Flora de Papel

May your life be as colorful as these flowers, always . ☺️


It’s been a while since I last posted something I prepared for husbandry and I 😁I’m not even sure if I’ve already shared this with you (wow, daming readers!) but I’ll share it, anyway. 
We once ordered this in a Chinese restaurant for Php 180.00! Ang mahal!
This is spicy. For those who have a faint heart, you can tame this with a little sugar. For those who are brave, add more chili flakes. 

This is very easy to do, cheap and simple. 



1/4 kg ground pork, regular (with fat)
3 medium size eggplant, quartered
10 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium onion, minced
1 Lee Kum Kee Spicy Egg Plant Sauce
2 tbsp Vinegar 
Salt and pepper
Chili flakes, optional
How to cook:

Deep fry eggplant until brown
Let excess oil drip in paper towel
In the same pan (reduce remaining oil), sautè onion first.

Once transluscent, add garlic.

Saute until aroma comes out. 

Once brown, not burnt, add ground pork. 

Saute for 3 minutes, then season with salt and pepper.

Mix the Lee Kum Kee Sauce, mix until all meat is coated. Simmer for 2 minutes. 

Top the mixture with the fried eggplant. This will allow the eggplant to absorb the sauce. Simmer for a minute, then flip the eggplant. 

Add warm water and simmer for one more minute. 

Mix until eggplant is coated. 

Add 2 tbsp of vinegar. Simmer for a minute.

Add chili flakes.

Done! Serve with hot steamed rice.


Threatened Abortion (Part 11 of 11)

October 12
We went back to SLMC GC for an ultrasound, and to submit the mass for histopathology.
My ultrasound looked like my pre-pregnancy ultrasound. Uterus was thin, everything was normal. Except sa scar nu’ng mass that came out the night before. It was concluded that I had a complete abortion.
Abortion because I lost the baby during the first trimester. It was complete, meaning, no residue was seen inside my uterus, and cervix was closed. Having said that, I need not undergo D&C (dilataion and curretage, raspa, ebribadi). 
I guess it was my little pea working na. My angel does not want mommy any more pain and suffering, kaya no more raspa. 
As expected, I cried tons inside Doc Jing’s clinic again. I have never been that sad, after Papa’s death, I swear. 

Threatened Abortion (Part 10 of 11)

October 11
It was Enzo’s exams week. I still got the chance to guide her and do some mock tests while on bed. At around 6PM, I started feeling uncomfortable (as if my entire ordeal was comfortable). 
I was having faint lower abdomen and back pain. I had spotting. I got really nervous. I was like having a labor na may bloody show na. I forced to have a light dinner, and ‘over’ hydrated myself. At 7:30, my bleeding was non-stop. Pain escalated to 7/10. Textmates kami ni OB, the whole time.
Doc Jing called me at around 10PM, when the pain was at 9/10. Over the phone, kino-condition niya ako, NA BAKA ETO NA YON. Na baka eto na yung dinidread namin na mangyari. Sabi nya, iiyak ko na lang, and ipray, worrying and getting nervous won’t do any help, tataas lang bp ko. She advised me to don on a thicker sanitary pad, and stay in bed. Eh I ‘over’ hydrated myself, maya’t maya ang wiwi. 
Ang dami-dami kong naiiyak. As in ang dami-dami. Pagod na pagod ang tearducts ko. At 11:00, husband arrived. I asked him to drop by a drugstore and buy me a specimen bottle. Just IN CASE.
At exactly 11:10, with a painscale of 18/10, yes, that painful, a mass came out while I was peeing. I had to scoop the mass so I can place it inside the specimen bottle.
Ang sakit. Ang laki-laki ng gastos sa gamot, lahat ng vitamins and prenatal care, no matter what the cost is, sinunod ko, namin, tapos in an instant, nasa twelve pesos specimen bottle na lang siya? I could not stand staring at the mass. It was just too painful. 
Dra. Fernandez called and gave me her instructions. For the nth time, we slept emotionally tired. 

Threatened Abortion (Part 9 of 11)

October 9
I was awakened with a deep pain on my third molar (wisdom tooth). It was excruciating. The pain was throbbing on my left ear, and head. I sent Doc Jing an SMS, and paracetamol lang ang pina-go niya (as if hindi ko pa alam ma yun lang ang pain reliever na pwede). She was suspecting that due to my hormonal imbalances / changes, kaya nagkaganun yung tooth. If dentist prescribes an antibiotic, make sire it is either Amoxicillin or Cefalexin only. Nabasa na din ni doc yung isip ni Dr. Medrano, my dentist. If the dentist decides to extract the tooth daw, let her know first, so I can obtain a clearance.
I didn’t get to eat the whole day, and my face got so swollen, too.
October 10
Yep, I have an abscessed tooth. Surprise! Dahil nga sa hormones. Dr. Joy Medrano (the daughter-in-law, the wife of my husband’s friend JV Medrano), was very happy when she found out. I met her four years ago, and she knows very well then that we all want to have another child. Kasi pati si Enzo yun na yung nga wish. 
So she prescribed Cefalexin and Paracetamol. 
That night, I had another breakdown. My tooth was aching bad, I was hungry, and I was unstable. It was almost midnight. I just went out of the room and cried so hard. I do not understand how can a baby survive inside of me when I can not provide the nutrients he needs. I wanted to eat badly, but any flinch would cause a lot of pain. Sobrang hirap. I was already having an LBM because I only eat yoghurt and papaya. Again, I slept crying.