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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

    Vogue Moschino school uniform autumn 2013

    The adults did a really great job in protecting children from the pandemic, there are fewer cases of COVID-19 infections among kids, this is due mostly because the schools and government immediately took action and decided to suspend the classes until the infection gets controlled. 

    However, as the vaccine will take two years to develop, classes reopening might be a huge risk of becoming another wave of infection, and this time, among children.

    Other countries have decided to do full-time home studies for the children, and when every child is at home, the need to dress up for a uniform becomes unnecessary and less likely to be practiced.

    In a few month's time, we won't be seeing much of that cute plaid or symbol-of youth uniforms for quite a while and we will miss it.



    Other people like me, cosplayers or models, wear uniforms to portray a character or promote a fashion. What we can see in the near future is that as fewer and fewer people wear school uniforms on the streets, it will become more likely to be converted into a fashion statement out in the streets. People will wear it as fashion to emphasize youthful vibes and a symbol of feminity. 

    For me, though uniforms help keep my closet from stacking up too much clothing and less stress for me to think of what will wear for the day.

    Did I also mention how easy they are to laundry?
    They're so light, they don't take much space and dries up easily after laundry. I don't need too much effort, plus it looks anime-ish IRL (In real life).



    Convenience

    While uniforms offer the lightest load for easy washing, it goes the same for the wearer. Since the cloth material light, movement is easy. The fashion is buildable, you can add cardigans and high socks to add more warmth or style.

    Variety

    Uniforms come in different lengths, styles, colors, and designs making it a most flexible fashion statement in every timeline.



    . Saturday, May 30, 2020 .

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    . Saturday, May 23, 2020 .


    Ristarte Cautious Hero flying boobs exposed


    *** Spoiler alert: Don't proceed if you have not watched Cautious Hero's ending***


    Cautious Hero: The Hero is Overpowered but Overly Cautious, or in Japanese Kono Yūsha ga Ore Tsuē Kuse ni Shinchō Sugiru is one of the Isekai anime that we have watched airing from October 2019 to December of 2019. Even if the anime is not the last Isekai genres that are lined in our list, this anime did capture our undivided attention with it's overpowering similarities to Ainz Ooal Gown in Overlord

    Every episode is a mystery as the story progresses in the search for the main character's background - Seiya Ryuguin, of the reason why he became too overly cautious. The anime's last few episodes answer all the questions in every watcher's mind. However, there might still be a few Easter eggs that we still have to uncover, and that is none other than the protagonist's Goddess, Ristarte (also called Risutarute in Japanese).

    We may not have noticed it all along, but we were already spoilt of the ending just from the start of the first episode - the introduction of the Goddess, Ristarte. Ristarte is first introduced as a rookie Goddess who is assigned to provide salvation on another world named, Gaeabrande from the evil Lord Demon through sending a hero to save it.

    So How did we get spoilt again? Ristarte maybe one that they classify in the 'useless Goddess' category, but that's not the easter egg that we are looking for. It's actually in one hidden meaning just behind the name of the Goddess, Ristarte. Yes, I'm pretty sure you've got the hint by this time. If you type out the word Ristarte with autocorrect on, it will immediately suggest the spoiler. The Autocorrect will give you the suggestion, Restart. It seems as if only the letter 'e' was placed on the end of the word, and the addition of 'i' in the middle was inevitable to give a better pronunciation. 

    The meaning of the word Restart means start again or a new beginning, which seems to be the case of what happened to Ristarte, when she became a Goddess after her death as a human.

    The Goddess of healing, also known as the wife or girlfriend of the Cautious Hero, Seiya, has indeed gone into a brand-new restart after their gruesome encounter with the Demon Lord from their past life. We can actually say that Ristarte was reincarnated as a Goddess from being human when the team's plan of attack failed, and they were engulfed by the Demon Lord. 

