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"Drawn from the Heart and Mind"
- to capture what is unsullied and ethereal and
- to convey in a manner filled with mirth and awe." ~ fantasiamore

We all have our leisures in life. In fact, we have all the time for it, when we have finally retired from work. When I retired, I would often get online and read stories and poems, done in the blogs. I took some inspirations from it, so I started my own writings, thinking that I can also do it in an amateur way and later on progress in time, to become this professional writer that I have had begun to dream about.

I put myself busy trying out my writing skills, at the same time keeping my mind active and thinking. It is said senility or dementia during one's senior years gets regressive when the mind is always kept at work. Initially, I started doing poems as inspired by my then existing loving relationship. What better and more impulse can drive one to write beautifully, as when someone is in love. Lines would flow as the feelings would show. Hence, I was able to compile as many verses, that somehow gave descriptions and pictured how my feelings were, at the time the verses were written. Somehow I was writing a journal of my everyday encounters, through the poems I was creating.

At first it was difficult to put the words and lines into rhymes. But as I caught the pace to do it right, it came easy and fun to do. The next chapter of my writing involved this photo writing adaptation that I tried doing. I would pick a photo online or from someone else's photography. I'd capture thoughts and ideas I found appropriate to describe said photo. Then put or develop these thoughts and ideas, as concrete, either by creating storylines from it or a poem out of it. I developed one short story but I found out prose or narrative is more difficult to produce than verses that can capture in a few words, most of what I think and would like to convey.

I find verse writing, a more challenging feat because situations can vary, from how the reader would perceive your message or thoughts in that poetry. Interpretations can variate from how you would have wanted your thoughts conveyed as how your reader will have perceived it.

Posted:Mar 11, 2018 6:53 pm
Last Updated:Mar 18, 2018 5:35 am

With the onset of the Holy Week for Catholics by the end of March, it will be longer holidays for those working in our country, starting as early as Holy Wednesday and winding up either on Black Saturday or Easter Sunday. The occasion is given to relive the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ on the Cross.

Vacationing during these holidays or holy days, to term it appropriately means observing what the rites of the Catholic Church prescribe, although its followers are not compelled outright into practising them, such as doing the Way of the Cross, going to confession, attending the Washing of the Feet, observance of solemnity, fasting and abstinence through the days, etc..

For others and because the days will be considered this long spell or respite from work and its stresses, they would find the days, an opportune time to schedule a vacation outside of town with family or friends for their bonding moments and thrills. So they book for the beaches, resorts and hot escapade adventures, as it is summertime. But of course, most will have their observance of the holy week in their most modest way, like doing or attending the ''Visita Iglesia'' (church visits to 7 churches), listening at the church to the Last Seven Words, the ''Salubong'' or the procession march depicting the meeting of Mama Mary and her resurrected son, with Easter Mass, as the peak of all the activities, and leading to Easter Sunday, a time when the Easter egg hunting begins.

So the holy week is visioned as this retreat to solemnity and performance of Catholic activities on one hand and that joyful escapade adventures of fun and excitement, on the other.

All roads outside Metro Manila would be packed with vacationists during the holidays. It is a wise move to do the vacation early for the retirees and globetrotters or travelers. So I am doing that this week so I can do my truer observance of holy week . Am hieing off come Thursday this week, to the mountain city of Baguio and to the hot beaches of Hundred Islands. Doing it with online friends I have met at one social media site and who are my circle of close friends, presently..

How about you? Have you scheduled yours already?

Posted:Mar 9, 2018 10:49 pm
Last Updated:Mar 18, 2018 4:58 am

There are a lot of tasks, that I fondly and look forward to doing during my younger years. But most of these traditions are sort of obsolete and considered passe these days. Let me give you an example.

I love writing poems and scribbling them in cards, then using the post mail to send them. I also like receiving love letters from the mail and gifts delivered to my home address, like flowers, boxes of chocolates and candies. This face to face conversation with friends, done with a social visit, is something to look forward to during my time.

