Meandering Thoughts on Wordless Wednesday

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Sorry I haven’t been reading your blogs.  I’m busy doing some spring – cleaning chores, and you know, I can only do these tasks in the morning, which is my blog reading time.   There’s really not much to talk about anyway. All is quiet on the western front.  After the events of the past weeks, I guess that’s a good thing, right ?

 

So, with nothing on my mind at the moment, what do I do?  Post random pictures, of course. Photos below were taken in the Philippines.

 

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Manila Cathedral

Manila Cathedral

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Statue of King Charles, right across from the Cathedral

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The gentleman in the photo wears an old policeman uniform  of  Spanish era.  * stares at my pic….. whoa ! That’s proof right there !  I really did pack in 15 lbs. during my vacation in the Philippines !  ( too much eating at eat-all you can buffets ) *

 

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Old , well – preserved buildings, Spanish era Philippine architecture

 

 

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Entrance, Fort Santiago

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Fort Santiago….. oh,look ! There’s a moat! Cool!

It’s a pity there’s very little left of the old, Spanish colonial city of Manila.  The city used to be the  most beautiful in Asia , (  called the Paris of Asia ) , with wide , cobbled stone avenues and streets,   European style fountains everywhere,  beautiful bridges

 

It was for that reason that Gen. Douglas McArthur declared Manila an Open City, allowing Japanese invaders to come in without bombing the city while the US Army retreated to somewhere outside of Manila.  Ironically, it was American planes that flattened the city in 1945. Street to street fighting and tanks and artillery  blew up the rest that were still standing. Manila was the second most destroyed city during WW2 , next to Warsaw which was # 1.  ( of course, Hiroshima and Nagasaki  are excluded…. that’s a different level )

Whoa !  Japanese soldiers were already walking around peacefully in this pic.

 

 

Destroyed  16th century  old Fort Santiago. That was an American tank right there. Well, that’s war.  Not blaming anyone. The fact is, real World War 2  action in Asia happened in Manila, Philippines, and nowhere else. The Japanese bombed the country 8 hours after Pearl Harbor. Well, the Philippines was an American territory then,  so, invading it was like invading the US.

 

* pondering*

 

Where was I ? Didn’t I just say my mind was blank and I had nothing to talk about ?

 

I better stop here before my thoughts meander from Manila to ancient Mesopotamia. 6_6

 

Thank you for reading and putting up with my ramblings.  Bye and peace !

 

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Sunday Ramblings and other stuff

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Ah, I wish I could end my stalking saga. Alas.  Something happened again. No smashing of car windows, nothing like that. This time , it’s   creepy, and scarier.

 

I got bunches of flowers ( and 3 potted orchid plants ) from my stalker ex  Friday morning at 5:30 AM.  He left the flowers  at our front porch. Our security camera caught his image trespassing….. we now have proof  he’s doing something illegal, and therefore , I can now  file a Restraining Order against him.  ( See photo of flowers below )

 

 

It’s a good thing I didn’t  see him that morning.  I left at 6: 30 AM to attend my best friend’s wedding .  As a Maid of Honor, I came early to help and assist in the wedding preparations ( plus I had my make-up done over there , together with the rest of the entourage ) . I was running late so I didn’t notice the bunch of flowers sitting in our porch bench. * shivers*

 

About the wedding……..

 

I was Maid of Honor. Unfortunately , I didn’t get to take a single photo of the event.  I was so busy taking care of stuff  for the bride I felt like I was the  wedding planner.  ( or her personal maid…. just kidding.  )  I also gave a speech or what we call a toast  ( aaargh ) and , at one point during my speech, I choked. (  eeew ! ) I didn’t cry, but my voice did tremble a bit. She’s my childhood friend, after all. We’ve been close friends since elementary , same elementary school, middle school, high school, university…  and, she lived right across from our house.

 

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My 2 best friends…. the bride ‘s on the left. The other one is a police officer.  The bride is a Criminal Justice grad and works at a police HQ here.  ( I haven’t told them about my situation…. they both know my ex…. we all went to the same high school )

 

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This is all for now. I hope you haven’t gotten sick and tired of my stalking problem.

