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The lazy bug strikes again.

The truth is I am not inspired  to write so I  read the past  three days. I was able to finish a ghost story ( a re-read) and a thriller. Done with 182 books since January, 32 more books added to my 2017  reading challenge.

Looking at the Christmas tree lighted at night makes me remember those Christmas past when the family was still complete with Dad still around and my youngest brother who migrated to the US of A  since 1991.  We used to spend Christmas  Eve in the province, a simple celebration of  Christmas Eve mass,  then later partaking  Noche Buena  with various sweets prepared by Mom.  When I was in high school, I also experienced tagging along with my aunts and uncle a few days before Christmas when we would visit neighbors and friends and sing Christmas songs accompanied by my uncle’s violin and Dad’s guitar.  The fun of walking late at night with a cold breeze on your cheeks, the generosity of people who love to hear Christmas carols of old.  Some would offer hot drinks  or sweets aside from  coins from their piggy banks.  Nowadays, you’ll hear the voices of little children shouting “namamasko po”  and singing  “Thank you, thank you, ang babait ninyo, thank you” and that means “thank you for being so kind”.   Every year, the Mini Parish Pastoral Council would send a letter a week before they are due to serenade each house  in the village with Christmas songs. It’s a way of collecting funds for the chapel and other  Christmas activities in our village.

Envelopes are aplenty during Christmas time from the maintenance of our subdivision, guards, messengers  (some you’re not even familiar with, like those who just delivered  mails  just once)  and our garbage truck collectors.  I give more to the latter because they  are more visible than the rest.

Gosh, it is already November  and we are still having tropical storms. Typhoon Salome is the  19th one this year. We are under signal number one. PAGASA says it  would bring lots of rain.  It is expected to move out of  PAR (Philippine Area of Responsibility) by Saturday morning.  I am hoping it would not bring lots of rains  as they have predicted.

Looking forward to a sunny weekend since I am meeting some friends.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainy Thursday morning.

And here I thought  the rainy season had come and gone but it’s not to be. We are under yellow rainfall warning and it’s been raining since last night. It is already 8:15 am but it is still too dark outside.

These thunderstorms.

Yes, it is cold and the rains are accompanied by thunderstorms. Thunder and lightning, you are cruel. Our dog Noki has hidden under our dining table since early this morning. He is afraid of thunderstorms. Our car alarm acted up crazy too.  A burglar in the vicinity? Nope, it’s because of the thunder.

It is still raining outside, that kind that would last longer than those heavy downpours.  It’s a wet, wet Thursday. Gosh I wanted to go back to bed and sleep an hour or two more but I am not  used to waking up late or  napping so early in the morning. I’ll probably read instead.

I watched the Senate hearing yesterday afternoon.  Some of their guests  bloggers  are aligned with Duterte and are perpetrators of fake news. Mocha  is known in the blogging world (she claims she is a blogger and has a large following on  Facebook)  but I wonder if she is the one writing her own blogs. She’s been appointed as assistant secretary  in Communications in Malacanang  but it seems that she can’t separate her being a blogger of mostly fake news to being in the government.  I laughed out loud when she said  that she was invoking her rights against “self discrimination” instead of  “self-incrimination”.  Does she even know what self-incrimination means? Sen. Bam Aquino retorted that she was not being accused of anything so  there is really no need to say that. Haha  🙂  🙂  Even Sen. Nancy Binay told her that she must choose – to do her job responsibilities or her  opinions as a blogger.  The nerve of the girl. She is full of herself. She was bashed by the netizens on Facebook and became a laughing-stock.  She even has the nerve to take photos with Sen. Trillanes. The latter  filed a case against her last week. He will pursue the criminal and administrative cases against her  despite the friendly gestures. There you are folks, our government has become….I don’t know what!

Telling a lie has become the norm for them. You tell a lie once and it would be hard to believe you the second or third time around.  Once you tell a lie all your truths become questionable.  I read this quote earlier and it is true.

Happy Thursday everyone!

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This is the nth time I’d be writing about blogging.  Same old subject, same old thoughts (I guess).

Do you consider your stats important in your  blog’s performance? I do. I have this dream of reaching half a million viewers  by year-end. Presently, I have registered a total of  495,675. Sometimes,  I get a total of 300 views  per day  and that’s a big bonus. It seldom happens now though. The average I get is between 150 to 200 a day.  Don’t ask me, I don’t know where they are coming from. Some people visit but never leave comments or like. I am grateful though for the number.  As of last count, I have a total of 2,681 give or take one or two. It includes the more than 80 followers I have at Twitter and some friends who subscribed via e-mail but they are not bloggers.  I follow  a little over 130 bloggers on WordPress and some links from  those gifted poets  that I admire.  I cleaned up my list a few months ago when I noticed that some of them are no longer active in blogging. Would love to explore more blogs and discover more bloggers  and writers soon.

