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She looked –

As the sun merges slowly with the thin cloud

What would this morning brings, she thought.

Will it be better than yesterday?

Will it bring heartaches again?

She held the cup of almost tepid tea in her hands

Thinking of tomorrow.

The tea leaves have spread at the bottom of the cup.

And she wish she could read what’s written there.

She likes to believe happiness could be hers again.

Maybe tomorrow

Maybe in the future

She wish she could bring the smiles on her face again.

The tea leaves say,

Get up my child, dream on.

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Most Catholics here in our country waited last night with so much anticipation on the start of our celebration of Simbang Gabi (mass at night) and Misa de Gallo  (dawn or rooster mass) early this morning. Simbang Gabi as we usually call it is a nine-day novena before Christmas.  It is a lovely tradition we observe every year. I miss going out at night to attend it this time of pandemic.  Almost every church go online though. Attendance is still limited when you attend personally at the church, receive communion and participate in the prayers and participate in the singing. That is the limitation of attending masses online but you can choose which church and service you want to listen to.

I think, those in-charge of  tracking this Covid pandemic only allows 30% capacity of these celebrations in churches. There is even a directive now starting today that wearing face shields and face masks are mandatory. It used to be where face shields are only seen in malls because they are required by the establishments when you enter. Now, once you leave your house and go to a public place, you have to wear face shields as well with the face masks.

My goodness gracious, they are blind to the fact that most people wear both when they go out. And we’ve been doing it for almost ten months now. Some government officials break their own rules. The present chief of the Phil. National Police even had his mañanita birthday celebration at the height of ECQ some months ago. Are they doing anything? I bet…waiting for available vaccine which is even reported to have been purchased from china.

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I was looking for the maintenance crew of our subdivision if one  of them could help me with weeding outside our perimeter  fence but one of our neighbors said that the management of Midtown removed them.  I am willing to pay their daily wage. Sad, for the plight of those who really need help to make both ends meet.

So I started uprooting and weeding unwanted grass early this morning. It still needs a little improvement. I was able to  transfer some snake plants though. Snake plants are so costly here, around P250 to P300 per pot. Sometime last week,  a lady older than I am just uprooted some without  asking for permission.  I hate  it when people are so presumptuous, that is equivalent to stealing, right?  I was in the garden pruning some plants when she passed by. Years ago, we used to have climbing roses in that area but every time they bloom, some passersby even bring scissors to harvest the flowers. So annoying.

My news feed is full of  unwanted sites posting some titles of books listed this year as worth-reading.  Haven’t heard most of their recommendations. Even those which won at Goodreads are so unfamiliar to me. I have two books in mind though to cap  off the year 2020.

These have been on my TBR for more than a couple of years now. They’re next.  Their Eyes Were Watching God is a 1937 novel which is considered as a classic of the Harlem Renaissance. A Wild Sheep Chase is my first book of Murakami.

Have a lovely and blessed weekend to all of you.

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Solitude


I  had a  more-than-an-hour-lovely chat  with a an online friend last night.  She is based in Bacolod City in the southern part of the Philippines and we both belong to the group chat of Sambuhay Interaktib.  We touched on so many subjects like our online Kris Kringle at Sambuhay Interaktib that  includes twelve priest friends and seminarians who are active at the site.  I wonder what mechanics they will do to make it successful.

We touched on  religious books we have read before. Her sister is a Trappistine contemplative  nun so the latter suggests books for her to read. She loves Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen and Mary Oliver too. I told her to look for the works of John O’Donohue, a former priest, poet and writer who died last January 4, 2008. A great loss to the people who love his works like I do.

Solitude.

It’s a favorite word for this newly-met friend. She told me that she would have entered the convent too but it didn’t materialize.  Solitude may have different meaning to some but that kind that we crave being in the company of our thoughts, those times that we need to contemplate about life and find meaning in the everyday things happening around, those times that we need to be alone and just enjoy life as it is.

Solitude.

