Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto

When I was building my own residence, three years after the earthquake in 1976, I had planned for a little grotto to be built before my main entrance. It was my heart's desire to have a mini reminder of the miracles of Our Lady. I have been drawn to her. She will forever protect my home and family, and intercedes for us to her Son. I love my little grotto and  adorn it with flowers.
Today, I have a bunch of violet orchids. These home grown flowers are so pretty. I just want to share a picture. Thank you.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Night Terror

When I was a little girl about 7 or 8 years old, I experienced the onset of my most horrifying night terror episodes. It all began when I was sick with chicken pox. The dreams that came were so vivid and weird. I could even remember clearly the first time it happened. It was so deeply etched  and formed in my brain that I woke up from the first nightmare with a terrifying scream that frightened the whole household. For three succeeding nights, when I woke up, I scarily found myself standing in the middle of the room with family members trying to pacify me. When I awoke, I could not even clear myself from the stupor of being half asleep and half awake trance liked situation. I panicked even more. I jumped up and down, trembled and screamed to come back to reality. It would take awhile for all the distorted senses to fade away. When they were gone, I would calm down until the next episode again. My poor parents were so worried. They did not know what was happening to me.

Now that I am old and have read a few, I learn that most children who have night terrors, have no inkling about their panic behaviors at night. When morning comes, they forget their nightly episodes but subconsciously they somehow know something is amiss. Eventually they outgrow their nightmares and forget about it. Unluckily for me though, I have had good memory. I was consciously aware each time I woke up (which is unsual). I could even recall some of the weird dreams. They were not about people or monsters, more about vast darkness or crumpled spaces, of kaleidoscopic colors and lines, distorted depths and visions, the slow motion of sounds and touches. As I got older, I tried to overcome these eerie occurrences. I pinched my arms and legs, relieved my bladder from its content and drank glasses of water. I prayed. I was scared but I tried my best not to worry or bother anyone else. My night terror lasted on and off until the age of 19 (Which is really unusual).

Nobody knew about these my night time episodes except my family and my close relatives. I just thought of writing it now because maybe somehow, somewhere, somebody can learn a thing or two about my experiences.

P.S. If your child has night terror, do not wake him up, just coach him back to sleep.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

From the Backyard

Aside from the variety of mangoes, my backyard also gives me:



If only Cotabato has not degenerated into a land of lawlessness and ridden with thieves, kidnappers and murderers, I would have converted my backyard into a school or sport center and/or food establishment. Sadly, it is not so and unfortunately the young ones with potentials have already left this forsaken place. Still I have hope in my heart for with faith, many of us continue to pray for peace. Surely our Immaculate Mother, our patron who watches over us and the city will graciously hear our prayers and recommend our petitions to the Lord.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Hosting Parties

I love hosting parties at home. My gatherings are diverse, from small dancing session to traditional family get-together. I enjoy planning the menu and making my home presentable to the guests. My maids and cook are most indispensable on all occasions. Sometimes I hire caterers for more special celebration. Videoke rental is also popular. Very recently this July, I hosted a birthday party for Lucas, in thanksgiving for the gift of life, for the gift of family and good friends, and for the loyalty and personal kindness of our employees extended to us during our times of needs.

The Preparations:

 The Birthday Party

Friday, July 11, 2014

Born in July

July is a good month. The people I know who are born in July are mostly good, kind and lovable persons. :) Examples are my husband Lucas, my son Roy, my best cousin Adele, my sister-in-law Tina, my nephew Apollo, friends Fernando Co, Julie Rivera, Jake Tan and others.......Can you add and name more???