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Chino and Me

Our family dog, Chino, has gone to doggy heaven. It was an unexpected but peaceful passing.  One day he wasn’t feeling perky, and then my sister took him to the vet, and the next morning he was gone. He died in his sleep. He was only 6 years old.  

Results showed that a single tick may have caused his death.  He got a tick-borne virus called Ehrlichiosis.  His high fever and severe bleeding ultimately shut off his brain.  

While this is a sad time for us, we take comfort in knowing that Chino has lived a good life since the day he stayed with us.  He lived in a loving home where he was smothered with affection and love and given the best care possible.  And that he died peacefully, without much pain. We didn’t see him howling in discomfort that we would have to decide to intentionally put him to sleep.  That takes more toll on pet owners. 

As we mourn for our first dog, I look back and relive his life, and the many lessons I take from him.

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So im not gonna flood your feed with crazy cat pictures anymore…coz my cat has his own ig acct! Haha! FOLLOW HIM! @sicatako_ig 😻🙀😼 #cats #cato #pet #kitty #catsofinstagram

So im not gonna flood your feed with crazy cat pictures anymore…coz my cat has his own ig acct! Haha! FOLLOW HIM! @sicatako_ig 😻🙀😼 #cats #cato #pet #kitty #catsofinstagram

Yabu at SM Aura

On our way home from a meeting, traffic along C% was terrible #whatsnew so the husband and I decided to pass time at SM Aura. The only other time we’ve been there was during its opening week and we got disappointed because it was so crowded with people but unfilled with stores.  We are believers in redemptions and second chances, so we thought we’d give this SM a second chance.  

This time, SM Aura felt more like a mall I would actually love to experience. There wasn’t a lot of people, so it was cleaner, colder, and “cooler”.  Even the floors looked shinier.  Weird that when they just opened, I saw chipped tiles on the floor!

More shops are also open now. Their sky garden finally has nice restos worth checking out.  Enzo and I haven’t tried Yabu before so when we saw a poster, we decided to dine there. I’ve heard only good things about Yabu.

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This greeted us on the table: a tray of complete Japanese condiments! Katsu sauce, three different dressings, chili oil, chili & wasabi flakes, and Himalayan pink salt

       

Three steps to enjoy the traditional Katsu sauce: 1. grind black pepper and sesame seeds 2. pour katsu sauce 3. mix together, and dip!

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Basta Driver, Sweet Lover

The husband sprained his ankle last week. It’s bad timing for any injury because this happens to be his hell week.  That means, I’m his designated driver, personal alalay, and sexytary all in one for the week.

I hate going with him to his work, because all they talk about are measurements and construction and other related things a girly girl doesn’t and doesn’t want to understand.  But I did give in to all that “in sickness and in health” thing so there you go, best supporting actress award goes to yours truly. Cue in the applause.

Basta driver, sweet lover!

Usually, when I do go with him for work I just wait at a nearby coffee shop until he finishes his stuff. Or I do what wives do best — shop around while the husband wraps up his work! :)  But this week I really went with him from meetings to set-ups.  I drove for him, answered his calls, even carried his things.  I’m not glad that he sprained his ankle, but I am glad that I got to see my husband in his element.  I saw how hard he’s really been working.  It’s one thing to know, but it’s a whole different perspective to actually SEE how he puts so much effort and passion to his job.

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LOTD: Avon Ultra Moisture Rich in Amour Rose

Every girl has to have her favorite MLBB (My lips but better) lipstick. I’m on the lookout for mine.  So when I chanced upon Avon’s Amour Rose, I didn’t hesitate to test it out.  From the tube, the color is so pretty and dainty pink. Reminds me of pink peonies (not a rose, ironically, ;p) in a whimsical bridal bouquet!

       

I’m loving the new and improved makeup line of Avon.  They’re now more youthful and pigmented. And still at affordable prices!  This baby sells for only P229.  So how did it fare?

       

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I’m a Proton (and other memes)

Last week, I thoroughly cleaned our apartment and even re-arranged our furniture. Lately, I’ve been feeling weighed down and suffocated. I guess you can say I can blame it on stress. I have no right to, though. 

There’s this one particular thing that’s been painfully stressing me out. I’ve never been one to dwell on depression, but this thing irritates, saddens, and angers me all at once and I know it’s making me unhealthy. If you know me well, you know that my defense mechanism against any problem would be to shrug it off and sleep on it. Maybe I’ve been shrugging this thing off far too long and now it’s dropped on me like an atomic bomb.

After a long sleepless night full of realizations, I decided to get rid of all negativity. This house, this body, mind, and soul don’t want any of it. 

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#YOLO, so #HakunaMatata

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Everyday, I’ve been reciting my new mantra:

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NOT EASY.  My waterloo is my mind. I’m glad people can’t read minds. Mine is full of mean things and mean thoughts about mean people.  But staying positive is a decision, however difficult a choice it is. 

All good things are hard-earned, and I MUST follow through.

Think Positive, Walang Aayaw!


*photos not mine

Happy international coffee day to all my fellow coffee addicts! ☕❤

Happy international coffee day to all my fellow coffee addicts! ☕❤

The SECRET to the best cheesecake EVER!!!

Because I had cream cheese, eggs, and graham crackers lying in my pantry…

       

Yes, you gotta love your own, but modesty aside, I dare say that my cheesecake is to die for!  I’m feeling very generous today so I’m sharing the secret:

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Cato wants to blog. Maybe he will!!! 😼

Cato wants to blog. Maybe he will!!! 😼

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore, Dream, Discover." Mark Twain

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover." Mark Twain

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