Myth Busted: Almond Jelly for Sore Throat and Cough

Amongst the many bullsh!t we went through last December 2016 was CMF’s sore throat and cough. My husband is such a health buff and all, he rarely goes down with something but when he does, it takes time. 

If I’m not mistaken, his sore throat and cough started last week of November and ended almost before Christmas. Imagine that. 

In one of our Christmas dinners, one of his friends suggested hot almond jelly. He said it was his go to for sore throat and cough. CMF said the same thing. His mom would give him almond jelly too when he had cough. So we ordered hot almond jelly, but the Chinese resto didn’t have it. Boohoo.

Almond jelly photo from PanlasangPinoy.com, and I’m sorry nope, it doesn’t help with your throat 😐

Last Wednesday, I got sore throat. And I guess it was further irritated when my friends were smoking around me. Anyway, it’s been a week and my throat is worse. I usually take Pei Pa Koa syrup and lozenges to help. But this time, it’s taking a while. I searched for natural remedies and I remembered that almond jelly thing. I searched it and didn’t find anything at all. I was expecting to find it in some Chinese herbal medicine page or something but no. What I found was gelatin! Go ahead, search for it. You should be dissolving gelatin in hot water and add honey and drink it like tea. Honey relaxes your throat, the hot water soothes your throat and the gelatin will coat it. That should give you relief. Some say it will heal you but I’m not there yet. But I do get some relief when I have my orange jelly tea!

PCO’s Hot Orange Jelly Tea haha imbento

Gulaman pala! Jelly jelly pa ako LOL 😷

I dissolved a teaspoon of unflavored sweetened jelly into 1/4 cup of hot water, and added 1/4 cup of orange juice. I have no other flavorings at home and don’t really want any other flavorings actually so there.

I then conclude, that almond jelly for sore throat and cough was a misconception by ye old mothers in ye old days. It was probably misheard. It should be hot jelly not almond jelly. Almond jelly is just a part of your typical panto lunch or dinner in Chinese restos hehe

I started taking meds for dry cough today and I hope tonight is the night that I get decent sleep with this cough.

Dear Lord, please heal me. Be with all those who need your healing hands.

Rainy Weather and Nilaga

I guess rainy season is really here since we’ve had 2 typhoons already in the past few weeks.

Gah. Anyway. I have cough! The bad one. I’m surprised though that I only got it now, since I’ve been on immunosuppressants for more than 4 weeks. 

A few weeks back, when the rains started, I cooked my very first nilagang baka. After 4 going 5 years of marriage, it’s my first time and attempt to cook this. And I’m so happy I was able to make the beef soft and tender. I was so happy!! 😊😊😊 (not so obvious huh?)

Cabbage, corn, potatoes, beef and broth… my awesome nilaga. Woot woot!!

This was also when I found out that the Tagalog of cabbage is repolyo! And boy, how good is repolyo in soup! I guess it’s really different when you cook than when others cook for you and you just eat. 

Since CMF loves corn, I put in corn so everyone was like “Hey your nilaga is the works ha” 😂 but I love how I used the vegan beef cubes from Healthy Options.. I love it. A bit pricey but not bad at all. 

I hope I get to cook more good and healthy dishes in the coming days. Health is wealth!! No idea why a lot of people take that for granted.

Food Cravings

So I haven’t been eating well recently so we thought maybe I should give in to some of my cravings so I will eat a lot. Wrong! I made a short list of things/restos I wanna eat/in.. here’s what happened the past few days:

