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High school life was so different from the grade school years I spent in the province. The probinsiyana kid was now a city girl ūüôā

I was actually late in taking the admission test for high school at the University of Santo Tomas but since my father worked at the university, the high school principal accommodated me. I even took the exams at the principal’s office.

Though my brothers and I spent summer break  in Manila during our grade school  years to be with Dad, residing permanently in a city was a challenge for me.  I have to take a commute from our place in Quezon City to Espana in Manila. Back then, there were buses traveling the long road passing in front of the University gates. Jeepneys were plenty too and traffic was unheard of. The girl sections in all years usually had their class in the morning while our brother sections had theirs in the afternoon.  We only get to mingle with them during joint school activities like sports fests, spelling bee contests and the like.

I do remember the very first day during my freshman year. We prayed the Morning Offering after the flag ceremony then our Spiritual Director gave us each a blessed rosary.  In every subject, we had to introduce ourselves to our teachers. I felt so conscious back then. My classmates looked so smart and well-dressed. Eventually we had to wear our uniforms. It took me a while to adjust to high school life.  The grammar was okay but the diction was a little hard on the ears if you know what I mean.

I have always loved our English subjects. I didn’t like¬† Algebra much because I could not understand all those symbols but¬† I adored Chemistry and Physics.¬† Religion subject was also part of our curriculum from first to fourth year. We had yearly retreats and once a month¬† celebration of the mass in school where we had to wear our gala uniform.

It was a tradition in our school that before we leave its portals, we had to make a presentation for the lower years and for our teachers.  Each of the senior students was given assignments. We had to brainstorm on a title of our presentation but  ended with Walang Pamagat  meaning No Title. We adapted various television programs and made our own scripts. Other graduating class after us followed  suit with the same title but added numbers like Walang Pamagat  One, Walang Pamagat Two.

We started having reunions back in 2003 and it is now a regular thing every three years. Every year, the organizers are able to trace more classmates and school mates. Some groups have get-together every time a high school friend takes a vacation from abroad. Half of us are working and staying abroad now. Some of them had become doctors, engineers and lawyers.

My high school life at a glance.

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Been going back and forth to the doctor the past few days, that is  every Saturday.  He suggested that I undergo Urine Culture and Sensitivity Test. I have to buy a bottle of distilled water  so I could submit the required amount of urine for the laboratory. I mentioned earlier that I am also a  colon cancer survivor and he also included CEA marker testing in his request. I am nervous and at the same time confident that my CEA markers would be normal. Praying on it and for it.

A few more hours to go and¬† it’ll be another leaf in the calendar. Uneventful June if I may¬† say. I don’t know, lately I feel so lazy to go out and socialize. A friend invited me to a party this coming week but it is a night affair. I don’t go out at night (really) because of the hardship in commuting. Besides,¬† I don’t want Oreo to be left alone in the house for long. I usually leave him for a few minutes when I buy some lacking grocery items¬† in our pantry. The village grocery store is just outside our village’s gate, a five-minute walk from our place.

Some people might think the days are boring. I am busy most of the time to get bored and when I am not doing anything, I read. You are not alone when you read. Books are unique in the sense that they get you to places you have never been to, experience those heart-stopping moments of a chase, learn more crafts, increase your¬† awareness on the lives of people you only meet in¬† books. It’s one thing why I love reading memoirs too. I always remember Stephen King’s words when I read. He said and I quote “Books are uniquely portable magic”. I was lucky enough to find his lovely book called “On Writing:¬† A Memoir of the Craft” several years ago. I have read it thrice already. I thought at first it was an autobiography but it was all about some pointers in writing.¬† I say, write from the heart.

Hello July. Surprise me please.

 

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There are so many apps at Facebook but this is the only one that I’ve tried at the moment. I just want to know how well they know a person through her public profile by guessing (?) things that would make you smile or frown.¬† My FB status is for friends only. I don’t click like on those posts of friends who are updating their walls publicly.¬† For one thing, I never send¬† nor forward chain mails even if they are of religious kind, I just erase them. Neither do I¬† play online games, it is a waste of time for me.

I like this though.

And except that weak point which is being crazy about sweets, I am not. I choose sweets I wanna eat and only do so when I crave for it.  Neither do I smile when confronted with suffering, I just cry silently and pray. All the rest though are quite true. I really hate FAKE people but I love meeting new friends.

By the way, I’ve just erased another twenty spam comments with that annoying word “write”. Some even have¬† WordPress sites. If they are legit¬† WordPress users, how come¬† they’ve joined the bandwagon of spammers?

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I am sad and angry at what is happening to the supposedly honorable  Supreme Court Justices of the land. The Supreme Court has clearly lost its credibility with these men in robes.

Count on it, this is definitely a rant.

Yesterday, those eight justices who voted for CJ Sereno’s¬† ouster were the same people who didn’t give her a chance for reconsideration on her Quo Warranto appeal. At the same time they also dismissed the case of the Marcoses on all the charges of hidden wealth and plunder, take note, in billions of dollars.¬† And it seemed they are still running¬† the country with the president as their puppet. Bongbong Marcos wouldn’t give up that he was actually defeated by our VP Leni Robredo last election. They are changing the rules to their own advantage. And here’s more, Imelda Marcos saying¬† that she wants to see her son in Malacanang before she dies.¬† Is she dreaming while awake?¬† Perhaps they have clearly forgotten that bloodless revolution way back in 1986 where they were exiled in Hawaii.

