That Pool

Scenic Illuminated Pool
Scenic Illuminated Pool (Photo credit: drbertdelgado)

There was once a pool in one of those beautiful houses in a subdivision near our place.  When we were newly married, we dreamed of having one as if it is necessary when one owns a house.  It is not a big pool but the idea of a house with a pool beside it was an attraction to me.  The pool can be seen from outside the gate and one can see how it was neatly placed not very far or near the house. I thought that moment how lovely it is to dip into the pool anytime the owner wants, and especially during summer season.

Having a pool in the house can easily be provided by a company like arizona custom pools.  Companies like them provide services like construction, remodeling, repair, cleaning and maintenance. It would not be a problem at all with the services they have.  A house owner would be delighted to jump not only into the pool but into a decision of having one.

Back then, it did not take me long to realize that aside from having not enough resources for the ‘dream’, it is not truly easy to maintain a pool in the house.  Maintenance is the biggest concern because construction will always be easy as long as you have money right away to build it but after deciding on it, one has to be ready, too, with the requirements for the maintenance where money is the prime most concern.  It is not only the pool that has to be maintained but the accessories that go with it like the filters, the system, the lights, and the pumps.

It would be best to choose pool companies like Arizona Pool and Spa renovations where immediate attention and good service will be provided.  However, it would be best to ask first if it is what you really want to have for the house.  There are a lot of considerations to make – Are there little children in the house? Does everybody in the house knows how to swim?  Do you have enough money for the maintenance?  and many more.

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The Leather Briefcase

When I was younger, I remember what my father told me about a television set that my aunt who’s based in America would want to give him.  It is a sad story of watching television shows in a neighbor’s house because there was none in the house.  Therefore, news of having one is exciting especially to us kids those times.  I could not forget how I counted the days.

English: Raoul Wallenbergs briefcase in bronze...
English: Raoul Wallenbergs briefcase in bronze, placed on the foundation to the summerhouse where he was born in 1912, in Kappsta, Lidingö Svenska: Raoul Wallenbergs portfölj i form av en skulptur i brons placerad på husgrunden till det sommarhus där Raoul föddes 1912 i Kappsta på Lidingö. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The aunt came one day and summoned my father to come.  When he arrived home, my heartbeat was like thumping against my chest in excitement.  His hand was holding a briefcase, just like one of those leather briefcases for men or for lawyers as I saw it.  I asked about the television set.  I felt the pain registered on my father’s face and he tried to cover it with a smile and told us that another relative asked the aunt for the television set.  The relative was well-t0-do, as they were showing it with their extravagance and social climbing.  Of course, my mother was reactive and saying things.  My father just kept mum.  Days after, he was complaining about the relative.  The pain inside caused by my aunt’s indifference and the other relative’s insensibility was unbearable for him that he was not able to keep them long.

There are a lot more stories about stolen moments, chances, opportunities by people who are supposed to be relatives to my father.  This is just one of them.

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It always scares me to hear the pitter patter

English: Flooded waters during the height of T...
English: Flooded waters during the height of Typhoon Ketsana / Ondoy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

These days the pitter patter of the rain is not sweet music as it does to me before. It always scares me to death.  It always makes me wish and pray that it will not last.  As I am writing this, the rains have not stopped.  I am afraid that the streets will be flooded and classes will be cancelled again.  It’s better that they’ll be canceled at once.  The kids are always caught up along the flooded streets, becoming victims of inefficient local officials.

I saw on TV an architect say something about how the situation is becoming worse.  I wonder what is being done with the reports of how vulnerable the condition and situation of areas where there were once esteros or creeks before.  Those creeks were developed into residential and business places and it is scary to hear how that architect tells about the possible devastation that can happen in these areas as time passes by.

This is why I am scared.  Ours is a high place and for it to be flooded will mean a lot more place and a wider scope will be flooded.  Still, it scares me to death about the possible fatalities in the lower places.  Here in the metro, another thing to be anxious about are the shanties that are multiplying and some of them are even along waterways, creeks, rivers, and other forms of water.

I know it is tempting to point fingers, blame, or curse at the supposedly responsible entities and persons but what good will it do when all that is needed is for us to give our share to make Metro Manila a safer place to live in.

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Wise Daryl

I insisted on buying a new bag.  Daryl’s bag’s zipper jammed.  He reluctantly agreed.

After meticulously searching and finally finding the best (according to price, design and aesthetics), a bag was chosen.  I sensed the aversion to spending as the barcode scanner read the price and had to be paid.  My son is frugal as my daughter is impulsive.

