Inspirational

Before I Go to Bed Tonight

June 26th, 2017

When you’re not feeling well, and in the middle of finishing a task, the least you would like to do is prolong your agony by writing. Somehow, it’s wiser to just take a rest.

My mind says otherwise, I gotta write or I’ll lose my train of thought.

Anyway, this week has been rife with activities: briskwalking, gardening, biking, crafting, etc. Things that you do not notice before because you glorify “busy-ness” as if your life depended much on it. Some situations really have the power to engage you and make you realize your eureka moments. I’m sharing a few realizations below:

1) Some people are like plants. As I make it a habit to tend to our potted plants and little friends every morning, I can’t help but see the resemblance. House plants go through a stage called “dormancy.” It is when growth and development are temporarily stopped. And this is also closely associated with environmental conditions. People who choose to be dormant are probably avoiding their breaking point. Therefore, I think we should always be extra careful when it comes to labels. Those who are unproductive in your eyes might actually be going through the same process as plants. Doesn’t mean that they’re no good. Maybe they’re just conserving energy. In time, they’ll bloom and surprise you with their radiance!

2) Our lives are finite, but we can make living a bit more meaningful. I have a favorite place when doing my daily briskwalk. Guess where! I regularly allot an hour of daily walking beside a police station and a cemetery. I only have to look at those tombs and imagine what the occupants were doing while still alive. And while it’s scary to even think of your name on it, too — the thought jolts me (excite even!) We have all the time NOW. Have you ever imagined what impression or legacy will you be leaving behind when the TIME comes? Do you want to be remembered as a good daughter? A doting mother? A loving wife? A caring sister? Or the otherwise? Certainly, you cannot bring with you worldly possessions and titles. Only memories. Make it great, then.

3) Relative to the number 2, pay attention to what your body says. Recently, I’ve been complaining of body pains. The most frequent pain though is my plantar fasciitis. According to WebMD, Plantar fasciitis (say “PLAN-ter fash-ee-EYE-tus”) is the most common cause of heel pain. The plantar fascia is the flat band of tissue (ligament) that connects your heel bone to your toes. It supports the arch of your foot. If you strain your plantar fascia, it gets weak, swollen, and irritated (inflamed). Then your heel or the bottom of your foot hurts when you stand or walk. I might have been complacent with my diet and proper health care. Any how, I think it helps that I force myself out of bed and do some form of physical activities.

Sharing this pretty photo of my cactus plant!

Para Sa Akin Ito

April 12th, 2017

 Para sa mga Nanay
(tula ni Jun Lisondra, c. 2009)

