A Quick Trip to the South

It was an unexpected trip since Loon just came back to Cavite after spending Xmas in our place. A few days after she got home, one of her cats, Hide, unfortunately got ill. He seemed to have difficulty breathing so we suspected it to be the flu. We instantly knew that he needed to get checked as soon as possible. But the problem was that due to the holidays, the vet clinics were closed. (It happened around New Year’s Eve.)

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An old webcam photo of me and Hide

Another thing was that I still had two of Loon’s pet carriers, which I borrowed for my cats’ spaying operation. (As I mentioned before, there were like 5-6 of them and I didn’t want to buy so many and get stuck with multiple cages after the operation.) I could’ve shipped it but I wanted to assist her as well, so I decided to travel to Cavite immediately. We went to the vet as soon as I arrived.

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(L)Off to the vet! He got some tiny wounds around his eyes due to scratching them too much. (R)The vet had to do some blood test for a more accurate assessment. Having blood extracted from the neck part instead of the leg was something new to see.

Hide was diagnosed with Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and we were informed that he probably got it from fighting with an infected cat. (You’re getting neutered soon!) The vet gave us some meds and instructed us to keep him hydrated.

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The vet cats on duty!

Hide started feeling better when we gave him the meds, encouraged him to drink, and allowed him plenty of rest.

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Bebe Hide lol (And yeah, I censored what’s mine to see. :p)

But oh no, Hiss got sick next.

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He liked to sleep between us while he was sick.

Carrot got infected too.

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Even if it didn’t look like it. lol

When they all got better, finally, we thought we deserved a relaxing break. Loon wanted to go to a date to Tagaytay… to eat bulalo!

We checked some reviews and chose to try the most popular spot for bulalo. Loon had told me that Tagaytay is popular with their beef. It was actually our first time to try their bulalo so we were so hyped about it.

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We didn’t expect the pot to be this big.

The verdict? Hmm… For me, my father’s cooking tastes way better. Well, my father is good at cooking so there’s that too. But technically, I think that the beef could’ve been more tender and the broth could’ve been tastier. I’m not sure about it but it seemed like the cooking time wasn’t enough to achieve this. It was sad because the meat had more potential if only it was boiled more slowly.

Loon bought some fresh beef afterwards, so her brother could make some bulalo at home. The vendors questioned her about her age, and while there’s nothing new, I found it funny because they kept on asking if she already had work (perhaps for buying that much beef lol). Anyway, as expected, her brother was able to bring out the flavor of the beef and when complemented with the faint sweetness of corn, it was perfect.

We’ve heard that Tagaytay’s coffee is good, so Loon got a few bags of kapeng barako for her fatherI wasn’t sure if my parents would like it too so I got them some dried fish and salted eggs for the meantime. (When I got back home, I found out that they’re also fond of kapeng barako. Will also get some next time. A̶n̶d̶ ̶a̶l̶s̶o̶ ̶f̶o̶r̶ ̶m̶y̶s̶e̶l̶f̶,̶ ̶s̶i̶n̶c̶e̶ ̶I̶ ̶l̶o̶v̶e̶d̶ ̶i̶t̶ ̶t̶o̶o̶.̶)

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Something cool after the bulalo. We tried Cold Stone at the nearby mall. Worth it, definitely going back!

Have a look at what we wore that day.

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I swear we didn’t plan to have a matching outfit this time. lol (Low photo quality since it was getting dark.)

Loon wanted to try the oversized longsleeves she recently bought. She wore it over a neutral top and shorts for a casual look. I think that the blue details of her shoes worked to balance the color of her topper.

I’ve always wanted to wear this top too, but I never had the chance to do so because of its thick sleeves that are too hot for typical sunny days and the sheer base that was too cold to wear for cooler climates. Tagaytay’s temperature was just right for this so I knew I should take this chance to wear it. I realized I seldom wear shorts nowadays too.

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Check out the details!

I like the tiny blue shimmers the sleeves have when the light hits it.

