Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Let us Help the Victims of Typhoon Sendong

It's really sad that this tragedy had to happen just a few days before Christmas.  My heart aches every time I see photographs of the victims, especially the children.  I can't imagine how terrifying it might have been to suddenly wake up in the middle of the night and be washed away in muddy flood waters and  to be separated from the people you love.  I can't imagine how painful it must have been for parents to loose their children, to feel so helpless against the power of nature.  The victims did not just drown, their bodies were slammed by debris of floating logs, appliances, cars.  They struggled to be alive, and there were a few lucky ones who did, but the memory of that fateful would forever haunt them.  Hopefully in time they would learn to move on from this painful memory.

The flood has subsided, but the effect of the tragedy is evident and words cannot describe the destruction that  typhoon Sendong has caused in Iligan City, CDO and other areas affected in Mindanao.  The victims need all the help we could give, water, food, clothing and other basic necessities.  So I would like to applea to everyone who could read this blog to please extend any help you could give.  Let us share our blessings to those affected by this tragedy and let's help them feel that it is still Christmas, that despite what happened there is still a reason to celebrate the birth of Jesus.  Any donation you could give whether cash or kind will go a long way.  So please let us do our share...

Smart Money: Donors to Typhoon #Sendong may help through Smart Money acct. no. 5577-5130-6822-1104 at any BDO, Hapinoy or Cebuana Lhuillier outlets.
Text: Smart subscribers may donate to #Sendong victims via text. Send RED to 4143. Valid donation amounts 10, 25, 50, 100
Gcash: For GCASH, donate through Red Cross by texting DONATE MPIN REDCROSS and send to 2882.
Text: Text RED and send it to 2899. You may donate in these denominations: 5, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 and 1000.

1. BDO Peso Account
  • Account name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya
  • Account Number: 39301-14199
  • Swift Code: BNORPHMM
2. BDO Dollar Account
  • Account name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya
  • Account Number: 39300-81622
  • Swift Code: BNORPHMM
3. PNB Peso Account
  • Account name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya
  • Account Number: 419-539-5000-13
  • Swift Code: PNBMPHMM
4. BPI Peso Account
  • Account name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya
  • Account Number: 3051-1127-75
  • Branch: West Triangle, Quezon City
  • Swift Code: BOPIPHMM
5. BPI Dollar Account
  • Account name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya
  • Account Number: 3054-0270-35
  • Branch: West Triangle, Quezon City
  • Swift Code: BOPIPHMM
Peso Savings
  • Account Name: GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc.
  • Account Number: 3-098-51034-7
Dollar Savings
  • Account Name:GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc.
  • Account Number:2-098-00244-2
  • Code: MBTC PH MM
Peso Savings
  • Account Name: GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc.
  • Account Number:115-184777-2 or 160-111277-7
Dollar Savings
  • Account Name: GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc.
  • Account Number: 01-115-301177-9 or 01-160-300427-6
1) Through Bank Deposit
Gawad Kalinga Philippine Peso Current Account
# 3101 0977 56 BPI EDSA Greenhills
Gawad Kalinga US$ Savings Account
# 3104 0162 34 BPI EDSA Greenhills
Swift code: BOPIPHMM
2) Donate online:

Before you go to bed tonight, please offer a prayer for those killed in the flash flood that hit Northern Mindanao,  and to their families as well... many of our brothers and sisters are left homeless and worse have lost their loved ones. Let us try to help out in any way that we can.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Health is Wealth

Being a doctor, it's pretty ironic that I sometimes tend to disregard any aches or discomfort I feel in my body.  I would often ignore it, or just pop a pill and when the pain is gone, I'm pretty much OK.  But lately, I have been very sickly, I guess my body was not able to cope with my sudden weight loss and so my immune system lowered and I easily get sick.

I always knew it all along, but I chose to ignore the fact that when we feel anything abnormal, that's our body sending us a message that something is wrong, or better yet that we are taking our health for granted.  I learned my lesson the hard way.  I needed to have blood tests, an ultrasound and a visit to the doctor who never failed to remind me that I am a doctor myself and that I should know better.  Worse, my constant sick leaves cost me more than half of my paycheck.  

Now I am slowly adapting to a healthy lifestyle, and that includes taking care of my body, getting enough sleep, eating the right food at the right time, drinking lots of water and instead of munching on junk food, I'm switching to fruits or salads.  Hopefully I could maintain it, I admit it's hard but I know I'll get used to it.  I do cheat once in a while, and give in to my cravings... but in time I would learn to control it.  I'm slowly getting there. :)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

What I Learned from Maya Angelou...