I  have a friend  who tells me that she is always updated with what is happening in my life although we don’t see each other much. It’s been years since we left the bank where we used to work.  Funny how  I’ve been so open about my  life journey here. I’ve always said before that blogging is a sort of catharsis for me. I recall those days when I felt so down and I just wanted to share.  I recall those days when my health was challenged and writing about it helped me cope.  I recall the days of just being happy and blessed. What a nice feeling when you get in touch with your inner self.

I never attempted to  write about “how to’s” in blogging. Sometimes we find subjects that we are comfortable writing about. We find our niche under the sun.  Again it would be a bonus if some people  could relate to what we share. Chances are there would be one or two who could. It is a touch and go thing.  One thing I would like to say is that, always write from the heart. There is no use inventing something you haven’t experienced or felt. There is no use sharing a subject you are not familiar with.  I made a total of 2,076 posts on this blog alone, this one excluded. Maybe if I were to add the posts on my four other blogs it would probably  reach 2,500. Sometimes I wonder, some posts have become redundant through the years.

We often say the reason we are on the world-wide web is because we got something to talk about.  Aside from that of course is  to find new friends online and interact with them.

It is a lovely journey…..blogging, that is.

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What’s it about Monday that makes one lazy sometimes or bold enough to tackle another difficult job?

I am half-way through trimming our carabao grass again. I bought a new grass cutter several days ago so it is easier to do the job now.  The weather is just fine for gardening with a gentle morning breeze to enjoy.

Gosh, the noise of the vehicles passing by our street. The main road in Ortigas Avenue Ext. is being repaired so some commuters pass through  our subdivision to avoid the heavy traffic. I hate it  when some use their car horns inside the subdivision. They are not supposed to do that since the subdivision only allows  a lower speed limit compared to the main roads. It is annoying. Yesterday afternoon, two cars bumped into each other right in front of the house causing a traffic jam for a while. Those drivers get so impatient.

I harvested about a kilo of kalamansi  after gardening and made some into juice. The fresh, delicious taste of freshly picked kalamansi…heaven.

 

There are plenty more where they come from.  It’s time Nate visits us again so he could bring some home.  Speaking of  food, yesterday I  cooked  pancit bihon for lunch. It is a Filipino noodle stir fry so popular for everyday meals and on special occasions too.  Since it is a complete meal in itself one does not need to add rice to the dish.  You would need about a half kilo of pork, 500 grams of vermicelli noodles, carrots, chayote, Baguio beans and two stalks of celery.

 

There is still a little left inside the ref with two pieces of longganisa to boot. Perfect for another meal later.  Left-over meals for  Monday…haha!

Have a nice week ahead friends!

 

 

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There are books and there are books out there.

Funny how sometimes a certain book is included in the list of classics but when you attempt to read it, you can’t relate. One such book I really wanted to finish is The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco. I started a few chapters only to abandon it again. Readers rated it five stars on Goodreads but how come I could not finish even five chapters? The proverbial question is, is it me or is it the book?  I love history, I admire those writers who really make those researches when writing a historical book.  Those Latin phrases really turned me off. A few months ago, I attempted to include Anna Karenina in my book challenge for this year but I gave up reading in the middle of the book. Russian names are hard to pronounce, haha.  Got confused by the story.  I finished reading  Doctor Zhivago though by Boris Pasternak. I  even watched some trailers on YouTube and enjoyed listening to Lara’s Theme. Another book that I started years ago but still pending in my TBR list is A Prayer for Owen Meany. This book got more five stars on Goodreads. A Widow For One Year  is another Irving book that is pending in my shelf.

Are you a fan of Gabriel Garcia Marquez? We used to have two trade books of his in our small library which Nissa bought years ago, Love In The Time of Cholera and One Hundred Days of Solitude.  I enjoyed the latter but could not finish the former. I wonder why.  Enough of  Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza. Do you remember that famous film by Meryl Streep entitled Julie and Julia? I  enjoyed watching the film version but didn’t finish the book with the same title  by Julie Powell, a food blogger. Another book Eat, Pray, Love  is prominently displayed in my shelf but the first few chapters were a disappointment to me. Maybe one of these days, I’ll read Elizabeth Gilbert.  Maybe I’ll give the book another try.

I am presently reading  The Winter Siege by Ariana Franklin,  a book set in 12th century England.  A wonderful historical book. In 1141, England was engulfed in civil war between King Stephen and his cousin, the Empress Matilda over who would wear the crown.  This book is so engrossing. This is my book number 162 out of a goal of reading 150 books this year.

What are you reading at the moment?

