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Finally got my Ixus!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

P just got back from visiting his family in Indonesia and look what he got me! Now I don't have to make do with my old Sony digicam or my camera phone.


He also brought me Martabak, a sort pancake-like snack. I first got a taste of it last June when we went to Malang. It's so delicious! You can choose the filling you want like chocolate, cheese, etc. This one is cheese cos I love cheese.



I forgot to take a picture of the martabak. Only the box was left when I remembered :)

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No More Eyesore!

Friday, October 24, 2008


This was before...

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The Third Trimester of Pregnancy

Friday, October 17, 2008

My first and second trimesters have been relatively easy and I've been very thankful for it. Now that I'm in my third trimester (31 weeks) , I'm hoping I won't have too many problems as well. My blood sugar level is normal - no gestational diabetes; blood pressure is normal; no shortness of breath. I have only two concerns so far. First, it's so difficult to find a comfortable position to sleep. I've tried many things and so far what worked was propping up my upper body so I'm sleeping in a sort of reclined position. Second, my legs are always tired. I've gained 33 pounds so far and my legs are feeling every single pound of it. I feel like I'm walking around with 15 pound weights strapped around each ankle. By the end of the day, my legs feel like they've been through a tough workout. Oh, I'm also having some swelling and I'm trying to drink more water and putting up my legs to reduce the swelling. Two more months to go, I can't wait to get it over with and have these discomforts end.



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Pregnant Massage

Monday, October 13, 2008

P & I have been wanting to try out the home service massage and last night we did. Aside from the usual massages, the Asian Massage also offered pregnant massage. I usually get a massage when I have a headache and sore neck and back muscles. Now that am pregnant, sleeping on my side all the time made my butt and hip sore and I’ve been having mild cramps in my legs.  So we called Asian Massage. The therapist arrived promptly within 30 minutes of our call. One hour massage cost P300.
P went first because I wanted to go right to sleep after my massage and he still had to pull another all nighter of studying. After he was done he looked like he just wanted to go to sleep. The therapist was very professional with very soothing voice and manner. I asked if she was a physical therapist and she said she was but not all of them in Asian Massage. She gave me advice on how to cope with swelling, eating the right food, etc. I was not very satisfied with the massage though because I prefer a hard massage whereas she was very gentle. I didn’t ask her to make it harder though because I thought maybe a hard massage should be not done on pregnant women. In any case, I slept well last night so it was also effective. P however, was not that happy as he also wanted hard massages. He says he preferred the blind massage. We always went to the blind massage in Galleria. I guess next time we will try their home massage.

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Eyesore

Friday, October 3, 2008

A few days ago, an ISO inspection team went around our division inspecting workstations if they conformed to ISO standards. They were impressed at how uncluttered and clean my workstation was until they saw this behind me....



I explained that this side of the building faced the afternoon sun and it was really giving me and my seatmate terrible headaches. We tried asking  maintenance to do something, double blinds or provide darker tint or something. However, they said nothing can be done as there is already tint behind the blinds..blah..blah..blah...

So we did what we could. Bought cartolina to provide some cover. But it wasn't enough so we used whatever was available like foil and scratch paper.

They said they will recommend a more ISO conforming solution. I sure hope so. We're waiting to see if it happens.

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End of an Era in Badminton

Monday, September 29, 2008

The 2008 Beijing Olympics marks the end for many of the badminton players I've known since I started playing badminton in 2004.  It's sad that I won't be seeing them in tournaments anymore.

Zhang Ning. She's been around since 1996 (from what I've read) when she was beaten in the 1996 Uber Cup by then 16 year old Mia Audina. You could say she's a late bloomer, only rising to the top at 28 years old after Gong Ruina, Gong Zhichao, Zhou Mi left. Her reign was also short but she made the most of it winning the 2003 World Championships, 2004 and 2008 olympics and many titles after the 2004 olympics.



Gao Ling. No official announcement has been made but it's likely that she will be retiring. She has won everything there is in badminton whether in the mixed doubles and women's doubles category. Truly a legend in badminton. Her mixed doubles partner Zhang Jun retired last year due to injuries. He got to be torch bearer in the Beijing Olympics for winning gold in mixed doubles twice with Gao Ling (2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens).