While browsing for quotes, I came across this excerpt from Maya Angelou.  It is beautifully written and it expresses exactly what she wants to convey to anyone who reads it.  Each line tells of a different lesson, but when summed up, it basically teaches us how to have a positive outlook in life, how to deal with people we meet each day, how to value the people in our life, especially our family.  It tells us that no matter how difficult things get, we don't have to be a pain to others... and that we can actually make a difference by reaching out with kindness to others.  It mirrors the same things I have learned in life all these years, thanks to Maya Angelou, she was able to express it perfectly  and came up with something inspiring.

“I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. 

I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. 

I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life.

 I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life." 

I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. 

I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. 

I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.

 I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one. 

I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. 

I've learned that I still have a lot to learn. 

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” 

Monday, November 28, 2011

"It's Almost Christmas"

As early as October, I've been playing Christmas songs at home, I usually do it on a Sunday morning while mopping our floor, kind of weird but true.  Anyway, I love Christmas, I think we all do... it kind of makes me feel like a kid again.

This year, I decided to put up our Christmas tree during the first week of November.  I stuck to my red and gold motif and added ribbons for a change.  I also bought some cute Santa decors which I placed above our shoe cabinet.  For the center table, I am planning to make a center piece I saw in one of the department stores, I just need to buy the materials because it's much cheaper than having to buy the decor itself.

Last year, decorating the Christmas tree was a family affair with the kids helping out, we all had fun, but I had to re-do the placing of the Christmas balls because the kids just placed them in one location.  I decided to set up the tree myself as a surprise for the kids, but spared a few Christmas decors for them to hang in the tree when they woke up.  Just as expected, they were both excited when they saw the tree, and first thing they asked me was, "Mommy, where are the presents?", I told them Santa still needs to deliver them on Christmas eve, lol!!

Anyway, I just wanted to share a photo of our Christmas tree and the Santa decors.  Merry Christmas everyone!!

The cute Santa decors I bought at a reasonable price, :)

Our 3 year old Christmas tree.

Friday, November 25, 2011

A Letter to my Son on his 7th Birthday

My dearest Andre, 

     I always thank God everyday that He has 

blessed me with you and Micah, who brings so 

much love and joy into my life. You both remind 

me that no matter how difficult things may be, I 

can get through it... that despite the tears I 

always have a reason to smile, that despite 

being hurt, I could always choose to be happy.

Thank You Andre for always making me feel that 

I am loved, you never fail to tell me you love 

me, and at a young age you know when to say 

you're sorry and actually mean it. Today as you 

turn 7, I wish that you would always be in the best of health,  and that you 

continue to be as loving and as sweet as always. I want you to know that I 

will be here as long as you need me.  Happy Birthday Andre!



Sunday, November 20, 2011

What Every Woman Should Have

Every Woman Should Have:

One old love she can imagine going back to, and one who reminds her how far she has come...

Enough money within her control to move out and rent a place of her own if ever she wants to or needs to.

Something perfect to wear if the employer or date of her dreams wants to see her in an hour.

A youth she's contented to leave behind.

A past juicy enough that she's looking forward to retelling it in her old age.

The realization that she is actually going to have an old age and some money set aside to fund it.

A set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra.

One friend who always makes her laugh... and one who lets her cry.

A good piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in her family.

Eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems and a recipe for a meal that will make her guests feel honored.

A resume that is not even the slightest bit padded.

A feeling of control over her destiny.

- This article is a continuation of the "What Every Woman Should Know" blog that I shared  2 weeks back, which is from an article that I read when I was still in college.  I hope that you ladies would really read it by heart, it might be of help to you in the future.  Stay happy!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

What Every Woman Should Know

- Every Woman Should know:

How to fall in love without losing herself.

How to quit a job, break up with a lover and confront a friend without ruining the friendship.

When to try harder... and when to walk away.

How to have a good time at a party she'd never choose to attend.

How to ask for what she wants in a way that makes it most likely she'll get it.

That she can't change the length of her calves, the width of her hips, or the nature of her parents.

That her childhood may not have been perfect, but it's over.

What she would and wouldn't do for love or more.

How to live alone, even if she doesn't like it.

Whom she can trust, 

Whom she can't and why she shouldn't take it personally.

Where to go,be it to her best friend's kitchen table, or a charming inn in the woods when her soul needs soothing. (I don't know any "inn in the woods" here, so in my case I'd go to a bookstore, or to the beach probably)

What she can and can't accomplish in a day, a month, and a year.

I hope you liked  this article, as much as I enjoyed sharing it here.  Happy Weekend!


Friday, October 28, 2011

Be a Dreamer

Imagine yourself as you would like to be...
doing what you want to do.
And each day, take one step towards your dream.
And though at times it may seem too difficult to continue,
hold on to your dream...