-para sa mga nanay na natutulog sa gabi na mayroong pipino sa magkabilang mata
-para sa mga nanay na kayang sinupin ang lahat ng gamit sa bahay, at mabilis na maituturo ang kinalalagyan ng brief, remote control, stapler at nail cutter kapag ang mga ito ay nawala
-para sa mga nanay na kayang panatiliing maganda ang sarili habang natitiyak na natatapos ng mga anak ang kanilang school projects at assignments
-para sa mga nanay na kayang gumising nang maaga kahit kinagabihan ay napuyat sa pag-iyak sa kakapanuod ng Maala-ala Mo Kaya o pag-surf ng Facebook
-para sa mga nanay na nag-decide na burahin ang kanilang Friendster account
-para sa mga nanay na mahilig picturan ang sarili nang patagilid gamit ang cellphone (dahil ito ang pinakamatangos nilang angulo)
-para sa mga nanay na kayang mag-budget ng salapi, at alam na ang pagkain ay mas mataas na priority keysa sa mga bargain na Metro magazines
-para sa mga nanay na alam kung ano ang bagay na kulay ng kanilang cutex sa kamay at paa
-para sa mga nanay na mas nananalig sa sasabihin ng asawa keysa sa mga pagbabanta ng arawan at taunang horoscope
-para sa mga nanay na marunong manahi ng mga sirang damit at marunong mamili ng magandang damit sa mga ukay-ukay
-para sa mga nanay na nagtatrabaho ng 8-to-5 na hindi tinatamad sa pag-text upang tanungin kung naligo at kumain na ang mga anak
-para sa mga nanay na kayang iwasto ang kamalian ng asawa at may panahon upang alamin ang pinakabagong chismis ni Kris Aquino
-para sa mga nanay na hindi iniiwan nang nakasaksak ang plantsa
-para sa mga nanay na umiiyak at humahalkhak sa mga pelikula ni Nora, Vilma, Sharon at Ai-ai
-para sa mga nanay na nalulungkot kapag chinismis na bakla si Piolo Pascual at Sam Milby
-para sa mga nanay na kayang sayawin ang Build Me Up Butter Cup, at kayang mag-belt ng One Moment In Time kahit na nga ba napipiyok sa harap ng mikropono
-para sa mga nanay na kayang magluto ng kanin na hindi malata o tupok habang isinisingit ang pagbabasa kay Erica Jong
-para sa mga nanay alam ang masamang epekto ng carbohydrates, sweets, asin, vetsin at coca cola sa katawan
-para sa mga nanay na vegetarian at kayang magluto ng kaldereta, spaghetti at adobo, gamit lamang ang tofu
-para sa mga nanay na mas preferred magluto ng kanin sa agahan keysa mag-serve ng Payless instant noodles.
-para sa mga nanay na alam kung paano lutuin ang tinolang manok nang hindi gumagamit ng Knorr chicken cubes
-para sa mga nanay na alam kung saan patatamain at kung paano i-set ang bentelador nang hindi sipunin ang anak
-para sa mga nanay na alam kung paanong pahuhupain ang lagnat at kung paanong reremedyuhan ang baradong ilong ng anak
-para sa mga nanay na hindi nauubusan nang oras upang basahan ng children’s encyclopedia at kuwentuhan ng Adarna books ang mga anak
-para sa mga nanay na alam kung paanong papuputiin ang kuwelyo ng mga uniporme, at nakakaalalang painumin sa tamang oras ng vitamins ang mga anak
-para sa mga nanay na alam kung alin ang pinakamahusay na sabong panlaba, sabong pampaligo, at shampoo
-para sa mga nanay na alam kung saan mabibili ang pinakamagandang bargain
-para sa mga nanay ng mga tambay at valedictorian
-para sa mga nanay na kayang manapak ng mga nobyo ng kanilang anak, at paglutuan ito nang masarap na ulam pag naging manugang na
-para sa mga nanay na piniling mangibang bansa habang dinadaya ang sarili sa pag-convince na ginagawa nila iyon sa kanilang mga anak (matapos ay limang buwang mag-iiiyak dahil sa homesick)
-para sa mga nanay na parating nagbi-beat ng deadline habang natitiyak na maayos ang pananghalian at tulugan ng mga anak
-para sa mga nanay na nagtatrabaho sa NGO at pilit na pina-practice ang gender sensitivity, kahit na nga ba ang mga kaopisinang lalaki ay panay sexist at gender insensitive
-para sa mga nanay na umaastang tatay na rin, dahil ang asawa nila’y batugan at walang bayag
-para sa mga nanay na kayang tumungga ng red horse at manigarilyo kapag nalulumbay (at magalit sa anak kapag nalamang ito ay umiinom at naninigarilyo)
-para sa mga nanay na pinuputangina ang sariling anak upang ipahayag ang kaba, ang takot, ang galit dahil sa kapabayaan nito
-para sa mga nanay na hiniwalayan ang asawa, palamunin man o nambubugbog, dahil alam niyang mas makabubuti ito sa kanyang sarili at sa mga anak
-para sa mga nanay na kayang kausapin, iyakan at pagalitan ang Diyos, at isiping ang Lumikha ay walang kasarian
-para sa mga nanay ng welga at kalsadang gustong sapukin, sabunutan at sampalin si PGMA
-para sa mga nanay ng mga dinukot, nawawala, desaparacidos
-para sa mga nanay ng mga pinaslang
-para sa mga nanay ng mga naghahanap at naghahanap ng katarungan
HAPPY MOTHERS DAY.

  • Pasensya. Alam kong mahal na araw ngayon, pero nasa mothers day pa lang ako. This poem was written for me (and all mothers)  for Mothers Day celebration.

Green Thumb in Training

April 12th, 2017

Sobrang init ng panahon ngayon. Pero kahit na saksakan ng init sa labas, madalas pa rin kaming mag-trip nitong bosing ko sa paghahalaman. Kung kelan makaisip, larga. Kung saan may magandang mga supply ng halaman, gora. Nakakatulong sa akin na ma-appreciate lalo ang iba’t ibang klase ng mga tanim at kung paano sila alagaan.

