Reminiscences of Mid Autumn


I've gone for an unintentional hiatus for the past three months. It felt like three years! I missed food, cooking, food photography, writing, and most importantly, I missed all my blogger friends and the fun I used to have with you guys. Well, I am back and all ready to go! My copy of "Coffee Cakes" is gathering dust and I am guilty as heck! Felt like I wanted to sum up my last three months, so here's the whole gist. 


I've just started a new job, which takes some getting used to. It wasn't difficult and I enjoyed the fact that I am no longer in the field of education, sandwiched between the faculty and the undergraduates. While working presents its own set of responsibilities, adding to that was the fact that my cat collapsed after a few nights of agonized crying. My darling kitty was so sick we had to rush him to the 24 hours animal clinic in the middle of the night, with him crying all the way to the hospital and us feeling so miserable that I can help but cried as well. He had bladder stone, and as any feline owners out there know, it is potentially life threatening, and the treatment was not at all pleasant, to say the least. He was anaethesized, plugged with catheter, hooked up with IV and warded for 5 nights. The night before we left the hospital, we tearfully said goodbye to an immobilized cat whose eyes were filled with so much pain and fear, we were so afraid we will never see him again. 


Thankfully, he survived the five day ordeal, albeit very much weaker and thinner, and we brought him home only bring him back to the vet again few days later - he caught a fever and his lungs were congested. Another round of shots and a few weeks worth of medicine, plus a lifetime on prescription cat food is what he had to look forward to in his life, and up until this day he dislike his prescription cat food so much that we fish-coated the food to make him eat it. 


And then there was the Mid Autumn Festival, which was filled with mooncakes, lanterns, family reunions and the beautiful full moon. It was also the most emotional month of the year -  after sharing the final piece of mixed nuts mooncake over Chinese tea with my dearest amma, she passed away not long after, peacefully. Prior to that, I've never really like mixed nuts mooncakes. But as time goes by, I came to appreciate the complex mixed nuts mooncakes with its myriads of fillings and concoction of flavours. It reminded me of the past, of childhood long gone, and the memories of my belated amma. 


It has been eight years, but the memories are still fresh. We always talked about her during our conversations, as if she was still alive and around. No doubt she is alive and well, deep in our hearts.


The cat has been with us for four years, and this ordeal with him taught us that nothing is permanent in life. We should cherish what we have right now. 

And lastly - I am back!  

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  1. So glad that you are back! Welcome back!!
    Sorry to hear about your cat. Poor thing. We just feel so helpless in these situations. Hope he gets better soon.

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    1. Hi Anuja! I am glad to be back too. Thanks for your well wishes!

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  2. Glad that cat is better now. I knew that sinking feeling, as my cat also has been out of the hospital and now we have to force feed her through a tube....just waiting but meanwhile we just give her all our love and prayers.

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    1. Hi Elaine, thanks for your concern. My cat too, was fed through tube, and it was difficult times. Hope that your cat recovers soon too. Lotsa love and prayers for the cats.

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  3. Welcome back! What a traumatic experience with your cat! Now that he is back in your home, with your TLC, I'm sure he will recover real soon.
    Take care!

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  4. Welcome back!!! Glad that everything works well for you eventually in your past hectic months. We will be sad if you are not blogging again.

    Hope that your cat recover well :D

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    1. Thanks Zoe!

      I am glad to be back too!

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  5. glad to see a post from you. Hope your kitty is getting better and stronger now. I have a dog at home now, she's been with me for 10 years already and now got a very bad infection on her elbow, the sad thing is that not much can be done anything on it, not even surgery..so now ..i dont know ..i just want to spend more time with her while she's living...

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    1. Dear Lena,

      I am sorry to hear about your dog. I am sure she is part of the family, and it is very sad if something happens to her. Our pets know that we love them. I agree with you, spending more time with them is the best that we could do right now.

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  6. Hi Jocelyn, dropping by your blog for the first time. I am looking fwd to co-hosting "Cook Like a Star" with both you and Zoe in December. :)

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