Monday, October 27, 2008

Wanna Lose It?

A woman, no less, found out a way to lose weight, and fast. Taking cues from her own experience, she was able to put together a compound from a 3000-year old Chinese ingredient, blended it with a potent herb and came up with a slimming and body-sculpting formula the products of which can be found at . As they say: "To see is to believe." So why not give the site a visit?

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Say It Now

A friend, Hazel, e-mailed me the quote that follows. I find it so fitting with what what I am experiencing in my life right now. I hope you find wisdom in it's simple truth, too.
This is a master piece. If you have not read it take the time to read it now. If you have read it take time to read it again! It is good to keep it and read it from time to time!

Isn't it amazing that George Carlin - comedian of the 70's and 80's - could write something so very eloquent...and so very appropriate.
A Message by George Carlin:
The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways , but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.
We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.
We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often. We've learned how to make a living, but not a life. We've added years to life not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We've done larger things, but not better things.
We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.
These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete...
Remember; spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.
Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.
Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent.
Remember, to say, 'I love you' to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.
Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.
Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
If you don't send this to at least 8 people....Who cares?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

I am thankful for the strength that HE has given me so I can hurdle whatever fence is placed before me.
I am thankful for the light that Mother Mary holds for HIM so that my path will be brightened.
I am thankful for everyone who helps make my journey light, easy and enlightened.
I am thankful that I am given this chance to be thankful.

Please visit Iris for more thankful hearts.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Ah, what a night .....

I woke up in a dream, or so I thought.
It was hubby and he was almost moaning. Woke him up and asked how he was. Said he was OK. But it took a while before he could answer. Ran my hand over his back and my oh my, he was soaking wet. Nudged him to sit on the bed and noticed that he was a bit disoriented. Asked him how he was, and again he said "OK".
I couldn't see him clearly but I felt him stood up to go to the bathroom. I thought it was taking him too long so I followed him. He was just standing in front of the sink. Helped him back to bed.
Because I thought he was already OK, I closed my eyes to catch up on my sleep. But I couldn't. Felt hubby was still awake so asked how he was again. This time I was alarmed cuz his speech was snarled. Remembering what he told me when this same thing happened to him last week, I ran to the kitchen, took a piece of cracker and a glass of water. I propped his head on my arm and slowly he ate and drank. And slowly he was back to his usual self again.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Soaking in Style

I grew up with an uncle who introduced me to movies. He loved cowboy movies so I've watched a lot of which many I really didn't understand the stories of. By the way, there was no censorship then and movies were not rated. I simply loved the idea that here was my chance to see the big city again, ride in a taxicab, and eat my favorite chow mein at my uncle's favorite restaurant. What I couldn't forget about those movies, though, were the puffy, yet tight, and lacy dresses the actresses wore. I would do my breathing exercises as soon as I got home hoping I could make my waistline as small.
Another scenes that I still have visions of are the scenes in bath tubs, whether that of the leading man or woman. I couldn't believe they could get out of that tub without the final rinse!
As I grew up and understood the essence of taking a dip in a tub as against a soak in a river, I started to admire bathtub designs. Tubs with clawfoot never fail to interest me every time hubby and I visit bathroom show rooms. The look rustic and yet full of character. They remind me of historic times. And did you know that now you can avail yourselves of discount clawfoot tubs? You can even choose your own material, style, size and color. Not a bad deal, yeah?
Now, check this out - quality walk in tubs. Yes, walking into your own bath tub, literally and figuratively. This will be a very good item for those who can not lift their legs over the tub edges. No more fear of tumbling over and relocating those knee caps. No more fear of getting that bump or broken hips. You simply walk in, close the air tight door, sit, relax and enjoy!
Tired muscles? How about the whirlpool tubs. Let those jet streams massage and caress and at the same time wake up those sleepy muscles.
If you are planning to remodel your bathroom, now is the time to look at what has to offer. It is a very customer-friendly site. You won't get lost as you cruise around looking for items you are interested in. Not sure you like the first item you looked at? No problem. Arrow back and re-click! Have questions, like your space is too big or too small, possible leaks afterwards, accessories to match your tubs? Don't panic. Their customer service department will always be ready to help and answer whatever questions you may have.

