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What is friendship?

Yeah yeah I know it kinda sounds like I’m having friendship problems. Let me assure you I do not..

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#AfterHours: updates & the #Yulin2016

Hello again.

It’s been awhile since i typed here. So i’ve got a few photos to share and there are good news, bad news and everything in between.

Good news, as you can see below, is that my sister MystExile got married. I guess it was an interesting experience doing bridesmaid duties. Although it was mild and un-heavy duty, mostly just accompanying her, i just have no other words to  describe it.

So take a gander at the photos below. The wedding was two days. And this first photo was on our side. She had custom pelamin and stuff and it looked really pretty and out of the norm. It was really simple looking, but the behind the scenes was a lot of hard work coming from the creators.

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And this is my very cute nephew Akmal. Who is a chatterbox

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Akmal accomodating my request to “Mal! try to look even more cuter!” hahahaha. He’s really super adorable.

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With  my fav two dinner pair. If ever i had to go eat, i’d like to do that activity with these two.

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This was on day two of the wedding at the groom’s side, and she had two outfits. The above picture was the first outfit and the hardest to steam/iron. Beautiful, but a chore. But i guess it’s worth it. 🙂

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And my favourite outfit of hers..

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-The End- about the wedding.

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Just a random cute picture of Mr Softie with the ridiculously short legged Captain America doll he got for free when we went to watch the movie when it came out.

And then.. let’s move on to sad news.

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This, above pictured handsome boy is Choky. And he passed the rainbow bridge a few days ago on the 1/6/16 early morning, after battling with feline chronic renal failure.

My late Owinge suffered the same illness, it’s a common illness and incurable i suppose. But nevertheless, still very heartbreaking. When Owinge passed on, on 20/8/14 two years ago. I never felt comfortable talking about it for a really long time. I still cry about him and miss him till today, but i never spoke about it. I guess the guilt stays and the flashbacks are always painful. I wish i had done things differently.

Even typing this out is making me miserable and ashamed. And if you asked me about it now, at the wrong time or when i’m emotionally vulnerable, i would still be all cry-ey.

But for Choky.. i guess i would like to take this opportunity to thank my sister Sara aka Strange Tea for caring for him till the end. I know how it must have felt holding him and watching him leave. But the very fact that she was there was more than enough than what he could’ve asked for, i’m sure of it. So please take comfort knowing you did your best in caring and comforting him.

We miss you Choky, and you would always be in our hearts. I’m sorry you had to suffer so much but i’m sure now you are frolicking on a really nice place somewhere, all healthy and cured. If you see the prince of my heart Owinge and that princess Honey, please tell them we miss them and still love them very much.
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I’m not sure, but i asked Tiger mum if in her old days were there any of her cats who suffered from diseases like these. She mentioned not really. It was really uncommon for olden day cats to fall sick and they all lived on a simple kampong diet of mixed rice with fish or chicken and ate prata, meat and certain people food and lived to old age just fine.

I’m really guessing its the diet. I don’t think canned foods are any good. However our cats have been city cats for so long and they don’t really know home-cooked food. It’s a little too late to be re-training at this age.

But i would suggest people with cats and for my future self, if we ever have new cats in our new house, i think i’m going to start home-cooking for them. If ever there was a motivation for me to learn cooking, its this. For the health of my animals. Otherwise i just really hate the idea of cooking, i just want to eat.

-The End- of sad news.

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So yesterday the usual trio we went to eat! This picture above was the nasi goreng merah combo at Kallang.. which i finished and refused to share #TheGreedyLife.

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Then for desserts we went to Arab Street’s Classified Cafe at the Sultan Hotel. And what a beautiful place that was ! This above pictured was their chocolate cake. I didn’t take note of the name.. Something started with V-I-A (as per yaya) and it was the most SOFTEST melt in the mouth chocolate cake i have ever tasted. I have a video of ST cutting it on my instagram, if you’re curious how extremely chubby and fluffy this cake is, check it out @OringeSouffle.

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We ordered Lemongrass tea and for myself a peppermint tea which i thought reallllllllly went well and balanced the sweetness of the cake. I like my tea and cake. For the other 2 ladies.. i don’t think they liked their lemongrass tea much. It was too bland, like drinking water.

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A picture of the three of us. The owner of the cafe was really, really nice too. And it’s a halal cafe for all ya’ll muzzleems who are concerned. Nice deco, nice atmosphere, nice cake, nice peppermint tea, nice staffs. It’s all good.

(errr.. yes.. my weight fluctuates alot. Right now i regained again. HEH. I’m about to lose them again just as fast when ramadhan rolls by i think. I hope?)

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One last photo of us. ^^


Recent Concerns:

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Anyway, since i have a blog anyway. I guess i should talk about the non-fluffy stuff that should concern every reader as well.

I know that right now all the hype is about K-Pop and Korean stars and all that pretty facade? Please don’t be fooled but South Korea also has a really depressingly dark side as well. A quick google comes up with:

Over 100,000 tons of dog meat, or 2.5 million dogs, are consumed annually in South Korea. Although a fair number of South Koreans (approximately 42% to 60%) have eaten dog meat at least once in their lifetime, only a small percentage of the population is believed to eat it on a regular basis.

Not so pretty. And the images are much uglier.

China’s Lychee and Dog Meat Festival also known as #YulinFestival  is rolling around soon, on 21 June.

