Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Online Shopping

Don't you just love shopping?! I admit, I love it as long as I have money to spend...ahahaha!

Aparently, for us females shopping has become one of our hobby, an addiction and a therapy. With the new technologies that we have especially the discovery of the internet, even shopping has evolved to a different level where anyone can go shopping without leaving your own comfort zone.

ONLINE SHPPING is one of the best breakthrough and stil considered to be HOT at the moment. Different products are up online ready for showcase. Small businesses are booming by selling their stuff online.

The sticky issue is how will you let your future customers or buyers know that they are in good hands while shopping in your site? How can you make them stick with you and gain their loyalty?

For businessmen and shop owners alike, invest in your future and business by having a shopping cart software that promised efficiency and security. Ashop Commerce is one of the first companies that goes hand in hand with Google Checkout in offering a perfect key for all entrepreneurs. Look for a Google Checkout badge (
2 Checkout review) on the shop sites that you visit and rest assured that it's legit and safe
. Isn't technology simply amazing?

Plan # 1

Yesterday night as soon as I got home from the gym, my hubby was playing his brother's PSP. His been on leave for 3 weeks now and I asked him if he was able to set an appointment with his Urologist so he can give him a doctor's certificate because he needed it once he return to work. Otherwise, his SLs will not be credited.

Just as I thought, he didn't call the doctor's clinic. Sheesh! So I joked and told him that he shouldn't bother going to the doctor. In fact, he shouldn't go there at all and he shouldn't return to work. I'm being sarcastic again obviously. These are one of the few flaws of my Hubby. He tends to get lazy like a grade school who doesn't want to go to school.

Naturally, Hubby didn't said anything. He knows that I'm annoyed at him. Then out of the blue, he blurted out "Mag-abroad na tayo. Ayaw ko na ng work ko. Mahirap at nakakapagod". I'm surprised because between the two of us, his not that enthusiastic in working abroad. Hmmmm...a sudden change of heart.

So I told him that I'm going to search online, specifically in SG for jobs that might fit his experience. He told me that he doesn't like working in a port/pier. I explained to him that I'm not sure if some companies in SG will still considered his past experience which is an automotive parts designer. Some of the tools he used back then are Solidworks, Autocad, etc.

I might as well and check if there's any opening related to his past job experience.

Plan #1 - Browse the internet and other SG job sites for a job opportunity for me and hubby. Perhaps I should hit
PinoySG first.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Thanks Smorty

I'm so happy when I checked my personal email just now. I was thinking that I will get an email from them tomorrow or worst they will reject me. But no, my blog has been approved!

Blog Advertising - Get Paid to Blog
Yipee! I don't have any assigned ops yet but hopefully later this afternoon or tomorrow I have something in my account.

Cheers!

Monday, April 28, 2008

Coffee Break Ver. 1.7

In Wikipedia, FAMILY is defined as a group of people affiliated by consanguinity, affinity, and co-residence.

In
Encarta, it is the basic social group united through bonds of kinship or marriage, present in all societies.

Regardless of the technical definitions of FAMILY, surely for us Filipinos it is the most precious thing that we hold dearly to our hearts. We are so family-oriented that most of us had extended families living in one roof.

In embracing our family, for this week's coffee break...


Share with everyone the fondest memory you have of you and your family.

For me, it will be our wedding day where all the immediate family members of me and Randiej as well as our relatives are present. It's a memorable and touching moment for me since prior to our wedding day, my mother was not too happy to know that I'm getting married (she had other plans for me back then) thus she told us that she will not attend to our big day.

Come our wedding day, she was there in the church and reception. It would've been better if she was the one who walked me down the aisle together with my father but she was stubborn and insist that my Lola will take her place.

Regardless, I still appreciate the fact that she's there to take part in our celebration.

Alls well that ends well.

Coincidence?


I'm busy texting Hubby and his aunt just a few minutes ago.

Hubby is suppose to go to his follow-up checkup with his Urologist today in the afternoon. Unfortunately, he cannot go since his busy fixing the AC in our apartment and earlier before the crack of dawn, he had a LBM.

I texted his other aunt (not living with us in QC) informing her that Hubby cannot go to the doctor today and he will re-schedule it for Wednesday. Her aunt is the one who schedule's Hubby's appointment to the doctor. I told her that Hubby is not feeling well and that he had a LBM earlier today. To my surprise, his other aunt texted me telling me that it's a weird coincidence that everytime me and Hubby stayed in the apartment, on his 2nd day something bad is happening to him. She added that her dreams about Randiej is true about a bad spirit in our apartment.

Let me give you a recap about his aunt's analogy: First time it happened was when Hubby left side hurt due to kidney stone it was our 2nd day stay in the aparment and supposedly on that weekend, we schedule to move in to the apartment. That was April 10. We were not able to do it since Hubby needs to undergo the ESWL treatment so we hold off our transfer.

Then the 2nd time, earlier today at around 5am (happens to be our 2nd day stay in the apartment) Hubby had a LBM because he drank buko juice at 2am. We were planning to move either on Wednesday or Thursday.

I texted her aunt that it's just a coincidence that Hubby had a LBM today. As much as possible I don't want to think that there's something supernatural that's happening in my Hubby by staying in the apartment. Her aunt justified that my husband drinks buko juice as well at about the same time when we are staying in her house but nothing bad is happening to him. She's convinced that our apartment is not good for Hubby. She wants us to look for another apartment. She even asked me if we know any bad history that happened on th apartment. All I know is the previous tenant is already working abroad who stayed in the apartment for 2 years.

