Monday, June 13, 2016

My Brother and his Music

Everytime I get the chance to talk with my brother it seems like we always end up talking about his love for music. He wasn't much into music when he was younger but as soon as he entered adulthood, it seems that's all he wanted to do. He even formed what we call a 'backyard' band. It's he and his friends jamming in the backyard for fun. Their band even played some gigs way back when but life got in the way, i.e. jobs and families, so they disbanded. But music runs through his veins so he still plays and sometimes composes. He even asked me to check on pro tools m-powered software that he plans in getting sometime in the near future. I guess that's how you do music now, using a software. I have yet to check it but I'm sure it's something he has researched a lot about because he was talking quite a bit about it. I'm glad he's into music and not in any other vices. At least I don't have to worry about him getting hooked into some unwanted elements.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Oh Colin...

We had the first TS this week. Not Taylor's actually 'Colin'...and it's the first a 'thunderstorm' of the hurricane season of 2016. Fortunately there were no thunders or storms that came our way just s little bit of rain, off and on yesterday. Needless to say the over the top coverage of 'Colin' was, um, over the top. I guess we can't blame them for overdoing the coverage and warning. As the saying's better to be safe than sorry. Right now it's a little bit windy outside but it's all sky and sunny. I haven't heard or read that Colin did any major damage. I don't think it did but I'm sure there are isolated cases like the one boathouse that sank in a marina somewhere. The owner said he lost everything but the clothes on his back. He and his mother had to be rescued from their boathouse though. Now, that's something I didn't quite get. Why didn't they evacuate their boathouse? I believe I would have moved somewhere safer if I was in the situation. Oh well it's a personal decision for them to stay so...

The warning for Colin started well before the weekend. The forecast in and around our area was 8 inches of rain. I don't think we got a quarter of an inch. Still hubby heeded the warning and cleaned the gutters. At least he doesn't have to worry about them the next time a TS drops by. Still he kept wondering where the rain was as the day progressed on Sunday and yesterday. Me? I'm just glad it wasn't as bad as predicted.

Because of Colin and the rain prediction, we weren't able to do much this past weekend. Normally we would make plans to at least visit the pine property and just hang around there. The husband likes going there because it gives him a chance to do some mental planning on what he wants to do with it. While he goes around the property planning, marking, measuring, etc,, the little one and I either play badminton, read, or just walk around the place with him. After an hour or two of that, we would usually eat somewhere before heading home. We also go biking on some weekends either around here in the neighborhood or at a park. That's usually how we usually spend our weekend. Simple and relaxing...and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Celebrating Mothers [and Fathers]

This past weekend was Mother's Day. In a few weeks, it will be Father's Day. Just like any other 'occasion' I wasn't expecting any kind of present at all on this day. Our little one is very thoughtful. She doesn't wait for any occasion to show how much she cares about us but she also makes a big deal [in her own way] out of any occasion...mother's day included. Every year she has something for me. This year she gave me 2 cards. One is store-bought which she handed me first. It's a very I think she got a kick out of it more than me...haha. The second card is a priceless one because it's her creation. She drew all of her original characters on it and I love it. But if there's one gift that I will always be thankful for on Mother's Day is her. She's the greatest blessing I have received in my life and as long as she's well, I will never want any other present for any occasion...and she knows that too.

Anyway, I get a bit sentimental, emotional, nostalgic whenever Mother's Day and Father's Day come rolling in. That's probably because I no longer have them with me. Sometimes I can't help but wish they're still around now. How life would be like for them now that we, their children, can now give them almost anything their hearts desire. But such is life. I'm just glad that I was able to do everything I could for them when they were still around.

Facebook was filled with tributes for mothers last Sunday. I'm sure the same will happen on Father's Day next month. I came across a lot of posts of praises for this wonderful person we call Mom. I just hope that it's not all empty-words [is there such a thing]. It's very easy to praise someone on his/her special day. To me what matters most is how you treat that person on a day to day basis. Yes it's good to acknowledge that person on his/her special day but it's more important to do that on regular days. Sadly that is not the case for a lot of people....and I know quite a few unfortunately. How I wish I can tell each one of them how I feel and ask them to show their appreciation not just in words but in action as well...not just on Mother's Day or Father's Day but everyday.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Surinam Cherry

Also called 'Brazilian cherry'. We got the bush about 4 [maybe 3] years ago. Hubby planted it on the corner of our property and it grew relatively fast. It doesn't need any kind of maintenance but the husband decided to trim once a year and it grows right back. Here it is now...

I think it started bearing some fruits a year after we planted it. Today, it's full of fruits. I think it has fruit year-round but it bears more during this time of the year. I eat some off of the tree itself but I'm the only one that do so. The little one is not a big fan and the husband says it hurts his teeth. Our neighbor likes them but she can only eat so many [like me] so most of them fall on the ground. These are the fruits up close...

They're very juicy. The taste ranges from sweet to tart to very tart. Sometimes there's a little bit of a bitter taste as well and that's because of the skin I think. I can only eat about 6 or 7 at a time especially if I get the tart ones. Today, I decided to sprinkle them with salt and it helped a little with the tartness. I just wish I can think of ways to use them so they don't go to waste.

