a small notebook of my daily expenses religiously updating it at the end of the day. Why, even a twenty-five cents worth of candies was written there. I kept a tab of my monthly budget and summarized it yearly when my two kids were still at university. I had several envelopes marked for marketing, for groceries, miscellaneous, Nissa’s and Josef’s allowances and for small indulgences now and then. That only stopped a few years after my optional retirement from the bank where I worked for more than twenty-one years. Since then, I’ve been conscious of how and where to spend wisely.Sometimes though, I am an impulsive buyer too. There are those things that we just want but don’t really need. Economists always tell us, save first before you spend. That seldom happens though. By the time the 15th or the end of the month is near, you are using your credit card to buy things.
I learned a lot while I was working at Bank of PI. You learn to save money the right way, you learn to invest in some funds the right way. They will teach you how. You will learn to curtail a little of those unnecessary expenses. You will learn to handle money. Money per se is not evil, it’s how we handle it. There are people who think money is their God, the more they have, the happier they are. You are rich when you have enough but you are richer when you have peace of mind, you can get up in the morning without worrying, when you could admire simple things that give you happiness.
Is living beyond your means an ideal set-up? I don’t think so. It would probably gives you more problems than you presently have.
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Posted in blogging, book review, guilty pleasures, journeys, tagged blogging, book review, books, Goodreads' 2017 reading challenge, journeys, literature and Fiction, thoughts on April 16, 2017|
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Whether we admit it or not, most of us live our lives on autopilot. We wake at the same hour, go to the same place of work or worship, talk to the same people, eat at the same restaurants, even watch the same TV show….
But sometimes the evolving terrain of life requires us to evolve with it. When those times come, we usually find ourselves quivering on the
The Mistletoe Secret
precipice of change as long as we can, because no one wants to dive into the ravine of uncertainty. No one. Only when the pain of being becomes too much do we close our eyes and leap.
Thus begins the first chapter of Richard Paul Evans’ The Mistletoe Secret. Another book to cherish. It’s my 75th book on Goodreads’ 2017 Reading Challenge. I can relate to this book because the story is about a blogger who feels so alone and lonely and she writes what she feels through a blog. She thought no one cares but there was someone out there who continued to read her blog. This is the premise of the book until the guy decided to look for that blogger and you guess it right…there is a happy ever after, but of course. The story line is simple but it has depth of emotions and feelings. It’s been a long time since I read a book by Richard Paul Evans. His writing style is not that complicated but I love how he delves into life in general and relationships in particular. It’s what I like about RPE’s writing.
I am halfway through my committed books to read for this year, 150 in all. One thing with a new book is that you can’t help but smell the pages and no dog-ears please. Use a book marker. I started reading a few excerpts of Mary Oliver’s Upstream when it was published late last year but now that I have my copy, I will enjoy reading her essays.
What have you read lately?
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Today is Holy Monday and everything seems so quiet. Even our dog Noki, just slept in the corner of our kitchen. Our three kittens though keep exploring around the place, mostly at the garden and some of the time inside the house. It’s a good thing they never venture to the living room to scratch our sala set. I am always on the lookout, they might discover it soon and then bam, goes our upholstered furniture.
I reviewed my earlier posts, back in 2011 and 2012 when I was so active participating in the weekly photo challenge where WordPress usually give a word that would define the photos you want to upload. Those same shots somehow filled up my free space in record time. Back in those days too, they usually give some feedback on one’s latest post. I wonder why the last few years, it is no longer done. I rather liked it that way. Seemed like they also read those earlier blog posts to make even a one-word comment. It was quite rewarding that they used to do that.
It’s mom’s 88th birthday come April 20. I wonder if my brother would fetch her before the day. At times, she is beginning to be forgetful and her right ear has gone deaf. She has never adjusted to a hearing aid many years ago. She said that she kept hearing so many sounds that she could not understand. I wonder how she could still laugh and shouts when she watches her favorite programs on TV. She only watches one channel. I am not much into TV watching so sometimes she likes the sound quiet and low. When I go out I usually write where I am going so she would not complain. We could not talk much the way we used to because she could understand everything. Either you gesture with actions or make your voice a little louder for her to hear. She plays solitaire every day, a card game she is so fond of.
We talk of getting old. That’s where we will all go someday. I think there is a big difference between getting old and growing older. When you get old, you just add a number to your name but when you grow old, you acquire wisdom with age. Life deals us circumstances beyond our control but as we grow older, we become wiser too. Experience always teaches us something. Either we learn a lesson or it falls on the wayside.
What was your Monday like?
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