I forwarded all the text messages of his aunt to my Hubby. His replied is not to mind the things she was saying. I can surely do that but the problem is her aunt will never let us move to that apartment because of her conspiracy. I'm sure of it.

I told Hubby that it will be best if his the one who will talk to his aunt rather than me. For me, whatever happened to Hubby while we were staying on the apartment is purely COINCIDENCE.

However, her aunt is not thinking the same thing as we are....

3 Months


Wohoo! My blog is 3 months old now! Yipee! So excited. I'm going to read some tips shared by fellow N@Wies about paid blogging sites.

Nowadays it's better to have an extra source of income. All I can hear is PRICE HIKE everywhere. How about salary? Well, that's another subject that I have to make a follow-up on my PM.

Tips would be greatly appreciated. Anyone? Still a newbie about blogging. Thanks in advance!

Friday, April 25, 2008

Where?




You Should Live in a Small City



You are definitely an urban person, but not any old city will do.

You want a city that matches you well. For you, big cities lack individuality.

You prefer a smaller city with lots of personality, local culture, and history.

A Child Defines Problem

I forgot to blog about this but last month I mentioned in one of my entries here that Hubby's niece stayed with us in QC for the Holy Week.



As any normal kid, she has a lot of questions and would narrate anything about her even without you asking. Our relationship is like "magkabarkada".



I can't remember what day it was, it could've been Holy Thursday then. We are in our room and she's having a chitchat with me. Then out of nowhere, she blurted out "Buti pa kayo ni Tito Randiej, wala pa kayong anak. Wala pa kayong problema. Kasi pag nagkaanak na kayo magsisimula ng magka-problema tapos mag-aaway na kayo".



OMG! I can't believe that it actually came out of her mouth. Have I heard her right?



Can you imagine the children nowadays? All along we thought that they're innocent but they're so keen and aware of their surroundings. Plus the fact, that they're not afraid to let it all out.



I was not able to say anything after that. I was dumbstruck!

North and South

Since it's Friday and tomorrow will be my rest day, let me give you all a treat.

Most of you don't know me that much and I'm not sure if you were able to visit our
wedding website. So this blog entry is all about me and my husband.

Here is a summarize comparison of me and Randiej. As the title imposed, we have our fair share of differences.

I encouraged you to read on and get to know more about US.


R A N D I E J
- Born in Manila
- Raised in Quezon City (Northern part of NCR)
- Parents were born and raised in Ilocos Region (North of Luzon)
- Third Child (They are 4 in the family)
- BS Mechanical Engineer Graduate of University of Santo Tomas
- Licensed Mechanical Engineer
- Loves to play online games especially DOTA-Allstars. Favor arcade games as well (Tekken).
- Enjoys reading Manga(s).
- Homebody. As long as there is internet and PC, he doesn't mind being stucked at home.
- Laidback person.
- Simple guy. Doesn't make a fuss too much on his attire.
- A man of few words especially if his around with other people.
- Easily rattled (pessimistic)
- Loves watching Animes but selected.
- Prefers juices over sodas.
- Enjoys watching DVDs and English movies.
- Had a handful of friends....hehehe
- Tends to move in a slow mo
- He can keep up with me when I walk
- Most of the time he has a child-like ways (pasaway)
- Loves chocolates and junkies (forbidden to eat chichirya now)
- His a Pisces.


J O A N N E
- Born in Pasay
- Raised in Parañaque City (Southern part of NCR)
- Parents hailed from Batangas (mother) and Bicol (father) (Provinces in South Luzon)
- Eldest in the brood of 5.
- BS Computer Science Graduate of Adamson University
- Loves to read novels, pocketbooks, magazines and general information books.
- Loves to travel and hit the malls.
- Easily get bored when stucked in a room/house.
- Likes to plan and organize.
- I'm serious when it comes to work.
- I'm a simple person as well but conscious on what I'm wearing.
- Since Randiej is so shy, I learned to become an assertive person. Otherwise, nothing will happen to us if were both timid.
- Anime fan but selected.
- Prefers juices over sodas as well.
- Enjoys watching DVDs or movies.
- Had lots of circle of friends... (Ms. Congeniality =P)
- I'm a fast-pace person
- Walks fast (the kind of walk that you normally see in NYC)
- Being the eldest, I'm like his older sister...ahahaha!
- Loves to eat bread and rice..hehehe.
- I'm a Leo.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

No Water Supply by 2015

I was in a Tamaraw FX on my way home from my parent's house yesterday night. The driver's radio is on and it was tuned it to Channel 7's AM radio station (forgot what it was).

At that time, 24 Oras was on aired. One of the news that perk me up to my seat was a possible no water supply by the year of 2015.


The main reasons that were mentioned are:

(1) Population Growth

(2) Lack of Natural Resources of Water due to continuous pollution

(3) Global Warming


Experts say that we cannot rely on the rainy season for the supply of water. Climate nowadays are hard to predict unliked before. It will be better for each individual to be aware and start practicing to conserve water.

Scary isn't it?

Inner Side of Me


The Part of You That No One Sees



You are compassionate, caring, and soothing.

You like other people to depend on you...
In fact, you don't feel right unless you are helping someone out.

Underneath it all, you feel the burden of everyone's problems.
Without your guidance, you fear that many people's worlds would fall apart.

You like to feel in charge, even if it brings you a lot of stress.



This is so TRUE especially when it comes to family matters.

A Day at the LRT

It's not a good idea to start my day with a rant but I can't help it.

