Dear Mr. Bruce Willis,

Once I heard about your recent retirement from showbiz due to medical reasons ( aphasia), I could not help but think that you have to deal with this head-on .

I had watched all your Die Hard movies and your main character alter-ego John McClane had to be the lone wolf battling all those evil forces, the David vs. Goliath scenarios, the everyday Joe put into the wrong place, wrong time situations but with spunk, wit and determination, would always come out to save the day.

The only difference this time is that you will be not alone in your dealing with aphasia. You have the love and support of your family and especially your friends and fans , all rooting for you to come out of this a much stronger person. Like your main character, you will do your darn best to make this happen.

Lifting out some of your best John McClane quotes—

Contrary to 1 quote that you said that you gained nothing from being a hero, you had earned our love and respect as you dealt with the bad guys on the big screen as well as offscreen.

If we ever find you on the beach coastline, we can possibly drop by, say hello and have a few laughs.

And finally, as you face this latest medical scenario, we all together with you will voice out your famous trademark battlecry– Yippee-ki-yay!

Sincerely,

Josie

After 2 years of Hollywood dealing with COVID-19 as well as virtual and pandemic- restricted Oscar presentations, last Sunday(March 27,2022) was the first time that a live audience will be delivered with a Red Carpet for the movie fans to see as well.

The desire to boost TV ratings on the Oscars(aka Academy Awards) got an unexpected boost from an unfortunate moment during the show—the Will Smith slap on Chris Rock. And to think that the Academy for Film and Motion Pictures is regarded as an esteemed institution highly intolerant of any misbehaviors.

No need for me to go into explicit detail as to what happened. The press, Youtube,TikTok,etc.has taken cared of that.

What I want to discuss are the numerous dynamics that came into play to this unfortunate event.

Chris Rock–He had already joked about Jada Pinkett-Smith in the past. Was he right in joking about her hairstyle as a result of her medical condition(alopecia areata)? Was it politically correct to begin with? Jada has always made it public about her condition. Does this mean that all comedians now must be very careful lest they will suffer a copycat response during ther own comedy gigs? It was noble of him to decline pressing charges at this time. I bet that he must have given a lot of thought that he should not have gone there especially since that joke was not even in the script.

Will Smith— Initially, he took it in stride but after seeing his wife cringing from Chris’ joke, he got very emotional and reacted by going upstage and slapped Chris because he wanted to vindicate his wife out of love. For one moment, he must have forgotten that being in an Oscars show, he has to show a certain degree of decorum and being up for a possible Best Actor Award, he has to show himself as being a good role model since a lot of folks look up to him as well. His fellow actor Denzel Washington said it best that the devil will come after us at our highest life points and being cautious about this is imperative.

Taking into account what I witnessed on the TV screen, what happens now? What will the Academy do? They obviously do not want a sequel to this event for next year. I hate to think that some trolls will tune in next year to hopefully witness Part 2. That would be an artificial boost of ratings in my opinion.

It would be nice if there would be a public joining of forces with these 2 gentlemen,making amends and going forward with a much better perspective. Perhaps, both of them together on stage being presenters irregardless of which type of awards show, as a sign of solidarity.

This is indeed a teachable moment for everyone concerned.

We do live in interesting times, indeed.

March 2022—As we see the world unfold before us all,one could not help but to observe and to contemplate the ff:

The ongoing Russia-Ukraine crisis– as this ongoing heart-wrenching human interest story continue to unfold wth no end in sight yet, the effects coming from this in terms of ongoing inflation, oil-gas prices soaring, loss of lives from this ongoing civil war,remedies are still being considered constantly.

What would it be? Price control? Depending on local oil resources and not be too dependent on Russia? Human rights tribunal putting an end to this ongoing war crime of humanity? Depending on electric cars instead of those run by diesel or premium? (Paging Elon Musk of Tesla for a discount! Wait! He is trying to challenge Vladimir Putin to a duel and the price is Ukraine. Good luck on that, Sir!)

And of course, the ongoing changes in restrictions regarding COVID-19. The light at the end of the tunnel is coming. Hang on tight,folks!

As the Miss Congeniality movie states, “We just want world peace.” We really do it need it now!

St . Patrick’s Day is coming up (March 17). We need a drink to toast for change in this ever turbulent world of ours.

Prayer helps too! Amen to that !

Josie

Betty White, an accomplished American comedic icon had just passed away this past New Year’s Eve. She was just 17 days shy of her 100th birthday for this month of January 2022.

I will always remember her witty smile and optimistic disposition.

To Miss Betty, wherever you are, I am very sure that you are now with your beloved husband up there in Heaven.

Thank you for entertaining us with your great comedic timing as well as giving us valuable life lessons.

You are the last Golden Girl who finally had finished your life’s work here and now is also entertaining up there in the Great Beyond with your other fellow Golden Girls who departed before you.

To paraphrase a byline from your show, on behalf of me and the rest of your fans, we thank you for being our friend!!!!

We give you a toast though I am sure you would prefer vodka, 1 hotdog on the side and 1 licorice stick to boot.

Josie

Where I live, they started implementing the use of COVID-19 vaccination cards which would ensure entry into places that provide non-essential services. Call it whatever—vaccination passports, apps for proof of vaccination records as the case may be, etc. I even heard stories of people on online dating sites stating that they are COVID-19 free. Even applying for a new job or even keeping a current one would require proof of vaccination pending any medical exemptions.

It s now, I guess the new normal until COVID-19 is fully eradicated. What a lifestyle change, indeed!

One practically has to bring it every time just in case someone at the door(aka “Vac ID bouncer”) wants to see it. It makes one feel as a teenager or baby-faced adult being carded at the pub entrance. I heard stores of probably unvaccinated folks being rude to the staffer screening them.