Sa ngayon, halimbawa – napuno ang aming rooftop ng sari-saring halaman. May namumulaklak, mayroong dapat nasa full sun, may ibang dapat nasa shade lang. Meron ding mga herbs, succulents at cacti gaya ng nabanggit ko sa aking previous posts.

Heto na sila! Enjoy!

adeniums! ang gaganda ng mga bulaklak nito. sobra

succulents and cacti =)

 

Roses na matitingkad ang kulay pag nasa full sun sila

herbs!

at iba pa!

Succulentophile!

March 21st, 2017


Barely a month has passed since I got converted into a cacti and succulents enthusiast. Well, sort of.

Am not a hardcore gardener. Never, in fact. Plants of whatever kind die in my hands so fast and so easily. And that is why I earned the title “brown thumb” courtesy of jowa. Whenever I touch a plant, he would follow suit and touch it as well for fear that it might suffer an untimely death. Familiar? Yeah, sounds funny but my hands are quite similar to the angel of death in a number of ways. I might have taken the title too seriously that it took me many years before I have overcome the fear of planting my own greens.

Recently though, I chanced upon pretty-looking, teeny-tiny potted plants in the market where I buy our weekly groceries and food supplies. At first, I only marveled at their sight. Cacti and succulents of many types and varieties. I tell you, the sight is enough a “budol-budol” in itself! Yung tipong pag tumitig ka pa ng matagal, itataya mo na lahat ng pamalengke mo at uuwi kang masaya kahit na wala pala kayong kakainin for the week. Just kidding. Shemps, I have enough sense naman to do that. To make the long story short, I shelled out around 30 percent of my grocery budget for them lovely plants! Whoa.

And jowa was like, “what did you just buy again this time?” Too bad, it only took hours or so and he was also converted into one. I had the last laugh, as usual. Nowadays, I’d catch him surfing the net for varieties, sun and nutrient requirements, soil types, acclimatizing, and many other infos needed to care for cacti and succulents. While I familiarize with the names and does potting, he’s the more hands-on. He knows what to use if we can’t buy cactus mix, for example. He knows which varieties should be more exposed to sun or which has more resilience to watering.

So, why are we hooked on these plants? First of all, succulents and cacti provide a lot of bang for your money. Their colors and textures are so strikingly beautiful. Wait, til you watch them all blossom and boast of their flowers. Second, these plants don’t really need too much attention or water. In short, hindi sila KSP. I have one succulent na tinatawag na stonecrop kasi kahit iwanan mo lang sya sa isang tabi, wag diligan at wag paarawan, keri lang. Tuloy ang buhay ng bakla. O ha, may pinagmanahan. Mana sya sa akin. Third, these plants are manageable because of their size. They can be placed in great containers that make them mobile.

Ayun. Nakakatuwa lang that we really strive to find time to do the things we want, amidst the challenge of both domestic and personal growth chuva requirements. Kung sabagay, lahat naman may lugar basta gugustuhin lang.

 

 

Tunic-Hunting

January 24th, 2017

One thing that’s certain about holidays is that it can add plenty of unwanted pounds to your frame, enough to shatter your digital bathroom scale.

That’s right. Take it from me.

On the last throes of 2016, we spent the Christmas season in my hometown in Pili, Camarines Sur. The place is my mini-wonderland of sorts, with Mother whipping all the delectable food in my wishlist. Not to mention, husband and I had to dine out too whenever we need to buy groceries. So yes, it’s the dreaded extra flabs here and there that’s making me position the selfie stick up there. If I point it to my frame on the same level, God knows what kind of gigantic slab of fat you’d see. Horrors.

I also think no amount of weight loss supplements could help for now. Experts say some of these could actually even damage your body’s metabolism. So, no to that.

What I discovered though is that you can actually wear tunic dresses to minimize those flab from becoming obvious. The last few days of January and perhaps early February I will devote to hunting for tunic dresses.

I’ve been following a blogger, MommyFleur (who says motherhood and kikayness do not mix) and I found her tunic outfits so classy and fabulous.

Parang ganito oh. Saan kaya ako makakahanap nyan. Hmmmmm.

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