cat’s in the bag

*PUTI is really special among all my kitties. As i’ve mentioned before, she is a deaf cat. The only advantage of being deaf was that she’s the only one having a chill of her life on new year’s eve while the rest of the kitties were all bothered and tensed with the loud noise of fireworks, music and merry making.

She loves getting inside of things like paper bags, boxes and handbags. Drawers left partially open is also a great hideaway. She would literally squeeze herself in and nothing could stop her.

My bag is probably one of her favorite places that she enjoys hopping in. Leave it open and she’ll come right in and sleep to her heart’s content.

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Puti, despite her hearing disability is just like any ordinary kitty. She is very playful and loves cuddles. It melts my heart that she would never know her name because she couldn’t hear. One way to communicate with her is i gently press her body to my chest so when i talk she would feel the sound vibrations. Her meows are also funny. Sometimes it’s so soft like a whisper but during feeding time or when she is looking for me it is a bit loud .. a crescendo and decrescendo of meowing. But i do understand. She couldn’t hear herself meowing and if she already sees me, she stops and makes a very soft meow.

*PUTI means WHITE in our language.

In response to The Daily Post daily prompt: INTERIOR

the whole world is celebrating my birthday

Hello dear friends. I am STAR and today is my 5th birthday. Mommy says i’m so lucky being born December 31 as there is always lots of food for the family to share during New Year’s Eve. Just imagine, the whole world is also celebrating with me complete with fireworks. How awesome is that. Tomorrow is a brand new day of a brand new year. My wish is an unlimited supply of hugs and kisses from mommy. I could never wish for anything more because i have been so lucky to have a home with lots and lots of food, treats and toys. I hope that more kitties would also find their forever home.

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We also celebrated yesterday because it was the 2nd birthday of mommy’s big boy MARWIND. Yep, he is huge but still very much a puppy at heart. Mommy gave him big hugs and kisses too. 

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Wishing everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR.
Love… STAR. 

As i write this, 2016 will soon come to a close. There are many happy memories to cherish but there are lonely ones too like the loss of a loved one, a missing cat and other personal problems. But… i couldn’t miss out in celebrating the end of the year and the welcoming of a new year. A new year means new hopes. We are all HOPEFUL that the new year will shower us with more blessings and fulfillment of our dreams.

From my family to yours, HAPPY NEW YEAR. Peace, Love and Happiness to all.

mushroom and vegetable chips

I hope everyone is having an awesome Wednesday.

I had some free time today and managed to clear out the garage of clutter. It was tiring but so worth it. As a reward for myself i munched on my new found love and addiction… mushroom chips.

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I super love the crunchiness in every bite. It has that deep umami flavor that brings out the taste of the mushroom. I’m quite sure it is dehydrated thus it doesn’t have the greasiness found in most chips. Unfortunately it is not available locally which means i need to tell my sister that the next time she comes home from Dubai, she should bring me lots and lots more of these chips as they are so incredibly good. I think this is a healthier version of the usual kind of chips. Based on the product description, there is no chemical preservatives as it only contains canola oil, salt and sugar.

Last night i tried the vegetable chips… they are absolutely addicting too.

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I love the crunchiness of the vegetables. Like the mushroom chips, these are also dehydrated and almost greaseless. Included in the pouch are sweet potato, purple sweet potato, pumpkin, carrot, green bean, okra and onion. Oh gosh, it’s heavenly in every bite. I could taste the sweetness of the veggies and that hint of saltiness from the sea salt. Too bad, these are also not available locally.

It’s 3 days before new year and sooner it will be Star’s birthday too. Yep, she was born December 31 and will soon be turning 5. How time flies. Will surely give Star lots of cheers and kisses on her birthday… and gifts too.

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In response to The Daily Post daily prompt: OVATION.

minus one plus one

We all enjoyed opening our gifts on Christmas Day. I had fun too.

My sister gave me Pandora arm candies. Star, cat, paw and heart beads are all my favorites. Each bead has a meaning. Star is my cat’s name and Starlight is my WordPress site, cat bead represents my love for cats, a paw bead represents all my pets and the dangling heart bead stands for sisterly love. It has the word “sister” written at the back. My sister is keeping the other half and the other half is with me. How cool is that!

