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    Trixia Salonga

    Hi! I'm Trixia and welcome to my slice of life. I'm not your average blogger, I'm a hybrid of multi-dimensional shoujo, a rare breed of legal loli and a unique original producer of ideas and inspiration. My path goes on the other side of the road which is less traveled, where thrill and excitement rests. This blog holds my inner thoughts, experiences, opinions and out-of-the-ordinary theories which I keep as a journal of my life's highlights. Contact me at reshadaseamaiden@gmail.com for collaboration



    Due to covid, our guest wanted to cancel her reservation, I've advised her to cancel it on the day she will check-out but instead, she altered the reservation, means she would check-out early on.

    I accepted the changes to this reservation which incurred charges on my account.

    That's where the fault was made. I should not have let the changes happen and let her cancel the reservation instead.


    Later, an announcement was made by Airbnb that they will issue full refund to the guest who cancelled and hosts get no penalty and additional 25% from the calamity extenuating circumstances.

    It is a calamity for us, since we got charged for the cancellation. When I was asking if there's any help we can have for hosts, unfortunately since the changes in the checkout date were done, we wont benefit from the calamity insurance.

    This lesson is a big lesson to me. We still need to pay for the rest of the cancelled reservations and I feel crying, however, I could not disclose this to mom as she is already stressed out with the situation, she needs the funds but all I can do is to just stare blankly on this calamity that befall us.

    Update:

    Besides the charges from Airbnb cancellations, Meralco (the electricity company) charged us even though we do not have a guest. I'm crying.
    . Wednesday, April 08, 2020 .

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    . Saturday, April 04, 2020 .

    1. Read Fiction or Anime books

    If you have eyesight issues with reading on a tablet, try the audiobooks version




    2. Edit the raw footages

    Something I had been putting off for quite sometime~



    3. Organize stuff on computer or inside closet

    4. Study free courses online

    The longer the course, the better!


    5. Draw or paint

    Self-explanatory, Anime!





    . Friday, March 20, 2020 .

    Trixia Salonga in Rosalinda cosplay with grandfather
    Around 10 years old attempt of Rosalinda cosplay with grandpa


    Grandfather prepared and warned me about this future over and over. He stressed that there will be a time that will come that we won't be able to go out of the home freely as we wish to and that a 'silent war' might happen.

    'But I thought countries are all friends now' I said. 'For now' he replied and continued giving me instructions on how I could prepare for such a situation. Grandfather is a world war veteran, he is a role model among our family. He was one who walked in the death march, carrying all the strategies on survival as well as intel for years to come.

    As the years passed, everything he taught to us we're slowly forgotten, some of it even we're forbidden, but I remembered. Now, I feel most at the guilt that I could not carry on his mission to me. However, I met someone with almost the same frequency as his, although sometimes careless on a side but there are points that are on him. He said that the orders can be carried out easily but when such a time comes that we can freely do it.

    A month ago a friend went out to visit his mother ( a senior citizen ), he went all out protection with mask and suit, people laughed at him on his commute at the bus and didn't sit next to him. Later on, we found out that there were people there that have now carried most number of PUIs and PUMs cases in the country with the initial cases relating to his family's friends.

    Supposedly a 'reunion' of the sort from one of his relatives was not invited because only those that can join are the one's who worked abroad and with $. Then the news broke out, it was just like karma to the ones who discriminated against his relatives and a blessing to his relative that he was forbidden to join. The incident paid the price for everybody in the whole region because they were already warned not to travel at that time due to the events, but they pushed through with the 'reunion'.

    Now, when he traces his travel time, he said he did notice some of these people traveling in the same direction as his and they kept a distance from him because they think he might be weird or infected for being on full protective gear. All these stigmas turned out to be a thankful moment when he realizes that he might have gone on the same bus with these people and the sacrifice was worth it.

    These days when he goes out, instead of being feared or judged, people trust him even more since he has the complete protective gear, unlike others.

    I promised grandfather that I would protect his precious gem, but sometimes I have to be honest I give commendation to the old man how he was able to. The gem is stubborn as hell even when everyone around it has warned about this issue, the gem does the opposite of what shouldn't. I left to mumble my apologies and tears to his ghost of how this slips off my hands. He did warn me about the stubbornness of the gem and I underestimated it when I was around 10 years old, promising that I'll take care of it for him.

