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How many times have you ever thought of those people you meet every day even at this time of pandemic? Did you ever smile and exchanged a few words with them? Have you ever thought how they  are coping with this worldwide problem that we have?

Some may probably look happy because all is right in their small world, some are probably thinking what to have for their next meal. Maybe some are  having problems financially but do we ever know?

Since it was only the two of us, Mom and I, I ordered batchoy from one of our neighbors (a resident of our subdivision) for lunch  yesterday since we had snacks from McDo before Jovy, Josef,  Jovy’s grandma and a cousin went back  to Fairview. They stayed here overnight to get more supplies since the two will accompany Jovy’s grandma till Sunday. They carted off their laptops, Oreo’s food supply, a half sack of rice and a few groceries to tide them over.  My favorite pastime nowadays is searching online  and see what our neighbors are selling for the day. There are no fish vendors here, they are not permitted to sell their merchandise to the residents here. I bought these milkfish (6 boneless daing)  to augment our supply of chicken and pork.  The vendor I bought from in  another street gave me free papaya pickles so I could taste it when I want to order. I am getting tired of eating something without fish at all. But who am I to complain? There are more jobless people nowadays who could not even provide enough for their families.

Lucky me, a fish vendor passed by while I was watering the plants and he stopped by our neighbor’s gate. I was able to buy a kilo of fish, no need to make a bargain since I know how hard it is to sell something during these times.

Some thoughts for the day:

There was this prediction from UP that it would reach 40,000 positive cases by the end of June and this spokesperson from the government raised his hand and executed a fist pump while saying that we didn’t reach that number.

YOU ARE REJOICING but we haven’t beaten COVID 19 yet, stats keeps on rising. Why would you be glad that those predictions were not met? We are talking of life here.

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Some plants that we sometimes ignore are under our very noses. Our good neighbor gave me a packet of Turmeric powder which was sent by her daughter from the US. I sometimes use it in fried rice, a cup of tea or recipes that require a little of it. I love using garlic  and fresh ginger especially in cooking Adobo (a unique dish here in our country).

These kitchen condiments are natural antibiotics. I am not sure about colloidal silver though. Not too familiar with it.

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Going green again. Trying to imitate my brother Alden who is into fish, green vegetables and red rice now. Broccoli and Baguio beans sauteed in a little butter topped with sliced squid balls. Yum 

Greens are healthy.

 

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I found fresh Pako (fiddlehead fern) early this morning at Cainta market. Made it into a salad, with Ginisang Tokwa (Sautéed Soy Bean Curd) in slivers of fresh tomatoes and pork topped with parsley and green onions.

Have to take photos of these because they are my favorites.

Our dinner for tonight 

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Morning exercise…..gardening!

Whew! That was quite a heavy downpour last night saturating the garden.  It rains almost every day now either late at night or early in the morning.

It’s the perfect time to tend the garden for a while. I noticed some shoots of my yellow Iris  growing with small roots. Have to cut them and replant. Trimmed my Mulberry tree too, it is fast growing and I am thinking of removing it for good. Mulberries grow tall as high as 70 feet  and they need a larger space to spread their roots. I am afraid that when this  grows even bigger,  our septic vault would be affected.  I already cut the branches but the roots are still intact.  Good thing it is just about a year old since I planted it as a cutting. I googled about it and I was so disappointed to know that it will take ten years before it bears those tiny fruits.

I need to transfer and replant my prayer plants. The outer leaves are already dry. If it does not rain this afternoon, they are next.

Prayer plants

They’ll be good combined with the purple-leaf plant that I have at the back garden but I don’t know its name.

Yellow Iris

Really need to propagate this lovely yellow Iris. It’ll be perfect at the round bed where the Mulberry tree is right now.

So much to do but I find gardening so fulfilling.

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Wikipedia defines power nap as a short sleep which terminates before the occurrence of deep sleep or what they call slow-wave sleep (SWS) intended to quickly revitalize the subject from drowsiness.

Power nap can make you alert and productive  but only if it is correctly done. So how do you do it? It takes good practice to take a 20-minute nap and wake up renewed and alert once more for another four or five hours work.

First thing of course is for you to find a good place to nap. Back when I was still working, some of my office mates and I were so used to taking a 20-30 minute nap during lunch break. An hour break is good enough to take a light 10-minute lunch, another 10-minute walk from the bank canteen to the 4th floor and around 20-25 minutes of power napping. Of course, it is kind of different from your afternoon siesta wherein you can sleep leisurely to your heart’s content. Lying your head down on your desk for a quick snooze usually brings relaxation. Less stress at work makes you more productive. Research says that it is better to have that all important 20-minute nap than going back to bed in the morning for another hour of sleep.

Contrary to popular opinion, napping is not for the lazy people who’ve got nothing to do. Napping gives you that shot of physical and mental energy in the middle of the day. It’s like giving yourself that all important adrenalin shot, keeping you rested and energized.

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As we grow older, we experience body aches and pains that come naturally with old age. We try to find something that would temporarily alleviate it. Actually there are so many soothing balms, topical analgesic and anti-inflammatory rub and the like but over the years we have found our favorites too.

Soothing Balm

I swear by this soothing balm by Human Nature, a local company that makes use of local ingredients.  It  has Bergamot oil. Instant relief  when you have that headache. And it smells so good.