I wish people would find it in their hearts not to be accepting and apathetic of what is happening now. But most people are afraid to voice out their opinions and speak. Anyone who contradicts the president is his enemy. And here comes another directive from Duterte (yes, it is not a law, just his whim) to the Philippine National Police to arrest those who are hanging out in streets or even in front of their residences. And as always just like his drug war, the poor people are the first to be victims.¬†He is clearly creating a grim scenario so maybe he could also declare Martial Law all over the land. They arrested stevedores at the port who were still in uniform earning an honest living.¬† The police seems to have lost its ball in this Duterte game. Pathetic ūüė¶ They’re like dogs given¬† chew bones and they are busy with it. Aren’t they supposed to protect the people?

Oh my gosh, what next?

 

 

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I just can’t help but remember those days when every day Mom and I would sit in front of the television and watch the impeachment proceedings¬† of Chief Justice Renato Corona back in the first quarter of 2012. Notebook in hand, I would take notes and blog about it later. I even encountered a student¬† who commented that she was looking¬† for some analysis on¬† the hearings and found my blog. They probably studied them in school too and maybe copying and pasting was the easiest way.

They keep comparing the removal of chief Justice Sereno via a Quo Warranto which was deemed unconstitutional. Corona was given his day in court while CJ Sereno did not even have the chance to defend herself. Those justices who voted her out are all tentacles of the present administration.

Perhaps the whole world knows about the president’s penchant for cursing and demeaning women, not respecting other people having different opinions from him. He called them his enemies and of course those who he appointed in office some of whom have been lately discovered dealing in anomalous transactions. A foreign secretary who is “bulag, pipi at bingi“. A biased ear won’t listen and he would keep silent on things that need his decisions.

It is so frustrating when every day¬† you would read something unpalatable, add that to the fact that the president is kowtowing to China¬† preferring the exorbitant interests on the country’s loans from the latter.¬† The Philippine peso exchange rate¬† is at its lowest in 12 years.¬† That TRAIN¬† ¬†(Republic Act RA 10963 or Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion)¬†law which according to a senator didn’t even read before signing is¬† a heavy burden to us all ordinary citizens. Just imagine the price of gasoline and basic commodities¬† jacking up beyond the reach of the poor and ordinary citizens.

I wish I could just concentrate on my gardening and reading but one can’t help but be affected in one way or another. I hate to do political blog but as they say in Tagalog, “sukdulan na”. It is nearing the end of the rope.

Where are we going Philippines???

 

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Yesterday.

We were able to get our EMV cards at the bank. We have to wait for Jovy to come home so she could drive us there.

There are always long lines both at the counters and  at the customer service booths. I have to approach one of their officers and introduced myself as a former employee of BPI. She immediately looked for the replacement cards and let Mom sign hers but I have to replace the PIN numbers for both cards at the ATM machine.

We went to SM East Ortigas later to have early dinner at  the Classic Savory Chicken.   Mom  said that the place was familiar so I told her, we had eaten there before. We dined on buttered chicken, pork chops, pancit canton, chop suey,  crab and corn soup.  Oreo is now allowed to eat veggies like carrots and chayote and minced chicken liver too so we had to separate them and put them in a glass of water to remove the flavor before he could eat them.  He loved the veggies.  We also ordered dinner for Josef and brought it home with us.

Tired.

Started trimming the grass as soon as it is light.Wow, it has grown after more than a month. Went back to the garden around 4 PM. Planted another packet of Zinnia today. I hope they would sprout in a week. I noticed while I was weeding, there are new shoots of my Vinca, probably from the flowers that have fallen to the ground. I am envisioning how this would all look when they bloom.

I gave our neighbor bottle gourd. There are more  than ten of them on our trellis in different sizes.  Did you know that there are amazing benefits of bottle  gourd?  It is  a vegetable often ignored by many but it acts as a diuretic, improve digestion and prevents constipation.  It also reduces risk of urinary infection and lowers blood sugar levels. Since it is low in calories, it also aids in weight loss. There are also so many ways to cook it.

Finally.

I can now update my reading. Just done with a book about nature and biodiversity. The importance of a healthy natural environment. ”¬†Biodiversity¬†is in decline all over the world. The number of species of animals, plants and microorganisms is decreasing”.¬†I hope to see our little sparrows moving back to the garden again.¬† I miss their sweet voices early in the morning.

 

 

 

 

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I woke seeing my dashboard full of spam mails. It looks like it came from just one person with different e-mails because the message for all is just this word: “What?” I wonder why they never get tired of spamming legit posts.

Finally, I’m done fixing the garden but I haven’t trimmed the carabao grass yet. The sun is still hot even at 4 pm. The Zinnia and Calendula seeds I planted last week have finally sprouted. Looking forward to transferring them later. The fulfillment of having the¬† garden looking like one finally…priceless.

I am trying to catch¬† up on my reading but at around 8 pm,¬† I feel so sleepy. I only get to read¬† a few pages. Still, there are twenty books I’ve read in advance according to Goodreads. I wake up early every morning though. The day is a little longer now than night-time. Six in the morning is already bright outside. Watering the plants¬† early is better than waiting for the sun to rise where the water easily evaporates because of the heat.

Also looking forward to blogging every day (if possible) again and reading posts from my blogging friends.

Happy Monday all!

 

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