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Philippine Pet Birth Control Center Foundation

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Did you know that an intact (un-spayed) female kitten can get pregnant up to three times per year? Each pregnancy could produce a litter of two to eight kitties. This means that just one female cat can produce between six and 24 kittens in a single year. Most of these kittens will be dumped or killed. Those who survive in the streets will reproduce when they hit puberty (at 5 or 6 months old)  and the cycle begins anew. 

The solution to this problem is for responsible pet owners to spay or neuter their cats. And to curb population growth in your area, do a TNR project: Trap, Neuter, Return. With your donation, you can help the Philippine Pet Birth Control Center Foundation do just that. Please click on the link below and help. 

https://www.youcaring.com/philippinepetbirthcontrolcenterfoundation-802773

Please check out their FB page for more details about their program.

Every bit counts! Let’s do this!  πŸ™‚ 

Thank you! 

#kaponangsolution #spayandneuter

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Boy from the tropics: a winter champ

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This is Michael Christian Martinez, the lone representative of the Philippines to the Sochi Winter Olympics. Last night he performed his heart out and qualified to skate during the Men’s Freestyle Finals today, Friday. His story is one for the books: he overcame his childhood asthma by getting into figure ice skating. There are only 3 ice skating rinks in this country, all of which are found inside a chain of malls. The right people saw his potential and encouraged his mom to send him to the US to hone his craft there. The mom agreed and said that she would rather spend their money on his training than on his medical bills. He qualified to join the Olympics without the help of the Philippine Government. His family pooled some money to send him to Sochi: they mortgaged their home and got some funding from the chain of malls where the ice skating rinks are. We did not know of his existence until about three weeks ago. He quietly and steadily worked his way to the top without noise and fanfare. And now he’s in the top 24. In the world!

ClichΓ© as this may sound, win or lose, this 17 year old is already a champ. A special shout out goes to his family, especially his mom. This is the kind of love that I would like to celebrate this Valentine’s Day.

Congratulations, Michael! Shine bright tonight!

http://www.mb.com.ph/michael-christian-martinez-qualifies-for-finals/

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Astroboy, the cat model

Late last year, I got myself some printed cushions from The Souk Shop. Astroboy took a liking to them and spent countless hours napping on top/beside/under the throw pillows. I had to document these moments, of course, and posted some pics on Instagram and tagged the shop.

The pic that started it all.

The pic that started it all.

It also doubles as a cat comforter. :)

It also doubles as a cat comforter. πŸ™‚

Hanging out with Wednesday.

Hanging out with Wednesday.

The owner, my friend Bambi, re-posted the images and got a record-breaking number of likes. Apparently, Astroboy could be a good product endorser. And so she asked me to take pics of the little star with her latest product, the Market Basket. Here are some of the photos from the shoot (sounds so professional!):

Astroboy for The Souk Shop: What's in your Market Bag?

Astroboy for The Souk Shop: What’s in your Market Bag?

I used more of The Souk Shop’s products for the photo shoot for my Christmas e-card last year. I set the items on a rug and let my kitties loose on them. What a riot! Of course they did their own thing; I was just there to click the camera and hope to get good shots. Here are the outtakes:

Outtakes from the Christmas shoot

Outtakes from the Christmas shoot

It’s amazing how different their personalities are from each other. Astroboy is a real star; he knew how to pose and project to the camera! That shot of Ella was the first and only clear one. She was so excited to be surrounded by baskets and rugs, she wanted to rub her scent all over them. Hah! Wednesday refused to participate. That’s my flower child; she has a world of her own in her head. hehehe. She likes to stop and smell the roses, so to speak. Now Twister was a different story. He terrorized the other kitties and wanted the “set” for himself. He was suspicious of the whole thing, though, and inspected each one carefully.

My Christmas e-card

My Christmas e-card

I’m definitely buying more things from The Souk Shop this year. The kitties even love the curtains I got from them! πŸ™‚ Too bad I can’t get the ceramic stuff…

Twister contemplates on my Buddha draperies.

Twister contemplates on my Buddha draperies.

Get these items and more from The Souk Shop. πŸ™‚ My cats are not included!

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An “Instant Mommy” nurse

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That’s me as a nurse in the film “Instant Mommy”. I was on for about 30 seconds; made me cringe with embarrassment and feel joy at the same time when I saw myself on the big screen. What a nerve wracking experience! I wrote about my stint as an Instant Actress in May. What a fun ride! πŸ™‚

Instant Mommy” is still showing in cinemas all over the Philippines. Go catch it now! πŸ™‚

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Poster by director and writer Leo Abaya. Taken from IMDb.

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Lost Cat

I bought a digital copy of “Lost Cat” on Amazon recently (written by Caroline Paul and illustrated by her partner Wendy MacNaughton). It tells the story of Tibby, Caroline’s elderly cat, who disappeared for several weeks and returned healthier and happier then before. The book centers on how Caroline—with the help of Wendy—tries to uncover the mystery behind his disappearance, where he’d been, who he’s been with, and why. Ultimately, I think it talks about love and relationships and how we are with the object of our affections, whether it’s feline or human.

At one point, Wendy made an illustration of Tibby’s world and his fears: the cat was in the middle of 5 concentric circles, the smallest being his safe zone, then the next was occupied by “general fear” or slow moving objects, then “definite danger” like water and such, followed by dogs, raccoons, and loud banging noises, then finally the biggest circle represented “certain death”.

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When I really think about it, Tibby’s hierarchy of fears is not so different from mine. After putting my iPad down, I wanted to see how I could move beyond my concentric circles and conquer my fear of “certain death.” It made his life so much better in the end, why don’t I do the same and go off on my adventure, too?

I really enjoyed reading this book not only because I’m a crazy cat lady like Wendy and could relate to her paranoia, but also because it made me think about my life and how much I’ve let some of my fears rule me. Maybe I could be more like Tibby from now on and be less like Wendy. ;o)

You can learn more about the book and its creators here.

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