Posted in blogging, election 2016, journeys, life, Philippine Election 2016, politics, thoughts, thoughts and ramblings, tagged Leni Robredo, life, Mar Roxas, Philippine Election 2016, Philippine Politics, politics, silence speaks, thoughts on April 30, 2016 |
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Yeay, I have long neglected this blog, same with visiting the posts of those bloggers I follow here. Eight blog posts for the month of April, make it nine including this one. Though I haven’t been active here this month and even set aside my reading challenge, April is a good month. I’ve been actively campaigning the last few days on Facebook. It’s my only way of helping Roxas and Robredo team win without taxing my health. I have just posted and shared this at The Silent Majority page and I was surprised of the more than 200 likes an hour after I posted it and tremendous response praying for me and my health. I felt I really have an online family in their midst. I was teary-eyed to see and read their comments. Allow me to share it with you too (it’s my last political blog post maybe until election day which is nine days from now). The future of the Philippines is in our hands now.
I have long wanted to go out and campaign for RORO but since I have low immunity (I am a cancer survivor), I try to avoid crowds. This is actually my first time to be actively campaigning for a vice-presidential and a presidential candidate online. I posted some political blogs on my WordPress site since the first political debate was held. This morning, my daughter and her family came over to join us for lunch and they brought with them campaign materials for RORO. Yehey, I finally have my baller. We touched on politics (what else) and we are happy that all of us will be voting for Mar and Leni. I am concerned about the future of my four-year old grandson and the future of my kids and we just can’t ignore what is happening right now in our country. From the start, I have decided to vote for RORO. They are the epitome of good governance and I am sure they have nothing but a sincere desire to truly serve and help in making the Philippines something we could all be proud of.
A happy retired BPI unibanker here. I am proud to have worked in an institution with 165 years of banking leadership.
I am happy to see that I have finally reached more than 401,735 hits as of this writing. This is when blogging gives that kind of happiness and sense of fulfillment.
April is about to end. I am very optimistic that the rule of law and the choice of the majority will win. Come what May (pun intended) I look forward to celebrating with the Filipino people when we finally cast our votes on May 09. Maybe after May 09, I could happily go back to reading again and enjoy reading blog entries here and hopefully add more posts.
I always smile every time I hear the song First of May. It brings back memories. Happy first of May everyone.
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Posted in journeys, life, my blogging journey, thoughts, thoughts and ramblings, tagged journeys, life, Philippine Politics, politics, silence speaks, thoughts, thoughts and ramblings on April 19, 2016 |
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I’ve been awake since 2:30am.
I wanted to catch a few more winks but I can’t bring myself back to sleep so I am drinking a hot cup of coffee while in front of my PC. When your thoughts wander and your mind is full of things, sometimes negative ones too, you want to shout out and say, “Where is this world coming to? Stop the madness please and let’s unite for a common cause”.
My last two blogs were all about observations on what is happening around. I know, politics is really dirty. I learned that from my father since I was old enough to vote and we would all go home to the province to support a local candidate. That has changed over the years of course. My father taught me to scrutinize the platform of each candidate we considered voting. He would show me some clips from the national dailies and keep tabs on radio and TV reports. I was in high school when martial law was declared under the Marcos regime. I watched how frustrated people were to fight something which curtailed their freedom so now we always say, “never again”. The martial law years were dark years in history, the lessons learned were lost along the way. Sadly, our millennials today, the what we call Net Generation and Generation Y don’t even know how to react when we mention martial law because the martial law years or what we call the Marcos era were treated in their history books as one paragraph. The significance of how it ended during the People Power Revolution back in 1986 is lost to them. Another Marcos (the son) is vying for the vice-presidential position and based on surveys he is on the top slot. I don’t believe in surveys by the way, they are paid ads meant to condition the minds of those who haven’t chosen who to vote for. The real survey is on May 09, 2016.
