Happy Mother’s Day!

More than it meets the eye, this woman depicted that ‘Love is not, always, holding hands side by side; it is looking forward in one direction’.Β 

‘Ma, who’d have thought we’d be closer to each other because of our devotion to God? During our younger years, I’ve seen how a woman – a spouse and a mother, grow from a diligent worker to a selfless servant. Those times, you’ve held my hand, along with Papa, every time we walk up the stage to pin my ribbons or receive my medals. Consequently, the wails of poverty were quashed by the hope of Divine Providence. Until I’ve reached the age of majority, slowly, I was led to the brighter side of life by knowing, deeply, who gave you to me – God. Again, we marched side by side, and walked up to receive my college diploma and honors.
Here comes the age of maturity. The inevitable cannot overpower the love that we’ve grown. Our conversation over the dinner table involved matters that were, for me, blabbers in the past. It must have been the passing of years, or maybe, the brief moments of soliloquy by walking side by side, but you, a woman of simplicity, has, finally, helped me set my gaze straightforward.

Thank you, Mama. If I’d live this life a hundred times, you’d, still, be the one I’d choose as my mother [if I ever get the chance to choose because, yes, I have high hopes God would, still, give you to me]. Let’s continue working onto the next life.

Happy Mother’s Day, Mama!

(This was, originally, a status update on Facebook. Since it’s a special occasion, I wanted to share this worldwide. Happy Mother’s Day to all moms! ❀️)

πŸ’Œ,
SAM

New Year ATTACK: Addiction to ARTs

“To be more artsy in 2017.”

This holiday season, I would not forget how infatuated I was with watercolors. At first, my mom does not want to support the idea of providing the expense of it – “just a hobby”, as they say. Added to the fact that we’re saving for Media Noche, surely, I lost the chance on the first try.

Second try. Mom had no choice because she needed my occasional “no” to her picks every [Christmas] shopping. In the end, we had a clear deal. And so it goes…

I received this today, wrapped with all her inside-protests and love. 😍

Tulips. The finished work (Credits to the owner of this idea on the Web).Β It’s mesmerizing how easy to blend the colors without much ado. You’ll never see the beauty until it quickly dries…what a natural-finish!By the way, this is Disney’s Art Attack brand of watercolors. From an array of watercolors in the department store (Faber Castel, Dong-A, etc.), I chose this because of the vibrancy of the pigments which give them a more natural look! You can easily mix them altogether using basic Color Wheel tips. Plus, the brush is a bonus! You can get this for PHP 118. If you’re into tertiary colors, you can choose Faber Castel. They offer more color palettes that I saw. I hadn’t even tried using it because Art Attack was my first brand. So far, this palette has the greatest number of colors in the store.

For watercolor painter-wannabes out there, you can learn different tips online or discover your own hacks. Resiliency and patience will help you a lot here. Anyway, you will even appreciate your work in the end. πŸ™‚

Thanks to my sister for her endless support to my interests and everything. πŸ˜€ I always get a fair deal of working with her (she worked with her color pencils while I unleashed othe power of watercolors!).

πŸ’Œ,

SAM

Year-End: Look and Move Forward

I can only start my life anew and leave the broken pieces I cannot pick.

2016 has been a round of straightforward and tactless year for me. I failed to manage a social media account too well which left me being the talk of the town. My endless whims and caprices were published in public – the worse of all.

A bold mindset would not think twice of expressing its opinions. That was me this year. What the truth is, it must be exposed. However, I learned my lessons. Relationships became more complicated. I even earned a number of gossipers (even in Law school!). That, I couldn’t take for granted. We have a reputation to maintain for a good name is better than silver or gold (Proverbs 22:1).

In few hours, 2017 is here!!! I already made up my mind to start all over, again, despite some serious mistakes. Besides, if I failed, that doesn’t mean I’m a failure. It does mean I have to start, again, and work harder. And I need to be reminded not to live by the world’s standards but by God’s and the complete renewing of my mind, body, heart, and soul (Romans 12:2).

So, goodbye, then, 2016, and hello, 2017!

πŸ’Œ,

SAM

Don’t MESH with us!

