Category: Thought Blobs



I tried to remember bit by bit so there is something I can remind myself with next time it comes. This was my second. The first one was far too vague, I couldn’t pick the meat out of it.

I couldn’t shake it off. I was already both silently and audibly screaming, ‘God, remind me of happy thoughts. It’s so painful.’ Like a cloud of emptiness embraced me and wouldn’t let me go. Too tight it was choking me in my own tears. It was too cold the little chills running up and down my spine and my nape were too heavy it felt like they grew feet. The only kind of goosebumps no one should ever have to experience. The chills go up to both my ears it felt like it swelled of pain and threatened to burst. ‘Lord, it is pain ful!’ My chest felt so hollow I felt like scrambling to get a grip on something or I will drown into nothingness.

‘God remind me of all the people who love me, of your love for me. I know it is true but I can’t feel it right now. Take away this pain, God.’ I was pleading, weeping and begging so hard my voice failed to escape my nostrils.

I forced myself to remember my trips to Venice, sitting at a Trattoria enjoying my birthday lunch and getting a picture taken by my sister. Happy thoughts. Then the chills were frolicking up and down my spine persistently once again. Comes the sadness, the unexplained sea of sadness drowning me once again.

Then I saw darkness and suddenly dying felt like such a relief, a sweet escape.

But I was interceeding and fully aware of what was going on. I just couldn’t shake it off!

At that point, I understood why others have opted for the sweet escape. Why even pastors have succumbed to it.

Still feeling small, I peptalked myself audibly. ‘Galilee, you have seen lows lower than this before and you have always survived it.’

I grabbed my iPad and Googled ‘lyrics of Great is thy Faithfulness song’. I started reading the words. It was meaningless at the beginning but little by little I could remember the tunes and why I loved this song. I began to remember BBC days and snorkelling, enjoying Ossobucco and climbing up the stairs of Eiffel Tower and making snowmen in Sweden’s April Weather and picking raspberries in Dalsland. More tears and emptiness was still there but I knew I was on my way to feeling better.

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I have been sick as a horse these past week and decided on rekindling my knitting skills. Years ago, my swedish sister brought us a bunch of knitting sticks from Sweden and taught us the basics like casting on, purl stitching and sock stitching. I forgot all about it but Youtube has everything to refresh one’s memory.

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I went to get some yarns at Daiso for 60bucks a ball. Soon, I was well on my way to my very first knitting project. It took me awhile to keep track on the counting but I enjoyed doing and re-doing it.

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I wasn’t sure what’s the count for casting on for an adult-size beannie so I started with 40. No sooner did I find out it wasn’t wide enough and ended off with an infant hat.

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When I got to the point where I needed to put the edges together, I couldn’t find any tutorials on it on Youtube. I had to figure it out on my own. Boy, was it fun!

Then I clipped one of my flower pins to give a finished look.

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Next project up is a stuffed teddy bear I g ot that is meant for crochet. I don’t crochet so this is going to be challenging.


For some people, growing something is effortless. These are the people we call ‘Green Thumb’. Anything they put on a pot and get their hands on flourish, bloom and grow. But I personally think anyone CAN grow something.

URBAN FARMING has been my hobby for years now. It began when my life revolved around living in the cityscrapers. Condos and flats offer small to no spaces for plants to grow. Ventilation is always a challenge and if there ever was ample supply, the heat is unbearable.

Over the years, Ive move around different buildings and complexes and I have had to let go of some very beautiful plants for varied reasons but here I made a list of my favorites. They are because they grow easy, have very minimal maintenance and they are not hard to access.

OKRAS are my top favorites. I got some seeds from a friend and i just sprinkled them over a damp pot. After 2 days I got about 5 sprouts! I had to pluck the skinnier ones and left to grow the fattest, that way all the nutrients packed in that little pot can be all his, no competition. Then I stuck a skewer next to it so it doesn’t bend over when the pressure of water pouring down on it was too much. I saw it grow a couple of inches every day with just that! In a matter of 3 weeks, it surpassed my 5-meter height and gave me a few legit okras! I found out that the fruit it bears has a one week interval each that if you miss it, they are already too old to cook. I did three times and I found another magical thing happen- when I cut the old okra fruit and left it out to dry for a couple days, the seeds are perfect and ready for replanting! How awesome is that? Right now, Ive got a bagful of okra seeds, a couple of okras drying outside and a 7-foot okra tower threatening to bloom me three more flowers!

