The Sunday Currently No. 26

I was not able to update this blog for quite sometime though I have a lot of topics and pictures on file that needs to be blogged. Weekends are really busy times for me. This Sunday currently is written on a Monday!

Reading just finished reading Vince Flynn’s Act of Treason.  I like the way he writes but I do not like the killing that they do to get rid of the villain the story.  It is just so easy for CIA to kill the persons in question so they will not a hard time with the courts and other bureaucracies in order to try the guilty.  I know this is not reality (or maybe there is a grain of truth here) but I just do not enjoy books where in villains are just killed, eliminated, destroyed etc.  So I think this will be the last Vince Flynn book that I will read.

Writing my latest blogpost…Musings on turning sixty and of course this blog post.

Listening to the game my son is playing on his iphone.

Thinking of the trips on the second week of this month.  I am really hoping we can go the Garden Island City of Samal.

Smelling  the frozen durian that I have just eaten.  So yummy!!

Wishing that I can maintain my health so that I can do more of the things that I have been dreaming…foremost to travel.

Hoping that I have not gone overboard with my spending for this long weekend.

Wearing my usual attire at home.  Old tshirt and walking shorts.

Loving the cool climate these days.  I also love the cool weather in Salvador Benedicto where we have been last Thursday to conduct seminar for coffee growers.

Wanting more energy and time to fix the house,  I am slowly doing it!! The dilapidated cover of the cabinet under the sink has been repaired,

Needing to lower my blood and cholesterol levels.

Feeling the pain in my shoulder joints.  I need a good massage.

Clicking Twitter to get update regarding my idol Maine Mendoza.

Musings on Turning Sixty

2016 usher a new era in my life……Last September I turned sixty years old.  I felt the same except that the few aches I felt several months ago has intensified a bit.  My shoulder has been aching and I felt that the pain increases everytime I eat something that is high in uric acid.  I do not have this problem several years ago…but not its a reality.

No celebration on the exact date as I attended the opening of a Trade Fair wherein there was a special celebration with unique food prepared by renowned Chefs from Bacolod.  This included puto with KBL, dried batchoy and another one of bamboo shoots with cheese and other ingredients.  Not able to take any picture…I realized that I should have as those food are unique.  But sad to say, I did not enjoy any of the  three offering.  I enjoyed the cheese platter (made from local cheese) and assorted Ilonggo desserts.

I applied for a birthday leave on the Friday of my the week when I celebrated that special day. I applied for my senior Citizens Identification card at he local Office of Senior Citizen Affairs (OSCA) in our town.  I thought I can make it with only an ID but there are other requirements which thankfully I was able to comply.  A barangay clearance, facilitated by my sister. a cedula..a good thing I paid only P5 as I am already a senior citizen plus photocopy of my passport.

Enjoyed the benefits of being a senior citizen…discounted fastcraft tickets, P10 difference of my hypertension medicine and discounts in groceries and fastfood :-D.

But I can not ignore the constant pain in my shoulder joints, plus elevated cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Hopefully this will normalize as I started limiting consumption of my beloved CocaCola and other fatty food.

The Sunday Currently No. 25

This Sunday I have to wake up early to go to the Medical City Laboratory for blood extraction. I have not checked my blood chemistry for three years!  Since I have turned senior, I need a doctor’s medicine prescription to avail of a senior citizen’s discount.

When I looked out of the window it was so foggy!. As I walk to the jeepney terminal I feel the dampness and the cold.  It was creepy as I can not see several meters ahead of me.

fog

Took this picture while I was already riding a jeepney towards the city.  During normal days one can see the rice fields and what is beyond the trees.

Reading the Hit by David Baldacci. It is an exciting novel but started with the usual killing done by a hired assassin.  I also started reading the Act of Treason by Vince Flynn but I forgot bring the book back at home.  Now I just realized that I bought the same book a few weeks ago.  I should have continued reading it.

Writing this blogpost.

Listening to the music played by the iphone of my son.  He is outside in our garage while I am here in our sala where our PC is.

