Yes, we always say “that Facebook”as if it has no relevance in our lives.
My Facebook account is as old as my blog if not older by a few months. I used to blog before at Friendster then at Multiply. Those two eventually closed. I had good friends at my Multiply site and we used to have healthy exchanges of ideas. A simple blog would garner so many likes and comments even if I only had more than a hundred friends there.
Here comes Facebook. Occasionally, I link my blog post at Facebook. It is quite easy to get in touch with your friends and long -lost relatives at the site. You can even befriend those people you have lost touch with a couple of decades ago. One thing though that I don’t like about it is that, it has become a smorgasbord of news and updates that sometimes are not relevant at all. Just for the sake of having something you could make as shout out or maybe just to update your site. There are now plenty of social media used in the internet but I only have three – Facebook, Twitter and of course WordPress.
Lately since the start of the presidential campaign last year, Facebook has become the source of ugly insults, maligning each of the candidates so to speak. Until now trolls are active in posting things that destroys the credibility of the elected officials of the land. It’s ugly and most of those posts have become viral. It is so easy to destroy a political enemy though this medium.
One good thing is you get to see the birthdays of each and every one of your friends. Never mind that you are reminded of those dates daily and sometimes you are obliged to greet them even if you are not so sincere to do so. Haha, they must think that you know all their birthdays. You also get to see their updates. You are even updated with a newly acquired cat or a new born puppy. You get to see all their pictures from the youngest member of the family to the oldest. Never mind if the pictures sometimes are so blurred that they use those apps on Facebook to make them clear and flawless. And you are a part of each birthday celebration that they have and every traveled places that they go to. Nice you say? Sometimes it is annoying. Unless of course someone is a true and a close friend of yours that you don’t need to be reminded of his/her special day.
Ah, Facebook where are we going?
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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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Back when I was in high school, I used to watch mom and dad assist my lola (grandmother) cook during fiesta in our place in Quezon City. They would prepare dishes and various menus all night long for tomorrows’ lunch. My lola usually had our town mates in our province as guests and sometimes some or one or two of my father’s office mates would visit us too My lola was not my grandmother by birth but she acted as sponsor during my parents’ wedding. We used to live in their place in a small dwelling at the compound. Back then I was in awe of her. the way she prepared all those dishes without looking into any cookbook but through experience, doing the preparation and cooking all those years. I also wanted to be a cook too, the word chef was unheard of then. I would watch them prepare elaborate Spanish and Filipino food. My father was a good cook too. He taught me how to prepare easy dishes for dinner when he would bring home something from the wet market after office work. It was a case of “do your own thing”while he watched and instructed what to do. I learned somehow through all those afternoons spent in front of the stove.
During summer break when my oldest brother and I were in grade school in the province, Mom would prepare us to join Dad in Quezon City to spend our summer there. We would bring cut wood to use for cooking. I do remember, our stove was a three-piece ensemble fueled by firewood. It was only when we were in high school when we used gas stove. We used to ride on a Pantranco bus to bring us to Manila. My brother and I would usually count log posts along the way. There were no skyways and expressways back then. I also remember that we had black and white TV, a small one where we used to watch news. My father and one of our neighbors would spend the rest of the night playing guitar and ukulele. Those were the times that I still remember vividly until now, the guitar-playing days of my dad. None of us his four kids got into any musical instrument except my oldest brother who learned to play a guitar when he was in high school. Although I used to buy music magazines out of my high school allowance with guitar chords to boot, I never learned how.
Remembering the days of old which bring that certain smile.
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Posted in family life, journeys, life, silence speaks, thoughts, tagged family life, guilty pleasures, journeys, life, silence speaks, thoughts on February 5, 2017|
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Lately, I saw this father and daughter singing together on Metaspoon. The guy played the guitar as they sang together. The daughter is probably about four or five years old. It is lovely to see them together.
Those aha moments when you smile and you laugh just because you are happy. Last Saturday, I was surprised when I saw Nissa and Nate at the gate. They took a commute from their place to ours just to see me. My son-in-law was left at home early that morning. They took their breakfast with us. I inquired if Nissa brought milk for Nate. She said she didn’t because Nate eats a lot during meals so he does not need to drink milk.
We played blocks and touching ball, priceless few hours of being together, with not a care in the world except to laugh , be merry and play. You put yourself being a child of four, carefree and happy. Picture-taking goes in the back seat with no attempt to bring your camera out. Or maybe simply, you forget. The things we do to make the moments something to remember, something to think about when they are gone.
