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Oh  my, July is almost gone.

It’s been raining since yesterday. We have these habagat rains again because of typhoon Gorio. Gorio is enhancing the monsoon rains all over Metro Manila and nearby provinces. One thing that I don’t like about rainy days is I have to clean our small pond afterwards. We used to have Koi fish  but one rainy morning, they were all gone flashed by heavy rains that saturated the garden.

The lazy day makes me  remember those days when my eldest brother and I were in grade school. Every rainy season, we would stay with my aunt  ( my mom’s older sister) the whole five days that there were classes. My mom was afraid  that we couldn’t go to school on time when it rained hard. We lived in an upper place from the town proper and we used to cross the river  through a wooden bridge wide enough for our feet to step on. When the water is high, the bridge sometimes disappears and we would use a raft made of bamboo poles. I was always afraid to stand and balance myself while crossing.  My aunt’s place was a bit near the school  and we just walked  to and from it.  We have a concrete bridge nowadays  where vehicles could pass through.

During summer months,  we go home every lunch break and we would have a run at the bridge most of the time. We would go home together with my  cousins, neighbors’ kids and some other relatives  and go back in the afternoon  for our classes. We learned to balance ourselves on the wooden bridge  when crossing.  Those were the days, part of our grade school life years ago.

When we started high school, Mom and dad decided to transfer us to Manila and we enrolled at the University of Santo Tomas where I finished college too. I had a hard time then adjusting to high school life in the city although we spent summer vacations with dad when we were young.  Bus and jeepney rides became a necessity. I could not imagine myself now riding on buses or jeepneys.  It was so different back then, pollution was not that heavy and commuters had easy access to public vehicles. Nowadays, LTFRB is so hot on the Grab and Uber rides unmindful of those colorum buses, jeepneys  and taxis on the streets of Metro Manila.  LTFRB is requiring those private vehicles affiliated to Uber and Grab to get similar franchise but they sat on those applications for a year. I must admit, riding a Uber or Grab is the most convenient way to travel aside of course from bringing your car to work.  Most traditional taxi drivers here are arrogant and  choose riders and places. It’s not practical to ride on jeepneys on longer routes because of pollution.

The rain has stopped finally and I am here…reminiscing.

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Son asked me if I watched the first year SONA of Duterte yesterday. I answered  “no”. I don’t listen to the guy nor watch him on television  by choice.  Sometimes though, radio programs air his speeches  but bad, bad me, I  always turn off the radio. I don’t want to be stressed by all the lies, the  arrogance and the curse words which seem to come out regularly from his mouth.  From what I read on a few comments on Facebook, he touched on as usual, the drug problems and extra-judicial killings but not how  we would be progressive on the economic front. He did not even say something about the burgeoning traffic in Metro Manila, the constant gridlock and LRT/MRT trains being always broken. He did not mention the problem about the West Philippine Sea which the previous administration focused on before.  He bent his ire on the media and human rights advocates.  He assured though that drug war will continue. I wonder if he has learned anything from the countries previously beset by similar problems.

During Pnoy’s reign, I have always blogged about his SONA  every year. I was one of those who clapped in front of the television and even jotted down how many times the audience did it. I watched some political analysts’ views right after the SONA.

Oh well, politics and politicians, so unpalatable at times but they are part of our everyday lives.

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I smell the scent of rain.

The sun shone for a while but it is getting dark again. A low pressure area is forming in the north that might bring  more rain to Metro Manila.  We always dread monsoon rains here because of flash flooding.  The  coming months of August and September  are usually the heavy rain months that extend sometime to the month of October and some strong typhoons still happen until December.  Gosh I always have that hidden fear during the rainy months. I am actually afraid when it rains non-stop and I am alone in the house.  I am praying there won’t be flooding here this season.

Senate and Congress are presently on interpellations    on the merits of extending Martial Law in Mindanao for another five months as desired by Duterte.  The 1987 Constitution states that  a president in only given 60 days to have Martial law in any place and beyond that, it needs the approval of  Congress and the Senate. This is a critical issue that they have to vote on. Knowing that there are mostly pro-Duterte groups  both in the Senate and Congress, they might vote for an extension although opposition groups are questioning the proposed rules of the special joint session. My gosh, they can’t even assure if they will be able to contain the rebellious groups in Mindanao after five months.  Will Martial Law extension ends the conflict there or would it just be  one of Duterte’s means to stay in control as they rightly believe?  There are thousands of   civilians who have fled their homes in Marawi City because of the conflict and some of the evacuees died of various diseases like dehydration.  Talk of human rights violation and extra judicial killing and there you’ll see how this government works.  Do we really need to extend Martial Law? So sad.

