Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Daughter # 1 and 3, on occasions, come home after each duty with horror stories to tell. Both are in the medical and dental professions and "errors" are inevitable in some cases. I was really bothered by the case of a young man who had appendectomy and died hours after the supposedly successful operation. What happened? No one knows yet as an autopsy had to be performed. Daughter # 3 said that a colleague of hers performed dental surgery and the patient just died after the anesthesiologist gave the patient some medications to sleep. Horror stories! We should all take extra precautions concerning our health.

Daughter # 1 is now serious about getting our own Automated External Defibrillator as both my mother-in-law and husband are cardiac patients. She said that she has been telling my sister-in-law to get one for the longest time. I think she already called her uncle, his dad's brother who lives in Texas, to buy an America AED before coming home to Manila in two weeks time. She said the offered packages on sale at the site are worth the price. The site offers free medical prescriptions and medical authorization on all AEDs. I asked daughter # 1 if the AED would be easy to operate. Daughter #1 said that any idiot could be taught how to use it. Well now, I could actually learn to operate it!
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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Michael Jackson's death brought on tributes from his millions of fans from around the world. Excerpts of his life, his music, his eccentricities, his childhood, and what-have-you is being shown on television non-stop. I've been glued to the television the whole day yesterday looking and searching for anything "Michael Jackson". I even received an email from Unang Hirit asking if I have any MJ memorabilia. I have a couple of tickets from the HIStory Concert he did here in 1996 but I don't think that counted. My family is a big fan of Michael Jackson, even little Ethan. When daughter #4 got home the other night, she was teary-eyed as she said "But Michael Jackson is immortal. He cannot die!" Michael Jackson will indeed be immortalized as his music will forever remind us of his genius. One of my favorites is Billie Jean. Enjoy. Moonwalk if you please.

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Friday, June 26, 2009

At 6:30 A.M. I was waken up by the beep of my mobile phone. Since three of my kids were not at home, I immediately grabbed my cellphone to see who sent me an SMS message. It was from daughter #1, the doctor who was on duty at a hospital. The message read: "patay na si Michael Jackson" (Michael Jackson is dead). I shook my head, rubbed my eyes, and read again the text message. This can't be right! Michael is not even sick and is even preparing for a big comeback concert this July! I got out of bed, turned on the computer and searched for the related news. Indeed, Michael Jackson, the king of pop, the icon of my time, the alleged child molester, the often ridiculed persona by some, the little of boy at heart, the inventor of the moon-walk, the total performer, the only singer that I really, really adore, is dead.

He reportedly was in a coma when rushed to a hospital and suffered a cardiac arrest en route. Born on August 29, 1958, Michael died on June 25 2009, two months short of his 51st birthday. I am truly saddened by his death. It's like losing a friend. My mp3 is filled with his songs as I've been a fan of the Jackson 5 since the early 70s. Christmas will not be the same without hearing his song "Give Love on Christmas Day". His songs "Thriller" and Billy Jean" are part of my "jogging music"....Michael Jackson is dead! I cannot believe it. We almost touched hands when I watched his concert in Manila in 1996. Wait. I need time to digest and assimilate the fact that greatest total performer of all time is dead.
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School started for my son two weeks ago. He is now officially a junior in college. How time flies! In no time at all he'd be done with his course. He told me though that he plans to either pursue medical studies or go to veterinary school. Whatever he chooses, I'll be all supportive. He has asked me for money to buy his school stuff - that is two ballpoint pens and a fillet notebook. He threw in a couple of yellow pads and a plastic expandable folder for safe measures from the rain wetting his notebook and yellow pads. He asked for more money so he could buy some new shirts and a couple of pair of pants, 6 pieces of boxer shorts, and 6 pairs of socks. I was waiting for him to ask for more money for surely I know that there is a matter of buying some books for his term load. I waited. And waited. And waited. Finally, I cannot stand the long wait. After two weeks of school, I finally asked him.