    Back then, I feel I'm left with no choice and didn't understand why it feels that the universe wanted me to stay working at home. I am faced with consequences when I became stubborn and stayed working at a company. I thought to myself, my promise I made to God that I'll just train outside for a while is up and I kept on going, I too am stubborn. Now, I understand why I am pushed to my limits in seeking work from home. All my prayers answered in one event, just like that.

    The work from home wasn't the only thing that God gave to me. He trained me to survive not going out, did that at Tamago and it was worth it. I didn't understand the value of these experiences before and now they don't compare to any lesson in the world.

    When the news broke out to me, I've already seen posts from my chinese friends, yet, it feels too unbelievable so we didn't prepare at first. Now, it seems that it will turn out for worst. As their government says they are free of the cases, some of my chinese friends caught footages of their fellowmen on the floor, passed out and no one dares to touch.

    My collegue told me, there would be wave after wave of resistance and immunity. It will be turning out for the worst. I only felt a feeling of envy at the time I saw my doll idol and I never thought I'd feel envy again with South Korea. My friends there posts like normal again, as their medical systems on detection and quarantine we're so effective, it only took them short time to solve the worldwide issue. It seems to be far from my hopes as more people become stubborn and won't abide by the quarantine even for a short month's period.

    He told me that the funds would need to focus on detection, facilities and equipment for quarantine to make this work amd that he fears that by sometime the special 'team' would be dispatched soon, which should not be brought to that extent as they are one of the last line of expertise for this scenario. It can't be avoided, because the wave seems to focus on a macho showdown and they'll be awaken by a time that all are worse.

    I feel down and to be honest, my productiveness dwindled immensely. Anxious of everyday especially hearing news that there already affected area a few villages away.

    It's a no wonder grandfather always wants me to fulfill my dreams. He says that not only did they not have this opportunity before, but a time will come that we might be able to do these things when people take them for granted. Looking back, I've fulfilled most of the things I love to do, although I still have plans for more in the future but they would be prioritized according to importance, there would be changes to come and I am hoping they come true.







    . Thursday, March 19, 2020 .



    Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world. 1 pound of saffron (450 grams) costs between 500 and 5000 USD and the reason behind its strapping price is the time and labor devoted in cultivating and producing the actual produce.


    A specie of the flowering plant called crocus sativa commonly known as the "saffron crocus” or “autumn crocus”, saffron is said to be originally cultivated in Greece but today, saffron is being grown in the Mediterranean, East Asia and the Irano-Turanian regions as well. 
    The history of saffron use spans more than 3,500 years, extending across cultures and continents. From the grounds of Cleopatra and old Egyptian pharaohs to the scientific complexities of the modern times, Saffron has been used massively to treat several illnesses such as heartaches to hemorrhoids. Aside from those, the spice is also widely used by traditional healers and people with medical background in warding off inflammation and treating some cardiovascular diseases.


    In the culinary world, saffron is a great addition to many international recipes such as bouillabaisse (a French fish stew), arancini (Sicilian rice balls), paella (Spanish rice with clams, sausage and chicken) and simple steamed mussels in tomato sauce.

    Here are 5 more impressive health benefits of saffron.

    1. Saffron helps alleviate depression Saffron extract may support mental health partly by increasing levels of dopamine and norepinephrine. Generally, the spice’s effect to people who suffer from depression is comparable to that of standard antidepressants (Ristic, 2020)
    Also, both the saffron petals and thread-like stigma appear to be effective against mild-tomoderate depression (Raman, 2019). 

    2. Saffron may reduce PMS symptoms Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a term that describes physical, emotional, and psychological symptoms occurring before the start of a menstrual period. Studies show that saffron may help treat PMS symptoms like irritability, headaches, cravings and abdominal pain (Raman, 2019). 
    A different study found that simply smelling saffron for 20 minutes helped reduce PMS symptoms like lowered levels of the stress hormone cortisol (Fujui, et. Al, 2016).

    3. Saffron helps alleviate asthma. Children who have asthma or have difficulty in breathing can benefit from saffron. The spice generally helps in clearing your child’s airways from inflammation. It is also a good quick fix for asthma attacks.