 

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Thank you for reading, and peace.

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday Musings

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I bought a security camera for our house.  Just one camera . I’ll add more later. It’s not cheap. ( $200 ) . It’s wireless,  130 degree angle, HD , night vision, illuminates up to 25 ft., audio, ( speaker and microphone) , and there’s a built – in siren

 

So, why did I buy a security camera?   Most of you have read my 2 previous posts.   This week,  my car’s window had been smashed,  and my dad’s  had been egged.  We have no proof who the culprit is, that’s why I   can’t file a Restraining Order against  my ex.  At least, the culprit didn’t key my car.  Thank goodness for small mercies.  Even though my car is 10 years old (  a 2008 BMW , my mother’s originally ) it’s in mint condition. It’s so clean it sparkles. lol  Just kidding.

 

Oh, yeah, I went hiking  last week with my co-workers.  Photo taken in Auburn, California. That’s yours truly in the photo.

 

 

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My mother and I are planning to visit Japan in Oct. 2019.   Well, when we went on European tour  years ago, we bought our tickets and tour package  9 months earlier.   I wonder why our 30-day packaged Euro tour is so much cheaper than the 10 -day Japanese tour, though.  I mean, almost the same price ! !  Is Japan really that expensive ? Anyways,  I’m already excited to see Akihabara  shopping district , the center of Japan’s manga/anime/otaku culture.

 

This is all for now.  I hope this will be the last post re that troublesome   person. No news is good news, right ?

 

And please check out my manga/anime/video games blogsite @ https://2megaworthitwordpresscomblog.wordpress.com/           I have a new post….. an original Netflix anime, BLAME!

 

Thank you for reading and peace !

 

The Worst ! An Update on ” Domestic Disturbance “

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Kindly read the previous post. This is just an update.

 

So, the disturbance occurred  early Tuesday morning.  I went out  at 12:30 PM , same day, for my annual dental appointment .  While waiting for the dentist to see me, I got a call from my cousin who said that guy was back, and he was  with another guy. I got called by the dentist at that moment so I  told her not to confront them  and to just  call the cops. ( Dental  work took longer than expected)  My mother was with me, but left to do some shopping at nearby grocery and  didn’t know about the call. Anyways, I called back my cousin   on our drive home, ( about 3 :30 PM ) and we were informed she did call  the cops………. and 4 police cars arrived , with 4 cops. Why so many ? Well, there were 2 hostile  men, and the situation was , 2 cops per person, just in case.  o.O”  (This is America, folks.)  She also told me they were gone,  so it was safe to come home.

 

Then, guess what happened  when we arrived.

 

My ex and a companion  parked their car somewhere where they could see our arrival. We were surprised to see them drive over the pavement , and over a portion of our driveway, DIAGONALLY !  That is how cops   park their cars  when  they want  to block a road. Right ?   Mom calmly told  them to get off our property. How about me ? Well,  I had a mental block.  Then Mom called my cousin and told her to bring Taylor out and hand her over to this guy. It was my cousin’s boyfriend who came out with the dog, and told him , ”  you have the dog, now get off the property.” The 2 guys looked like they were going to punch him. (  They had a heated argument  earlier before the cops came. ) We were surprised to see our 2 neighbors  rushed over to help us.  ( I didn’t even notice they were there ) Their conversation was loud and heated. When the neighbors threatened to call the cops , they left hurriedly , with our dog, who was then barking crazily.

 

Guys, my story  is  condensed and  sanitized.

 

It’s weird that one of the things I do remember  is the image  of 3 brown women ( Mom, cousin and  I ) huddling together and 5 adult  white men having a loud , heated conversation.

 

Also, I’d like to thank those who showed their concern and suggestions in their comments . Although I wasn’t able to respond , I’d like you to know they’re very much appreciated.

 

One good news.  I’m getting a new dog  from the animal shelter and he already has a name…. Holden.

 

This is all for now. Thank you for reading and peace.

HOME DISTURBANCE ! !

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I posted about this HERE.

 

It happened again last night…. actually this morning around 12 AM to 2 AM.