    As to whether Ristarte's reincarnation was some sort of apology, a wish or a reward from Ariadoa is a still a mystery in the anime. All we know is that Ariadoa has knowledge of Ristarte's pregnancy at the beginning and that they chose not to disclose this to Seiya, so as not to distract him from the quest to battle with the Demon Lord. 

    Can we say that Ristarte has also experienced being Isekai-d? We say maybe - although in a higher form or being - as a Goddess. So both Seiya and Ristarte did get their own 'restart' on their own dimensions or the world after all. 

    Their brand new life would have been left separate, and both of them would never have met, but it's as if they were meant to meet again, although it feels that the next life they would have is a dangerous atonement from their last mistake - being careless.

    Even so, it's like destiny did bring these two together, and we just wonder, would there be another chance that they'll still marry and have a child of their own once more? Well, since Seiya's memories have already been unlocked, we wonder if this will make some changes with her 'usual treatment' with Ristarte?

    Other questions lingering, what happened to the other team members in Seiya's past group? Were they reincarnated? Was the child also reincarnated?

    We sure would like to know... don't leave us hanging, please!

    Here we are, hoping for another season.

    Till next time!
    . Thursday, May 21, 2020 .


    Visayas Market Delivery Vegetables food meat

    It's my first time buying fresh food virtually. We don't usually do this because we prefer to see the condition of the food by ourselves. Also, that's the only time I get to go out to catch fresh air, going to the Hypermarket. Unfortunately, I am left with no choice but to order it online. Why you may ask? I've gotten a bit weak due to my monthly period, plus the quarantine pass isn't assigned to me. 

    Did you know how confusing and difficult it is to shop for fresh food online? It is like, stalking every bit of store you can find, continuously asking for either their delivery fee or minimum fee and other availability. 

    The first one we had ordered, did not even disclose the minimum fee, and did not answer my follow-up texts for three days! 

    I was already experiencing hypoglycemia and hypertension already that I feel its best they will form a Dragon Ball Fusion and I do not even know what to name it, maybe, Glytension?

    We canceled the order and I went to search for another delivery. I then thought maybe a market near me would be the best. Waltermart is a no-no as they are always booked and their minimum is 2000.

    I even got as far as the Cagayan De Oro market by mistake and apologizingly embarrassed.

    Then, I remembered the one that was in the news and Quezon City Government page, the Visayas Avenue Market. Gladly, when I've searched I found their pdf list and order form immediately.

    I also noticed they indicated they accept a request if the item is not on the list. It's exactly what I was looking for since I need to replenish Tweety's dog food supply.

    I waited for an hour and there was no follow-up so I texted them immediately, they replied to confirm and there I added a few more orders for meat products and Tweety's Dog food.

    Later on, we received a call to confirm the location and payment details. While I was just sending the payment, the dogs barked and there it was the food has been delivered!

    In just three hours it arrived after the order has been placed, I haven't even finished sending the confirmation of the payment!



    Chihuahua tweety fresh market vegetables

    We were wide-eyed already with the fast delivery but our jaws dropped when we saw the quality. We thought they'd just give us unbranded oil, but they gave us Golden Fiesta. The vegetable color is vibrant. The meat is where we were most impressed, it was a good bright red color. An excellent sign of guaranteed freshness.

    We bought Squash, onions, garlic, flour, cornstarch, pork chops, liempo, kangkong (water spinach), Calamansi, potatoes, okra, munggo, dog food (pedigree). Total of 1,616. The minimum is 1000. The delivery fee though indicates 80 pesos only but it says we were charged 140. I think maybe it is because of the request?

    We packed everything up on organized containers and place some on the freezer for longer shelf life. 

    At dinner, we were definitely excited about cooking. I requested my favorite Sinigang Dish, pork, and water spinach. I forgot to request for something to make it sour, but we have mixed for Sinigang na Bayabas and that will do. I remember afterward I can actually use the new Calamansi pack, maybe I will do that later on.

    On the next day, we had another meal which is Sauteed Pork with Gata, also delish!

