Fishing is to Kill Time in the Country

I was amazed how some people who live in the country are so laid-back and just finding ways to kill their time. The day we arrived in Avery for a short weekend getaway, one of our friend’s neighbors gone fishing to his bigger pond. I asked the friend why he bothers fishing and releasing the fish when he caught one, he said that he does not allow for the fish to be eaten. There are not too many of them in the pond yet, that’s why.

So, back to this neighbor of his, he just go fishing in his property to kill time. You know, when in the country the hours seem longer and you just have to find something to do to entertain yourself.

Fishing is just one of the many entertainments my children can do when in Avery. It is therapeutic at the same time fulfilling when we catch a fish. It also allows them to appreciate nature, breathe that fresh air and feel the cool temperature on our skin.

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Outdoor Fun in the Country

I can see the big difference between living in the country and the city. In the city, we mainly stay indoor when there is no school. Children refuse to play outside. While in the country, in our friend’s place, he’s got this 56 acres land in Avery, my children has got all the wide open space where they can walk, hunt for little bugs, go fishing in his ponds and or have fun swinging on a tree branch like the one pictured below.

There was almost no time for electronics, I tell you. Maybe when we move out to the country, our lifestyle will drastically change but it is for the better I believe. Children will be happier, communicating with nature and most of all getting a lot of fun just by exploring their surrounding. Looking forward to that, if not soon but later.

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Vintage Weighing Scale with Free Fortune Reading

My memory is still good that I still remember this vintage weighing scale with free fortune reading when you insert coins in it. I was in my elementary years if I’m not mistaken when I tried using this machine. It was my first and last try and never did I see this being out or displayed anywhere else in the Philippines.

During that time, I did not care much how much I weighed. I was more into knowing what my fortune was gonna be.

And one time on my first born’s birthday, I did not expect it to see in a an old skating rink called Silver Wheel in White Settlement, I understood why the Skating Rink has this machine, because their business have been around since the 50’s, the building is not appealing from the outside, inside smells like old and the skating shoes are also vintage. My daughter asked me what it was and so I explained it to her and that this machine is very old. It kind of brought a smile on my face because of the memory I had with it when I was little.

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No Filipino Christmas Songs For Me

As much as I’d like to listen to Philippine Christmas Carols, I am trying very hard not to hear or listen to any of it although it will take my spirit to how my country celebrates Christmas. I am avoiding it because it makes me homesick, it makes my mind go crazy. When homesickness kicks in, I know I wouldn’t be happy because the only cure for it is costly.  Going home, that is!

I do listen to Christmas songs here or even in my car going to and from home and work but it’s the American version that I choose to hear. They don’t stir my emotion, instead they cheer me up and makes look forward to Christmas, the American way. Children will decorate cookies on Christmas eve and opening of presents early morning on Christmas day. That has been our tradition since Jadyn was two or three years old. Hoping that it will continue in the years to come so they will have a memory of how the Sanborns celebrate Christmas and they will pass it on to their kids someday.

 

Anxious

I am anxious for Friday to come. That is the only time I can get off work early and go to Apple store and pick up that very thing I bought on my own sweat and labor. It is something some people already have and is not new to others.

It’s something that I would be proud carrying/using because I know that the money I paid for it did not come free. Two weeks of working in hard labor is how much this thing cost me. So I must be proud that for the first time I am able to afford my “want” and not obliging my husband to by me this gadget.

Friday can’t come fast enough…

I Wish People will Read and Educate Themselves

This photo below sums up  my thoughts I want these blacks to know about my home country, the Philippines. They are protesting for a very wrong reason. I wish they will read, visit the Philippines and educate themselves before they go out there and rally.

Clearly these idiots don’t  know what is going on in the Philippines yet here they are, displaying their false accusations about our newly-elected President. He is there for a reason, people have voted for him, I, is one of them. The opposition accused him of mass murder for what? For cleaning the Philippines of the rampant problem we’re all facing, DRUGS!

I wish these idiots know how big of a problem drugs are in my home country, walking on the streets and fear for your life or feel you’re in danger because of flooding drug addicts everywhere. We all yearned for a true leader who would do something about the general public’s problem.

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Side by Side with Mr. Google Maps

It’s not everyday we see this car in our daily drive. When we see one, for sure we are amazed and we probably think the same saying, ” so this is the guy responsible for taking pictures of our streets and our area for us to be able to search and see our street view and anywhere in the world” on Google Maps.

I saw this Google Maps car one day on Alta Mesa Boulevard. Gladly enough, he was next to me so I captured a pretty good pictures of him before the traffic light turned green. I didn’t care if he saw me or not. All I could care about I was not letting him drive off without me taking pictures of the car.

This was the second time I saw a Google service car, the first one was maybe two years ago driving on our street. He was driving on a 30 mph that day and who would have thought he was at work that time. He was taking pictures/moving pictures of our street at that time and was pretty sure of this because, I remember the husband just finished mowing the yard that day, it was summer and the crape myrtles were blooming. When I searched our home address on Google, exact the same picture was available for viewing when I did.