Long gone is the norm that elder siblings are in charge of expenses. Nowadays, age is just a number. The gift of giving belongs to anyone.

What happens when a sibling passes a national exam?

Mesh room is a resto-cafe along Tapuac road, Dagupan City, Pangasinan. Since it is located along the highway, you can perfectly pull off from a long drive to catch up few breaths, sip a drink of your choice, and munch on the perfect combo of side-dishes or desserts.

Anyway, this is (again) my sister, picking our orders. It’s her treat so she gotta choose everything to celebrate her passing the exam! πŸ˜€

From the word “mesh” itself, it’s a snug place with mesh around.

Processed with VSCO with a10 presetOf course, please don’t MESH with us! :p

I brought along two novels for the two of us. ‘Heard you’d have to tag along and stay for a while due to the large amount of their servings. There are times when good novels are all that you need. BTW, this one by Claudia Gray would take you to different dimensions, you have to be conscious all throughout your journey.First batch of our orders: S’MORES. You can have this at PHP 115.00. Price ain’t so bad, eh?Then, again, it’s my first time to drown myself with an overload of this goodie! Thank you, Sissy!CHICKEN SKIN at PHP 50.00. This would the perfect partner for ice-cold drinks. However, we decided not to order a drink anymore since we are taking digestion, slowly and surely.Β Perhaps, plain water would suffice.Call me a snob, but you should always include FRIES in our bucket list. You can have this at PHP 70.00.Β Guilty as charged, fries are among my favorite foods! Their fries come in plain, potein, etc.Β TACOS. I already forgot how much these cost. But you should try them, too! There are variety of choices from beef to chicken, etc.Flat-lay version of our meal. Hello! πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰Leftovers.Β I always feel bad when there are leftovers so I try my best to consume them all. Her novel. Bow.Set of decors that you can purchase from the cafe.Β Let the photo shoot begin!

Thanks for dropping by! I’m looking forward to more time of blogging. Thank you, too, Sissy! Congratulations! πŸ™‚

πŸ’Œ,

SAM

Say “Goodbye” to Rabies

Today, I had my first shot of rabies vaccine. The nurse informed me that since it was a stray cat, I should take four (4) in total, subject to schedules.

Here is the story:

November 12, 2016. Saturday morning. Rotational brownout. Errands. Mom left early for a birthday party. My sister also had to attend a funeral. Obviously, it was only Pops and me at home to do the rest of our weekend activities.

That Winter, the Wind Blows is a 2013 Korean Drama which has been keeping us awake. That morning, I took my smartphone and sat by the patio outside to continue episode 7. I assisted Pops in cooking Sinigang na Baboy – dish-washing, and all, but I left the casserole of extracted tamarinds. We actually had three (3) stray-pet cats staying at the backyard, but since, then, Pops was compelled to turn one away because of frequent “meal attacks”. The two seemed to be, well, less aggressive than the one who got away. When I am lost in the moment, I always made sure Pops can reach me in an instant while the two cats sleep, peacefully. I am a lover of cats so I think I had to make them feel I am not a stranger, they can stay not too far from me and sleep. For a while, we were just like that.

Finally, Pops arrived carrying washed clothes. “Can you taste the Sinigang? I think it’s ready.” He motioned towards the casserole and sipped. “Perfect! You can eat now.” Both of us were still full. “Hmmn. Maybe later. Let’s eat together.” Β I asked him if I can throw the extracted tamarinds. “Yes, you can.”

I threw it, furiously. Upon stepping back, I felt a sharp object on my feet. To my surprise, I suddenly realized, it’s the cat. Yes, the cat! A defensive bite because I stepped onto it. Oh, yes, I was bitten by a cat for the first time in my twenty-two (22) years of existence!

Instincts sank in, I turned the faucet on and quickly washed the infected area (scratch) with soap and water and disinfected it with ethyl alcohol, just as how we were taught in high school. Without a second thought, I texted Mom. She advised me to go see a doctor with Pops and have my vaccine, as soon as possible. Pops was silent…a serious sign of panic in him. Upon reaching the hospital, Animal Bite Treatment was already closed. I have this fear of needles. Instead of fearing the unknown, I was too busy thinking about the syringes. Mom, always glamorous, arrived. After chit-chats with information personnel, we motioned back to the emergency room.

