What have I been doing lately? Well, there’s a lot. Aside from work and other things, I enjoy taking care of my cats and plants. I’ve been wanting to write an update regarding them and there’s a lot but I’ll try to keep it short.
I wasn’t planning to become a plant lady and until now, I don’t consider myself to be one. During Christmas last year, I got myself a pot of red rose: something low maintenance. I wanted to have a rose garden (just like Shizuma and another character) and I thought that’s about it. I wasn’t planning to get anything else.
Loon previously left her herbs in my care because they were too heavy for her to carry. She keeps on giving me cacti and succulents too.
Taking care of plants reminded me of my childhood. I used to plant fruits and vegetables with my cousin back in the days, and when I thought of it, I felt like planting something edible again. My parents would definitely love them too.
I had been planning to upload more things about cats too, but this entry is getting too long so I’ll save it for later! ❤
This update was supposed to be posted yesterday, but I was busy with other things so it got delayed. There are so many things that I want to write about, and I wanted to organize my thoughts before starting. I didn’t want to rush everything too much. Well, better late than half-assed. :p Here goes!
June gives me a special reason to celebrate every year. It’s Loon’s birth month! Ever since I met her, it has always been a happy month for me. It may sound cheesy but I always feel thankful that we’re born in the same era and that we’re able to meet in this lifetime.
For her birthday this year, we planned to celebrate it in their place. I went there extra early since she scheduled to have her wisdom tooth pulled at the beginning of the month.
It’s a sensitive operation, so I wanted to ensure that she’d be eating well. We were on a soup diet for a week.
When she got better after several days of bed rest, we went out to dine and watch Jurassic World with her family. I was having second thoughts whether I should go with them or not since I don’t often watch these types of movies, but Loon kept on convincing me about how good it is. She even made me watch the trailer while raving about it, and I found that funny somehow. And I thought, hey, it’s a rare chance to go with them so why not?
I also enjoyed the movie in the end (and the popcorn too. The ones being sold inside the cinema tasted better!). Although, as usual, movies about animals make me sad. That’s why I always avoid watching them.
The following week, it was finally Loon’s birthday. Few months back, she told me she’d want me to take a photo of her for her birthday this year. I wasn’t able to bring my dslr so I made use of what I had: my cellphone. lol
After a year and a half, I finally updated my blog layout. Ah, it looks so refreshing. I think that the new theme matches summer and the upcoming rainy days. I’d been considering to change it since last year, but it took me a lot of time to decide since I was contented with the old one. I was torn about keeping my page black, since it’s more like me. However, white emphasizes Loon’s artwork and it’s my favorite color as well (or tint, in technical terms). Well, I tried to keep them both and used black on the edges.
I actually updated it last month, since I was so excited to use this header illustration drawn by Loon. This artwork was supposed to be for my Facebook cover photo, but it turned out so nicely, it would’ve been such a waste if I didn’t feature it in my blog as well. (Note: Her usual clients pay her with $$$$. I paid my “commission” in the currency of… mangga’t bagoong… and love. It’s priceless! lol)
Speaking of this, here’s something we recently wore. When I think of summer, I think of white and blue, like the bright clouds and sky.
I also got myself some bluish flowers: hydrangea. Just like roses, I think that they suit me too. I fell in love with these flowers over a decade ago, ever since I first saw them in holic. However, I always hesitated to get one for myself since it’s so hard to take care of in this climate.
Cat Feature : JYAN
To be honest, I almost missed my May update because I’m so busy with a lot of other things. But I really wanted to post something this month for one of my cats, Jyan. He started to live with us around this time, last year.
My nephew and some neighbors’ kids, knowing that I love cats, brought him near my place back then. I was not happy with their behavior of passing responsibility to others without proper permission, so I was not planning to adopt him at first. I just left him some food and water when nobody else was looking.
Later on, the sky was getting darker and it seemed like it was going to rain. Of course, I couldn’t leave him outside like that. When evening came and everybody was asleep, I went out to take him to my place.
I found him there hopelessly hiding behind some plants. His eyes were closed and covered with discharge and it felt like he was just waiting for his death to come. This sight made me feel so sad. I tried calling him, and he answered with a faint meow. I covered him with a shirt to pick him up, just in case he behaves wildly like some other stray cats. But he was so tame and nice. He didn’t kick, bite, or scratch me. He just let me carry him all the way up my place. When we arrived, I offered him some food and he ate like there’s no tomorrow.
Just in time for my March update! Due to my packed schedule, I wasn’t able to take new photos. I browsed through my files and found this backlog. I almost forgot about it. I realized it’s been a year! *lol*
I know I’m not as active in social media as I used to be. I’m just too lazy on most days. But I still like to lurk ̶t̶o̶ ̶o̶b̶s̶e̶r̶v̶e̶ ̶y̶o̶u̶r̶ ̶w̶e̶a̶k̶n̶e̶s̶s̶e̶s̶ to stay updated. I think that not being active that much will also give me more time to work on the things that I really want to do.