Because of the subtle blue details, I thought of matching my blue heart-shaped shades with this outfit. I was delighted when I realized that the letter patches read “HEART” too. I also painted my nails with sapphire-blue nail polish. I like the fact that the bottle is labelled “sapphire”, since it’s actually my birth stone.

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I borrowed Loon’s pink lipstick to complement the shades. Now, she says that the shade works on me and wants to give me the lipstick. lol

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Selfie time!

Cosplay?

Lately, I’ve been hooked to Houseki no Kuni. Loon and I spotted it in the list before it was released. As soon as she got her hands on the first few episodes, we started watching it. Due to having lots of things to do, I missed out for a while, but now, I’m catching up on the latest episodes.

I’ve been following some anime series from previous seasons and to be honest, Kakegurui ~almost~ distracted me from my original plans. Almost! I’ve taken an interest on Kirari, but afterall, the uniform wasn’t enough to get me motivated. (So maybe when I get enough time.) I really want to stick to my plans this year.

But now, some characters from HnK are just too cosplayable and everything seems interesting to work on. Plus, I like the art style since I’m drawn to characters with long legs. (Probably why I like Sailormoon and duh, Clamp.) Hmm… I kinda miss drafting patterns and sewing too. Let’s see!

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Photo credits: 921yamato (https://www.zerochan.net/1680179), Ekita_Kuro (https://www.zerochan.net/2236531), Original Manga Page

I know that Lapis Lazuli would be the easiest to pull off. But I’m also drawn to Bort and Cairngorm. I’m a fan of Team Diamond, but I’m also into LapisxCairngorn. Ahhh, it’s so hard to choose. I’m torn!

 

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Year-end

I know I haven’t been active recently but thanks for always visiting my blog regardless. Now, I’m back before the year ends. A lot has been going on and December has been as busy as ever. I’ll do my best to summarize everything that happened this month.


SPAY
I have a lot of cats. Currently, there are 14 of them. (I’ll introduce them in the next post.) It’s a little bit complicated to explain but basically, I used to have mostly male cats. One day, one stray cat peeked in and she seemed hungry so I offered her some food. She kept on coming back every mealtime, until she eventually got comfortable enough to enter our veranda. A few days later, another cat who looked like her brother, tagged along. Rumours do spread fast among cats!

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(L) The first cat was so tiny. We named her Liit. ; (R)Her brother, Monching.

Months had passed. Another white female cat peeked in once the first two got comfortable – too comfortable – to reside on our place. I had intended to have them spayed at this point, (my old cats already passed away too) but my parents didn’t agree because they belong to our neighbor. They didn’t want to do anything about them. The third cat gave birth to a number of litters and as soon as some of them got old enough, they uncontrollably multiplied. I knew I couldn’t allow this to drag on any longer. As much as I love cats, or rather ~because~ I love cats, I want to give them a decent life, and to help more who are in need. I know I can’t do that if my hands are full with too many of them. That’s why I decided to have them all spayed in one go.

There are no vets in our town that I fully trust, so we had to travel all the way to Manila. With the trip and all, I expected it to be extra stressful (Shoutout to Loon for all the help.) I planned to bring all 6 female cats, but one of them escaped before the trip, so we ended up with 5 of them. My cats behaved much better than I expected and I’m proud of that.

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Bald spots after the operation

I found it strange that they extracted it from the side, unlike Carrot’s operation, but it worked out well. I can say that the vet who did the operation is adept at what she’s doing. I’m feeling relieved now.


HELL-O BAG-YOW!
This trip wasn’t in our plans. As soon as my cats recovered, my family wanted to go to Baguio. And being the ones who are familiar with the place, of course we had to tag along.

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Bought this at the bus stop. It’s my first time to eat tupig but it’s good.
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It won’t be complete without Baguio’s strawberry-flavored ice cream and taho. (And yay to me and Loon’s matching nails!)
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This petal fell on Loon’s palm while we were waiting for them to finish their boat ride. Beautiful~

(You might be wondering why I never share photos of my family members. Even though I try to limit the visibility of my posts, my accounts aren’t exactly private. I’m always concerned about their safety. Plus, I’m a very private person so let’s leave it at that.)