 

To summarize what happened in July, 2017….. I broke up  with my boyfriend, then he demanded that I return ” his ” dog , or else, he’d sue me…..and he came over at 3 AM but he didn’t create a disturbance when we didn’t open the door.

 

But today, it was different.  So, okay, he said he wouldn’t get ” his ” dog back anymore. But then, 4 months ago, he started texting and calling me about us getting back together….. I’ve been saying NO very politely  but he didn’t stop…………… but last night on my  drive home, he called again. I was driving , and very tired,  darn it,  so I yelled on the phone   STOP CALLING ME AND GO AWAY ! !  I mean,  his texts and calls have already become a form of stalking and harassment !  When I got home, ( about 10 PM ) he texted  and threatened he’d come over to get ” his ” dog back . So, we turned off all the lights , then , around 12 , the doorbell started ringing  without let-up, and at the same time, texting  me ( I received 25 texts ) , and said he had called the police. ( I actually got a voicemail from the police ) . We also heard him  say , in a rather loud voice , ” I know you’re in there, Ren. Don’t make it hard on you and your family.  I JUST WANT MY DOG BACK ! ”

 

Meanwhile, we forgot  my cousin would come home at 1 AM ( from her part time job delivering Domino’s Pizza,  ^__^ ” ) . Then we heard her enter the house, heard voices,   and we were like, OMG, did she let him in ???? She was like, ” are you kidding ? ”   She then called her BF, and on the phone, she said , ” There’s a 6 ft. tall angry dude at our doorstep,  can you come over, please and   don’t come in, just park the car outside and stay in the car, call me,  and let us know what he’s doing. ”  Believe it or not, it was already 2: 15 AM when he finally left. The BF came , parked, and kept the headlights on…… just to let the ex know there’s a witness, just in case.

 

Where was Dad while this was happening ?  Dad is a heavy sleeper… so yeah, he was happily snoring in La la land, thank goodness.   Otherwise, there’d be a huge commotion between him and this guy.  Yikes.

 

Guys, a question…… should I be worried ?  I don’t think he owns a gun.

 

So, this is it…. Thanks for reading and peace !  (~.~)

 

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Bye !  Wish me luck ! !

 

 

My Sunday ramblings

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Nothing to see here, folks. Move along…….. * just kidding *

 

To be honest,  today, I’m just winging it.  Let’s  see where this post goes.

 

I’ve been reading blogs from The Reader , and that means I cannot read those that get posted from 11 PM to 6 AM, (  sleeping time ) and from 12 PM to 9: 30 PM ( I’m at work ) . Also, I’ve been busy   doing  some yard work in the morning, and that means, I  don’t get to read any blog , at all.   Yardwork and gardening  are no laughing matter in my book. Remember these photos  that I posted 2 years ago ?

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The amount of yardwork  isn’t as bad  this year  .  Our lawn was rehabilitated after California’s 4 year drought ( back then,  our water use was monitored …. our front yard lawn was brown but not dead, but at the backyard, the lawn was completely dry, except the weeds that grew vigorously with little rain, completely overpowering the lawn ) , but there are still a staggering  amount of weeds to manually pluck out this spring.  Anyway, the photos above speak for itself.  I’m not exaggerating this time, folks…….. as I wont to do.  Ha ha ! * sweats *

 

We just gave a goodbye pot luck party for a co-worker  who’s moving  to another state.  I brought  baked macaroni. My co-workers were a bit disappointed that it wasn’t an ” ethnic”  food.  I told them it was a Filipino style baked macaroni, and they were like, ” Yay, Filipino style ! ”  o_O   They loved my macaroni dish . It was cleaned out in one go, and those that came in late didn’t get to taste it.  Some of them asked for the recipe.  I usually  balk at giving  away  ” original ” recipes ( my mother’s ) .  My mother had a successful catering business in the Philippines, and you know, one should not ask  the caterer for the recipe of the dish that one likes, for obvious reasons.  In fact, a former co-worker ordered  from me  4 kinds of food for her Christmas party (  she’s Muslim, by the way ) …….. baked macaroni, spring rolls, potato salad  ( she got to taste test my salad, and loved it ) and turrones  (  wrapped fried banana with jackfruit ). Just a favor given, guys, ( with mini monetary compensation for my efforts, a few dollars and some change ). This isn’t a business.