Being alone but not necessarily lonely. Being alone and feeling lonely are two different things.  We can grow more comfortable with just being ourselves. It gives us an opportunity to plan our lives. I always experience that lovely communication with God and nature when I am in the garden, uprooting weeds, pruning and planting some seeds or deadheading flowers.

You can sit quietly in a corner, listen to some music of old and before you know it, you are uplifted. Sometimes it even comes to a point where you sing too and you remember lovely memories in your life.

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Oh my, what are those spam comments for? I received ten spam comments overnight and I erased all of them a while ago.

Spam comments are even rampant on Facebook and they paste them on religious sites too. Bitcoins, what are they for except to lure unsuspecting individuals who believe in instant money.

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Catholic calendar. I shared a photo of Mama Mary on my wall at Facebook and a short write-up on why I venerate her.

“O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.”

Last night, I reread one of the two books that I have of Rod McKuen.  His words are always inspirational. They are like a balm to my heart. I wish I could find more of his books. 

Happy Tuesday everyone!

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Eight years ago, I tried taking shots of the denizens of Antipolo Cathedral after attending an afternoon mass.  This  was my first time to try street photography, something that tells a lot about ordinary  and everyday life of our “kababayans”.   The whole album resurfaced today on my Memories page at Facebook. I have chosen four of them here to share with you.

The various images of Sto. Nino (baby Jesus)

A guy selling whisk broom made of Tambo.

Hello Manang. I signaled to her that I will take a shot and she obliged.

Selling Sampaguita garlands. So common in front of Catholic churches here. She is probably counting how many more she has to sell before going home.

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I missed blogging yesterday.

It was cloudy here and it is still cloudy now. I got lazy and just read. What would your  reaction be if you find more books of  one of your favorite authors?  Take a guess. It’s Mary Oliver of course. I finished Felicity in one sitting  and I got so inspired reading. Just started on Blue Iris.  It is a slow read though because I like to imagine those places and things  she described in the book. It is a  rich collection of  poems,  essays, and of Mary Oliver’s classic works on flowers, trees, and plants. When these words uplift the soul, one feels blessed and happy. I am re-posting some poems from her Felicity book.

This one is entitled The Gift.

Be still, my soul, and steadfast.
Earth and heaven both are still watching
though time is draining from the clock
and your walk, that was confident and quick,
has become slow.

So, be slow if you must, but let
the heart still play its true part.
Love still as once you loved, deeply
and without patience. Let God and the world
know you are grateful.That the gift has been given.

Then there is this short one called  Everything.

Everything that was broken has
forgotten its brokenness. I live
now in a sky-house, through every
window the sun. Also your presence.
Our touching, our stories. Earthly
and holy both. How can this be, but
it is. Every day has something in
it whose name is forever.

Got this third one online:

There are still so many lovely words there and I am keeping them deep in my heart. I have seven books of Mary Oliver now including the lovely and thick hardbound copy of Devotions.

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We are on the last leg of the year 2020, the last twenty nine days before 2021.

This is the year that I can’t honestly say, “time flies” because it didn’t. The days have been so slow. I guess we have the longest lock down ever in this planet. It started middle of March and we’re still under modified general community quarantine. Metro Manila is under general community quarantine. I think there is not much difference between the two. There are still many things that keep preventing us to go back to normal life, if we still could have that in the future. This government is relying on the vaccine to stop this pandemic. Oh my, they say, they will import it from china. What are they up to? I will never have myself vaccinated with drugs coming from that place. They brought the virus here in the first place.

The last time we had a kind of social life here were when Fr. Aly had lunch with us back in February, Jovy’s grandma and cousin had an overnight stay sometime in June or July and having Nissa and Obet around twice in a span of seven months. Nissa still works from home and only reports back to the office twice a week. Being immunocompromised is a little harder than those having a stronger immune system. She had just her major operation last September. That is why I am also afraid to be exposed much outside. Since my chemo years ago, it takes almost a month for me to be healed of common colds.

Now I rely on getting calls and texts from family members and friends. This morning, Nate called me up on Messenger. He always insists on voice chats…haha! I was also able to talk to Nissa for a while. It’s kind of different though when you don’t see them personally. I miss Nate’s laughter, his jolly stories about school, the things he learned lately and always the hugs and kisses.