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LIME
In Thailand, these citrus plant is considered a lucky charm that bring in the vibe of money so people rarely ever consider it as a spice. For Filipinos, however, this is a delectable cooking gem. They make a whole bunch of delicious food with it.

These are easy to find in Thailand and easy to nurture. It can take all the heat available as long as its watered regularly.

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BASIL is a staple in Thailand. They garnish this on pretty much every dish imaginable so the accessibility is not an issue. Growing it is very simple. Just use the inedible stalk that’s leftover from the eatble ones and stick them in a pot. Very low maintenance and has a very pretty of reacting to the harsh heat- by blooming!

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RADISH , carrots and pineapple crowns are amazing things! While you add their skins into your DIY compost pit, you can reuse the crowns by sticking them in a pot! Give it a week and you’ll see the leaves growing again. I have just put in one and look forward to seeing it grow every morning before going to work. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

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THIS ONE represents pretty much everything I put in the compost pit- from seeds, skins, crowns and what have you. I have no idea which one this is but it sprout out from my compost pit. Will find out soon enough. One tough guy!

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This month alone, two cool whatzits made it to me. I have had to google them to avoid the hazards that come with ignorance. The first one is…

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THE ARM SLASH LEG WEIGHTS
1. Know your stuff.Wearing this all day can wear someone out. It’s like your body is on work out mode but your whole being is doing something else. At the end of the day, if you are not mindful how to use them, it could be bad for you.

2. Alternate.Arm weights can be double purposed for leg weights and I alternate them when I have them on with me at work.

3. Take it slow. Do alternate days instead of going on a strict 24/7 routine. Give your body and muscles some time to get used to it before you do. Once you feel like you can level up, up the weights. If you started with the 1.6 kgs, follow up with the 2.3kgs and so on.

MAGNETIC EYE MASK
Now, this one is a gift straight from the US. I was told biomagnetics is a new discovery that is not officially linked with medicine YET but does a lot of magic according to word-of-mouth and some others call therapy. I have yet to learn more about this but I am positive and hopeful.

1. Migraine buster. This mask contains 8 1/2″ high-output Neodymium magnets with an adjustable velcro to fit every head size. It’s apparently tested to diminish migraine attacks, which I have been having frequently lately. It’s hand-washable and is not to be used by people with pacemakers, defibrillators, insulin pump implants or the pregos.

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It’s 12,000- 12,300 gauss per magnet promises powerful relief and deep penetration. I have started putting them on at night and I’ll be monitoring how much migraine attacks I’ll be having. Hopefully, none.

To put it simply– our body cells are full of electrodes and these magnets are gonna do its work to even hings up. Read this:

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I am positive about what these whatzits have in store for me. But I have to read more, research more and be more intelligible about these things.


These two are globetrotters’ best find when it comes to booking a hotel. If you have to choose which is the best? Here’s my take…

WHY HQ?

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1. They’ve got THE best options for SAME DAY BOOKING. Budget travellers like me could really use HQ for their niche. Last minute bookings can be a such a pocket hole but HQ is apparently on cue on this.

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2. The FREEBIES! They have so far since opened regular promos and perks that for nomad travellers like me, if well time managed, can be handy. Oh, those warm crispy vouchers and those fresh freebies! Love, love, love ’em!

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WHY NOT AGODA?
Well, this one has yet to impress me. I used their service 5 months ago on my last visit to Manila and I ended up paying for my one night stay TWICE!! Long story and it deserves a spot here. I have all the soft copy of all the necessary evidences to set up my case against them.

1. Bad experience. Like mentioned above, no amount of words can prove it to me otherwise that Agoda system is faulty.

2. Boring a.k.a. The absence of freebies and goodies. Who does not like freebies? Maybe the are confident about their market enough that they don’t feel the need to sweet talk their clients, oh well.

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Let’s get it rollin’!