There is no need for rudeness, guys. The staffer is just doing his job. Nothing personal about that. What you can all do is get a doctor’s certificate stating why you cannot get the COVID-19 vaccine. Problem solved!

My local Staples store ,I heard had been having a heavy lineup lately because a lot of the local folks have been having their COVID-19 vaccination cards be laminated.

You really cannot leave home without that card, my apologies to American Express!

Josie

My brother recently texted me (July 26) regarding the Philippines’ first Olympic gold medal finally won after a 97 year drought of no-wins since joining the Olympics.

It happened in Tokyo this year labelled as Tokyo 2020 Olympics because of the COVID-19 delay.

It was won by 30 year old Zamboanga City native Hidilyn Diaz in the weightlifting division. She won it in the 55 kg division in weightlifting specifically in the clean and jerk. She also achieved an Olympic record lift of 127 kg at that moment.

She now has the status now equal to that of a Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquaio.

She plans to continue her weightlifting career and to be an inspiration to all Filipinos —that nothing is impossible in this life.

.I was born and raised in the Philippines so I am fully aware that the Philippine sports programs there need more improvement and funding so as to be able to support its athletes. With such support comes great chances of achieving excellence in any sports competition –local or worldwide. Hopefully, this Olympic gold medal win will serve as a catalyst for sports program reform there in the very near future.

Even though I now live in Canada, I still have a soft spot for that country in Southeast Asia.

I also heard that Hidilyn is also a member of the military and because of her win, has just been promoted to Sergeant.

MABUHAY, SERGEANT HIDILYN—-our new Golden Girl!

Your initials are HD—for me, it will mean High Definition win!

Josie

Yesterday was June 24,2021Quebec Day in the Canadian province of Quebec. It was also the Feast Day of ST. John the Baptist.

As Quebecers were celebrating their provincial holiday, it became a double celebration when their beloved hockey team–the Montreal Canadiens won the semifinal playoffs in the National Hockey League(NHL) to become a contender for the biggest hockey prize- Lord Stanley’s Cup.

It cannot get any better than this—considering that hockey is a revered sport in Canadian sport culture. Anywhere in the world, anybody knows that hockey is king here in Canada.

The Montreal Canadiens from the get-go in this series had gone through a lot of setbacks on their Stanley Cup journey but was able to survive it and even became much stronger in the process. Add to this the reality of adjusting to the COVID-19 pandemic as well. They are practically the underdogs. Most of the sports analysts and critics have not even given them a rat’s chance of pulling through this entire series.

I guess the team’s never-say-die attitude cannot be discounted nor underrated.

Suddenly, they are back in the NHL finals since their last win in 1993. They become the only Canadian professional hockey team to compete against an American team for this series. They will be representing Canada in this exciting series.

Good luck to them. Irregardless of the outcome in the finals, they did themselves and the rest of Canada very proud.

As one twitter handle named Lord Stanley says: Bonjour , Montreal Canadiens!

I am very sure,Lord Stanley, that the Montreal Canadiens are now ready for their closeup.

Bring the game on! Let the puck drop! I will be waving the Maple Leaf flag as well as bringing the popcorn ,of course ! Others especially in Quebec will wave the fleur de lis flag.

Your fellow Canuck,

Josie

As the world is now slowly starting to go through the routine of everyday living in this COVID-19 era, thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 vaccine implementation as well as gradual easing of the restrictions and maneuvers against COVID-19 , I personally could not help but reflect on the importance of the 4F’s which were needed in this COVID-19 era.

The 4F’s consists of the following– Faith, Family, Friends and Food. The last one is a no-brainer–we all still need to eat and seriously, it gives us joy , sustenance and good health to combat COVID-19.

Just my two cents’ worth on the matter.

Continue to stay safe, folks!

Josie

Growing up in a Catholic household, the letters B. C. means Before Christ and A.C. means After Christ. This is manifested in the Bible with 2 parts: The Old and the New Testament.

However in 2021 with reference to 2020 as well, the letters B.C. & A.C. mean to me now as B.C.(Before Covid-19) and A.C.(After Covid-19).

With disease incidence rates still going up and down in many parts of the world as well as an ongoing worldwide recruitment and implementation of vaccinations, we are now seeing many countries already starting some degree of normalcy in everyday living in a graduated fashion. Plans for a regular post-pandemic life has targeted starting dates ranging from this coming summer season to the end of this year.

The light at the end of the tunnel is there. Until we do reach the finish line, only time can tell. Be patient. We have already come this far already. What a difference a year makes. Who knew?

In the meantime, please keep the faith, continue to mask up, keep the social distance, sanitize your hands, self-isolate if need be and stay safe!

We are all in this together!

Josie

It is amazing how a year passes by so quickly yet so painfully memorable for everybody on planet Earth.

2020 is definitely a pandemic year with COVID-19 finally recognized as it is and its presence since exactly a year ago today (March 11,2020).

Hopefully, it will not live long enough to go into a 2nd anniversary a year from now today.

We have had enough grief , destruction , prolonged suffering and defensive lifestyle coping just to survive its deadly potency.

To contribute to its eventual demise, the onslaught of COVID-19 vaccine shipments and innocculations have been going on now for about a month worldwide.

I was able to get my first dose of the Pfizer vaccine today. 2nd dose to follow in a few weeks time.

I see freedom on the horizon!

Spring season is coming—a season of hope, renewal and new beginnings.

Hopefully, COVID-19 is already gone by then. I wish!

My thoughts and prayers to all those who died from COVID-19 and my salute to all frontline workers in fighting this deadly virus!

Josie

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