 

Back to my co-workers……………… I do plan to give them the recipe, if they ask for it again. It seems they have forgotten about it, he he.  Anyways, how is my recipe different from  other baked macaronis ?  Well, I add fish sauce ( Filipinos call patis )  and soy  sauce,. Fish sauce is a South East Asian favorite condiment.  It’s a basic ingredient in their dishes , particularly Thai , Indonesian, Malaysian and Filipino  dishes.  Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think the Chinese, Japanese, and Koreans use fish sauce in their dishes.  It’s really a Southeast Asian thing.

 

I’d like to end my post at this point ( it’s almost 500 words now ),  But I feel I need to say something. Political, I’m afraid.   ( ~ .~ )  I try not to pay attention to news  re  Trump and Liars , Inc. It was hard at first, but I’m getting better  at it.  Nowadays,  I  just wait for Trump and Liars, Inc. to implode, then start from scratch when this nightmare is over.  I call this a Susan Sarandon syndrome.  ( He”s not going to be impeached, but who knows . The alternative is worse, in my opinion. VP Pence ?  He talks to God, and more importantly, God talks to him. But I don’t know  what kind of God he talks to .. not a compassionate and moral  God, that’s for sure…….. maybe a gun- toting God who kicks beggars off the streets, and , definitely not Jesus ) I’m sorry for my harsh words.

 

This is all for now.  Thanks for reading, and Peace ! !  \(^w^)/

 

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Bye ! ! !

 

 

 

Christian Holy Week Practices and Traditions in the Philippines

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There is no Holy Week tradition here in the US,  but my own family does  observe a few Catholic practices here at home , such as meatless Fridays, and fasting and abstinence. (  small breakfast and dinner , no lunch ). At Dad’s workplace, employees can choose one paid personal special non- working holiday …. Dad chose Good Friday.

 

But in the Philippines , there is a rich Holy Week  tradition ( where about 85% are Roman Catholics )  that Filipinos practice with great devotion.

 

Holy Week  ( called Semana Santa in the Philippines ) starts on Palm Sunday, and continuous on until   Black  Saturday. It is  called Black Saturday  because on that day, the Lord  is………. dead.     Easter Sunday is when He rises from the dead…… no Easter Bunny celebration in the Philippines though, and no matter how hard commerce tries to inject  that into Philippine culture , no can do. .  They  simply cannot relate to bunnies and eggs.

 

 

 

Several decades ago, the entire Holy Week was officially non- working holiday ( no office work , no school ) but was reduced to just Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.  To this day,  Philippine Airlines does not fly on Good Friday.  Never book a flight for Good Friday on PAL.

 

Metro – Manila has a reputation of having the most horrendous traffic in the whole world,  # 1, which is a bad thing.

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All radio stations are off- air, Tv networks that are on air   show  only religious movies,(  my parents say they’ve watched The Robe , Jesus Christ Superstar, and The Greatest Story Ever Told a million times ) some are off – air, too ( but then, there’s Netfix, which is not bound to observe traditions  ^_^ )  and on Good Friday,  Masses  ( Siete Palabras , or The Seven Last Words ) are shown on some TV networks.

 

Needless to say, no commerce. ( all stores and restaurants are closed )

 

 

But for some reason ,

 

 

And  religious processions all over the country.

 

 

Photo below is , uhm, Jesus in a coffin…… called Santo Entierro,  always  followed by  statue of  Mother Mary, called Mater Dolorosa ( Grieving Mother )

 

 

 

 

In some parts of the country, they hold this kind of procession.  (  reenactment of Christ’s  Via Crusis , or Way of the Cross)   <———  Moriones Festival on the island of Marinduque.

 

In some parts of the country, processions include self – flagellations (  as sacrifice, a vow, and penance ).   The images are a bit graphic, be forewarned ). Note: This is not condoned by the Catholic Church.

 

 

Real  Crucifixion where a man is physically nailed to the Cross.

 

 

 

 

Just an FYI from the country  where I came from, the Philippines.

 

Thanks for reading and PEACE .

 

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