Posted in family, family life, journeys, tagged a bit of myself, family life, gift, journeys, life, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts and ramblings on February 22, 2017|
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I went back to my doctor yesterday after a series of blood tests which I’ve undergone over the weekend. He interpreted the results and said “”they are all normal, ang galing ng doctor ano?” I just smiled and thanked him for the medications he prescribed earlier. My blood pressure has significantly gone down and so was my blood sugar level. It is quite hard to have your blood extracted every week , it is a bit harder to go on fasting for several hours too. I have to continue with my medications though for another month until further check-up.
Sometimes, I wonder about the “what ifs” in my life. What if I didn’t feel that sudden blinding headache and body malaise then I won’t have those weekly laboratory tests and doctor visits. What if I did exercises every day then I won’t have to suffer and limit my movements now. What if I got conscious of what I ate before then probably, I won’t have to limit my intake of fatty and starchy food.
We do all have those questions . At some time in our lives, we feel those blinding curves that make us weak in the process. It might not just be physical but mentally as well. We dwell on the what if. What if I did this or I did that? We never would know the repercussions of what we are doing right or wrong until we are in that situation. We could never assure ourselves that everything would be okay as well. We are all responsible though with the outcome whether it was a wrong decision for us or not. When we encounter things that we didn’t think of that will happen, we don’t know what to do.
It’s been a lesson learned for me and I learned it well. At my age, I anticipate some body weakness maybe at a later date or time but not this. Although most of the family members up to the third degree are prone to high blood pressure, I haven’t heard of one who has elevated blood sugar. I am a cancer survivor that is why I am a little wary when it comes to my health. It might come back any time or (thank God) it might not. It might choose to appear in other organs of my body. Those are the “what ifs” that I sometimes ask myself.
Life is a wonderful gift. Treasure it.
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Posted in Closer to God, Faith, journeys, life, silence speaks, tagged courage and strength, Faith, journeys, life, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts on January 7, 2017|
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I had another play with an app on Facebook. Sometimes, they hit the nail on the head, sometimes it is just a play with words. Are they just looking in to a few shout outs I made there?
Here’s what it says:
Not everyone knows the fights you have had to fight in life. Not everyone sees your scars and the things that you had to go through. What they see is a smile on your face and assumes all’s well but only you know how much you are hurting still.
It’s partly true. One has to be strong to face all those early trials in one’s life. One has to have faith in what comes next. One has to believe. Standing strong. Standing still. These are words that always stand out when I think of the past. These are words that make me hope to be better, to dream more and just feel glad I am alive.
The smile would always be there. I believe in greeting each morning with a big smile on my face. I believe that everything would be okay the moment I wake up. I just believe. One could be sensitive and sentimental enough to reminisce a little of what has been, the good times would always be memories to cherish, but sometimes one should be bold enough to accept the truth that things happen (maybe for a reason), that they are not a part of one’s dream. We should not be afraid to see what is at the bend in the road, there is probably something more to discover that makes life more meaningful. When you have faced challenging circumstances in your life and you’re still standing, I call that courage. When you believe that eventually things fall into place, I call that faith.
I love this quote from Helen Keller: “Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into light.”
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Posted in blessings, blog update, blogging, family, family life, journeys, life, my blogging journey, thoughts and ramblings, tagged blogging, family life, journeys, New Year 2017, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts and ramblings, year-end blog 2016 on December 28, 2016|
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As all things go, there is an end to everything – days, months and years included. And yes, 2016 is about to end and we think of those things we did this year, old and new friends we met, family togetherness, places we dreamed of visiting, lessons learned, hours wasted on senseless thoughts (sometimes) and all the other things that make life and living worthwhile.
It’s been a quiet year for us except those times we went out as a family to celebrate birthdays and those times we had visitors at home to celebrate with us too. It is always nice to get in touch with friends, sharing meals together and being happy just exchanging news and ideas. It is always nice to be with the whole family celebrating togetherness no matter how simple it is. We do find meaning in the ordinary things in our lives, one has to look back, discern, and admire what is before us. We find meaning in our brokenness, those times when we felt so down and everyone cared, we are just grateful for that.
Do you make new year’s resolution? I’ve never been good at keeping one. They always get broken one way or another. So I dream, make some of it into reality and just enjoy what is in store. The days are not always happy, some are like memories blurred at the edges, some are like a closed book so pleasant to discover, some are lovely thoughts waiting to be shared.
Blogging has become one major step to sharing with online friends. It is such pure heaven to meet fellow bloggers who share their lives, their hobbies, their families and their precious photos and memories. Blogging has become a daily exercise that I look forward to, reshaping my views with the world outside. Blogging has become a pleasant tool for friendship. I’ve finally reached more than 2,000 followers including my 90 followers linked at Twitter. Isn’t it nice that every day, the blog stats increase a little more than before? It’s close to 445,000 views now. I made a total of 157 blog posts this year, add maybe two or three more before the year ends. The wonder of blogging. May I just thank you all for sharing with me through my blogs and yours? Thank you, thank you so much.
May the next year be a pleasant, happy and fruitful one for all of us. Happy 2017 guys.
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Posted in Closer to God, Happiness, inspirational, reflections, tagged Christmas 2016, Christmas celebrations, Happiness, journeys, life, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts on December 21, 2016|
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Whatever else be lost among the years, let us keep Christmas still a shining thing; Whatever doubts assail us, or what fears, let us hold close one day, remembering It’s poignant meaning for the hearts of men. Let us get back our childlike faith again.-grace noll crowell
Remembering this lovely message about Christmas. It’s that time of year again when we get so busy with preparations. There is a much-awaited guest, a little child born in Bethlehem.