As I’ve mentioned in my previous blogs, the divisiveness of the Filipino people is there glaring at us. Perhaps you’ve heard of Rodrigo Duterte too, a presidential aspirant from Davao. I don’t really know how to describe him but lately he caught international news because of that rape issue that happened several years ago and lately in one interview he said, the mayor should have been first (to rape the victim) because she was so beautiful. Gosh, everything that comes out of his mouth is foul. The victim was an Australian. He was the mayor back then when it happened. He earned the ire of Filipino women except those who still believe that he could effectively run the government. True, our people need change but it is anathema to me to vote for a man who does not respect women, who kills people at a whim, who curses every time he opens his mouth and even cursed the pope in one of his previous interviews. There was this other video where he said he would make Leni Robredo as his assistant president if he wins adding that Leni is really beautiful at the same time showing his tongue like a dog. This guy is a narcissistic idiot.
I care for the future of my kids, more for the future of my grandson that is why in my own little way, I am campaigning for Leni Robredo and Mar Roxas. I am sad for what is happening now. I care for my country and its people. May I ask you a favor? Could you spare a thought or a simple prayer for the Philippines? Thank you.
I’ve finally reached the 400,000 plus hits yesterday, another milestone in my blogging journey and for this I thank you, my dear readers, followers and online friends for the support. I wouldn’t have lasted in the blogging world this long if not for you.Here’s a toast to finding more blogger friends and appreciating what you share.
And yes, it is my mom’s 87th birthday today. Happy birthday mom. I am so glad that you are with us to celebrate it.
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And here I thought of welcoming April with a bang but it’s not to be. I was just not that inspired to write because there are other priorities. I do remember the times when saying goodbye to a previous month and welcoming a new one were my regular posts. March is gone too soon, April though is one of my favorite months. Summer is here to stay. Despite the heat, summer is something I look forward to. I love all fruits in season during summer. Just the other day, I saw star apples in one of the fruit stands here in our place but since we were on our way to do some groceries, buying some would have to wait.
It’s barely a month before Election day and it is so disappointing to see postings on Facebook with accompanying memes. Some people are out to do (and been doing it for the past several months) demolition jobs on worthy candidates, doing dirty tricks while promoting candidates of their own. Have we become a nation of insensitive people? Have we become a nation of people who harbor hatred just because we are free to air what we feel? Social media have done a good job of this, such petty political squabbles bringing all their dirt in the open. I dread to think that in a month we may have a president who is believed to be corrupt and amassed wealth illegally, or a president who has previously denounced her allegiance to the Philippines and came back with her American family in tow, or a president who is a loud mouth and who cursed the Pope and is so proud now that he has received a letter from the Vatican stating that they appreciate his apology. It is a bit scary how he show respect for women and how he values life.
It pains me to see the so obvious divisiveness in all of us. It pains me that every election time, we have to go through the motion of destroying each other just because of politics. Who to vote for is a favorite topic now on the dining table. I am still looking forward to the presidential and vice-presidential debates lined up this month and I am praying that the electorate would be discerning enough to choose the best, one who will put the nation on the right path to progress, one who would put in mind that he will be there to serve the Filipino people and not his own selfish needs. We are so blessed and lucky that here in our town, the government is very visible. You can approach our town mayor even through texts and one good thing is he listens and responds to our complaints. We are lucky that so many worthy projects were done the last three years for the town’s improvement.
I pray for a clean and honest election. Fight for your right and vote!
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Posted in Close to Nature, journeys, life, memories, photography, silence speaks, thoughts, tagged a bit of myself, journeys, life, nature, photography, silence speaks, thoughts on March 31, 2016 |
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“Everyone needs an emotional foxhole. A place to hide when life’s storms hit” – richard paul evans
I took this shot several years ago on one of our road trips. The calmness of the sea always brings peace to my soul. I wish I could be here once more. It must be nice to wake up early and retrace your steps on once familiar places. It must be nice to sink your feet in the rich sand and feel the gentle waves lapping at your toes. It must be nice just to be here alone.
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Posted in blog update, gardening, gardens, life, thoughts, tagged a bit of myself, journeys, life, thoughts, thoughts and ramblings on March 29, 2016 |
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I’ve finally been able to update my gardening blog, the most neglected one among the five blogs I maintain at WordPress. Spent the early morning gardening and taking some photos of my garden blooms. Josef bought a new grass cutter yesterday so I was able to trim our Green Dust and Fukien Tea plants. The round shapes are not perfect but at least they look lovely now without the extra branches and leaves scattered all over.
