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Haha! No blog post for three days 🙂

The thing is, I was again distracted reading lovely books which I could not put down. When you are focused on something else, blogging takes a back seat.

It’s been a rather busy weekend. Finally, Josef and I are done with grocery shopping which is good until New Year (the first week of 2020). I have to make a list so I won’t forget. Still I have to go back this morning to search for items that I clearly forgot. Now I remember,  I forgot to buy a roll of aluminum foil which I will use for my Embutido.  Another trip to the supermarket  one of these days. Senior moments indeed.

Ah, according to my Christmas clock, there are 43 days more to go before Christmas. We were able to squeeze in putting up some decor over the weekend.  Around this time the past few years, you would notice almost every home decked with Christmas lights and lanterns, they’re now missing though. Maybe it’s because economic hardship in our country is so glaring,  most people would rather spend  on necessities for their daily needs. Anyway, we could always spend the season quietly as long as we know why we are celebrating, right?

The nights are getting colder and we still experience thunderstorms now and then. Looking forward to PAGASA’s declaration of hanging amihan when the Siberian winds bring in the cold weather. Those are the days when you truly remember the loveliest season of the year which is of course Christmas.

I asked Josef early this morning why he was wearing a t-shirt and maong pants. He said that it is a holiday in the US today and since they are working in a US bank, they are allowed casual wear at the office.

HAPPY VETERANS’ DAY  to all my friends who live in the US.

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Happy  Sunday guys.

It took me a while to finish the book of Isabel Allende’s Of Love and  Shadows. It’s not because the book is not good, it is but I got distracted again by Wordscapes. besides I kept comparing it to the martial law days back in the 70s – the unrest, the dissatisfaction with the government, human rights abuses, the rebellion,  threats, extra-judicial killings, tortures and incarceration of those suspected people against the Marcos rule.

It’s a sad story about love, survival, hatred, fear and oppression. If you don’t want to get caught, don’t voice out  your fears and what you know but keep silent. I admire the poetic way of describing the beautiful scenery in between the brutal attacks by those in power, the police. Come to think of it, there is somewhat a close similarity between the book and what is happening now in ou country.

This government is against drugs and even promised to eradicate it in three to six months. But it’s been more than three years and those  drug lords are still scot-free while the lowly drug users are being killed without due process. I would not elaborate, this can be seen from various happenings in some areas of the country. Although not all police force is crooked, some of them are even involved in the drug trade. Disgusting. Those appointed by the president who are found guilty of misdeeds are being recycled and transferred to other  departments. How’s that again?

Imagine, the allotted budget for health and education were greatly reduced while the personal budget of the president increased by a hundredfold. Is this transportation crisis real? If you’ll see how the commuters suffer everyday just to get to their places of work on  time. Three hours commute not just because of the traffic but because of lack of transport.  You are lucky if you have a car but you still have to leave early so won’t get caught in traffic.

I don’t want to be stressed by what is happening around. I don’t even watch news on television. I am not indifferent though, I feel the frustration of every affected citizen. I feel the hopelessness of those who can’t do anything to change the course of this ugly governance.

Where are we going?

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What a lovely way to spend Monday morning attending mass online. St. Paul  Media have daily masses now. Fr. Pao, who is a friend on Facebook was the mass presider. What a lovely homily. He said and I quote:

For those who believe, no sign is necessary,

For those who do not believe, no sign is possible.

Good news are always welcome. I learned this morning that our family friend Fr. Aly is transferring as parish priest to our town, Our Lady of Light Parish. Years ago, that was back in 1995, he was an assistant vicar at the said parish and he was the one who was assigned to bless our home. He was just about two years into the priesthood. He became our friend, the kids loved his stories about seminary life when  he  visited us in several occasions in the past.  He was then transferred to three more parishes in other cities and towns in our province. He was the one who officiated at Nissa’s wedding eight years ago. I messaged him a while ago and he said he will be here in Cainta by November 11. What a blessing! It is always nice to get in touch with old friends. Looking forward to meeting him again soon.

