The deadly diagnosis

This blog is about Toby, my pet dog.

His name was Toby.

He was my life, my friend, my companion, my pet dog, my everything.

We did everything together, from going on walks, car rides, begging quietly for crumbs at our mealtime (even though he just got fed), sun-bathing and sharing one bed, tucked under the same duvet.

Toby was drastically taken from me 14 days after being diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma, an aggressive cancer in dogs. I did not know this word and until today, I still do not know how to get the syllabus right.

Hemangiosarcoma is an aggressive type ofcancerthat can affect organs where blood vessels are present. Toby had a massive tumour in his heart that caused internal bleeding to his kidneys and abdomen. The vet suggested euthanization.

This blog is about celebrating Toby’s life as well as registering each and every day he was alive from the day he was diagnosed.

I grieved hugely…

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My new grapefruit tree

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A new season, a new beginning.

When I was undergoing an extremely challenging time some thirty years ago, my Dad told me,

“What appears to be the end is just a new beginning.”

My beloved Dad left me last December and as I now undergo yet another challenging time, his words rang in my ears.

Reminders of his words, in fact, came from seeing grapefruits in my garden.

Such beautiful irony.

In our previous house, we had a big grapefruit tree.  We loved that tree.  Those grapefruits were one of the best I ever tasted.  From its bounty, we ate them with brown sugar (so juicy and refreshing), drank as fresh juices, used in cooking recipes and made many jars of chutneys.  If only we could take that grapefruit tree with us when we moved.

Now after three (or maybe four) years, this new grapefruit tree of mine finally…

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Celery Meat Loaf wrapped in bacon

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My dinner tonight.

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This recipe is an adaption from the traditional meatloaf.  Rather than an all meat recipe, I added celery to make it balanced with vegetables and meat.  This recipe is simple and gets you a hearty meal in an hour.  While waiting for the loaf to bake, you can prepare your accompanying dish of mashed potatoes or kumara.  Alternatively, this loaf goes well with couscous.

Ingredients
500gm premium minced beef
500gm streaky bacon
4-6 stalks celery sliced into pieces
1 big onion cut into small pieces
50gm feta cheese
50gm tasty cheese (or cheddar or any flavor of your choice) – cut into strips
3 eggs to be added into the meat & celery mixture
1 egg to be beaten with half a cup of milk as topping for the mixture
Half a cup of breadcrumbs
3 tablespoon BBQ sauce
A dash of pepper (optional)
1 tablespoon turmeric (optional)

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A day trip to Raglan

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The weather has been so nice this long Easter Weekend.  Thank you, Sun. ☀️

We took the opportunity to visit beautiful Raglan on a day trip.

Raglan is both a surfing mecca and a dramatically scenic area of black sand coastline.  Known for its bohemian atmosphere, the idyllically coastal town is just slightly over 2 hours drive from Auckland.  I was pretty much amazed to see this lively surf town with so many interesting cafes that lined the whole street.

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We took a walk around the Raglan domain, also known as Kopua Doman (Te Kopua beach) strolling across the footbridge from the town.  Time passes quickly seeing the young and not so young (certainly very brave) kids playing at the Skateboard Park.

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Next stop was Ngararunui Beach, a surfing beach and looks like a beautiful place to watch the sunset too (will definitely do that another time).  Located 5km west…

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Goodbye Papa

Remembering my dearly beloved Papa.

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It was quick and sudden.

My loving and kind papa left us
before I had a chance
to hold his hands.
To tell him that it’s ok
and that he will get well soon.

Goodbye Papa.

You left us so peacefully.
We know you are now in a better place
with no worries, no sickness, no death.
A place of eternal life
and everlasting joy.

Your love for us will remain
warm in our hearts,
yesterday, today, tomorrow
and forevermore.

Remembering Papa Kho Yong Pheng (1928 – 2018)

Sharing below the eulogy for our dearly beloved dad, delivered by his grandsons this morning 2 Jan 2019.

Presented by Joel

As sad as today is, we’re here to celebrate the life of our husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. We call him by many names – Kong Kong, Yea Yea, 3 Cek but whatever we called him, he would always answer with…

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