Posted in journeys, tagged Dumaguete, family life, journeys, life, Nature Tripping, Philippines, photo book, photography, Siquijor on June 26, 2015 |
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Last Saturday Nissa showed me the photo book that she made using a hundred photos of their trip to Siquijor and Dumaguete last year. I was impressed. She chose the pictures, did the layout and write-ups and edited it online. She’s been into arts and craft since she learned how to use a crimping scissor and make her own greeting cards. She has a cabinet full of art materials and invested in a good and sturdy cutting mat, scissors, pens, paper cutters, beads and what have you’s. She is into scrap-booking too. I remember the photo book she made before she got married using their prenuptial photos taken by an official photographer. She is planning to make another one for Nate. I told her to include Nate’s pictures since he was born until perhaps he reaches three in five months. She got a discount from Photobook Philippines. The book was printed in Malaysia and was mailed directly to her a few months ago.
this is the front cover of the photo book.
She has a way with words…
I love these shots….father/son bonding at the beach.
Silliman University, established in 1901, a private research university in Dumaguete.
Nate probably could not appreciate this yet but he is lucky that his childhood adventures are being documented by his mom and Nonna. Wherever life takes you, appreciate what it brings. Between words and photographs, there will always be some lessons learned, memories cherished, moments treasured.
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Posted in family, family life, I love weekends, journeys, life, quotes, thoughts, tagged Calayan Island, Closer to God, family life, journeys, photography, quotes, silence speaks, thoughts, thoughts and ramblings on June 19, 2015 |
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Can’t wait for tomorrow.
After almost two months of not seeing Nate, they are finally coming over tomorrow to celebrate Josef’s birthday with us. I suggested to Nissa if they could stay here overnight so she could rest, without thinking of cleaning and doing the weekend tasks in the kitchen. Sometimes, two days of rest is not enough, the weekend should be stress-free and relaxing. Anyway, I am looking forward to playing with Nate again, discovering what he has learned the past two months and seeing how fast he has grown into a very active toddler. It’s a period of discovery and exploration for our kid who’s not so little anymore.
I had a long chat with my priest son this afternoon who is attending a mission summit in Letran-Calamba. We talked of his assignment in Calayan. Time flies, a year is gone and in a few months he will be transferring to another mission. “Where to next?”, I asked and he answered “Camiguin”, another island in the north which is still a part of the Babuyanes Islands. He said it is more laid back, simple life to speak of but as equally beautiful as Calayan Island. He is happy to learn that I am still active at our Catholic Community page and still share my thoughts with the world through my blog. I laughed when he wrote back “OP Lay” meaning a Dominican lay preacher – preaching through mass media. I’ve always said even when I started this blog that if I could inspire a single soul out there, then I am fulfilled and happy. Josef is blessed, a mass intention will be offered on his birthday this Sunday. We are all blessed of course because we are always included in Lovell’s prayers. He always tells me, “bawal ma-depress at ma-stress” I know all that but sometimes life is hard and it is even harder to cope. “Stay in the grace of our Lord”. What lovely words! What was I thinking, negative thoughts should have no place in my heart.
I’ve found some amazing blogs here today – some blogs I followed, clicked a lot of posts that I liked. Inspiring words and beautiful stories that warm the heart. And here’s a quote for you today.
A blessed and happy weekend to all.
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After a long and hectic day, let your eyes rest
on the beauty of a summer bloom.
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I am excited.
Over a month a go, I blogged about mushroom growing when Nissa brought me an oyster mushroom fruiting bag which was a gift from a relative in Amadeo, Cavite. I waited about two weeks before finally opening the bag and religiously followed the instructions attached there – spraying water three times a day, putting it in a place that has moisture so it won’t dry out and waiting for the pins to come out. She said that they harvested theirs in two weeks while I got so frustrated when three weeks passed and it won’t bear those nice oyster mushrooms that I’ve been waiting for.
