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

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

charming and colorful

December is the happiest and most colorful month of the year. Shining and shimmering Christmas decors and twinkling fairy lights adorn houses, streets and malls… and restaurants too.

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The mixed and unmatched chairs, lovely ceiling lamps and flowers made this place so charming. I instantly fell in love with the pink couch. It is so attractive that i took a close up photo of it and i am dreaming of owning a similar one in the future. Will definitely add that to my wish list. I could almost feel how RELAXING it is sitting or lying down on that soft couch.

Puti says it’s 18 days til Christmas. She is so excited to experience her first ever Christmas.

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She’s so lovely with those big blue eyes. One of the benefits of owning cats is by just stroking your kitty’s fur you could feel that magical effect… it is so calming and you could feel your worries and tension slowly VANISH and melt away. I would surely be having a fun fur stroking session before the year ends as i would like to leave all those bad feelings behind.

Bonus shot… Happy Taco Tongue Tuesday #TTT from Ashton. Wishing everyone a happy day.

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all about love

This will be our first Christmas without my father and our second without my brother. I will be honest, when my brother passed, i literally cried buckets of tears. Whenever i think of him or see photos of him i cry. These days i still get teary eyed whenever i think of him. I really miss him so much and forever i will. But, i don’t know and i’m not sure why i did not feel the same way when my father died. Yes, i miss him… we all do but it seemed like all of us had already accepted about his passing. Maybe our sense of relief just outweighed our sense of loneliness and grieving. Now that he’s gone, it seemed like a renewal. My parent’s house is having a big renovation, all the clutter that my father has been holding on has been disposed and most importantly i noticed a tremendous change in my mother’s aura. She has been smiling a lot, stress is gone because nobody is bullying her anymore and i truly believe she is happy. Of course she misses my father but she recovers quickly.

The holiday season would not be complete without the family, love, food and laughter. Gifts come second and it is not as important to me now than when i was younger. But for the kids, they are really looking forward to it especially those coming from my sister who works abroad. As always she would be home for Christmas and be the jolly Santa Claus of the family.

I know it’s a cliche but Christmas is all about love and happy reunions.

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Sending lots of cheers… Happy Weekend.

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“I sitz here while i wait for Christmas… hey Mom, how many days til Christmas? Will you buy me lots of treats as Christmas presents?”

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.

shine bright

I had a nice time dining out with my kids in a new restaurant at the mall near our place. Upon entering, we were greeted by a blast of multi-colored decorations… delicately beautiful dropped lights and lamps, flowers and plants and a lot of inspiring quotes adorning the glass walls.

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I love the mismatched chairs and they make the place even more charming.

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Distressed mirrors that hang on wall and the metal lattice works with all those tiny details on display provide the rustic appeal. I love the Moroccan inspired pendant lamps that can be seen on almost all corners. They give off that lovely SHINE that provides warmth to the overall ambiance.

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The blue water goblets are so attractive and they will surely be on my wish list this holiday season. Oh by the way, the food is as impressive as their interior.

And … here’s something to make you smile… sharing with you a photo of Puti (means white in English) my all white foster kitten to brighten up your day. Her eyes SHINE bright like blue sapphires. She is one sweet girl despite her hearing disability. (Ah mom, it’s time to clean my nose plzzzz...)

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Have a happy Wednesday.

red velvety flower and gingers

This LOCAL red velvety flower is called cockscomb. While some really grow these plants i also see them as wildflowers and commonly growing in vacant lots. I was surprised to see some of these plants on my planter just outside my fence and i remembered that a neighbor has been growing these in her garden and i’m sure that some of the seeds were just blown by the wind. I am not protesting though as they are so gorgeous.

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And… speaking of reds, my gingercats are happily modelling a red collar. (Note: red cats are also referred to as gingers, marmalade or orange cats.) This collar is TIGER’s but i let KUTING wear it too. Let’s see who wears it better.

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Looks like my adorable models are having fun. Yes, mommy is having fun too because they look so handsomely cute.

 

my forever

I have a complicated love life. Married twice and both ended in failures.

When i got married the first time, i never thought it will end. We had so many dreams and so many plans and a lot of promises but things did not turn out the way it is supposed to be. Things happen like major disagreements, problems in finances, immaturity, incompatibility and the relationship ended.

Again, I wasn’t lucky the second time around in searching for that chance to be happy again. I thought that maybe this time it would last forever. How wrong i was.. there’s no FOREVER. The relationship collapsed because of lies, deception, cheating and empty promises. The act of cheating and lying are definitely not mistakes because they are intentional and that’s why it was so hurting. I found it really hard to move past the hurt when TRUST was broken so there was no use for me to be in that kind of relationship anymore. The more i stay in the relationship, the more it was hurting me so getting out of that is the best decision ever … i’ve  felt that URGENT need to escape so i could maintain my sanity otherwise i would really go crazy dealing with too much anger. Oh well, enough of these dramas.

Let’s kick the blues away by starting the day with a smile and be happy.

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And one of my sources of happiness are… There’s Star, Tiger, Boots, Kuting, Ashton and my new foster Puti that bring so much smile and happiness. There’s Marwind, Kristina, Rafraf and Tobi that make me laugh when they are acting like goof balls. (Visit my About page to see their photos).

Among my kitties, these two are really BFFs. They groom each other, sleep together and play together. I love them forever.

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sentimental value

It is fine to keep things from the past but we just have to be sure that these would not clutter our present. It is just a matter of determining which ones give us happiness and fond memories.

Holding on to a little Santa CANDLE with fondness may seem a bit strange to some but for me it is meaningful and important. It represents the number of years when i had to finally move out of my parents’ home. I clearly remembered buying this cute and lovely candle way back in 2000 when we moved into a rented house while our new home is under construction. Tiny it may seem but it has been one of the decors every Christmas season in my own home since then and it is now on its 16th year. Quite a feat for an itty bitty candle don’t you think?

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Meanwhile, the kitties are getting crazy playing with a used red ribbon. Endless fun and enjoyment with a thing of no value.

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Have a happy weekend everyone.

 

a photo bomber

Clouds are one of my favorite subjects when taking photos. Formations only last seconds thus no two cloud photos are alike which even make it more interesting.

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Did you notice that dragon like thing at the lower end of the photo? Well it is actually a TREE and a photo bomber. Kinda creepy isn’t it?

Looks like Ashton doesn’t approve of my photo at all, hahaha!

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