Yin/Yang week

This last week was truly hot and cold, ugly and beautiful, sour and sweet for me.
Sunday afternoon was OK, but then, before lunchtime on Monday, I started feeling fluish so I gathered up my courage to request a colleague to please sub for me for my last class. I got my first rejection for the week, but then my students, sensing I wasn't feeling well, were very cooperative. Before the dismissal bell rang, I called my administrator and asked if I could be allowed to leave early, he not only said yes, he even volunteered to call the PM to unlock the gate for me.
I took the next two days off.
When I returned to work I had a soft pretzel recipe for my classes to do. To my amazement, the recipe that I hurriedly printed from the web turned out perfectly!
The students were happy. And I was happy!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Trick or Treat?

It is time for ghosts and ghoulies again.
This time of the year never fails to excite me. I always look forward to seeing my grandkids in halloween costumes that their mom meticulously selects from halloween costume stores, with the expected approval of their dad, of course. To tell you frankly, I had been in a halloween costume only once and that was only because a neighbor dragged me, literally and figuratively, to her company's costume party some twenty years ago. I am not a very social person. I only attend parties if I know that everybody in the party will be those who know me and I know, too. I feel insecure when I get surrounded with people I am meeting for the first time. But after seeing Cloris in DWTS, I whispered to myself, "I can also do that!"
And that led me to this site of cool costumes ranging from pet costumes to pirates to Harry Potter. The costume I have an eye on is that of the Pharaoh (see picture), because it will hide my imperfect figure, it is easy to put on, it is of ancient times and the wig is so enormous that I can hide my face in it. It also looks authentic, classy.
I will definitely show this "cool place" to my daughter-in-law so she can get me this costume for this halloween, soon!

Friday, October 10, 2008


Today is our first-born's birthday. I still remember that day.
It was 10:30 pm. when I told hubby it was time. Calmly, he went to a nearby store so he could call the doctor. Still calmly, he hailed a passenger jeepney and off we hied to the hospital.
A precious baby, that's what my doctor told me this baby is going to be.
All our babies are, but with Lester, we thought he would never come. I had to be under my doctor's careful watch for a whole six months before Lester eventually "showed" signs he was there to be our first.
Even in birth, he had his own timing. Instead of pushing faster and more often to the minute, he decided to push slower and slower until they decided I should deliver him CS style.
And he has been ever precious from his first cry. Keeping him even more precious is his beloved wife, Rachelle.
Happy birthday, Lester.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Lend me your ears ....

I can't help but be amazed every time I see students walking and at the same time dancing as the cords from their pockets to the earphones sway with their every move. Some even have their cell phones on as they send text messages at the same time. To feed my curiosity I did an informal survey this morning and asked my students what they are using. More than 75% of them said ipods. When asked why not MP3's. They said iPods hold more music and that they can also watch some visuals with them. (How would I know those things, I was whispering to myself).
Then I remember something. Since our lesson was on comparing grocery and supermarket prices on items that they will need for their recipes, this will be a more interesting topic for them to research online, this time to compare prices of the different iPods, write about the qualities of each and decide which one is the cheaper but better choice. Then, not forgetting mp3 players, they should decide which one will be a better choice for them to use as they prepare their menus - an iPod or an mp3 during their laboratory days.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Faith and Acceptance

Hard it may be, I now accept the fact that hubby may undergo dialysis treatment. My faith had sustained me this past whole week even though my thoughts were filled with what ifs and what coulds and sometimes, buts.
HE provided me with sons, in-laws, relations, and friends, both seen and unseen, who guarded my vulnerability so I can keep my sanity intact. To you all, I say a big THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.
HE gave me strength so I could carry that which he knows I can carry.
HE gave me someone who makes any load I carry seems lighter, always.

Hello, is that you?

Have you ever looked at your phone bill and started wondering where some of the numbers had come or originated from? You double checked your address book and such numbers were nowhere on the list, nor in those pieces of napkins where you hastily scrawled numbers thinking that such numbers would be useful in the future. What about those calls that keep coming to the point of making you feel being harassed? There is a reverse phone directory where for a fee you can check on who had been bugging you with unnecessary calls, especially during those forbidden hours. promises confidentiality. You won't be exposed to the other end. But, just like any other search engines, the user's maturity and sense of responsibility are essential in keeping the original purpose successful.