lucky charm

My niece arrived home from Japan and she sent me these goodies. She actually asked me what i wanted and i said Maneki Neko. It is believed that it is best and luckier if it is to be given by someone. Well, i got what i wanted with some bonus goodies.

Maneki Neko is a Japanese cat figurine that is believed to bring good luck. Right paw up attracts money and success. Left paw up attracts customers which is good for businesses. Luckily, i think i have both as the middle kitty in my maneki neko has its right paw up.

My figurine is white and it is for happiness. Black ones are for protection, red for love , gold is for wealth, green for good health and calico or tri-coloreds are for extreme luck. I am glad i received a white one as my ultra wish is to be genuinely happy as it’s so difficult to put on a smile if deep inside the heart there are worries, pain and sadness. I need all the lucky charms in the world.

Lucky charm or not, i believe that to really achieve my dream of being happy i should start with the way i see things and find something good in everything. I should have a mindset of being positive and not be affected easily if sometimes things would not turn out the way i want it and just think of how to make it better. I should avoid overthinking as i know it would just get me nowhere. I should always start the day with a smile. And more than anything else, i should be grateful for all the good things that happened and try to bury the past, all the heartaches and pain because at the end of the day it is only me that could create my own happiness.

The Daily Post Daily Prompt: CARVE

a time to celebrate

New year marks a new beginning… a fresh page to another year. I resolve to be happy, embrace positivity, find joy in little things and just go confidently towards my goals and dreams.

Starting the year 2018 by celebrating Star’s 6th birthday.

Star @6yrs

I have so much to be grateful for my furbabes. I just hug them and my stress magically disappears.

I have faced a lot of challenges in 2017. I hope that 2018 would be a better year. I sincerely want to have a more relaxed state of mind… to be genuinely happy and to be FINALLY free from all the negativities.

Overthinking, worrying and feeling regretful are some of the things that made my 2017 challenging. Overthinking just doesn’t get things done. It is stressful and only causes restlessness and sleepless nights. This year I should try to focus more on self reflection and to accept the fact that life is not perfect. I should not also waste my time with too much worrying as it causes too much anxieties.

May 2018 be a good one… Hello positivity, hello new dreams, hello new me.

Happy New Year to all.

 

in retrospect

It is going to be 2018 very soon…

2017 is generally a good year but sometimes a bit of challenges and problems pop up along the way. There are happy and festive memories with some sad ones too but life goes on… just pick up the pieces and enjoy, be thankful, be merry and do good deeds.

JANUARY. The year started wonderfully. Family reunions and celebrations were the best part of this month.

FEBRUARY. So lucky enough not to be celebrating valentine’s day alone. My youngest son was my valentine’s date. We had a nice dinner and just enjoyed each others company. We talked about his wish of finding a job and capped our date with watching valentine’s day fireworks display.

valentine’s day fireworks display

MARCH. My daughter’s birth month and my niece’s wedding. All my family stayed in a resort as we waited for the big day. It was so memorable as it was the first wedding in my family. It was also my first time to walk down the aisle wearing a lovely beaded lace gown as one of the principal sponsors. The event was so magical.

 

APRIL. Welcome home Toyota Wigo. I helped my eldest son of finally having his own car. Also, my youngest son’s dream of having a job finally came true and we are all so delighted about the good news.

MAY. I really have no plans of adding more cats in my household but i just couldn’t turn away a fur baby in need. Goldie is a rescued black cat and he became my number 7. He received all the medications he needed, was neutered and i welcomed him to my home.

BEFORE

GOLDIE NOW

JUNE. My nephew’s birth month. I really looked forward to birthdays as it’s that time when we have a sort of mini family reunion. I cherish every moment i spend with all my family.

JULY. My mother’s birth month. So much to be thankful as my mother celebrated her 84th birthday.

AUGUST. My late brother’s birth month. I still miss my brother. He was gone too soon.

