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Welcome September

Hello September!

How time really flies and some of you would probably react and say it is too early yet to greet you  “Merry Christmas”. In our part of the world, Christmas celebration starts as early as September and ends up as late as February of the following year but you  have probably read that in my earlier posts. There is that welcome anticipation on what the rest of the year will bring. Sometimes though, September is wrought by rainy days, flash floods, typhoons but there  is that comforting thought that when the BER months come, happy days are here again because no matter what life brings, there is always that something to look forward to, a celebration with families and friends.

By the way, thank you so much for visiting my blog, for all your likes and lovely comments. I think I have reached a milestone  with 350,399 hits. This made me smile :)

Welcome September!

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Take that to mean lots of smiles for the simple me who takes simple pleasures in most things. I am celebrating my 5th year as an admin of our Catholic page on Facebook. I can’t imagine how I lasted this long since most admins that we appointed have left, they find it too taxing to make research, post inspirational stories, post Bible readings for the day and maintain the site. There are only three of us now, a Dominican priest friend who created the online  aspect of  Apostles Filipino Catholic Community and another friend who is a lay minister in their parish. I know it is not smooth sailing all the time but I thank God for the opportunity of serving Him in my own little way. Fr. Louie nicely put it this way,  You have been serving the Church through your talent as an online missionary“. It makes my heart sing.

It was Josef’s rest day today so I asked him if I could tag along when he goes out and  suggested that we’ll just have our lunch outside. I was so excited to taste the new product of KFC which they call Chizza ( supposedly a combination of chicken and pizza). Nothing much to rave about, it’s just like an ordinary pizza with chicken, a bit pricey for such a small serving but at least I would no longer imagine how it tastes like. He went to Makati to apply for another job while I was supposed to go to Robinson’s Galleria to look around. The UV Express made a short-cut so I ended up at Megamall. The driver reasoned out that he asked so I also asked a fellow passenger if she heard but she answered in the negative. Some people could be annoying, it wiped the smile off my face :(

On the way back, I rode another UV Express (they are cheaper in lieu of taxi but they have to fill up the 14-seater van to capacity, make that 18 passengers, the drivers/owners are wise, you know). Had a good chat with some fellow passengers which started with a box of Dunkin donuts, learned a few words from an authentic Taytay resident and  I was a bit surprised that they have another dialect different from Tagalog. We also touched on the local government officials of our towns and about flood and climate change too. How easy it is to communicate with people from other walks of life because they are friendly enough to share. Before we knew it, we’ve reached our destinations without getting bored with the traffic. I’ve missed this kind of interaction which is  oh so different from having an online chat with friends. It’s kind of different when you see the smile on their faces instead of a smiley emoticon in front of your PC.

Life’s simple pleasures, things that make you smile.

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Ah yes, color me pink for the day.

I spent the early morning in the garden weeding a bit. I don’t know, our carabao grass needs trimming again, it seems to grow by leaps and bounds. The rainy days last week contributed to the rapid growth of everything. I had a lovely time picking some Calamansi (Philippine lime) from our two fruit trees in the yard. They are almost ripe, just perfect for a pitcher of fresh Calamansi juice. Our Bougainvillea planted at the corner outside our perimeter wall is blooming again, those lovely clustered pink flowers are a sight to behold. The shrub serves as a protection to our concrete corner wall where there is busy traffic every day. Even my pink rain lilies are showing flowers in every tip. My pink and yellow Portulaca are blooming too so are my pink angels. How lovely to see different shade of pink in the garden. I call it a pink Wednesday.

My son and I had a good laugh a while ago when I heard the Beatles playing on his tab while he was having a late breakfast. I asked him, “since when have you learned listening to that kind of music?” He said, “don’t you remember, we used to watch them when I was in grade school”. Oh, senior moments again.  I laughed. Of course, I remember now, there was this new tv station (on test broadcast for a few days) and they played those old movies by the Beatles and some clips of their concerts worldwide.  You bet, I am now listening to their music on YouTube while blogging :) Those were the days and the good thing about the 60’s and 70’s music is that you always have the option to listen to them even just on YouTube.

Do you find pleasure in listening to old music, that kind that resonates with you, that kind of music that was a part of your growing up years? I do.

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I wonder if I ever shared this picture here, I can’t remember. I only did a few write-ups about my chemo days, the early years of blogging have been about getting well, getting on with life and trying to live it the best way a cancer survivor can. Would you believe that I met online friends here who shared and underwent similar journeys with me?

