It is 7:30am, Sunday morning in Manila. A bit warm at 28 degrees, and it looks like it will be nice and sunny for the rest of the day.
I have the house to myself; daughter is away on a leadership training thing for school and mom is out somewhere, walking the dogs. I can hear them barking (just the dogs, not mom) from far away, I am sure it’s them, but then again, maybe not.
My breakfast of pesto bread with lettuce, Japanese mayo and chorizo Spam, and chocolate milk are gone, but I still have my yogurt, which I’m waiting to thaw. My current favorite is Nestle Delighful Buco Nata (young coconut with palm nuts), which I freeze then thaw at the right temperature to have me something a lot like ice cream but not.
Obviously, I am already a bit bored.
The problem with waking up so very early is that you’ve run out of things to do by the time actual daylight is neigh. Of course, I do still have my room to fix and the laundry to fold, but its too early to do that, right? If I do those now I won’t have anything else to do later on. Am I right?
Sunday is Church day, but mass at our little village chapel is celebrated Saturday night, which is what us Catholics call “Anticipated Mass”. If you haven’t done so, go out and worship with your community or congregation, whichever faith you practice. It is always good to have fellowship days with people of the same faith. At dawn every morning, I hear the faint prayers of our Muslim brothers, though I don’t know where their mosque is, and it is always a soothing thing. Feels like everything is right with the world when the regular and familiar singing/chanting wafts through the air at day break.
Right now, I can hear Church bells inviting its flock to come on over, party’s about to start; neighbors out sweeping their front yards and exchanging pleasantries with one another; seniors chatting while they go about their Sunday walk; birds tweeting out back, in our ancient mango tree. And of course, our dogs barking outside, back from their morning run, with my mom in tow.
Time to start the day.