Thinking about a lot of things that I need to do but I seem not to have the time and energy to do all of it.

Smelling the vinegar we used to dip the grilled fish we had for dinner.

Wishing I can be more firm with my son as I am always paying for their bills.  Their income is not enough to pay for their bills through my credit card.

Hoping that I can slowly put the house in order.  I am getting there little by little.

Wearing the usual attire at home, old tshirt and shorts.

Loving Maine Mendoza.  The young lady is so versatile. I am always including her in my prayers that she will not be taken advantaged of by people in showbiz and that her management will take care of her and her career.

Wanting to sleep.

Needing time to do a lot of things I want and of course the money to finance it.  I also need a lot of time to update mu blog.  I have a lot of topics and pictures for blogging but I also have a lot of other important things to do.

Feeling cold as the electric fan is directly blowing in my direction and it is raining outside.

Clicking earlier FB (playing Criminal Case and Bejeweled Blitz) and of course Twitter.  Enjoying Twitter with friends I met there all fans of Maine.  Also enjoying answering to crazy ALDUB fans.

 

 

The Sunday Currently No. 24

It took several before I was able to go back to my blog.  My last post was last April!!! I have been too busy, and whenever I am home I am swamped with housework.  In addition, the second son arrived last July for vacation after 10 months aboard a cruise ship thus I have more clothes to wash, more plates to wash etc.

Reading – I have several [pocketbooks that I started reading but has not touch it for the past months.

Writing nothing…maybe just this blogpost.

Listening to a lot of sounds, a you tube cartoon, a game played by my nephew, the hum of the PC.  My son transferred the PC in our sala, beside it on a table was his laptop, and on the sofa my nieces playing with a celfone.

Thinking of our family day last Friday and Saturday.  Most of us were able to unwind the enjoy natures glory. I will blog it separately.

Smelling the food I cooked…pork with sprouted monggo, wild mushrooms, patola and pechay..favorite of my sons.

Wishing it will be a bit cooler.  It has not rained for several days and it is so hot!

Hoping that something can be done with the CESPES rating so that I can apply for appointment to a CESO rank and be one before I retire.

Wearing old clothes..thsirt and walking shorts.

Loving the friends I found in Twitter.  Maine Only Solid Fans :-D.

Wanting more time so I can clean and rid the house of a lot of clutter.  I have been wanting this for a long time but only got to clean one area of my cabinet.

Needing to go to a cooler place…its so hot!!!

Feeling happy and optimistic! I will be 60 soon…excited to get my senior citizens card.

Clicking Facebook and games I played..Criminal Case and Bejeweled Blitz plus some of the blogs I follow. Market Manila, Lia’s Food Journey and tales from the Heart.

 

Thanks to Siddathorton.

The Sunday Currently No. 23

Yesterday we had a get together with my former classmates in high school to celebrate the birthday of Rose. There are a lot of new restaurants in Iloilo and we oped to eat at a new Korean Restaurant, the Arirang.  The food is okay, not really spectacular…I think the our favorite fast food before serves tastier Korean food. It was another great bonding with friends.

Reading still the Royal Duty…wheh will I finish this.  In Bacolod City I started reading David Baldacci’s Deliver Us From Evil.  I have three books waiting to be read there and here at home I think there are four.

Writing earlier my blogpost for Sinaing na Tulingan.

Listening to the hum of the refrigerator and the PC.

Thinking that I should now buy a domain for my blog. I am not an expert in blogging though I attended several training.  This really shows that if you do not use what you have leaned it will just evaporate.  I started the blog when I attended the first blogging seminar, then another one on Social Media Marketing and another one on a program specifically for blogging. I can not even remember the title of the training!  I think it has also became obsolete as there are now a lot of platforms one can use in blogging…no need to learn that system.

Smelling the Sinaing na tulingan I ate for lunch and dinner!  I over ate again and drank lots of Coke! Stomach development again.

Wishing I can control my appetite and stick to my diet.,  I lost weight when I was in Antique as I really stuck to very little rice, almost no softdrink but now I a in Bacolod I am tempted to eat as yummy food is so accessible.