Technology has taken away so many things that used to be. I am safe to say that we do things impersonally now. There is the cellphone and laptop that will execute our communications or messaging immediately, vividly and briefly, in place of writing and mailing a letter or doing a social visit.

The presence of convenient ways and means has made life less complicated for us. With the internet and its available search engines, the need for information on hand is made accessible, in lieu of spending long hours in libraries and scouring through sets of encyclopedia, manuals, newspapers and the likes. The facility allows with ease securing information, at the least possible time.

With the appearance of electronic items and appliances, manual labor is lessened and becomes less time consuming. Consider the dishwasher, that eliminates manual contact in washing your sets of dinner wares, thus making everything as hygienic. With an electronic washing machine, washing, rinsing, hanging, drying of clothes are done more systematically. Who would need the sun, to dry the washed clothes, since you can just hang them dry. The convection type of cooking has minimized if not eliminated accidents of scalding one's hand.

Sadly the folks of yore days, find it difficult to adjust themselves to such improvements, because they lack the knowledge and orientation of doing what is conventional now. The past high school reunion that I had attended revealed some in my high school batch, who do not use what we call smartphones, hence making communications with them limited or none at all. These folks are not attuned to a fast-paced mode of living, typical of today. So they are left out.

I believe one has to go out of his shell to learn and adapt to what is new and to the changes around him; that what used to be should be replaced by what should be going on right now.

So what have you been doing?

Posted:Feb 26, 2018 11:26 pm
Last Updated:Mar 12, 2018 4:00 am

Our high hool batch golden anniversary celebration just ended. So I'd like to share my happy and fun-filled experiences during those days that passed.

The opening day was an afternoon registration in a 5-star hotel restaurant near the international airport in Manila, so you could say we stated off posh and with a bang. There were almost hundred to meet and greet so to speak, from the girls sections and our boys' counterpart sections. The girls composed the morning hedule and the boys, the afternoon session. No, we were not combined or what you can a co-ed hool at that time.

My section (both from the girls and boys) made up the largest contingency. The uniting factor was the combined efforts of of every in locating the whereabouts of our batch mates, here and abroad. I worked in tandem with in New Jersey who used Facebook as her search engine and other engines based in USA. As a result we were able to recruit about (7) graduates from our class, to attend the heduled activities. It was a first time communication with these 7 individuals.

Awards during the night can be said humorous and exciting. It was nothing academic or about milest achievements. It was more on the nifty personal accomplishments, say: who stayed single throughout the (5) decades after high hool; who are the girlfriend/boyfriend couple who ended up marrying and staying together to claim there is forever in a relationship; the person who has had married more than once and can be given the debonaire title; the graduate who has the most number of grandchildren (which i won with a current number of 14 grandchildren) and the graduate who didn't undergo a big transformation, with her baby-face.

The gala night you might equate to glitter and glamour. Every came in their best formal wear, regale and dashing robes donned with a Filipiniana motiff, in sparkling hues and styles. We occupied the Grand Ballroom of Marriott Hotel in SRO. This time we hit the hundred ty (260) attendees, as some had arrived with their spouses. Our entertainers for the night were famous balladeers, Basil Valdez and Jose Mari Chan with Giselle Sanchez as the emcee. The door prizes raffled off for the night were blood pressure monitors, bottle of glucosamine tablets, gift certificates and entrance tickets to the Grand Alumni Homecoming of our university. There were presentations from the different groups who came from abroad, all wearing their chosen costumes to match their numbers.

A lot of trips outside town got heduled day-after-day which made bonding and camaraderie stronger and more cohesive. of them was the day trip/overnight stay at Pico de Loro in Batangas as hosted by a generous and gracious batch mate. Every food and activity during that time was tremendously satisfying. To cap the night a luau was held with singers and poi dancers, to entertain everybody.