    4. Saffron helps in reducing acne. Saffron is known for its anti-fungal properties, fighting germs and bacteria that cause whiteheads, blackheads and acne. 

    You can make a face pack by cashing basil leaves along with a few strands of saffron. Apply the paste on your face for about 15 minutes and then wash it off with cool water.

    5. Saffron can help with insomnia. Saffron has mild sedative properties that can possibly babies and adults who have  sleep disorder. You can include 2-3 strands of saffron in a variety of drinks or you may opt to take saffron supplements that are available in the market. 

    Where to buy saffron? 

    Saffron is available in a number of local Middle Eastern groceries and also, in some online platforms. Redsaff Saffron is one of the most credible sources of saffron spices known for its premium quality and authenticity. 


    Organically grown in Herat Province, West of Afghanistan, Redsaff Saffron is a superior spice cultivated in the rich soil and ideal climate of the Afghan region. All threads are handpicked by the Afghan women and packed in a beautiful airtight sealed jar in New York City.

    Redsaff Saffron is also GMO-free, Gluten-free, Vegan with no added preservatives or additives. 
    Follow Redsaff on Facebook and Instagram for more information about saffron and promos. 

    Sources: www.webmd.com 
    . Monday, February 24, 2020 .

    Traditional Japanese soup pot and Stirfry Calamari or calamares and sour soup or sinigang soup

    Fall in love with the beginning of a bliss

    Tue, 11 Feb 2020 17:45

    Last January

    We have a new member of the family. We named her tweety, but Meaw added biscuit because she always uses the biscuit case for her bed. Meanwhile, mom calls her miming because she looks like a cat. She's an active Chihuahua and her intelligence is adorable. She is witty at most times, running around in competition with our feet, but becomes a sugar for demanding frequent cuddles and can detect sadness, giving such comfort from stress and reminding us to be thankful for each day.



    Chihuahua puppy Tweety in biscuit plastic container with big googly eyes

    In February, Meaw cooked something warm and delicious. It's a combination of Stir-fry Calamari, Asparagus and Sinigang in Salmon. Our newest Claypot for soup does wonders in making the meals even more savory and bursting with flavors. The best part is the pouring lip, which makes it easy to pour the soup in any container, however, since this replaces the location of the right handle, your left hand should hold the other end tightly with support. What's surprised us most is that at times we call it 'bleeding' well, it's not actually blood, however on the lid it shows a somewhat brownish pattern with an irregular appearing like cracks but disappears once cooled.

    Calamari stirfry and asparagus

    We've bought frozen Calamari pack and Asparagus coated them in breading, the crispiness and the oil makes my eye wide in delight. My favorite part here though is the darker brown color, meaning it stayed on the longer and cultured flavors since it was cooked last. We've placed them in a kitchen paper to absorb the excess oil, they became crunchier. 

    Sinigang na salmon soup (sour soup) with Calamares or Calamari and asparagus stirfry with rice and sinalco can drink


    We found these tin can biscuits at Puregold, I don't recommend the biscuit inside but I seem to like the tin can case. I'm thinking it could be cute storage for any small items. It seems to be missing one design, not available when we bought these three.

    Puregold Magic Moments biscuit cans in cute designs

    This is the last half of our frozen Calamari pack, this time we stir-fried it and added seasonings and leek. Damn, it was incredibly savory! I thought that I wouldn't like this at first but now I can't forget how delicious it was. The flavor gets packed in the onion leeks and they were splendid!

    Stir fry calamares or calamari cooked with oil in a frying pan

    Calamari stir fry asparagus with rice in Japanese cup

    We have simple blessings for these months and I'm brimming with gratitude. We have clients that helped us grow and finished projects of two animes!  Yehey!
    Thankful appreciation blessing quote


    Also, we made milk tea, sort of combining both milk and tea! Definitely heavenly, we placed it in a jug a lasted us for days, it's like an endless supply of milk tea at home! Delightful!
    Milk Tea bottle drink in a container

    She's the best blessing I have so far and adapted quickly in the new environment in our room. So far we do not let her step on the ground outside, she will need to be injected with the anti-rabies vaccine. For now, we have this princess dress for her since she gets cold when we take her to the convenience store. I'm still checking for other designs but since she is so small, I couldn't find one easily and there aren't many choices.

