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.

Good People and Good Vibes

Yesterday fternoon, we got a call from a supplier. He was apologizing and asked for help because his messenger lost his bg, it had the check we sent him that morning and a few other cash payments from other clients. This supplier is very nice so we felt really bad he lost money.

I then called our bank and asked about cancelling the check. I needed a Stop Payment Order form signed and sent to the branch. It had corresponding fees too. I was on my way to get a form and call our messenger when the supplier called back.

He said someone found and returned the bag! A person they didn’t even know. The person said he saw the hardware’s name on our check, that’s how he was able to find the owner. Plus, all the cash was intact! Everything was intact. Cash and all checks. I guess the supplier was in disbelief but all my husband could say was it was a really good day.

Imagine that. Their area isn’t even the nicest, from what I remember it’s near the market so it was so hectic and there are always a lot of people so it kinda gives you an unsafe vibe. But this happened. Honestly, I’m annoyed when people say “faith in humanity restored” because I never lost my faith in humanity. It’s just really hard to find genuinely kind people right now, and maybe this kind of mentality, despite being a joke for majority, is on of the reasons why these people are hard to find.

Last night in our prayer, I thanked God for so many things and I asked for a few things too. It was quite long, W was even falling asleep. But when I asked him if he had a few more things to pray for, he said the most heartfelt prayer for that honest person. âĪïļ

The kindest people don’t have to treat you lavishly. They don’t always carry Goyards and check the time on their Pateks. Some of them don’t look well off but pride themselves with good manners, selflessness and good intentions for others. May there be more people like this.

Last Hurrah!

W promised me steak and mimosa today because I’m going through a bit of stuff.

I’ll find out on another check up on Sunday if I need to have my fallopian tube (right) aspirated due to my inconsistent hydrosalphinx before we move forward with Blasti 2.0.

My blood work was good. Consultation lasted less than 5mins but the wait for my meds took a little less than an hour. I was sooo hungry! And I didn’t expect that this mall we were going to filled up during lunch on weekdays. Parking was so scarce!

Before I left the clinic, my nurse was so funny, she ran after W and had last minute notes – for him! No more contact from now on (haha) but then we forgot to ask if I had any food restrictions. None but no coffee and no caffeinated drinks.. And no alcohol. Oh no. There goes the mimosa ðŸļI was dreaming of!! â˜đïļ

But anyway, I saw Ms. Tina Tagle where we had lunch and she is just so beautiful. She smiles at everyone she makes eye contact with so it wasn’t difficult for me to say Hi and introduce myself being one of her Willow clients. She really had a whoah glow when I first saw her. No sh!t, it was like in the movies and you see a saint and she has that light behind her head and a halo! Just like that minus the halo. Catching up with my WordPress app, Ms. Tina had a beach break during Holy Week that’s why she had an awesome glow and tan. And maybe because her skin is just flawless!

So. Sunday. I’ll be a liar if I don’t admit I’m scared. Especially without pain killers. Can’t protect myself with that too. But I always remind myself, God is always with me so I should never be scared. God is good all the time. I’m chanting “I can do this, I can do this!” Con Dios sin limites! 

Oh yea. Last hurrah steak. Not bad but I’ve had better.

Thank You for Fighting

Two and a half years ago, my Tita Cris texted me, asking about laptops and where to get them cheap. I asked why he needed a laptop, and he said he was going to teach catechism to kids. He asked if there was a payment scheme of a little cash out, then monthly payments. As I am naive to these kinds of conversations, I said there’s a promo with this credit card company. I didn’t figure he was asking to use my card. He’s cool. He never ran out of any financial responsibility. But that time, I just resigned so I wasn’t able to help him out.

Fast forward to a month later, my folks were in Europe, and Tita Cris had several trips to the doctor due to stomach ache. I was seated in CPK with my siblings, husband and niece when I casually asked how she was since they lived nearer. My niece then blurted out that it was cancer. We were silent and teary eyed for quite a while.