"Aren't you going to buy some textbooks for your new subjects?

At that point his eyes lit up and said " Dang! I knew I was forgetting something."
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Thursday, June 25, 2009

I have been feeling out of sorts for the past few days. There are problems and there are problems. There are one or two opps in the offing but I am just not up to it, yet. I had a good bawl yesterday after reading the comment made by my online buddy Splice about my Fathers Day post.

Classes were suspended yesterday by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services (PAGASA) which normally meant it was a good day to go out gallivanting. The typhoon signal 2 did not manifest yesterday so PAGASA predicted that it would arrive today with all its 55mph sustained winds and rain, today... peksman!!(rough translation is "cross my heart!")

So, since yesterday was a "school" holiday and because my daughters felt I needed some cheering up, daughter #1 got us some special screening tickets for the movie Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. I liked Transformers 1 but through experience, sequels usually suck. Anyway, the tickets were all paid for so daughters 1, 2, 3 Ethan and I went to see the movie.

It. Was. Awesome! Borrowing Ethna's articulate description - the movie was "wooooo!" It totally rocks! I loved it! I even clapped my hands and was on the verge of standing up to shout Encore! at the movie's end when I remembered I was watching a movie and not some stage musical or play. For a moment, I forgot my ails and woes and was immersed on Sam Witwicky's (Shia LaBeouf) predicament. Megan Fox was indeed a "fox" what with her perpetually botoxed pout and uber sexiness.

For the most part, the movie was all crashing metals, ripping steels, transforming and mutating vehicles, and loud thumping of metals crashing into metals. There was a plot/story line somewhere but most of the dialogues during the fight sequences (which was actually almost all the time) were inaudible. Who cares! I was so enthralled and amazed by the technology used in the movie I didn't care if I didn't get all the dialogue exchanges. I was about to drool for Shia but thought he was too young so I drooled for Josh Duhamel instead. The twin transformers and John Turturro were the comedic reliefs in the movie.

I left the movie feeling quite light-hearted. I enjoyed the movie for really, I am still a "young boy" at heart.

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Today is Fathers Day. It would have been great pleasure and joy for me to greet my papa. However, I could not for he has left this ( sometimes ) cruel world for a better place. I could have opted to greet my father-in-law but he is in a better place too. Well, the next best person to greet is the father of my children ( sorry but my mind refuses to acknowledge the phrase my husband). But how could I happily greet him "Happy Fathers Day" when he told me yesterday that he has no obligation what-so-ever to help me buy my medications? Yes. I was forced to ask for monetary help for I ran short of cash. My van needed new disc brakes, the fence needed mending - thanks to the mango tree that fell on the fence yet was not righted for he refused to cut the fallen part- , the galvanized iron roof is rusting and needed replacement, my son needed new eye glasses - a lot of expenses in a week that I paid for. With no other extra income in the offing (not much opps too since google took my PR3 and have not returned it even as I type)- I was strapped for cash.

Top cut a long story shorter, my girls said they will shoulder my medications. I hate to ask money from them since they're not earning big bucks yet. What puzzles them though is the fact that the only one asking for allowance from Mr. No Obligation is my son. That alone saves their father a whooping 24,000 PHP a month. Where's the freaking extra money?! So! No sob story here - just the same recurring theme told in a different angle and circumstance.

In times like this, I sincerely miss my father as I have no one to act as my knight in shining armor. All my uncles on mama's and papa's side are all gone too...oh! except for an eccentric uncle on papa's side who is childless anyway. I have no other sibling but a younger brother who lives with his family in NJ. So, to you my brother, and to all deserving fathers out there... Happy Fathers Day!

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Swine flu scare or not, school has started in this part of the world. Some schools' opening was postponed for a week due to swine flu scare. Yesterday, daughter # 2 was furious because the school where she teaches is not so vigilant about feverish students who were in school. Right! Students with fever should be sent right home to prevent the spread of diseases. I find it humorous to see people wearing face masks while gallivanting about malls and other public places. Why? Those facial masks are pretty useless in preventing viral or bacterial infections because they are too porous.