In Another Lifetime

I was searching for a video on YouTube when I came across this song by Gary Valenciano.  The title sparked my interest so I decided to watch it, and I instantly fell in love with it.  This song sends out a message of hope for those "star-crossed lovers" out there that they can still be together, if not now then in another lifetime... 

In another lifetime, It would be foreverIn another world where you and I could be togetherIn another set of chances, I’d take the one’s I’d missedAnd make you mine, If only for a timeMy life would matter, In another life.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

More of These Please...

- "More Sleep". Good thing it's the first one on the list because I definitely need to be getting more ZzzzZ..  They say lack of sleep dries up your brain, I hope that's just a myth because I don't want my brain to start shrinking, that would just be awful.  I can't imagine not being able to remember all the happy memories I have stored in my head.

- "More Music". No question about it, I'm a music lover.  Music is therapy for me.  There are songs that explain exactly how one is feeling, and it's good if you could just sing it out right?  That's me, I sing in the shower, I sing in karaoke bars, I sing when I'm walking, I sing my heart out.  Thank you Lord for Music!

- "More Tea".  OK, I'm not really a tea person, I'm more of a coffee addict so I'd probably pass on this one. But I love Iced tea though, if that counts...

- "More Books".  The E-books don't count in this category.  I love to read, and I collect novels as well.  More books means time to relax, reading allows your imagination take you to far away places where no one else has gone.  

- "More Sunsets".  I love sunsets, they're beautiful.  It's God's way of reminding you that another day has passed, and tomorrow is a new beginning, a chance for you to start fresh...

- "More Creating".  I don't exactly know what this means, but I guess probably it has something to do about being artistic, or about sharing your talents or skills... creating something is a sign of self expression.

- "More Long Walks".  When I have so many things in my head, I take long walks.  It allows me to think more clearly.  When I need to get away from everything and want to be by myself,  I take long walks.  It's therapeutic for me.

- "More Laughter".  I need to explain, I guess everyone needs laughter, as they say it's the best medicine.  I love the feeling after friends and I have a good laugh, I feel light and bubbly.  Good thing I get my daily dose of laughter at work with my team and other friends there, I wouldn't want to miss it...

- "More Hugs".  Hugs are ways of showing you care for someone without having to say anything.  I think we all need to be hugged once in a while.

- "More Dreaming".  I guess for this one, it's best to have an equal portion of dreaming, and also doing something to make that dream come true.  

- "More Road trips".  Unplanned road trips, hitting the beach, island hopping... I miss my  youth!  But age won't stop me from taking road trips with my family... one of these days I'll definitely go on a vacation.

- "More Fun".  Have fun.  Enjoy life, you only get to live once.  If you want something go for it... follow your happiness, follow your heart... do not hold back on things that would make you happy, you don't ever want to look back and say "What if".

- "More Love".  I guess I have more than enough of this 4 letter word...  I have my family, my friends and most especially my kids...  but honestly sometimes I feel somethings missing from my life, I just can't point out what it is yet.  But I believe in Love, and I believe in loving with all your heart and with all your mind.  So as they say, "Love More, and all the good things will be yours."

Happy Weekend!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Micah's 4th Birthday

Last October 13, 2011, my daughter Micah Ella turned 4.  We had a simple celebration at home with the kids from our apartment complex.  I also prepared snacks and party bags for her classmates at school. 

 Weeks before her birthday, I was asking her if she wanted to have a party at Jollibee or McDonald's, but she just said "No mommy, I want to have a party at school.  I want balloons and a Barbie cake."  And that's exactly what I did.  And she was very,very happy that day.  As a bonus I bought her a new red dress to wear for her birthday, and the look on her face when she saw the house all set up with the balloons and her Barbie cake waiting for her at the table was priceless.

Thank you Mama for the Barbie cake!

The birthday girl.

With the kids from our apartment.

Happy Birthday my dearest Micah, thank you for bringing so much love and happiness into our lives.  May you be as kikay and as sweet as you are, and I hope you grow up to be a beautiful person inside and out. Mommy loves you so much.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

"The Other One"

When a friend first asked me if I was able to watch the movie No Other Woman, I was thinking it must be a new Hollywood chick-flick. But when they started talking about how sexy Derek Ramsey was or how they compared the acting of Anne Curtis and Cristine Reyes, I realized it was another local movie with the same theme as that of the first one that came out which was My Neighbor's Wife.  But even if I find Jake Cuenca really good looking, I never had any interest in watching that movie.

But I was actually curious about No Other Woman, so I invited our helper to watch the movie with me.  After dropping the kids to school last Monday, we hurriedly rushed to catch the 1:30 pm screening in a mall nearby.  Well, the story line was what I expected, love, betrayal, infidelity.  It showed how each characters cope with the situation they are in.  Lucky for this one, the husband returned to the wife.  But in reality, it does not always happen that way.  Sometime it's the wife that gets left behind, or it's the husband who gets cheated on, or maybe the right one came at the wrong time so they ended up being the third party.  