  1. Uncle Moe’s – I wanted ox brain, beef shawarma, chicken kebab.. but we kinda ordered other stuff instead of our usual… CMF had the set with beef and chicken kebab (his usual is chicken curry but he will sweat a lot from it so he didn’t go for it). I had what was on the poster – cheesy beef keema shawarma! Woot woot! And of course, ox brain with a lot of garlic sauce! Hurray! That. Was. Awesome. I love you Uncle Moe. Whoever you are!
  2. Cyma – we usually go for spinach artichoke, roka salata, hirini brizola (the marvelous pork chops!! with yemistes. This time, we ordered watercress salad, moussaka and Greek clams pasta. I likey. I like it a lot!! I ate well!
  3. Viet Place owned by CMF’s friend… I don’t wanna say the name coz there’s a little bit of bad vibes to it. Anyway, we always order pomelo salad, spring rolls and pho… but this time, after going through the menu with the super nice server, we ordered fried prawn rolls, prawn wraps and lemongrass pork. She kept on pushing the salt and pepper fish, but we weren’t in the mood for s&p. She kept on pushing noodles too, but hello, will I really make noodles my viand? So we asked about pork dishes and she suggested lemongrass pork. There was even a photo of it, and she showed it to us. So here they came, prawn wraps, fried prawn rolls. Yum. But not as super yum as I expected. Then, came our special fried rice and lemongrass chicken. Wait what? We told her we didn’t order chicken. She said we ordered chicken and she just left. What the frack? This is the annoying and tough part when you know the owner. The whole time CMF was apologizing to me and offered to make me himay. That’s not the point. I have this weird thing that I don’t eat chicken with skin if it’s not fried. Simply because I don’t feel comfy eating the chicken skin in its kinda rubbery form. It’s uncooked to me. So I was really pissed. We usually order a lot of food because we can always take them home and not cook as much at home. The thought of that chicken for the next meal at home really annoyed me. And it’s not cheap ha! After finishing the prawn wrap and rolls, I asked CMF to do something about it because I’m really pissed. I know where in the menu the photo is, she was the one who pointed it out to us. CMF called a server and asked for our server. Our server came and he nicely asked to do something about it because we really didn’t order chicken. She just took the food and CMF was the one who apolgized. How strange this world is. So anyway, out came the lemongrass pork after 7 minutes or so. That pretty much ruined my meal. Ugh.

I have a fully stocked freezer again so I can cook stuff that we’re used to again haha no more dining out as much… need to lessen it!

My Downton Abbey Hotties

Matthew Good as Mr. Henry Talbot (photo from Pinterest)

I just finished watching Downton Abbey… and I’m sad! I know I’m late but *sigh* why did they have to pull the plug on this show. I’ve been wanting to watch it for the longest time, and now I’m done. I have the biggest crush on Matthew Goode.. and I didn’t know he was in Season 7 until a few months ago. 

Just to make my (our) day better, here’s another photo of Mr. Henry Talbot:

Shaken Mr. Talbot on the phone with Lady Mary (photo from Pinterest)

I never forgot Matthew Goode ever since I watched Chasing Liberty back in the early 2000s. He was that hot Brit dude with Brit accent… damn he sexy! Last year, when we were in Esher, some mate walked up to CMF and asked if he needed help with his luggage (he had his and mine) and CMF thanked him but refused help. The dude looked like Agent Ben haha or maybe I was just imagining it. 

Train ride with (Agent sshhh!) Ben Calder. Image not mine, from: http://clause2005.blogspot.com/2009/07/chasing-liberty-2oo4-dvdrip-xvid.html?m=1

Here’s a cute moment when Ben Calder gave in on Anna Foster (and I think the song when he was worried about her and missing her was Kathy Troccoli – If I’m Not In Love lol)

Sweet moment with Anna Foster (Mandy Moore) and Ben Calder (Matthew Goode). Image not mine, from:http://clause2005.blogspot.com/2009/07/chasing-liberty-2oo4-dvdrip-xvid.html?m=1

I’m excited for the 2nd season of The Crown because Netflix confirmed that Matthew Goode will be in it as the love interest of Princess Margaret. I just wish his character will have the same charisma and smoothness of Ben Calder or Henry Talbot.

Oh, here’s another hottie from the Abbey — Tom Branson. In real life, Allen Leech. He’s a cutie but a toughie.

