Today, I declared Pet Day at the studio. The first time I ever did it. I'm known to shoot people and their relationships. I like shooting the happy, documenting friendships, love and family. I love photographing a father's love for his first baby girl, a mother's love for her already-grown children, a toddler's love for his parents. But after I photographed Cris and Bratley, I wanted to explore the love between owner and pet. Hmmm. This probably stemming out of curiosity (my Psychology degree finally getting some use haha) why pet owners do consider their pets as their babies and why they love them animals unconditionally. Okay, I also want to know what I'm missing.

You see, I'm no pet owner. I've had a few dogs in my childhood but nothing serious. They're our family's communal dogs, so I never really got the chance to take care of them on a really personal level. But this afternoon, I think I'm learning to understand why pet owners love their pets to a glorious extent. I guess it is because of the things the pets stand for: loyalty, trust, unconditional love, happiness. No pet can hold a grudge, or judge you for your internal battles. No pet will leave you. They listen. And they just love you without interjecting past or future references. So after seven pets, I'm tired as crazy. My clothes, fur-filled but I'm happy to have documented seven happy relationships. All different. But all brimming with love. 
 
Ingridients:
2 broccoli heads
8 ounces of shitake mushrooms
8 ounces of button mushrooms
1 cup of chicken broth
4 tbsps of oyster sauce
2 cloves of garlic peeled and sliced
2 tsps cornstarch
Salt and Pepper to taste

Go:
1 Cut up mushrooms and broccoli.
2 In a bowl, mix up the broth, oyster sauce and cornstarch.
3 Wok in medium, toss in garlic 'til fragrant and them veggies. Three minutes is good.
4 Pour in the broth etc mixture.
5 Stir up 'til sauce is reduced.
6 Dinner yey!
 
So tantrums aren't just for humans. It's been said that when adolescent elephants throw tantrums, they splat themselves on mud. Hahaha. Tantrums are said to escalate among children who are 1 to 3 years old when they still don't have the capacity to communicate their frustrations. Maybe for elephants who don't have a good range of vocabulary, I guess tantrums are acceptable as a form of body language. Hahaha!
 
There's this belief that in a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 the highest; if you're a 2 at something, you can't be a 7 at it. Probably at best, you can be a 5. And if you're a 7 at something, you can be 9.

I took a strengths test and got these as my results:
I think it's quite accurate though this is not like those real psych tests we got back in college while I was taking my Psych degree. But one thing I'm sure of is that people's results do change in time.

So what about weaknesses? If you're a bit low on something, get help or well, outsource. Learning can be tedious!

If you're bad at numbers, get an accountant. If you're bad at doing chores, get help. But there are things that you just can't outsource. How about being a parent, a child or being a better spouse? You try how to be good at it if you're failing. Or maybe you ask your fiance to take a strengths test before you settle down hahaha!
 
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What's for lunch love?
Isabelle these days are more interested in our day-to-day items like forks, spoons, plates, pots, stoves, etc... So we decided to get her toys that look like our household items so she'd stop obsessing about our home stuff.

Oh, how she loves them! These two sets of cookware we both got from Toy Kingdom for less than P100 per set.

At least now she's banging on plastic instead of the real deal.

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