Changing Lane

27 Jul 2016


Life is crazy.

Like, the craziest thing I've ever done.

I'm sad to see a lot of my favourite bloggers have started to go AWOL. The ones who're staying have started to become unrelatable and in turns also become annoying. Remember when blogging was easier? Like when we can just write a post about what happened that day and people would just leave comments. Now it seems like every blogger is giving recycled blogging tips. Nobody seems to blog for the sake of blogging anymore. Personal blogs are no longer personal. Every blogger has LLC'd themselves and rebranded their blogs and started labeling themselves as a pro and offering expensive 'blogging class'. It's exhausting. I followed you because I wanted to read the posts about your cats, or your home tour, or how you turned that old coffee table into a chic ottoman. I don't need recycled tips, I want your writings; authentic words from you.

For months I'd been contemplating about shutting down this blog and starting fresh. New blog, new name, new platform. The plan was almost complete, but then I took a look at this blog and realise how much I loved it. This blog has been with me since I was 18 and has helped me through a lot of things. It's been 7 years, and even though it hasn't grown as big as I used to dream it would be, it's big enough for me now. It's enough.

So like I've said again and again, this blog is staying. I will no longer aim at becoming a 'big blogger'; I just want to be a 'blogger' right now. As simple as that. And since I started this as a personal blog, I will make this personal blog personal again.

Now how's that for a campaign slogan, eh?

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I am 100%, undoubtedly, a crazy cat lady

24 May 2016

Jessi & Chop-Chop | Hola Darla
There was a time back in elementary school when I found a little stray kitty at the school playground. Little me was sad for the poor kitty meowing around, so I took him (it was a male) to class and hid him under my desk. After school, I took him home riding an angkot (a small bus). My mother was super angry when I told her everything and sadly I had to let him go because there was no way that we could take care of him. He ended up becoming our casual pet; he roamed around the neighbourhood all day and he'd go back to our house to eat leftover food that we left for him in our backyard. Sometimes he'd nap there. When he finally grew up, he brought home a litter of kittens at one point. The kittens were his, apparently. I still don't know about the mother. But the cats were gone one by one. I don't know what happened to them. We eventually moved from the house.

I've gone a long way from there. Now, I can't even listen to a kitten meowing without becoming full of tears. In fact, I'm on the edge of crying everytime I see a stray cat, especially if it's skinny. I even put cats in my prayers every night. Does anyone else do that too?

Two weeks ago, Chop-Chop fell ill and I almost died of crying! I lost four cats during Nov '13-Jan '15 and the pain is something I don't want to experience ever again. Chop-Chop's symptoms matched those of Billy's before he died three years ago. I was very worried when I found Chop-Chop vomitting and losing his appetite. I took him to the clinic as soon as possible and the vet told me that she couldn't determine if it was a virus or merely a stomach bug just yet, so she gave him some antibiotics and vitamins and then I took him home. Thank goodness he got better in two days. He's back to his old self now, chasing Jessi around and trying to fight her (she just wants to be left alone, Chops!)

To me, losing a cat is one of the most excruciating pains in life. I cried every night for over a week when I lost Molly. I'd do anything to keep my fur babies safe, healthy, and happy.

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I'm alive!

29 Apr 2016


Well of course I am.

My laptop has been acting up lately. It has to be plugged into the power source all the time or it can't be turned on. All my work and entertainment are inside that little flat bread and I'm very mobile so this situation has made me super cranky for the past month.

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