Attending to Your Own Backyard

You may wonder why this blog has been inactive for nearly two months now. I am at the moment on a holiday with my husband Waleed in my home province of Antique in the mid-western part of the Philippines, the so-called Western Visayas or Region VI. It is not actually a real holiday per se because all day long I attend to so many requests for help or assistance. It is so because I am in the midst of all my siblings, their children and grandchildren and the many relatives, far and near, in my beloved Mapatag (of Hamtic town), my mother’s birthplace and mine. Am sharing, herewith, forĀ  now, a brief piece I have posted on my Facebook Timeline two weeks ago.

Aside from individual gifts to all my family members and close relatives, it has been my practice to give basic commodities to all members of my clan during a reunion being held yearly at my own family compound. . .

“IT IS not that easy to take care of a big and extended family and when you are the source of everybody’s sustenance, it becomes the more complicated. But thanks to God, who has never failed to guide me through, I am able to attend to everybody’s needs – but only those who are immediately surrounding me here. At least for now, that is. I can’t, of course, continue giving or else Waleed and I won’t be able to enjoy our holiday.

“So to those from afar who I have refused help in the past two weeks or so, please give me more room to continue attending to my immediate family because they also have needs and in these hard and difficult times when a typical family here doesn’t even have the luxury to enjoy three meals a day, you will sure understand. I need to attend first to my own backyard.

“My backyard has actually widened enough to encompass even those outside my fence and I continue to pray and ask God to give me the strength and the alertness of mind to attend wisely to every request I receive on a daily basis. And I also ask you to please help me pray that God will continue to guide my heart and hands and provide me with all the means, as He has benevolently done, so far, in the past many years now.

“So many mouths are depending on me and I don’t want to see them gaping all the time!”

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Freda Editha O. Contreras
Writing is a God-given talent which I try to utilize the good way. I used it as a means to earn a living, my very first job after graduating from college, when I got hired as an Information Writer by the Provincial Government of Antique through Governor Enrique A. Zaldivar in January 1982. By profession, I am a Registered Nurse, and was only able to practice it when I got recruited to work in a private hospital in Kuwait. This was in November 1987 and since then I have been living in Kuwait, now retired since June 2002. Because of my knack in writing I got hired in 1994 to write for Kuwait Times and later became an Editor of 'Pinoy News' a weekly supplement of KT. In March 1996 I published the very first independent Filipino newspaper in Kuwait and the Gulf bannered as Pinoy Expat News or PEN. The paper lasted for only 10 weekly issues. This was followed by another publication and came out first as an insert of an ad paper and later as a separate tabloid. I used then 'Pinoy News' as it was my idea the first time it was used for Kuwait Times. This again failed and produced only three weekly issues. I then turned to the Internet and in 1999 I got hired as a Contributing Editor of, a writers' portal on the web. The last of my articles was published December 31, 2002 but my topic 'Overseas Filipino Workers' was still visible until January 2006. All the 38 articles I wrote have been compiled into a book which I published in August 2007. I discovered blogging in 2006 but was not really serious about my writing. I wrote according to my whim. Having this blog under my own domain name is now a welcome development and I plan to concentrate again in writing. As is commonly said: "A writer will always be a writer."

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