The constant threat of disease, accidents, mugging and sometimes terrorism led me to think that nowadays, it is a lot better and in the long run cheaper to earn a degree online. I have been toying in with the idea of earning a master's degree for the longest time and I think the time is ripe for me to get one. Now, what masteral degree is right for me? Browsing online I chanced upon an online university that offers Masters of Science in Information Security. Interesting really as cyberspace or the web or the internet is filled with hackers and viruses and what-have-you that threatens the government, businesses and every common individuals like you and me.The masteral course offers two majors: managerial concentration and technical concentration. Managerial Information Security is perfect for IT analysts, managers, and others who deal with IT securities' and policies' examination and audit. Technical Information Security deals with the implementation of security measures and policies.

Quite interesting. The online university is Lewis University and the school even offers financial help for deserving applicants and students. I would look further into this and who knows?! I might actually take the course.
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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

It has been raining on and off for the past month. The rainy season in the Philippines is progressively coming in earlier each year. If this keeps up, the rainy season might fall during the official summer months this part of the world - March to May. Wouldn't that be something?!

I don't hate the rain. It is the rain that fills up our dams for our water and electricity. It is the rain that fills up the rivers and streams that help in irrigating our crops and plants. It is the rain that clears the smog and pollution evident in our cities. It is the rain that brings freshness and coolness to our mostly hot and humid weather. However, if the rain does not let up, too much of it causes flooding. Flooding drowns our crops and plants and sometimes, people too. Too much rain causes heavy traffic which in turn brings havoc to commuters. Many gets stranded in impossible-to-comprehend-and-untangle traffic jams which in turn cause waste of gasoline, time and undue stress to parents waiting for their kids to get home. Too much rain causes my laundry woman to swear and tsk-tsk interchangeably to the yet wet clothes that she washed and hung to dry two days ago. Tomorrow is a new day. As I see it, it is the day I finally succumb to the rain and bring all our dirty clothes to the dry cleaner.
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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

I have not done some memes for quite a time now.So! here are some blog awards that I got from Nancy and Pink Note. Thank you ladies for your thoughtfulness.

I would like to pass these awards to some very dear blogger friends of mine. Go girls!

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Who does not want to look beautiful? Who does not want to look firm and buff after birthing a bunch of kids, toiling night and day for years of stressful motherhood with the added strain of being a wife, a tutor, a driver, a cook, a counselor, a bread-winner, an event organize, a gardener, a care-taker, etc, etc. You're one big fat liar if you say you don't care how you look once you hit the 40s! Life has changed as it no longer begins at 40. It has transformed to "life begins at whatever age you want it to begin!"

Okay. So I'm having a hard time getting back into the shape and size I was back when the price of gas was 15 PHP per liter. The stubborn extra weight won't come off! Short of getting a knife and cutting off the woobly-jiggly thingy that is my tummy, I researched on a non-surgical way to get rid of the offending err..ahh... fat. Sure, liposuction has been around for years and years now but I don't want that since the procedure is still pretty invasive for me. Zerona might be the answer to my problem. The lipo laser quickly and painlessly breaks down the fat cells of the areas being treated as it stimulates the body to rid itself of the excess fat. A typical treatment course runs for a period of a 40-minute tri weekly sessions for three weeks. How does it work?

The Zerona laser liposuction is a cold laser beam penetrates fat cells making them empty out the fatty cells into the body for normal secretion out of the lymphatic and digestive systems. Great! This is best if one is in a hurry to look ones best for that special occasion in the offing. Count me in!
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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Swine flu scare or not, school will finally start on June 15 for Ethan and June 16 for my son. In preparation for school, I have bought Ethan's school supplies and other kits. There were no books included in the list. I think the school will continue with its innovation of using US textbooks for based on US curriculum too. I had a laugh when I read its curriculum citing Filipino as foreign language. Whatever. I still need to buy Ethan more clothes as his school is "uniformless".

