finally, a harvest

I never would have thought that basil leaves would be my first harvest from the apartment garden.

I thought I’d be harvesting arugula or the lettuce first but it was basil that thrived in the soil bags.  Continue reading “finally, a harvest”


capturing pa’s smile

He did smile! I’m somewhere to his right but I decided to remove myself to save you from witnessing my questionable choice of hairstyle. (High school graduation ceremonies at Zamora Memorial College, April 2003)

One of the aunts during her recent visit mentioned something about the father wanting more photos of him taken by his grandson during their walks to the beach about ten minutes away from our house in Bicol.

This was such a strange thing for me to hear since I clearly remember the father hating getting his photo taken, saying that he looked too frail and ghostlike 😐 At least that’s what we –his daughters – get when we’re the one trying to get him to smile for the camera during attempts at group photos. Continue reading “capturing pa’s smile”

finally got the flu shot

The three-month flu shot search ends today! Such a relief to get this off the healthcare to-do.

Found myself sitting in one of the benches in the waiting area of the Los Baños Doctors Hospital and Medical Center (LBDH). The pediatrician’s secretary confirmed that they had the flu vaccine on stock. I let out a huge sigh of relief. Continue reading “finally got the flu shot”

the garden situation

Earlier this month, this was my garden.

A few days after setting up the window garden, I did realize that I may need to transfer the seedlings into soil bags so allow them more room to grow –and that the window space will not be enough for that.

It was overwhelming I guess. I didn’t realize almost all the seeds would grow. I gave some of the seedlings to my colleagues at the department to reduce the number of seedlings I need to transfer. The window space still won’t be enough.

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