SEPTEMBER. My youngest son’s birth month. My sister arrived from abroad. My african love bird Lemon crossed the bridge. I experienced so many emotions this month. Happy as we celebrated my son’s birthday, excited that i finally hugged my sister when she arrived home for a short vacation and sad when my bird Lemon crossed the bridge because of old age.

OCTOBER. My eldest son and my sister is sharing the same birth month. I am happy that my eldest son has a steady job working as a chef in one of the popular comfort food restaurants. Since my sister is working abroad, greeting her via a phone call is the best thing.

NOVEMBER. My birth month. I renewed my driver’s license but sadly the plastic card might be released by early next year because of back log in processing. How frustrating! I must CONFESS that i became so emotionally weak during this month. I’m only human and sometimes i also get to experience being at the lowest part of my roller coaster ride. It was triggered by a post i’ve seen on social media wherein “they” looked so happy as a couple and as i looked at myself, all i see is just me… i am alone. Life is so unfair. Well, after a heart to heart talk with my sister i became okay. Sometimes, all a person needs is a good cry to pour out all the heartaches and release all the emotional burden… and afterwards heavy loads inside the heart simply feel lighter. As they say, life goes on…

DECEMBER. Happy month. Finally renewed my passport for my travel plans next year to visit my sister in Dubai. Yey! The most fun of it all is celebrating Christmas Day with the family. The best part is i welcomed a new fur baby AKIRO. Here’s her first selfie with me… Isn’t she cute. I love this teeny weeny bundle of joy.

first selfie with akiro

As i begin to welcome the new year 2018, i would try to do better, be happy, start on a positive note, rid of all the negativities, begin a new chapter, start afresh with new set of dreams. To myself, to my dream.

Looking forward to a happier 2018.

if i fitz i sitz

Cats are so fond of tight places.. my salad bowl which i just temporarily placed on the center table became one of their favorite nap spots. A salad bowl became a cat bowl. Same thing goes to my fruit basket which is now officially a cat basket.

“If i fitz i sitz” is the famous TRADEMARK slogan of cats.

My cat Tiger loves to squeeze himself into my salad bowl and my fruit basket. He is a big cat but he still fitz.

Since Puti is the youngest among my cats and is the smallest, she could pretty much fitz herself in.

Ashton, the tabby cat has the biggest belly and is always having a hard time to fitz. Kuting is obsessed with boxes. He’s always the first one to dive in whenever i place a new box to play with. Tiger sometimes love to snuggle tightly at the back of the curtains. Lower right photo features Puti who managed to force herself into the trash bin.

Cats are oftentimes silly and mischievous whenever they are on play mode but are sweethearts during relaxed moments. But most of all, they lower my stress level, great companion, fun to talk to and absolutely are the best in the world in keeping secrets hahaha.

 

caring for a special needs cat

Puti (means white in English) is my all white deaf kitty with sparkling blue eyes. She started out as my foster but i ended up giving her a forever home.

We never knew at first that she is deaf until one day when my son playfully made a loud noise while holding her and she didn’t even flinch. My son made more loud noises near her ears and never reacted. It was later on confirmed by the vet when she was spayed.

Puti has a funny meow. It is a combination of cresendo and decrescendo of meows. Oh i wish i could record it. Anyway, it may also be a sudden burst of meow that will surely catch your attention.

At feeding time, she’s the only one with the loudest meow. Sometimes it is so loud that i thought i might have stepped on her tail or what.

Here are some pointers on how to care for a deaf cat/kitty.

  • As much as possible, avoid disturbing a deaf kitty while asleep. Deaf cats startle so easily while a normal sleeping cat would almost always curl up more and welcome the gentle strokes as it lays sleeping. If there is a need to wake the kitty up just be gentle as much as possible.
  • Provide toys that produce sounds. Deaf cats may never hear the sound but they will surely feel the vibrations the toys make.
  • If you want to communicate with your deaf cat, place the cat’s body under your chin or chest so it could feel the vibrations as we speak. (I say “eat” when it’s time to eat. I say her name a few times during relaxed moments. I say “play” when it is time to play). I prefer to say one word than phrases so my cat could easily remember it and it worked.
  • Another way to communicate is to teach a deaf cat some simple hand signals. During feeding time, i do hand signals to Puti so she would sit before i give her bowl of food. I raise one finger (pointing up) which signals her to sit. Being constant is the trick. Now she knows and follows my hand signal.