As preparation for my son's schooling, I went to his apartment to check out what he needs. Horror of horrors! The apartment was freaking dirty and stinked to high heavens! Daughter #2 and I tried to clean the apartment but only did so superficially. The whole place needs a great wash and clean-up. I almost fainted when I saw the yellowed-dusty-smelly bed sheets and pillow cases of my son. No wonder his pimples have been acting up. He has been sleeping in "dirt" for the past month. No amount of the best acne treatment would do him any good if he continues to sleep on dirty sheets on a dusty bed in a smelly bedroom in a super stinky apartment.
Posted by desperateblogger On 6/11/2009 10:03:00 PM 5 comments READ FULL POST
It's a long weekend here in the Philippines for June 12 is Philippine Independence Day. Independence Day used to be July 4, same as in the USA. For those in the dark, the Philippines was under American rule after Spain sold my native land to the tune of 20,000,000 Pesos to good ol' Uncle Sam. Of course, that piece of information was not taught in history classes in elementary and secondary school just like the information that Emilio Aguinaldo willingly left for Hong Kong before the turn of the century as an exile when Spain paid him 3,000,000 Pesos.

Anyway, Aguinaldo came back to the Philippines and declared June 12 ,1898 as Philippine's emancipation day from Spain. The declaration, however, was not recognized by the United States or Spain, and was not generally recognized by other nations. So! the Spanish government ceded the Philippines to the United States. The transition was pretty much hard as the Spanish speaking Filipinos had to learn a new language which was English. For more than forty years the Philippines was under various US governor generals. Their names are all over the streets of Manila: Taft, Harrison,Forbes, Wood, Gilmore, Murphy, Roosevelt and more.

After the Tydings-McDuffie act or what is known as the Philippine Independence Act was approved in 1934, the Philippines just had to wait for a 10-year transition period for the USA to grant its independence. Tough luck! Halfway through the transition period during the Commonwealth years, WW II happened. After the war, ready or not ready, the Philippines demanded that the agreement in the Tydings-McDuffie Act be honored. So on July 4, 1946, the United States of America granted and recognized Philippine Independence. In 1965, during Diosdado Macapagal's tenure as president of the Philippines, he changed July 4 to June 12 as Philippine Independence Day. What do you think Philippine Independence Day should be?
Posted by desperateblogger On 6/11/2009 09:26:00 PM 1 comment READ FULL POST
I had a very tiring day yesterday. I went to Divisoria in the morning to buy the textiles for my family's Filipiniana attire to be worn on my mother-in-law's 80th birthday. I and my family intend to wear Muslim-inspired costumes. Think Singkil, Maranao, Kumintang, Sari-Manok! Oh I had a field day choosing the textiles and accessories. After buying all the materials I needed for our costumes, I asked my driver to take to C.M. Recto to order the invites. I got the invites real cheap at 35 Php a piece compared to about 100 Php per piece in mall outlets.

By 4:00 P.M. I was home. At 5:30 P.M. I did my daily 3.5 -5 K jog. By 6:30 P.M. I have taken my shower and was about to turn on my computer when daughters 3 and 4 drove by and picked me up for a game of badminton. We got home around 10:30 P.M. after sets after sets of robust playing. I was ready to hit the sack by 11:30 P.M. when daughter # 2 came in my bedroom and requested that I drive her to school at 5:30 A.M the tomorrow (that's today). She said the whole faculty and staff of the school will be having a field trip. Yey! to them. I must have dozed off around 1:00 P.M. for I specifically remembered watching two re-runs of The Nanny.

"Mom! wake up. It's time for you to drive me to school."