Loon and I decided to try Tsokolateria by ourselves since they all went to bed early.

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Top: their classic batirol. I wanted to try several varieties but they were out of stock. ; Bottom left: Cream pasta with chocolate garlic bread ; Bottom right: Tsokolateria cat

We liked their hot chocolate drink and everything else despite the strange flavors. Not a fan of their pasta though.

The following day, we had a date at Forest House.

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Finally, some free time off work and errands.
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The place
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Warm drinks + Cold weather = ❤
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The food

Their soup was delicious and comforting to eat in the cold Baguio weather. I was planning to get the cherry peach cake but Loon ordered it for herself before I could utter a word. (lol) I ended up with the black and white cake. The fresh strawberry was perfect, the dark chocolate was okay, but the white chocolate was too sweet for me. I wasn’t able to finish everything. (I’m sorry, cake!)

The day before going back home, we went to Orchidarium since Loon wanted to buy more cacti for her collection. I got hooked into getting some for myself as well. (lol)

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I think it’s easy to figure out which one’s my favorite.
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Orchidarium cats

There were more cats in Orchidarium but I wasn’t able to take decent photos of all of them. As you may notice, the cat on the right side is missing a leg. Though, she was so sweet! I’ll upload a video later.

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Obligatory selfie :p It’s blurry but I like it.
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Outfit snaps

HOLIDAYS

I teased Loon about not going to dates with her anymore and after that, we got bombarded with several projects which kept us busy. (lol) I’m so glad we were able to make some time in the end.

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At Ben’s Kitchen
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Outfit snaps

We already tried to tone it down but people still kept on staring for some reason. :/

Lastly, I just want to say how much I love Loon’s gift for me.

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I think I need to buy a new cupboard.

Ahhh I love these! They are so beautiful. I can say that she really did put a lot of effort in finding these gems. ❤


YEAR-END THOUGHTS

Despite all the hurdles, this year had been much much better than the last. I was able to get over a lot of things, including some long-term worries. Although in terms of cosplay, it didn’t end up as productive as I thought it would be due to more important matters, I’m glad I was able to dress up and go out more often than before.

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Instagram Best Nine

All in all, I’m happy with my current progress and I’ll work on making it even better on the upcoming year.

Staycation

We had been planning to see each other again for quite some time. Loon was supposed to come over my place this month, but unfortunately, due to some important matters to attend to, it got postponed. She told me that the souvenirs she bought for me were accumulating and maybe she should just ship them as usual. I refused and offered to pay her a visit to pick them up instead. Besides, I told her she should treat me to a birthday cake since I sang her, albeit terribly, a Happy Birthday song over the phone. Next time she comes over, it’s going to be too late since that will be on my birth month already. I said I should eat that cake at all means. lol Loon dubbed me as the demanding visitor.

DAY 1

The trip from Olongapo to Cavite takes around 6-8 hours. I decided to take the 2am trip to arrive early and have more time to spend on the first day.

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(L) She made me some waffle with bacon for breakfast. Omnomnom~
(R) I also met her cats, Hiss and Hide, again. Fatso brothers! I bought them bowties and they love me more than Loon now. LOL

For Day 1, we had planned to get a haircut together. We grabbed a quick meal before heading to the salon.

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(L) It’s my first time to try Gyro. It reminds me of Persian Ave. (R) Loon tried Chatime’s Thai Milktea but it was too sweet. I swapped it with my lychee drink since I’m the one who can tolerate sweetness more lol

I haven’t had a salon haircut for over 5 years. It’s because I despise having to deal with most of them, especially the ones here in PH. I wanted to give Loon’s usual salon a try since I heard good things about it. Well, my haircut didn’t turn out as much as I envisioned but I loved it nonetheless.

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(L) Before haircut aka full hikikomori look (R) After haircut, we look like hoomans again!

