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Here’s another conversation between Nissa and Nate. Lucky mom. It’s typical of Nate to do this. When they’re around, he gives me a massage too.  This isn’t the first time he said that he will stay single and take care of Nissa.   Huh?  Nice words coming from a seven-year old.

Last night, Nate gave me a massage. Then he tucked me into bed. I asked him why he was so sweet. He answered, “You know I’ll do anything to make you happy Mom. I know you’re tired. I’ve been thinking about how hard you work and take care of me and Dad. It’s time for me to give back. Babawi naman ako.”

I was so touched that tears started falling. He wiped my tears away and said, “Don’t cry Mommy. Just relax. I don’t want you to feel uncomfortable. No need to rub my back na to make me sleep. You rest.”

“Who do you like more, the old me or the new me? I vote the new me because I’m kinder. Kind is cool. All boys should be kind to women- their moms, and girlfriends. But I think I’m going to stay single when I grow up. I’ll just stay with you and take care of you. I love you, Mom!”

I’m one lucky Mom that’s all I can say. I love you so much, Nate!

 

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Choose Two


Okay, let’s have a game. Which would you choose? I saw this from my newsfeed posted  by a friend who is bored  with nothing to do.

I chose Number 4 and  13. How about you guys?

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Four straight days at home without even going out of the gate.

You won’t believe this. In his first speech, he announced a community lockdown in Metro Manila. Two days after, he amended it to enhanced community lockdown in the entire Luzon. He issued directives to the local government and barangays without guidelines leaving them to their own  devices. They were given power to act for their own constituents. This government didn’t even consider how  our health workers, those who are badly needed in stores, supermarkets, drug stores and utilities in hospitals would report to their respective work. VP Leni spearheaded seeking donations from the private sector to buy PPEs (personal protective equipment) for our public hospitals and some private hospitals too. Her group procured several buses (at the same time observing social distancing) to ferry those medical personnel who don’t have cars at their disposal.  Some local governments  followed suit. The twenty-nine year old Pasig City mayor even purchased drones to disinfect the city. He is on the ground and knows the needs of the people and yet those paid trolls did not stop maligning him on social media. He suggested that some tricycles be allowed to operate for free in the city so those who need treatments for other diseases in hospitals could go but Malacanang rejected it outright.  Would you allow a five-kilometer walk to those patients to reach the hospital? He does not belong to the administration so he is hot in the eyes of the DDS and the national government.  What the ____. Last night, the old man issued another directive  that mayors should adhere to what the national government tells them to do and not make their own decision in their localities. What if their ideas are better? What if they have more productive means of carrying out what is supposed to be  a better alternative in this situation?  The one up in Malacanang seems to be threatened by a “baguito” mayor who thinks of better ways to do his job.

Know what Mayor Vico did? He purchased these earth-friendly rides COMET for the city’s use. zero-emissions shuttles to offer ‘libreng sakay’ to health frontliners and city personnel.

It is quite frustrating to read news nowadays.  Believe me, most of us are complying with staying at home. I wonder where the gargantuan budget supposedly for situations like this went to. Your guess is as good as mine.

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Let’s go green today.  It’s St. Patrick’s Day afterall. Every year, I blog about this. I have so many shamrocks growing in my garden and every time I see those dainty white flowers, I am reminded of the Irish Blessings book that a friend gave me a long time ago but I lost it during typhoon Ondoy back in 2009. All those books at my night table that were my daily companions back then are gone now.  A few years ago, this same friend gave me another copy, a little older edition of the one he gave me before. I love all those sayings written in that well-loved book.

The quarantine we are having now has been enhanced. It took effect last night.  Suspended work  for some, closed malls, no public vehicles on the road. Josef and Jovy have no work today. I wonder about their schedules thereafter. Nissa works from home and that is three days a week, then down to the office for two days.  She made these lovely oil pastel  paintings over the weekend. She wants to paint on acrylic again but has no canvas.

I remember my own foray on acrylic two years ago, Nissa enrolled me in an art class for my birthday.

Taking everything one day at a time. Hoping this virus would leave our shores for good.

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I just watched  an early morning mass online at Sambuhay  presided by a friend Fr. Pao. His homily was so inspiring and meaningful. It also made me realize certain things that in “normal circumstance”  we take for granted.