Hoping that it will be cooler soon.  We had rain earlier this afternoon but it was not heavy and it even made the atmosphere so humid. I hope the chicken  being raised by my nephew in law will not be affected.

Wearing the usual sleeveless top and shorts.

Loving the sinaing na tulingan I cooked this morning!  I shared it with my siblings here in the compound.  The remaining I am going to bring it to Bacolod so that my officemates can have a taste.

Wanting to devote my time to reading but I have a lot of other things to do.

Needing to take care of my plants.  I bought two succulents yesterday and I hope not will not die.

Feeling so hot.. I am so lazy to bring the electric fan here in our sala.

Clicking recipes for Banoffe…I have one big hand of lakatan banana.  Maybe I’ll prepare one on Tuesday evening.

Sinaing Na Tulingan or Tambacul

This is inspired by an FB post regarding Sinaing na Tuingan and how it is cooked.  I have fond memories about this Batangas dish.  I have not eaten this when I was studying at UPLB most probably because I do not ave a dorm mate from Batangas.  The first time I tasted this dish was during a lunch with the Office-mates of my late husband at the Soils Laboratory of the College of Agriculture Soils Department.  My husband was working there as a Research Assistant while I was taking up my Master’s Degree at the AIM.  One can’t help but eat a lot as everybody is using their hands and the fish is so yummy especially if paired with crushed tomatoes.  I tried creating the dish but it was not really a hit with y family who fears eating tulingan as it might cause allergy.

When I was accepted for a scholarship in Germany, we had a five month preparatory Course here in the Philippines mainly German language course and other short seminars.  I have two classmates from Batangas where again I tasted this dish.  Susie would bring the Sinaing na Tulingan cooked by her landlady who is also a Batanguena.  Gina would bring pina-igang baby pusit cooked by her Mom.  This is adobong baby pusit cooked until almost all the sauce has evaporated.

It is timely that it is the season for tulingan, aloy and similar fishes.

Fresh Tulingan (Panit in Ilonggo)

Fresh Tulingan (Panit in Ilonggo)

With ingredients: Kamias (Iba), Batwn, Finger Chili Pepper, Onion. native Garlic and Ginger

With ingredients: Kamias (Iba), Batwn, Finger Chili Pepper, Onion. native Garlic and Ginger

This is not the pure Batangas recipe as I added batwan which is an Ilonggo ingredient.

My Palayok is ready

My Palayok is ready

Added pork fat at the bottom of the palayok, then added the cleaned, flattened and salted fish (one kilogram is three pieces of this tulingan). Then added all the other ingredients. Then I cooked it in charcoal for about an hour.

Charcooal cooked

Then I transferred the palayok in the  gas range so I can control the heat and cooked it for another hour.

Cooked Tulingan...does not look good as the f ish is too soft

Cooked Tulingan…does not look good as the fish is so soft..but tastes so yummy

I should have wrapped the fish in banana leaves so that it will not disintegrate but I was too lazy to get the banana leaves. The fish is so yummy that I have to control the urge to eat a lot rice.

The Sunday Currently No. 22

A very uncomfortable weekend due to the heat.  Still now sign of rain…summer has just started and we still have a long way to go before the onset of rain.

Reading the Royal Duty..still halfway to go.  I can’t concentrate on reading because its too hot! There are a lot of insights on the lives of Royalty of the United Kingdom.

Writing this blogpost.

Listening to the children on the next house (my parents house where my sister now lives).  We are in one compound with three houses and the sari-sari store cum living area of my brother’s family.

Thinking of every Monday ordeal I have to go through.  I have to wake up at four o’clock, leave the house at 4:30 to catch the 6:00 Oceanjet going to Bacolod City.  I enjoy my job but its really a pain to wake up early, walk to the main road and take a jeepney to the City.  I have two vehicles at home both need repair.  If ever it is in running condition, I don’t drive and if ever I drive I can’t take the car to the city as I have to go to Bacolod.  Oh what a life….I also did this when I was assigned in Antique but most of the time my son takes me to the terminal every Monday and fetches me Friday evening.  Two more years and I will apply for retirement.

