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Introducing: Grandpa and Lola’s Cat – Ming Ming ( Momimhar posted on July 28th, 2016 )

Ming Ming. My parents' cat.

Ming Ming. My parents’ cat.

This is Ming Ming.  He is my parents’ pet cat.  During our two-month long vacation in the Philippines, my darling daughter grew strong fondness with the cat.  She loves him very much.  Because cats have a different personality from dogs, my dear husband and I had to explain why K should not put her face way to close in front of a cat’s.  Because of their strong defensive instincts, cats will slap with their sharp claws.  This almost happened to K if she hasn’t moved back very quickly.  Cats can be hasty, you know.  Even so, we are very fond of Ming Ming.  He is a very spoiled kitty.  He’s like a person.  He sleeps on my dad’s arm at bedtime.

Most domestic pets in the Philippines are not taken to animal doctors for regular check ups, grooming, and pet care.  That is why they are prone to sickness and parasites.  Ticks, fleas, bacteria, and digestive parasites are commonly acquired by these pets.  That is why you have to always exercise caution not to get bitten or scratched.  My parents also have dogs.  They take their dogs to the vet to get their regular shots.  And they are on a leash when they take them for a walk around the neighborhood.  My parents, especially my dad, love their pets very much.  K was so happy to know that grandpa and lola (Tagalog word for grandma) have dogs and a cat.

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Long Vacation In The Philippines ( Momimhar posted on July 6th, 2016 )

Yay!  We are back from l-o-n-g vacation.  Yup!  Two months vacation is quite long enough, don’t you think? Very happy that we had the opportunity to go on vacations and visit families and friends on the other side of the world.  This is the the second time my darling daughter K went on vacation to the Philippines, but this time on me and her went.  Daddy was a having a big project at work that’s why he wasn’t able to go. Of course, it could have been way more enjoyable if he was with us.

Fissan Prickly Heat Powder

Fissan Prickly Heat Powder

Although the weather in the Philippines was super hot and super humid-because it was hot season (summertime)- was able to adjust to the warm environment.  The first couple of weeks (we arrived March 22nd), was pretty hard because K had prickly heat rash.  So I bought my favorite heat rash powder called Fissan.  It works wonders on prickly heat.  I apply the Fissan powder on the affected skin after bath day and night.  Somehow Fissan prickly heat powder soothed K’s discomfort because of the heat rash.  K felt bored and felt a little awkward with my parents. She even told me that she wanted to go back home (Texas).  She missed her daddy, the house, her toys, and her bedroom.  But as soon as my nieces and nephews came over and got to talk and play with her, she was fine.  And we talked to daddy almost every day via Skype.

It is very amazing how the communication technology has improved through the years.  Eight years ago, we did not have an Internet access because my parents do not have computers and smartphones.  We were only able to communicate through prepaid cellphone once a week.  Today, we can chat any time we want to using our smartphones.  They don’t have a monthly Internet subscription so they only buy Internet credits from a telecom company, where they bought the sim card from, to be loaded in their phone for about $1.07 and register the credits to be able to use the Internet for three days.  Sometimes the signal is poor so there are times credits are wasted.  That’s disappointing and frustrating.

Anyway, glad we’re back to our home sweet home in Texas.  Looking forward to our future vacation to the Philippines in two years.

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