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That was a nice meeting with Mayor Kit at our village basketball court together with other homeowners of the subdivision. We tackled the present problems of the subdivision. We were able to voice out our opinions in the process.

As in the previous times that I’ve met him, he is so down to earth and really listens. His sense of humor is such that we were laughing all throughout the meeting. He has more projects for Cainta especially  for the flood-prone areas of our town which will start next year. It is his third term this coming election. I doubt if anyone else would win over the guy. He has done so much for our town. For the past three years we were the number one town in the whole Philippines. Ours is not yet a city but it is rich, infrastructures and other projects are always being done to improve it.

You can count in your hands politicians who are honest and do their jobs well, Our mayor is one. Hats off to you sir.

I brought Oreo so he could exercise too and he got lots of admirers….haha 🙂

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It was hot outside and 4pm looked like it was still in the middle of the day. I did plan of weeding out unwanted grass from our peanut grass cover planted in front of the house.  And for several days now, I  always hesitate to go out because of the heat. Finally though, this afternoon, I was inspired by the two maintenance crew of our subdivision when I saw them planting more Cannas along the roadside facing the house. There were newly planted ornamental bananas too. I watched them dig despite the heat and the noise brought by passing cars.  Hard work with minimal pay. So as my good deed for the day, I offered them both some biscuits and a pitcher of ice-cold water, stopped and talked a while about life and survival.

Life is hard, it’s a known fact but when you have to toil under the heat of the sun everyday, sweeping remnants of cigarette butts, candy wrappers, and yes, plastics with straw which our sari-sari store owner neighbor conveniently use for soft drinks  and what-have-you’s,  which the seemingly unconcerned  denizen of this subdivision throw to their heart’s content, one can’t help but think, don’t they even have  self-discipline? I told our two janitors that some people have complete disregard for cleanliness in their surroundings. It is so exasperating sometimes to see people in cars just throwing their garbage from their car windows, some Jollibee or McDonald’s wrappers and disposable cups.  In that short fifteen minutes, I learned a lot from these two, it is better to earn a few pesos in a dignified way than to do something unlawful.  And always, they are those who understand the value of hard-earned money. And a little kindness towards them goes a long, long way.

I looked through my several albums posted privately at Photobucket and tried to find materials which I could use in a Catholic page in Facebook which I help maintain and found this, a picture of the cottage in Caleruega where we stayed two years ago. It made me feel quite nostalgic.

I’d love to come back here and visit the Koi at Kampo Arriba or have that trek again to see the Batulao mountains of Batangas.  I promised myself that the next time I’ll visit this place, I’ll just absorb the silence and write some more.

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You’ll see him every morning, with a broom, a cart and a big dust pan. He nods to those he does not know personally and smile and say good morning to the residents of the village.  He says “yes sir” or  “yes ma’am” if you happen to need his help collecting debris and plastics unscrupulously  thrown by passersby. Even under the heat of the sun, he moves in rhythm with his wand.Sometimes he brings us banana hearts freshly picked from the vacant lots planted with several bananas.  Last year, hubby gave him one of our black puppies  and he has become a friend to us.

To most people, he might just be the man in green, one of our village janitors, but wait, he has a name and he is Mang Marcial.

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