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I also received a gorgeous Long Champ handbag from her and a 2017 planner that i absolutely adore. But there is still one Christmas wish that i still long for. I hope Potty, one of my outside cats will find his way back home. It’s been 12 days. I am still heartbroken. He is a sweet and friendly cat and i miss him everyday.

A week ago, my eldest son found a black kitty sleeping on his hamper at the terrace. Because of his bright golden eyes i named him GOLDIE. I have been feeding him everyday and he hasn’t left the terrace since then. I guess he considers my home a RETREAT.. a place of unlimited supply of cat food and water which he desperately needed, a haven where he could finally relax, and a shelter where he could sleep peacefully. I think he had a tough time from where he came from because he has some battle scars, he is thin and some fur missing but he is very sweet cat. It’s been a week since then and he already made my terrace his home.

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One cat missing and one cat knocking on my door… minus one plus one. Rescuing a cat is sometimes not planned. Goldie begged for food and i just couldn’t turn my back on him. He is welcome if he decides to stay.

if only i could speak

If only i could speak…

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Thank you mom for rescuing me. I was so afraid, hungry, tired and cold when you found me. You did not hesitate to scoop me up when i followed you and rubbed so hard on your feet until i stumble and fall. Who would have thought that i used to fit on your palm and that’s how small i was. Now i am fat (hehe…), happy and so grateful to you mom. I owe you my life. Had you not saved me, i might have died of hunger and cold from the rain or maybe torn into pieces by stray dogs. You are truly my hero mom. Love… Ashton.

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Thank you mom for adopting me from the shelter. With lots and lots of cats i am so lucky that you’ve chosen me or shall i say i chose you. Well, i tried so hard to catch your attention. I tried to be a good boy, i tried to be calm when you carried me, i tried to be as sweet as i could be because i really wanted a forever home. Had you not adopted me, i still might have been at the shelter. I hope all my siblings have also found their forever home. It’s been 5 years since then and i am so happy to be with you. I know i am making you happy too as i have been your constant nap buddy and laptop buddy. You said you love to cuddle me because i have the softest fur. I also love to cuddle with you too. You are my hero mom. Love… Tiger

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Thank you mom for rescuing me. Ever since i walked inside the yard as a tiny kitten, you made me a part of the family of outside cats that you are regularly feeding. There are a lot of challenges and dangers being an outside cat. I know that you take good care of us by feeding us and by making sure we are spayed/neutered but i still got into trouble. One day, you found me with a big wound on my tail. You got so worried upon noticing that the lower part of my tail has no life already. I know vet bills are expensive but you hurriedly brought me at the vet for tail docking. I guess i have to thank the unfortunate thing that happened to my tail because from then on you made me an inside cat. You said i am too sweet and timid to be an outside cat which often resulted to other toms bullying me around. Now i sleep in comfort inside your home. I have a lot of furselfies too like the rest of the kitties which you post regularly on your Instagram. You are my hero mom. Love… Kuting 

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When grandma has been experiencing difficulties because of grandpa’s illness, grandma decided to bring me to you for fostering. Grandma had no choice during that time because grandpa sometimes gets angry with me for no reason at all and grandma always cries. Inspite of my disability as a deaf kitty, you never get tired of giving me lots of extra care and attention. Today marked another milestone as i have been spayed. When i heal, sooner i would be with grandma. Well, i know she would take care of me like you do and she says it’s okay and safe to live with her now and nobody would hurt me again because grandpa had crossed the bridge. But i am not taking that against grandpa because he had Alzheimer’s and he was not aware of the things that he says or do. When the time comes that i will be back to live with grandma, i will surely miss you mom. Thank you for all the love and care. You are my hero and you will forever be my mom. Love… Puti

In response to The Daily Post prompt: MARTYR

learning the art of cooking

When i was still living in my parent’s house, i never cook. My mother does all the cooking. She’s one talented cook. I remembered all the dishes she served us through the years and somehow they served as inspiration when it was time for me to cook for my own family.

Is cooking a talent or a skill? For me it is both. One needs to learn the skill to be able to know the techniques and be talented. While some learns faster and finds it easier some don’t. It is really the love of cooking that inspires us to be better, to try again and to improve our creation.