    One of our potatoes had buds on it already, hihi~ it's fine since we plan to have it planted for new produce.

    Tweety now is also a happy dog as she found her new supply, but it's back-up dog food, so that will wait for later.

    It took me quite some time researching which one would be able to deliver to us and this was even more than what we expected. Although, as much as we want to keep on ordering there. I still have more things I need to buy that are all available in one place and how I wish that it would be safe to go outside again. As for a busy freelancer like me, our only leisure time is to go to the market for a good walk. 





    . Monday, May 18, 2020 .


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    . Friday, May 08, 2020 .

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    On this special occasion, Yorme encourages all Filipino moms to be stronger for their families while consciously maintaining a healthy work-life balance and to continue their selfless dedication amidst the uncertainties of this pandemic war - “Believe in yourself! You’ve got nothing to lose.” 


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    . Wednesday, May 06, 2020 .





    Oh yes, I admit~ I keep on getting confused about the Celebrations and Events, I thought that my Google Calendar would even give me a hint~ except that it didn't. I just found out later while scrolling the Facebook newsfeed and an ad popped out, "Give a gift for your Mother on Mother's day" and I quickly stood up from my desk and hurriedly checked my laptop, "Oh God, when is Mother's day?"

    So Mother's day is just a few days and what's worse, we're quarantined at home!

    Mother's day gift gift guide Mother The Spark's Bistro

    Here I was checking on every coupon site that can offer a great deal, but most I've seen would require you to go out, which is dangerous at the time of Pandemic, right?

    I even looked out for a Photobook, as I was thinking it would best to give her something of a memory, but the shipping takes 7 days! I don't have 7 days to wait! Plus, again. It's a quarantine period. I can't go out!

    I was stuck in a loophole and later on, I got tired in the loophole of search, since it was like 3 am in the morning, I was definitely exhausted only researching what I can give to my mom. 

    For now, I will retire for the evening...I said to myself.

    Okay, I surrender for now~ but of course, that's one less day and the clock is ticking.

    Every moment I spent will soon be another day less.

    I slept for a few hours, and gladly when I woke up, I felt refreshed and ready to take on another day. 

    This time I've played on search keywords and scrolled again through endless Mother's Day Ideas. Most of them offer you to buy.  Yeah, you've got to be kidding, there's no way that's arriving on time!


    So I checked forums, it seems that Moms love it more when you give them something that supports their passion, especially those that they focus more on or they hope to do or spending most of their time.

    If you're quite the observer, it's when you're mom makes them motivated, ones that are keeping their sparkles in their eyes.

    My mom has two things she loves most, 

    Her garden and another is her life aspiration of becoming a writer.

    I remember that Mom could not get her hands on some gardening tools because of the quarantine, however, we have a runner in the house who do shopping in the local grocery store, and I remember that they have a mini gardening section there. 

    There I thought to myself, "I was thinking way too far", the answer is just easier this time because people cannot go out of their houses, most of the perfect gifts are simpler because the things that they would not only want are those that support their need! Especially on these times...

    Our runner suggested to also buy cake, although I am not sure if he would be able to acquire some especially that a Special Holiday is coming near.

    I also think that giving her an ebook app about gardening or a funny short story niche or a good magazine subscription would be the best in combination with the Gardening tools and the cake. Otherwise, if the cake is not possible, I already have some flour here and I could whip up a simple cake in the kitchen, she would appreciate it more if we keep low in the sugar part, gladly the small weighing scale for food arrived a week ago and I can keep watch on the measurements if needed. 


    I hope this would turn out well~ cross fingers* but if you find yourself stuck with ideas on what to gift your mom or wife this Quarantine period, let me know, and let's brainstorm on the last-minute gift for her. 

    You can write to me in the comments or contact through my contacts page. 




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    new blogger interface 2020 May

    We've just seen the newest blogger interface and there are mixed reactions about it. 





