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It started with one unselfish soul who thought of helping those jeepney drivers who lost their jobs since the start of the pandemic. Some of them are totally jobless now.

A kind soul put up some items on a makeshift table – veggies, rice, canned goods, condiments and other goods and several sacks of sweet potatoes were donated by some farmers from Tarlac province. It is not just a cart of produce but a powerful gesture that has come out during this pandemic when so many Filipinos don’t have the means to feed themselves and their families. Neighbors brought their own donations.

The concept started four days ago and many community pantries had sprung up in various neighborhood. The idea is simple, you can get what you need for free.

It goes by the tenet, Magbigay ayon sa kakayahan, kumuha batay sa pangangailangan” which simply means “give whatever you can, take only what you need”.

Even the fishermen have donated their fresh catch to help. Here are just a few of those who put up their pantries in their own community.

Kindness begets kindness. If ordinary citizens can do this, why not those in power? It is spreading sunshine into other people’s lives regardless of the weather.

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We were blessed and lucky, we were not much affected by the floods that hit some parts of Metro Manila and the surrounding provinces.   But my brother and his family together with  my cousin  were trapped in some  parts of Luzon while going home to our town after they brought Mom here again  yesterday because she was not feeling so well.  A normal five-hour trip turned to twenty-four hours agony on the road. Good thing they brought a van instead of the  small car my brother owns.  They spent last night in a motel. My gosh, you can’t see the road, they were under water.  Typhoon Josie definitely  brought so much amount of rainfall.

It’s my third day of having a daily antibiotics injection.  I don’t know why the medicine was not covered by my health insurance. The Medical  City satellite clinic has a different rule from other  outpatient facilities covered by Intellicare.  Bought the medicine with closed eyes, it is that expensive.

I met this very friendly nurse yesterday. She was the one who administered my injection.  In the course of our conversation, she mentioned that one of her relatives died of cancer six months ago and when she learned that I am a survivor, she kept saying “ang galing niyo ma’am, you endured all that. We talked of so many things while she was preparing and mixing the solution.  I told her I blog and she does too but in a different platform. This morning she was again on duty. Exchanging ideas, talking of our pets, talking about books we read. I say we are kindred spirits.  Carla was so accommodating, we even exchanged our blog sites addresses. When we parted, she said, “can I hug you ma’am?” I was touched. We hugged each other. We were both teary-eyed.

When you meet people who are kind enough to know what you are going through, you are simply touched by the gestures. Even those small words of saying “sorry po”  while she was injecting a one gram ampoule made the difference.  I admire those health workers who reach out to make a patient feel welcome.  Being shown compassion is one sure way  of gaining that much-needed confidence to face your ailment.

Doing your little bit of good to others, showing kindness, these make for a wonderful attitude towards your fellow human beings.

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Sunday Morning


Early this morning at the church, I was touched seeing this. They came in a little late for the start of the mass. The lady who looked to be around eighty something was in a wheelchair and the guy who pushed the wheelchair might be her son.  When our eyes met, the old lady smiled. You know that gracious way people act when you meet them for the first time.

Sometimes you just feel lucky when a little gesture such as a smile comes your way. It is even better when a total stranger looks at you and share it.  You think of how people get on with their lives and  that inner peace radiates.  Awesome!

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I really admire how the people in all areas of the Philippines are doing their share of fund-raising to help the flood victims in  Eastern Visayas, Palawan and Mindoro. Special thanks go to the nations which sent their financial support and personnel (medical teams) to help the people of the Philippines.

Last Sunday, our town mayor initiated a fund-raising drive to help the flood victims and the wholehearted support from Cainta residents is so touching. We’ve been there and we know how it feels to be victims of a calamity. Typhoon Ondoy did that to us but the destruction it caused can never compare  to the devastation brought by typhoon Yolanda.This morning, Josef and I went to the municipal hall to give a little cash and a box of used clothing that my daughter left behind when she got married two years ago. So proud to be living in a place where our local government is sensitive to the needs of the people. Hats off to you Mayor Atty.Kit Nieto.

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IMG_5345Love the clean and new look of our municipal hall.

We have reached the end of the 26 letters of the alphabet and now another tropical depression has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR). Gosh, and it will be taking the same path as typhoon Yolanda. I am really praying this would not make a landfall.

And didn’t I say that a little bit of kindness goes a long, long way? It can inspire, it can lift people up. When you give, give without counting the cost and give freely from the heart. Give cheerfully because the simple act of kindness gives back a wonderful feeling inside.

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