Kumusta na si lolo Jose?

Lagpas isang buwan na din simula nung huling araw ko sa trabaho sa Makati pero dahil may kailangang lakarin halos tuwing Miyerkules ako pumupunta ng Makati. Dinadaanan ko pa din si lolo Jose, minsan andun sya minsan wala. Nang natyempuhan ko sya nung minsan, tinanong nya ko “Hindi ka ba napapagod”. Sabi ko “Bakit po?”, “Lagi ka kasing may nilalakad.” Napangiti na lang ako sabay kumusta sa kanya. Nakita ko na konte lang laman ng bag nya kaya napatanong ako kung asan na yung mga gamit nya. Nanakawan na naman sya ng mga gamit kaya ayun wala na yung unan at kumot na dinodate ng kaibigan ko. Ayaw na din daw syang patulugin dun sa tinutulugan nya sa Mandaluyong kasi maraming nawawalan ng gamit.

Lolo Jose
Last July 19, 2017

Kinumusta ko din kung magkano na naipon nyang pera dun sa doctor na sinasabi nya na tutulong maoperahan sya, asa anim na libo na daw eh bentesingko ang kailangan para sa operasyon nya. Ganun pa din tinanggihan pa din nya ko kumain kahit sa malapit na fastfood lang. Tinapay lang daw ok na sya. May ilan ilan na ding akong napagforwardan ng kwento ni lolo Jose pero sa facebook lang. Katulad ng Fan Page ng DSWD, TV Patrol, Jessica Soho, DSWD Sec. Judy M. Taguiwalo, DOH, Mandaluyong City, My Makati pero di sila nagbabasa ng message. Nagreply si DSWD Sec. Judy M. Taguiwalo after isang buwan kung andun pa si lolo pero di na nya ulet nabasa reply ko sa message nya.

Lolo Jose
Last August 16, 2017

Sumusulat ako ulet para magbakasakali na may makabasa nito na nakakakilala kay Gilbert Flores Salgado kapatid ni lolo Jesus na asa Bicol. Kung hinde ko man magawan ng paraan na madala dun si lolo baka naman masundo sya ng kapatid nya. Bukod dun gusto ko din magpasalamat sa mga kaibigan ko na nagshare ng post ko at sa nagdonate para kay lolo, God Bless sa inyo.

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For lolo Jose

Sa paminsan minsang pagdaan ko sa Paseo De Roxas sa building ng China bank during lunch break nakikita ko ang isang lolo na nanlilimos. Sa kapirasong karton nakasulat na humihingi sya ng tulong pambili ng gamot. Pagkain talaga ako kapag nagpalimos hangga’t maari kaya naman napapunta ako sa nearest convenient store para mabilihan sya ng lunch. Tumatak Sa puso’t isip ko nung inabot ko yung pagkain, napawika si lolo ng “Hay Salamat” and I felt how hungry he was then.

Mula noon I make it sure na may maabot akong good sa kanya pag mapapadaan ako dun. He’s name is Jesus Flores Salgado, may ulcer sya kaya nanlilimos ng pambili ng meds. Dati syang nagtatrabaho as driver hanggang Sa magkacataract na sya. Enthusiatic pa nga si lolo nung sinabi nya na makakapagtrabaho pa sya kung maoperahan lang sya.

Hanggang ngayong July na Lang ako magwowork Sa Makati mamimiss ko yung habbit ng pagdaan daan kay lolo Jose kaya naisipan ko na araw arawin. 80 years old na pala si lolo. One time niyaya ko sya maglunch para sana makakain naman sya ng maayos kaso masakit yung tuhod nya. I asked him kung nasan yung pamilya nya. Namatay sa sunog last year yung mag ina nya. Wala syang bahay minsan asa may ilalim ng tulay sa Mandaluyong daw sya. May kamag anak pa naman sya kaso asa Mindanao pa.

May ibang mga tao din na tumutulong sa kanya pero in a way nakakalungkot na short term solution lang napoprovide namin sa situation nya. Nagpaalam ako if ok lang picturan ko sya para maiblog and he agreed. Sabi ko “Sana po may tumulong sa inyo”. Ang optimistic naman nya na sinabi na “Meron yan”.

I am hoping that this can be a way to find him help that he deserves, yung long term ba. Tipong mapagamot yung mga karamdaman nya and madala sya sa kamag anak nya Sa Mindanao na gusto pa nyang makasama. I believe in the power of social media sana makarating sa mag taong makakatulong kay lolo. To those people na kilala din si lolo Jose and nagaabot ng tulong sa kanya, God Bless!

 

Must haves for a working mom to be

Must haves for a working mom to beBeing pregnant is hard. You’ll experience a lot of changes mentally, physically and emotionally.

For most pregnant women, the first trimester is the most delicate, which makes it more difficult for a working mom.

There are a lot of things I wished I knew during my pre-natal months. If you are pregnant or planning to have a baby soon, the following might also help you cope up with pregnancy.