Yesterday morning I visited him. He wasn’t conscious and seemed to be in a coma. I apologized for my short comings (the playing with make up and perfume story, sorry I didn’t get him the laptop, etc) and thanked him for always taking care of all of us. I laid down beside him and told him how I will always remember him when I hear Bohemian Rhapsody, how I admired his cooking skills (he had a pancitan before and can cook so well with his eyes closed), and how he drove me to the interview of my 1st real job. I held his hand most of the time. Asked him several times if he wants to eat because we have liempo (he was craving liempo the other day). 

I left our ancestral home at 3pm. I arrived home past 4. After dinner, at around 830pm I got a call from my Mom, telling me she was heading back to the old house, because Tita Cris finished his battle. She asked me to call my Dad and tell him. I said I don’t want to do it over the phone, so I called Mike and told him to break the news to Dad gently and don’t leave him alone, no matter what happens.

Half way through Tita Cris’ battle, he always said he was tired and just wanted to rest. Most of us said no. And I think I was hardest on him when I said no, you have to fight. Not everyone has the chance to fight. Fight to live. I know it was very selfish of me, but deep inside me I knew he had to fight because he deserved every minute more of his God-given life. 

But I often asked God and Jesus to not make him feel pain anymore. And one time, I know I asked why do we get sick? I instantly got my answer. The priest in St. Pio suddenly said “In sickness and pain, we are one with Jesus’ suffering.” That made me move on from questioning God of my condition. I told Tita Cris that, I’m not sure how he took it.

We have all prepared for his passing, but I don’t think no one really can. Especially when I sit beside my Dad and hold his hand. His whole body shakes when he tells me how much pain he has in his heart. Having lost his parents, Ninong Mac and now Tita Cris. He says the pain is different. Very very different. And remember, just a few days back, my Uber driver told me that relationships with siblings last longer than parents and children, so it might be better to have many kids so they’ll live happier and longer together.

Dear Lord, I pray for my Dad and his siblings, that they may whole heartedly accept your will; that you need your noble servant Cris with you now. I pray that Tita Cris now serve you in the best way he can beside you. Please tell him we’ll miss him, and that we won’t be as nurtured and loved as we are without him.

Rest in Peace Tita Cris. Thank you for fighting.

A Rosary and Blessings

Rosaries are blessings

Rosaries are blessings

This is my new rosary. My youngest brother  gave it to me. It came with a good story. I don’t really know how to feel about it but I’m teary eyed now telling it.

Around two months ago, one late night, M and his gf went to a local burger joint and ordered late dinner. It was 11pm. While waiting, a chubby, cute little girl came in. She was about 6-7 years old. She went from table to table, selling these rosary bracelets. Unfortunately, not one table bought one. She went over to their table and made 2 beautiful flowers out of pink and purple straws and gave it to V. She then set aside her stuff, and bused the tables and even wiped them after putting the soiled dishes away. She caught everyone’s attention but gathered her stuff and prepared to leave.

This was when M had a calling in his heart. He asked the little girl to come and talk to them. They couldn’t offer any food because it has been 40 minutes and their food hasn’t arrived (they actually forgot to make their meals!). Talking to her, they found out that the little girl’s mom is sick and bed ridden, so she’s trying to make Php 500 per night for her school needs and their food for the day. She said she doesn’t know who her father is. She attends public school and she makes and sells rosaries for a living. She’d rather do this than beg. M said that it’s almost midnight and there is curfew in effect so she has to be home already. She said she doesn’t have enough yet to go home. M said it’s very late and she needs to go to school tomorrow, but she said her class doesn’t start until 12nn. He gave her Php 100 for a rosary but she asked how much he wanted. She said just take how many he wants. M said she wont make any profit then. She said “Wala namang lugi dyan, basta maka Php 500 lang po ako.” (There won’t be any deficit for me, as long as I make Php 500). He asked how much one rosary is. She said Php 30 each, so he just took 3. He then said that she should head home already. She left but they doubt that she headed home.

Unfortunately, their food was still no where to be found. So V asked for a refund. They still wouldn’t refund because they claimed they already cooked their burgers. But they cooked the wrong ones so no go.

After I heard this story, I didn’t know what to feel but I think I felt very sad. At the same time, I felt so humbled and had the urge to feel contented with what I have.