The celebration of Christmas may not be that always happy for everyone. There are people who spend their Christmas on the street on a cold winter night. There are people who make use of cardboard boxes in some corner for their beds. There are people who never know the twinkle of the tinsel on the Christmas tree or the bright lights that adorn it. Christmas is just another day or night of begging on the streets. Not all of us are lucky to open gifts, prepare a lot of food on the table, exchange warm hugs or listen to Christmas carols. The joy that Christmas brings is non-existent in their lives.
What is happiness? People say happiness depends on our outlook in life, the way we experience things and the way we react to them. It is not so much of the material things in our life but more on peace of mind, contentment, purity of heart, a positive attitude towards life, a sense of well-being, or a roof over one’s head and food on the table.
Happiness could be found in the simplest of things in our lives. A smile makes us happy, more so when it comes from strangers we meet on the streets. A simple hello would put a smile on one’s face and is usually answered with another hello.
No matter what the circumstances, remember always to be happy. Celebrating Christmas is one reason to put a smile on your face.
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Posted in blogging, Closer to God, I love weekends, my blogging journey, silence speaks, tagged 3rd night of Simbang Gabi, Awaiting Christmas 2016, blogging, Christmas 2016, Closer to God, reflections, silence speaks on December 17, 2016|
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Lately, I promised myself to write everyday just like when I participated in WordPress’ Post A Day writing challenge back in 2011 but always, always I get distracted by other things. There is always something that is ought to be done, there is always something that prevents me from sitting long enough to write a blog post, there is always something better and more urgent to do than blogging.
Josef and I had our twice a month visit at the wet market early this morning. We make it a point to go there early so we could catch fresher produce. It is easier to navigate the place when there are few early risers like us. One thing that I love about my suki (favorite vendors) is that they give you discounts especially when you buy by the kilo. My son knows where we buy meat, poultry, fish and vegetables. It is always a thrill to discover new things at the wet market. Compared to prices in supermarkets, items are a lot cheaper and fresher. Come to think of it, they give Christmas gifts too. My fish suki gives me a bottle of fish sauce every year, my other suki gives t-shirt. Some of them give coin purses that are so handy to use when marketing. Josef laughs at me when I smile bringing home these gifts. Simple though they may be, but we always say, it’s the thought that counts.
It’s the third night of Simbang Gabi.
Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel.
Emmanuel means God is with us. The gospel today talks about the presence of God in our lives. It is the presence of God which will complete us, not power, not wealth, not possessions. We seek God’s presence, we knock so we could be heard and we do this through prayers. We see Jesus though in the Holy Eucharist.
May you all be blessed. Have a nice weekend.
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Posted in Caleruega, Close to Nature, Closer to God, journeys, life, photography, tagged Caleruega, journeys, life, Nature Tripping, photography, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts on December 14, 2016|
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Sometimes, one needs to be alone with nature –
absorbing the silence
thinking about life
wondering, sometimes always wondering
what it is all about.
Sometimes, one needs to be connected with nature –
listening to the hush of the wind
thinking about journeys
and the unfamiliar pathways
the uneven steps one has to go through.
But always –
bringing that familiar smile.
(click photo to enlarge)
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Posted in family, family life, Happiness, journeys, life in the neighborhood, tagged family, family life, journeys, life, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts on December 7, 2016|
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There comes a point in one’s life when it all goes down to reminiscing, remembering the past and some golden dreams.
Those times when your kids were just babies and you were learning how to change diapers and make “hele-hele” while singing out of tune and discovering to your delight that you could compose a particular tune right there, waiting for them to close their eyes and sleep.
Those times when you went up the stage every end of the school year to accompany your kids to receive recognition awards and medals. You were so proud that they were so responsible in their studies.
That one particular afternoon when one of your daughter’s professors called you up over the phone just to say that deliberation was over and that your daughter will be graduating Magna Cum Laude. You cried and jumped in joyful thanksgiving that she made it to that much coveted Latin honors.
The first time they shared their paychecks with you and said “let’s go out and celebrate Ma”. Music to your ears. And the following days when they would just say, “let us do the grocery shopping Ma, just make a list of the things you need”. Those days when you would watch movies together or just stay at home doing a marathon of Prison Break until 3am. Those times playing couch potato with your daughter while waiting for her final interview for a new job, watching Korean movies on DVD. Can’t forget the laughter and the crying sessions we had together.
The day that your daughter got married and you were happy and at the same time sad that she’ll be residing in another place and you won’t get to see her every day. Her excited voice saying “are you ready to be a grandma?” a few months later and you were so excited you can’t wait. You were just as excited seeing a sonogram a few months after.
The joys of finally seeing your grandson and discovering that you like the sound of being a Nonna. The days in between, the happy days of discovery while your grandson is growing up to be a smart, intelligent and a loving young boy. The phone calls when you can’t see each other, the hi and hello, the how are you, the I miss you, the shouts of joy saying “I love you Nonna” and you shouting back saying “I love you too baby”. The excitement in your daughter’s voice while sharing a copy of your grandson’s report card in Nursery school. He is doing pretty well with very good and excellent grades.
The simple joys of family life sharing meals together, eating out together, sharing stories, fun moments playing with the grandson. They are priceless moments indeed.
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