Yang Wei/Zhang Jiewen. My favorite women's doubles team. Yang Wei actually partnered Gao Ling in women's doubles in the 1996 World Junior Championships which they won. Yang and Zhang were olympic champions in Athens, also world champions, and won many titles together. There were briefly separated last year when Yang Wei was partnered with Zhao Ting Ting but were reunited for the Beijing Olympics. Too bad they were unable keep their title.



Xie Xing Fang. This one I'm not sure but she has been heard saying the drive to win is not there anymore as evidenced by her loss to Zhang Ning in the Beijing olympic final. All she wants to do is get married and cook for Lin Dan :)

Choong Tan Fook/Lee Wan Wah. My favorite men's doubles players have been around since 1995 but have not really won anything of note. They won the 2004 Malaysian Open, the Dutch Open, ABC, and have been runner up twice in the All England. Still they I like the way they look on court when playing and Lee Wan Wah's sooo handsome :D

I don't know anyone else retiring. Taufik is playing till the end of this year. I need to find new favorites to root for in the coming tournaments. So far, only Lee Yong Dae has caught my attention.

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Pregnancy Weight Gain

Friday, September 26, 2008

Before I got pregnant I weighed 130 lbs. I'm  5"5 1/2 so my weight is normal for my height. The healthy weight gain during pregnancy is 25-35 lbs. I now weigh 156 lbs. I have only 9 lbs. until the end of my term. Hopefully I won't gain much weight in the next two months.


I'm somewhat becoming obssessed with not gaining too much weight because I'm really worried about shedding it after giving birth. I try to get in some exercise and do a lot of walking so my body will not find it hard to get back to the exercise routine I had before pregnancy.

My friends say I don't look like I've gained any weight except for my big tummy. So I'm wondering where the 26 lbs are. Not all going to the baby I hope otherwise a big baby will be a big problem when I deliver.

I should just concentrate choosing what I eat and exercise as much as I can. I hope that's enough.

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It's a Girl!

Monday, September 22, 2008

I've had a 4D ultrasound done last week at 27 weeks to determine the sex of my baby. P said to have the 2D only if there's really no medical need for the 4D. But I wanted to have the latest and the videos posted on youtube looked terrific. Besides, my medical insurance covered it.


It's really amazing to see in real time that there's this little person inside you.

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Growing Out Short Hair - Some Tips


I've had short hair for more than three years and am now longing for hair that I can style. So I'm growing it out. I've had it up to my chin last June but in a moment of insanity I've had it chopped again. Now I'm regretting it. I have to start all over.

I've been searching for a sort of transition hairstyle that would keep my from lopping it off again when it doesn't look good. I like Katie Holmes' do in these pics (just ignore the pegged pants).




If you're growing out your hair:
  • Wait longer in between haircuts. If you're getting maintenance cuts every six weeks with shorter hair, try waiting three months before getting trims.
  • Use conditioner and don't rub hair dry with a towel to prevent damage. Squeeze out water from hair gently with a towel. 
  • Use a wide tooth comb for wet hair.
  • Avoid using hot water and hair dryers which damage hair.
  • Have weekly scalp massage to stimulate hair folicles.
  • Get plenty of rest and sleep and eat a balanced diet

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My First Completed Crochet Project

I used to do some crocheting years ago but I've never completed any of my projects. I would get bored with it and move on the something else. Lately my interest in crocheting has been renewed. I searched online for a simple pattern that would be useful to me and easily finished to keep my interest going.

I finished this wrist bag in one week. Useful to put my wallet and mobile phone in during lunchtime forays to the mall.


There are so many nice patterns online and am downloading everything that I find doable looking for my next project.

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Rainy Day

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


I love rainy days....as long as I'm indoors. This is the window behind me in the office. Usually the blinds are down to shield my computer monitor from the glare. But on days like this, its so nice to watch to rain pouring down and the trees gently swaying.

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Another Old Friend

Thursday, September 4, 2008

I just got off the phone with Oyie, another old friend from when I started working. She's now in the US after a daring escape from her husband. Long story.

We only had 15 minutes to chat while she was on her break but it was really good to hear from her. She's been with me through my marriage troubles and always managed help me remain positive with her sensible outlook.

Thanks for being there for me. I'm so happy for you now with your new life.

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I'm so Annoyed!

Yesterday I had planned to get warts removed. I noticed some around my neck and it's noticeable when I put powder in that area. So I left work early and went to Megaclinic. When I got there, they said they don't do the procedure on pregnant patients. Even after I told them I had my OB's blessing. Hmpf!

