4 Reasons Why I Don’t Have a Printer–Yet

When you have a PC at home, you’re expected to have a printer. In fact, that’s a given. After all, majority of the computer shops these days sell their units as a bundle.

But I don’t have one–for the last 3 to 4 years. That doesn’t mean I don’t find myself wishing for Epson Stylus SX425W. Every time I feed on the idea, however, I’m always reminded of these:

It’s not a necessity. I don’t have Kinect, iPad, plasma TV, or DSLR even if I want to simply because I don’t find them too essential in my life. And a printer for me is not a basic need because . . .

My parents have one. I’ve been married for 4 years now, and still I spend almost all my weekends with my parents, which I really love. For the past few months, we’ve been eating out a lot, but if we’re at home, I now have the best time to print whatever I want.

It’s less spending. I know my expenses will not end once I buy a printer. Instead, it’s just the beginning. I now have to shell out cash for ink and paper, and mind you, over time they won’t come out cheap.

It’s more environment friendly. The fewer papers I use, the more trees I save. Well, that’s how I see it, anyway.

Then again, if the first reason doesn’t hold true anymore, my desk is always ready for a brand-new shiny printing machine.

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Getting Sicko over Being Sick

I’m sick. It started out as colds that progressed into flu and then cough and mild asthma attacks for the past few days. It’s always been like that. These three ALMOST ALWAYS go together.

That’s why I hate being sick. While others can already recover in three days or less, mine lasts for at least a week. That’s more than 5 days of almost doing nothing, hoping that by minimizing my activities I can bounce back to my good life as soon as possible.

It doesn’t help some medications are plain awful, but you take them anyway because they work. This antibiotic, for example, is giving me stomach cramps all the time; yet I can’t eat fully, or else, I’ll feel more pain. The other makes me groggy and so lethargic I’m close to becoming the ultimate queen of the couch potatoes.

Today, I’m feeling a lot better than the past two days or so. But until my body feels the energy surging once again, it’s still a waiting game for me–my life temporary on hold.

Meatless Monday and Century Tuna Bangus

Last Monday, I decided to go back to Meatless Monday, and I thought I was creative enough. I came up with this:

I bought the vegetables for only 25 pesos in SM. I stir-fried them and added some eggs–then I put in lots of black pepper and turmeric simply because I love them. Then I drizzled patis.

After a few bites of broccoli and cauliflower, I know “my recipe” didn’t work. It tanked. So I ended up eating half of my husband’s dinner instead (which was sinful, trust me).

The next day, though, I opted to make up. It’s no longer a vegetable recipe, but I gave our new find a try: Century Premium Boneless Baby Bangus.

Get this for less than 150 pesos in your nearest grocery store.

Now, this is such a no-brainer food. This kind is already marinated, so all you need to do is to thaw the fish without removing it from its vacuum-sealed pack (I usually let it sit outside the freezer but still inside the ref for half a day and get it out only when I’m about to cook).

Afterward, remove how many fish you need (since we’re only 2, one is enough), then fry! It’s. That. Easy. Here’s how the fish looked like, by the way:

I didn’t want to jinx this, so I followed the instructions to a T: fry the belly first for around 5 minutes and the skin for around 3 minutes. So in less than 10, we already have a gorgeous dinner dish.

How does it taste? It isn’t salty, and the meat is really soft. But it’s quite heavy on the vinegar. You might want to make a toyo sauce if you prefer to add some saltiness. As for us, we actually liked the way it is.

I am not giving up on Meatless Monday, though. I might even try Gazpacho next week. In the meantime, we’ll dine on more Baby Bangus since we had 2 left. Yes, the whole pack is economical too.