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So Disappointed with Pandora

I am an avid Pandora listener although I am not a paid member but I do listen to them almost everyday during my workout. I thought they were cool but to my dismay, just like Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook are so disappointing and I am totally turned off at these people’s brainless’ thinking.

How about doing some investigations you guys before recognizing these thugs killed by police before you send your sympathy to them? Alright, there maybe some few bad apples in the police force but heck, those innocent ones are being killed by notorious, long criminal records thugs! The recent black killed by police, how about digging more real information as to why he was killed?

Use your resources to hire your own investigators so you would know if they are worth your praise? That black thug you are sympathizing with robbed a store earlier before he was killed and the police was looking for him, then the police found him, did not comply with his commands and got shot. Now it’s the police’s fault he was killed?

Just venting my frustration of Pandora as well as Mark. Mark is supposed to be a smart guy yet here is, twisted liberal person! I hope in your life, you don’t need to call the police for help ever!

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Hosting is Getting Expensive

I couldn’t be more grateful and happier of my current hosting. Since I subscribed with them three years ago, I have not had any problem with the service, well, except for some minor flaws in the past but that was immediately taken care of.

I have been blogging since 2008 up to this day but back then, I had free hosting. The domains cost was so cheap since I have had good income with my blogs. But I recently renewed my hosting and it cost me a whooping $155.88. Unlike three years ago, there were four of us shared the hosting so it was cheaper, until the three bloggers quit and the expense is all mine to keep these blogs running. And to make it worse, I don’t make money from my blogs anymore. If there are any, it will be like $45 a month.

Hosting and domain renewals sure cost money nowadays. It is almost disappointing that blogging is no longer reliable source of income for stay home moms like me. Things have changed over the years due to Google’s penalization to business who choose to have their site advertised on blogs.

With all that being said, I am having second thoughts whether to keep my blogs that have been on the internet since 2008 and continue to pay for costly domain and hosting renewals or just slowly kill them when the expiration dates are nearing? I have my first born’s blog that I started since she was only a few months in my belly, she is now 8 years old and the thought of killing her blog and make it dormant forever pains me so much. Arggsss…

Anyway, I have a year to think about it. I just hope that my small income from a blogging website is able to cover the expenses, otherwise, I may have to make a decision that will hurt me forever.

 

Why I Say Davao is a Safe Place to be Based on my Own Experience

It is not every Philippine election you would see the Filipino people themselves are campaigning for a certain mayor or person to run for Presidency. It is also very unusual for a candidate who does not need to spend his money for his campaign, instead, it’s the people that spend their hard earned money for the candidate.  OFWs and Balik-Bayans all over the world are campaigning for Davao’s Mayor Rodrigo Duterte through social media. How awesome is that?

Unlike his rivals Mar Roxas, Grace Poe and Binay have spent thousands or even millions of taxpayers’s money to pay famous actors/actresses to campaign for them which for me is ridiculous, it’s the opposite for Duterte. People have woken up and they need a strong leader like him, not from those stupid corrupt officials who obviously are up for their own pockets only and do not show real concern for the country.

Rodrigo Duterte hails from Davao and is a well-known mayor all over the Philippines due to his law being implemented successfully in his place and is being respected and loved by Davaoinians. That’s what prompted the people to urge him to run for President because they see how Davao is. Clean, peaceful and safe from criminals, illegal drug pushers and so many unpleasant activities that are rampant in most cities of the Philippines.

I myself, have been to Davao several times in the past and I have seen/experienced it myself how I felt truly safe while being there. An instance I will never forget why, if I had a chance to vote this coming Philippine election, I would without a doubt vote for Duterte.

During my last visit to Davao in 2013, my little sister and my two girls have just met up a friend in Abreeza mall and headed back to Matina to my auntie’s house that night. We used a taxi cab to get there. Of course, I am not familiar with the place, I just let the taxi driver drive and told him where we want to go. So he drove and drove until we noticed that we were in a secluded, very dark mountainous area and started to feel uneasy, scared and nervous. It felt like it was the longest taxi ride we’ve ever taken until finally I broke the silence and asked the driver if we’re getting there.

A couple of minutes after the long ride, I could see city lights and the sound of traffic. He then told me, he took a short cut to the shrine because Matina is right at the foot of the mountain once we passed through the narrow dark road we’d just been driving.

I was really scared for our safety that night. Had we not been in Davao I don’t know what’s going to happen to us! We could have been raped and robbed or worse, killed with the driver. But then again, we were in Davao. We were able to get home safe, unharmed and alright!

Everybody dare not commit a crime or they will be haunted by Duterte.

Yes, it is my sole testimony that we can trust Mayor Duterte to be the President to implement the law and slowly get rid of society’s bad guys! He does not live an extravagant life as a mayor, does not have luxurious things compared to those most politicians because he is NOT corrupt.

Below is a comparison of two papers, one on the left, Mayor Duterte being on a foreign newspaper praised, Roxas, the rival on the other hand, is making his own comic in order to blind Filipino voters of his so-called “heroic” action during that super typhoon Yolanda in 2013. Stupid isn’t it? To think that people especially the victims of the typhoon know very well Mar and Binay have done nothing to help them to shorten their sufferings.

 

…. photo not mine, lifted from a Facebook group…

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