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I don’t know the exact  English word for this fruit that we locally call balimbing. It is  just simply called star fruit. It has a scientific name Averrhoa carambola  I  chanced upon it in one of the fruit stalls near the church so I bought a kilo which sells at P20 pesos. I  haven’t tasted this fruit for decades, it is really not that popular. The taste is a little bland, not even sour or sweet but is is juicy. You have to dip it in a little salt before you eat it.

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Did you know that this fruit is associated with  politicians here in our country? Balimbing is also  a slang  word for a traitor or a turncoat. This is because the this  has many sides. Politicians who change parties or loyalties based on who’s currently has authority are frequently called balimbing. And there are plenty of them here, almost all of them actually. They align themselves to who is in power at the moment disregarding the previous political party where they are affiliated.  It is such a shame really since most politicians in power are corrupt  and traditional politicians make false promises, buy votes just to win  and perpetuate themselves in power.   Oh yes, they are called balimbing.

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It’s a day wasted. I was supposed to file my SSS retirement forms  today but when I got there at exactly 8am, the slots for thirty people are already filled up. What a shame!  The branch near our place opens at 7am and it was already full when I arrived. To think that inquiries and other transactions are categorized in five windows. Maybe tomorrow I have to be there and line up at 6am so I could be included in their 30 slots for filing of retirement/pension benefits.  Too bad really. Government services in these areas are still so slow.

We are now officially under the amihan season with cold winds and long nights. The colder climate is always a welcome thing from the months of November until February the following year.  It’s during November though that we are visited by stronger  and more powerful typhoons  and  weather disturbances.  There is a tropical storm named Meari  being monitored by PAGASA and  another tropical depression both on the eastern side of Luzon. I do hope they won’t become strong typhoons and won’t bring too much rain in those areas.  Come to think of it, we are sometimes visited by typhoons too during December and they are as strong as those we usually have during November.  It’s  cloudy today.

Our country is teetering on the edge.  News says that as of the first week of November 2016, there have been  over 4,700 deaths, both from legitimate police operations and vigilante-style or unexplained killings since the president  assumed office last July. It seems that this government is more focused on war on drugs than on other aspects like the economy which is slowly sliding down.  And he is saying that these killings  might reach up to 30,000.  Again my question is where are we going?  Investors’ confidence is at stake here.  How could we  encourage foreign investments  if this government is only focused on one thing?  How could we solve poverty which is the main reason why people down the line are into drugs?  He is now the head a  sovereign state and must not only focus on domestic issues but on foreign relations as well. He is against dictatorship but is aligned with the Marcoses.  How could you believe in a foul-mouth, slut-shaming, uncouth and boorish man at the realm?  Please God save our country. We are being divided instead of being one as a nation.  It’s so sad 😦

 

 

 

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Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you
Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won’t come again
And don’t speak too soon
For the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no tellin’ who
That it’s namin’.
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside
And it is ragin’.
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin’.
Please get out of the new one
If you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin’.

The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin’……..
And the first one now

Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin’.
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin’.

These  words give me the shivers. They inspire me to understand  a bit of what is happening to my country. I am crying for the future of the next generation. I am crying because I could not verbalize what I feel but you said it well.  I am crying for the sense of decency that is slowly overshadowed by hate and ugly words. I dream of a nation where the people embrace each other and be one instead of being divided by ideologies.  Times are really changing. Words hurt, destroy a nation but they also inspire and give meaning to life.

I dream.

Thank you Bob Dylan.

You are an inspiration.

 

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I don’t know how many times I blogged about month endings and beginnings since I started this blog.  It’s some kind of a summary for the past month and a sort of welcome to a new month.

Today is a significant day in our country, it’s the changing of the guards so to speak.  It’s the inaugural of the incoming President Duterte and the new VP Leni Robredo. According to reports, it’s the first time that the two would not be sworn into office together because the former doesn’t want Robredo to be with him in Malacanang. VP Leni would take her oath separately in a different venue.  Personally I think, it is sending a wrong message to a lot of us ordinary citizens. There is division instead of unity.  I am not really looking forward to having a new president. We’ve been brainwashed by so many things the past days –  lots of promises, lots of swearing, killings of just “suspected” criminals. Lately, I am no longer appreciative of listening to news but I am giving him the benefit of the doubt and this starts today.  Outgoing President, Benigno Aquino is one of the best presidents we ever had.  The Philippines has become a tiger in Asia because of him, the Philippine economy at its best after his term. Thank you Pres. Aquino!

Ah July, the rainy month. I am not exactly looking forward to the rainy months because I am afraid of heavy rains and flooding. Although our local community is more active now in cleaning and desilting rivers and canals in preparation for the rainy season, we are never sure of the weather. PAGASA (our local weather bureau) says that we get an average of about twenty typhoons in a year. There is this fear of  La Niña too towards the end of the year.

