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I haven’t  posted anything here since May 18 except today (please see my earlier post called I Mourn For My Country).

I experienced a big drop on my page views and stats the last three or four days, the lowest of which was just 29 views two days ago. I do believe that no matter how experienced a blogger you are, you are just as good as your last blog post.  I miss those surges of page views/likes and comments a while back. And I also miss reading other posts from my fellow bloggers.  Got so focused on other things.  Even reading has become a little lax. I could not finish a book in two days which I used to do. I made some progress in gardening though. It is now quite inconvenient to stay in the garden when the soil/grass is saturated with last night’s rain. It rains every day now mostly at night.

I broke my reading glass so I had it changed. Had another refraction last Sunday and the optometrist told me that I either wear double vision lenses or have two eyeglasses, one for reading and one for long distance. It is quite costly in the process but I had to order two. I  am again wearing a multi-coated lens for reading to protect my eyes from exposure to radiation and glare from reading. So far, so good. it’s worth it.

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I haven’t blogged for a while. Just feeling lazy I guess. You know that lethargic feeling that you just want to rest in bed and you are afraid to venture out because of the heat. It always rains every day but they are just thunderstorms. After two hour we’re back boiling again. It’s 34 C degree at the moment.

The truth is I just want to be updated with the news. The results  of the mid-term election distracted me. Just imagine this, by July 1, duterte  will have held all the branches of government – executive, legislative and judiciary. What I am afraid of is the total domination by China in the West Philippines seas.  Duterte is bragging that China would not let him step down.

And for the first time too, it took me more than a week to finish the book that I recently read. It’s supposed to be a thriller. It’s a novel of deception, intrigue and human  weakness.  It took me half of the book to really grasp the story. There were so many characters which were sometimes not relevant at all.  I think this book is not just my cup of tea.

Sorry guys, I am really not so inspired.

 

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Actually, I don’t want to blog about the results of the election yet, it is still too early to predict who won the game. I voted very early this morning. I was at the polling precincts ten minutes before they  opened.  It was easier to vote that way, no long lines yet and the weather was still a little cool. Done in fifteen minutes.

I’d rather tell you about what happened today. Well, I just woke up and reading all the comments on social media.

I was third in line at the precinct where I voted, a line for senior citizens. The first two gentlemen were in conversation and the first showed his kodigo. The second one asked “bakit si Lito Lapid?”  (Why Lito Lapid?) The first one answered, “magaling ayan na actor sa Ang Provinciano”.  (a a good actor in the television series Ang Provinciano. ) My goodness, their  penchant for voting actors  and popular personalities during election  is still in place. I never watch the show so I really don’t know if Lapid is there. Good thing he also carried Bam Aquino, Samira Gutoc, Mar Roxas Chel Diokno, all oppositions and my candidates. As a backgrounder, Lapid was a former senator but you can’t even count on your fingers what bills he authored and were passed into law. Back in 2012, Lapid’s wife was arrested for smuggling $50,000.00 into the US. She is a green card holder. She didn’t report a series of dollar cash deposits made into her account.

When Nissa was done voting after an hour-long wait. We took a Grab car going to SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City. By way of conversation, I asked the driver if he has already voted, he said he was not a registered voter. He is from Mindanao, Davao to be exact…haha. Ah, I said, Duterte country. Nissa nudged me at the elbow, the driver just smiled. It was an uneventful trip.

Nissa has reserved lunch at 11 am at one of the restaurants there. They accepted it not knowing that the mall opens at 12 pm because of the election. We had no option but to seek another venue somewhere in Greenhills. We had a short Grab car ride going to the place. It was a Chinese restaurant. On our ten-minute ride there, the owner of the car was so talkative. He asked where we voted and we said Cainta. He said that he wished his family could transfer to our place because our incumbent mayor is so good and responsible. The former is from another town in Rizal.  We talked about the election going on, the cheatings by some candidates etc.  I brought home some food for dinner then slept.

I am still hoping and praying,  the election would have a favorable result.

 

 

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Nissa always says that now that she is a mother herself, she appreciates all the things that she learned from me while growing up. We were not what you can say, a normal family. Husband was away during their childhood years. I was the nanay con tatay of the family until they finished college.

There is a lot to learn when you are rearing kids on your own.  A trial and error thing that works sometimes, at other times they do not. But there is always a sense of fulfillment when they grow up as responsible adults.  There is a sense of accomplishment too when you see them  as successful individuals in their own career.

One happy family despite the odds.

