September here and there…

September. It is the start of the “BER” months as we would refer to it in the Philippines.

September brings a lot of promise and excitement back home as it signifies cooler weather, which is not so much being in a humid, tropical country and the countdown begins for the biggest and most special holiday for many families.

I miss that feeling of exhilaration, and a little bit of pressure, as malls bring out their Christmas decorations early and play some Christmas carols to entice consumers to start their gift shopping early to avoid the rush. Companies start organizing their parties to book the best place for their employees and clients; and families plan their reunions.

But now, September only brings me anxiety, because here in Winter-peg, it’s the start of the BRR months.

The official start of Fall won’t be till the 22nd of September, but you can definitely feel it in the air already. The night temps have dropped, the wind is a bit chillier and the days are noticeably shorter. Don’t get me wrong, I like fall. I love how beautiful and colourful it can be. It is actually what comes after that fills me with dread.

For those who suffered from the severity of the past Winter, Summer felt absolutely short.

fall-foliage-

Noon… Ngayon

…bakit sandali ka pa lang nagsusulat, masakit na kamay mo sa ballpen?
Dati, walang computer o laptop, may typewriter nga, manual naman pero di ka nagrereklamo…

…bakit parang mamamatay ka pag naiwan mo ang cellphone mo sa bahay?
Noon naman’y landline lang ang meron, minsan may party line o cross line pa, pero nabuhay ka naman…

…bakit wala nang mga nag bebenta ng 24 volumes ng Encyclopedia Britannica?
Lahat sa Wikipedia at Google na hinahanap, wala na din masyadong nagpupunta sa Library para mag research…

…bakit parang wala nang mga naglalaro ng patintero at tumbang preso sa mga kalye?
Lahat nasa harap ng computer naglalaro o nag fe-facebook nalang…

…bakit nagagalit ang mga tao pag hindi nakakatanggap ng message o email araw araw?
Dati maghihintay ka ng ilang araw para makakuha ng liham mula sa kartero…

Tunay ngang malaki ang pinagbago ng mundo dahil sa teknolohiya. Maaaring para sa ikabubuti at ikaaayos ito ng sangkatauhan.
Sana lang ay huwag nating kalimutang isipin na nabuhay din tayong alipin ng kawalan nito, ngunit nakatawid naman tayo.

Technology is here to help us live easier lives, not run it for us…

End of Summer…

August Blues

Heck, I didn’t even want to think about August, or blues for that matter…

Anyway, back-to-school hype (which is May in the Philippines because school starts June over there) when I was a schoolbag-toting, uniform-wearing, Catholic school girl was the best part of school!

New shoes, new school bag, new books, new notebooks, new pens, oh, and did I mention how much of a sucker I am when it comes to school supplies? Plus the thought of seeing old friends and making new ones is always exciting.

But now, the thought of summer ending leaves a bad taste in my mouth. All I feel is dread as the coming months loom over my head. I know what’s coming as I see my garden starting to get tired. The prolific apple tree in our backyard, with its heavy branches drooping with fruit, starts to litter the weaker apples all over the ground. Some of the summer flowering plants are starting to hang their heads, getting ready to store their energies for next year.

Though I still get awestruck by how beautiful and colourful autumn can be, the gradual drop in temperature is like a slow freeze to my soul.

I just wish mother earth will be ever so kind this year and give us a mild winter. Please? Continue reading End of Summer…

Struggle

wpid-20140621_010014.jpgDream shattered by the buzzing phone, she drifts between sleep and consciousness.

One eye opens, and then another as her mind struggles to get a grip on the present.

The next few minutes was an internal battle between her mind and her flesh. One wants to stay in bed, feed her depressed soul with even more loneliness to dwell on the “what ifs” and “what could’ve beens”; the other wants to get going and live the day.

The need for nourishment and bodily functions won that day, with extra effort not to go back to bed.

Journal of an aimless rambler

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