Wish List

It’s the season of giving and of wanting to get more than to give. Here are some things I know I’m not going to get (I and the people around me are not really gift-y people) but would love to receive. I’m putting this list together because I’m materialistic and self-centered! Also, I have time.

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Physiogel Cleanser I love it because it cleans the face without drying it out like most other cleansers do. (The worst one I tried was Celeteque. No matter how little I used on my face, my skin always felt dry and tight afterwards–like I had invisible taffy pullers pulling at my skin from both sides.) Also, this is the least selfish wish on this list because I can share it with my son. (image source)

Light Planner These things are gorgeous. I bought my first one last month and I just adore it–from the colors and the layout to the paper itself. There are no dates so you decide when to begin, which days to leave out (you know, in case you want to make it a strictly-work-only planner, etc), and how much space to use for each day. There are no lines except in the last portion which can be used for notes, and the top left area of each spread (probably intended for weekly goal-setting or something similar). It’s the best planner I’ve ever had so I want an additional one for when I have to switch planners in October 2017. (image source)

Airtight Food Container I want this because 1.) I plan on bringing fruits and veggies at work as baon now; and 2.) it’s a nanay/manang fantasy (I was going to say “ultimate” fantasy but that would mean a whole set of containers, not just one!) (image source)

A Better Fish Home Here I go again about my nameless Betta fish that I get too emotional about. Right now he’s in a tiny fish bowl with some pebbles and a few Elodea stalks that I bought from Bio Research. Soon I’ll get a bigger tank, add more plants, and install a pump and a filter in it so he and I can enjoy each other’s company for a longer time. (image source)

Gift Certificates I’d love to get gift certificates from 1.) bakeries or stores that sell sinfully yummy cakes; 2.) SM Department Store, 3.) National Bookstore; and 4.) any grocery! (image source)

Accordion Folder I get so obsessive over files and paperwork. I have this old accordion folder where all of my documents are stored and organized into neatly labeled pockets. It’s one of the few things I am proud of in my life (hahaha!). Everything’s there–birth and baptismal certificates, clearances, IDs, medical certificates, work documents, birthday cards, and more. It’s still in one piece, but it’s pretty beat up. (image source)

Ube Halaya from A Taste of Heaven We buy ours from one of the stalls that stand in front of Hypermarket in SM North EDSA (Main building). I can’t recall the name of the stall. I’m not even sure if they are indeed standing in front of the supermarket. My sense of direction is almost nonexistent. I’m pretty sure I can’t find my way out of a straight tunnel on my own. The stall is located along the hall leading to the direction of SM Annex. It’s standing opposite Goldilocks, I think. For some reason, although I’m not sure about any of the details, I find it each time. My sweet tooth is smarter than I am. (image source)

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I’m Serious About This Fish Thing

I did say in a previous post that we had five pet fish in the house–four little orange ones of a breed I don’t know, and a Betta. Two days ago, that population was reduced to just one–the Betta.

Last Tuesday morning, I held the wide-mouthed fish food container sideways towards my son and asked him to take a pinch of pellets out and drop them in the bowl . I didn’t think anything could go wrong. We had done this countless times. For some reason, though, Jed decided to be a little playful with how he put his fingers in the container. I’m not entirely sure how it happened, but he ended up accidentally dropping way more pellets than needed.

From where I was standing, it didn’t look like an alarming and dangerous amount. I thought about changing the water anyway, but I was running late for work so I just decided to change the water when I got back.

While I was at work, I did not get a single call or text that the water had turned murky. Or that the small fish had all died! When I saw the fish bowl that night, it looked like a bowl of sinigang. The small fish were only visible because they were floating right by the glass. The Betta, which was still alive and swimming very slowly, could only be seen if it happened to swim close enough to the glass. The water looked that bad and it reeked.

I rushed downstairs and transferred the Betta into a jar of clean water I had prepared for changing and gave it some food. I wasn’t really sure if I was supposed to feed it. I was just panicking at that point. After I cleaned the bowl (with my tears!), I put him back in it and that’s when I noticed that his appearance had changed.

His fins and tail, which used to be a combination of red, orange, and violet, had turned gray. They looked translucent and frail, like sheets of paper that were about to tear. His body had turned mostly black and only had very little of its normal blue color remaining near the head. But the little guy kept swimming. It was a bit slower than his normal pace, but he was swimming.

The following day, I was happy to see that he had recovered all of his beautiful colors and was himself again. I tried explaining to my son that the feeding incident killed the small fish. I don’t think he understands, though. This morning, he was still looking for the other fish.

I, on the other hand, am officially adopting this Betta.

Fish Story

Today is fish bowl wash day. It’s a big deal because I haven’t gotten over the fact that a fish slipped down the drain during last week’s cleaning because of me.

We’ve had them since November 1. My sister and her boyfriend gave my son Jed a little bowl with five tiny orange fish of a breed I can’t recall. When one of them died, the owner of the nearby pet shop suggested we add one of the bigger fish they had in there. I can’t recall the name but it had “fight” in it. We decided to get it because Jed liked it and it had the same food and feeding pattern as the orange ones.

Based on the Google search results, the new fish may be a kind of the Siamese fighting fish, commonly known as the Betta fish. That sounds about right because the results also mention something that the shop owner said: that the Betta is notoriously territorial and you shouldn’t keep it in the same aquarium with another Betta.

Jed’s day 1 with the little fishies. (I know, I know it’s cruel and unhealthy to keep fish in a bowl without a pump and a filter but I’m working hard to keep their water clean until I can move them to a better home!)
Today, post-wash. The orange ones swim close to the surface and they move too fast so you can only see one orange blur in each photo. That big one is the Betta. Its body is metallic blue and the fins and tail are a combination of red, orange, and violet, I think.

And no, no fish died today. I really hope that doesn’t happen again because the fish are a great way to teach kids about responsibilities and chores.

Plus I do like them myself. 🐟