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Some people and bloggers say that they don’t really mind if their blogs are here but stay silent in cyber space.  I do. I mean, one of the reasons why we share our thoughts is to be recognized as  bloggers  too, right? Of course it is a welcome bonus that our blogs  could be popular on their own.

I have just reached 460,000 plus visits a while ago. For me that is an achievement for this humble blog. I must admit that it is quite hard to reach a number that you would feel comfortable  with, if your blog posts  are being read. A year of blogging would not even yield a thousand visits if  people don’t read  your blog and other bloggers don’t visit it and make comments. I think the idea of blogging is to share what you are passionate about, be it simple recipes that you do on your own, photos of places you’ve been to,  things you love to write about and such other things that you want to share  with other people. I could not exactly remember when the button  Like  on WordPress was introduced but it a lovely way of showing how one is attracted and like a particular post. When I joined the Post A Day Challenge in the year 2011, I used  to get from 300-400 visits a day but that has waned over the years. Perhaps fellow bloggers and visitors  have gotten tired visiting this blog.  I can no longer see those who used to be active in posting too. Along the way, their blog has stopped. I miss them.

One feels glad when one’s blog is noticed by other bloggers. I am not one those who promote books (I am not an author)  and those who have thousands of followers in their midst. I write about the daily happenings in my life,  the illness I went through back in 2009, the journey of getting well and feeling normal too.  I am grateful for those days that lots of friends prayed for me and empathized with me.  I am grateful for those days that I was strong enough to face everything although it was a hard journey to go through. I am grateful for my family and relatives who were at my side during those days of  recuperating and getting well.

There are so many blogs that I come across about how to blog.  There are many blogs that tell you how to be a successful blogger. I think it all depends on what we want to share with the world. If our blog is public, every one could read it.  There are no sure “how to’s” on how your blog would be noticed, much less when you are blogging on a free platform just like me.

Ah, blogging.

 

 

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Hello!

I went back to my internist after a month of taking medications for high BP and elevated sugar. Although my sugar level has gone back to normal, he prescribed same medicines for at least two months more. I have to go back there in a week or two  because he is monitoring my blood pressure which always has a tendency to go up. I am not stressed but I wonder why my BP is always on the rise. I relax by reading, gardening and yes updating this blog and reading other blog posts. I discovered new ones which I recently followed. They have nice  and lovely photography blogs.

For the past week, I’ve been reading e-books. I recently discovered this author Elizabeth Cox. She has written several books but this is my first time to read one of them. A Question of Mercy really made me cry. It’s a story of a  mentally disabled young man and his teenage step-sister. His family love him but he was misunderstood by many of their neighbors until the former decided that he undergo sterilization and lobotomy in a state-supported asylum. The day before he was due for the operation, he was found dead in a river near their place. The cover made me decide to try this one. The lush landscape of North Carolina was vividly described in the story.  You can’t put a price in the love  of family. It should always come first, shouldn’t it?

It’s nice to be back reading e-books again. It took me a long time to appreciate e-books because there is nothing like holding a real book in your hands. I got used to it eventually.  Lately, I’ve been reading books by Australian authors.  Done with 56 books, 31 % of my reading challenge.

How was your weekend? Have a nice and beautiful Tuesday everyone.

 

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I know I shouldn’t be blogging about this. I am not much into political blog. You can count on your toes and fingers how many times I did before. I just watched retired SPO3 Arthur Lascanas being  interrogated by the Senate on his involvement with Davao Death Squad.  He said he killed almost 200 people while he was active in service. Wow, what a shame.

One senator, a famous boxer at that lectured Lascanas on “spiritual renewal”.  Is that the only thing he  can talk about? My goodness, he even tried to move that the latter should be cited in contempt but he was stopped by another senator. They wanted to hear what Lascanas was going to say. Another one wondered why in his testimony, there  are different fonts used.  That senator got popular before in copying and pasting his speech…haha.  Funny guys, doing their ugly thing in the Senate. Some of them are really laughable but the other senators were well prepared and have researched before they  came to the Senate. They tried hard to discredit the hitman. I do think he is telling the truth this time. I understand there will be a third hearing soon.  I do hope the whole truth would come out in the end.

Our foreign  affairs secretary keeps on denying at first that he was not a US citizen then he admitted that he was…finally. My goodness, how could you handle a local position if you are a foreigner? In addition, our esteemed president (kono) asked why the House didn’t include rape and plunder to their watered-down version of  the  “death penalty”. It’s as if he really does not know about it. Funny, funny, funny.

I could go on and on  but then  like before I don’t want to mention their names. Suffice to say, we have a country run by idiots. Sorry, I didn’t vote for them.