Finally I was able to catch up on my reading challenge. Nine books in advance, that’s a feat for me. There are stories wherein you can totally relate to and it seems like the author is exactly describing how you feel deep inside. Sometimes no matter how painful  it is being reminded of what you went through, it is always a challenge to stay strong and to have that much-needed faith that you can carry on.  The little setbacks will always be there no matter what we do. Our attitude to any situation makes the difference.

Was June a happy month for you? Let us welcome July with a bang🙂

 

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Can’t believe it’s been a week since my last blog post here. I’ve been busy, busy, busy🙂 .  Maybe before I can finish the remaining job of repotting plants and cleaning the rest of the area at our back garden, it’s time to trim the carabao grass again😦 I know, it is such a backbreaking job but the sense of fulfillment you get when you see a clean and fresh-looking garden is more than enough. It happens when blogging takes a back seat and gardening is an inspired goal. The joys of gardening – chasing thoughts in your head and listening to silent words while pulling a stubborn weed – priceless moments savouring the language of silence.

Despite the busy days, I  managed to update my blog on Nate. He started pre-school yesterday, nursery class. Of course we are all excited, who wouldn’t be?  And I am proud that finally, the concreting of our sidewalks are done. I planted  some Iris at the corner beneath the trimmed Bougainvillea.  Josef trimmed our Arius tree, shaped like a robust Christmas tree and I thought, it is ready for Christmas decor…haha!  Our lone Gardenia shrub is now sporting a new look sans the unwanted leaves and small branches.   From pots, I replanted my prayer plants direct to the ground, they are thriving nicely.

The weather here is so unpredictable nowadays. Sometimes, it rains very early in the morning or late at night.  Occasionally, we still experience thunderstorms.  Still a bit under the weather, a week-long cough brought by sudden rain, then a hot and sunny afternoon then it gets cold at night when it rains late.

I am trying to avoid writing about our political situation here though my fingers are itching to tap the keyboards of my computer. I’ve lately decided to just “wait and see” because I don’t want to dwell so much on negativity.

Hello again, I hope you are all doing good.

 

 

 

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Finally, the agony of waiting is over. Congratulations Ma’am Leni. You deserve it. So glad and elated that we have an untainted, brave, industrious and has a genuine concern for the poor Vice President.

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Gosh, my regular readers must be so disappointed seeing the same posts for quite a while now.  Some are looking into old blog posts as far back as 2011 and 2012.  Imagine two pathetic posts for this month. It’s not because I got tired of sharing my world with you but every time I try to compose something here, I always end up going back to the latest result of the vice-presidential race.  More deep breaths, more sighs of relief, more prayers and a gargantuan faith that our Leni will win. She is ahead for  several days now but you’ll never know with a Marcos on the other side of the fence. The latter said the only way that he could lose is when he is cheated.  What arrogance coming from someone whose family has cheated and emptied the coffers of the Philippines thirty years ago.

Opps, sorry, I promised I won’t be talking about politics anymore. My lips are sealed.

There is an ongoing virus among dogs here in our area.  I forgot the exact term used by the  vet  but it’s like a severe flu, always undetected at first until your pet just won’t eat  and it slowly dies. Sad to say, we lost our Japanese Spitz last May 01 and our Aspin the other day.  We have only one dog left, a half Lab, half Spitz  a friend gave us two years ago.  I haven’t  gotten used yet  tending the garden without our small dog always trailing behind.  It really pains me to see them gone.

I was supposed to blog about my seventh year last May 11. It’s not the same as the one that WordPress celebrates with me because it took me a year to actually post something after I created Dreams and Escapes.  I transferred some blog entries culled from my previous Multiply site, those posts that were not current at the time I seriously considered blogging here for good.  I never left since. Though it was a hard start, I am still  here.  Back then, there were no like buttons to speak of but WordPress was so supportive of  suggesting topics when I joined  the 2011 Writing Challenge. I was given a badge but deleted it a few years later.  They gave feedbacks for every post like “amazing, fantastic, wonderful etc.” When I think of all those times that I have to wrack my brain so I could stay updated with the challenge,  I smile at myself and say I have a lot of patience after all.  I am a self-taught blogger constantly looking for themes that would suit my blog, always customizing on the side, editing old posts. Believe me, there will always be some words or two that sometimes  make no sense at all. Well, one learns as one goes along. It is one of the challenges of blogging.

This is my 1,790th post for this blog alone, add that to the four remaining blogs that I maintain and it would probably reach  2,000 entries.  Having  a bigger stats is a bonus of course.  I am hoping though that there would be more interactions/comments on the side because I am curious to know where they are coming from.   My newest blog, Dreams Never End got more likes and comments when I started there. My 2016 Reading Challenge has gone haywire the past days with only one book read in advance.  I hope I’ll be able to catch up in the coming days.

Bye for now, I hope to visit your sites soon. I miss reading  your  blogs.

 

 

 

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