Sadly, in almost every story the third party or "the other one" always ends up being the bad person, or worse they end up being alone.  Somehow, I pity Anne's character in the movie, because she knew getting into a relationship with a married man was wrong, but she did it anyway.  At first she was doing it out of fun, but eventually she fell in love with the guy  Some people get into this type of relationship for money, power, self satisfaction or ego boost... but I think that some allow themselves to be caught up in this kind of relationship because they actually love the person, and it's really sad.  We will never really understand why these things happen, or why people allow it to happen.  We can only hope that it never happens to the people we love or better yet to us.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

"Do Less and Gain More"

It's the first day of October.  How time flies... before we know it, we'll be saying goodbye to 2011 and welcome another year.  But before that, I'd want to take things one step at a time.  I recently came up with an equation that would probably be a good thing to remember as we go through life.  Simply stated, by doing less, we could gain more.  But this equation has limitations and would not apply if taken in a negative way I suppose.

Now, I am constantly reminding myself to be less pessimistic, less passive, and focus on being more proactive, and more optimistic.  I have to learn to not expect too much so I won't get hurt when things don't go as expected.  Basically live each day as it comes and stop worrying about the future, for now I guess.

Friday, September 23, 2011


TIRED..  The one word that would perfectly describe how I feel right now in general.

I'm tired of people pretending to be better than the rest, when in reality they still have so much to learn.

I'm tired of inconsiderate and insensitive individuals who find fault in others without even bothering to ask why.

I'm tired of people who acts nice when you're around, but goes behind your back trying to find loop holes to drag you down.

I'm sick and tired of power trippers, who's best asset is ordering people around just because they're "boss", without realizing that at the end of the day we are all equals.

To all those who fall in "the people I'm tired of dealing with" category above, can you honestly be proud of yourselves knowing that to get to the top you step on other's in the process, that you can totally forget who you are and be someone else just to stay in your throne??

I doubt it...

Life can be a bitch, but you don't have to be one!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

What's new at KFC?

Last week, we were at the newly renovated KFC restaurant at SM, and I really liked the new look of the place. I guess they also replaced their air conditioning system because the place was much more cooler than usual, which was a good thing.  We ordered the usual bucket meal, with all original chicken and mashed potato for the side dish.

When the lady taking our orders asked if we wanted to try out their new set of desserts, she pointed me towards the poster for their Streetwise Spoonful Desserts featuring 4 new additions to their menu namely Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Tiramisu, Choco-Banana pie and Mango cheesecake.  The good thing is that it's reasonably priced at 29 pesos each, so it won't be heavy on your pockets.  I tried out the Mango Cheesecake, and it did have that mango flavor, although the cheesecake part was a bit soft, and the crust wasn't that thick.  You can't really compare it with the desserts you find in hotels or fancy restaurants  but hey for 29 pesos, it's not that bad.  I'm planning on trying out Choco-Banana pie next.

Aside from the desserts, the new attraction at KFC was their photo booth.  You get to have your picture taken for free and post it on social networking sites or send it to your e-mail.  My kids and I tried it of course, I was asking my husband to join in as well, but I think he was embarrassed so it was just the three of us doing wacky poses and we did have fun.  Well, that's what's new at KFC so far.  I am looking forward to try out the rest of the desserts and you guys try it out too.  For only 29 pesos you get to satisfy your craving, indulge yourself :)

PS:  Don't forget to have your pictures taken at the photo booth, say cheese!!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Mother's and Daughter's

"Mothers of daughters are daughters of mothers and have remained so, in circles joined to circles, since time began."

Being a mother myself, I have come to appreciate more everything my mother has done for us when we were growing up.  She has always been able to provide our needs. Now I understand that as mothers we scold our kids because we love them and we want them to realize their mistakes and correct them.

My relationship with mama is special.  There are things that we enjoy doing together, like shopping for clothes or going to the salon together.  We also both enjoy reading, cross stitching and cooking.  The one thing that I never got from Mama which I see in my daughter is her strong personality and her "kikay" side. I guess that is proof, there is indeed a special bond shared between mothers and daughters.

I also want my daughter and I to have the same relationship I had with Mama.  I want her to be able to share everything with me, her happiness, her thoughts, her worries and fears or her problems, the way I did with my mother.  I want us to do things together, laugh over silly things, and cry over heartbreaks (which I hope won't come until she's 20?).  I want my daughter to see me also as her friend, like I did with Mama.

The relationship between a mother and daughter is indeed special.  There is a bond that binds them together, and the love between a  mother and daughter can never be broken.  

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