So I decided to have my underarm waxed instead. But when I got there in Flawless, the same thing. They won't wax pregnant women. Arrrrggh!

And I'm feeling so ugly. Maybe I'll get a facial to make me feel better.

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Old Friends

The other day I had lunch with my oldest friend Nono. I met her in third grade and we've been friends ever since. There's something comforting being in her company. It's like whatever comes along in life, it will pass. I look back at everything we have been through-our rebellious teens, peer pressure, teen pregnancy, parents against boyfriends and eventual husbands, troubled marriages, a child with special needs, financial problems, etc.- through it all we've supported each other....and here we are, still surviving.

I may not have a family to speak of but I've been blessed with friends in the truest sense.


We ate at Marvin Agustin's Tentitas. The food was great!
Miss Tilapia...

Twice Cooked Adobo...




Buko Pandan Drink....

Sarap!

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Do I Know You?

Friday, August 15, 2008

I have a problem remembering people's faces and it has gotten me into a lot of embrassing situations. It doesn't help that I'm nearsighted and refuse to wear my glasses.

Today it happened again. Our department has a new head, MT who assumed office about two weeks ago. My boss brought him around and introduced him to everyone. I saw him just that one time. Today, he came to our office looking for my boss. I said he's still in a meeting. He asked me to tell him to stop by his office when he gets back.

I said," Sure...Mr....."
He said, "Mr. MT".
Me: OHHH...I'm so sorry Sir....
MT: (Smiling) That's alright.

Another time, a head of department also stopped by, KS, looking for my boss. I said he's out who shall I say stopped by. He showed me his ID and I was mortified. He was one of the influential department heads and very well known. Good thing he's a down to earth kinda guy and just laughed it off.

Sometimes there would be people saying hi and calling me by name in the halls or the elevator and I would have no clue who they were. I would just wave and smile back.

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Serenity

I have a friend who's been struggling with family issues ever since I first knew her. Decades after, it's still the main conflict in her life. I was chatting with her yesterday about her issues with her brother and I realized that her problem was control. Whether it was an event in her life, a friend, family, she had to be in control of their actions, of the outcome, of everything.

She has a good heart and I know that this comes from wanting the best for everyone. The thing is, life is full of surprises and most of what happens in our lives cannot be controlled. And certainly our family, husbands, friends, siblings, children should not be controlled.

As for her brother, she told me that she decided not to talk to him anymore and has not done so in about a year. I said if that's what will give you peace and quiet, then so be it. Reconciliation will come when it is time. What is holding her back in this situation is her desire for her brother to respect her feelings and her individuality. I told her you cannot change your brother. Just let it be.

Just let it be. This is what I learned from P. Know that you did the best you could and leave the rest to the experts...to Him. Know when to let go. I used to be like my friend. I believed in positive thinking and that nothing cannot be changed or fixed if one wants it badly enough. After all the tribulations I've been through in my life, I've learned to simply let go. This little prayer really works for me:


God Grant Me The Serenity
To Accept The Things I Cannot Change
Courage To Change The Things I Can
And The Wisdom To Know The Difference
and
Psalm 121:3 - He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber.

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A Dozen Red Roses

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

I've always thought that giving flowers was a waste of money. Better to give chocolates or have dinner in a nice restaurant. Probably because I never got any flowers hahahaha....


Yesterday, P gave me a dozen red roses for my birthday. Wow...it's nice pala to get flowers :) I didn't have a vase to put them in so I improvised and used a jar.

He also wanted to have dinner in a nice restaurant. However, the TV was showing badminton matches from the Beijing Olympics and we wanted to follow the Taufik/Wong Choong Han match through the livescore. We had food delivered instead from Max.

I would always be the one ordering whenever we wanted food delivered as he had difficulty communicating with the order taker through the phone. But last night I wanted him to do the ordering. It's more special I told him. He had no choice.....hahaha......took him a while but it turned out alright.
p.s.-taufik lost :(


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THE Cake

Friday, August 8, 2008


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The Best Kinda Cake

Thursday, August 7, 2008

My friend K brought me a slice of birthday cake last week. It's chiffon cake with marshmallow icing. These kinda cakes are specially ordered for occasions like birthdays, debuts, etc. so it's not readily available. That slice of cake triggered a tremendous craving for birthday cake. It's my favorite. For me nothing compares.