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ATM

All along I thought  it was a cash dispenser some banks usually put up to  make withdrawing money or depositing to an account as easy as ABC. Being a banker for more than twenty years, those words are quite familiar.

Now it carries a different meaning. Some people especially those who use social medial are fond of writing ATM instead of the usual words “at the moment”.  The abbreviations are  probably alright when you are so busy enough  that you use abbreviated words like these but on social media? Again, I have nothing against those who use them constantly in their shout outs.  It must be the fad nowadays and I am out of it.  But using ATM while you are busy updating your Facebook account of some photos you probably took a few hours ago does not jibe well I guess. Unless of course you are in a restaurant eating your lunch or on a beach delighting  in the sun.  Could you say “at the moment” while you are busy swimming?  It is like texting, some people use so many shortened words.

Going along with words just to say that you are “in” sometimes makes it a little funny. “At the moment, I am typing this post” would sound better I guess. I won’t say I am reading ATM while doing the typing, I cannot do that.  Here comes another word that is as familiar.

Multitasking

We always do this to save on time, multitask I mean. Honestly though, we can do things fast one after the other but not at the same time unless maybe you are cooking and it needs to boil for a little while or having your dirty clothes in the washing machine while cleaning. I am familiar with multitasking because I do it all the time.  For me, household chores are easier that way. I sweep the yard while cooking or I sweep the floor while our overhead tank is being filled.

At the moment I am typing this blog post and boiling water for coffee at the same time. It’s multitasking alright.

 

 

 

 

 

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This is my 1,920th blog post, WordPress says. I can’t believe I’ve reached this far after more than seven years of blogging. My four other blogs are not included in this count. If I will include them I will reach more than 2,000.

We attended Sunday mass early today. Left the house at 6am to catch up with the 6:30 am mass. The priest’s homily was good. It was an enlightening one and it made  me feel a little nostalgic. It’s good when it is an application of the gospel, more than repeating it to the congregation. I think we understand it better that way.

Yesterday we celebrated the 31st anniversary of the People  Power Revolution. We were there thirty-one years ago. My son then was only about a year old. I remember the four days of  the military and the people meeting together for one purpose, to oust a dictator and to regain our democracy. Fast forward today, unluckily we have another dictator in the making. It’s been seven months since the new administration  took over but I couldn’t see the light of the day except for more than 7,000 killed in the process. Even our peso which was so strong a year ago is going, down, down, down.  The Philippines is no longer the tiger economy of Asia. Our economy is slowly eroding. It’s sad that we have to be in this again after so many years of enjoying a robust economy.  This administration is vindictive. Last Friday, they jailed its number one enemy in the person of Senator Leila de Lima. She was put to jail based on the testimonies  of  high-profile jail inmates while the latter were granted  state witness status against Sen. de Lima . They are in jail but are given to privilege of having these amenities like air con, televisions, cellphones and the like.So sad really. Baliktad na ang mundo.

I dare not mention names here, perhaps you all know what is happening in our country.

 

 

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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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Ah, when you think of reunions, you think of the good old days, way when you were a bit younger, still hale and hearty so to speak.

Our family on my father’s side will have a reunion on February 11. All except one have all died already. Dad was second to the eldest among seven kids but then  my grandfather married again with  eight kids more. Their youngest is a year younger than I am. I’d like to think that among all the siblings, we are so few, four kids, my three brothers and I. My uncles though and my lone aunt had several. My cousins have their own families now and lots of  their children are already married too. Overall, maybe we could reach more than a hundred from the two marriages of my grandfather. Sadly it would be held in the province. Three of my aunts have come  home for a short vacation with one of my uncles. They were inviting us to attend. It would take at least 5 to 6 hours to reach our place.  I am in touch with most of my cousins through FB.  I don’t know most of my nephews and nieces through my cousins personally. It is nice though that even if we don’t get to see each other, we talk online.  Hopefully we’ll get to see some of them when they come for a visit.

The last time I attended  a grand reunion was in 2011 with my high school batch. It was  a lovely affair updating each other on our lives, sharing a meal together   and having nice chats. They even invited one of our teachers in high school.

Sometimes you just can’t  believe that you are really getting old. Those little kids you used to see have somehow grown up. They now have their own families and you have your own grandchild.  How time really flies. Yes I know, age is really just  a number besides your name.  Growing and getting older, that’s what but you also grow in wisdom as you age. What used to be hard to comprehend is now a daily occurrence in your life. What used to be understandable only to grown-ups are just bubbles that burst as you go along.

Growing old gracefully and getting older wisely,.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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