Yesterday was quite a busy one for me. I spent the afternoon weeding and trimming our snake plants outside our fence. My goodness, these people who pass by our place (it is a corner lot  very near one of our inner gates in the subdivision) are so careless with their trash – cigarette butts, candy wrappers, plastic with straws  from soft drinks they buy in nearby sari-sari stores. Did you know that cigarette butts are the most common form of plastic litter in the world? Our place has the same problem. They just throw their litter haphazardly about the place and our outside garden is not spared from it. I wonder when they’ll be disciplined enough to dispose of their trash properly.

I’ve always said that those trash that you throw with not a care about the environment would eventually come back. When the rainy season sets in and the streets get flooded, they are carried away and they clog the drains and water outlets causing flash floods.

Let’s protect our environment. Let’s protect our world.

 

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Sometimes, I wanted to change the look of my blog by changing themes but I always end up going back to this reliable one for me, the Misty Look.

There are more free themes going up the site but somehow when you feel just a little comfortable with your chosen one, you are reluctant to try something else.

I was looking at the options for text colors for my Heartland series earlier but I could not find it. I have to make a little research  to do it. It used to be there all the while and all you have to do is to highlight the words you want to change into another text color and presto, you’re done.  It’s gone.

According to the article I read “You can easily solve this issue by clicking on the “Toolbar Toggle” button, which is the second icon from the right under the “Add Media” and “Add Contact Form” buttons.” 

“Once you’ve clicked on that button, you’ll see an icon with an underlined “A” and a down arrow fourth from the left. If you hover your mouse over it, “text color” will pop up.”

Got it. I was just wondering why it suddenly disappeared from the options above unless you click that toggle button.  Oh, they keep changing the rules and if you are not aware of it, you’ll be lost.

Some bloggers don’t mind if they have a high stats or not, I do. It is a measure and a barometer wherein you would know whether people are reading your blog posts or not. Some don’t have WordPress  account but they read and visit. Occasionally, you get comments from people you hardly see here. Presently, I have a total of  592,509 stats and I hope, it’ll reach 600,000 by year end.  It doesn’t matter much if I have thousands of followers or not, most of them don’t engage anyway. 4,000 followers are good enough for me.

How’s your blogging journey?

 

 

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I make it a point to just relax every Sunday after attending the early mass at 6 am.

That means no gardening, no scheduled time with the washing machine, just reheating leftover meals  and yes a lot of reading in between. I am happy starting  Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield the other day.  I am challenged by the Wordscape  game Josef uploaded on my tab a few days ago. And in between reading, I tinker with Block Puzzle Jewel and Match 3 Jewel. I used to dislike playing online games before but as one grows older, you seek venues where you could spend relaxing time too. Since I seldom go out except attending weekly Sunday masses, twice a month trip to the market, grocery shopping almost every week, an occasional trip to visit my internist, another occasional lunch out with the family, you might think life is boring. I assure you, it is never dull. When you are given second chances at life, you always grasp every day and embrace it with hope for another tomorrow. Another chance to shine in your own little corner of the world. Never mind the bad news you always see on television (I don’t watch news anymore). Never mind the annoying happenings which your local politicians are wont to do (mind you, you’ll get stressed out just reading the news). Never mind the traffic even in your neighborhood.

Yes, our street is busy every day of the week. When our car leaves the garage, one has to wait for a few more minutes and let the other cars, e-bikes and motorcycles pass by first. It has become one of those alternative routes going to and from other towns in our province.

Oh what bliss just spending a little of your time waxing poetic about everyday lives, getting in touch with friends  through Messenger, being updated with news on their walls.

Happy Sunday all.

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Good morning everyone!