Smelling the ground beef torta I cooked for dinner.

Wishing…well at the moment I am not wishing anything.

Hoping that we will have a good meeting with our Regional Director this coming Friday.

Wearing as usual sleeveless shirt and printed walking shorts.

Loving kamonsil that I have eaten a lot …now my stomach is acting from too much eating this summer fruit.

Wanting to switch on the air-conditioner in my room!! ut I hate the feeling of sudden temperature changes whe you go out of the room…so no aircon…save on electricity bill.

Needing to sleep early……….

Feeling so tired because of the heat.

Clicking FB and chatting with my second son who working on a cruise ship now sailing towards Italy.  The other day they were in Barcelona.

Still not linking with Siddathorton as she has not updated her blog.

The Sunday Currently No 21

The Holy Week flew fast quickly.  It is so hot nowadays that I have not much housework.  There are still a lot of things to be sorted and arranged all over the house.  I do not want to move a lot because it too hot..in a few minutes I will be sweating and would feel very tired.

Able to do a lot of my religious activities this yea, two very early morning Via Crucis on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. For the first time after sooooo many years, I attended the Ester Vigil Mass. Very solemn ceremony of lighting the fire, preparation of the Paschal candle and lighting it with the fire earlier lighted and  going inside the dark church with only the Pascal candle lighting the way.  Thank you Lord  for the sacrifice and for the resurrection.

Reading the Royal Duty by Paul Burrel.  Very interesting tidbits about Royal life.

Writing earlier my blog about Good Friday and this blogpost.

Listening to the chirps of the birds outside. How I wish it will always be like this…It was more silent last Good Friday.  The people in the neighborhood really observed the Lenten season by turning off their blaring radios, stereos, TV etc.

Thinking of how it is so crazy to be a fan.  I still idolize Maine Mendoza despite all disappointments I encountered in her short stint as an actress.  This time I have learned to accept that she is now an actress and very much different from the girl I encountered in her blog before she became famous.  A lot of the fans I met on Twitter are angry as she has changed and some are saying that she is demeaning herself just to be with Alden.  This is especially true after she wrote her blog about their Boracay Escapade.  I have read her blog twice…yes it is a very candid (the way she always writes) expression of her feelings and thoughts during those days in Boracay.  I did not see any point in the blog where she demeaned herself or even threw herself at Alden.  I think she is just like any other fan or even girl who reacts naturally to a handsome guy.  But to say that she is in love with Alden…I don’t think so.  On the other hand, Alden is Alden….still prefers to do his work to be able to earn a lot for the things he wants.  I think it is true that he does not have that “feeling” for Maine.  A man who likes a girl will take every opportunity to be with her..whether he is busy or not.  They have been together for quite some time and if it is getting to know stage, he should have already gone to Bulacan. The Boracay escapade was a planned activity of GMA to bolster the waning effect of ALDUB. These are my thoughts about ALDUB…and I think Maine is wasted in a Love Team and is full of hypocrisy.  Sorry to all those ALDUB fans and Alden only fans.

Smelling the vinegar (sinamak) I used as dip for lechon.  I so love vinegar with bird eye chili as dip for anything. I abhor gravy and sauces as they mask the real taste of the food.  All you can taste is the gravy.

Wishing it will rain soon as I really pity the plants…all are almost dying despite watering morning and afternoon.  I really don’t water the plants that well as our supply might also be affected.  We do not know when the next rain will come.

Hoping that I will continue to have the zeal to work.  Lately I fell so depressed because of budget cuts in our BUB mobilization.  It is not my fault that mismanagement was done before I was transferred.  I am even the worst affected by the change as I am not spending more for my fares compared to my previous assignment.  Two more years and I will really retire….I was hoping that I can retire as a Career Executive Service Office but my previous two supervisors really botched up my performance rating by not approving targeted projects.

Wearing my house uniform, sleeveless blouse and printed walking shorts.

Loving the ceremonies this Lenten Season.

