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We are celebrating Good Friday today. Josef has work (from home) so we were not able to do the Fourteen Stations of the Cross. I watched the Lenten Parade though in our town online. Later it will be the Seven Last Words to be broadcast by several Catholic Churches here. I always watch the reflections of several priests around 3 pm.

It isbthe best time to reflect about life. Past experiences taught us several lessons to reflect.

A blessed Good Friday to you all.

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It seems like I no longer want to go outside from my comfort zone. Yesterday was only the second time I had my hair trim since the pandemic began. I have to wait for almost an hour before it was my turn at the parlor shop. The hair stylist asked me if I want to have my hair colored back to black. I told her I am waiting for it to turn all white. She smiled and I told her to remove the curls. My hair has that natural curl when it grows a little longer.

Overjoyed to see several fruits. I bought two kilos of mangoes. They are in season now because it is already summer. I haven’t tasted star apple the past three years so I also bought a kilo. It might take sometime again before I could go out. I am not that eager anyway, there are now so many alternatives in buying what one needs. Even medical prsecriptions are filled online. One of these days, I need to go back to my doctor though before my medical insurance expires on my 66th birthday six months from now.

It is Holy Wednesday and everything is quiet. Gone are those so noisy cars of candidates in the coming election. They’ll probably be back after Easter Sunday. A few more days to go before the much awaited election day.

Would you believe? I harvest two or three guavas everyday and eat them in the garden while I am watering the plants. One good thing about having a guava tree. Our lone papaya is still bearing fruit and every two or three months, I get to harvest one or two. Such is a world of a gardener. There is always something to look forward to. I harvested jackfruit three days ago and cooked it in coconut cream yesterday. Since we try to avoid eating meat during this Semana Santa, it is perfect with fried fish.

Have I told you that Nissa has Nate vaccinated too? He had his second dose last month. Next schoolyear, face to face classes would be implemented. They could not move yet to their new house because they have decided to add two more rooms and a balcony plus cabinets and bedroom dividers which were not included in their original plan. It is better to fix everything first before they transfer. Construction would probably take six months.

Something happened to my cellphone last night. I was trying to charge it but it didn’t and “reboot” appeared. I lost all the photos in my gallery, good thing I have several albums saved on Facebook and the photos I have on my tab. That was more than 700 photos I lost. I need to register again to our Cainta app so I could show it when I go to the mall.

Have a blessed HOLY WEDNESDAY๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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Holy Week started yesterday which was Palm Sunday. I just attended mass online because I have cough, it might trigger more unhealthy days mingling with lots of people. Although things seem to have gone back to normal with minimal infections of Covid, we still wear face masks when we go out.

Josef is working from home the whole week so I’ll probably have that much needed hair trim one of these days. They have gone back to the office the past days but there are times that WFH is scheduled like this week.

It’s sad, I somehow lost my mews in blogging. I got lazy visiting WordPress the past days. Life is quiet. Couldn’t think some worthy content for my blog. Sometimes I think, a blogger is only good as her last post. Sad to say, I lost some of my regular commenters and visitors. I’ll be lucky if I get 100 views a day nowadays. I don’t mind really but it is just a little disappointing.

I am more active now on social media, it’s only about a month now before our national election. There are still red-tagging and many fake news from the other camp. I’m glad though that so many people prefer VP LENI and her slate. Last April 9, they have the biggest rally ever with an estimated 220,000 people attending in Pampanga and to think ex-pres. Arroyo promised thousands for dayunior but they postponed their scheduled rally in the same venue. Afraid? I think they are really getting afraid that VP LENI and Sen. KIKO will win.

This is a drone shot in the Pampanga rally.

I believe that given two choices of electing between a liar and a tax evader who has nothing to show except his name and a busy Vice-President, I will go for the latter. She initiates and the Filipino people love her.