Yesterday, I went to goldilocks to order one. I was told that they don't make it anymore. So off I went to Red Ribbon hoping it's available there. The conversation with the order taker went like this:

Me: Miss, mag order ako ng birthday cake.
OT: For boy or girl?
Me: Walang okasyon gusto ko lang kumain ng birthday cake.
OT: Meron kaming cakes dito (gesturing towards the display of cakes like black forest-ugh)
Me: Hindi gusto ko nga birthday cake. Mag oorder ako.
OT: For boy or girl?
Me: Hay...sige girl.
OT: Ito po ang catalogue.
Me: Ano bang pinakamura? Gusto ko lang kumain ng cake.
OT: Mam, tingin na lang kayo sa catalogue.
Me: (Leafing through the catalogue) Ano itong boiled icing? Ito ba yung marshmallow icing?
OT: Ahhh....Mam itanong nyo na lang sa manager..ayun po.
Me: (arrrgggh going to the manager) Miss, ito bang boiled icing e marshmallow icing?
Mgr: Yes Mam.
Me: Salamat (went back to the catalogue looking for the cheapest cake with no design)
After finding the cheapest, round picture cake for P500, I went to the counter.
Me: Miss, oorder na ko. Ito na lang.
OT: Mam, dun po sa manager nyo i-order.
Me: *sigh* went to the manager again....Miss, order ako ng birthday cake...ito.
Mgr: Sige Mam, picture cake, anong picture po ilalagay?
Me: Wag na, wala naman okasyon, gusto ko lang kumain ng birthday cake.
Mgr: Kailangan po may picture kasi picture cake.
Me: (AAAaaaarrrghhh....just a little more patience...) sige meron ba pagpipilian dyan?
Mgr: Ito po.
Me: Ito na lang (pointing at the first one).
Mgr: Paki fill up po itong form at full payment po. Ano pong ilalagay na greeting?
Me: (Filling up the form)...lagyan mo na lang ng pangalan ko
Mgr: Ok Mam, bukas po ang pick up ganitong oras din po.
Me: Hoooray...finally....I get to eat my cake!

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Vanity?

What is it with mirrors that people, male and female alike, cannot resist looking at their reflections? It is specially noticeable in elevators.

I live in a building with elevators that have mirrors. The whole back of the elevator is mirrored. So when one enters, its the first thing they see unless the elevator is full. Females (and some males I might add) head straight for the back to look at themselves. Adjusting their clothes, hair, wipe smudges from their faces or just plain admiring their reflection. I find it so funny. I can understand if they're running late and did not have enough time to fix themselves up but most of them looked perfectly fine.

Why then can people not resist the draw of the mirror? Insecurity? Lack of confidence in their looks? Or just plain vanity?

What do you think?

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The Ideal Husband

Monday, August 4, 2008

B emailed me a link to an article written by Maureen Dowd for the New York Times about Father Pat Connor's advice on how to choose an ideal husband. Apparently, it is quite common to find couples who do not truly know the person they married. I wish I had read this article years ago. It would have saved me a lot of pain and expense not to mention lost time.

Never marry a man who has no friends. So true. He used to tell me about this or that friend from elementary, high school or from his shortlived part time job but none of these friends were lasting friends. If you ask me who his bestfriend is, I couldn't tell you. Not even one friend that he still in touch with.

Does he use money responsibly? He splurged when he had money (that he got from who knows where) but most of the time he was broke probably because he never had a job during our marriage.

Steer clear of someone whose life you can run, who never makes demands counter to yours. It may sound great at first but after a while, you want somebody you can admire doing his job, who has his own friends, and interests.

Is he overly attached to his mother and her mythical apron strings? He wasn't but he wasn't patient and loving either (his mom was paralyzed due to a stroke and used to shout at her when she got makulit).

Does he have a sense of humor? This one he did have which made it easy for him to make people like him. Chatty too.

Don’t marry a problem character thinking you will change him. I didn't know he was a problem character until he told me later how his relatives thought I could change him.

Does he possess those character traits that add up to a good human being — the willingness to forgive, praise, be courteous? Or is he inclined to be a fibber, to fits of rage, to be a control freak, to be envious of you, to be secretive? On the surface he seemed like a nice person easy to get along with. Later you will realize, he lies all the time even when he doesn't have to, secretive and weak willed.