Facebook reminds you of a previous post you did years ago on the same day and month that you posted it and I got this.

I remember this....spending my 53rd birthday at the UST Benavidez Cancer Institute while having my 4th chemotherapy. With one of my oncologists, Doc Julie!

I remember this….spending my 53rd birthday at the UST Benavidez Cancer Institute while having my 4th chemotherapy. With one of my oncologists, Doc Julie!

Really, it made me smile and memories are reborn. A former classmate in high school prepared snacks for the doctors and nurses at the Ambulatory Care Unit of the UST Benavidez  Cancer Institute. She brought a large tray of  Pancit Malabon, drinks and cookies. Despite the two IV drips attached to my arm, I enjoyed those moments I spent with the staff. The first time I saw that Oxaliplatin IV drip wrapped in a black cloth bag, I just can’t help but think….that’s poison but still I have to convince myself that it would make me get well.I asked the oncology nurse why it has to be wrapped in black and she said that it should not be exposed to the light.

It was one of the best birthdays ever, because back then, listening to them singing happy birthday made me think that life even at its worse makes you feel happy too.

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The other day, a friend who is a newly qualified teacher sent me a message looking for a poem All I Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten.  She needs it in her value education class in a public school. I told her it is not really a poem but a title of a book by Robert Fulghum, a summary of life’s little treasures that made a big impact on me when I read it several years ago. It’s actually my first encounter with Robert Fulghum. I was lucky enough to find three more of his books and they have pride of place in my bookshelves.  I thought we all need to be reminded of those things our parents and our teachers taught us when we were kids, practical tips that still hold true until now. It all boils down to the basics, right? It’s the Golden Rule summed up in a few words.

Share everything.
Play fair.
Don’t hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Flush.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.

Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.

Take a nap every afternoon.

When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.

Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup – they all die. So do we.

And it is still true, no matter how old you are – when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.

Living a balanced life – it’s all work and no play so they say. We are all engrossed and so busy with work that we sometimes forget to relax and feed our minds and our hearts with activities that make us happy. We are so busy living a life (the way we want and understand it) that we forget the passing years not knowing how to smell the flowers, how to appreciate nature at its best, how to just be.  You would think that is easier said than done and it’s true that in this busy cosmos of life, you will just be surprised that you’ve grown old, with white hairs slowly showing and you ask yourself, “Where have all the years gone?”  Then you dream of those things that you wanted to do when you were young.

Life is short and the untrodden paths are sometimes the best way to see what is on the other side. Your attitude towards any situation would always make a difference.

“It doesn’t matter what you say you believe – it only matters what you do.”

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How are you guys? It’s been a while and I mean I haven’t actually read posts on my reader feed and posted something in mine. Do you know that feeling that you have neglected something, something precious and maybe you will agree, blogging has done that for me.

It was a busy weekend and it will be a busy week too. I got some blisters on my fingers. Wearing gardening gloves is a useless exercise. We have let the carabao grass grow thick and it is hard to skirt around the  concrete walkways. I am halfway through and have to finish it before the rain comes.

August is here, one of the rainiest months of the year and there is a typhoon coming although it would just pass through the Philippine area of responsibility but it would bring monsoon rains to the north. We’ve been having  thunderstorms the past days but I am praying the  monsoon rains would not inundate Metro Manila. There is still that inner fear that I feel every time the rainy season sets in.

It’s still dark outside, a perfect time for that hot cup of coffee before I go out and finish the task of trimming our carabao grass.  I am looking forward to catching up on my reading once I finish it. Lately, I was engrossed reading news and comments on social media  about  politics here in our country although my head aches with all those negative comments. The way a certain politician would do anything to win, by hook or by crook  makes me puke. If he wins, we are doomed. I am praying that the electorate would think twice and discern enough before deciding who to vote for and not be swayed by dirty politics. We never learn, some of us  have that sadistic tendency to vote for someone who does not deserve our votes. Sorry, I always try to avoid writing political blog post but this one takes the cake.

How do you greet each morning when you wake up? Do you start it with a prayer like I do? Or do you spend a few moments just watching the day unfolds?  Do you welcome the day with gladness in your heart? Do you celebrate each day with anticipation? Are you thankful for another day of blessing?

Good morning, I’m off to garden :)

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