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Blood Drive 101

In 101s, Health and Wellness, Personal on February 24, 2012 at 21:37

Disclaimer: This photo is not in any way my possession.

The day before you donate blood, be sure to get a good night sleep. Eat something– no need to get yourself full, it’s just so that after you won’t feel like crashing down. After blood has been collected from you, don’t get up right away. Lie down for at least 10 to 15 minutes. Let your body rest. Give it time to adjust.

It’s my first time donating blood today! I tried donating blood to last year’s school-hosted blood drive but there was an age requirement. I’ve always wanted to donate blood despite the usual comments on how big the needle is. It’s the feeling you get that is just so fulfilling because you know you are able to help lives out there.

Cats: You Learn To Love Them

In Personal on February 18, 2012 at 16:07
This is a first– I have a pet cat.
I really am more of a woof than a meow. Ever since I was a kid, I liked dogs more than cats. The idea of getting a pet cat never really appealed to me due to the impression they cast on me that they are bitches. They’re more of a bitch than a female canine. *ba dum tss* In fact, why do we even refer to dogs as bitches when cats fit the description so much better? And then you ask, then why get a cat?

This is Gibby; 2 months old.

I did not get Gibby from a pet store nor did I pick her up from the animal shelter. My cousin and I found her on the rainy night of January 8 this year. It was a Sunday; (we went to church in the afternoon and after watched Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) it was night-time already and it was drizzling when we heard meowing from the dark side of the sidewalk and there we saw her. She was cold and alone so we decided to take her in at least for the night.

I actually do not know what made me decide to take her in knowing that I’m not usually the type of person to rescue animals, and a cat at that. What’s funny is that I had not thought twice on bringing her in. I saw her alone, looked at her for a couple of seconds, immediately picked her up, and continued to walk home.  It felt like picking up my clothes from the laundry shop knowing those are mine.

I took her in my room, turned on the lights, and there I got a good look at her. She’s a tabby– a tabby covered in dirt and, I must warn you because it’s gross, her own poop. I was forced to give her a quick warm bath even though she’s just, I’m guessing, 4-weeks old. She was shivering when I took her out of the bathroom. Her eyes got big and I saw that she has these beautiful, big, round, blue eyes. The photo does not show it any more, but they were blue, especially in dim lighting. It turned kind of green now that she’s growing. I still hope her eye color could stay blue, though.

I got a shoe box for her to sleep in.  A Gibi shoe box, actually, hence her name: Gibby. Her name is pronounced with the g-sound of the word ‘give’, though.

I know, I told myself I’ll keep her for the night only. But I saw her still so little to be let alone so I compromised with myself that when she’s big enough and healthy enough, then I will give her out. Yet again, at this rate, when I’m already growing fond of her, the idea of giving her away is not going to be an option any more.  She keeps me company especially when I heavily miss my mom and my two younger brothers all the way in Switzerland. I’m learning to love cats, well, at least this cat. I love her. Any bad thing to happen to her, I just might  cry. I think she is God-sent.  Even though she gets overly active and begins to playfully scratch and bite at times that it gets annoying, I still think God sent her for a purpose.

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That awkward moment when it’s been seven months already and all this time you thought your pet cat’s a she.

Gibby is, well what do you know, a male kitty. Turns out, that furry bulge near its ass is not some kind of cat hemorrhoid– those are just his full-grown cat balls.

Only On Sundays: Chili Con Carne and Cheese & Garlic Potatoes

In Food and Recipes on February 5, 2012 at 18:53

Sunday’s here again! And because last Sunday we haven’t cooked something because they went out of town, this Sunday, we prepared two dishes! Chili con carne and cheese & garlic potatoes!

Chili Con Carne

Step 1: Chop, dice, crush, and grate!

Chop a whole onion. (Just a tip to a tear-free onion chopping experience, soak the onion first in salt water or you can leave the onion in the fridge for 10 to 15 minutes before chopping) Dice three to four whole bell peppers and crush tomatoes! We used about 12 small tomatoes. Grate the cloves of a whole garlic. You need a lot to be used also for the cheese and garlic potatoes. You could grate, pound, or process your garlic in a blender– whatever you prefer.

(Dice up whatever other vegetables available in your fridge. The things with chili is that it’s a good dish when you want to clear out your refrigerator. If you have vegetables too soggy for a salad, throw it all in the chili!)

Step 2: Stir it all in!

Under high heat, in a deep pan, saute minced garlic and onions. Add in a kilo of ground beef in the pan and let it cook.  Once you see it browning already, add in the bell peppers and your other vegetables. Stir in the crushed tomatoes and turn the heat down low. You could add in a cup and a half of water and a small pack of tomato paste, too, if you don’t have enough tomatoes. Add in some beans! We used the canned beans. Add in a cup of your choice of chile powder (we used McCormick) and 1/4 cup cumin powder.

Step 3: Simmer and taste.

Stir your spices in, give it about five minutes to simmer, and then taste.

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Cheese & Garlic Potatoes 

Step 1: Wash and soften those baby potatoes

You can use a whole potato and just dice the thing, but personally, I’d buy the baby potatoes to save you from the hassle, plus they look so cute! Prepare a small pot or any size pot that will be fitting to boil your potatoes in. Put in the potatoes and wait until the water boils and or until the potatoes are all softened. Potatoes take time to soften so I suggest you do this first before doing the cheese and garlic sauce.

Step 2: Bring the garlic into the cheese!

For the sauce, you will need the following: grated cheddar cheese, 1/2 bar of butter, a cup of milk, crushed or grated garlic cloves, last but not the least, salt and pepper to taste. Melt the butter in a sauce pan under medium heat. Add in the milk and grated cheese. Stir it all in until melted and until you reach quite a thick sauce consistency. If you’re having problems making it thick, you may add corn starch. Add in the garlic, you may add as much as you like depending on your preferred taste. Sprinkle in some salt and pepper to complete your sauce. Set aside when done.

Step 3: Mix or dip, it’s all up to you!

You can serve your cheese and garlic potatoes in two separate containers for you to make the sauce as a dip. Or you can just mix them all together in a big bowl! However you prefer it, either way, it will taste awesome. Enjoy!