Sunday, April 29, 2018

Stop and Smell the Coffee

It was more than a month ago, March 10, 2018 to be exact when my dad fell off the stairs.  He was confined in a hospital for series of tests for 2 days and he was released as everything "seems fine".

As much as the results were all good, dad became restless, he can't move much due to pain and his usual activities which he does on his own is turning out to be a major challenge.

Fast forward to 2 weeks after the fall, I visited him as usual to feed him and give him some TLC (massage!).  I asked him what he wanted to eat - noodles, rice or congee.  And all I heard was mumble.  He can't seem to speak anymore.  

We brought him to the Emergency Room and we learned his left brain suffered stroke and his speech was the first target.  The news drained me - I felt like a kid all over again.  I wanted to cry but I needed to stay strong at the same time.  

Everyday seems to go by pretty quickly.  My usual crazy schedule became crazier as I need to insert hospital visits in between mommy duties.  It was tiring - yes, but it was something me and my siblings chose to do!

There's always a silver lining (as they say), true enough, there is a glimmer of light!  My dad is currently home and settled, he is still having difficulties in communicating and we need help with Speech Therapy but at least, I know he's safer! 

But, as for any machine - in my case, my body.  Overwork means my body is finally going downhill.  I have difficulties waking up in the morning and I feel sleepy and tired midday.  Don't worry, I'm not depending on coffee to give me the instant boost of energy, I actually stopped drinking for quite some time surviving some days without coffee or maximum of 1 cup a day!  That's a huge change considering I'm a 3-4 cups drinker!

Top: SM Woman
Pants: Zalora
Shoes: Shoegar
Today, I realized that I need to slow down a bit.  While waiting for my son in school, I've decided to OPEN my laptop not to work but to write this personal post to share with you that my life, other peoples' lives and YOUR life isn't perfect.  We are all carrying a certain baggage on a daily basis but we try our best to put a "happy mask" on our faces because life needs to goes on! 

The world won't stop just for you. 

With my dad's stroke episode and my mom's near-death experience several years ago, I realized, I need to STOP and SMELL the COFFEE (Figuratively).  We need to stop and enjoy life because we may never know when our coffee will get bitter or worst, stale!  

And since we're on the topic of coffee, the relaxation happened at Figaro Coffee Banawe, it wasn't the greatest place to "tambay" as the electric plugs aren't working and at some point (or some area of the room at 2nd floor), it gets hot with the sun coming through.


Enjoy life, don't fret on small issues and just enjoy and savor each moment.

Chicken Embutido

Chicken and Mushroom Carbonara

How's life treating you?

Do you stop and smell the coffee?

Keep smilin'
Stay happy!


  1. Hi Nikki! Glad to know your dad is okay now.☺ Praying that you also get the opportunity to rest and spend more time on yourself and your family. *hugs!*

    1. Thanks Dinna, I super appreciate this message and super appreciate your friendship! Love you!


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