Hoping we will win this fight. The Philippines is going down the drain and we need to save it. My vote is for the future of my grandson. We don’t need more trillions to add to the Philippines’ debt. That was through the six years of the duterte presidency.

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May I ask for more prayers from you? Thanks in advance.

Alden is now out of the hospital. There is a 13 cm. lump near his ass but the biopsy will be released in two weeks yet. The ultrasound showed enlarged prostate, small cysts in the pancreas, liver and kidney. Had he decided for a surgical operation three years ago, these could have been prevented. Now he needs another CT scan for them to see if he needs operation or not. He has been hospitalized twice these March and April and we have exhausted everything to help financially. My SSS account balance is almost nil. His wife does not work. I wonder how she and their kid would survive if worse comes to worse.

Now and again, I have always said that health is wealth. If you are healthy, it won’t be a big problem if you don’t have enough money. You can always change your lifestyle.

I wish I could go home to visit Alden but nobody could take care of mom. My older brother’s movement is still limited due to his brain operation last year. Josef and Jovy are no longer working from home. I think at 93, dementia is beginning to show in mom. She is always being forgetful.

Please, please dear friends, I NEED YOUR PRAYERS๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

Thank you so much.

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Hey friends, I am back after almost a week of not even visiting WordPress until now.

It is summer here now and it is so hot. We are due for some house repairs and supposed repainting but then again I am so lazy to contact a carpenter to do the job.

Alden is in the hospital at the moment. He had colonoscopy yesterday and ultrasound this morning. They will probably go home this afternoon. They are renting a room for my niece who serves as their runner when they need something from outside the hospital. He is in a three-bed ward so only one companion is allowed. He had to have another blood transfusion before his scheduled colonoscopy. I am praying he could recover soon. Please pray for him. Thank you so much.

I don’t think this is funny. VP LENI was interviewed a few days ago and they asked her about her favorite book. She said To Kill A MockingBird then went on to explain why. She was influenced by it on becoming a lawyer. Those detractors who don’t even know the title of the book bashed her again saying that she didn’t answer the question. She did but knowing how they seem to be all-knowing, they probably thought that To Kill A Mockingbird is not the title. It is just so annoying that these pretenders don’t even know a good book. If you are a reader, you remember the story and the title of the book which is your favorite, right? Which reminds, I like to reread that book one of these days. I don’t know where my copy got to.

Talking of being lazy, I finished three books by David Baldacci lately, The Fix, The Fallen and Long Road to Mercy. They are all so captivating. Enjoyed the read. I am doing some spiritual readings too for Lent. Watched a new episode of the Fourteen Stations of the Cross at the Hundred Islands in our province in Pangasinan.

By the way, today is April Fools Day and I am again reminded of the song The April Fools.

Inย an April dream
Once you came to me
When you smiled I looked into your eyes
And I knew I’d be loving you
And then you touched my hand
And I learned April dreams can come true

Are we just April fools
Who can’t see all the danger around us
If we’re just April fools
I don’t care, true love has found us nowLittle did we know
Where the road would lead
Here we are a million miles away from the past
Travelin’ so fast now
There’s no turning back
If our sweet April dream doesn’t last

Are we just April fools
Who can’t see all the danger around us
If we’re just April fools
I don’t care, we’ll find our way somehow
No need to be afraid
True love has found us now

There you go. HAPPY APRIL ๐Ÿ˜˜๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ›ป๐ŸŒž

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It’s almost a week now since my last post here. I have to submit to SSS several copies of mom’s photo holding a current newspaper before they were satisfied. Finally yesterday, I received an e-mail that they processed the renewal of Mom’s pension. She is a survivor pensioner so we have to renew it every year just to let them know that she is alive and kicking. She complains about being nervous when she wakes up and this morning she said that her one eye could not see. Otherwise, she is still healthy for her age of 92 going 93 by April. She complains that she could not go out. It’s been three years since she arrived back here. Alden could not fetch her because he is sick. My other brother who lives close by cannot drive yet because he had brain operation a few months ago. I am the only one who could take care of her.