Above pointers are all based on my own experience. I honestly BELIEVE that they could serve as a guide in dealing with a deaf cat. Just devote a little time, some patience and a little training.

My cat Puti may be a special needs cat but it doesn’t stop her from being so playful like any normal cats.

an awesome cat cafe experience

With about 6 cat cafes in the metro, Le Cat Cafe is the nearest to my place and just a short drive away.

Upon entering we were immediately greeted by the welcoming furry committee. Meet Barton, Butter and Prince Harry.

barton, butter and prince harry

Barton, the all white Ragamuffin Puspin is the very first one to greet us. He is fluffy and soft as a cotton. I could hug him all day. He is so sweet and friendly. Butter, a Ragamuffin is very affectionate. And Prince Harry, a Ragamuffin Persian would roll over to seek attention because he loves belly rubs.

sophie

My sister told me that if ever there’s a cat that she would want to take home, it’s going to be Sophie. Her almost cross-eyed looks make her even more adorable . She is really a sweetheart.

arthur

Little Arthur, an exotic short haired Persian cat loves sleeping. He’s the one i would love to take home.

kid

Kid, also a Ragamuffin Persian is very lovable and huggable. He has long thick soft fur, loves attention and enjoys to be petted.

rocket

Rocket, the Scottish Fold was almost asleep the whole time we’re there.

mochi

Mochi, is a Napoleon according to the staff but is quite long-legged.

Snack time is so enjoyable and entertaining to watch. All the furry babies scrambled for every CRUMB of cat treats. Finally, we got to see all of them.

And here are the rest of the kitties including Ashley the American Curl, Orange the American Shorthair, Happy the Ragamuffin Persian and Tyrion the Munchkin.

ashley, happy, tyrion, etc.

With all the international breeds of cats around, the cat cafe has a Puspin which is our local domestic cat breed. A big shout out to Charlie, the 2 year old male Puspin. I love his nice coat patterns.

charlie

We paid P199.00 or about less than 2 US dollars inclusive of one hot coffee and 2 hours stay at the cat lounge. We were so lucky that we have all the cats just to ourselves as we were the only visitors. I guess i need to thank the bad weather for that as it has been raining almost the whole day yesterday. It is really best to visit the place on ordinary days because during weekends, the staff said that the place is filled to the brims.

A few observations and suggestions:

  • All the cats are well groomed. They look good and smell good. Just furrfect! They are well taken cared of and most of all they are so friendly and social. Almost all of them seeks and craves for attention.
  • The cat cafe is clean and neat and airconditioned. But it is rather small. Parking area is very limited too. The good news as told by the staff, is they would soon move to a bigger place before the year ends and hopefully with a bigger parking area.
  • They have limited novelty items for sale. I suggested that they should offer more like journals, pencils and pens, mugs, figurines, key chains, etc. Of course with cat prints or designs on them that most cat lovers would love to buy and collect.
  • Photos of the fur babies should be updated as not all the cats’ photos are on the wall. We always ask the staff for the names of other cats.
  • I hope they would think about having more local cats or Puspins and putting them up for adoption. There are so many rescued local cats that need forever homes. Or maybe partnering with a cat rescue organization or a shelter which would certainly provide them with lots of adoptable cats.

Overall experience. It’s a fun activity bonding with the cats. The 2 hour experience surely gave me that wonderful happy feeling. Absolutely worth it! The staff is very accommodating and they even gave us a loyalty card. I would love to visit them again someday.

