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Got this on my feed at Facebook today. Sometimes, most of us are paranoid that a simple cough or runny nose is a sign of COVID-19. When I feel that I have a sore throat when I wake up in the morning, I  chew a little fresh ginger and let its juice slide down my throat and it helps big time.

I lately learned that in some hospitals,  in almost every case of death, they link  it to COVID-19 and some of them charge Philhealth so much. Did you know that there is a case of 15B missing in Philhealth’s coffers?  Corruption is rampant everywhere and I find it funny that every time we discover such, the heads of such likely corporations end up in wheelchair. Talk of Ex-Justice Corona, Pres. Gloria Arroyo, Pres. Erap Estrada and now the head of Philhealth begged to be excused from the Senate hearings because accordingly, he is on chemotherapy. The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) was created in 1995 to implement universal health coverage in the Philippines. It is a tax-exempt, government-owned and controlled corporation (GOCC) of the Philippines, and is attached to the Department of Health. A lot of people are clamoring for the resignation of the Dept. of Health Secretary but the president would not let him go even if it is obvious that the department is being mismanaged and they don’t even have complete plan to address this pandemic.  Philhealth is the only hope for us Filipinos when we are hospitalized and yet they are saying that by next year, there will no longer be funds that could be reimbursed for each patient/member  of it. Where could you find that the head/task force leader in this pandemic is a retired Army general when most nations have doctors/epidemiologists/ science researchers in their midst. Only in the Philippines.

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This is fun. Twinings tea in all five flavors. Aside from the Wild Berry and Apple, Cinnamon & Raisin I ordered before, Jovy ordered three more boxes in flavors of Strawberry & Mango, Lemon & Ginger And Four Red Fruits. I’ve tasted Strawberry & Mango before and I loved it.

I thought I was the only tea drinker in the family but I was surprised that Jovy and Josef regularly drink it too lately. He said he is not giving up on coffee but he could drink tea in successive mugs. Ah, the influence of a mum, haha! He usually starts work at 4am until 1pm every day and he needs a morning fix. It is an acquired taste. I love lemon and ginger when I feel I have a sore throat. There is nothing better though than our good old kalamansi. I extracted almost a kilo of it, added sugar and put it in the ref. All you need is either hot or cold water.

This morning, one of our neighbors (she’s about six houses away from us but I don’t even know her name) passed by. I was at the garden uprooting weeds and she stopped outside and told me I must really love gardening. My plants are not so common and ordinary. I remember when we had it landscaped back in 2010, the landscaper asked me if I don’t mind having a green garden, meaning some of the plants he planted don’t actually bear flowers but they are all green. I said yes but over the years I added some in pots and some of them are flowering plants too. Back to my short conversation with our neighbor, she noticed that some of our kalamansi fruits at the top of the two trees have ripened. Yes, I could not reach them even if I use our small ladder but I gave her some fruits. She was so happy. When she saw one of my flowering plants, she again asked if it was easy to grow it. I was about to prune it. It was my Scarlet Bush. I only learned of its name too a couple of months ago. I gave her three stems. Haha, my social life is picking up.

Hmm… Shakey’s Angus Steakhouse Pizza for snack. These two (Jovy and Josef) are spoiling Mom and me. It is so costly for just an afternoon snack. I love it though because it is not oily and has crunchy potato strings and sliced mushrooms on top. Yum!

And the rain is about to fall. It is so dark outside. Happy midweek friends! Strawberry & Mango tea, anyone?

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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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