The trouble with hello is goodbye, as what Sergio Mendez said in the song. So after brushing elbows with every who came for the golden reunion, what remains are momentos that get added to the treasure box, with memories kept and photos set in folders. The fun and happiness etched forever in our minds and hearts, as we look forward to another reunion, after again another (5) . Question is, will I get to see the same faces once more.

Posted:Feb 22, 2018 7:58 pm
Last Updated:Feb 26, 2018 3:50 am
This is about women's fears on dwindling faculties upon reaching the age of fifty (50) . A time when most women fret much about their appearances, like how to control or minimize wrinkles, how to deal with sagging skin and eye bags. In short, how to look younger again. There are a lot to think and question about and of them is, "would i be able to earn enough by now, to last me during my retirement or when i get il?" Although there is a husband to take care of that, it is better off having one's to work with and spend for one's needs.

Reaching 50 old is this event a woman fusses much about. They act and feel that they are about to face a cataclysm. A question in mind is that of being able to continue working or return to work after a sabbatical leave that required a long absence from work because family needs and chores must be a priority. What about one's finances? A simple rule to follow is to build on that retirement funds, don't forget the amenities for yourself. Another prudent decision besides making sound financial decisions, is to maintain and keep your health. The future is too volatile to trust that everything will go right. When it doesn't make sure you are not caught unprepared and unstable.

Are you ready?

Posted:Feb 6, 2018 4:06 am
Last Updated:Mar 8, 2018 3:56 am

"Am all out of love
Am so lost without you!"

Familiar lines that we oftener hear from a song that is sang or played.

After getting broken-hearted, do we ever shun away from love? We try hard to avoid it. But most times, it's only a matter of words when we do. Do we ever say never again? Remember, there is always love in the air, beyond a sweetheart, hy, darling and whatever you can any close to your heart.

It's now February, the love month. Some will try hard overnight to fall in love before Valentine's day, That is the way to enjoy their February 14. But for those without some to share their love with, you can just think of Valentine's day as this -day happening. Nothing stupendous! In fact, Valentine's day has become too commercialized these days. Besides, you can always make your own occasion of monthsary and anniversary to celebrate a loving relationship, if ever.

Would you believe that's the way to sour grape because Cupid didn't do his job well for you?

There is no remedy to love but to love more - Henry David Thoreau


Posted:Jan 28, 2018 8:49 pm
Last Updated:Feb 26, 2018 5:20 pm

Writing is a passion. It is a means to unload what I have in mind and what I find interesting. It is also a way to communicate with others, those I may or may not reach. If you want something imparted or conveyed write it using a blog.

Not only today, but that I realized many would probably like to communicate or connect through this medium. It's not only me, but you (the others) as well, using this means, to get friends and more. But it can be so limiting in that all you can do is expect the unexpected.

For the gentlemen, a few off their wallets wouldn't hurt, if the truer reason is to find a woman to love, date and later on get married to. But for those, in search of a short term affair or activity, they would rather keep browsing profiles, to tempt themselves and ladies, too.

Now, for the ladies all they need is to wait until someone decides to spend in order, to gain conversation. The purpose to find a mate or a friend is certainly not as adamant. Only when a lady gets the feeling she will find her man here, therefore, be aggressive about it, does she see the reason why she will have to spend for her membership here.

Again, I will say good luck! I hope someone comes with his knock.

Posted:Jan 20, 2018 3:45 pm
Last Updated:Jan 30, 2018 3:37 pm

Today is Sunday. I just had my Sunday mass but not inside the church but on television. There is a channel here that holds it every early Sunday morning, which is called The Healing Eucharist mass.

I rarely talk about anything that has something to do with religion and religious beliefs. This is one of those times that I can subjugate or deal with a topic about it.

I profess a Catholic religion but am not a devout one. I grew up in its tradition but somehow it didn't sink in me to be a staunch follower. This despite having been educated by institutions run by its clergies.