I am reading a beautiful book. It is actually a contemporary love story. my third book of love stories since I began my 2017 reading challenge. It’s quite a nice change from the memoirs and historical books I am fond of reading. The plot may sometimes be exaggerated or overrated but it goes well with the overall appeal of the book. I am looking forward though to finishing Mary Oliver’s Upstream and Lang Leav’s Memories. The first one is a selection of essays by Mary Oliver while Memories is composed of poems by Lang Leav. I am reading them both in installment. a way to prolong the lovely prose and superb style of writing. Sometimes you wish you could write like they do – wishful thinking if I may say.
Those aha moments. Those moments when you are just enjoying everything. Those moments that are deeply felt in the heart. Those unforgettable moments. You want to make them last forever.
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Just when you think it could be any worse, it can but when it gets better it does. Life could be like this, at times you don’t really expect it. It could bring you joy and at the same time pain that you have to go through. It could be full of angst when you least expect it.
The only good thing I can do during the past few days was to catch up on my reading My arms sometimes gives me that feeling of weakness and it slow me down when I am in front of my PC. I could not make comments on new blog posts yet, all I do is to read them and maybe leave some comments in the future. Crazy, isn’t it? Sometimes I bump into bed posts and table legs and it is quite painful. It takes me a long time to type a paragraph, I always hit the wrong key.
I am so glad though that despite all these, I still get a sizable 150 to 170 visits a days which gives me joy no end. I know this won’t matter much to all of us but when you are not posting regularly. even the nitty-gritty of following a post sometimes and commenting. I earned new followers too (thank you) and have reached a little over 450,000 stats so far. This is going great as far as I can see.
It’s during times like this that I miss my old self, enjoy reading blog posts from friends and meeting new ones. And yes, posting a little.
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Posted in journeys, life, the wrath of typhoon Lando, thoughts and ramblings, tagged health problems, journeys, life, silence speaks, thoughts, thoughts and ramblings on January 19, 2017|
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It’s been a while and it’s nice to be back. Let me see, it’s been a week since my last post here. I got sick for a while. I underwent a series of laboratory tests which my doctor has yet to see by Tuesday. I had numbness in my extremities. found it hard to walk straight and I had a gargantuan headache since last Saturday afternoon. I think it is due to high bp. I am still on the mend but hopefully, it goes back to normal in a few days. That’s what one gets sometimes for having a sedentary life. Enough if this though.
Not blogging for a week was long enough for me and not reading for a few days is quite insane. I am trying to catch up though it is quite hard to read back posts done in a week. I didn’t want to tax my eyes longer than I need to. I could not even handle a proper grip on the keyboard. It’s hard to type without touching the wrong key.
Gardening has to take a back seat for a while. I started trimming the carabao grass last week until last Saturday morning. Have yet to finish it soon.
Please bear with me for a while. I have to get back to regular blogging soon.l
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Wasted journey to the bank I must say.
I received two checks this morning representing my cash dividends from the bank where I worked before. Every start of the year, they declare dividends on outstanding shares of stock. I was so excited I didn’t notice the dates of the checks.They are both post-dated January 20. Only one was honored, another cash dividend from a different company which I received earlier. When you overlook something like this, you are definitely getting old. Or maybe I was just so excited to have it cleared so I could buy a single induction cook top. We use gas stove and I use my portable electric oven when baking. Hmm…still excited though because that is an extra income for me, no need for extra cash out 🙂 if I may say.
I know, I am getting forgetful at times. Is that a sign of old age? Turning sixty somehow added to it. I do have those moments when I am out to get something from the bedroom and I go out empty-handed, that “something” somehow forgotten but you’ve seen another “something” that you need to do and you do it first before remembering what you initially went there for.
Some people say that when you read a lot, your brain is active so it keeps you away from being forgetful. Reading a lot keeps your mind in good condition so to speak. Reading improves concentration too. When you are multi-tasking, it is quite difficult to remember everything but when you concentrate on the pages of a book, the mind stays focused. Do you agree? Eight books done so far, the phase is a little faster than before.
Do you laugh at yourself when you make a mistake and overlook something in the process? Do you just smile and say “I’ll try harder the next time”. I do sometimes 🙂 I am not always in a good mood though. This afternoon after my trip to the bank, I had another opportunity to window shop and look at things that delight the senses. So far, so good.
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