I groggily and grudgingly got up and dressed to drive daughter # 2 to school at 5:30 A.M. It's now 8:14 A.M. and I look like crap. I have dark circles around my puffy and eyes. I can even discern a more pronounced "crows feet" at the corners of my eyes! I need to do something real fast for I have to look my best at my mother-in-law's birthday. In times like this, I need the magic that is called anti wrinkle eye cream. I have an hour and 44 minutes to kill before I raid the mall and get me one.
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A cousin sent me the following prayer through email. It is a prayer written by a 15 year old kid from Arizona. Since most public schools in the United States do no allow the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance and the Lord's Prayer so as not to offend the non-believers. I say, boo-hoo to the school administrators, the city council, the state council and all other councils and legislators for allowing this to happen. What about the believers? Don't they have the right to profess their beliefs? Isn't USA founded by believers? Anyway, here's the prayer.

Now I sit me down in school
Where praying is against the rule.
For this great nation under God
Finds mention of Him very odd.

If Scripture now the class recites,
It violates the Bill of Rights..
And anytime my head I bow
Becomes a Federal matter now.

Our hair can be purple, orange or green,
That's no offense; it's a freedom scene.
The law is specific, the law is precise.
Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.

For praying in a public hall
Might offend someone with no faith at all.
In silence alone we must meditate,
God's name is prohibited by the state.

We're allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,
And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks..
They've outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.
To quote the Good Book makes me liable.

We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,
And the 'unwed daddy,' our Senior King.
It's 'inappropriate' to teach right from wrong,
We're taught that such 'judgments' do not belong.

We can get our condoms and birth controls,
Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles.
But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,
No word of God must reach this crowd.

It's scary here I must confess,
When chaos reigns the school's a mess.
ullpost">So, Lord, this silent plea I make:
Should I be shot; My soul please take!

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Daughter # 1, the doctor, is such a spoil sport. I told her to ask my neurologist if I could take some form of diet pills to hasten my "slimming" regimen. She said "What are you, nuts? You can't combine any form of diet pills with your current medications now." She said so with much emphasis her hairband flew off her head. Okay.I.Get.It. No need to fly off the handle. I have been doing some jogging every afternoon in the hope that my metabolism speeds up. I used to have a fast metabolism but as one grows older, metabolism slows down. Maybe what I need is a fat burner supplement. I'll read up about it first though for safe measures.
Posted by desperateblogger On 6/09/2009 11:07:00 PM 1 comment READ FULL POST
My page rank, that is. What's with google lately? It has been giving PRs left and right and then a few days later (for some, a few hours later), the PRs are stripped down! I lost my PR 3 on this blog in March. Today, I lost my PR 2 in my other blog. My two blogs are officially PR O. I just don't get it. How does google do the math and stats in order to give out PRs to websites? Gosh! I have read blogs with PR 4 and those same blogs do not even merit a PR1. I know of some blogs that definitely merit a PR but don't have one for that matter. So! I hope google is happy that it has stripped me of my extra "bread and butter." For a company that rakes millions in a day, it sure is stingy. What will google do next time I wonder? I wonder if the good company would be willing to send me at least $200 a month for my medications.
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Monday, June 8, 2009

With my mother-in-law's 80th birthday celebration a few weeks ago, we are all in a hurry to lose some weight so we could all look nice in our Filipiniana costumes. The seamstress took the kids' and their cousins' measurements a week ago but I refused to have mine taken. I told my seamstress to give me until the first week of July before she measures me. By then, I hope I have lost the few stubborn and unyielding pounds that seem want to stay permanently wrapped around my waistline. The first week of June has come and gone and I'm still stuck with the unwanted fat! The second week has started and at the rate I'm being invited to parties, I'll never lose the extra weight. I have to think positively now. I will lose 10 pounds within a month. I will lose 10 pounds within month. While I chant positively, it might help if I look for the best diet pills in town and actually take them.
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Is it finally time for me to get my own hosting site? I have been in this quandary for the longest time and I still can't decide. My main concern is I would not know how to go about transferring my domain to a web hosting provider. There are probably thousands of web hosting providers worldwide and that made the market real competitive. It used to cost a lot to get your own host but today, there are great hosting packages being offered. It is best to research on the top web hosting companies before I do the plunge and according to http://webhostinggeeks.com the top three web host providers are Inmotion, JustHost and WebHosting Pad. All three offers almost the same packages but WebHosting Pad offers if for less at $1.99 per month. Cheap hosting does not necessarily translate to inferior hosting as expensive hosting does not necessarily means "great" hosting.

