It’s about now where some panic sets in. Week 3. I realise by labelling my blogs this way, I’ve inadvertently started counting the weeks that have passed and I’ll never get back. Did I spend them wisely?!
My mild panic has indicated…. I don’t think so.
It’s been 3 weeks since 2018 started and there are still so many things I have left outstanding. How did we get here already?
Paris & Rome
I need to spend more time with Paris. Rome requires so much supervision with all his biting everything, that Paris just gets left to his own devices. He doesn’t break or bite a thing. He doesn’t even walk off his play area even though it’s unfenced. He just behaves but this does mean he gets left unsupervised a LOT.
Tony doesn’t spend any time with him either because he’s scared of Tony and will often run and hide. I don’t want him feeling neglected so I’m going to spend more time with him in the evenings. For the past 2 nights I’ve lay down in his area so he can come and say hello if he wants. He’s a “I’m happy to hang out with you in the same space but don’t touch me!” type of bunny. For now I’ll just have to be happy with his whiskers tickling my face when he comes to sniff my head as I lie on the floor.
I’ve let Rome run around the bedroom again and he loves sleeping under the bed or between the wall and the bedhead and he hasn’t bitten the bed at all. Phew! Progress.
Lastly, when I took them to the vet, they weighed in at almost 1.5kg each. Vet said it was a healthy weight so I increased their pellets according to their weight (25g per kilo in body weight). I’ve upped their feed from 25g to 37g each of pellets.
I don’t know but they’re now starting to look fat to me. Rome’s got his double chin back but I’d rather that than feel his bones. However, the other day, Tony saw Paris and said “OMG! He’s so FAT!!!” So I guess it wasn’t just my perception.
So, I may have to watch them now. There’s nothing worse than a fat rabbit… if they get too fat they can’t clean themselves properly which means I will have to clean their bums. I’d rather put them on a diet.
I also want to get them partners. They’ll do so much better psychologically if they were husbuns to their own honeybuns (see what I did there? Somebunny is getting into her bunny parent terminology) but alas, we cannot. Not until we get a bigger place. #goals
After our adventures with the broken washing machine, I’ve mostly caught up with the laundry. You don’t understand what a feat this was. It’s a very carefully organised number of washes per day, every day that I can do to balance out hanging space and length of time required for drying.
There are rabbits’ sheets and floor rugs as well as our sheets, Tony’s wet yoga gear (because as of now, I haven’t been to yoga for almost 3 months) and all our clothes plus all our holiday clothes and the filthy state in which we received the rabbit carriers. There is limited hanging space and everything takes 1-2 days to dry. It’s getting there. By this weekend, I’ll be back on track.
Joy & Tones
We went to a friend’s birthday dinner at Jaimie’s Italian in Angel and I got to try a Karma Cola (sweetened with stevia, #drinknoevil). I liked it but nobody else who tried it did. They said it was like drinking flat Coke. Tones doesn’t like the stevia aftertaste. Never mind.
Dinner was better than expected (I kind of expect Jaimie’s restaurant food to taste like food you’d cook at home but this was better than that!), the service was good and we got to catch up with people we hadn’t seen in YEARS.
I’ve started learning Chinese (Mandarin). God help me. Wo bu hui shuo Putonghua or any Chinese for that matter. Although it’s in my blood, my tongue and ears don’t register and cannot produce the same sounds in the same tones. I’ve done one lesson. My brain hurts.
The rest of the week has been catching up with / connecting with friends and family online, eating Chinese takeaway and watching movies. You know, really going sedentary so that I can give my body a real shock when I go back to yoga…. whenever that will be. I know… it’s all or nothing with me!
Oh… and I made my own #organic #vegan #rawchocolate 🙂
I used equal portions of cacao butter, coconut oil and cacao powder, sweetened to taste with raw lavender honey.
Do hashtags actually work on blogs? Who knows. As promised, I’ve added pictures to my blog. Hope they helped!!!
PS – It’s been 3 weeks since coming back… so here are a few pictures to prove we did actually go on holidays – we went to Philippines and Hong Kong.
This photo was taken from the top of Mt Tapyas which isn’t really a mountain…. at least it didn’t feel like one. It was much easier to climb (it was just a lot of stairs) than the likes of Scafel Pike and Ben Nevis.
It shows Coron, Palawan in the background. The place where my grandfather spent much of his later life / time running a Shell petrol station which, in his day, was pretty much the only petrol station in all of Coron.
Before, I’d feel safe because I couldn’t get lost. No matter where I was, all I had to say to anyone was “Shell Petrol Station” or my grandfather’s name and everyone would know a) to make sure they looked after me and b) exactly where I lived to take me home.
These days, there is no Shell petrol station and there are many petrol stations competing for business and the town proper is bustling with tourists who are looking to do island hopping and scuba diving.
There are now a number of restaurants and hotels. Even the dirt road from airport to town is concrete and instead of riding in on a jeepney, there are air-conditioned minivans! It has changed a lot since my visits in the past. Nothing was recognisable, not even the petrol station.
It’s been 17 years since my grandfather passed away and 11 years since my last visit. This time around, I was just another tourist.
Oh…. and every time I’ve visited in the past, the water is blue and so is the sky but it doesn’t look that way in the picture because this day was in-between typhoons. One just ended the day before and another was on its way. Plus Tones and I had just emerged from 3 days bedridden with fever. We felt we needed to get out since it stopped raining and it was our last day in Coron!
This next picture is from Maquinit Hot Springs. I visited Coron when these Hot Springs were nothing but hot water bubbling from the ground and a few rocks were planted on the sand to form a basic pool. The hot water would over flow into the sand and into the sea. The water was HOT!!!! Plus, there was only us there. It was like having your own private Jacuzzi.
Now there are several pools, walkways, ramps, toilets, change rooms and of course, ENTRY FEE and a tonne of tourists. The water was a little warmer than lukewarm. I suspect it’s because the big pool is no longer close to source and you would need to sit in the smaller pools for that. Except…. there were too many people!
We managed to find a nook where none (people/tourists) could be seen on camera. There was a young couple and someone else’s kids running around, only half a meter away. The photo looks much more peaceful and intimate than that right?
I actually love that I got to know Coron without all the hoo-hah and have those memories of it too. You see a glimpse of what that was like here. It’s still a lot of grey clouds but at least you get the hint of blue 🙂
Lastly, proof we were in Hong Kong. We arrived there Christmas eve. So Tony sent this photo to many when he wished them a Merry Christmas. We stayed at the YMCA which was recommended by a friend. Loved the view. It was perfect.
Unfortunately we were never around or in our room to see the Christmas light show which happened every evening we were in Hong Kong! Can you imagine? They closed the streets (from cars) for this. People would travel and crowd up along the harbour side to see this. We had comfy , unimpeded seats/views from our hotel room and we weren’t there!!
That’s like having a front on view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge during New Years and not being there for the fireworks. Ridiculous….
Anyway… we spent time with family which was more important.
Until next week….