I joined the 2022 Goodreads Reading challenge and committed myself to read 150 books this year. I am done with four. I am never in a hurry though. I choose those new authors and discover what they have to offer. Last year I was able to finish 144 books, an eclectic mix of historical, contemporary, memoirs, one YA book and a couple or three love stories. Here are the books I have rated โญโญโญโญโญ.

A Winter Beneath The Stars – Jo Thomas

Evergreen – Belva Plain

Redeeming Love – Francine Rivers

What The Wind Knows Amy Harmon

Knight in Shining Suit – Jerilee Kaye

Long Walk To Freedom – Nelson Mandela ( a memoir)

Cold Mountain – Charles Frazier

The Orphans Of Race Point – Paltry Francis

These are just some of the few titles I enjoyed reading last year.

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First of all, I’d like to thank you for all the prayers for Alden. It is deeply appreciated.

The other day, I started filling up my journal with quotes from the books I’ve read, my own quotes which I have shared to our Catholic page and two groups. I am sure, I have written them long ago here. With almost 4,000 blog posts, I have forgotten about them. Some as early as 2011. I am reposting them. Thanks to Memories on Facebook. I am sharing them with you:

See something positive in everyday that passes and you’ll discover as the days go by that life is beautiful. Think of hurdles as challenges that would push you to a life of happiness. Life needs hurdles on its path for its advance.

Sometimes, crying is not a sign of weakness but a sign of strenght.

I would love to re-phrase this quote from E.B White. “ I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world. This makes it hard to plan the day”.

Here’s mine. I would just love to enjoy the world right at this moment. I choose to dream of pleasant things that would make life worthwhile. I choose happiness over negative thoughts that sometimes linger in my mind. I choose Today, I choose serenity.

Why not show the world that you can smile despite the tears? Why not show everyone that you can be brave despite the fears?

Sometimes, happiness is found in the smallest details of people’s lives. The untrodden path may seem daunting at the start, but it’s when you are brave to follow the trail that gives life’s meaning, it’s when you stumble along the way that you’ll really know that the end of the road is a beautiful vista of surprises.

They were all from my posts in 2011 afterall. Gonna share with you a photo of Nate and Nissa with Ogie Alcasid, an actor, talented composer and singer. They chanced upon him on their way to Siquijor and Dumaguete City down south. Nate’s first plane ride and they were on the same flight.

The captions says, “is this really necessary Mommy”?๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ

It was their treat to Nate’s second birthday.

Look at his expression. This was taken November 2014.

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Making A Difference


Saw this on my “Memories” page at Facebook. So lovely a message to ignore. Sometimes even small things make a big difference.

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Today is All Saints Day. Praying that saints hold you in their love and bless you with their grace….always!

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A friend, a former classmate in high school just sent me a lovely pic collage and beautiful words of greeting. Amazing๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks Bechay.

I agree that the more we face life’s challenges, the more we become stronger. Birthdays are not just the number of years beside your name, they speak of experience. We don’t only grow older, we become wiser through the years. And sometimes you wish it is your birthday every day, an opportunity to read those inspiring and wonderful words of greeting. The beauty of reaching out even without face-to-face contact.

And Facebook seems to be your online diary. I limit it to about 400 plus friends and I don’t post publicly. And there are limits to sharing your world with them, I don’t publicly complain of life’s struggles but I have chosen friends who understand and empathize. Isn’t that great? I don’t always see them personally though. I have a friend who’s been one for almost five decades now. He migrated along with his family to the US several years ago. We keep in touch from time to time and celebrate new beginnings and triumphs. Lovely to be remembered.

Fr. Lovell sent me a lovely message via text. Inspiring words. He is busy with his ministry and graduate studies. When you see these words like, keep safe, ingat, more blessings, God bless, doesn’t your heart jumps with joy?

These….

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