I am looking forward to another Senate hearing today on the $81M bank heist which according to recent news may be the biggest in Asia yet. How it found its way to RCBC, a local bank here in the Philippines and how it ended up in some fictitious accounts is the gist of the investigation. Maybe you’ve heard about this big, big news in the banking world.
There is one program on TV that I watch regularly now (since the start of the year, that is). I am not much of a TV addict but I watch news from time to time and catch a little of early morning programs. Tawag ng Tanghalan though caught my eye one afternoon while I was ironing. I remember this program was in existence when I was growing up, back then, my mom used to listen to it on radio. They have revived it a few months ago. I am simply overwhelmed by the talent in singing displayed by contestants from all parts of the Philippines. The country is truly a gem of a place where you can find good musicians, composers and great singers. Even a five-year old can belt out a nice Tagalog song and dance to the tune of the latest songs. I’m impressed. The television program is now in the process of choosing the first-quarter finalist from among the top five semi-finalists and they are all good. I marvel at the way they could touch the high notes in both English and Tagalog songs. I almost missed it yesterday. I laugh at myself sometimes when I imitate the way they sing after the show. (Don’t worry, nobody hears it except me…hehe). It’s the last song syndrome if I may say. Sometimes, it stays with me even when I am gardening or feeding the dogs.
I hope your day is a wonderful one. May I also invite you to visit my gardening blog? You can just click the link on this post.
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Left the house very early this morning for the Via Crucis at our local church. Josef has work (the American company does not observe Holy Week but here in our country, it’s a long four-day weekend) so it was just a two-hour visit, a yearly devotion of prayers and reflections on the Way of the Cross. There was a time when we used to visit several churches every Holy Thursday going as far as the surrounding towns in Laguna and the eastern loop of Rizal towns followed by the Last Supper mass. Just finished watching Siete Palabras (Seven Last Words) at Santo Domingo Church where my co-admin, Fr. Louie was one of the preachers. Our Catholic page, Apostles Filipino Catholic Community is on its 6th year this coming April. Sometimes I can’t believe that I have lasted this long at the site to help with our online apostolate. It’s a promise to myself that as long as I can, I would help.
Yesterday, I had a long chat with my priest son, Fr. Lovell. He had fever for four days and ended up being admitted at the hospital. What a way to celebrate Holy Week. I prayed hard that he will get well soon. There are times when he would preside on masses in pilgrimage churches and he would always text me and ask about my prayer petitions. The answer is always the same, “good health for the family”.
I always believe in the power of prayers. I always believe that God answers prayers in His time. I am lost without prayers, my intimate and personal conversations with God. Back when I was undergoing chemotherapy, I always prayed that if I get well, He would bring me back to my normal health so I could take care of my family longer. Answered prayers are special gifts that gladden the heart and uplift the soul.
A close friend had this link posted on her wall, Pins of Light by Fr. J. I made my online retreat there two days ago. It was a beautiful and lovely journey. Every year, they post something you can reflect on, you can visit it regularly though because there are several blog posts worth-reading.
May your celebration of Good Friday be as solemn and meaningful as the rest of the week. I am looking forward to Easter Sunday.
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Posted in Close to Nature, Closer to God, Faith, journeys, life, photography, reflections, silence speaks, tagged Close to Nature, Closer to God, journeys, life, photography, reflections, thoughts on March 19, 2016 |
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When you walk through life with pain and suffering, God is there walking with you, holding your hand lest you stumble and fall. When you reach your destination, He is there rejoicing with you.
I posted these words on my FB wall a year ago. A few words culled from an earlier blog post,back when the journey of getting well was my priority. For every pain, there’s a moment of rejoicing. For every setback, there is a time to contemplate. For every smile that comes your way, it seems like there is a light bulb that mirrors your path to happiness. Sometimes nature does that, it makes you rejoice, contemplate and show how life makes you feel and it enriches your soul.
It’s another day to feel God’s love and let you know that life is wonderful.
I miss our garden in the province where we have this lovely ornamental banana plant nestled among the trees, trying hard to show its face.
Tomorrow is Palm Sunday, the start of Holy Week, I pray that it would be a solemn and blessed celebration for all of you.
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