Mar 29, 2012

Medicines for my Sinusitis

Words that I will always dread hearing from my doctor are " you need an operation." Thankfully this time, I was just prescribed steroids and antibiotic for my sinusitis. You see, I had a functional endoscopic surgery more than seven years ago because I always had blocked sinuses. Polyps have formed inside my nose and the only way was to had them scraped! But once a polyp-former, always a polyp-former my doctor said so when I had a check up last year, I was given steroids and antibiotics. Thankfully, the polyps shrunk and while my sense of smell was 'intermittent' I was already feeling good.
But for the past few months, I was having headaches and pain on the left side of my face so I went again for consultation to my ENT. Again, I have polyps so I am on medications now. Hopefully, the polyps would have shrunk by next week as I am taking these drugs 3 times a day. But I would rather have them anytime than an operation. Hope to be better by next week! So I want to remind all you of if you feel something wrong, it is best to go to your doctor. if my polpys are gone by next wee, I would have to see my doctor every 3 or 6 months to avoid having them again and treat them earlier!

Mar 22, 2012

Hunger Games Movie Premiere

We watched the premiere screening of The Hunger Games last night at Robinsons Galleria, thanks to the wonderful people of Robinsons Land. I was with my sister, who have also read all 3 books and my son, who have never heard of Hunger Games and we all loved it! My sister puts it on her Facebook timeline as "best movie adaptation I have ever seen!"
Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss was perfect! As one review said, I can never imagine anybody else playing Katniss because she was just perfect. She fits my image from the book exactly. She portrays the unwilling tribute very well. Of course, there were moments when it could have been better and there were scenes in the book that I wished were in the movie, but I will not spoil it for anybody. I loved it! Cant wait to see the next installment!

Mar 19, 2012

Local Produce at Quezon Circle Farmers Market

We were at the QC Circle last week and after our usual run and exercise, we decided to check out the tiangge area of the park. One of the newest attraction, aside from the ever growing number of food stalls, is the addition of the Farmers Market.
The market is opening soon, but there are about 3 stalls that were already open and they were selling these fruits that my kids are not familiar with. I grew up in Batangas and these were the fruits of my childhood. Among them is this chesa. It was good when ripe but, not one of the best tasting fruits out there. I just know that it is a good source of Vitamin A and is good for our eyesight.
Another fruit from my childhood is this star apple or caimito. I remember fun stories of my lolo climbing this tree just to get us some fruit. Why he would want to climb when we can pick it with a pole was a mystery to me now, but when I was a child, it was the height of cool!
And I can remember when we unearthed one big lump of ube in our backyard and we had the best ube halaya of my childhood!
And these are just some of the produce from the other stall, the atsara. Best served with fried or grilled fish or pork!These are just some of the fruits and produce being offered at the Quezon Circle Farmers Market. Hope you can check it out when you go there so you can also help out our farmers!

Mar 16, 2012

Winning the Lotto Jackpot and Losing It All

You must have heard it by now. The unbelievable story of the PCSO employee who won the P14 million lotto jackpot and who lost it all again in just 3 months. I cant imagine how he must have lived during those 3 months and how his wife must have felt. He obviously acted like somebody who won the lotto: easy money, easy come, easy go. He bought a car on the same day that he claimed his prize. He also bought a P4-M dream house, and spent almost P2-M in balato. He gifted somebody with a car and literally lived the high life. And all of it is gone now, and he still owe people money. While he knows he will be open to ridicule, I am glad that this man came out with his story to become a warning, a lesson to people like us who bet on the lotto and dream of winning the jackpot: be wise when it comes to money. Invest, or keep it in the bank and keep quiet. I guess this man became too excited with his winnings and he did not get any sound financial advice from people around him.

If I should win the jackpot, here are the things that I would do:
1. Keep quiet about it.
2. Put it all in a bank.
3. Build the second floor of our house.
4. I will not buy a new car, but have some repairs on our van.
5. Give my siblings and husband's siblings some financial help, without telling them that I won the lotto. It will only cause more problems.
6. Put some of the money on time deposits.
7. Buy a second property as investment.
8. Think of a business that we can invest on. But do a thorough due diligence first.

I guess the key here is to keep thinking clearly and not become overwhelmed with the money and live as you have always lived. The only difference should be, you wont be wanting for money anymore but don't make your life all about the money and what you can buy.

