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Holy Wednesday ended up with a visit from our neighbor who is a good friend. We had a lovely and enriching sharing. She gave me a jar of pickled papaya.  Yum!

Last night I also watched the Sambuhay TV Mass Holy Recollection 2019  with Fr. Pao Asprer who is also a friend at FB.  Sambuhay is sponsored by the  Society of St. Paul. Learned a lot about faith, temptations and prayers. It was a very meaningful and inspiring Recollection. Fr. Pao is that good, a young priest who was ordained four years ago. I jotted some points which he discussed.

  • Proximity to power is power in itself
  • True prayer is listening.
  • If you know yourself, that’s a sign of true wisdom.
  • In the face of temptation, we’ll know ourselves better.

He touched on some quotes by Thomas Merton and I am glad I am reading one of his books at the moment.  The Seven Storey Mountain is a 467 pages book  with so fine prints.  I don’t read it at night because the prints are so small. Good luck to my eyes. It’s not that kind of reading that you have to finish in one go. There are so many words that you can reflect on.  This book has been on my wish list for quite a while. Maybe Grace (my friend from Canada) saw it on Goodreads so she gave me a copy.

By the way, Grace posted  the photos they took when she and her husband were here for a while last month.  She was the one who gave me a copy of the book. I grabbed this from the album she just posted, the two of us together at the lobby of Richmonde Hotel in Pasig City.

We’re getting old, imagine more than four decades of friendship. and I’ve always said that  “when friends meet, hearts warm”.

 

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I remember the event we had last Saturday,  Nate’s graduation from kindergarten.

We had our lunch at Dampa Seaside in Pasay City, a more than an hour trip from our place. We were fifteen in all including Obet’s parents, brothers, sister and in-laws plus the grandkids.  Obet and Nissa rented a private room in one of the restaurants complete with videoke. This is the second time that I ate in this place. The idea is you have to buy fresh produce from the nearby wet market and the staff of the restaurant would cook them for you anyway you want. Most of it of course are fresh seafood and meat too. If you love seafood, this is the place for you. Dampa Seaside is perhaps the largest seaside market in Metro Manila. One good thing is, the place is very  near hotels and shopping malls.

 Seaside Dampa Macapagal in Manila, Philippines. Photo culled from the net

We brought Oreo along.  Nate and the other kids had a grand time playing with him.

“What’s his name?” Hermie asked.

“Oreo”, Josef said.

“Oreo  parang yung biscuits na Oreo?” Hermie asked further.

“Yap”, Josef answered.

We all laughed.

Josef and I tried the videoke too while Nate was busy playing with his toys, gifts from his mom and dad and Nissa’s sis-in-law. More Lego toys….haha!

cousins

Funny moments, precious hours bonding together. Lovely  time with family.

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I love early mornings

when the world is still on the brink of waking.

It’s at this time when you’ll hear  the sound of a new day

hopeful promise of  something so dear to hold,

Peace

Stillness

Quiet…

My Amazon Lily

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Been focused on the local news the last three days. There are so many conflicting reports about the supposedly “fake” and “artificial” shortage of water here in Metro Manila. The Manila Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) has done some presscons and they are telling the people that it is because of the El Nino phenomenon. Though a former employee of  Manila Water said that the agency closed the bypass from the Angat Dam going to La Mesa Dam so Manila Water which supplies our needs can’t get enough of it. This was denied by one of the directors of MWSS, they are the government agency tasked to see that water supply in Metro Manila is enough for everyone.

Come to think of it, and it is puzzling. Angat Dam has enough water to last until the rainy season sets in. And all the dams here in Luzon have enough water except La Mesa Dam where the concessionaire Manila Water gets its supply. The government wants to push through with Kaliwa Dam which will be funded by China at exorbitant interest rates. The people are calling for transparency in dam and other China funded projects. I must say, the president loves China and is beholden to it at the expense of the Filipino people. Nakakasawa na. What has become of us that in three years, the drug problems have become even grievous and such other concerns are not being addressed properly? Drugs are cheaper than water? When one is focused on the mindset of “kill, kill, kill”, this is the result. He has even threatened the priests and the Catholic Church anew by telling people in his speech that priests deserve to die.

I took pictures of the garden blooms early this morning. summer is almost here and my annual and perennial plants are blooming.  The Zinnias I planted from seeds a few months ago are a bloom.

Zinnia

Two varieties of shrimp plants

I don’t want to upload them all here to save on space. Have a blessed weekend everyone!

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The past two days I really felt so lazy to blog so I updated our Catholic page at Facebook for the whole month of March.

When laziness creeps in, one is not so inclined to do anything except read, visit a few blog posts, look at  all  those sometimes so disgusting memes posted by Duterte trolls on legit sites at Facebook. I guess, until now, they feel happy sharing those fake and false news, editing legit photos and changing the concept they were written.  Although hundreds of fake sites were already taken down by Facebook, they still manage to enable their sites and share those lies.  Sometimes I can’t help but report and block even an individual who incites hate in his/her comments. Right now, it is Sara Duterte (daughter of the president) who doesn’t mince words and utter those ugly lies against the opposition. She is not running in any position and yet, she is so vocal defending those senatorial candidates who belong to her party. They are  afraid to accept those debate challenges by the opposition  specifically the Otso Diretso team.  I’d like to think, they don’t really have a good platform to present to the Filipino people. Sara is the one who said that honesty is not a requirement for a person to run in a government position. If this is the kind of truth that they believe in, I wonder where we would be if they win. Honesty is a basic requirement in any government. The Filipinos deserve as much.

And speaking of being lazy, I was still so lazy to cook lunch so the three of us, Josef, Jovy and I went to SM East Ortigas mall to have lunch at Max’s. We took Oreo with us although of course he is not allowed inside the restaurant so we stayed at the corridor of Max’s. We had adobo fried rice in a pot, pancit canton and fried chicken and tried their various dessert set in a platter.

We had him groomed yesterday. He is now sporting a summer look. My gosh, it really looks like it is summer here now, it’s a hot, hot weather.

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It was my first time to have lunch here, one of those new establishments at Ayala Triangle that serve good and sumptuous food.

It is always nice to bond with my daughter. She took these shots with her camera phone.

Banapple lunch with Nissa.

Banoffee pie for desserts….yum 🙂 Love the  chicken rolls with basil and house salad. The servings are large. Gonna come back here one of these days and try their other menu.

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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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