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My autograph is open
Come and see
What?
Won’t you waste a line on me?
Share but a thought
A word or two
That memory may revert to you…

These  were just a few lines that I vividly remember written on my first autograph book that Mom and Dad gave me one Christmas in 1968.  Back then, the first thought that came to mind was, I could have my grade school classmates sign it before our graduation the following year.  I didn’t know that Mom kept it together with assorted toys, plastic dolls and other paraphernalia so dear to a young girl’s heart. The book was about 8′ x 10′ in size, with an inch-thick pages and the cover was  of a glossy material that easily attracts the eyes. At the center was a picture of…guess who….Susan Roces!

I was then quite excited to show it off to my classmates. I am sure you know what a typical autograph looks like, you write your name, address, age, school, ambition, motto in life and see questions like, ‘who is your crush?’ and such things like ‘define love’.  On the second page is where you put your dedication together with a small photograph if you have one.

A few years ago, I got the chance to get re-acquainted with it. The pages were quite frayed at the edges and some part of it were eaten by termites.

Roses are red
Violets are blue
May some forget you
But never shall I…

I could not help remembering James Patterson’s books with similar titles, Roses Are Red and Violets Are Blue. Do you think he got the idea of using such from some childhood quotes?  Going back to answering the question, ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’ A lot of them answered, ‘to be a nurse’ or ‘to be a teacher’ and most of them wrote under ambition, ‘to go abroad’ Why not ‘to be a writer”or probably the more facetious answers like ‘to be a beauty queen’ or ‘to be a Philippine president’ ? Forty years ago, being a teacher was I think the most noble ambition for a child of eleven or twelve. And going abroad was the ultimate dream of every family.  Remember the saying, “the grass is greener on the other side”.

Define love.  ‘Love is sweet’, ‘love hurts’, ‘love is a nice feeling’. Corny, you might say but those are definitely what we feel at times, right?  We were psyched  from early childhood how to give love back – be it in simple things like hugging our parents, kissing our younger siblings, making those paper flowers for our moms thinking that they are the best flowers in the world, helping them with household chores, etc.  Love is simply manifested in every gesture but probably in a subconscious way.

Back in high school during our senior year, we had those slumbooks  (is this word in the dictionary?) as we called it then. Remember those cute little notebooks  with Hello Kitty designs?  Almost every girl in class had it and we were quite “kilig to the bones” seeing our high school crush sign it.  What was important was, the complete address, birthday and the short accompanying note which we treasured.  Nowadays and luckily for our batch, we regularly keep in touch by way of frequent get-together, once in three years reunions, via our batch’ e-group and such social networking site like Facebook.

Yes, the college years  – those were the days where you probably experienced being in love for the first time.   Really, how time flies!   Slumbooks and autographs, do they still have that now?

(photo courtesy of  Witty  Will Save The World Co.)

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Sometimes  you  just feel that tiny apprehension that you  have covered all the subjects you want to blog about and there is nothing more you can explore.  Or maybe you have lost your muse in between and you don’t know how to start again.  Have I blogged about this before? You asked. Have I mentioned it in my previous posts?

One such subject that I do enjoy writing about is blogging.   How many times have I written about this topic?  It’s been there since  I started this blog.  Do you agree that the more you do something in the long run, it gets easier?

Blogging is a dream come true for me. I tried publishing a few posts at Friendster back in 2007  then a friend recommended a new platform called Multiply. Both closed their sites years ago.  I had about close to a hundred friends at the latter and I enjoyed exchanging ideas with them, talking about families, music and more on current events.  We posted photos, food recipes, songs from our  own collections, movies  that touched us at one time (copied of course from YouTube).  It was a social media platform where I met some friends personally.  It was a chat board. Then came Facebook.  I am still there even if sometimes I feel it is so noisy but it is quite easy to chat with friends from all walks of life. It is quite  easy to find old friends you haven’t seen in a decade.

Ah yes, blogging.

Sometimes I feel that reading interesting blog posts is like reading a lovely book in installment, you discover a page every day and you want to see what the next scene will be.

I miss my friends/fellow bloggers who have quietly left the scene because the chapters are not complete.  WordPress keeps on improving their site and sometimes it gets confusing to learn an added tool. I still use the old format until now. I find it easy to edit here than at  the more improved one.  I  unfollowed some blogs  in the process. Most of those bloggers who put their links  in the comments went to my spam folder. Thank you Akismet for that.  I follow a particular blog because I feel there is something there that I can relate to. I tell you, specially to the new bloggers out there,  it is not practical and nice to follow a blog you have just discovered and ask them to follow you back.  Follow it because of its own merits  and don’t expect anything in return.  I do get curious though and I visit their sites.  It takes me more time now  and more inspiring and interesting posts to follow a blog.

Blogging, sharing, meeting new friends in the blogosphere. I love it all.

 

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