    Chihuahua in a princess dress, dress for chihuahua or dog

    It's amazing how intelligent she is, on the first day I've taught her potty training and she learned it quickly! I want to thank you ( Meaw) for giving her to me. Our friendly neighborhood cat is pregnant and when she saw me from afar, she immediately greeted me but had stared with wide eyes on Tweety since it's her first time seeing her, especially that she's a dog. 

    . Friday, December 20, 2019 .


    Still don't have ideas where to spend your Christmas?

    How about visit something near Metro Manila by visiting Kawit, Cavite through a spectacular display of lights at the Aguinaldo Shrine and Freedom Park. This is where the Aguinaldo Shrine is situated wherein the Philippine flag that we know of today was first waved publicly announcing our Independence by none other than the first Filipino President Emilio Aguinaldo. 



    There’s also a lot to learn about our first president and how he has lived his life and times during the revolution era. Beyond the Shrine also are  other sights to see including the “Museo ni Baldomero 
    Aguinaldo” hailed towards the cousin of Emilio Aguinaldo and grandfather of Cesar Virata who as a prime minister in the 1980s. 


    Kawit boasts rich crafts and delicacies including the Pandayan or the local blacksmithing shop. Blacksmithing is an endangered craft that needs to be promoted and preserved. The local Pandayan is still active and you can still buy handcrafted knives and bolos made the same way during the Revolutionary era. The Christmas specialty – Puto Bumbong or a rice cake with shaved coconut and muscovado sugar is a staple food trip stop that shouldn’t be missed when visiting Kawit. 


    The Municipality of Kawit welcomes everyone who wishes to visit Kawit during the Christmas 
    season. So make sure to visit this Festive time.


    #TaraSaKawit
    #PaskongKawiteño
    #AksyongAguinaldo
    #AlagangAguinaldo
    #BloggersPhilippines



    . Monday, December 16, 2019 .

    Heya 'ol It's the most exciting month of the year and in this month, I am blest to celebrate Christmas party in my most
    unexpected location.

    It was still late October when the Party was planned and I already could not contain my excitement. The days went by
    so easily and I found myself preparing for that day. Our Team leader said we come in skirt and it so happens I bought two new
    pleated ones, the first one was glossy which I wore with Bayani Agbayani and this one would journey to a casino and fine dining at City of Dreams Hyatt Hotel. 

    Makeup

    By the way, I was looking at our regular 7-11 shelf before the event, I saw this Gold eye mask. I was thinking I will need it because I've been not catching snooze and glued to monitors. So I tried it out, the photos speaks for themselves, they are not edited. I can say is that it's convenient because I would usually cut up a whole mask and concentrate it on my eyes, this one is already shaped on my eyes and there's a lot of moisture than regular ones. I am just terrible placing it on my eyes, meaw said the other one is either higher, slanted or not covering and I just adjust it.

    Finally, I used makeup on my stash that has been kept for some time, it was just September when I last used them. I also bought a new bb + cc from ponds which I think would be good as a base. The makeup was great on photos I guess but after our ride of 5 hours at EDSA my face was caking on the forehead and cheeks. I may have combined something that wasn't friendly, so I might just change some of the makeup after they're used up, but as a warning to myself, I might have to try another combination. I used the same makeup with meeting Mr. Agbayani but since the event was short I wasn't able to see the effects for a long hour period. So it was used in SLR before. I can say they feel dry, quite heavy. The manager said that I should really change up makeup and my combination this time does not cut it for a long period of time use, so these are good for just simple shoots and with regular blending and re-application. It would also be terrible if you have bad flu-like me and you're trying to conceal it, you must avoid wiping your face. Plus, it was hard for me to hear my workmates because of sinus issues.

    Commute

     Our ride was fantastic, I did use the limited edition giveaway Intramuros card that was due to expire till 2020 and I knew I have to at least try it even for once. Since we come from the North, we get the chance to sit down at the further back of the train, we went down early at Gil Puyat as manager thinks this would be the most non-hassle way to get to MOA. At MOA we asked taxi driver to drive us and they charge us P100 non-metered, it was expected, but manager saw other casino shuttle buses passing by and had Idea where the location of the one for the City of Dreams, to our surprise it was just in-front of MOA entrance and the ride is for Free! All airconditioned well maintained comfy bus! It definitely saved us a lot!