     

    The first roll-out of the newest blogger interface started with their stats and Homepage. This May 2020 they updated their interface for the POSTS tab. When creating a new blog post, a brand new modern interface is seen. All the options of the classic version are here, I was just confused at finding the HTML tab, only to find it beside the title with the opposite arrows. The best thing I like most is the preview which lets me have a sneak peek of my drafted post faster than the older version. I love the old look but I will be using the modern version because I've always hoped to have an option for a more user-friendly blogger interface. 

    I also like how easy it is to select the labels that will be used for the post. The mobile version gives you a compact and user-friendly interface for smartphones. 

    When I inserted photos, the loading time is much faster than it was before, options to immediately choose from Google Photos definitely made everything much easier to upload from freshly taken captures through my phone. 

    new Writing post for blogger interface


    Anyway, if you are not a fan of the new design and feel that the nostalgia of the classic interface is your friend. There's a link at the lower-left portion of the blogger homepage interface called " Back to Classic Blogger" to switch back to the older version. 

    If you have difficulties in the new version would you like to tell me? What do you think of this fresh new change?

    . Thursday, April 16, 2020 .




    Early January before COVID-19 was announced as Pandemics, several of my friends who traveled and gone abroad or on frontline duty shared their stories on how they survived, even back then there were no test kits yet and could not prove that it is the disease itself.

    Most of them did not receive treatment as they were only regarded as regular flu and was just sent home, some others were only regarded as PUM and were as well sent home They've shared with me how they were able to make it through and recovered without confinement or intubation.

    They've experienced these symptoms, the only difference is the time time of onset of symptoms and severity:

    Vomiting
    Diarrhea
    Coughing
    Fever
    Chills
    Body Aches

    COMPREHENSIVE EXPLANATIONS on explainitmedicine

    These on top with the most dangerous symptom: DIFFICULTY OF BREATHING later on.

    So, here's what they did:

    1. Vomiting and Diarrhea

    Some of the first unbearable symptoms most of my friends felt, they focused on REHYDRATION and ELECTROLYTE replenishment
    Solution:


    a. Rehydration drinks, Isotonic drinks used for sports
    b. For vomiting, salted biscuits, they actually ate corn chips, any chips as long as its not oily and nuts.

    2. Coughing

    The experienced a lot of coughing, which they use the following:


    a. Menthol candies or throat anti-irritants
    b. Vicks or alcamphor spread in the neck (skin)

    c. Honey, calamansi ginger tea

    3. Difficulty of Breathing

     Solution:



    A. Vicks or alcamphor


    B. Hot bath for vasodilation  ( up to 8 times hot showers or bath)

    Yes, the my friends almost became mermaids staying on hot showers, it helps a lot to breathe because of the warmth from the water, however, they did mention to always put a cold compress on the head every time on the hot bath to avoid heatstroke.


    C. Vapor steam or 'Suob'

    This helped my friends to breathe better because of the warm vapor.





    4. Fever

    My friends experienced above 38 degrees celsius fever and each time they feel that a fever a starting they try their best to lower it down and prevent the body temperature to go higher.

    Solution:


    A. Ice packs on the forehead or towel that was dipped on ice and water even while on a hot bath.

    5. Chills and body aches

    While on a hot bath, it was mentioned that both body aches were relieved because of the warmth and since its the water is warmth thus chills are addressed as well.

    Warning: Always have ice compress on your forehead while having a warm bath to prevent heatstroke.

    a. Hot bath




    Of course, it does not mean you that you should not have your self checked, it is important that you do have yourself for a check-up, my friends have themselves monitored all the time until such time they turn negative and a test kit arrived, the good news with that is they lived without going intensive treatment, and it's not because of their strong immune system, actually, most of them even have underlying diseases like hypertension, diabetes and asthma and other even get exposed from nosocomial diseases. Since there is no cure yet, they advised focusing on not only increasing the immune system but also alleviate and focus on the symptoms felt to avoid certain shock or death.




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    . Wednesday, April 08, 2020 .



    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.
    . 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.