Friday, June 24, 2016

PREDICTION: Bongbong Marcos After Losing VP Bid

Last night, my friend and I had a random conversation about my pre-elections prediction about Bongbong Marcos and how he may come back to power soon. It's a disturbing thought as to how and when this will happen.

Because of this, I did a post-elections reading about BBM now.

What is it that we need to know about him, especially in relation to Duterte?

(Photo from

The theme of the reading seems to revolve around healing and moving on.

Currently, BBM is trying to find answers deep within himself. He seems so caught up in his loss.

When he lost the VP bid, he probably didn't know what was next for him or where he was headed. He was probably all set on winning that he didn't bother having a contingency plan.

Healing has begun, though. He's slowly rising from the ashes and being mature about the situation.

In the near future, there seems to be a great reason for BBM to celebrate. Good times are ahead--drinking, partying, and much laughter. This is a stark contrast from what he's been feeling lately.

As a likely outcome, the cards point to fast progress. This could be in terms of moving on (ala Taylor Swift), going places, or maybe some form of governance/governing and making sure everything's okay(?) Visual cue: riding a flying broom stick and hovering over great lands.

Advice from the cards: Don't go crazy just because you lost. Don't feel insecure about losing--especially to a woman. And don't be affected by her.

Duterte seems to be a key player in BBM's healing and making all this progress happen. As to how, let's wait and see.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Best Fried Chicken now in Robinson's Magnolia

My favorite restaurant in Binondo is now in my favorite mall! Who would've thought?

Sincerity recently opened in the Robinson's Magnolia food court and there's an express lane for take-out!

To me, they have the best fried chicken (that's not fast food) and oyster cake. Surprisingly, it tastes the same as those served in the Binondo branch.

Waiting time for the food to be cooked is around 10-15 minutes. The waiting is worth it, though.

Pardon the food shots. These were taken midway through the meal. Sorry!

Fried Chicken.
There were more, but I ate them already. 

Oyster Cake

No need to go all the way to Binondo just to enjoy these! 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Greg's Fruitcakery in Twin Lakes, Tagaytay

The others were having coffee in Starbucks while my friend Bubbly and I were seated at the benches having a tarot card reading.

We were at Twin Lakes in Tagaytay. The sun was in our faces and it was just too hot outside. We needed a cool and quiet place to move to.

That's when we stumbled upon Greg's Fruitcakery.

Greg's Fruitcakery is a homey, quaint, and upscale bakery in Twin Lakes, Tagaytay. The smell of freshly baked bread just makes you want to stay there forever.

This is where we continued our tarot card reading. 

We also had a chat with the owner of the bakery. Too bad I didn't get her name. She told us that Greg is her late mother. (I actually thought that Greg was a guy! Oops.)

Greg was said to have baked delicious fruitcakes and would give away hundreds to friends every Christmas. When she passed on, the fruitcake recipe was found and used. 

Fruitcakes were continued to be given away in Greg's honor. I guess this is how Greg's Fruitcakery came to be. Some were even sent to Calea, the famous cake shop in Bacolod. Interestingly, there are aged fruitcakes that are four years old and are said to be extra delicious.

Like wine, it gets better with age.

We invited the rest of the barkada to hang out here instead. 

Here's what we ordered:

Banana Loaf fresh out of the oven
Carrot cake of sorts. Can't remember what it's called but it's yummy!

Greg's Fruitcakery has really yummy bread, treats, and cakes. It makes a nice pasalubong for family and loved ones. We weren't able to order any fruitcakes, though. (I personally don't like it, TBH.)

Some of the items may seem a bit pricey but overall, Greg's is  a better alternative to Starbucks.

(Photo from Nichael Muncal)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Don't Take Scratches Lightly!

[WARNING: Graphic Images]

Who would've thought that a tiny scratch near the ankle would make my leg red, swollen, and look like a hazing victim?

If there's one thing I learned from this ordeal, it's to never take scratches lightly!

Hazing? No. Just a bad case of cellulitis.

It started with a little scratch near my ankle--yung tipong, "Ay, may sugat pala?" 

I didn't bother doing anything to it, let alone put medicine on it. My bad.

After a few days, the affected area started to hurt when I'd touch it. It didn't bother me. I thought it was just bruised.

See that dark spot near my ankle? I thought it was just bruised.

The next day, I was down with a fever. I thought it was exhaustion from doing yoga for the first time. I even thought it was dengue because my eyeballs were painful--which is one of its symptoms.

After two days of being sick, I woke up to my left leg being red, swollen, and really warm. The scratch wasn't just a scratch anymore. It became a round, open wound. Sugat na talaga.

The redness and swelling crept up fast. Strangely, it was painful and I could barely walk!


Doctor's diagnosis: Cellulitis. (Dengue was ruled out after a series of blood tests.)

Cellulitis is a bacterial infection of the skin and tissues beneath it. It happens when bacteria enters through a crack or break in the skin--in my case, the little scratch.

Kalokang infection yan.

In just a few days, the redness and swelling went up to my knees!

Doctor #1 prescribed supplements and an antibacterial ointment. She advised antibiotics only if my leg wasn't getting better.

The next day, Doctor #2 advised me to get admitted in the hospital to treat the infection through IV. (But who wants to stay in the hospital, right?) I opted for oral antibiotics instead, which she prescribed. I was also given two Tetanus shots.

The following day, I consulted Doctor #3 who specializes in infectious diseases. He jacked up the dosages of antibiotics, added more (including painkillers), and extended its duration.

Mega-dosages of antibiotics!
(And it's the first time I've seen legible handwriting from a doctor!)

Per doctor's orders: House arrest with not too much walking, standing, and sitting (aka bed rest) for four days. Ang hirap!

I even had to bathe using soap that surgeons use just to decontaminate myself of bacteria. That left my skin really dry and itchy.

Bed rest but still trying to work.

Thankfully, the antibiotics did its wonders.

After 4 days of antibiotics. 

After 10 days of being on meds, my leg is pretty much back to normal. I can walk normally again without pain.

As of writing, though, the color still seems a bit off. But I'm just glad it's better.

The next time I get scratched, I'll definitely think twice about just letting it be.

Back to its normal shape. Color is still weird, though.