And this would be a different celebration of Christmas too. By the way, I am excited to know the outcome of Goodreads’ book choices this year. Sometimes, I am lucky enough to read those titles that get to be number one on their list be it memoirs, non-fiction, historical fiction, thrillers and the like. And yes, the most anticipated books this December. It might be a thrill to know another author in their midst.

How was the year for you so far?

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Alleluia!

For the first time ever in a period  of nine months, I went out of the periphery of the subdivision. I  needed a hair trim and I also wanted to buy gifts for the family.

My temperature was checked for the first time at the mall entrance then another check at the entrance of the DIY shop and finally at Kenny Rogers Roaster. I was armed with a small bottle of Alcohol and a small bottle with hand sanitizer is attached to my bag.  I am not complaining though but writing your name, contact number and address in the establishments I visited is sort of overkill. I know, they might need contact tracing later on (is there still one nowadays?)  but  I guess names and phone numbers would suffice.

I had my hair trimmed at David’s Saloon and the hair stylist said I am lucky there were no customers yet early this morning. Yes of course, I deliberately went there early so as to avoid the crowd. Imagine, nine months of not going out of our subdivision gate.  And the rate of the hair trim, there was an increase of at least 30% since I had my last hair trim there. 

I bought a  a manual grass cutter at ACE Hardware together with gardening scissors, a cutter and some Ramgo seeds for planting. Since I have a list of what to buy for the family, I was done in more than two hours.  The department store no longer wrap gifts for free but when you present your receipts, they will give you one gift wrapper for every P500.00 pesos or more cost of one item. Nice try, I enjoy wrapping gifts anyway.

A friend asked me how it feels going  out for the first time after so many months being on a lock down. I am no longer comfortable seeing a lot of people so I kept my distance.  What has this Covid pandemic done to us? Gone are the days when I could chat with baggers and cashiers while waiting for my purchases especially in supermarkets. Even tricycles here have that plastic between the driver and the passenger. Only one passenger is allowed so you could imagine the price increase of fares nowadays. Next venture would be at the supermarket when Josef or Jovy are not so busy to accompany me. Though we plan  to just order  food come Christmas, we still need groceries to tide us over.

We won’t let this Covid defeat our will  to live as normally as we can. We just need to have that self-discipline to protect us from the virus.

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I am listening to the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s music on my small transistor radio while trying to think of what to write about this morning.

I haven’t checked  my stats in a while  and when I looked it registered a total of 634,181 at the moment. Not bad, not bad at all. I’d rather have a larger reach of visitors than having a lot of followers who I think don’t even visit my blog. Some are just there so you could follow them back. I don’t automatically follow those new followers  who have just one or two posts on their site.  Content is very important, something you can relate to, something you can learn something from.

Have you noticed? Most loyal bloggers and followers that I have now belong to the upper sixties. Maybe it’s because we have more time to write about anything under the sun, and in terms of experience, we’ve been there, done that.  Blogging is one of the most loveliest hobbies that I’ve ever ventured in. You can express yourself anyway you want anytime.

I must admit, this is going to be a laid back  Christmas celebration for me, for us as family. I wonder if I’ll ever get to see my siblings this Christmas. I’ll think of those times when we were together to celebrate this lovely occasion. When this pandemic leaves our shores, we’ll rejoice and be glad. It’s been almost a year since the lock down. We are still under general community quarantine. Some areas have more positive cases.  Add that to the worsening condition of our economy.  I hope 2022 would arrive soon so we could choose someone who won’t lead us to the doldrums.

Gosh, how nostalgic! Burt Bacharach, Mabuhay Singers’ Pasko Medley, Ray Conniff Singers, Bee Gees and occasional Christmas songs  by well-known artists.  When I get the chance to visit YouTube, I listen to the Pentatonix pop group. I love their Christmas album.

And let me have my countdown now. Hello Pete!  26 days, 13 hours and 6 minutes (Manila time).

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