Cat Rescue: Cat # 01 – MAXIE

There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.  – Albert Schweitzer

I started rescuing cats by accident. One day, a mewling kitten started making a racket outside the windowsill of my house. If you’ve ever experienced this, then you know it is quite impossible to ignore a mewling kitten.

 

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We rescued Maxie, who was approximately 2 weeks old, went right away to the vet because he won’t stop crying and can’t eat solid food yet. I say we because it was truly a family effort – the husband and the kids all agreed to take care of Maxie.

We gave him cat formula first, a bath second, placed him in a makeshift box and placed a hot water bag beside him for warmth. Thankfully, he was able to sleep and over the next few days and visits to the vet,  gained weight and grew into a great, big, intelligent cat who toilet trained himself.

When Maxie was neutered, his healing process wasn’t smooth sailing. It was my first time to deal with a neuter, and I didn’t think very highly of how the operation was performed. He had some discharge twice and I was so beside myself with worry I think I sprouted a few white hairs. After about two weeks, he finally healed and we settled down back to the old routine.

 

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Since Maxie lived alone among four dogs and four humans, we thought of getting him a companion which wasn’t at all difficult. We live in a poor county, where there is minimal effort in keeping the cat/dog populace down through spaying and neutering, and most people can only afford giving food to their pets and not much else.

Which brings us to our next story, to be published next—the rescue of Lilibeth Rose, our first female cat.

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The Caulbearer

 

“Virtue has a veil.” Victor Hugo

My daughter was born with a caul, or a hood, or a veil over her face.  She is what is correctly termed a   Caulbearer, or the one “born behind the veil.”

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In many cultures, a Caulbearer is believed to be blessed, destined for greatness or to have a special destiny, to possess psychic abilities and be a bringer of good luck. They are said to be able to predict changes in weather patterns, find underground water supplies and are natural healers.

The caul itself is purported to be a talisman against drowning, a personal protection against the evil-eye and an object that brings good luck in business.

For the longest time, I didn’t know about the existence of Caulbearers, stumbling upon this topic only recently, but perhaps not accidentally.

It is fascinating to know that there are such beings among us.

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*I aspire to be justice and mercy combined.

 

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Government vs Private Employment

“When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.”  – John Ruskin

 

Dear Ms. Emily,

I am an expatriate based in the United Arab Emirates.  I have worked for an Abu Dhabi government office for almost 10 years.  My title is Clerk but in truth my work load is PA multi-tasking into almost all aspect of office work. I have received an offer from the private sector in Dubai with a good title to boot.  I am sorely tempted to accept this offer but I hesitate to take the plunge.

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Dear Hesitant Expat,

Why do you hesitate?  Let us weigh in the options.

You have employment with the Abu Dhabi government which, though the salary is not very high, the benefits are superb.  If I am not mistaken, you have relocation allowance, housing allowance, educational allowance and other perks like health insurance and working with locals. You also have good work timings (7am to 3pm) and two days off, not to mention long public holidays.

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Working for the private sector entails the same if not more work demands on your time and health and less benefits. Most offices in the private sector have only one day off and hours are longer (8am to 6pm), but not all. However, in the private sector, you may be given a better work title and more flexibility in the work place.

If you are ready for a change,  know for sure what you are getting into, and think that you will have fulfillment and happiness in a new role, then by all means take the plunge.

Moving forward is good for the soul.

Hope this helped.

 

 

 

*I aspire to be justice and mercy combined.

 

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Bad Employers

“Work hard, stay positive, and get up early. It’s the best part of the day. “ — George Allen, Sr.

 

Dear Ms. Emily,

I am a computer teacher in a small private primary school in the Philippines.  I belong to the marginal sector of Philippine society, providing for a family of four comprised of myself, my wife and two small girls with a minimum wage budget.  I have a very stressful job – not because it is a difficult job but because of difficult employers –a husband and wife team.  The husband is a shrewd businessman who sees employees mainly as business tools while the wife is a micro-manager who keeps employees on the verge of a nervous breakdown.  At this point, life seems bleak with no good prospects.

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Dear Hopeless Employee,

Be of good cheer, there is always hope.

We do not always like our employers but we sure need the job.

We cultivate the patience of Job (of the Bible fame) when it comes to all the sh*t we can take for the sake of providing for our family.

If there are perks in your current work that makes it worthwhile to stay, then take that into consideration.  If it comes to the point when you cannot take anymore, my advice is to look quietly for new employment and leave.  Try to see where you can qualify.

Sometimes, fate gives us a kick out so we can accept and embrace better prospects.  Things may look bleak now because you are stuck in a bad place, but once you get out of the rut, you may be pleasantly surprised to discover that God has a better plan in store for you.

We can live in misery for a time, but not all the time.  Find your happiness.