"If I knew back then what I know now,
If I understood the what, when, why and how,
Now it's clear to me what I should have done,
But hindsight is 20/20, 20/20 vision"

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Food Cravings

I mentioned in my earlier post that I've never had any food cravings since the first trimester passed by without my being aware of it. Still, there are so many foods that are not allowed. No sushi, salad, seafood, soft cheeses, unapasteurized milk....and the list goes on. It's fine, I get that. There are just times that I absolutely have to have coffee. Am not a big coffee drinker. One cup every morning is all I take. I like the taste of it and it warms my tummy in the morning. So my deal is I have coffee once a week, diluted by lots of milk and I try not to finish the whole cup. Another thing is the cheese. I love cheeses.....brie, camembert, blue cheese! Have to be content with Edam cheese (too salty naman).

The hardest though is not being able to drink coca cola. Coke is like water to me. Yesterday I wanted so badly to have a coke. I wanted to cheat, just a couple of sips. But P was there and he absolutely wouldn't let me have a coke :(

It's hard to make food choices unless I try to make everything myself. I don't have the patience nor the time to do that. So I just try to balance the good food (pinakbet, chopsuey, fruits) with the bad (crispy pata, crab maritess, pizza). Hopefully, that should do it.

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Angel of the Morning

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Every morning when I go to work, I need to cross a very busy street. It can take several minutes before there's a break in traffic so one can cross without running or dodging vehicles with no intention of stopping or slowing down.

A couple of months ago, this was officially made a pedestian crossing and painted with white stripes that denotes it as such. However, as we know Philippine motorists don't respect pedestrian crossings. So, it didn't really help much.

Then one day, as I was waiting for a break in traffic, this security guard in our office bravely walked in front of the cars with a sign saying STOP. Wonder of wonders, the cars did stop! And I was able to cross without waiting too long or fear of getting sideswiped.

From then on, he was there every morning stopping traffic for pedestrians to cross safely.


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The Simple Life

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

A few years ago I came across this book by Bo Sanchez called Simplify and Live the Good Life.

I thought it was exactly what I needed improve my finances and quality of life. I was caught up in the consumerism of the world we live in now and amazed at how simply he lived his life. Being contented with things like a second hand car and jeans from Divisoria, I realized how materialistic I had become.

However, realizing it and putting it into practice were two different things. But I gave it a try beginning with my mobile phone. My Nokia 6600 at that time was dying and I thought of buying a cheap and simple phone. I settled on a sony ericsson Z300 that had no additional features.

All it could do was make phone calls and send text messages. It didn't even have a camera. Well...it lasted all of 1 month with me. I was bored to tears. It didn't even have a decent game to pass the time. I promptly sold it and bought a Samsung X820. Still relatively affordable with nice features. I guess I shouldn't have started with mobile phones.
So now, I will start with limiting eating out; distinguishing between needs and wants before buying anything; and looking for acceptable cheaper options.

Regarding mobile phones....well that's a different story.

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What's Your Addiction?

Monday, July 21, 2008

Over the years I have been obsessed (don't want to call it addiction) with one thing or the other. Shopping, nail polish, frappucino, cellphones, jewelry, etc.

Now it's badminton! I loved it from the first time my friend Maciel and I tried it in October 2003 (outdoors on the street when I was a kid doesn't count). We only played Sundays for maybe 1 month or so then something or the other would come up and our game would be canceled.

In January 2004, I joined the Badminton Club at the office and started playing regularly, that is, once a week - Tuesdays. After 2 months, a beginner's clinic was offered at the office. I was one of the first to sign up. I was really hooked and hungered for more training. A friend from the office, Jasper, shared my enthusiasm. He was the one who found the Asuncion Badminton Center where we enrolled for training, and the one offered by Jaime Junio. He also looked for groups to play with. After he found a group he thought was alright, I would tag along.

I started playing badminton once or twice a week, then thrice a week. There was even a time I played 7 days a week. I also started going to the gym which would help me improve in the game. The lengths I went to just to play badminton. It was fun too. I got to meet people from all over and became good friends with a few of them.

Now being pregnant, I was told by my OB Gyn to stop playing badminton. I haven't played in two months. The last time I played was May 22. I remember the date exactly. The next day I found out I was 11 weeks pregnant.

Yesterday though, P asked me if I wanted to play. Just hitting, not a real game. I perked up! Just hitting should be alright. I've read up a lot about exercising while pregnant. Basically, as long as it's a sport or exercise that you've been doing before the pregnancy, you should be able to do it while pregnant, at a lesser intensity and with the blessing of your OB Gyn. Of course, my OB forbade me to play. But what does she know about the game ;-) I was careful though. It was so much fun. I hope we can do it again next weekend.