Since my in-laws have plans of expanding their other businesses by means of putting up websites for their various businesses and since I have other blogs too running on free web hosting, maybe getting a dedicated server would be a better option. I think this would be more flexible than a shares hosting as I could have a better control over the servers. I could even offer hosting services If I wanted too! Oh well, I guess I have to start small and learn the ropes first before I venture into providing my own shared-hosting.

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Saturday, June 6, 2009

On June 9, classes start for my son. The only problem is he is still not enrolled. It's not because of financial reasons but more on the low-techness of the supposedly high-tech online enrollment of his university.

The online preenlistment of subjects for incoming juniors were supposed to have started first week of May. That did not happen so the first batch of preenlistment was two weeks late. The first batch run yielded 3 enlisted subjects for my son. Yey!- four more subjects and my son's 20 unit-load for the semester would be filled. The second batch run failed! All the enlisted subjects in the second batch run was canceled. The site was down for a day and during down time an internal batch run happened giving my son another subject. Yey! - three more subjects to go.

The online preenlistment closed and students have to wearily trod back to the campus to enlist and enroll manually. The first day of manual enlistment was for freshies and graduating students. The second day was open to all levels and miracle of miracles, my son was able to enlist his three remaining subjects. When it was time for him to validate his subjects, power failure happened. It was raining that day and somehow a freak tornado hit one of the surrounding areas of the university and some big-old trees fell on some small-old houses. Since the houses were not steel buildings but only made of inferior wood, they fell bringing down with them power lines and phone lines. Thus! All enrollment procedures were halted. Another day lost. Come Monday, my son will once again brave the long lines of assessment and payment windows and hopefully be officially enrolled by the end of the day.
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Friday, June 5, 2009

I used to subscribe to a lot of magazines before but subscription rates now ran into thousands of precious money that I stopped. What I do now is just buy magazines on occasions. At the checkout counter at the grocery the other day, I saw a magazine that captivated me. The cover was Lea Salonga and I just can't stop wondering who did her make-up for it was pretty fantastic - natural looking but her features were emphasized. I bough the magazine hoping that the make-up artist would be mentioned in the article pertaining to her.

I was skimming through the pages when another the picture almost gave me cardiac arrest. I thought I must be mistaken but no I was not! The Gap-boy-model-look is none other than Manny Pacquiao. He is in the list top 20 Global Pinoys and holds the 57th place in the top 100 Celebrities world wide. Forbes reports that the Pacman is $40 M rich which roughly translates to 2,000,000,000 precious Philippine pesos. Is that right, nine zeros to make a billion? Go Manny! And please don't ever-ever-ever run for a public office. Be glad to you are a world class boxer with an honorary doctorate degree and a wonderful family. In the meantime please pay for Aling Dionisia's ballroom dancing lessons and get her a personal stylist. To Jinkee... naka-jackpot ka!
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I just had my monthly check-up and suffice it to say that I was not contented with my doctor's consult. He barely did a physical examination! All he did was asked questions that were mostly rhetorical. He kept on fidgeting on his seat for he said the air conditioner was freezing. The ACU was centralized and there was no way for him to control the temperature. Heck! I was wearing short sleeves and I thought the cool air was fantastic. Anyway, I thought that my doctor would request for a complete laboratory and blood chemistry tests before he could decide whether to lower or up my medication dosage. Well, he did not and that troubles me. How can he decide to lower the dosage of my medication without even knowing my present blood chemistry results? So! I told daughter # 1 to get a request for a complete blood test and blood chem. I also told her to ask my doctor if I could take ephedra diet pill for a short time so I could lose some more weight fast. I have two very important events to attend and I definitely want to look my best.