Here’s a little girl, trying to make an honest living for food and education, while others resolve to cheating and illegal deals for luxury.

I realized that we all have our problems. We all have different needs. I tried to picture myself not having much like this little girl, and how would I deal with it. I then tried to picture other people in my situation, and how they’d deal with it. My thoughts will just go in loop.

So I just thought, make the most of what we can do. Make the most with what we are blessed with. Not because others don’t have it but because God has blessed us and it is up to us how to live the best out of these lives we have, paid in full by Christ.

It’s almost Christmas. And Christmas isn’t the only time we should be giving and sharing. I hope we keep that in our minds and in our hearts.

Let’s always pray. While we do our best to make the world a better place, some people still forget. We need to pray.

Boracay Birthday Bash

 Just kidding! We just went to Boracay for our birthdays. No party or whatsoever. Just the two of us, wala nga kahit isang guest haha

This trip was awesome despite serious hesitations from me:

  1. I have been avoiding Boracay ever since and never went because I thought it was overrated.
  2. I hate flying Cebu Pacific. I have been avoiding them since I can remember. I think my last Cebu Pacific ride was when we weren’t married yet. So more or less 8 years or so.
  3. The weather is always rainy during our birthday. We’ve had cold or rainy weather in Kuala Lumpr and Taipei.

Cebupac was ok when we went. Plane was new and cabin crew were very professional. It just went all downhill when Typhoon Karen came in Luzon and there was an announcement that there were a lot flight cancellations on Oct 16, and that all flights to and fro Manila on the same date may be rebooked within 30 days. They didn’t want to rebook us. I had to make kulit. They put us on a very bad flight to return 2 days after our original return and did not give us other options. It took 5 calls, all at least an hour each, most was hold time and still nothing. So at about almost 11pm on Saturday, we just booked another flight from Kalibo to Manila to return on Monday. Mark my words, there is a special place in hell for Cebu Pacific Customer (Dont) Care Specialists. 

  
After we accepted the fact that CebuPakshet sucks and eliminated it from our trip, tuloy ang ligaya!

So, there ARE a lot of tourists in Boracay. But I guess because the beach is so nice, everyone is nice. And we didn’t encounter mainlanders (sorry I’m not racist but it’s a fact they don’t behave well). And no makulit activity barkers. Woot woot!

We stayed at The District. They are 100% responsible for the great birthday week(end) we had. That cake above was from them. 

  
We just chilled in the room when the sun was high up and chilled by the beach when the sun was shining bearably. Niiiiice! ðŸŒĪ

I forgot when but we also walked to Jonah’s Fruit Shakes. Oddly, they didn’t have much fruits when other bars and restos had a great supply. So sorry Jonah, you’re just a Hill to me haha get it?

  

We went parasailing before Typhoon Karen came. It was awesome. I didn’t get sick from it but I got a tadbit sick waiting on the raft and on our speedboat.

 
Parasailing was awesome. It would have been better if it was less cloudy, then we would have seen the sunset up in the air!

We also went to D’ Talipapa for paluto dinner. We also tried Dos Mestizos, GT Tavern and Titos. We got calamansi muffins from Real Coffee too. True Food was awesome too. Such a chill place!

We also had a massage in The District’s The Upperhouse Spa. It’s one of the most relaxing one I’ve ever had.

Despite the weather, Boracay is amazing. It may be overrated but it depends on how you look at things.  But really, The District was awesome. It’s probably why I’ll come back!

  

Travel Week

I’ll make this short and sweet.

I was at NAIA Terminal 4 last week and yesterday for a holiday. Wow. I couldn’t recognize NAIA T4! 

No lines outside. Screening was quick and efficient.

Checking in wasn’t torture, it was so cold and free wifi was so fasssst!

Restrooms were so clean and had enough toiletries.

Floor plan was way better than the last time. So many people but everyone had seats. No delays. 

Because Terminal 4 and their staff is awesome, everyone was in a good mood. Everyone seemed happy and everyone was nice.

Woot woot! That wasn’t so hard to do huh?

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