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The past two days I really felt so lazy to blog so I updated our Catholic page at Facebook for the whole month of March.

When laziness creeps in, one is not so inclined to do anything except read, visit a few blog posts, look at  all  those sometimes so disgusting memes posted by Duterte trolls on legit sites at Facebook. I guess, until now, they feel happy sharing those fake and false news, editing legit photos and changing the concept they were written.  Although hundreds of fake sites were already taken down by Facebook, they still manage to enable their sites and share those lies.  Sometimes I can’t help but report and block even an individual who incites hate in his/her comments. Right now, it is Sara Duterte (daughter of the president) who doesn’t mince words and utter those ugly lies against the opposition. She is not running in any position and yet, she is so vocal defending those senatorial candidates who belong to her party. They are  afraid to accept those debate challenges by the opposition  specifically the Otso Diretso team.  I’d like to think, they don’t really have a good platform to present to the Filipino people. Sara is the one who said that honesty is not a requirement for a person to run in a government position. If this is the kind of truth that they believe in, I wonder where we would be if they win. Honesty is a basic requirement in any government. The Filipinos deserve as much.

And speaking of being lazy, I was still so lazy to cook lunch so the three of us, Josef, Jovy and I went to SM East Ortigas mall to have lunch at Max’s. We took Oreo with us although of course he is not allowed inside the restaurant so we stayed at the corridor of Max’s. We had adobo fried rice in a pot, pancit canton and fried chicken and tried their various dessert set in a platter.

We had him groomed yesterday. He is now sporting a summer look. My gosh, it really looks like it is summer here now, it’s a hot, hot weather.

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I woke up early yesterday morning despite having lack of sleep the previous night attending the wake of my aunt.

I hate seeing the fallen leaves in front of the house, atop  the  two parked cars of my brother and ours so I have to sweep while drinking a hot cup of coffee. Wandered around the place and took several shots of the flowers growing there together with the coconut trees and mahogany trees planted years ago by my Dad.  I will update how our garden looks now after several years of not seeing it (in my other blog of course).

An old well. We used to fetch water here when we were kids and until potable water was provided by the town several years ago.

 

Mahogany trees

 

Our coconut trees. We had fresh buko during breakfast. Fresh from the tree of course.

 

A pile of old and dried coconut leaves which one can make into brooms. I told my brother to hire someone to clean it.

Honestly, it is nice to go back there and commune with nature again even for a short time. I brought home some jackfruit.

Since we are in a higher place, it is cold at night and in the early morning.

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It was an unexpected trip last Sunday night. It was a long six hours  along the road going back to our town in Pangasinan.

We have to accompany Mom  in going home because her sister (my aunt) died. Had to be at the wake right after we had dinner at 11pm. Stayed until 3am and my cousins and I had a nice but sad reunion. I haven’t seen some of them for almost a decade.

Mom was hysterical when she saw my aunt’s coffin repeatedly saying, “bakit di mo ako inantay?” (Why did you not wait for me”?).

An uncle twice removed said that we only get to see each other during such happenings.  When you have your own family and relatives live far away from you, it is not always a possibility to see each other regularly.

It was another long trip going back to Manila. Gridlock at NLEX because of the large volume of cars traversing the expressway. When there is  a holiday close  to the weekend, expect those long lines of cars going North and back.

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A few days ago (I think last Tuesday to be exact), Josef and I looked at the moon when he went out of the gate to go to work.

“It’s so big. Take a photo”, he said.

I just gazed at it and remembered those days when my brothers and I were still staying in the province. When it is full moon and the surroundings are brighter at night, we would visit some relatives near our place usually after dinner. I was always in awe of the bright moon above, how it shone clearly. I always  wondered though lots of times why it seemed to move and travelled with us. Where we were, it was right there above us. And except for a few clouds that hid it somehow and the dark shadows of trees along the rough road, it kept lighting our way.  You won’t really need a flash light nor a torch to guide you.

There seems to be something mysterious while you are gazing at a full moon. You think of so many things and remember those moments of the past when playing tug of war or hide and seek with friends and cousins was the order of the night. Back in the province, the silence was  broken with shouts of laughter and joy.

Nissa’s family is spending a few days in Baguio City. They went there yesterday since Obet has a one-day teaching engagement/guesting with some employees of Bank  of PI where they both work. Monday is a holiday here so it would be an extended road trip for them.  Going to  Baguio is not complete without taking  souvenir shots of this lion’s head, an entrance to Baguio City.

 

At Lion’s Head, Kennon Road, Baguio City

I was talking to Nate a while ago. He asked me what I want for pasalubong. I told him to bring home “walis tambo” and veggies. It’s cold out there  (around 13 C°) but they are planning to swim at the pool later today. Anyway, it is heated.

 

A typical Nate pose.

Oh yes, the cold mornings are back but it is definitely colder in Baguio.

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Thoughts


The words keep coming

Forming sentences and paragraphs

in my mind.

I should have minded the sharp tip

of the knife.

Red trickles and mixes with the words.

Maybe I could write some lines

out of this.

My finger throbs.

And the words get lost somewhere,

between the band-aid and slab of meat.

Dinner would be late.

 

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Two days, only two days of not blogging and it seems like a week.

I saw these  porn links on my spam queue early this morning.   My gosh, they are so annoying. I always immediately put them on my spam folder when I see links and comments like these. It’s a good thing there is always Akismet which filters those ugly and hateful words. What do they get out of commenting on a well-thought of posts? Nobody in his right mind would open such links.

We attended mass last night here in our village chapel. It’s the only mass held during Sundays here since the attendees are homeowners of our subdivision. One can always hear mass at the town proper  every hour of the day during Sundays. We brought Oreo along. They always have these blessings after the mass and we laughed when the priest blessed Oreo first before us even commenting that he is a lovely dog.  Oreo is always behaved when he is outside the house. He had his regular walk at the village park right after.

Last Saturday, our neighbor trimmed the bamboo he planted near their gate. I asked for some sturdy branches and Josef made them into trellis yesterday at the back of the house. We have a permanent trellis made of wires but I need something that my ampalaya could climb on to  when they grow.

How did your weekend go? Was it a busy one? What is your typical day like?

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He’s turning one year old tomorrow  and he has three puppy friends that he regularly meet at the park early evenings.  Based on Josef’s stories, I am amazed that he could crawl up and down the slide on his own. He is also friendly with the three puppies which are of different breed. Jovy is planning to bake a doggie cake for him and his friends and tomorrow, we gonna cook a little something to celebrate his birthday.

Since it was Jovy’s day off, we went to SM East Ortigas mall to have Oreo groomed. He is sporting a bear cut now. I love the smell of newly groomed puppies –  fur trimmed, teeth brushed, newly shampooed and toe nails trimmed too.  I bought him a new shirt and a new toy as birthday gifts.

Jovy says Oreo is an alpha male.  He always wants to be the leader, be at the front of the line.  When he is at home, he is like a baby.

One good thing about having pets is that they are stress-relievers.  They can make you smile and they can make you laugh and their love if I might say is unconditional.

“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, & they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day.”​- John Grogan

 

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