You see, currently were staying in La Loma QC and I'm working in Makati. I have to ride a jeepney going to LRT Blumentritt then take the train and get off at Gil Puyat Ave Station. Then I have to walk with the rest of the passengers from LRT in order to ride a jeepney going to PRC Pasong Tamo. I have to make 3 rides in order for me to get to work. Same thing goes if I'm going home.

The trick in riding the LRT station is you have to be there early and avoid the rush hours. On my case I have to be there 6:30-6:45am for me to have no worries on getting on the train. But once the clock hit 7-9am, your patience will be tested. It's either the train has some technical problems or most of the time the train is ALWAYS full whenever it stops your station. Since the train that passes by are always full, a lot of passengers are piling up and you have to be aggressive in this case that even females will push you aside in order for them to get in the train.

Unlucky of me today because I woke up around 6am (I stayed up late together with Hubby to watch a DVD). I left the house at around 7:10am and reach the station at 7:30. Another bad thing in going through the Blumentritt station is the traffic that you have to endure because of their market place. It has the same scenario as Baclaran where vendors dominant the streets and aisles.

At the LRT station as expected, a lot of passengers are waiting. Just as I thought, most of the trains that comes to the station are overflowing. UGH! Annoying female passengers pushed their way to the front in order to get on the train but they couldn't squeeze their bodies anymore so they will be waiting in front for the next train. In short, your place was taken because you didn't budge. I HATE it when it happens. I'm so itching to tell them that if your not sure that you can get on the train then stop pushing your way up to the front. One lady in particular must have read my thoughts because she outright say to them that they should go back to their respective places when they are waiting since they were not able to get on the train. It's unfair for the other passengers that they are waiting infront only to be shoved by the others. Bless her for being aggressive. Unfortunately, no one budge as if they didn't hear anything. See? Most people are so insensitive.

I think there are 4 trains that passed by the station before I was able to get IN. Just like the rest, I have to push and shoved the others otherwise I will be left behind.
Geeze. Hopefully we can move by first week of May to our apartment. I cant' stand this scenario everyday. Good thing I'm not pregnant. Just think about the horror I have to go through in order to come to work if I have a baby bump.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Confessions of a Shopaholic

After 3 days of reading the ebook, I finally finished it. I know that 3 days is pretty long considering it's only about 378 pages (if I'm not mistaken) but I'm squeezing it on my daily duties here at work.

It's really a good book. It has a lot of wit and humor that is addicting. Mind you, it's not boring at all eventhough there are some topics that focuses on Finances. I'm actually paralyzed and involved somehow. It's like being there and seeing them all alive. I felt the same way whenever I'm reading the Sweet Valley series (I'm born in the 80s, what can I say?).

The main character which is Rebecca Bloomwood loves shopping. Even if her bills are piling up, she can't resist the urge to shop for anything especially if it's on SALE. Good thing I'm not like her because I don't want to be in debts otherwise, my husband would kill me for that. He hates having debts that's why he owns no credit card.

Her initial resort is to ignore all the bills then decided to get away from it. It was becoming hard for her as each days passed, all her worries and anxiety are building up as well. Until a good turn of events changed all of it and she's happier than ever before. Curious on what exactly happen? I suggest you read a copy of it and you will enjoy it. I guarantee that!

Right now, I'm reading the Part 2 which is Shopaholic Abroad or is it Shopaholic takes Manhattan? Anyways, let me know if you want to have a copy of Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic series. I have an ebook copy of them...hehehe.

Stay tuned for my next entry for Shopaholic Part 2!

Opportunities


Just last week, I became a regular employee of CAI-STA . But still I'm keeping my options open for a career growth and a stable company that values their employees.

I have no idea where I'm going to. It seems that I will be stuck to whatever position that I have now. Before, the American Recruiting Manager who's handling our team has given me a career path and he thinks I'm good to be in a lead role. Told me that other team members respond to me well baseed on his observation when he visits our Manila office. Hearing those words from him directly gives me the motivation that I need to do my best in every possible way. However, he got kicked out of our company. It's a conspiracy that up to now nobody in our team knows exactly what happen except for our PM. Since his no longer here, that aspiration of being a LEAD is becoming VAGUE now.

I'm mostly on the look-out for opportunities abroad. I think it's about time that I cast my net wide and think the FUTURE. I need to be ASSERTIVE! Hehehehe.

Hmmm...I'd better start reading the book, THE SECRET. Then I can asked Hubby to read it as well. Two is better than one as they say.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Coffee Break Ver. 1.6

For this week's coffee break courtesy of Jan is all about the Price Hike on all of the products that is available in the Philippines.

Times like this, we need to adjust and budget our money wisely...so the appropriate question will be...

What is your budgeting secret?

For me I prioritize the MUST HAVES versus the NICE TO HAVES. All the basic commodities that we need everyday should be given the first needed attention before other things.

Then, it's important to save as well. So instead of taking a taxi cab for work...I would sacrifice waking up early to avoid traffic and rush hours. It's been my habit for 2 months now and it works! I seldom take a cab now unlike before.

Another thing that I'm considering is having my own packed lunch rather than going out and eating at restaurants and food chain stores. Our office has a pantry area and they provided us a microwave and a refrigerator. This will help in cutting down the expenses for the day. I haven't started doing this though butI'm planning to do it next month once we moved in to our place.

Discharged

This is the continuation of my previous blog entry (Hospitalized). Sorry if my story is sooo long...hehehe.




After the ESWL treatment of Hubby I let him doze off to sleep while me, his aunt and the maid are watching TV. Every once in awhile we will chat with nothing specific. Will just jump from one topic to another.