I was about to spray it again early this morning when I noticed these small grayish growth at the sides of the bag. Kevin was so specific in his instructions that I stop watering when I see those pins because in two days, they would have grown big enough for harvest. Since I was just excited to see them grow, I looked at the bag again a few minutes ago. Gosh, I was smiling like crazy when I saw these and they are just in one portion of the fruiting bag, there are more small ones at the center and at the other side.
a closer look….
Maybe, I could harvest these over the weekend. Now, my big problem is, how to cook them while still fresh aside of course from experimenting on the mushroom burger which we often order at the Mushroom Burger House In Tagaytay City every time we go there.
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Posted in Close to Nature, Closer to God, Clouds, photography, tagged Close to Nature, Closer to God, journeys, life, nature, photography on June 9, 2015 |
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One of my favorite shots of a favorite subject….clouds.
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Posted in blessings, Close to Nature, journeys, life, silence speaks, tagged a bit of myself, Close to Nature, journeys, life, photography, Sierra Madre mountains, silence speaks, thoughts on June 6, 2015 |
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There are moments when we want to reminisce about those things we enjoyed doing in the past. It’s not exactly a different world, just simple reminders of how life should be. Life is a continuous struggle but then amidst such pain and suffering we see the light and still enjoy whatever life deals us along the way.
Last night, I woke up to this ungodly hour of 1 am and it was hard to go back to sleep. My mind was full of images of places I’ve been to not long ago. I can’t even recall if they were just snippets of dreams I had earlier. I had this fear of going back to the hospital even for a simple check-up. I had phobia of those people lined up outside a doctor’s clinic waiting endlessly and patiently for the doctor to arrive.That feeling of being treated for a simple allergy then they find something more serious than those red marks on your skin. Fifteen years ago, I was hospitalized for almost a week because of allergy and then one of my doctors (my OB-Gyn) suggested that I undergo TVS ultrasound since I was already there. After two years of treatment, there was no option but to undergo a first major operation …total hysterectomy because of endemetriosis. My second major operation was in July 2009. They had to cut a portion of my sigmoid colon and remove the affected parts. A few months after my last chemotherapy, I underwent a kidney bypass and had to be hospitalized again. For almost six years now, I am in remission from colon cancer. I thank God for second chances at life, I thank God that He let me see the beauty of life despite all the setbacks.
Three weeks after my so-called “graduation” from chemotherapy, our friendly neighbors invited us to join them to visit a place in Tanay, Rizal, a two-hour trip by car from our place. I was even hesitant to go, I was thinking I would not be able to endure that trek down the place and the climb back later to civilization but it was one of those trips that I would remember vividly. We brought along my then six-year old niece who stayed with us during the Christmas break. The log cabin where we stayed was still in the middle of construction so we fetched a tent and enjoyed the cold breeze of the countryside. All you can see was the long-range of the Sierra Madre mountains from afar.
Sierra Madre Mountains
Simple life, simple joys…
We roasted marshmallows, grilled hotdogs and milkfish and brought along a big pot of adobo and a pan of pancit. Everything tasted so good but the company was even better.
the best place to commune with nature…
And the best sharing about life was done inside that tent with Jane, our neighbor and Nissa, my daughter while the two younger kids were looking for ants and other insects just outside the tent and the men in our group explored the place. Looking back, I felt so happy that I was able to endure the 15-minute walk, a kind of litmus test after six months of treatment/chemotherapy. I felt so good that it was nice again to go back to being normal, if normal means there were no more pain of the IV and the effects of the drug, if normal means going out and bonding with friends and family, if normal means you could forget the endless laboratory tests and the hospital and seeing your oncologists.
the trek back to the top
Chasing dreams and remembering the good old days, an escape from the ugly realities of life. Sometimes, life is full of angst and broken dreams but it’s nice to reminisce about something that would put a smile on your face again and you could face the world one more time with more dreams to pursue and happy memories to recall.
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