Joys of Having Furkids…

As you can tell from the title that I love having furkids, especially dogs. Yes, I love them so much that I have 2 – Laurent, a French Bulldog and Saint, a Pocket Beagle. I honestly would have been so lonely if it wasn’t for them. I never ever pictured that when I move out from my parents’ place that I’d be staying alone but, I’ve lived alone for the past 2 years ever since my ex moved out. Since my Mom passed away last month, I’ve gotten my dad to move in with me as I know that he wouldn’t be okay living alone as he was very, very, very attached to my Mom.

Laurent + Saint keeps me busy everyday with feeding them breakie first thing in the morning when I get up and then of course I have to clean up after they’ve both gone potty. Because I don’t feed them kibbles, I have to prepare their breakfast + dinner right before I feed them. They have been on raw diet since early last year as Laurent has been struggling a lil with some food allergies since June 2019 when she was 2+ years old.

Talking about food allergies, I got her to take an allergen test last year which was on the pricey side. To my horror, she’s allergic to pumpkin which was one of the healthy choice of vegetable that I’ve been feeding her + the protein and other vegie for a really long time. So, I immediately removed pumpkins from her diet. So, ever since I’ve been feeding her beef tenderloin that’s cubed. I will try giving her lamb too eventually. It seems that it has sorted out her slight allergies. So, YAY!!

One thing that I feel bad about is not bringing them out for walkies like I used to when I had help. One thing I think many do not know about me is, I’m very anal about hygiene/cleanliness. Therefore, after each walks and before they can get back into the car, I wash their lil paws and once we get home, they get a full shower. So, that being said, it’s quite tricky to do it all by myself. So, what I have been doing is, I play fetch with them to ensure they get enough runs in to stay healthy. I also forgot to mentioned that they do zoomies and chase each other around the house every day. I’ve spoken to my dad and after the MCO 2.0/Lockdown has been lifted, I’d like to bring them to the park for walkies. I know they miss going out.

A month before my Mom lost her battle to cancer, I had a few breakdowns or better known as anticipatory grief and the furkids were always there keeping me company. They would look at me and sit quietly next to me while I pet them. That definitely gave me some comfort. I read that dogs can read humans emotions and I would have to agree with this as this wasn’t the first time that I was comforted by them. In the past, Cookie my Shih Tzu comforted me too when I was sad. How can you not love them?

XoXo, VAS

Dearest Mom…

Dearest Mom,

If you could hear me or read this. This is for you. It’s been slightly over a month since you’ve left us. A day doesn’t go by without me thinking about you, missing you and our time together. I miss our daily conversations about almost anything under the sun. Honestly, somedays I still secretly hope that this was all just a dream, a bad dream that I’ll wake up from and you’ll still be here, healthy and doing well. I know that’s me being in denial about things.

I’m sorry for my breakdowns and tears. I can’t control them as much as I hate crying. You know I’ve never cried in public and always only cried when I was alone. But, you saw me crying a week before you left and you told me, “Don’t cry, don’t cry…” while you laid there in your hospital bed holding onto my hand. That was our last conversation we had before you stopped talking and laid there asleep for the balance of your numbered days.

This was the last pic we took together while we waited for the first MCO announcement last year. You insisted we took this wefie. πŸ™‚

To be honest, I regretted not cutting your nails for you 2 days before you left us, I really wanted to but, I forgot to bring the nail clipper to the hospital. I know your whole life you were very particular about your hair and your nails. I hope you’re not mad at me for not grooming your nails one last time. It makes me cry when I think that I failed to give you the best when I could have.

Also, I’m sorry that there were days when I just didn’t know what to say or do to make you feel better. I felt so lost and confuse when I saw you in the condition that you were in. But, I’m sure that your situation was tough to for you.

I know we have our differences and our bad days before your situation got bad but, we surely had our good moments and days where we laugh so hard and we were one happy family. You were always there with your hand out for me when I fell down. You scolded, nagged me but, forgave me and accepted me for my weaknesses as any good mother would do. Thank you for always being there for me, loving me unconditionally and making me the lady that I am today. I know when you’re mad at me, you used to say, “You failed as a mother…”. I want to tell you that you did not. You were a good mother that anyone would be lucky to call, “Mommy”. I was lucky enough to have you in my life and I wouldn’t changed it for anything but, only wished that you had a long life because there is so many more things that I wish I could have done for you.

I love you Mommy and I hope that someday you’ll give me a sign that you’re doing well and that we’ll meet again someday.

XoXo, VAS

MCO 2.0 (Movement Control Order)…

Malaysia is implementing Lockdown Round 2 or better known as MCO 2.0 which started on the 13th of January till 26th of January 2021. I’m sure that it will extend though based on previous experience last year. So, what do we know from it? What are the SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) ?

  1. No traveling.
  2. No social gatherings.
  3. Travel limited to 10km radius from home.
  4. 2 pax per car.
  5. Only takeaways are allowed for the food sector (Restaurants & Eateries).
  6. Supermarkets, Healthcare services, Banks are allowed to operate.
  7. Gyms and Pool to be closed.

To be honest, I’m okay with this. I have no complains about it. I know the Furkids are happier too as I’ll be at home more since we can’t go out to eat during this time. I’ve started going through my old clothes and have collected those that I no longer can wear or doesn’t spark any joy and have decided to recycle them by giving it to the Lady that cleans the corridors of my service suite. I’m definitely spending this at home time cleaning and clearing the place. Decluttering clears the mind right? πŸ˜›

What are you doing to keep yourself busy during this Lockdown?

XoXo, VAS

Tiffany & Co. Collection…

I’m sure most of you reading this blog entry is familiar with the brand – Tiffany & Co.. The company was founded in 1837 by the jeweler Charles Lewis Tiffany and became famous in the early 20th century under the artistic direction of his son Louis Comfort Tiffany. The company operates retail outlets in the Americas, Asia, Japan, and Europe. It sells jewelry, sterling silver, china, crystal, stationery, fragrances, water bottles, watches, personal accessories, and leather goods. Tiffany is known for its luxury goods, particularly its diamond and sterling silver jewelry.

The first time I ever stepped foot into the KLCC, Kuala Lumpur outlet was in 2012 and I was intrigued to see so many pretty pieces of jewelry. I fell in love with the brand and that day, I walked out those heavy doors with my very first Tiffany Blue Box + Paperbag. My then BF had purchased a dainty silver must have bracelet as our 1st Anniversary present. I couldn’t believe that I had a Tiffany piece TBH.

9 years has passed and I’ve collected quite a number of pieces from the luxury brand. The quality is impeccable and the service is good. My Sales Associate (SA) is also super helpful, patient and sweet. I highly recommend that you look for Sonia if you visit the Pavilion. Kuala Lumpur outlet. She used to be at KLCC but have moved to the Pavilion outlet now.

Part of my Tiffany’s collection…

Most will question why does Tiffany charge so much for their silver pieces compared to say, Thomas Sabo, Pandora or your typical kiosk selling silver pieces? My answer would be, it’s the quality of their silver, craftmanship, workmanship, service and brand standards that each piece promises. Also, their silver doesn’t tarnish as fast as Pandora pieces based on my own personal experience with both brands.

These days, I prefer getting their Rose Gold or White Gold pieces due to wanting to build my own family heirloom collection plus I think I’m at the age where I should be classier than ever.

What’s your favourite brand? Please leave your comment below. πŸ˜€

XoXo, VAS