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I just laughed at this. I ordered 2 bottles (1 liter each) of liquid hand wash and the seller requested that I post a picture of it online together with my photo. Free advert? I posted a photo of the two bottles on FB without my picture…haha!

Lately, I’ve been using online stores to buy what we need. Yesterday, my order for maintenance medicine arrived and the pharmacy asked me to comment a word or two on their site, the kind of service, how fast it is etc. I obliged. It’s their way of getting additional customers I guess.

Finally, I am almost done cleaning and weeding the garden. Josef and Jovy are on vacation leave for a week so Josef helped me to trim the grass this afternoon.  It’s hot again, there was no rain for the past two days. Summer is almost over but I didn’t get to appreciate it much because of the lockdown. Whereas before, during summer, I would buy fruits in season but I could not go out nowadays. They say there is no need for quarantine pass but the way I see it, we are still on the upward curve, nothing has changed.

Back in April 2015, I read a book  entitled All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, Goodreads Choice 2014 Winner.  I know I posted a review of it somewhere here.  I found another book of his called About Grace, my third book but it seems a little disappointing, the narrative is good but the story? It was beautifully crafted of course, the language is good but I got lost in the plot.  All the while I wondered if he is the same author of All the Light You Cannot See.  I also wonder if I could finish the book until the end. For me, it’s either you can totally relate or you get bored.  There are so many still on my TBR list. I got curious about the short summary of  The Given Day by Denise Lehan. It touched on the Spanish influenza pandemic which I think is more interesting considering what we have right now, another pandemic. Try to read his other book Mystic River which I think is his best.

What do you know, I’m done with 56 books so far this year.

 

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Opps!

My interest in blogging is waning. Since this lockdown started, there is nothing much to write about. Staying at home  is slowly wearing me down.  I stopped counting the days since this lockdown. I wonder if this government is telling us the truth. There is a significant spike on the positive cases. Back when there were only around 60, we were told to stay home. Now that they have a total of 16,634 positive cases (3,720 of which have recovered and 942 died), we are now under GCQ (general community quarantine).Those sudden spikes makes one worry. Yes, most business establishments are now open but public utility vehicles are limited to MRT, LRT, AUVs, buses and Grab cars.  What about those who still have to take jeepney rides  before  they could take buses or MRT and LRT trains to reach their destinations?  I rest my case, there is no clear provision for those.

Loans left and right but we never see a downward trend on this pandemic. No mass testing is still being done. I presume with that big amount of loans and contribution from the private sector, they could at least show a small flattening of the curve so to speak. Where do those funds go?  And the man across the Pasig River is waiting for those vaccines from his BFF in china which they could experiment on the Filipino people. I say, mauna muna sila at mga alipores niya. They say our mortality rate is very low but we are the highest among Asian countries.  What a shame!!! A lost life is still a loss most especially to one’s family.

Everything has changed and we call it our “new normal”. Yes of course, you can still get in touch with some family members and friends but it’s kind of different when you get to talk over the phone. Sometimes, it is quite frustrating that you can’t see them personally and hug them. I miss my darling Nate, I miss Nissa and Obet. I miss their monthly visit.

I tried reading a love story in between my serious historical fiction but I could not relate to it anymore unlike in high school when I used to  devour M & B.  BTW, it might interest you to know that I have at least read a total of 53 books for this year’s challenge.  Not bad for someone who has become so lazy the past few days.

 

 

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Oh, the usual  reason, been so lazy again. The weather is still hot here that you couldn’t think of nothing worthwhile to do except read and point the hose sometimes on your face while  you are watering the plants. I stopped counting the days since they declared a lockdown here.  What is deeply annoying is that after those more than two months of not being able to go out, they are still not doing mass testing. I bet even the official tally  broadcast everyday by The Dept. of Health is understated.  Their only way and the easiest one for them is to continue this quarantine. Such a shame and they expect the private sector to do the job that they are supposed to do. This government sucks big time.

Three days ago,  JP Morgan delivered two brand new HP laptops for Jovy and Josef’s use. They are still working from home. And those employees within the five-kilometer radius to their office are allowed to report to work. They have shuttle service to and from work with two free meals daily. This might go on for more days than we expect.

 

And take a look at this, Nate is getting chubbier everyday.  His hair is getting longer too. Barber shops  are still closed. He is happy that Nissa doesn’t report to work yet until the end of the month but she said it is harder to work from home than in the office. Starting next month, they are required to report to the office twice a week.