 

a promise of a brand new day

I took these photos of the sky about early September. The colors of sunset are a sight to behold. It is a mixture of bright reds to orange to yellow colors that slowly fade as the sun hides in the horizon. It is …

beautiful
GLORIOUS
golden
magnificent
perfect
spectacular
stunning
and wonderful

Living far away from the ocean, a sky view like these are truly rare.

Sunset is that time when everything has toned down. It gives me that certain dreamy feeling as i watch the vibrant colors gradually faint and disappear. For me it represents a kind of closure as the day ends with the hope of a peaceful night and the most beautiful dreams. More than anything else, it signifies A PROMISE OF A BRAND NEW DAY.

What does sunsets mean to you?

put a ring on it

A visit to the mall has turned out to be exciting because of the weekend bazaar.

The good thing about it is that it showcased only locally made products ranging from clothing, jewelry, food, bags, shoes, etc. But what i was drawn to are the copper jewelries. They are unique, beautiful and cheap. The saleslady told me that copper has health benefits. She said that it improves blood circulation and reduce pain in joints for those with arthritis.

 

Although there are a lot of jewelries to chose from i opted to buy a simple ring. I am not really fond of rings with protruding stones as they get in the way whenever i would get something from my pocket or bag. Besides, a simpler one costs cheap too and this is the one i bought. I love it. If wearing it has some health benefits, then that’s a bonus.

There are also copper earrings which are all so cute. I love the one with the black bead on it. I think it’s a neutral color and could match any color of clothes. Failed to buy that one.

The next time they would show up in another mall event i’ll make sure to catch them early because i would love to buy an anklet which has gone out of stock today.

In response to The Daily Post Daily Prompt: STING

 

goodbye Lemon

Yesterday morning i lost Lemon.. It was as if she just waited for me to wake up because she knows that i will go straight to her and check on her which i do everyday. I hold on to her and she did not even struggle, no biting, no chirps. She was just so weak to do that. I noticed how thin she was under those orange and and yellow feathers. I gently dipped her beak to her water bowl and she sipped a little. I began to worry because she feels cold. I wrapped her in both of my palms to give her warmth but i know her end is near. I decided to take some photos because i know i may never see her again…

As i was taking photos, she slowly faded away, looked at me and closed her eyes one last time. And there i was, i couldn’t stop it from happening, i was trembling and i was crying watching her fade.

Lemon and Lime were given to us way back 2009. If they were a year old at that time, Lemon is about 9 years old.

I will miss her. I will miss her noisy happy chirps and her PENCHANT of crunchy vegetable stalks. Oh boy, she loved them. (Lime loved vegetable stalks too). I used to watch her biting at the stalks and make little threads out of them which she would then tuck in her feathers to bring it to her nest.

Goodbye Lemon. Fly free little one… Lime is at the rainbow bridge to welcome you. I could almost imagine how happy you are with Lime now… perched on a tree and singing happy chirps while kissing beak to beak.

my lemon

Lemon is my African lovebird. She used to have a mate named Lime that sadly crossed the rainbow bridge last November 2016. They used to be very loud but i am happy hearing their happy chirps. When Lime passed, i seldom hear Lemon chirps. Over the years, they never had any chicks but i often see eggs thrown out of the nest.

The birdies were given to us around 2009. It’s been a long time. It breaks my heart and is so painful to watch Lemon now struggling to go to its nest and i sometimes give her a little push so she could get inside her cozy home. She used to bite but these days she welcomes my help and doesn’t struggle anymore. Maybe it is because of old age but i’m sure she is not sick. Yesterday i made a ramp to help her navigate.

For now, i will just take it one day at a time and will continue caring for Lemon. I want to be hopeful and wait for her to be better but i know it has been 8 years and she is looking old. I feel sad watching her.

Here’s a photo of Lemon and Lime from a post i made about them in 2012. Click here if you want to read the post.

The Daily Post Daily Prompt: SYMPATHY and Weekly Photo Challenge: WAITING