Betet Balm

Betet Balm is made in Indonesia. It relieves simple headache, stiff neck, rheumatism, painful muscles, common colds, insect bites and itchiness.

Taichi Ginger Rub

I love the scent of ginger.  It relieves minor headaches and pains, sprains, muscle cramps as well as itchy skin caused by insect bites.

Vicks Vaporub

An who could forget this age-old Vicks  Vaporub. There is even one for small kids called  Babyrub.

Back when we were kids, Mommy always had this tube of Liberol Ointment. I wonder if this is still in the market.  When us kids would have colds, Mommy freely rubbed it on our chests. Instant relief.

 

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This is my last day of a five-day  antibiotic injections. Hallelujah! I just hope everything is okay  when I’ll have my lab test tomorrow.

I try to buy buko juice  (a young immature green coconut)  every day now and save the  young meat  to be eaten fresh too.  Avocado is in season too at a P100 pesos a kilo. I tried mixing slices of one avocado, buko,  half-size of small onion  and one tomato with left-over luncheon meat.   You won’t really need to add salt, just a pinch of ground white pepper  will do since the luncheon meat has enough to flavor the salad. It turned out so good I had it for lunch.

Dinner would probably be steamed deboned chicken breast without the skin of course.  Trying to eat healthy and using lauric oil for cooking.  I gave up on coffee almost a year ago and try natural tea from dried guyabano  (soursop) leaves although it is not every day that I drink tea.  Guyabano helps in draining toxic waste from the body.

As you grow older, you feel the aches and pains  slowly invading your body  and it does not help when you have no restraints in eating food which are not so healthy. As I’m trying to avoid sugar, I no longer bake cookies and muffins.

Some say that health is not about the weight you lose but the life you gain.

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The sun is shining bright. I hope the monsoon rains which typhoon Maria would be bringing are not strong to cause flooded streets and houses. Sometimes monsoon rains take as long as more than a week, a little inconvenient when you want to go out and it’s raining outside.

I checked the garden for a while making sure that the the plants in the planter’s box not reached by the previous rain yesterday are not too dry.  I also checked our jackfruits which are still fruiting and our two kalamansi trees.  What do you know. I just harvested about a kilo of fresh kalamansi. Perfect for  marinating meat, dips and making kalamansi juice. I am trying to limit my sugar intake though so it would be just a bit of  sugar.  I am planning to buy honey when I go back to the supermarket.

Fresh kalamansi

For the past two days, I avoided eating rice. Carbohydrates eventually turn into sugar and sugar feeds cancer cells. Trying to do it right slowly until my body adjusts to no rice at all. My daughter Nissa is on a Keto diet. She’s been on it for the past two years.  I asked my internist about it and he said I should not eat fats  since I am on maintenance with high blood pressure. I  don’t like fats specially from pork  and chicken.   When I buy chicken, I remove the skin or have chicken breasts deboned by the vendor.  Josef suggested that I cook my meals in our steamer to avoid those unnecessary oils and fats that I don’t need.

Over the weekend, Josef and I bought some wonton wrappers and cooked  Pinsec frito. Pinsec is a type of dumplings wherein wonton wrappers are filled with ground meat, carrots, sesame oil, salt, ground black pepper, green onion, crab meat (optional), and egg  or seafood filling and then deep-fried until golden and crisp. It’s best eaten when it’s hot and it’s best with sweet and sour sauce as dips.

Pinsec Frito

As we grow older, it’s not just the body aches and muscular pains that we experience. I still feel my immunity is low. After all these years, maybe it is still the effect of chemo drugs. I am grateful though that despite all these  setbacks, I feel okay and I thank God for that.

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I am listening to some afternoon 70’s and 80’s music as I write this. When you’re used to blogging and posting something every day, you miss the hustle and bustle of the blogging world. I’ve been busy for a while though, catching up on gardening (finally finished replanting Crossandra  that just sprouted in all corners of the garden, regrouped them together in one line) and reading e-books, Christmas stories that warm the hearts and lift the spirits.  When it’s Josef’s days off, we work together to finish pending household chores that need his help. We found fresh zucchini and honeydew melons on our trip to the wet market last Saturday morning. Honeydew is juicier  than your regular melon found in the market. Low in calorie, rich in vitamin C and rich in fiber too. I don’t know if zucchini are in season now but  they are cheaper than a few months ago. It’s time to experiment on some recipes using zucchini. I normally use them for pasta dishes and crispy fries. I found out to my delight that there are about a hundred ways to cook zucchini. Here’s one simple dessert that I just baked a few minutes ago. The recipe is for muffins but I tweaked it a bit and came up with this yummy loaf.

Zucchini loaf

Zucchini loaf

Last week, I made a variation of Puto (steamed buns) by adding Pandan flavoring. Just love it. I always reduce the sugar in the recipe, although I like to bake, I am not fond of too much sweets but my son is.

Puto pandan with cheese toppings

Puto pandan with cheese toppings

Josef gifted me with a three-tier Camel food steamer. It’s a late birthday gift, another gadget in the kitchen that I love. I have the bigger aluminum steamer which I use for embutido (our local sausage) and siomai (pork dumplings) but this one is easier to use and you can steam several kinds of veggies and meat in one cooking.  Healthy eats with no messy oil to think of. I tried it last night with carrots, sweet corn and deboned chicken breast with lemon.  Yummy! How was your week?

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