P.S. my friend F said I was truly addicted to the game.

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Having a Baby

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

I have given up any hope of having a baby long time ago. Not because there was something wrong with me or my husband. We consulted several doctors after we were married to find out if everything was in order as we did not want to have a baby right away. Maybe after 2 or 3 years. All the doctors we consulted said I could get pregnant without any problem. The reason why we didn't have a baby is more complicated and hard to believe. Even my lawyer, when I filed for annulment a couple months back, could not believe it. And it's not impotence :)

But life can really be full of surprises. I am beginning a new life for myself and here I am, 4 and a half months pregnant with my first child! I was already 11 weeks along when I found out I was having a baby. Almost done with the first trimester! Some of my friends asked how I could possibly not have known sooner. Well for one, I thought it was menopause. HAHA! 


I was asked questions like: Haven't you had any morning sickness?; Didn't you feel fatigued?; Cravings for certain food? etc. All the symptoms of pregnancy that I must have had in the first trimester were easily explained away in my mind which is why I never even for a moment considered that the reason was being pregnant:

  • missed period - I had some spotting which could pass as menstruation.
  • frequent urination - I've always been unable to hold my bladder for too long
  • fatigue - I play badminton 3x a week until midnight. Sometimes I don't get enough sleep so I feel fatigued.
I haven't had any food cravings or aversion; no morning sickness or nausea and no heightened sense of smell. In fact, I can't smell anything as I have allergic rhinitis. Plus, I would never have thought I would even get pregnant at my age.

When I first learned about that I was pregnant, I panicked. I was not ready to have a baby. I was starting a new life for myself. And although I already said that it was something that I thought would never happen, at the back of my mind I always wondered and wanted to try. That is after getting my life in order, I had planned to go to a fertility specialist or something and find a "donor".   :)

After a couple of days of worrying about this and that, I finally decided to let go and leave it up to Him. Then I felt at peace and began to feel excited. Until now, when I look down at my growing belly, I still cannot believe it sometimes. I'm actually pregnant! I'm having a baby!

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PANDESAL atbp.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Dito sa division namin walang magugutom. Kung wala kang pera o di kaya walang oras mag almusal o basta gutom ka lang...punta ka lang sa center table o kaya sa file room...palaging may pagkain.

Tulad ngayong umaga, ito ang meron sa file room. Yung PANDESAL na malaki pa sa plato, spaghetti at cupcake.


Eto magaaalas dose na di ko pa maubos kaya hindi na ako kakain ng lunch. Busog na busog na ko.

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Captive Victim!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

P who's a medical student told me that they have recently been shown how to draw blood for blood testing. They will have a practical exam this coming week and he was complaining how it's been difficult to find a "victim" to practice on. While telling me all this, he was busy preparing the cotton, alcohol, syringe, and tourniquet which was making me apprehensive by the second. Sure enough, a moment later he took my arm and started feeling for the vein. Me! OMG! I'm scared of needles even at my age. Every year when I have my annual physical exam and have blood drawn for a blood test, I sit in the chair, grip the arms of the chair tight and close my eyes until it's done. 

But in the interest of helping him out in learning how to draw blood, I swallowed my fear, covered my eyes and started breathing deeply. To his credit, he was gentle. After 4 pokes though, 3 on my right arm and 1 on my left, he wasn't successful. So he called it quits for now.

That was last weekend. I thought it was over. Oh no was I wrong! The practical exam is this week. The medical student needed to get it right to pass the blood drawing exam. So once again, I took a deep breath and closed my eyes. When it was over, I opened my eyes and he showed me the syringe, a fourth of it filled with my blood. At least THIS time he got it right. Then he took my blood pressure - 100/70. And listened to my heartbeat - normal. Counted my pulse (80 beats) - normal (within 60-90 beats per minute). Listened to my lungs - no signs of TB.

Whew! He'd better ace that practical exam and treat me to dinner after.

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Disclosure Policy

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

This policy is valid from 07 January 2010

This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. This blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation.

This blog abides by word of mouth marketing standards. We believe in honesty of relationship, opinion and identity. The compensation received may influence the advertising content, topics or posts made in this blog. That content, advertising space or post will be clearly identified as paid or sponsored content.

This blog does not contain any content which might present a conflict of interest.

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