Candy – Helped me ease morning sickness and dizziness from everyday commuting. As too much sugar must be avoided, go for sugar free. There are write-ups that peppermint is not good for pregnant women so if you love methol candies like me, you can have spearmint as an alternative.

Plastic bag – I often vomited on my way to work, especially when I smelled something unpleasant for my picky nose. There were times I forgot to bring one so I ended up buying something from sidewalk vendors just to get a plastic bag.

Water – Pregnant women are prone to UTI so always drink water. Always remember, you are drinking for two.

Fan/umbrella – Our body temperature rises during pregnancy thus we feel more hot. And for my case, it was the reason why I got irritated at times.

Lala even bought me a window-type aircon because I couldn’t take the summer heat. And when I wasn’t home I used a mini battery-operated fan whenever the temperature was unbearable.

Balm – This helped me a lot during the times when I smelled something weird like while on public transportation. Vicks and White Flower also worked.

Maternity/Nursing bra – One of the physical changes encountered during pregnancy is that your boobs get bigger. Maternity bras are indeed a must have to make you comfortable. Buy a maternity bra that is also designed to be a nursing bra. I use Coobie bras until now.

Snack/Lunch Baon –
It is normal for pregnant woman to be always hungry or craving for food. In my case, I was also picky so I brought snacks and lunch so that I won’t spend too much on food. Besides, eating clean food is a must so it’s better to eat your baon — at least you are sure it’s clean.

And that’s all. I hope this list can help you on your day-to-day commuting and working. You can also check my cousin’s pregnancy must haves in her pregnancy update posts at http://www.thebluepurse.com.

Baptismal wishlist

Next week will be Lucas’ christening and thank you if you are thinking of giving my little babi a gift. I made below list for those who are asking for our wish list.

1. Baby chair (for east feeding)

2. Feeding set

3. Sippy water bottle

4. Food processor

5. Juicer

6. Neck float

7. Swimming outfit

8. Organic baby food

But remember, it is your presence that will make us more happy.

 

 

An unusual Valentines date

Whenever I think of Valentine’s date, a picture of crowded malls and restaurants is the first that comes to mind. I can’t even remember the last time I was out for Valentine’s day.

Now, I’m back in Manila. Lala and I have been trying to make up for our two years of long distance relationship. We decided to go out and have an unusual Valentines date.

We went to Quiapo, Manila, not to tour around one of the most notorious market in the world for counterfeit and pirated goods but to shop for mountain bike accessories.

Quezon boulevard in Quiapo is one of the well-known places for buying bicycles and accessories. And if you’re up for buying cheap China-made accessories, there are a lot of sidewalk vendors offering a range of products.

Lala bought the following: Bottle cage mount – P80 Bike seat cover – P100 Bike front light – P120 Bicycle bell – P180

For serious cyclists, there are quality products in some of the shops. However I don’t suggest buying bicycles here as it is much cheaper in Cartimar in Libertad, Pasay.

When in Quiapo, don’t eat fastfood at the Filipino restaurants because the place is known for old Chinese eateries. One of the famous restaurants here is Ma Mon Luk.

Ma Mon Luk is named after a Chinese-Filipino chef/entrepreneur who is the innovator of siopao and mami here in Philippines. The eatery is an indoor open space ventilated with huge ceiling fans. The menu, plus framed write-ups and newspaper clips about the eatery hang on their wooden wall.

The place is an image of restaurant settings in Filipino movies during the 80s. They offer a limited selection of food, from mami, siopao, siomai, softdrinks, and bottled water.

We tried the special mami, special siopao, and siomai. The noodles was ok but the mami soup was too gamey for me to eat. Their siopao is good but it has a lot of salted egg inside, making it salty. Their siomai is big and meaty.

The noodles and siopao are handmade and the serving is quite big for me. That’s the reason why the price is not that cheap. It was a good experience eating out in a tradionally old eatery but overall the food there is not something I would crave for.

It was definitely a unique way to spend Valentines Day. It was like a tour in a some ways as I was also introduced to other known eateries in the area.

 

 

Simple ways to celebrate a greener Christmas

Forty days to go and it’s already Christmas Day. Christmas runs the longest here in Philippines; we can simply say that we generate more trash and rubbish during the yuletide season than any other months of a year. With that, I would like to share the simplest way to celebrate Christmas in a green way.

REUSE and REDUCE

As a pledge for a Greener Christmas, why don’t we not buy any Christmas wrappers, boxes or ribbons for wrapping gifts and just use magazine pages, old ribbons, boxes and paper bags instead? Also, we can give away things that we bought before that we haven’t use yet or gifts that we received but we don’t really need. Sometimes, we buy things because we find them cute or nice but in reality we don’t need these. We also received gifts that we don’t need like things that we already have.

Surely there are people around you who need those things. By giving these things as gifts, we are saving money and by reusing ribbons, boxes, paper bags and gift wraps we are simply saving the Earth.