The first week of 2015 presents me with a nasty viral infection. Suffice it to say that it’s not an ideal start to a new year. I’m body down with a high fever and body aches that make me writhe through the next few sleepless nights. You have to understand that I’m not one of those people who get sick; the last time I got sick was in 2009 when I had dengue.
Speaking of dengue, I’m tested for it too. I have to take three blood tests before our doctor is convinced that I’m okay: no dengue but lots of rest, please. And might I request some ice for these puncture wounds, please?
This is an important year for me: in May, it will be the 10th anniversary of Dessert Comes First. Yes, really.
Feels like forever? Or just yesterday?
There’s much that has changed and much that I’m doing to prepare for the anniversary. But there’s a malaise I still feel, an illness tracing trails in my psyche. I’ll be back, just as soon as I feel better again.
Illustrated above: from malunggay leaves to papaya leaves to this latest dengue cure-all, tawa tawa leaves. Steep the leaves in hot water and then drink up. A good friend of mine happened to have a neighbor who was more than kind enough to provide a bunch of the herbal greens. Possessing a flavor that reminds me of pandan, I prefer this over the papaya leaves I was forced to drink the last time I had dengue.