Since today is Mother’s Day, I traipse down memory lane once more.  One remembers the days when mere notes and letters written in notebook pages  and crumpled letter envelopes greet you when you go home or a home-made card telling you that they miss you. One remembers Nissa’s cut-out  colored papers fashioned into flowers and Josef’s drawing of a big house with a big single door but lots of windows where we could all live when they have jobs of their own. And those lovely times going up the stage with them during recognition days every year in school. One remembers that time when one of Nissa’s professors called you and said congratulations because your daughter will be graduating Magna Cum Laude, one of those Latin honors that every parent and student dreams of. One remembers the anticipation of counting the days until your grandchild is born.

Ah, the years are kind.

It’s been a long time since I tasted a mocha-flavored cake. Those were the days when birthdays of my two kids were always celebrated with either vanilla or mocha-flavored cakes. Di pa uso dati ang Red Ribbon, puro Goldilocks lang. The former only began franchising in 1999.

Goldilocks’ mocha roll.

Josef gifted me with a whole Goldilock’s Mocha cake for Mother’s Day. Though I am not much into sweets now, I enjoyed having a slice.

Tomorrow, Nissa and I are going out for lunch, a late Mother’s Day bonding and catching up. I love my kids, they are so thoughtful .

And did I say  that togetherness is what counts?

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Sometimes you just imagine, have I really written about all those subjects? Sometimes you just imagine, have I really shared all those stories about my life and my family? Sometimes you imagine, have I lasted this long in this blogging world?

Yes, I am on my tenth year today at WordPress. WordPress actually celebrates how long you have been here the moment you opened it even without an entry but a lone poem which somehow got lost through the years.  But I celebrate it when I began  writing my posts. What did I know of  customizing a site? What did I know of uploading photos here and adding four more blogs through the years? Although only Dreams and Escapes is active at the moment, still I am proud what this blog has become.  I used to upload several photos at Multiply, earned about a hundred friends who became close to me. I met some of them over the years. When it closed shop several years ago, I just maintained my WordPress blogs.

For those who are quite new here. I have five blogs all in all. A blog for my grandson Nate, a separate blog for  photography, another blog for my garden and a new one which would replace this site once my free limit is filled up. All have their links here on Dreams and Escapes. You can just check the site.

It’s my 10th year at WordPress, a decade of sharing life and all its angst and joys. I can’t believe I have garnered a total of 690,545 stats and shared a total of 3,261 posts in all my blogs.

I really don’t know how many followers I have because most  of them don’t actually interact nor click like to a post. I have loyal followers though who I also follow back.

Looking back, admiring the present and moving on to the future. I would like to thank those wonderful friends who I met here. You have enriched my life more than you know.

culled from the net

 

 

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Can’t help but share this (Nissa and Nate talking about death). Sweet, sweet Nate 🙂

Nate and I got to talking about death last night…

Me: Would you be sad if I died?
Nate: Yes..and if you die I want to go with you and stay in Heaven with you.
Me: No..I want you to live your life and be happy even if I’m gone.
Nate: Mama said when we’re in heaven we’re all brothers and sisters. If I died, would you remember that I’m your son?

Then he started bawling and I couldn’t help but cry too…
💔💔💔

And as sad as he was, he still thought to wipe away my tears and ask me to stop crying because He will ask God to give me a long life and because He will protect and take care of me forever.

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You might say, it’s one of those days.

Yes, it is.

This morning I went back to the Medical  City to have those laboratory tests done.   Last week, my doctor told me to have a uric acid test done since I was complaining about my aching knees. He included fasting blood sugar (FBS) as routine check  since I have maintenance medicines for my sugar. Although it was normal the previous testing, my doctor wanted to be sure it still is.

I asked the medical technologist early this morning what the Vitamin D deficiency  test was for, he told me that there are occasional instances where they request such. I must admit I am a bit paranoid when it comes to my health. In Tagalog, they call it “praning”.  So that was done too. Unfortunately, it would take a few days before I get the results so I have to go back again sometime next week, at the same time see my doctor.

Mr. Google is so helpful. I searched the effect of a high BUN.  I looked up why I need that Vitamin D deficiency test. I was diagnosed with osteoporosis more than twenty years  ago, before I had my hysterectomy.  The big problem is, I  don’t drink milk and Mom told me I never had it  even when I was a baby. I was breastfed all along. Until now, I don’t like the taste and smell of milk. I don’t like some ice cream flavors, I don’t like milky candies. Maybe that is why, my bones are weak and brittle.

Actually, I hate going and visiting a doctor. I have so many  maintenance medicines that I’m afraid my kidneys would fail because of it. But when you’re getting old, your health slowly deteriorates too.

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