The Lychee and Dog Meat Festival, commonly referred to as Yulin Dog Meat Festival, is an annual celebration held in Yulin, Guangxi, China, during the summer solstice in which festival goers eat dog meat and lychees. The festival spans about ten days during which it is estimated that 10,000–15,000 dogs are consumed.

You may want to check out this article whereby they share more about Yulin and even have images. Cute labrador puppies are still for consumption. In the most cruelest ways and most inhumane conditions possible.

My purpose of sharing this is to share to spread awareness. People are very ignorant even with a powerful tool like the internet nowadays. They keep following trends and are blind to everything that wasn’t frivolous.

Please, if you have even the slightest bit of compassion, will you please help to add your name to this petition we’d like to submit to the China government to stop the senseless torture. We need approx 7K more signatures. If you’ve added your name, thank you. If you haven’t, i urge you to do so. You may think you are just one person and can’t do antything. But even just sharing facts, spreading the word and the sheer magic of people power can solve many things.

There’re many success stories of petitions winning against governments and big corporations. So please help. Your voice is important.

Thank you.

Big hugs;

TAS.

 

Progress report + The Loss of a beautiful friend.

I have resorted to hanging out on cookery or food-related message boards, websites and blogs just to look at beautiful photos of food or read recipes out loud to myself or read their descriptions and use my imagination. They are mostly food i cannot eat at this point or ever.. (i love junk food so very much, can you tell? AND spicy food.. being asian and all. Spicy was my life. WAS)

LOL. A little bit pathetic to just stare at the pictures, but it relieves me somewhat.

Especially since i’m such an enthusiastic eater and diner.. who is unable to indulge herself physically.. I can do it mentally and visually though right?
Honestly i go through life with the motto: I live to eat. Now that i cannot eat, suddenly i’m stumped with what to do with my life.. Like what kind of activities am i supposed to shift to now? I really need a new hobby.. BUT WHAT?
Continue reading Progress report + The Loss of a beautiful friend.

precious, you are greatly missed.

He was a moon prince,
He had the sun on his skin,
The calm of the moon,
The love of a golden soul.
 
A love like the sea,
A heart as equally vast,
And a friendship that’s next to none.

 

p/s my baby boy, oringe, who was diagnosed with kidney failure back in july 2014, just a month ago, passed away on the 20th August 2014 at 3:15pm, in my hands. I will never forget how he went off, and it haunts me day and night. I hope he finds happiness and he is restored to full health on the other side.. I just want him to be peaceful and happy.

I love him dearly and i can feel myself choking on my own sorrow, it’s that tight constricted feeling in the throat. I will write a dedication post the next time, for now, i don’t trust myself not to cry.

The remedy for now is to be occupied, idle moments just trigger the onslaught of memories i can’t control.. or don’t want to control. I never want to forget him.

some nice news for a rainy Friday. Save Seals <3

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I’m sure we are all* aware (unless you’ve been living under a rock, are a generally apathetic person, or you have no internet*) of the despicable and unnecessary seal slaughter that is happening in Canada. This is one of those things i feel so strongly about. It’s been going on for years and years now, the first i heard of it was when i was 17 or 18.. i am going on 23 now, and it’s 2014 and you would have thought fur would have gone out of fashion. I mean, bell bottoms of the 80/90s are. Anyway, Murdering seals has a long traditional history and probably first started during the 18th century..

Can we like move on with the programme though and realize that these seals are in great danger of extinction. On top of it, it is cruel and you are actually KILLING literally babies! These are equivalent to toddlers and we are cold heartedly just clubbing them dead. How could you stomach that.

The other day i had the misfortune of clicking on one of Peta2’s investigative video footage of these excuse of human beings dropping down from helicopters and charging at an innocent seal, probably still just a baby, and has just molted his downy white fur (they cannot be clubbed as long as they still have white fur, correct me if im wrong), the seal was trying to run away from the murderer, failing, he was then struck on the head hard with a hakapik. The seal then lay still. I watched the video and saw how it really was, caught on camera.. And i just burst into tears. It was just a 30 second video and 4seconds in, i was already shaking and crying. It was horrible and.. there just wasn’t any word to describe the hate i felt surging through me, for humanity.

I could have just not watched the video, avoided the  video, but i knew deep inside, that no matter how much i want to avoid, it doesn’t stop the fact that this nightmare is happening to an innocent being right here, right now. That is my belief and rationale, you can go about trying to avoid things, facts, reality, but it doesn’t stop the thing you’re avoiding from happening.

“Many seals who are killed are 3 months old or younger. Many have not yet learned how to swim or eaten their first solid meals.
Read more: http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-clothing/fur/canadian-seal-slaughter/#ixzz32WCNn8dU


So I opened up my email and am pleased to see some good news though, by Humane Society saying that the World Trade Organization (WTO) made a decision to allow and maintain the European Union’s ban on selling products of the commercial seal hunt.
This keeps the EU’s borders closed to commercial seal products, including from Canada. This is one of the most significant developments in the history of our Protect Seals campaign!

The EU ban was put in motion in 2009, and because of it, has actually saved 1.6million baby seals from being killed.

There is still hope.

You can read the good news here.

P/s: i wish could attend the ACRES 2014 Gala Dinner. 😦 It’s $250/person.. Hopefully i live to see it next year and can attend it in 2015. :’)

 

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