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Every so often I see myself with a broken doorknob. It maybe that the brand of doorknobs that I have been buying is inferior quality wise or I have the "broken-door-knob" curse! Remember the post I did about Ethan being trapped inside my bedroom because the doorknob jammed and failed to open? That was one heck of an experience. A few weeks ago, the knob of the door opening to the terrace jammed too and we all had to go around the house to get to the terrace. The other day, I had a heck of a time looking for my househelp. I was in kitchen calling for her for a good 10 minutes and she still won't answer. I was about to blow my top when I heard I faint call coming from inside the bathroom located near the utility room. It was Rose, my househelper. She locked herself in the bathroom and can't get out. It took me another 15 minutes or so to locate the bathroom keys for who the heck keeps bathroom keys? This morning, my hubby went in my son's bedroom to get some stuff. My son only comes home in the weekends thus his bedroom is rarely used. What do you know? The door knob trim came loose and no matter what my hubby did it won't stay put. Solution? Take the whole door hardware out and replace it with a new one. So. What is it with me and wrecked doorknobs? I guess it's time to get high quality door hardware now. As in now!
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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

My broadband connection is so slow that I could actually take a nap before my browser opens. Well, that's a wee bit exaggerated. Anyway I have not been able to do much blog hopping because of the slow connection as I don't have the time nor the patience for that. I called my internet provider yesterday to complain. My broadband speed should be from 2 MB up. My speed is actually below 500 kb and that is pretty slow for me and my kids. The tech support person asked me to test my internet's speed at a specific website. I told I already did but he countered that I should test it 3 times and get the average. I've actually tested the speed about 4 times but I obliged just to humor him. After registering speeds of 406, 530 and 480, the tech support finally agreed that "yes, your speed is 60% below the accepted norm for your bundle". Duh?! So, Mr. Tech support told me to wait for up to three days for their repairman to service the central panel in my vicinity.

In line with this, I have not been dropping ECs, blog hopping and commenting on blogs. So dear readers, desperateblogger is incapacitated due to technical difficulties. Regular service will be back as soon as possible. Please bear with me.

Posted by desperateblogger On 6/03/2009 09:00:00 AM 3 comments READ FULL POST

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Daughter #2 is serious about losing some poundage. Remember the diet plan we both tried two weeks ago? Well, the diet, although quite harsh and unhealthy proved to be effective for her. Not because the diet really works but because daughter # 2 was a picky eater and ate so little or did not eat at all. Bad diet plan. It's as if the root word of diet is die. The diet shook daughter # 2's system. The weight lost was mostly water, not actually fat. I lost a total of 3 pounds in a week while daughter #2 lost 8. My lost was minimal for I have been in a low fat-low salt diet since April that my body did not have much fluid to flush out. Did the diet work? In a way. Daughter # 2 repeated the week-long diet after a three-day diet break. However I still believe that the key to losing weight is less food intake and more physical activity. Stir away from high-caloric and high in fat food. If you choose to use diet supplements be sure to check out the product ever so carefully by reading reviews about them.
Posted by desperateblogger On 6/02/2009 10:20:00 PM 1 comment READ FULL POST
I am in quandary as to what to what item to get as souvenirs for my ma-in-law's 80th birthday. Our choreographer suggested I have 150 mini bahay kubo or nip huts hand-made by my carpenter. I looked at him side ways and he got my meaning: dude! are you kidding me? My trip to Divisoria, Manila's premiere bargain district, was fruitless as the souvenirs being hawked on the sidewalks are way too tacky for my taste. I browsed online for souvenir ideas and found these personalized tote bags. I think these are practical items as our guests could actually use them. At $1.50 per, the bag is within my budget. The site indicates that I could have any text printed on the eco-friendly bags.
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