Wanting to stay in an air-conditioned room.

Needing more will power to do my work well. Please help me Lord.

Feeling the so hot weather.

Clicking earlier the blog of Maine Mendoza.

Siddathornton has not updated her post…I wonder why?

Good Friday 2016

I really wanted to continue the Visita Iglesia I started last year but it was too hot!  The El Nino Phenomenon created a very much oppressive environment during the day.  I just stayed at home after our early morning Via Crucis around the poblacion.

Last year I wanted to document the different carrozas of Santos that join the Good Friday procession with the Santo Entierro but was not able to do so.  I finished Visita Iglesia at around noon, stayed inside Sta. Ana Church to wait for the arrival of the carrozas.  It was still to early and I guess I have to  wait three more hours thus decided to go home but promised myself to do it the following year.

This year became a reality but decided not to bring a DSLR as it was too heavy.  I get tired easily these days so I will not tempt my faith aside from the fact that it is too hot.  I arrived in Molo at around four thirty and there is only one carroza bearing the picture of The Shroud.  I asked a lady in the plaza what time the procession would start and she told me it’s at six pm.  They moved it one hour later so that it will be cooler and the older parishioners can join in the procession.

The carrozas started arriving at around 5:30:

Molo Church (STta. Ana Church)

                         Church (Sta. Ana Church)Beautiful Sta. Ana Church populary known as Molo Church.                                                                                                                                    Inside are antique all female Saints displayed in the columns of the Church in contrast to that of Jaro Cathedral (St Elizabeth Metropolitan Cathedral) where all are male saints.Another view of the Church with the plaza full of devotees waiting for the procession to start.

 

Another view of the Church with the plaza full of devotees waiting for the procession to start.

Side view of the Church

                                                                                    Side view of the ChurchOne of the images still being adorned inside the Church grounds. The carroza arrived without the image..which is kept in the Church.One of the images still being adorned inside the Church grounds. The carroza arrived without the image..which is kept in the Church.

The carrozas do not have labels so I just added the captions based on what I think it represents. For the image above, I really do not know who the Saint is.  I should have asked the man atop the carroza :-(.

Arrival of carrozas

                                       Arrival of carrozas- This is another one that I do not know what it represents.

More carrozas arriving

                                                                                   More carrozas arriving

Jesus enters Jerusalem on Palm Sunday

                                                                 Jesus enters Jerusalem on Palm Sunday

Agony in the Garden

                                                                               Agony in the Garden

Jesus is Sentenced to Die

                                                                                          Jesus is Sentenced to Die

Scourging in the Pillar

                                                                                            Scourging in the Pillar

Jesus the Nazarene

                                                                                                 Jesus the Nazarene

Crucified Jesus with the Women of Jerusalem

                                                         Crucified Jesus with the Women of Jerusalem

Arrival of Carroza: Crucified Jesus with Mary and John

                                                    Arrival of Carroza: Crucified Jesus with Mary and John

Crucified Jesus with Mary & John..Church in the Background

                                                Crucified Jesus with Mary & John..Church in the Background

witht he church

Crucified Jesus with Mary & John Up Close

                                                         Crucified Jesus with Mary & John Up Close

The images and the decorations are very ornate. This is one of my favorite among the carrozas. These are very old images that are kept by the families in Molo.  Maybe one of these days I will do a research regarding these images and document who owns them and its history.

Jesus taken down from the Cross

                                                                    Jesus taken down from the Cross

Jesus from the Cross with the Three Marys

                                                              Jesus from the Cross with the Three Marys

Other Saints

St John the Evangelist

                                                                            St John the Evangelist

Mary Magdalene

                                                     Mary Magdalene with her very ornate dress.

The beautiful Flowers of Mary Magdalene

                                                      The beautiful Flowers of Mary Magdalene

Santa Martha

                                                                                                  Santa Martha

Santa Veronica

                                                                                                        Santa Veronica

The Santo Intierro

The Santo Intierro of Molo

                          The Santo Intierro of Molo- no need for flowers as the decorations are gilded and very ornate.

