Oreo: Farewell Miracle Runt of the Litter (Pet Obituaries)

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There are only a handful of moments in my life that I was truly proud of.    One of it was helping you to live and raising Oreo...

I would I can still recall November 28, 2009, it was a long labor for Kiwi just for you... the last one... the litter of the runt.  You were so different from your older brothers.  Toffee, the eldest one came out easily and was already crawling confidently from the moment he was born.  Mochi, the second one was so huge and fat that you'd mistake him for a month-old instead of a newborn puppy.

But, you... lifting you off the ground scared me... You were so tiny and almost weightless... It was as if I was holding a bag full of fur. 

Worse, you were breathing faintly and thinly.  Worst, you would suddenly stop breathing.  For a week, Kurt and I took turns to watch over you and resuscitate you through chest compression or suction through bulb syringe every time you stopped breathing.

You were Kiwi's favorite.  Whenever you were being pushed around by your brothers, she would reposition herself.  She was also extra attentive inducing you digestive system.  

For weeks, you didn't grow much in weight or size. Yet, a miracle that somehow you survived weaning stage with your noisy asthmatic breathing.  And, from then on, you were able to compete with your siblings.  You opened your eyes, you stood on your four paws, you ate on your own and you grew in size.  To our surprise, you also had more spots and transformed into a bear coat flower sharpei. 

Except for your heavy breathing, you never showed anyone any sign of weakness.   You can easily fend off all six other dogs when they were playing to rough. 

 I will never forget that morning on February 17, 2020... just a day before my birthday...   You followed me intently and looked at me as if you didn't want me to leave for work...  Even though I would be late, I sat down and pat you on the head and told you "see you later" and you just kept looking at me.  I even messaged the family to pay attention to you because you were "clingy".  I should have known it was your way of bidding goodbye and that was the last moment I'd see you alive.

You were truly one of God's greatest gift to me.  For someone who is lazy and selfish like me, you have thought me the how far-reaching ones will-power and heart can be.   Even with all your infirmities and weakness, you always chose to do right thing even when its the harder thing to do. 

During your last days, we knew you had difficulty standing up.  But, you would still muster all your strength to stand up just so you could walk and even climb the stairs to pee or poo outside the house.    

Farewell my miracle runt of the litter... We had a wonderful 11 years together...
 



Sharkoon Elbrus 1 Gaming Chair: Best Budget-Friendly Yet Durable Fabric Gaming Chair

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Gaming has become an popular past time for everyone.  With the growing number of game streamers, we are familiarized not only with the latest trends but with the latest gaming gears as well.  Well, eventually we ended with the Sharkoon Elbrus 1 Gaming Chair.

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Elbrus 1 Gaming Chair Complete Package
It wasn''t an easy decision to end up buying the Sharkoon Elbrus 1 Gaming Chair package. This durable gaming chair package weight 7 kilos so yes it was challenging to bring home.
 
Of course, we also dreamed of buying the very cool Secret Lab gaming chairs that is known to be classy and sturdy as it is used by every heavy-looking game streamers.  When I checked the price online, the cheapest one is around 20,000 php (400 USD)!!!

So instead, we started checking for cheaper alternatives.  Here in Manila, many brand new and used gaming chairs are available online.  Seeing 100% of the used gaming chairs being sold having leather cracks convinced us to buy fabric gaming chairs instead. 
 
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Elbrus 1 Screw Set
We settled for the budget price of 7,500 php because at this price you could buy gaming chairs from reputable brands like the:
1. Cougar Fusion Gaming Chair at 7,500 php; or 
2. Raidmax Drakon DK706 Gaming Chair priced at 7,500 php 

However, those are made of synthetic leather.

Based on our research, the most popular fabric gaming chair is the Sharkoon SKILLER SGS2. which was above our budget at 9,500 php. 

Around November 2019, Sharkoon announced a budget-friendly line called Elbrus.  Among the products release was the Elbrus 1 Fabric Gaming Chair which perfectly fits our budget with the price tag of 7,500 php and our fabric gaming chair criteria.  More importantly, it offered the pink color variation.  Having pink gaming gears has become a popular trend now.  In fact, most gaming gears that comes in pink edition is pricier.  Also Sharkoon is a reputable German brand way older than Secretlab.  Its been around since 2003 and its gaming seats have gained awards for its unique designs.

Our nearby supplier "Dynaquest" assured us that the Elbrus 1 Pink Color is available.  But, when we got to the store to purchase, only the Blue and Green where available for order with down payment.  We were disappointed with the color but we were just to excited so we got the Blue one. 

Tip: In case you want to buy the Sharkoon brand, the price is standard so best to buy where convenient. 

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Elbrus 1 Assembly
As you can see from the photos, it comes with a complete screw set.  No need to own a toolbox!   It was also easy to assemble. It can be assembled by someone who has no experience in assembling anything within 30 minutes.

sharkoon elbrus 1 fabric gaming chair
Elbrus 1 Fabric Gaming Chair in Blue
To date, this Sharkoon Elbrus 1 Gaming Chair is being used daiuly for almost 3 months now.  It still looks brand new and the heavy duty wheel  are unaffected by the uneven wooden floors.  It rolls smoothly and unscathed too.  The arm rest tilts well and its synthetic leather is still in perfect condition too.  The user is less than the max weight load so the Polyurethane foam is still as puffy too. 

Tip: You can also buy a seat cover from online shops like Shoppee or Lazada which cost around 500 php (10 USD) for extra protection.  The stretchable large Office Computer Chair seat covers fits which one perfectly.  That is a good way to prevent dust and pet furs from sticking into it.

Overall, the Sharkoon brand deserved more popularity here in the Philippines.  As the seller shared, the Gamdias and Havit brand are selling better than this.  The only disadvantage we see with this chair is that the chair height might be too high for Asians.  The user is an Asian with a height of 5 feet and 6 inches and her feet can barely touch the ground when seating.  Other than that,  hands down the Sharkoon Elbrus 1 Gaming Chair is one of the best budget-friendly yet durable fabric gaming chairs available. 

Shū Reflexology and Foot Therapy Banawe is Now Open!

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There's a continuous growth of Chinese influence in Quezon City.  In 2005, a new China Town emerged in Banawe signified by the installation of a huge Chinese arc.  With the expansion of Chinese business establishments and residential homes in the area, Shū Reflexology and Foot Therapy Banawe sets in to provide its Chinese-style massage.

shu lion dance A few weeks ago, we were invited to the Grand Opening of Shū Reflexology and Foot Therapy Banawe.  The ceremony began with a blessing.  It was shortly followed by a Lion Dance which is believed to drive away bad luck and bring in good fortune, health and prosperity.  

shu banawe grand opening A variation of the Lion Dance is the Drunken Lion dance where bottles of coke and Red Horse are scattered on the ground and the Lion Dancers will finish them one by one leaving the bottle bottoms up.

shu banawe chinese lion  
The Lions danced their way towards the spa and gave out coins and candies.

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We also had the opportunity to tour around the place.  Like the pioneer Shu branch which we shared a few years back, it had Chinese interior that gave an overall serene feel.

shu massage theraphy Each room was very spacious and had its own unique interior.

shu couple massage There are also different types of rooms depending on the capacity.

shu couple massage room Various rooms occupy the first and second floor. 


shu couple packages There are couple rooms or rooms good for two...

shu banawe rooms Rooms for three...

shu four massage Rooms for four...


shu sparty and bigger rooms that can even cater to a sparty.

changing room Aside from rest rooms, it also offers a dedicated changing room.

Congratulations Shū Reflexology and Foot Therapy Banawe