About 11am, Randiej woke up and I told him his lunch will be brought by the staff in any minute. Come to think of it, his hands were still cold and yet his not feeling cold. Im wondering if his feeling any aches in his body, but he said nothing when I asked him.

Once Hubby's lunch arrived, I ate the breakfast brought by his aunt. I forgot to mention that apart from the foods, they also brought us a some of our clothes as well. A few minutes later, 2 nurses came in to checked his BP, gave his medicines and removed his dextrox. Around 1:30 pm, his aunt left together with the maid and they brought us some can juices and Hubby's buko juice. Then they went home since they will have to do the laundry at home. It's just me and hubby again. We doze off together for an hour and I decided to take a bath. I went outside the UST compound to buy shampoo since we don't have any at hand. On my way back to our room, I came by the hospital's canteen and they selling merienda. I immediately saw some turon and I craved for that kind of snack at that time so without any second thoughts, I bought one...hehehe.

I went back to our room which is on the 4th floor. Then I went to the restroom and took a shower. It's weird that the water from the faucet is lukewarm while the water from the shower itself is cold. I opted to used the faucet water since I'm more at ease taking a bath in a lukewarm water...hehehe.

After changing into new clothes, I ate my afternoon snack together with the orange juice brought by his aunt. This time we watched anime series. Silently, I prayed that we will be released tomorrow since Hubby is doing okay and there's nothing crucial after the treatment. I wished that it will be Sunday and we could go home.

6:30 pm came and the hopsital staff brought Hubby's dinner. I ate the foods that was brought earlier by his aunt. I'm not that hungry anyway so I didn't eat too much of it. We flip through all the channels looking for something good that is worth watching on TV. About 7-7:30 pm, Dr. Bolong which is the attending physician of Hubby and a well-known Urologist came in our room. He was accompanied by 2 other doctors. Hurriedly, I gather all the forms that he needs to sign for our released tomorrow. He even made a take-home medications for Randiej and a note that he will have his follow-up checkup on April 25. Then the doctor asked me to go with him to arrange the philhealth forms. We went to the OR office and his assistant was there who filled-up the remaining entries for him. The assistant told me that I need one more signature which is Dra. Policarpio, the anaesthesiologist. Great... I have to look for that doctor tommorow but it's Sunday and I'm sure that a lot of doctors will not be around by that time. He advised me to go the nurse station and informed them about my situation. So I hurriedly went to the nurses and told them that I need Dra. Policarpio signature or if she's not around, her secretary will work. Well, they told me that the least that they could do is to text Dra. Policarpio and her secretary to informed them about "us". I guess there's nothing I could do then since it's almost 8pm.

I went back to our room and expected to see the doctors still lounging around but nope, it's just my Hubby. I explained to him that we still need another docto'r signature before we can submit the philhealth form tomorrow. Hopefully the nurse can be of any help then. Just as about we are preparing to go to sleep, another chaplain came to visit us. This time it was a male with different nationality. I was suprised to hear that he can speak Tagalog fluently. Instead of the chaplain asking my hubby, it's the other way around! Hubby is the one throwing questions at him...hehehehe. Normally, Randiej is shy around with other people. He doesn't talk much so I was astound to see him talking candidly to the chaplain. After a couple of minutes he left our room and went to visit the other rooms.

Honestly, I felt that I'm more of the patient than Randiej since I slept more than him...ahahaha! I was really tired the 1st night I stayed in the hospital room plus I was not able to sleep soundly on the couch. Hubby was always taking trips going to the restroom (it's either to pee or to do his bowel). I woke up around 5:30am. Hubby is up as well. He told me that his going to take a bath. While I wait for him to finish in the restroom, I turned the TV on and tuned it to ETC channel. I was watching then the segment "Ambush Make-Over".

Once Hubby is done with his bath, I went to the restroom to pee. Then we started to pack up our things. His breakfast arrived at 6:30am. A few minutes after that, the nurses came in to checked his BP and gave his medicines. We informed them that we will be leaving in the next few hours. Hubby ate his breakfast and drank the medicines. I decided to take a bath afterwards.

Hubby's aunt arrived with some food for me. I was not able to eat them though because someone barged in and told us if we all our papers are ready before they discharged us. I told him about Dra. Policarpio's signature and he told me that I should've asked yesterday whose signatures we need to secure. Hello?! I was making a follow-up call back then to the nurses about my Hubby's physician if he will be checking him in our room and they didn't gave us a concrete answer. Moreover, I was expecting that the Urinologist will be dropping by in our room before his clinic hours in UST Hospital but he arrived in the evening which I don't know why.

Instead of arguing with the man (whoever he was), Hubby and I hurriedly went to thre ground floor and checked the Philhealth office. We asked them if we still need that signature of the anaesthesiologist since we have the signature of the attending physician. Luckily, we don't have to do it. What a relief! I was quite nervous that we cannot avail the Philhealth coverage. Immediately, we ent to the Billing Section and waited for 15 mins for them to print our bill. After waiting, our name was called and they gave us the hard copy of the bill. Lo and behold! I was actually expecting that our bill will be around 60k, but na-uh! It's total was 72k+. I handed the bill to Randiej so he can see it for himself. The shocked in his face when he saw it. Obviously, we can't do anything about it. It's either we pay it or we will be stuck in the hospital, right? Turns out that the ESWL treatement costs us 48k+. Then there's the medicines, dextrox, antibiotics, anaesthesia used on his treatment, the private room that we availed for 2 days and lastly the professional fee of the doctors which costs 4k each.

Off we go to their Philhealth office again and present them the forms together with our bill. I was actually surprised that they didn't asked for the contribution printout of Hubby since the man that was in charge in the office was telling another patient that she must have her contributions printed out otherwise they cannot process the Philhealth.