The Philippine peso is now at its weakest performance this year. Prices of basic commodities have significantly gone up.  Even those we buy at the wet market  are sky-high.

I am not really looking forward to the State of the Nation Address come Monday. I don’t want to hear more lies and cursing.  Where are we going?

P. S. 5:25pm

This came an hour ago. Breaking news:  Joint House-Senate vote: 261 affirmative, 18 negative. Martial Law extension wins.

Gosh, I don’t know what to say of our lawmakers.

 

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So you think blogging is easy huh?

This is not to disillusion those who are new in the blogging community.  Some people might claim they are old hats when it comes to blogging. Some are successful enough having those followers in five digits.  Some are just there, observing, reading and sometimes commenting.

In all the years I’ve been blogging, I never attempted to write “how to’s” or make some suggestions on how to be a successful blogger. I guess when it comes to blogging, what is important is sharing something worth-reading, sharing a bit of yourself in the most sincere way you know.

I noticed over the years that there are some bloggers who don’t really take efforts about the content of their sites. They just visit several blogs and share links on their sites. Don’t you think that’s cheating? Oh I know, ping backs are great sometimes but not always. Years back, I encountered one or  two sites which stole my content, the whole thing and just changed some words in between. I got mad and called the attention of WordPress. It just stopped when I blogged about those two sites that they stole my content. I recently learned that you can actually block someone from reading and visiting your site or keep them away from posting comments just to call your attention.  One must be vigilant. I know  you would say, WordPress is public and unless you maintain your blog for your eyes alone, it would remain so.  It’s okay if you keep it as an online journal or a diary.  It’s your choice.

Starting a blog can be overwhelming or intimidating.  Nine years ago, a friend of mine at Multiply suggested that I start a blog at WordPress. I didn’t know how to build one much less customize but I posted  a lone entry in one of the free themes here.  Back then, I had a premium account at Multiply and had at least a hundred close friends who  were all active at the site.  It took me a year to come back here and learn to customize my site.  I’ve been blogging for eight years now and I am glad that I found this community of bloggers who share their thoughts in cyberspace. What a thrill to meet people around the globe. What a blessing to be able to read all those lovely posts they make and share.

There are always topics that we could all relate to. There are always subjects close to our hearts. As I have always said, blogging has become a way of life. It’s one perfect medium to meet online friends. It’s one perfect avenue to vent what one feels.

Blogging, anyone?

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Good morning! A  blessed Monday morning to you all.

I woke up at 4am, gardened at 5am until  around 6:30am. A cool wind is blowing but the sun is hiding again. I only got to realize that 5am is already bright enough to pull those unwanted weeds growing side by side with our Santan plants outside.  Oh, I know it is hard to maintain a garden no matter how small it is. It  needs constant care, otherwise you’ll end up having those blooms dwarfed by unwanted ones that grow faster than your plants.  To see new buds and blooms is reward enough though. I haven’t taken any photo for a long time now. I haven’t bought a new camera yet. I just use  the cameras on my cellphone and my tab. They take good enough photos but not  in high-resolution as the camera itself. One of these days…one of these days.

I have to run to have my hair trim at David’s yesterday. Gosh, I think it is now more than two months since I had it trimmed. I’ve missed my hair stylist and a bit of shoulder massage that one gets  in between the shampoo and cutting. It’s only  there that I am updated with showbiz news. Funny how they are so “in” when it comes to showbiz life. They must be reading all those features that come with the People magazines that they have in their shop.  I seldom watch variety shows, I only catch up with the news early in the morning and that is not even  a regular thing.  They have jacked up their price. It’s a good thing there is a bit of a discount using my senior citizen card.  It does come so handy when I go grocery shopping (although not all items are included) and  buying medicines for my maintenance.

Some of my friends are coming over for lunch this  Thursday. I am excited to see them again. The last time we saw each other was January of this year.