An anti-tetanus vaccine was administered to me after thirty (30) minutes of testing whether or not I have an allergy. Blessed enough, I had none. The vaccine sank deep through my muscles, and pang! It was done.

Mom gave me a cloudy warning regarding the vaccine. When she said, “It’s painful.”, I didn’t think she meant it literally for I thought it could be painful, as in costly. The nurse warned me ahead, though, of its pain. Why in the world was it okay for me now to have vaccines? Hmmmn.

“You should go back here on Monday. Get your records here and bring them to Animal Bite Treatment Center for your anti-rabies vaccine.” Β The nurse automatically said like he recited the verse a million times.
“Okay,” was all that I said. Another vaccine, huh? My right arm hasn’t recovered, yet.

At home, I can feel the swelling of my right arm. Ah, so this was the pain that Mom was telling me about. No joke, I shouldn’t have belittled the pain.

It’s been two (2) days until today…my right arm still aches. The idea of needles give me enough thrills. Lady nurse told me the do’s and dont’s. Fortunately, the anti-rabies vaccine is like an ant bite. It does not sink deep. I am fine with that. But what exactly is rabies?

According to http://www.healthline.com, rabies is caused by a virus that affects the central nervous system, particularly causing inflammation in the brain. Domestic dogs, cats, and rabbits, and wild animals, such as skunks, raccoons, and bats, are able to transfer the virus to humans via bites and scratches.

Lady nurse said, “Observe the cat. If it dies within two weeks, rip off the head and bring it to Department of Agriculture in Sta. Barbara.” Things are getting clearer to me now. Proper disposal? No. For observation of the cat. And, obviously, the possible effects to me for further treatment.

“Bathe every day. Wash the infected area, regularly, and use Betadine to disinfect it. And when you come to parties, avoid drinks with alcohol content.” She added.

We must remember that size doesn’t matter. Whether big or small, so long as the animal’s saliva entered a cut or broken skin, the infection spreads. Prevention is better than cure. Go and seek medical attention, immediately.

No matter how I avoid the idea of needles, if this is a matter between life and death, I have to reconsider my fears. Besides, God is with me. Three more shots, eh? Bring them on!!!

Stay safe, guys! Don’t leave your pets, unattended. Be updated for more of my blog posts! πŸ™‚

“And come back here for your next schedule…”, said Lady Nurse.

All right. It is not yet finished. *horrified*

“Surely,” I smiled.

πŸ’Œ,

SAM

Speak (No More).Β 


Before, we used to talk about everything: the cars passing by, the foods that you think I don’t eat, the number of fruits you see near your home, my interests and yours…in short, we talk about everything under the sun.
Now, I don’t know how it exactly happened. We no longer share the same ears but we possess different lips. You are no longer the person whom I can talk to with everything. And there must be a reason why that you have to know. Sadly, you are not bothered by it. (SCD)

(Image/GIF Source: Psychedelic Hipster on Tumbr)

#SpeakNoMore #GoodbyeFriend

πŸ’Œ,

SAM

California Maki with Fries


KFC-Aliens claim the acronym as Kapag Fried Chicken. In cities where Jollibee, McDonald’s, Chowking, Goldilocks’ or Shakey’s dominate, only few kids will know what KFC stands for.

Kentucky Fried Chiken. Can I live in Kentucky? I’ll probably learn different ways in frying this protein-rich food.

One of the reasons why I like to dine in KFC is due to the variety of their side dishes. Anent the fact that American cuisine is second to my favorites, new dishes are added once in a while.

California Maki with Fries will make you full, really. The maki has mango slices, cucumber, chicken, etc. And the fries, of course, never fails me. It’s my guilty pleaaaasuuuuuurre!

So maybe if you want to try new from Kentucky Fried Chicken, you can munch on westernized Asian foods for your digestion. 😊

It’s me, again. And I am glad to write to you, readers. Let’s keep ourselves posted!

πŸ’Œ,

SAM