Sto Intierro2

Sto Intierro3

Carroza

Mater Dolorosa

Mater Doloroza

Mater Dolorosa2

Cross being brought into the Church

                                                            Cross being brought into the Church

I did not wait for the procession to start as I might have a difficult time getting a ride home.  We were even stranded in Mandurriao as they closed the roads for the procession.  I wanted to take pictures but we are quite away from where the procession is passing.

Good Friday Procession in San Miguel

Arrived in our town quite a bit dark and I was really hoping I will be able to get a glimpse of all the carrozas with their decorations this year.  I was only able to catch the Santo Intierro with the carroza fully decorated with different kinds and colors of carnations.

Santo Intierro in San Miguel

                                                                         Santo Intierro in San Miguel

Sto Intierro San Mig

Mater Dolorosa

                                                                                Mater Dolorosa

Every year I can not really get a very good picture of Mater Dolorosa as she is surrounded by this big lights.  Maybe they should change this into spotlights so the image can be highlighted. As always the carroza is always bedecked with different kinds of orchids.

Thank you Lord Jesus for your sacrifice to save us from our sins.

Maundy Thursday Holy Mass (Mass of the Last Supper)

Ever since I can remember I have always attended the Maundy Thursday Mass as long as I am at home..maybe there were years during my elementary and early high school when I have no companion thus not able to hear Mass.  My parents are not very religious and its my aunt that has always brought me to Church.

I have always wanted to take pictures as the rituals during this mass are very symbolic but I hesitate as I might be disrupting the solemnity of the ceremony.  At the same time I do not have a good cellphone with camera.  Taking the DSLR to Church would make me very conspicuous.  This year since I recently acquired an iPhone I was able to take pictures at the same time not really attracting too much attention. The pictures are not very clear as I am seated quite far from the altar.

Concelebrated Mass with Monsignor Claudio Sale as main celebrant.

                               Concelebrated Mass with Monsignor Claudio Sale as main celebrant.

The Congregation - Most are seated outside the Church

                                                     The Congregation – Most are seated outside the Church

The side pews were removed for the procession of the Blessed Sacrament after the Mass.

The ritual of washing the feet of the Apostles were not done this year rather selected citizens representing different sectors were chosen.  I have no pictures of this.  After the mass, a procession inside the Church was done to transfer the Blessed Sacrament from the main Alter to the Altar of Repose on the right side of the Church.

Altar Boys carrying the Cross flanked by candles

                                                                   Altar Boys carrying the Cross flanked by candles

Hossanas

Girls in white dresses carrying flowers. We call them the Hossanas (I wonder why?..as they sing the Hossana?)

Readers followed by the Lay Ministers

                                                                 Readers followed by the Lay Ministers

Municipal Officials Carrying the Baldacchio (canopy) and the Mayor carrying (I still have to research this)

Municipal Officials Carrying the Baldacchino (canopy) and the Mayor carrying (I still have to research this)

The antique Baldacchino (canopy_

                                                                          The antique Baldacchino (canopy)

This antique canopy has been used for a long time.  It used to be deep red but now it has faded, there are a few holes and some of the tassels are unraveling.  It looks sad and raglike but still maintains some of its regal beauty.  I don’t know until when they will be using this, it should already be kept in a museum.

Lighted red Candelaria candles

                                                                       Lighted red Candelaria candles

The mass ended a bit early compared to the other years but the lighted Candelaria candles still look beautiful even if it is not yet dark.  Almost everybody brought along this year’s Candelaria candles colored red.  I forgot mine at the Office.

mons delgado alter of repose

                           Monsignor Delgado putting the Blessed Sacrament in the Alter of Repose

The faithful will be holding vigil until 12 midnight.  This is a good time to do the Visita Iglesia but our van is out-of-order.  We were only able to do a Visita Iglesia several years ago when my husband was still alive.  Last year I did the Visista Iglesia Good Friday morning visiting 14 Churches in the City.

Altar of Repose

                                                                                           Altar of Repose

Have a Blessed Holy Week.