Hope this helped.

 

 

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Adelaide vs. Melbourne

 

 

Listen to advice, but follow your heart. – Conway Twitty

 

Dear Ms. Emily,

 

I am conflicted. I have lived for some time now in Adelaide and have settled down quite nicely. However, I have recently bagged a great job in Melbourne in a once in a lifetime opportunity. My wife is pregnant with our first child and our baby is due almost at the same time we are supposed to move to Melbourne, so the stress of moving to another city, having my first child and taking on a new job all at the same time, is really high. I have a good job here in Adelaide but our hearts (my wife and I) are quite set on Melbourne. My dilemma is – should we stay in Adelaide or move to Melbourne? – Conflicted First Time Dad

 

Dear Conflicted First Time Dad,

 

It seems to me that the answer to your dilemma is already clear to you.

Here are some questions that could help you make the correct decision for you and your family:

 

  1. How does your wife feel about the move to Melbourne? Are you in agreement as to what is best for your little family?
  2. Are you up to managing all the details moving will entail – leaving the old job and accommodations, transferring medical records, finding suitable new lodgings, taking on a new job? Do you have the strength to carry this through?
  3. And most importantly, what does your heart say?

 

Ultimately, the best advice is the one your heart tells you.

 

Hope this helped.

 

 

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Distraught Doctor

 

 

Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself.  Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

Dear Ms. Emily,

 

I am a doctor by profession, but my calling did not protect me from falling for a good for nothing husband.  We have been married for five years, stayed together for only 1 month during this time, but managed to have two kids between us.  My kids are the only saving factor in our relationship.  They are sweet, intelligent beings who deserve all my love. We are still married, and see each other on and off, despite the numerous women and lack of monetary support.  I still accept him when he comes around, and I keep on believing that he will change for me and the kids.  Am I correct in doing so?  — Distraught Doctor

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Dear Distraught Doctor,

 

Deep in your heart, I know you know the truth – that your husband will not change his erring ways for any one. If he values you and your kids, he would have made a deliberate effort to show his love and respect.

 

If you stay married for the sake of the kids, please don’t. Kids are more perceptive that we give them credit for. Do you think this irregular set-up gives them the stability and happy home life they need and deserve?

 

If you stay married because you still have feelings for the guy despite all his shortcomings, then you are either a modern day martyr, or a sucker for all things painful.

 

Have a good look at your life, a good heart-to-heart talk with the kids, and take stock of your situation. Don’t shortchange, and in the process rob yourself of the chance to find true love and your kids of a happy and content mother.

 

Perhaps now is the right time to move on.

 

Hope this helped.

 

 

 

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An abundance of Bilimbi

Dear Ms. Emily,

 

I live in an Asian country and all year long, we have an abundance of Bilimbi fruits.  Often, we just let the fruits ripen and rot since we do not have much use for them.  Can you suggest an easy way to make use of the fruit? – Clueless Mum

 

Dear Clueless Mum,

 

I am familiar with the Bilimbi fruit – green on the outside and very sour, common in most Southeast Asian countries.  It has a variety of uses such as souring agent in soup, relish, beverage, pickles and chutney.

 

The leaves of the tree can be boiled and added to bath water to remove negative energy and after effects of illness from the body, for children and adults alike.  Apparently, the fruit is also used to control cholesterol.

 

I can understand your predicament – the Bilimbi tree bears fruits profusely in both wet and dry season.  During the wet season, I find it easiest to manage the fruits by giving them away to neighbors where they are always welcome to use for native cooking.

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During the dry season, that is when it becomes more interesting.  What I suggest is to cut the fruits in half, spread them on a metal sheet and leave them out to dry under the heat of the sun.  Dried Bilimbi is expensive and you can add to your household budget by selling some of your dry goods.

 

Below is my original recipe for dried Bilimbi that even kids will love.

 

Dried Bilimbi Pasta

 

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

6 Cloves of Garlic

3 Medium Sized Onions

12 Pieces Ripe Tomatoes

Beefsteak Pepper (Roughly Ground Pepper)

A Handful of Dried Bilimbi

4 Cans Tuna

Fish Sauce

250 grams Spaghetti Pasta

 

Mince the garlic, cut the onions and tomatoes. 

Soak the dried Bilimbi and cut into very small pieces.

Drain the tuna.

Boil the pasta.

 

Saute the garlic, onions, tomatoes and bilimbi in a lot of olive oil. Add the tuna, fish sauce and roughly ground pepper. Add some water to make a good pasta sauce. Season to taste and add the cooked pasta.

 

It is an original, very straight forward and easy recipe that will make use of your extra Bilimibi fruits — healthy and kid friendly at the same time.  Your family will love it, mine does.

 

Till next time.

 

*I aspire to be justice and mercy combined.