The need to serve delectable food on the table and my love for cooking made me  a good cook (that’s according to my children).  Over the years, i learned and continue to learn. I never follow an exact recipe but rather relies on inspiration from recipes that i read, or cooking shows that i’ve watched. The problem with recipes or in cooking shows is that either the ingredients are not available locally or just cannot be found or just plain expensive so there is a need to be creative in switching to an alternative ingredient which i do most of the time and that’s where my MAGIC goes to action.

For today, i am sharing my own version of SALMON PASTA WITH MUSHROOM AND SPINACH IN WHITE SAUCE. To put it simply it’s just an ordinary pasta dish with shredded salmon toppings. It is so easy to prepare.

Season salmon with salt, pepper and rosemary. Pan fried in oil (or add butter if you wish) til cooked. Set aside to cool and shred the meat. Then prepare white sauce or bechamel sauce. Put some butter on pan, add a little flour while constantly stirring then pour in milk (or add cream for a thicker sauce) and season with salt and pepper. (My secret ingredient is pork bouillon cube for the sauce flavoring). Add the shredded salmon, mushroom and spinach. Set aside some shredded salmon for toppings. Serve on cooked spaghetti, fettuccine, linguine or any pasta that you like.

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A post would not be complete without kitty photos. Sharing with you Puti’s adventures. She decided to dive into my bag. I’m not really sure what she’s looking for.. “Sweetie, i got no MILLIONS in my bag.”.

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Oh, what did you find? Sorry for interrupting your adventure kitty but mommy’s gotta go. 

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Puti my foster kitty has that habit of going inside of just about anything, bag or shopping bag, plastic bag which i am always closely monitoring for safety, cabinets and drawers. One advise for cat parents, never leave shopping bags, especially plastic ones just lying around the house. They should be kept properly as kitties love them and sometimes get stuck or snagged on their handles.

Happy Wednesday and i hope my kitty Puti made you smile today.

cascading beauties

Here’s my 3rd and final installment of a series of photos of my garlic vine flowers also known as the garlic creeper. The soft and silky flowers are deep lavender or purple and as they mature it fades to pale lavender then to white. The flowers are bell shaped and NARROW down like a funnel revealing their bright yellow styles. They are very attractive to insects like bees and butterflies and even ants couldn’t resist its nectar.

The cascading flowers are so pretty.

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My garden comes alive when they are in full bloom. Passers by couldn’t help but ADMIRE these charming and dainty flowers.

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No worries about the garden smelling like garlic as the heavy flowers don’t really smell like garlic. Only when pruning the stems or crushing the leaves that the garlic scent could be noticed.

This plant was given to me by my mother and she said that old folks believe that it drives away evil spirits and snakes. True or not, they are really very rewarding as they adorn my fence with dazzling colors.

What else makes me happy? Ashton! He is my laptop buddy for today. Took a photo before he takes a nap.

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It’s a happy Saturday!

cheery and bright

Colorful, vibrant and cheery lantana flowers that lined the side walk are for the eyes to FEAST on. As i begin to photograph them a happy butterfly is as enthusiastic as me as it began to fly from one flower to another. It also feasted on their sweetness feeding on nectar.

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The butterfly is so elusive as i try to take some photos. And almost missed it.

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Yey, gotcha.. i almost missed again.

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Oops, it flew… it’s almost out of range.

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And finally, the butterfly is in the range and i guess this is the best shot.

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I looked so silly hopping from one flower to another just to take some photos but it’s fun.

Happy Wednesday! And to add brightness to your day, here’s Ashton my laptop buddy for today showing off his whiskers and his itty-bitty tongue. Please enjoy!

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rain droplets and a brick

We have been experiencing rain today due to an upcoming storm. As soon as it stopped, i took the chance of taking photos of rain droplets and here they are.

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This kind of weather makes me crave for comfort food. And speaking of comfort food, this reminds me of one of my all-time favorites… the onion brick. Yes, a very thick brick of onion rings.

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This brick consists of layers upon LAYERS of mildly spicy, lightly battered onion rings deep fried to a crisp paired with bbq sauce and remoulade. So yummy! Oh how i wish i could copy the restaurant’s recipe and cook this at home.

And here’s sleepy Tiger enjoying the warmth of my laptop. This kind of weather makes me sleepy too.

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Feeling relaxed on a cool rainy day.