I believe there is a Supreme Being and to Him am accounted for. I seldom attend bible studies but I know how to pray. I do that everyday, it's my direct communication with my Creator.

Now, that present age is saying, the end is at hand and judgement day is coming, there seems to be a run, going back to God and ask for His forgiveness for the many remissions or sins committed against His church teachings.

Scandals have been coming out committed by priests. There are many rumors going about involving Vatican and its manipulations. They scare the wits out of me. So I begin to wonder, did Christ's death on the cross really save mankind and is the church that carries His divine teachings, the real guardians of His flocks?

Am not posting this to incite arguments and I will not argue on the issues am raising. It's some thoughts to pass on.

Posted:Jan 17, 2018 1:23 am
Last Updated:Mar 10, 2018 12:43 am
Till death do you part. But they say when the going gets rough, time to get out. Oops! That doesn't work when you've had said your marriage vows. Unless your country allows divorce or that annulment can easily be obtained, you are stuck forever in your wedded words, I do. What to do? When you get lost in your direction, that's infidelity. Going left because it's not right, you are a sinner. Get a gun and shoot the obstacle to being liberated, why that's murder. So again you are stuck.

What values to pursue, that which the church and law advocates or that which your heart dictates? Do you really have a choice? Again, I say it's a stalemate. Oust the queen, the king is ready. Oust your king, the queen assumes. Where's the balance?

In this world, we are prisoners to ourselves. We know what we want, we get what we want. In the end you ask, is this really what we want? There's contentment only because nothing more can be done. Or is it, am tired and done, so be it.

Posted:Jan 14, 2018 3:42 pm
Last Updated:Jan 24, 2018 10:50 pm

Sadly, standard members can't connect when their interests get perked up. So what to do to get their itching connection? Some profiles do leave their cues on how to reach them but one should be alert enough to pick them right. Others are simply dying to get into Instant Messenger but alas, their servers would not allow them to get in. Now, there is the chat room here, where a community of members, both gold and standard, can get to talk rather chat with one another. Just be careful because one gets to meet weirdos out to get fun out of the other. This is definitely another FRUSTRATION. But not all would end badly, as there are some real peepz in there. How to distinguish? Oh! It would take a lot of patience to discern one. You get them good and also you get them bad.

I don't indulge in the chat room, neither on instant messenger, so there ain't success now finding me, unless you can take a good clue from this. The google is one where probably you start to type this backwards enaj.zednanref. Getting it right and seeing how successful you do it, I guess I should owe you a good reply. So the best of luck to you then. But if you don't read blogs, then too bad. If you do, then you can do some good exchanges with me. Voila! That should be a good connection. First, let me caution you, am not playing games here. Only legit guys who want to become a good friend or more. To whom, I will say be my guest or probably I should spell that as "guess."

Posted:Jan 8, 2018 12:55 pm
Last Updated:Jan 16, 2018 6:01 am

Today, during the dawn celebration and festivities for Jesus the Black Nazarene, hundred thousands devotees would have been converging and flocking, at the Basilica of the Black Nazarene, located at the District of Quiaipo, in the City of Manila. The yearly event draws thousands of Catholic, who have been seriously worshiping and following the Black statue image of Jesus. Why? Because it is believed that plentiful miraculous acts are attributed to it and that continued intercessions through prayers are being lodged of what could be impossible, by its believers.

The Black Nazarene statue is taken out from the Basilica, for a few days before its feast day on January 9. It gets enthroned at the Luneta Grandstand to receive visits and be given worship rites. The train of visitors kissing and wiping the feet of the Black Nazarene statue can be described as phenomenal. More so during the processional rite, involving its travel back to the Basilica, where it attracts, a stupendous throng of devotees, coming from all walks of life and incredibly sacrificing physically during the procession.

With all these circumstances, one can only wonder, if the followers can indeed be called devotees? Perhaps, fanatics, too? What could be the difference if I may ask you?


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