After the man do the calculations and the amount that will be covered by Philhealth, he asked us to go back to the Billing Section. The lady started doing the computations, deducting the Philhealth's coverage which is actually, 12k+. Then we presented her the LOA from AON (health insurance provider of Hubby). He was given a 30k limit. She asked us to wait for a few minutes while she verify with AON about the amount that was printed on the letter. After 5 minutes, she called our name and was given the remaining balance for our bill which is Php 25k+.

This time, we went back to our room. Hubby's sister was there for a visit. His Aunt told us that they informed the nurses about the situation with our Philhealth and if they didn't do something about it, she will put a low score on their Feedback sheet. That's why the man didn't asked us for Hubby's printed contributions. The nurse/s already called their office and given them a heads up about us...hehehe. Lucky us then.

Hubby informed his aunt about the remaining balance. Off they go together to the cashier to pay the balance using his aunt's credit card. I decided to stay in the room and have a chat with Ate Leah. We basically talked about the health insurance coverages of the companies nowadays since I'm complaining with the coverage that was given to Hubby. Instead of the per illness coverage (amounting to 60k), he was given the confinement coverage (amounting to 30k). Hmp! Just thinking about it, makes me want to rant again and again.

Anyways, after a few more minutes they came back to the room and the bill is done. We can go home now. We gather our things and headed straight to the door. Out of the room...out of the hospital.

Ate Leah was kidding my Hubby of being loyal to UST. Hubby's an alumni of UST Engineering. We held our wedding ceremony in UST church. Her sister was joking that he could permanently live inside the UST compound since it became a BIG part of his life. I agree to that! Maybe we could ask them for a LOYALTY discount the next time where around the place....hehehe.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Hospitalized

Last Friday after office,I straightly went to UST Hospital. Randiej was admitted for confinement. Honestly for ESWL Treatment, a patient doesn't have to be admitted to the hospital since it's a non-surgical procedure. We only did this so that we can avail the health insurance of Hubby from his company. Sad to say, they only have benefits once the employee is confined. If your an out-patient, you won't get any coverage or reimbursed the money that you spent from the medicines and other laboratory services.

On my way to the hospital I stopped by McDonalds (which is within the UST compound) for a take-out meal since I'm starving and I need to eat dinner. I arrived at Hubby's room around 6:45 pm. He was watching cable then. He told me that the nurse took some blood from him and later on a dextrox will be put into his left arm. He already had his dinner c/o the hospital but after that dinner, his not allowed to eat or even drink anything. He has to undergo fasting for his treatment the following morning.

The room is clean and it's pretty homey compared to San Juan de Dios private rooms. The rest room is spacious.

I ate my dinner then watched TV together with hubby. The bed is single type but I was able to squeeze in...hehehehe. I told hubby that I will take a nap then if he needs something he can just wake me up. Barely 15 mins, someone knocked on our door. Reluctantly I got out of the bed and opened it. There's a lady about in her mid-forties smiling at the door. I thought she was a doctor. She told me that she was one of the chaplains in the hospital and she's just doing her rounds for that night. Well, basically they are part of the UST church who visits patients and give spiritual boost. She didn't stay for long since hubby is doing okay and his treatment is non-surgical so there's nothing to worry about. She even told hubby that he had a moral support which is ME. Hehehehe. After 30 min (errr.. or 1 hour), 3 nurses came in to put his dextrox. I'm not sure what's the purpose of the dextrox but it looks like water with a hint of yellow. They first checked his BP which is 110 over 70 (thank goodness it's normal). Afterwards, they injected an antibiotic on hubby's arm to checked if his allergic to the medicine. Then they attached the dextrox on his left hand. Poor hubby, he had lots of prick that night. Plus, they asked him to take Castro Oil. It's a must that hubby needs to have his bowel movement prior the treatment. They want his tummy cleaned by the morning.


After all the fuss by the nurses they left our room and everything is quiet again.
I went back to the bed right next to hubby and doze off. It was 2am when hubby wake me up and told me he needs to go to the rest room. Told me that his tummy aches and he can't ignore it anymore. It's the effect of the Castro Oil that was given to him by the nurses. So I assisted him going to the restroom. I went back to bed while waiting for him to finished. Unfortunately, I doze off. I jerkly woke up when hubby is already standing on the side of the bed. He told me that his waking me up by knocking on the restroom door but I didn't hear it. He accidentally hit the bed by the door of the restroom and still I didn't woke up. Sheepishly I said sorry to him then I noticed that there's blood on the tube of the dextrox. I asked him to lie down to the bed while I got off. Then I asked for a nurse thru the intercom that was in our nurse so they can checked his dextrox. After 15-30 mins, 2 nurses came and they immediately checked the dextrox. They even checked his BP just to make sure. The nurse asked if hubby went to the restroom and I said yes. She told me that it could have been that hubby raised his dextrox higher than his heart. That's what I thought as well and it's all because of me for not helping hubby out of the restroom.
The nurses went out right after they fixed the dextrox. I let hubby sleep comfortable in the bed while I sleep in a fetal position in the couch.
I woke up at around 5:30am. Hubby is still sleeping so I went to the restroom and brush my teeth. At 6am, I woke up hubby. In a few minutes, the nurse from the OR will fetch him. 6:15 am a stretcher was brought into our room. They asked hubby to put his dress robe and he has to remove his underwear as well. There are 3 people assisting him to the stretcher. 6:30 am Hubby's breakfast c/o the hospital came in. In fairness, their food is not liked the other hospital food. They always have fruits and nutritious drink included in the meal. I locked our room and accompany hubby to the OR. Good thing that our room and OR was on the same floor. I'm praying that everything will be alright during and after the treatment. It was 6:35am by then. His ESWL treatment is scheduled for 7am. The lab assistant and the nurse asked me to wait outside the OR. Since the treatment will be 2 hours, I went back to our room and watched ETC channel while I ate Hubby's breakfast. 8:30 am, Hubby's aunt together with the maid pop into our room. They brought us breakfast. Hubby could really use some edibles since he haven't eaten anything since last night.
By 9am, I went to the OR to checked if the treatment is done. Luckily, the door ot the OR is already opened and I can see hubby lying down on the bed. His hands were cold and I asked him why. He said that the room temperature inside is pretty cold. The transfer hubby back to the stretcher and off we went back to our room. His aunt and the maid were waiting in our room. From the stretcher he was transferred to his bed. I let him doze off since his not feeling hungry at that time and he narrated that the treatment hurts. It's like his left side is being hammered and all he could do is to squeeze his eyes shut and mumbled that it hurts....