Sometimes, listening to the news reminds me of these song lyrics. Sing it with feeling people. I don’t understand what is happening. This country has become……

♫♪Do you know where you’re goin’ to?
Do you like the things that life is showin’ you
Where are you goin’ to? Do you know?

Do you get what you’re hopin’ for
When you look behind you, there’s no open doors
What are you hopin’ for? Do you know?♪♪♫

How was your weekend?  I hope it was an enjoyable one with family and friends.

 

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I’ve been waiting for the sun to show its face today. It’s a no go. It’s been like this since Saturday afternoon. We’ve been experiencing thunderstorms regularly now since the last two weeks of June. Well, I guess that is just to be expected since the rainy season has set in. Last night, we had the worse thunderstorm, with loud claps of thunder  and flashes of lightning.  Our dog Noki is afraid of loud  and sharp noise so we let him  stay under the dining table the whole time it was raining.  I had several loads of bed sheets  and bathroom towels yesterday afternoon  and they’re drying now without the heat of the sun.  Though we have  a spinner, they still need further drying.

We had dinner at Zark’s Burgers Saturday night. Never mind the calories and the greasy feel of it all.  It’s just once in a while.  I enjoyed their onion rings,  its way, way better than the onion rings they serve at Burgoo’s.  The food is good, after all you won’t expect fine dining when you are eating in a small resto. Waiting for at least 10 minutes for you to be seated and another 15 minutes for the food preparation maybe a no, no for some but at least the food is hot when it is served on your table.  I’ve shunned eating burgers since I read the book Toxin by Robin Cook years and years ago.  It’s once in a blue moon so maybe it’s okay ‘no?

Some people are not happy that boxer Manny Pacquiao lost to Horn in their fight last Sunday. The former is getting on in years and he has been there for so many years. You can’t be successful in two undertakings well at the same time.  I guess it is about time he goes back to the  Senate and really work. As a senator, our taxes are paying for him.  I used to admire the guy but as time goes  by, success has gone to his head. In all the years that he was in Congress and now at the Senate, he has passed only one law to his name. The law is titled, “An Act establishing a regular district office of the Land Transportation Office in the province of Sarangani and appropriating funds.” He is from Sarangani province. He co-authored three more  and it’s all about expanding coverage of incentives to national athletes and promoting entrepreneurship and financial literacy program to Filipino youth.  My take is, if he is really sincere in helping, he can just concentrate on helping young Filipino athletes without having to be a senator which I think even if he is qualified, he lacks experience and education to be there.  He is a rich man after all. He is one of the most absentee congressmen when he was in Congress. I take it he has dreams of being president in the near future. Oh my, what an ambition. I don’t know what will happen to the Philippines if he becomes one. Some people vote because of popularity and some candidates win because of popular votes.

I’ve made this unconsciously long. Happy 4th of July to all my blogger friends here in the US.

 

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Ah, what a busy, busy morning.

I started gardening again before the carabao grass grows  too long and would be hard to trim. Thunderstorms are a daily occurrence now (well, almost). After all the rainy season has set in. I love when it rains and I don’t have to water the plants but I don’t look forward to the rainy days.  I hate typhoons and continuous rains. In our country,  they are inevitable though.  I am just praying there would no more strong south winds (habagat)  that would bring flash floods and rainy days.

We had a simple lunch yesterday at  Kuya J.  It is not really that high-end but the food was okay.  Would love to try their other recipes someday.

The birthday boy was busy. He and his girlfriend had a seminar at Uber  in the afternoon.  Next would be at Grab. The traditional taxis/cabs  here nowadays are getting a little unpopular.  Some smell and they are even expensive. Uber and Grab entered the scene a few years ago, they are now slowly dominating the market. You can’t sign up though if you have your car older than the year 2016.  With  Uber and Grab, you’ll know how much you would pay beforehand.  Peak hours are quite expensive though.  For group rides with fixed destinations, you can always use AUVs.  The fare is way  cheaper than the sedans used by Uber and Grab.  Buses and jeepneys here are the traditional alternatives in public commuting. Trains like the LRT and MRT  always break down. They are not properly maintained.  I don’t always go out long distances and commute. Malls and supermarkets are everywhere.  The recently opened SM East Ortigas mall is so near our place. You just have to take a tricycle ride  then take a walk for about five or ten minutes to get there.

Still enjoying social media despite the ugly and bad news every day.  One just got to be vigilant always. What about you guys?

 

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