So good luck to all of us who bets on the lotto and should the universe conspire to give us such chance to win the jackpot, then be very, very wise about it.

Mar 14, 2012

How Not to Set Up A Chocolate Fountain


During my nephew's birthday party, I was in charge of the chocolate fountain. I borrowed it from my office mate and bought the chocolate bars and stuff from the mall. Since we already had a chocolate fountain session at the office, I thought setting it up again at home would be a breeze. I was wrong. Below is a picture of how not to set up a chocolate fountain! Its a fountain alright, but see the black thingies should be upside down! So I poured down the melted chocolate, thinking(quite wrongly) that once it is there, that it would pump up and go all fountain-y! Boy, I was wrong! It wouldn't pump! Apparently, the voltage transformer was too little so we had to find one with a bigger voltage.
And it wouldn't pump still! So I had to take out all the chocolate (too messy!!!) and put some oil on the thingie at the bottom until it finally worked. This was after some frantic call with my office mate, ha ha. Finally, finally the chocolate fountain worked!And my son was the first on the line to try it!
And the adults too! Setting it up while actually worth it after seeing the happy faces of the kids and the adults. It was such a hit and made the party a lot more fun!
So how not to set-up a chocolate fountain? Try it first! Ha ha, I learned the hard way!

Mar 12, 2012

Making Traveling a Little Less Boring

This is our van's dashboard and those three dogs with heads lolling at a little movement makes traveling a little less boring! We bought them during my birthday from a street vendor in Roxas Blvd and I have never regretted the purchase ever since. Just looking at them makes me smile!
We cannot afford to have dogs at our place right now because it is small so we just have to be content with petting these cute ones while riding our van.

Mar 7, 2012

My Office Plants

According to this news report, people who are exposed to plants develop stronger immunity. There are studies that people benefit a lot from walking thru forest and staying at parks because of the effects of the plants around them. And since I love gardening and I have these beautiful plants at the office, some of them has to go home now. Yes, I will bring home the fortune plant and see if it will fare better in our house. They say it brings good luck so aside from the health benefit, it may also welcome more blessings for my family. So my office plant will be my house plant starting tomorrow. But I will replace my office plant with something that our office butler, James, promised to give me.

Mar 5, 2012

Happy Birthday, Micko!

Say a happy birthday to the cutest nephew in the whole world, Micko! He had so much fun during his birthday party yesterday and here is just some of his birthday loots!
Happy birthday, Micko!

Mar 1, 2012

Beware: Another Spam Email

I received this in my email last night and I am sure this is spam. I sent an email last year to Pacific Pensionne when I was planning our trip to Cebu but we did not get to stay there. And very obviously also, if ever the reservations officer was stuck in Spain and cant get home, I wont be in her list of persons from whom she would sought help. The email reads:

Hope you get this on time,

Am sorry I didn't inform you about my trip to Spain for a program,I'm presently in Spain and am having some difficulties here because i misplaced my wallet on my way to the hotel where my money and other valuable things were kept.I want you to assist me with a loan of 2,950 Euro = 4,100 Dollars to sort-out my hotel bills and to get myself back home.

I have spoken to the embassy here but they are not responding to the matter effectively,I will appreciate whatever you can afford to assist me with,I'll refund the money back to you as soon as i return,let me know if you can be of any help.I don't have a phone where i can be reached.

Please let me know immediately if you can be of help to my situation.

Best Regards,

Ms. Florence N. Calderon
Reservations Officer
Pacific Pensionne
313-A Osmena Blvd., Ceby City 6000
24 Hour Hotline: (63-927) 2579183; (63-32) 2585271 ; (63-32) 4125703
Fax : (63-32) 2558260
Email: reservations_pacificpensionne@yahoo.com
It was purportedly sent from Pacific Pensionne reservations_pacificpensionne@yahoo.com but the rest of the details are as follows:

from: Pacific Pensionne reservations_pacificpensionne@yahoo.com
reply-to: reservetions_pacificpensionne@yahoo.com
to: reservations_pacificpensionne@yahoo.com
date: Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 8:10 AM
subject: Emergency Please
mailed-by: yahoo.com
signed-by: yahoo.com
: Important mainly because of the words in the message.

Note that the reply to is now for reservetions_pacificpensionne@yahoo.com. Note that the spelling of reservations has now changed. I am lucky that I do not know this person so I am sure this is spam but what if the email came from somebody I know? Oh well, we really should practice diligence before responding to emails of this sort. So please beware!