Friday, April 18, 2008

Made Of Honor

One of my colleagues here in the office shared me a link of an upcoming movie which has a liking to the plot as "My Best Friend's Wedding". The only difference is it's the other way around (male version) =P

Check out the
official trailer of MADE OF HONOR. Catch it next month =)

I am Grateful

Tagged by Abie Ü

1. I am grateful for my life.
2. I am grateful that I always wake up in the morning to see another day and given a chance by God.
3. I am grateful for my husband for his love and care.
4. I am grateful for my family and friends that even though were apart we still look out for each other.
5. I am grateful for my job and health.

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In order to be able to achieve and maintain happiness we need to, actively, be able to do two things:
1. Complain and then let go (Dump the baggage, the roadblocks to happiness.)
2. Express Gratitude (The open expression of gratitude promotes happiness.)

After all, everyone has something to be grateful for and/or something to complain about. If you would like to take the challenge, please follow the appropriate link and do so: “
Are You Grateful?“, “Complain Complain Complain.”

Contributors to “
Are You Grateful?” & “Complain Complain Complain.“: 1-Attitude, the Ultimate Power 2-Max 3-DianaCA’s Metamorphoses 4-Mental Poo 5-My Thoughts 6-Baba Doodlius 7-Wake Up America 8-Life is a Roller Coaster 9-Life is Beautiful 10-pinay mommy’s love blog 11-My Happiness Haven 12-And Life Goes On for a Filipino Mom 13-Blessed Sanctuary 14-Expressions And Thoughts 15-Memories by Jenn 16-Reminiscence of My Adventures 17-In the Life of Mne 18-Juliana’s Lair 19-Pinay Wahm 20-Lucid Creativity 21-Winged Words 22-Irresistible Fascinations 23-A Little Time 24-See Me For What You Will 25-Greatest Reviews 26-ETC ATBP 27-Gandacious 28-We Are Family 29-Journey to this thing called LIFE 30-http://www.rajeshrana.net/ 31-http://www.rajeshrana.com/ 32-BaReFooTeD Me 33-Uncomplicated 34-Points of View 35-Pride & Prejudice 36-Colorful World 37-Nora’s Notes 38-A Daily Walk With Bill & Gina 39-Strange but True 40-Everything Under The Sun ( Beth Rebokon ) 41-Kaleidoscope 42-Fil-Oz Blog 43-http://oscar-vg.blogspot.com/ 44-Comedy Plus 45-Blogging by Sandee 46-Soul Meets World 47-Mae’s Memoirs 48-Beyond the Rave Reality 49-Amori, poesie, arte, chat by Hanna 50-Attached at the Hip 51-Carver’s Sight or is that Site? 52-Empress Reviews 53-Simple Pleasures In My Heart 54-Lourdes’ mia 55-A Grateful Heart 56-Majorsleepyhead 57-Scrappy n Happy in Ohio 58-CHOC MINT GIRL 59-Extraordinary Things 60-ZOOROPAZOO 61-BeNolSatuEm 62-As The World Turns 63-Your Caring Angels 64-Life Is Wonderful To Know Everyday 65-Pea in a Pod 66-Little Peanut 67-Creative in Me 68- Sugarmagnolias 69-Me and Mine 70-Mommy Talks. Wife Stories. 71- Good thoughts, Good trades. 72-Pink and Brown Diaries. 73-Aggie Shoots. Aggie Scraps. 74-Winding Creek Circle 75-Women Explore 76 - Princess Bela 77 - My Planet Purple 78 - Our Journey to Life 79 - Me, Myself and I 80- YOU

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I'm tagging Carol , Sheena and Jhaney.

TGIF

Let me start today's entry by the common phrase used by all when weekend is just within your grasp...hehehe.

I Fridays because....

.... it's considered a "wash day" in the office and I can wear casual and comfy clothes.

.... it marks the start of my rest day.

.... that's the last day that I will be in the office.

.... I can stay up late without worrying being late for tomorrow.

..... companies (like ours) give their employees' salary when the 15th, 30th and 31st falls on the weekend.

.... most of the time a lot of malls start their sale on this day (effect by the payday)...hehehe.

Thank you for FRIDAYS!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Worldwide Link Love

Thanks Kelly for the tag Ü

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Join the Worldwide Link Love!
Benefits of Worldwide Link Love!
1. Make new friends around the world.
2. Feel the Link Love.
3. Gain new readers and subscribers.