After shopping for a bit, it was getting late so we booked a room somewhere near. Loon brought her new domino and we had a match!

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We already forgot how to play it so we googled. lol I won once and lost twice to Loon. I’ll definitely get revenge next time. 😡

DAY 2

The following day, we went out of town for lunch. That spot had a nice view but it’s such a shame I forgot to take a photo. Here, have some selfies instead. lol

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Fridate~

I also took a photo of Loon which reminded me of the one from 2014.

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(L) 2014 (R) 2017

We got something light for lunch since we were planning to eat bulalo somewhere else later on. After our meal though, we entirely forgot about the bulalo. OTL

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I loved the mashed potato ❤

We were supposed to take a stroll and check out the newly-opened mall nearby, but it suddenly rained on our way out so we went back to Cavite instead. Had some coffee and light snacks and called it a day.

We had a short movie night when we got home. Also tried fire noodles while we were at it.

DAY 3

It was a gloomy day when we woke up so we decided to watch some movies before heading out. Loon’s nieces were nice enough to buy us some ice scramble. The taste was so nostalgic! It has been my favorite since elementary school days.

On our way out, we also encountered a maruya seller. It looked and smelled so nice so I wanted to give it a try. It was a lot better than usual. It was so crunchy and warm, I regret getting just two. We gotta learn how to make it this crunchy!

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(L) Scramble. It’s a milky shaved-ice street food usually sold around schools. I like this better than ice cream! (R) Maruya is a fried mashed banana snack sprinkled with sugar. I had already eaten most of it before taking this photo.

We got some pizza, pasta and ice cream before checking out some stuff to buy.

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(L) Photobomber Loon. It was supposed to be a solo pic! lol (M) Loon was too busy eating her coffee-flavoured ice cream lol (R) Sniffing caught on camera. (Smells so nice tho)

We had cake, finallyyyyyyyyy. *demanding visitor mode*

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I wanted Cake by Katerina’s signature KitKat cake, which is one of my favorites. Though, it was not available so we ordered something else. For some reason, their new cakes aren’t as good as how they used to be. Might be due to a change of baker/ ingredients. Idk.

Ah yeah, of course, there was the obligatory “Kambal kayo? Magkapatid? Magpinsan? Ano pala?” comment, while we were eating. I feel like randomly being in Pinoy Henyo everytime this happens.

After having cake, we headed home and watched another movie. I was not able to finish it since I quickly fell asleep in the middle of Loon’s massage.

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Overall, I absolutely enjoyed my stay as usual. I really want to return sometime soon since there are lots of new establishments that are about to open. Gotta try them all!

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Pasalubong /o/ Thank you, Loon!

Here’s a snapshot of our outfits for all three days. As usual, I chose something light and easy to wear. For Day 1, I wanted it to be gender-neutral and extra warm since I easily get cold from long trips. For Day 2 and 3, I chose something easy to pack up.

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And lots of selfies!

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I guess it’s so obvious how much we enjoyed playing with these. lol

 

Friday the 13th

When I woke up in the afternoon today, I thought how fitting it could’ve been if I started my blog on this day instead. Friday the 13th and black cats seem to go well together. Too bad I often lose track of the date as I rarely check the calendar. lol Anyway, what’s done is done. I hate dwelling on things that cannot be changed. To make up for it, I’ve decided to work on something else on a whim. I’m not really sure if I can finish it within the day and I’m not fond of making things impromptu but hey, how about doing it once for a change?

Because it’s Friday the 13th, let me show you a few of my favorite cat items. ♥

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I love this top because it brings me back some memories. It’s the one I wore when I had a photo taken with Versailles. ♥

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Top and Bottom: I bought them from some random shops at Harajuku 5 years ago. Still loving them.; Middle: A gift I received from Loon last year. It goes so well with my bag. So cute.♥ I will only use this on special occasions.

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Bonus: Another Harajuku find. I wasn’t able to take a new photo because it’s so limp now (I hug it too much ok lol)

Hope you had a great Friday the 13th!