(Tom) Branson the chauffer, as he first appeared in Downton Abbey. Image not mine, from: http://www.playbuzz.com/daedalusbooks10/which-downton-abbey-character-said-it

He’s Irish and has his own strong opinions about politics and classes – I think it was rare to know anyone like this back in the 1920’s in England. So he was quite a character. But he progressed into a darling.. my darling HAHA

Tom Branson, agent of Downton Abbey and later on owner of Talbot and Branson Motors. Photo from: https://mobile.twitter.com/tombranson1

Tom’s character progressed into a very sweet, dependable and just man. Everyone loves him. A little goody two shoes for me, but he’s sooo cute! Although, he looked like he put on some weight all throughout the series. Cute pa rin

On a funnier note, but we don’t really need photos anymore (sorry I got tamad) … I enjoyed Downton Abbey because of the humourous Dowager Countess – Maggie Smith! I love her classy, sophisticated and brutal insults! I remember she retorted to someone, probably Isobel Crawley, something like – you’re worried? That’s so middle class! 😂

What should I watch next? Preferably a series with a hot guy that I can look forward too 😉

Coffee Bags

I think the first time I tried coffee bags was 2013. We stayed in Marina Bay Sands in Singapore and this was their complimentary coffee. 

I loved it! Too bad I didn’t think of searching for it in the local groceries in Singapore.  

There’s just somethig about it.. the flavor is full despite not being freshly ground. 

I tried contacting Robert Timms Australia if I can order online but they responded flat out that they don’t ship to Manila. Such a turn off.

So I tried to look for other alternatives. When I was still working, I was able to chance upon Marks and Spencer’s Decaf Coffee Drip.. I’m not sure if that’s what it’s actually called. It comes in a blue box.. you have 10 plastic drips that you can put on top of your coffee mug and fill it up with hot water and let it drip. It was ok. It was around Php 300 so maybe Php 30 per cup. It’s not so bad but it’s not the best either. Wait wait. I’m not such a coffee drinker ha. Baka sabihin nyo, sino ba tong magaling na to! Haha I have my own (weird) taste. 

I haven’t beeing drinking coffee much. But I do when I know I’m in a good coffee place (so far what catches my fancy is Toby’s Estate capuccino and the free local brewed in Piandre hehe). But this morning I’m having Folgers Decaf Coffee Bags! It’s from my Mom’s care package hehe ❤

Absent!

Oh my goodness! I’ve been absent from the gym and my classes for about 3 weeks now! You see, after my 2nd LIT, I had bleeding mid-cycle… scary huh?

I had to stop my meds for APAS and I went to my ob. When we checked my ultrasound, there was indeed bleeding somewhere in me but it wasn’t coming from an organ, so that’s okay. It might be hormones or stress – which makes a lot of sense because the day before my bleeding, I found out that my friend passed away. So I was really sad and my anxiety level was 99!

I was put on a very high dose of estrogen. 3x a day for 3 days (sh!t to, imagine feeling like a zombie with a really bad migraine for 3 days!), 2x a day for 2 days, then once a day for 10 days. Bleeding stopped at the 3rd day. Thank goodness. 

I’ve been planning to head to the gym. I miss my classmates and instructors. I miss all the active fun but every morning when I wake up, I get severe cramps. So I’m settling with working out at home for the mean time. I should be back in a few days. I’m excited!!

Le Tiny Dumbbells, ever so dependable

Stronger

I had my first Lymphocyte Immunization Therapy (LIT) session last Saturday morning. The thought of it terrified me. I saw horrible photos on Instagram and from Google… it made me uneasy. 

Note to self and everyone else: trust your doctor. If you don’t, find a new one you can trust. 

Lucky me, my immunologist is one of the best in the country. So what was supposed to look like a bingo card on my arm, was only 2 injections. And I didn’t even feel a thing, honestly!

What’s more amazing is that this therapy to raise my 0% LAT to at least 80% has no down time! I can do anything and everything; my doctor put a waterproof bandage before my bandage that’s supposed to protect me from the sun. Yes, I can even swim indoors! Niiice!

I pray a lot before going back to the doctor especially if I have a test or treatment. I always ask the Lord to remind me that he’s with me. And I ask for extra cheer leaders (guardian angels!). Just to show support haha 😊

Always remember, you’re stronger than you think you are. And this is because God loves you!