Rules:
1. Copy from ~start copying here ~ to ~ end copying here ~ and paste it on your blog.
2. At the end of the list, put your name and the country you’re in, it doesn’t matter what’s your nationality just put the country where you are publishing your blog.Don’t forget to put links at your name.
3. If u have many blogs, you can link all of it, just make sure you post the same on each blog.
4. Tag eight (8) or more of your blog friends.
5. Tip for blogspot users: make sure you copy and paste the code in Compose mode.

Wanna join, and you can’t find your name on the list?Just leave a comment here.
Worldwide Link Love! Participants:
1.
Julia (Philippines)
2.
Catherine (Malaysia)
3.
shimumsy(u.s.a)
4.
Mitch (Philippines)
5.
Hailey (Philippines)
6.
Sexymom (USA)
7.
Liza (Philippines)
8.
Idealpinkrose (Korea)
9.
Korean food (Korea)
10.
Allinkorea (Korea)
11.
Kimchiland (Korea)
12.
Confessions of an Army Wife (USA)
13.
Bless Sanctuary (USA)
14.
VampSquad (Philippines)
15.
Manna from Heaven ( Philippines)
16.
And Life Goes On (Philippines)
17.
Uncomplicated (Philippines)
18.
To the Moon and Back (Philippines)
19.
IamDzoi (Philippines)
20.
My Happy Place (Philippines)
21.
100% Kelly (Philippines)
22.
Me, Myself and I (Philippines)

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I’m tagging:
Arlene , Sweetpea , Trinity , Leah , Ross_Girl , Vien , Marie and Janj .

Why Women Should Not Take Men Shopping Agains Their Will

It's very amusing on how men and women have opposite interests and how women can be so persistent on having their way especially when it comes to SHOPPING.

I would just like to share this story with you that I read from MyLot discussion forum. It's a humorous story that shows how MEN react to boredom...hehehe.


DON'T TAKE ME IF I DON'T WANT TO GO...........

After Mr. and Mrs. Brown retired, Mrs. Brown insisted her husband accompany her on her trips to the store. Unfortunately, Mr. Brown was like most men--he found shopping boring and preferred to get in and get out. Equally unfortunately, Mrs. Brown was like most women--she loved to browse.

One day Mrs. Brown received the following letter from her local Store.

Dear Mrs. Brown,

Over the past six months, your husband has been causing quite a commotion in our store. We cannot tolerate this behaviour and may be forced to ban both of you from the store. Our complaints against Mr. Brown are listed below and are documented by our video surveillance cameras:

1. June 15: Took 24 boxes of condoms and randomly put them in people's carts when they weren't looking.
2 . July 2: Set all the alarm clocks in Housewares to go off at 5-minute intervals.
3. July 7: Made a trail of tomato juice on the floor leading to the women's restroom.
4. July 19: Walked up to an employee and told her in an official voice, "Code 3 in Housewares. Get on it right away."
5. August 4: Went to the Service Desk and tried to put a bag of M&M's on lay -b y.
6. September 14: Moved a "CAUTION - WET FLOOR" sign to a carpeted area.
7. September 15: Set up a tent in the camping department and told other shoppers he'd invite them in if they would bring pillows and blankets from the bedding department.
8. September 23: When a clerk asked if they could help him he began crying and screamed, "Why can't you people just leave me alone?"
9. October 4: Looked right into the security camera and used it as a mirror while he picked his nose.
10. November 10: While handling guns in the hunting department, he asked the clerk where the antidepressants were.
11. December 3: Darted around the store suspiciously while loudly humming the " Mission Impossible" theme.
12. December 6: In the auto department, he practiced his "Madonna look" by using different sizes of funnels.
13. December 18: Hid in a clothing rack and when people browsed through, yelled "PICK ME! PICK ME!"
14. December 21: When an announcement came over the loud speaker, he assumed a foetal position and screamed "OH NO! IT'S THOSE VOICES AGAIN!"

And last, but not least ..

15. December 23: Went into a fitting room, shut the door, waited awhile, then yelled very loudly, "Hey! There's no toilet paper in here!"

Regards,
Your Local Store.

Men Hunt Tag

I was hopping from one blog to another when I stopped on Thea's blog.

Her last entry is VERY interesting and I'm sure it will be fun to do it. So without any hesitations, I snagged it...hehehehe.


MEN HUNT TAG
- also known as the Men-I-would-like-to-sleep-with-if-only-I-were-single tag.


1. Brad Pitt

My super crush ever! Even in his forties his still HOT! I will be sooo ready for an everyday one-night-stands (meron bang ganun? hehehehe). DELICIOSO! Lucky Angie to get her hands on him...ahahaha!


2. Orlando Bloom

I heart him badly when I watched LOTR. I fell in love with him right there and then (ahahaha! so drama!). How I wish that he could just be "Legolas" forever (sigh)


3. Justin Timberlake


My Sexyback! I like the way he grooves (he looks almost like Orlando Bloom). His so suave when he dances and sings. If I were Britney Spears, I wouldn't let him go. Wrong move she made...tsk!...tsk!...tsk!


I'm tagging Jan , Yvelle and Abie . ENJOY GALS!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

It's been 6 Months...


....when I started to work in CAI-STA. My job is a Sourcing Recruiter for US clients so we deal with IT professionals that are in the US with valid working visas. Most of the time the job requirements that I'm working on prefers GC holders and US Citizens. There will be times that I will phone screen them against the job specifications required by the US companies.

Now that I'm a regular employee (hurray!), I'm entitled to have a...