It’s a dark Tuesday morning. There is another storm brewing in the North and heavy rains are predicted this afternoon and that include  most provinces and towns in Luzon, including Metro Manila.  The students are happy, most of them have no classes.

Have you ever thought how much you have shared in your blog in all the years that you have been blogging? Come to think of it, your blog becomes your online diary, the difference between having a journal is that in a blog you share what you write publicly while in a journal you probably keep it under lock and key.

We’ve talked about the weather (the easiest one to do I think), our family, hobbies, books we have read and will read in the future, politics (occasionally), we even talk about what we had for dinner or breakfast, places we’ve been to, we post lots and lots of photos we took with our high-end cameras or those convenient built-in cameras in our cell phones and tabs. We talk about the daily happenings in our lives.

Sometimes you think you have shared too much and after more than a thousand blog posts you have published, you think you have covered every subject there is to blog about. Maybe some of us even dream of publishing books out of those writings we’ve done over the years. That’s great of course but not all of us are brave enough and talented enough to pull it through.

I remember my first foray into having published  something in a national daily. Years ago, I was invited to join a contest at Philippine Star sharing about how it was being an OFW (Overseas Filipino Workers) family. I didn’t win, there were so many writers whose works were more meaty and interesting than what I wrote but I was paid in cash for my efforts. That was a thirty-minute of writing. The newspaper had saved them  somewhere but I could no longer find the articles now. About a year after, I was again invited to share my thoughts about our former President Cory Aquino when she died, how she affected my life as an individual  and as a citizen of our country. Then came the newspaper’s anniversary and I again contributed a few lines to congratulate them. I no longer subscribe to the newspaper now since I could always take a look online, some fresher news to read.

There are still bylines that I read regularly online at Philippine Star. I love how Barbara Gonzales writes her articles weekly. She’s married now (again), she’s in her mid-seventies when she got married for the second time. Her kids have grown and she enjoys her moments teaching writing at home and doing beadworks.

How do you spend your free time aside from blogging of course? How do you make those moments memorable?

 

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It’s cloudy but it’s not raining. And yes, the breeze is just enough to dry the bedsheets  and pillowcases I ran in the washing machine at 5am. The sun is trying to show its face but it is  still partly hidden by those dark clouds.

Gardening.

Just done pulling out those stubborn weeds in the area at the side of the house which was not planted with carabao grass.  I brought home some cuttings  of Pothos plants, Mayana and another crawling plant that I could not identify. The Mayana cuttings come in three shades/varieties and they are now thriving well. There are so many plants there in our old house that I could bring home but I just commuted back so it would be an inconvenience to bring so many baggages.

Going green.

Trying to make green veggies our staple too.  They are actually healthier than eating red meat. Fish is a nice alternative to eating pork or chicken. You just have to be a little creative in cooking recipes from fish. I was just talking to my youngest brother from Tulsa a while ago and he suggested that I could also use the leaves of our Philippine lime (calamansi) to sour fish sauce like “sinigang”. We have lots of ripe calamansi from the two trees that we have here.  Just harvested almost a kilo the other day. Best used for juices and marinades.

Books and Reading

Last night, Josef uploaded Moonreader, an app used for e-books.  I can now see my shelf  on my new tab. Still learning  how to navigate this Samsung Tab A 8. Just been released three months ago. I wonder if it also has some features about the last page where you stopped and continue reading. I lost my recent list of TBRs but gained all the books I deleted and read before. My previous tab has features where you could enlarge or reduce the font for each book that you would want to read and you can also choose font types. Haha, I didn’t know that you can trade off previous phones to shops that deal on repair. Josef did and got a little cash value out of it.

Photos

Who would know that your tab or phone would go kaput on you and you were not able to save all those beautiful photos that you took and photos from Viber and Messenger that you uploaded? My gallery is back to zero. Nada. Zip.

No idea what title I’ll give to this post. So I am borrowing a title of  our high school presentation called Walang Pamagat which means no title in English.

 

 

 

 

 

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