A bottle of alcohol is just what we need at a time but then there are unscrupulous individuals who raided supermarkets and hoarded on several bottles. This is just like what you see in other countries where tissue paper is always out of stock.  I just bought four bottles.  Now  customers are limited to two bottles each per purchase.  Of course, it is human nature to at least have a few more groceries in times of crisis like this. As they say in Tagalog, “bawal magutom”. And while those who can afford to stockpile on groceries have their several carts full of goods, you can see along the roadside a few poor families sharing a meager meal out of sardines and  rice.  They can’t even afford to have a proper home to return to.  Sad, isn’t it?

One of our public hospitals here is asking for donations of PPE – face masks,  bottles of alcohol, disinfectants, disposable gloves that the nurses and doctors can use. The private sector is responding to our Vice-President Leni’s call  to help. You can donate and they will buy medical supplies for our medical personnel that they can use in their daily battle with the virus. They are also in need of food rationing for our medical personnel. I wonder what this government is doing. Their response is a resounding community quarantine but there is no mention if this month-long quarantine  is supported by economic plans, mandatory testing for those who leave the city and international travel bans. It should have been done months ago but they were too proud to say that we can contain this pandemic. To think we don’t even have enough testing kits that the Dept. of Health can use and distribute to hospitals. It’s a good thing though that our local governments are doing their best in their respective areas to help their constituents. This may not be just a one month  catastrophe. It may take more than a year before they could find a cure.

I could not concentrate finishing a book at the moment. I’d rather contact my friends thru  FB messenger to exchange news. A few days ago, a friend from Italy called me up in the middle of the night telling  me  their ordeal  about the total lockdown.  I asked Nissa if Nate still has to go to school after this month-long quarantine. She said that the school year is done.  Lugi ang estudyante.  They were supposed  to still have their finals this week.  Jovy and Josef showed me their Certificate of Employment issued by JP Morgan earlier. Nissa said she also got hers last week.  They need at least three identifications that their being outside is valid – one government ID, their company IDs and the COE. Yes, it has come to this.

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Did I tell you that it is my 12th year with WordPress today?  I posted a lone poem 12 years ago but didn’t start actual blogging here until a year later. Here’s a message from WordPress that I got this morning:

Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com!
You registered on WordPress.com 12 years ago.
Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging.
Here’ s some excerpts from a blog post I did a long time ago:

It’s been a long journey, finding your own niche in the blogging world using a popular site like WordPress. It’s been a long journey, giving a voice to what’s on your mind, tucking the fragments of time in one’s memory, stringing words to make a long post, creating poems and being amazed at the joys of taking photos, experimenting on macro photography. It’s been a long journey of faith and hope.

The pleasure one gets when you publish something, the delight in reading and answering comments, the luxury of having loyal online friends who look forward to every post and the pleasure of reading other posts and discovering new blogs and writers – priceless.

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I’ve only been absent here for a day and yet, I have to remove those ugly and unnecessary comments  in my spam folder. Thank you Akismet.  I have to remove a certain follower who followed me a few days ago, when I looked at her/his site, it’s all garbage, full of sexual innuendos and titles that I dare not open.  I wonder why some people spend their time posting something anathema to others.

Josef, Jovy and Oreo came home  early this morning after a three-day stay In Baler, Quezon.  I told Oreo he smells like the beach…haha! Maybe he missed me too because he stayed in my room when  they arrived.

Got this lovely mug from Josef  designed with surfing people and with a cute summer message. They also brought home a large bundle of the native suman in Baler. Suman  is a rice cake cooked in different style in various provinces. I love the pack of white onions they bought, nice for scrambled eggs with a bit of tomatoes or as toppings for Bistek Tagalog (beefsteak).

It seems that this present government is not really prepared for this Covid-19. For a long while, there were only three positive cases then it jumped to 33 today. It took them a month before they announced that  quarantine period should be observed by incoming passengers  from places affected by COVID-19 all except, hold your breath, duterte’s best friend china.  According to news, there were around more than 500,000 thousand chinese from December last year  who arrived in our shores. Come to think of it, most of them freely roam the country. The Dept. of  Health is  tracing contacts  since  a patient (the one from our town in Cainta) was found positive of the virus last Saturday.  Most of those 33 people are from Metro Manila. I was trying to understand duterte’s speech about the virus in front of the local  officials in Malacanang yesterday but it was all garbled.  Nonsense so to speak. Compare that to VP Robredo’s message to the public  and they are a mile apart. My gosh, the things we have to endure. Classes are suspended until Saturday to give time to local officials to fumigate and clean their respective places.

Keep safe everyone. COVID 19 is a real threat to all of us.

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