I told him what I observed and he said that he has to be careful spending his money because two days after he is going to buy a new desktop PC.  Apparently the one he’s using is obsolete and he needs a bigger memory.  I think he is more wise than stingy.

Eddie’s in town!

A classmate and friend in college is here in the Philippines.  Last Friday, Papsie and I went to see him and some others.  Here’s Eddie with me by his side …

We met up with the others at Gerry’s Grill at Ali Mall, Cubao.  There are a lot to talk about and reminiscences to remember.  We laughed a lot at Eddie’s jokes (grin and red ha ha ha).  Everybody seem not to stop from recalling stories and names.  Below is a group pic.

After dinner, we went to Midori hotel and planned to stay there because the others wanted to sing while having a good time with Ed and everybody.  Unfortunately, the amplifier of the karaoke was not working so we had to leave.  We proceeded to RL’s house and continued the singing and the story telling until the wee hours of morning.  Papsie and I left at past 3 am.  I was not able to go to work but it’s okay.  This does not happen often.  It was Ed and RL’s singing that prevented me from trying ha ha.  I got intimidated.  😀























It died after a few minutes…

MSI laptop computer
MSI laptop computer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The laptop did.

It was a hand-over after all.  I need to consult the battery finder and check on a replacement.  It is so frustrating to be in the middle of everything and got cut off because the laptop died because the battery’s malfunctioning.  There is the charger anyway so maybe finding a replacement is not necessary.


Were I to fall out of love after a betrayal?  Will the heart die after a few minutes of learning that the whole thing’s over?  Will a replacement meet what was lost?

Women, or men, do not have to tell it easily that they do not want it anymore when it’s obvious that they wanted a replacement.  Action speaks louder than words, cliche it may sound.

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Not to Let the Guard Down

“Jealousy and Flirtation” depicts a woman jealous of the attention given to another woman by a man. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With relationships, it’s hard not to maintain your composure all the time especially when faced with issues of infidelity.  I heard a lot of heart rending stories of women (mostly) and men betrayed.  I keep on saying that I will not do this and that, that I will not beg, that I will not attempt to save the relationship anymore, or that I will do it for the sake of the children.  But I really do not know.  They say it is easy to say things than say them when you are already there experiencing the pain.

I will not let my guard down and let a partner and another woman rejoice at the thought that I am in pain, that is what I am sure of.  In instances of flirting, I talk about it with my partner but would never show it with other people.  It does not actually matter who was making the move but why a person would give in to the flirting and then flirt, too.  They would not see me do anything and let them rejoice how I am slighted though.  I will not let bad people rejoice during their bad moments.

It can keep a man or a woman to see that you stand strong against his or her evil deeds.  To be faced with betrayal must not dishearten you.  You must not let your guard down and beg though it is for sure a very painful process.

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From Gerry’s Grill we went to a hotel that also entertains customers who want to spend time with karaoke singing.  What was disappointing was that the karaoke was not working, the amplifier being the main cause.  The management should consider improvement for their services.   They need to consider procuring a new karaoke set with a LED television mounted not necessarily a computer wall mount because it is not what is needed.

Just look at this set up below:

The whole thing about the whole place is so primitive.  Good thing that there was no charge for the songs that were successfully sung.

Stories to Hear

People don’t want their lives fixed. Nobody wants their problems solved. Their dramas. Their distractions. Their stories resolved. Their messed cleaned up. Because what would they have left? Just the big scary unknown.  – Chuck Palahniuk

Chuck Palahniuk Graffito, Bridport, Dorset, UK
Chuck Palahniuk Graffito, Bridport, Dorset, UK (Photo credit: jackharrybill)

It can drain you to hear stories.  Stories of yesterday and of today.  It can also inspire at times.  Stories of success and fulfillment.  What makes this world a very interesting place to live in are the living souls that comprise it.  We cannot skip out from stories that make us cry, and those that have twists and complications, and summaries of shameful and unfortunate bits.  It’s actually these, ingredients of intrigues, that make us pause and listen.  They make stories of good news and success stale and uninviting.

We educate ourselves with the lessons derived from these stories, or might even identify ourselves with the characters in a particular story.  We pride ourselves with being able to hold on and rise up but at the same time feel inadequate for not being able to taste the sweetness of sin, or guilt.  We take turns imagining what it would be like to be there, in the middle, or how we would survive the challenges.  Are we going to commit suicide, too, or indulge ourselves in shameful wantonness?

Each of us has a story (stories) to tell.  We were driven with different motivations, guided by different doctrines, and influenced by diverse personalities or heroes or dummies.  I was thankful that during times of adversities shot by the One up there (because He knows I probably can do it), I was equipped with sanity and inspiration (or motivation – whatever it’s called) to go on and trod.