    The ride was a short 15 mins to the casino and my heart jumped upon arriving. It was a similar feeling of the last time I was invited to another event like a kid jumping for excitement at bus would probably be embarrassing for me to post because I'm not really a kid anymore, haha

    The staff was assistive when Manager asked for directions and we passed through the glowy Christmas tree display, the golden inspired casino. I was already Imagining of putting on my Yumeko costume in. The buffet area was located on the further ride side and they have a reception seating area which was fully loaded with people around. They just let us in when the contact person of the reservation is mentioned, they also assisted where the table is but I was confused when they mentioned the one on the middle platform because I don't recognize workmates there. I thought I might be lost again, gladly with the assistance they confirmed that it really is the right table. I looked like a lost kid on that second :p




    The Cafe Buffet and location

    In long tables are aligned all fresh food with delectable appearance based on cuisines. Bread, meat, seafood, juice drinks, Filipino delicacies, Japanese delicacies and deserts. The place is huge and cater to hundreds of people with platforms  and comfy round seating, everyone seemed to enjoy the ambiance. At their powder room lined the huge glass jars of spices which I imagine Akira Hayama from Shokugeki no Soma would have in his collection. I urged meaw to do a smaller version of this as we both loved to cook. 




    Meeting the team

    We grabbed food right after arriving, I did not recognize our team leader at first sight and introduced myself to the team when they arrived one by one together with their husbands and kids (real ones, hehehe). It is sad though that some of our team mates failed to come, we all wish we were complete. We were all curious of what the unli buffet had to offer us, we first concentrated on how each cuisine tastes and had work conversations. They were all mellow and we joked and laughed of possible things in future and experiences, I found gems on my team and I wish I can be with them for a long time. I savoured every moment that was short, it was just 11:30 am to 3 pm but time flew so fast and we all need to separate ways. 



    Dining experience

    I've read some blogs and there are some that looked different from what we had on that day. I can say I enjoyed my second plate and I think these are the ones that stood out for me above the rest. I failed to get picture of the Roast beef in a hurry to eat.

    The second plate consists of

    Roast beef which will be asked how many servings and if raw, medium or rare cooked for you, Fried Mushrooms and Peking Duck



    The commute home was expectedly terrible, we decided to catch the bus home and went for a gruelling 5 hour ride on EDSA, but I couldn't get a nap, you know why? I kept on smiling remembering how fun the day went and the new memories that make me feel even younger. 

    I Thank you to my Superiors and Team for this experience. It was definitely the best gift you can give to a millenial like me, the precious memories of meeting and dining with the team.




    Miso soup on the left, shrimp, sushis and mussels

    Seafood tip:

    I ate the one served at the table, but what I did not know was we can ask them to cook it how you prefer, you'll need to proceed at the station where they cook for your preference, I was going to do it but I felt full already and could not go for second rounds after the noodles. Make sure to mix Miso soup carefully when you get one cause I only got on the surface and all the flavor was at the bottom. Yeah.

    Manager went rounds per rounds at the sushi, sashimi area because he said that's something that he cannot cook at home. I had sashimi too.


    Noodles



    Green Meringue and cakes

    Deserts:

    Were nice and sweet, but nothing too overwhelming. 

    Juice

    I love the Sago't Gulaman juice. It's nice and sweet, oh yeah. I'm all for sweetness, most probably that's my colds doing all the talking at that time. I admit I've spoiled it so I became worse when we went home.



    Group Photos



    At the end of the day:

    We loved the mini shoot we had by the corner and dressed up in our cozy sweater. Don't we all look lovely?

    Team mates super kawaii kids, they ran a lot chasing each other beside the seats which I wanna join hehehe




    This tree is located just at the entrance. There are kids and families who loved to take a cute picture.

    Before we head to Casino, I'm asked of my Legal age IDs which my companion chuckled, because it kept from going in. Gladly, I bought my IDs with me just you know this case happens, all the time.
    Christmas Tree Display at City of Dreams 2019
    I think this train would probably be the windiest one I'll ever ride.
    Train Display at City of Dreams 2019