I only got back to Olongapo a week ago and I’m still catching up on a lot of things. I was planning to come back earlier, but Hide and Loon got sick, and I wanted to take care of them so I extended my stay. More than a month had been my longest stay in Loon’s place so far.
During my stay, Loon and I found a new entertaining hobby. *lol* Crane games!
On another note, I finally gained weight which I’m thankful for. I’m now back to 45kg, which is my usual weight and also my ideal weight. Thanks to my father and Loon’s delicious cooking.
Last December, I started to get into gardening. I bought myself some potted roses and Loon also asked me to take care of her herbs (parsley, lemonbalm, and mint) and succulents. Whew, they are growing so quickly. I want to propagate my roses and to add some fruits and vegetables next.
I always feel delighted whenever it has new blooms. The flowers have slightly varied colors; some are reddish and some are more on the magenta side. My mother told me that it might have been planted with a double graft or something.
I’ve been staying at Loon’s place longer than usual this month. Aside from a lot of things going on, this is due to her plans to renovate her room. When she told me about it a few months ago, I quickly threw in some ideas. Anything that has something to do with designing excites me. And well, when you are too meticulous and your girlfriend needs to have her room painted, you make some time and paint it yourself!
I already have a bit of experience when it comes to painting walls since I painted my own room (with my father) last year. It’s a fairly simple thing to do. And I really insist on doing it myself because as much as I’d want to hire someone else, it’s hard to find people who pay attention to small details nowadays. I randomly find myself staring at little crooks and paint slips and they somehow drive me crazy. (lol) I get the urge to retouch them everytime I see some wherever I go.
Loon also lent a hand and it took us a couple of days to finish everything. It was supposed to finish within 1-2 days but the seller seemed to give us the wrong type of paint, so some areas took a bit longer to dry than expected. That’s why we weren’t able to go out for a date on Valentine’s. (We expected the heavy traffic anyway, so there’s that too.) Though, it didn’t stop us from doing something to celebrate.
The tradition continues! This year, when Loon asked me what I wanted for Valentines, I thought of something challenging that she hasn’t tried making yet: chocolate lava cake. What she made tasted so heavenly~ She used four types of chocolates to make it. The chocolate lover in me is so pleased. She also baked some pasta and garlic bread that were so delish~
On the other hand, she asked me to make something simple: custard pudding. Despite being a simple dessert, I wanted to make it more special than usual. I first considered incorporating some flavors, toppings, and designs (to be more extra lol), but in the end, I decided to stick with the original type since it brings out its charm the best. It was my first time to make it, so I was somehow expecting the consistency to be a failure. When I took it out of the mold, I was delighted to find out that it turned out a lot better than I expected. To top it all, I’m so glad Loon loved it too.
We weren’t able to watch the dragon dance this year. I didn’t pay much attention to them in the past, but Loon finds them cute and she always looks forward to watching them every year. They are indeed lively and colorful and fine to see! Too bad we were not updated with the schedules. Gotta plan it earlier next year.
By the way, I was born in the year of the tiger (*gasp* huge clue~). When Loon looks up stuff about horoscopes, I enjoy reading them too. I don’t believe in the supernatural but it’s fun to have some sort of interest on things like that. Compared to religion and ghosts, I believe they somehow have a liiiitle bit more scientific basis, in terms of gravitational pull maybe.
We’re taking them one by one. This time, it’s Hide’s turn to get neutered. He was being rowdy lately so Loon decided to get his balls snipped. (lol)
We were allowed to watch the sedation part. We were surprised about how quickly the injection took effect (a few seconds!). I always thought it took a lot longer than that, maybe 30min or so like the tablets.
By the way, Hide is behaving now and he’s back to his sweet and calm self. (lol)
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.)
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.
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.
Hide started feeling better when we gave him the meds, encouraged him to drink, and allowed him plenty of rest.
But oh no, Hiss got sick next.
Carrot got infected too.
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.
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 father. I 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.̶)
Have a look at what we wore that day.
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.
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.
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
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
Ahhh I love these! They are so beautiful. I can say that she really did put a lot of effort in finding these gems. ❤
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.
All in all, I’m happy with my current progress and I’ll work on making it even better on the upcoming year.
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.
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.
For Day 1, we had planned to get a haircut together. We grabbed a quick meal before heading to the salon.
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.
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!
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
I also took a photo of Loon which reminded me of the one from 2014.
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
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.
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!
We got some pizza, pasta and ice cream before checking out some stuff to buy.
We had cake, finallyyyyyyyyy. *demanding visitor mode*
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.
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!
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.
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. ♥
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. ♥
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.
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)