 

Done with two books in the last three days that I didn’t blog. I love Nora Roberts’ The Witness. An entertaining thriller interspersed  with a little romance, believable plot and an extraordinary heroin. A great summer read.  Ten books in advance for this reading challenge at Goodreads.

Take care everyone! May we be all safe from this pandemic.

 

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I haven’t been here for……What? Five days? Has it been that long?

I got so lazy again. Don’t get me wrong, I was just so lazy to blog. I was so lazy to open my computer and write. I was more focused on my tab to read some e-books, converse and get in touch with friends from the other side of the world. I was more focused in finding some online sites where I could buy supplies and other necessities without asking Josef to go out. I was more focused on finding sites where we could order cooked food. Lately, we’ve been ordering food online almost every day since it is still too hot here to stay in front of the stove for too long. We cook though once a day, either lunch or dinner. Breakfast is usually just bread and coffee for mom and a cup of hot tea for me. Josef and Jovy don’t eat breakfast. We have ice cream and silvanas in the freezer, piyaya and ube halaya in the ref. Haha, I told them, we don’t want to get hungry. But when you are cooped up at home, sometimes all you think is about food, right?

We enjoyed the week-long dip in the inflatable pool. It’s now clean and kept in its original box for next use. The other day, I took some shots of the garden after the storm which we had last week, the first typhoon this year. Just checked them if they were destroyed by the strong winds. I’ll be harvesting another jackfruit maybe in a month. There are three more at the other tree.

I found this lovely book called The Bark Cutters by Nicole Alexander, a gripping family saga about early life in Australia interwoven with the future from the great-grandfather to the great-granddaughter. Did I tell you that I have always loved historical stories? This is one of them.

Keep safe everyone! Good morning!

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We are on day 48 of the ECQ (enhanced community quarantine).

A two-day “hard lockdown” is being imposed by Manila Mayor Isko Moreno on District 1 of Tondo and that is where Obet’s family live. I asked Nissa early this morning if they are prepared for it and she told  me they have enough supply so far. I am really wondering what “hard lockdown” means.  That means everyone could not go out of their homes for two straight days and by Wednesday they’re back on the enhanced community quarantine.

This situation either brings the best in us or the worse for that matter. There are still families who live now solely on donation and food packs given by generous individuals and their local governments.  I’d like to pay our electricity bills but since there are no meter readings and no bills for April and May, I could not do so. I also need to know the phone reference number so I could pay online but that is only included in their regular billing. Since I left the bank almost twenty years ago, I enrolled all our utilities online, so convenient and so easy.

Would you believe that for the past week, I’ve been reading Christmas stories? I am on my third  book actually. It is a nice change and  it is more inspiring reading books with happy endings and celebrating a lovely occasion than concentrating  on the  disturbing news about Covid-19. Learning to cope with the times, the “new normal” so to speak.

This morning, I let Josef trimmed my hair, about an inch at the back and on the sides too. Got no choice really. The weather is hot so long hair is not practical…haha 🙂

How are you all?

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Still couldn’t seem to go back to the allure of reading and the magic of writing. My thoughts are quite chaotic at the moment.

Although I am still advanced by seven books for this year’s challenge, it usually takes me around five days now to finish a 350-500 pages book.  I seldom open my PC now, just relying on my tab and cellphone to communicate with friends and relatives.

How’s everyone? I hope you are all doing okay.

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Let me see…it’s been  five days since my last post here. Got caught by laziness the first two days and the last three days, Globe was on high maintenance. I wonder what that high maintenance actually mean since we didn’t have internet connection for three days.

Took advantage of the days reading in between household chores and some gardening. Done with three books, one was quite long, all of 599 pages. Chances by Jackie Collins reminds me of The Godfather. Remember those mafia scenes – crime, drugs, revenge, friendship, sexual encounters etc. It’s been a while since I read a Jackie Collins book. It’s melodrama to the max, alright.  That was followed by another Dean Koontz book entitled Watchers. Great characters, fantastic story. I love stories about dogs, another terrifying story from an author I am learning to admire. Earlier on, I read The Woods by Harlan Coben. Not quite as good as his other books but I gave it four stars just the same.

We’ve been invited to attend Fr. Aly’s installation as Shrine Rector and Parish Priest at the Diocesan Shrine and Parish of Our Lady of Light here in our town come March 14.  A good occasion to mingle with those priests who were previously assistant vicars several years ago.

I am trying to catch up with all your posts.  Bear with me please.

 

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