Posted in home garden, journeys, life, thoughts, tagged blessings, Close to Nature, home garden, journeys, life, nature, thoughts on May 18, 2016 |
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The garden is bathed in soft light and glistening with raindrops while the sun is slowly showing its face.
I could smell the delicate scent of the Calamansi flowers (they seemed to have blossomed overnight) mingled with the aroma of basil and oregano. It’s one of those times when you want to linger with a hot cup of coffee on the side. It’s one of those times when nature seems to say, “it’s a beautiful day, enjoy it”. It’s a big YES.
We experienced a worse thunderstorm yesterday afternoon causing massive brownouts in our area. Just imagine four hours of fanning yourself like crazy and not even knowing what to do because even reading felt so uncomfortable. It was an agony alright. The whole street had lights on but each house had none. Mom repeatedly asked if it has different connection and I said yes.
I received a big surprise this morning when Josef gave me my Intellicare card from JP Morgan and Chase. It’s part of the benefits that they have as regular employees. I am glad since going to the doctor or to the hospital for check-up is now covered by this medical health care. Thank God for blessings.
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Posted in journeys, life, quotes, silence speaks, thoughts, tagged journeys, life, photography, quotes, thoughts on May 16, 2016 |
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This is Nate enjoying another day at the mall.
I am cleaning my “thought box” transferring most of those writings to my journal. Then I found this wonderful quote from Anna Quindlen in her book, Blessings.
“Life is made of moments, small pieces of silver amidst long stretches of tedium. It would be wonderful if they came to us unsummoned, but particularly in lives as busy as the ones most of us lead now, that won’t happen. We have to teach ourselves now to live, really live . . . to love the journey, not the destination.”
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Posted in blog update, blogging, Goodreads' 2016 Reading Challenge, journeys, life, Philippine Election 2016, thoughts, thoughts and ramblings, tagged a bit of myself, blogging, journeys, life, Philippine Politics, thoughts, thoughts and ramblings on May 14, 2016 |
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Gosh, my regular readers must be so disappointed seeing the same posts for quite a while now. Some are looking into old blog posts as far back as 2011 and 2012. Imagine two pathetic posts for this month. It’s not because I got tired of sharing my world with you but every time I try to compose something here, I always end up going back to the latest result of the vice-presidential race. More deep breaths, more sighs of relief, more prayers and a gargantuan faith that our Leni will win. She is ahead for several days now but you’ll never know with a Marcos on the other side of the fence. The latter said the only way that he could lose is when he is cheated. What arrogance coming from someone whose family has cheated and emptied the coffers of the Philippines thirty years ago.
Opps, sorry, I promised I won’t be talking about politics anymore. My lips are sealed.
There is an ongoing virus among dogs here in our area. I forgot the exact term used by the vet but it’s like a severe flu, always undetected at first until your pet just won’t eat and it slowly dies. Sad to say, we lost our Japanese Spitz last May 01 and our Aspin the other day. We have only one dog left, a half Lab, half Spitz a friend gave us two years ago. I haven’t gotten used yet tending the garden without our small dog always trailing behind. It really pains me to see them gone.
I was supposed to blog about my seventh year last May 11. It’s not the same as the one that WordPress celebrates with me because it took me a year to actually post something after I created Dreams and Escapes. I transferred some blog entries culled from my previous Multiply site, those posts that were not current at the time I seriously considered blogging here for good. I never left since. Though it was a hard start, I am still here. Back then, there were no like buttons to speak of but WordPress was so supportive of suggesting topics when I joined the 2011 Writing Challenge. I was given a badge but deleted it a few years later. They gave feedbacks for every post like “amazing, fantastic, wonderful etc.” When I think of all those times that I have to wrack my brain so I could stay updated with the challenge, I smile at myself and say I have a lot of patience after all. I am a self-taught blogger constantly looking for themes that would suit my blog, always customizing on the side, editing old posts. Believe me, there will always be some words or two that sometimes make no sense at all. Well, one learns as one goes along. It is one of the challenges of blogging.
This is my 1,790th post for this blog alone, add that to the four remaining blogs that I maintain and it would probably reach 2,000 entries. Having a bigger stats is a bonus of course. I am hoping though that there would be more interactions/comments on the side because I am curious to know where they are coming from. My newest blog, Dreams Never End got more likes and comments when I started there. My 2016 Reading Challenge has gone haywire the past days with only one book read in advance. I hope I’ll be able to catch up in the coming days.
Bye for now, I hope to visit your sites soon. I miss reading your blogs.
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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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