My stories are no different and might even be unpopular or common.  I have to say it got colorful with the addition in my life of a person who gave me jewels later to get more inspired, or motivated, and to hold on and go on.  There is nothing but love, I guess, (although it cannot feed you alone, I have to agree) that made us click.  The rest is history, as a friend said.  😀

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Cigars for Eddie?


HAVANA - FEBRUARY 24:   A model hands out the ...
HAVANA – FEBRUARY 24: A model hands out the new ‘Julieta’ cigar to guests on February 24, 2010, in Havana, Cuba. In response to cigar sales lagging, Cuba is trying to interest women smokers in ‘the Julieta,’ a milder version of its ‘Romeo y Julieta’ cigar Between February 22 and February 26 the annual Habanos Tobacco Festival takes place in Cuba. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

A friend came from the US of A.  Actually, he only visits once in a while.  Papsie and I are contemplating on what to bring to the meet-up.  Would Eddie prefer alec bradley cigars or a bottle of Carlos II?  I haven’t seen him light a cigarette but I saw him drown in liquor LOL 😀 Kidding.


Eddie was a college friend and classmate to Papsie.  I have known him only when we became classmates.  It was him and Papsie who is with a group of college boys.  I had my own group.  Eddie looks to me as quiet and reserved during college but when I met him the first time he visited the Philippines again, I noticed transformation. ha ha


Well, people change, things change.  I changed, Papsie changed.  It is inevitable, I guess.  It is a nice feeling to know after all that a certain classmate has a funny or a wacky side of him.  It is even astonishing to learn that a particular classmate, for example, had had a number of affairs when there was not a clue during the time you were both in high school or college.  It is wonderful to hear also that someone already has a big family when you knew that this particular classmate intends to go to the seminary or has a vocation.


Therefore, I will not be surprised one day if I see Eddie with a cigar between his teeth.  God, I wish it would not be so.




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Breaking Wind

Comic actor
Comic actor (Photo credit: Taifighta)

When I woke up yesterday morning, I was not already feeling well.  I felt I was going to have a flu but I have no choice as I am in charge of facilitating the management review meeting.  I felt miserable the whole time of the meeting but tried to get along.  I survived but after the meeting, I was feeling worse.  There was no fever and yet I was feeling down and just wanted to lie down and sleep.  Must be the anti-allergy medication. 😦

I chose to stay completing the eight-hour work.  When I got home, I went directly to our room and lie down.  It was such a nice feeling but I noticed I began to break wind, or pass gas.  😀 In short, I was farting most of the time I was inside the room.

The Gas We Pass book cover
The Gas We Pass book cover (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Almost everybody knows that flatulence is caused mostly by food that we take so I pondered on what I ate the whole day.  I only had ham sandwich using wheat bread during breakfast.  Wheat is said to be one cause.  I had chicken and rice during lunch and learned that rice is not a cause.  Then as I was searching for answers today,  the food that we eat and how they are absorbed can be a cause.  However, absorption is  influenced by other problems, too, in the body.   For example,  changes in our bowel movements caused by poor dietary fiber, parasites, intestinal cancer, and narcotics, to name a few, are causes of flatulence.

Farting, as breaking wind or passing gas is informally known, is not really a problem but becomes one when it is expelled at the most inappropriate time and place.  My friends (chemists) were already analyzing during lunch why sulfur can be present at times and guessing that it must be hydrogen sulfide on the food eaten.  It was so funny that F* and I asked if it can be analyzed in one of those machines in the lab and C* suggested to have it liquefied first then pelletized.  We laughed at the idea.

Today, I had not passed gas as often as yesterday.  I am crossing my fingers that it will not happen again this evening as I might be meeting friends again.

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Do You Believe in Charms?

As I look at the pandora charms where I usually see them lined on bracelets, necks, dresses, accessories, it makes me think of the purpose of wearing one.  Some are believed to bring good luck or ward off evil.  Some are worn as additional accessory or for health reasons.  Some of them are designed intricately and some are just simple.  Some of them are attractive and some are just plain.

I remember I had a bracelet made of crystals with two dangle charms with it.  I forgot where the bracelet is now.

There are other types of charms as follows:

birthstone charm
(Photo courtesy of The Charm Works)
faith and religion charm
(Photo courtesy of dreamstime)
family and baby charm
(Photo courtesy of craftjuice)
love and friendship charm

travel and transportation charm
(Photo courtesy of Charms and Chains)

(Photo courtesy of John Greed Jewellery)

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