Ginataang Kalabasa and My Aging Eyesight

The optometrist broke the news yesterday.

I went to the Land and Transportation Office in Quezon City to renew my driver’s license and passing an eyesight test was one of the requirements.

If it was not for that, I would have not known that my right eyesight is not as clear as it used to be. I could not literally read the Alphabets in the eyesight test where fonts were not as big as my hand. The optometrist said I needed corrective lenses when driving.

I got shocked because I used to submit myself to a general medical checkup annually when I was still employed in Manila and always, I get a fit-to-work mark after every medical test, eyesight test included. I always had 20-20 vision and my eyesight felt so young through the years.

My yearly meetings with the doctor stopped when we moved to Singapore two years ago. I thought it was highly expensive to do it there and would instead do it in Manila when on vacation. But for some reason, excuses actually, I always fail to go for medicals here in Manila.

My aging eyesight had set the red flag and clearly, I need to continue having medical checks to keep myself healthy and sound, wherever I maybe and whatever is the cost as prevention is always better than cure as the old adage says.

Maybe I had been exhausting my eyes too much on iPad since I had one few years ago.

Maybe I did not inherit the good vision genes my mom and other two older siblings have.

Maybe I did not eat as much fruits and vegetables with Vitamin A.

Oh well, whatever it is, I would still go to an optometrist later to recheck my eyes and maybe wear glasses soon. For now, I will cook Ginataang Kalabasa and enjoy everything I see around me, blurry or not.

Kalabasa, by the way, is a good source of Vitamin A which promotes good eyesight. It has high concentrations of beta carotene and lutein which help to prevent the onset of cataract and age-related blindness.

Here’s my yummylicious Ginataang Kalabasa easy recipe.


Kalabasa, cut into cubes
String Beans, cut into pieces
Shrimps, shell out – tail on
Coconut Milk
Garlic and Onions

1 Blanch Kalabasa in boiling water for 2-3 minutes. Set aside.

2 Sauté garlic and onions, add shrimps until slightly cooked. Put coconut cream and bagoong then simmer for 3 minutes.

3 Add string beans and the blanched Kalabasa. Cook until vegetables are tender, then it is ready to serve.

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