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Just updated my other blog and posted several shots of our garden in the province. It’s a one hectare lot planted with some fruit-bearing trees and ornamental plants. If you have time, you may visit my other blog, Gardens and Empty Spaces.

Before we left Pangasinan, my brother treated us to lunch at Maxine Restaurant and Inn By the Bay at Lucap, Alaminos City where the famous Hundred Islands is located. The last time I came here was also the last time  Nissa, Obet and I went home before they got married. We had a lovely lunch of  Alaminos longganisa, Sinigang Bangus Belly, Kare-Kare, Calamares and Chop Suey with Banana Boat Ice Cream for dessert. Took shots of the boats ferrying passengers to Hundred Islands.

An enlarged picture of the Lucap wharf fronting Hundred Islands. From the Maxine by the Sea website.

I guess this is all for that overnight  stay in our province.

 

 

 

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She watches –

Those little black ants crawling

along a rotten piece of wood in the garden.

They’re busy

greeting each other along the way.

And each one carries something on its back.

Food, glorious food

Preparing for the rainy days.

Sometimes you wish, you were as

resourceful and industrious

No opportunity wasted

No frittering away with time.

Loving each moment

Looking forward to each day that comes.

Life’s lessons are learned

the simplest way sometimes.

 

 

 

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Thoughts


The words keep coming

Forming sentences and paragraphs

in my mind.

I should have minded the sharp tip

of the knife.

Red trickles and mixes with the words.

Maybe I could write some lines

out of this.

My finger throbs.

And the words get lost somewhere,

between the band-aid and slab of meat.

Dinner would be late.

 

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Two days, only two days of not blogging and it seems like a week.

I saw these  porn links on my spam queue early this morning.   My gosh, they are so annoying. I always immediately put them on my spam folder when I see links and comments like these. It’s a good thing there is always Akismet which filters those ugly and hateful words. What do they get out of commenting on a well-thought of posts? Nobody in his right mind would open such links.

We attended mass last night here in our village chapel. It’s the only mass held during Sundays here since the attendees are homeowners of our subdivision. One can always hear mass at the town proper  every hour of the day during Sundays. We brought Oreo along. They always have these blessings after the mass and we laughed when the priest blessed Oreo first before us even commenting that he is a lovely dog.  Oreo is always behaved when he is outside the house. He had his regular walk at the village park right after.

Last Saturday, our neighbor trimmed the bamboo he planted near their gate. I asked for some sturdy branches and Josef made them into trellis yesterday at the back of the house. We have a permanent trellis made of wires but I need something that my ampalaya could climb on to  when they grow.

How did your weekend go? Was it a busy one? What is your typical day like?

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Celebrating?


So much hype about Valentine’s Day.

Don’t get me wrong. I am not being cynical but I don’t envy those who seem frantic on how to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Malls are dressed up with red hearts and red balloons shaped like hearts.  You’d think they are celebrating another  Christmas. Chocolates packaged in heart-shaped containers, fake rose blooms in one corner and those real flowers cost sky-high.

I was watching a morning show today and one of their reporters showed a portion of Dangwa Flower Stalls full of different blooms (imported and locally produced). The price? You bet, it is twice as much from last week. If you’ll have it arranged, you’ll pay more. Those vendors make a killing during these times.  Flower arrangements come in boxes or in a bundle of  dozen roses or one long stem with a little bar of chocolate thrown in. Even eateries and restaurants are full during Valentine’s Day.

When I was still working at the bank many, many years ago and most of us girls were not yet married, we had a grand time teasing those office mates who got flowers.  There was even a time when a singing telegram was in vogue and we laughed while a guy with a guitar serenaded some of us, singing love songs.  Quite embarrassing for the girl to be serenaded in front of all her office mates in the middle of the day. But our boss was always all smiles to see love-a-blooming.

Once you get older, Valentine’s Day is just an ordinary day for you.  It doesn’t mean though that love comes flying out of the window. Sometimes you are just too busy to celebrate it. You can always tell your loved ones any day of the year that they are special and you care.

Do you still celebrate Valentine’s Day?

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Seeing my friends shoveling snow in Chicago and Toronto just so they could pass and clean their driveways, I think we are lucky that we live in a tropical country although during summer, the heat at times is unbearable.

We are having a fairly lovely weather here. Our weather bureau PAGASA says the cold weather will stay  until February. Nights and  dawns are really cold and most of the time there is a cold breeze during the day. The sun is always late showing its face. And the nights are longer, right? Six am is still a little dark here.

I am at the end of the few chapters of a story about 19th century England.  Yes, it is a historical fiction again. I just love them. Hansoms were often mentioned as transits used during those times. According to  Mr. Wiki, “The hansom cab is a kind of horse-drawn carriage designed and patented in 1834 by Joseph Hansom, an architect from York.  The cab was introduced to other British Empire cities and to the United States during the late 19th century, being most commonly used in New York City”.

I remember our calesa.  When I was in grade school in our province, the chief means of transport for near destinations was the calesa.  Back then, motorcycles and tricycles were unheard of. Buses were usually for long distance trips. In those days, traffic was also unheard of. People walk mostly to go to the town proper. Even calesa ride was a kind of luxury. Goods in farms were transported by carabao-drawn carts.

A typical horse-drawn calesa at calle Crisologo in Ilocos. Photo culled from the net.

Nowadays, you can only see them plying the streets in Chinatown, the picturesque Intramuros and in Ilocos province. I am not sure about the southern parts of the archipelago if they still use it. Now we have all the modern means of transportation but they also create heavy traffic along the roads. Private cars are no longer a luxury but  are sorely needed if you want to reach your destination early. Public transports are so unreliable at times that you need to wake up early to catch a jeepney, GRAB or a bus to go to work.  Going to one’s office has become a battle you have to encounter every day.

Today, a friend is celebrating her birthday. We have been friends for almost forty five years since I started working as a student librarian at the university where I spent my high school and college years. She replied to my greetings with these lovely words: “Thank you, Arlene😊 You are one of God’s blessings in my life❤️”.  What a lovely way to start the day.

Happy Tuesday everyone!

 

 

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