- 15 days VL and 15 days SL (leaves can be converted to cash but it's pro-rated or you can have the option to carry it over for the next year)
- Health/Medical Insurance
- Hopefully a salary adjustment (I'm crossing my fingers)

I just had a quick meeting with our PM and she told me that after 6 months I will have another evaluation for my metrics. This means a possible salary increase and lastly no more bond! Wooohoo! I forgot to mention that we do have a bond here for 1 year and I do understand that most companies do that to compensate from the time and money they spent in training the employees.

Lucky are those people who worked in an IT company (Consulting/BPO) that doesn't have a bond. They can freely look for other opportunities without worrying money.

Kids' Questions

Tagged by Thea Ü Thanks sis!

Copy here:
1. Answer the Kid’s Question by Gregory Stock, PH.D.
Remember: Don’t respond as you think others want you to. Respond the way you actually feel!
2. Add your name (linked to your blog)

3. Tag everybody else!
Kid’s Question #1
If you were the ruler of the world and you could have anything you wanted as well as have people do anything you wanted, do you think you would get greedy and mean or would you be a good and fair ruler?

I think I'll be a fair ruler. I can be lenient and strict as well. That's what I do with my younger siblings. I can give them some fancy stuff but there are times that I need to limit of spoiling them. That's the same treatment I give to my hubby...hehehe. Most of the time his like a child that you need to point out what's wrong and what's right. Men... (rolling of the eyes).


I'm passing this over to Jovie, Gracie and Eileen.

Keep Walking...

The organs of our body have their sensory touches at the bottom of our foot. If you massage these points you will find relief from aches and pains (most of us are aware of it since this is taught in Reflexology).

Check the picture below for your reference:

Typically they are shown as points and arrows to show which organ it connects to. But this time, it shows the picture of the organs.

It is indeed correct since the nerves connected to these organs terminate here. This is covered in great details in Acupressure studies or textbooks.

God created our body so well that he thought of even this. He made us walk so that we will always be pressing these pressure points and thus keeping these organs activated at all times.

So, keep walking...

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Coffee Break Ver. 1.5

Thanks Jan for this week's Coffee Break. Very timely indeed! It's all about Health and Wellness.

To answer the question....
How committed are you to health and fitness?

I started to be health conscious after we got married. I enrolled myself in the gym and as much as possible I don't indulge myself in junk foods. I prefer to drink juices over sodas. I try to get enough hours of sleep wherever I can.

Hubby is not into the gym but his work requires physical strength so for him, it's a free workout already...hehehe. He loves juices over sodas as well but the only issue is that he loves chocolates and chichirya. Then he can play DOTA for 8-10 straight hours that he tends not to take a pee. I bet that's the main culprit why he has a kidney stone now.

Hubby learned his lesson the hard way this time and I'm sure he will never forget it.

Update on Randiej

Just an update, Hubby's Shockwave Treatment is scheduled on Saturday morning since there are a lot of patients who were schedule for this treatment as well before him.

He was advised to have 2 treatments of ESWL (Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy) . The first treatment will break down 80% of his kidney stone (it will cost us 45k). Then the 2nd treatment will be 2 weeks after from the first treatment (it will cost us 15k more or less) to break down the rest of the stone.
The Urinologist said that the medicines will not help anymore to break down his kidney stone since it's big(measures 0.8cm x 1.0cm) and they're trying as much as possible not to let the whole stone fall into the gall bladder. There's a possibility that it will trigger pain and worst another complication.

(The red mark shown at the picture above is where hubby's kidney stone is located)

Hubby's medical insurance (provided by the company) will cover the expenses as long as Hubby wll be an In-Patient of the hospital. Sad to say that they don't offer benefits for Out-Patient. With the help of Dr. Bolong (Urinologist) we planned to admit Randiej in UST hospital on Friday in order for us to used his health insurance.

I'm hoping and praying that after the treatment, everything will be okay.

Thank you to Larry and Apols for giving your prayers. I know we can make it with the help of God and all the people who cares for his health.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Shockwave

As of press time, Hubby texted me about his checkup with the Urinologist. Unfortunately, he was advised to undergo the Shockwave Treatment for his stone which is worth 45k. It's a non-surgical procedure that is now a trend in order to treat kidney stones.

I couldn't think straight after hearing this. We don't have much savings since almost all of it went to our apartment.

I'm having an early off. I need to go to UST for my hubby. I'll keep you posted tomorrow.

Bye for now...

What is Your Communication Style?

Last Saturday I attended our "Communication Assertiveness Training" provided by our company (Randiej insisted that I should attend). Our facilitator was Mona of Guthrie-Jensen (they are proudly a Filipino owned company who provides/facilitates training for all types of businesses).

What struck me on that training is the Four Communication Styles and it will depend on that style whether you are a Submissive or an Aggressive person. Interesting isn't it?!

Here are the Four (4) Communication Styles. Read each one of them and the description. Then find out where do you belong:


EMOTIVE Style
- displays actione-oriented behavior
- likes informality
- has natural persuasiveness
- has short attention span
- may ask off-the-wall questions and offer hints to improve your communication

DIRECTIVE Style
- projects a serious attitude
- expresses strong opinions
- may project some indifference

REFLECTIVE Style
- expresses opinion formally
- quiet and seems preoccupied
- prefer orderliness
- prefers to work alone

SUPPORTIVE Style
- listens attentively
- avoids the use of power
- makes decisions in a thoughtful manner
- displays warmth
- rarely asks questions or raises objections


SUBMISSIVE Persons are those under the Supportive and Reflective Styles.
AGGRESSIVE Persons are those under the Emotive and Directive Styles.


What's your style then?