Friday, April 29, 2016


My husband knows a lot about tools. That's probably because he has every tool [well, almost] one can get. He was very surprised when we were in the Philippines upon learning that there was no screw driver just laying around. Ha! When I sent a box for my family after that trip, he made a point to put a big box of tools in it. Anyway, I said he has almost 'all' tools because there's one type of tools that he certainly doesn't have: music tools. I mean tools that involve musical instruments. I guess it's safe to say that my family has more when it comes to that. As a matter of fact I am currently checking out pro tools because my youngest nephew just requested me to look for something for his guitar. He just graduated from grade school and I told him it will be my gift for him. He just started playing not too long ago and his father, my brother, can't be any happier because he's been encouraging him to play for a couple of years now. It seems the guitar is the instrument of choice in my family. A lot of us can play the guitar. I just wish I can play it a lot better.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Favorite Destination

This has been our favorite destination for the past couple of months now. If before we didn't know where to go on the weekends we don't have any appointments, now we do...this place. It's about an hour drive from our place but it's a pleasant drive so we don't mind the trip at all. Sometimes we'd pack a picnic basket/cooler so we have something to munch on in case we get hungry before we could head out to restaurant.

As you can see there's really nothing much to see here but the pine trees. It would have been a bonus if there's water around but it's okay because we're perfectly happy just the way it is. We can actually sit here for hours just taking it all in. Yep, nature at its best. Now if only there's a bird bath here, it'll be perfection to us. Maybe one day.

Good Quality Headphones

Our little one goes through headphones rather fast. We got headphones at the same time last year. Mine are still working, hers had to be replaced a few weeks later. I think she's gone through 4 or 5 already since that time. Not quite sure what she's doing with them but they're not the pricey headphones so we don't really sweat it out whenever she breaks them. Maybe it's time we get her something like the bose quietcomfort 15 and see if they will last her longer. Her birthday is coming up and a pair of good quality headphones will be a good present for her. Ha! Now that's an idea.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

It's the Little Things

When I checked my FB yesterday morning, I saw a lot of new updates on my friends' list. I had a hunch that it may have something to do with the much-celebrated VDay as many like to call it. And boy was I right. Most of the posts are from the  younger gen I must say. Good for them.

But just like a lot of not so young people out there, Valentines' day is no longer a big deal for me. Truth be told, it was never that big of a deal to me even when I was younger anyway...and that's whether I was in a relationship or not. It kind of became a big deal though when I was teaching because my students were in grade school and middle school. Now that's the age when things like Vday become some sort of a 'holiday' in terms of observing. For about 10 years, I would get flowers and/or gifts on that particular day regardless whether I had a special someone or not. Anyway, if I was in a relationship when the day came, I didn't expect him to get me anything because to me, even back then, it's the little things that matter. Big things are appreciated of course, but it's the day to day things that's more important to me and not any specific day.

I was actually in the process of writing a post using that title a few weeks ago, yes, way before VDay. As usual, it got stuck in my Drafts folder because I got a busy while I was writing it [part of the job I have is to stop anything I am doing when it comes] so it stayed in there until today. I only had a couple of lines in it anyway. What prompted the original post was something my dear husband got me in the store during one of his usual grocery shopping trip...a bag of coconut flakes. Yep, just that. I just felt it was so thoughtful of him to grab a bag just because he knows I love anything with coconut...which he hates. It's not the first time he's done that of course. It can be anything...a fruit, a shirt, shoes.  If he comes across anything that he feels I'd like, he'd get it.

Anyway, there's nothing wrong with giving someone you love a card, flowers, jewelry, a gift on Valentine's Day. I just hope that it's not a once a year deal though. Cliché as it may sound, Valentine's Day should be any day of the year and not just on Feb. 14 as love should be celebrated everyday. Agree?

Monday, February 15, 2016

SuperBowl 50 Champs!

That's the Denver Broncos alright...and that's Peyton Manning of course. He's the only reason I'm rooting for this team. I must say that I only know a couple of his team mates since I only follow his [and some other QBs] game/performance. I was really hoping the Broncos would win if only to see him retire on top. Now, his retirement is not a sure thing yet because he wouldn't give any definite answer yet but I'd rather he retire...tee hee. I actually thought he would retire last year. But he decided to come back and now he's able to get that oh-so elusive ring for the second time. I'm really keeping my fingers crossed that this is it for him. I don't think my heart can take another season. Yeah...I get nervous everytime he plays. I actually didn't watch SB 50. I can't even watch him play during regular season, how much more during the big game itself. Anyway, congrats Mr. Peyton Manning and the Broncos. It's a well-deserved win.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

She's Getting Married....

My niece, I should say, is getting married! I spoke with her last weekend when I called my sister to greet her on her birthday. I was actually very surprised when I learned that my niece was around. She was so busy with her job when we were there last year that we almost didn't see each other. Anyway, my sister handed her the phone when I called and we got the chance to talk for a few. I am very happy to hear that she finally found someone she can spend the rest of her life with. She actually introduced him to us when we were there so I kinda' know him already. She's almost 30 so it's a good age for her to tie the knot.

Unfortunately I won't be there when they get married sometime year. But with technology now, I'm sure I'll be seeing pictures and videos of both the wedding ceremony as well as the reception. I'm now thinking of what to give them for a wedding present. Maybe I should just order wedding napkins for them that they can use for the reception or as part of their wedding give-aways. I just saw some samples online and I think they're pretty neat because their names can be printed on the napkins as well as the date of the wedding itself. Yep, I think this will be a perfect and unique wedding present for them.