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Mom  has stayed with us since November 30. Now she is quite  adamant to go home again after barely two weeks of staying with us. My brother could not fetch her yet since he is busy at work.

This morning I went out for a while to do some groceries  and to have my hair trimmed. When I got home, Mom was smiling at me and said in the vernacular, “you look lovely” at the same time pointing to my  newly shampooed  and blown dry hair.  She kept turning her head this way and that then I noticed her  newly cut hair. I asked her who did it. He pointed at my son Josef.

Haha, it’s the first time Josef held a  pair of scissors in his hands to cut mom’s hair.  She asked Josef earlier where I was then   persuaded him to cut hers too. She was  so proud  of it. We laughed together.  Two new hair  styles 🙂

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Year 2017 is about to end. It’s barely two weeks to go before we’ll see  year 2018.

Some of us keep New Year resolutions religiously every year. I used to, maybe about three decades ago  but not anymore. I seldom follow it anyway. It’s just one of those things you think of when another year is over and a new year is about to start.

Things  change and priorities  change too. what we used to think as  something important is set aside for another one. What we used to  think we need to do is replaced  by something  more precious in our eyes.  Priorities are set but  plans sometimes go awry  in the process.   We like to think we are in control of our lives but we never know what  comes, those unexpected moments  (good or bad)  that change our direction.  You reach a point in life when you won’t need to  worry that much. You reach a point when you just watch what happens day  by day and  you try  to grasp what it means. Is it beneficial to you? Will it make you happy? Will it let you be at peace with yourself?

I hope and pray 2018 will be a good year for all of us, if not for the world, at least in our personal lives.  I hope 2018 would see us fulfilling life-long dreams and desires.  I hope  that in 2018, we’ll be more understanding and compassionate to our neighbors, friends and family members.  May love be there always.

Do you keep a New Year’s resolution?

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Woke up to another cold morning and it is raining again.  I wonder when I’ll get to see the sun’s face again in all  its glory. I wonder if we’ll spend Christmas day like this one.

I spent sometime yesterday planning  what to prepare for our Noche Buena.  I have actually cooked two kilos of embutido the other day and  put  it in the freezer. Embutido is our Filipino version of meatloaf which is cooked by steaming.  It consists of ground pork, raisins, sausage, cheese, eggs, pickle relish, carrots and other seasonings. You can freeze it for  more  than just a month and it does not lose its flavor.  Of course, fruit, macaroni or potato salad won’t be left behind since Mom is here.  She loves anything that spells S-A-L-A-D. And  pasta dishes  and sweet delicacies won’t be left behind.   Nissa is on a Keto diet and she does not eat carbohydrates so sometimes I find it hard to prepare something for her. We always have rice in our every meal so it’s a no, no for her.  Aside from attending the Christmas  Eve mass, sharing the Noche Buena feast at midnight, we have the opening of gifts to look forward to and Nate  is the happiest kid around.   He could only clutch his gifts and does a guessing game before he opens them with gusto.

 

Nate at 5.

Nate is quite tall for his age. He just finished his workshop at  Trimedia Int’l. with a fashion show last week  with other kid participants. Got his first trophy at five.  I’m envious  but he deserves it after eight sessions of workshop and that lovely fashion  show in the end.  A proud  Nonna obviously.

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Maybe


I have always dreamed

someday we’ll meet again.

Sometimes the silence is deafening

but I could hear your voice in the distance.

I have always thought love could withstand it all

I was wrong to think there is forever.

Maybe,

when I am old and grey

we’ll meet again.

Until then.

 

 

 

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And I can go back to it anytime I want. I could re-read the story anytime I need to.

(The meme is not mine, found it on my wall at FB. Credit to the owner.)

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I think the last time I blogged about Dad was a year ago. Today is his 10th death anniversary. Can’t believe it has been that long. I could still imagine him  sitting in a corner  or at the garage while perusing the news for the day. His vision became normal once he had that eye operation years and years ago.  Yes, he loved reading the newspaper from cover to cover.  You can talk about anything under the sun and he would gladly share his experiences  about life, how he struggled in his studies so he could be employed in a nice  and stable institution like the University of Santo Tomas where my siblings and I all studied from high school to college.

Today is another day of remembering those long ago days full of nice and beautiful memories.  My  two brothers except our youngest (who spent his elementary years here in Manila)  were left  in the province with our maternal grandmother when Mom would spend a few months with Dad.  We would always look forward to summer vacations and December break when there were no classes and Dad would come home for a week or two to spend the days with us. He used to take night trips. It was nice to wake early  in the morning seeing his face while drinking a hot cup of rice coffee.  Those were also the days when we would come to Manila with him and Mom and spend the rest of summer vacation  with them. We all transferred to the university during our high school years. I remember taking the bus to our place in Quezon City and dad would accompany me to the bus stop before one in the afternoon before going back to the office. When I was in first year and second year high school, Mom came back to the province to  stay with my two younger  brothers. We had no refrigerator so Dad would drop by the wet market  every day before going home to buy  something for dinner and for breakfast the following day.  I learned those basic recipes from him  when I was in high school.

I grew up reading those Mills and Boon romance books  back in the early seventies.  Dad would borrow some at their high school library and he would return them  back after a week.  I graduated on those romance books when I got to college and  did a two-year stint as a student librarian at the university. That was where I was introduced to more serious reading. I was surrounded by Ethics, Philosophy, Psychology, literature and fiction books.The happy years growing up with books.

The pain of losing him would always linger, but the memories, the good memories would remain in my heart forever. I will always remember those words of wisdom. They have some shaped my life to where I am now.

I’ll always keep you in my prayers dad. Missing you …. still!

 

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I think I need another eye refraction. I was eyeing the optical shop yesterday while I had the battery of my wrist watched changed. Sometimes I get eye strain while reading and typing in small fonts.

I have just customized my blog. I changed the background color, used the default  them font and changed to PT Serif in huge letters. Hence, this. I could see my blog posts clearly now. It’s kind of difficult to read other themes where the colors are so pale  and small.  PT  Serif is a little nicer though.  Maybe, I’ll have this in the next few months or a year.

Josef and Jovy joined this morning’s MacDonald’s Stripes Run at BGC  (Bonifacio Global City) where they work.  Registration fee was P500 for the 3k event distance and that includes Race Bib, Stripes Run Shirt, 1 pair of Striped Socks and McDonald’s Breakfast Meal.  Fun runs are a  good exercise as long as you are fit enough to run a mile or two.

Today is the first Sunday of Advent.  They lighted the first  Advent candle during the mass. The word “Advent” is derived from the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming,” which is a translation of the Greek word parousia.  The Advent season lasts for four Sundays leading to the celebration of Christmas.  Last night,  I noticed  the absence of the little kids who  walk from house to house to do their bit of caroling. Never mind that sometimes they are out of tune. They bring old tin cans as accompaniments to their songs.  There were those times when the door bell would ring constantly  and you would hear loud voices greeting you “Merry Christmas”. It’s barely 22 days to go.

Nate and Nissa

Nissa and Nate’s latest pic before the morning mass today at Manila Cathedral, Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.

Happy  Sunday all.

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