Thursday, April 30, 2009

Britney Spears' Ab Workout Revealed Video

I have been looking for a video talking about how Britney got her nice abs. Well, for the information of everyone, I have found it. I'm still trying to work this out and, hopefully, get Britney's perfect abs. And, I'll keep you updated if things will work out just the way I want it to be.

You guys out there, maybe you should also check and try this out. In no time, you'll also have Britney's perfect abs.

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Going Out-of-town All Alone

It's a good feeling when you're responsible enough to do your thing, and, that's exactly what I did and I'm very proud of it.

The other day, my friend and I decided to go to Digos City, a one and a half kilometers ride from our city, to pass our applications. So, I got dressed and went to the place where we were supposed to meet. But, it happened that this friend of mine decided to back-out because she just came from a night shift and she couldn't stand up the feeling of sleepiness. Oh, okay, I thought. My Mom would really go wild if she knew about this. So, I decided to go ahead instead.

Unsure where the entrance was, I decided to follow the young lady carrying a travel bag. When I was inside the terminal, I was looking around for the bus going to Digos. Whew, I felt relief when I was already inside the bus. And since I was the first passenger to enter the air conditioned bus, I took the front seat, mirror side to see the view of the landscapes later on.

I got this feeling of excitement because it'd be my first time going to another town all by myself. And the last time I went to Digos was two years ago and I am not familiar with the streets. So, that was really an adventure for me.

When I arrived at the Digos Terminal, I immediately went out from the bus and looked for a tricycle (a 3-wheeled motorcycle with a cabin). Then, I asked the driver to bring me to my destination. Knowing that there might be advantageous people around, I made myself comfortable and appear like I live there.

I really wouldn't forget this experience. And, oh, when I arrived back home, my Mom instantly greeted me and asked me how was it been. So, to keep myself being honest, I told her that I was all alone on the trip. And, alas, you couldn't imagine her reaction when I blurted it out. But, I think, on the other hand, she was also proud for what I did. Lol.

Blogger Buddy Award

Hey guys, I got an award again from Grace, my former co-worker and my blogger buddy as well. Thank you Grace for giving me this award. It's my honor to receive this award from you. So, for all my blogger buddies out there, you gotta grab this award! And, I also thank you all for being my blogger buddies. God bless you. :)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Don't Be A Source Of Hurt To Others

This saying, "Don't be a source of hurt to others", has always been on my mind since I heard this from a priest who made his homily in a TV Mass during Christmas' Eve. He also repeated this phrase during the Easter Sunday Mass. This saying is a simple phrase, yet, has a big impact for me. It always makes me realize that we shouldn't be a source of hurt to others but, instead, love one another and never ever hurt other people's feelings.

And, in connection with this, the phrase also reminded me of another saying from Dalai Lama:
"Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them."

Monday, April 27, 2009

For Nurses Living In Davao City

I got this text message from PINOYCARE VISA CENTER and it goes like this:
This is to inform everyone that our FREE 30-mins orientation will be on May 1, 2009 (Friday) from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Marco Polo Hotel, C.M. Recto St., Davao City. Come and bring along your friends!
So, for those of you who want to go abroad, you need to attend their orientation. I forgot what country nga lang, but I think, as far as I can remember, it's New Zealand. And you might also wonder why they wrote "30-mins" when they've said later on the text message that it will be from, I can't answer that. Anyway, just want to inform you guys out there. So, for those of you who are coming, see ya!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

An Emptiness in My Life

I feel an emptiness in my life right now now. Two weeks ago, I'd go to my Mom's bedroom and we would lay on her bed talking and laughing and seriously telling her that I am very much satisfied with my life and I couldn't ask for more. She'd look at me, trying to tell me with her eyes, "Are you sure? You're young. You're still 23 years old." But, that was honestly what's in my heart. The feeling of fulfillment and the overabundant joy was very much present in my heart.

That was two weeks ago.

Those days where I'd go to church everyday to receive Jesus, listening to the gospel reading, giving alms to beggars, praying contemplatively every morning with God and having a very good conversation with Him (and feeling my tears running down to my cheeks), showing kindness and respect to other people and even strangers, giving my smile to every people I met, praying the Holy Rosary every night with my Mom and Sis, reading the Bible once in a while, go to confession -- in general, having a very good relationship with God and my family and those people around me.

And that was two weeks ago.

Right now, I feel terribly bad. Two straight Sundays of not going to Church with the family due to some TIME reasons, the rare occasion of praying the Holy Rosary, and not reading the Bible at least once a day. And because of this, I feel ashamed as I wake up in the morning to make my prayer to God. Because deep inside, I feel guilty.

I also noticed that during these days, some misunderstandings are happening in our lives. Little misunderstandings that shouldn't complicate things in our family life. I love my family very, very much and I want to bring back the things happened two weeks ago.

Maybe, just maybe, God is knocking at our door and inviting us again to reach out for Him.

by Gregory Norbet

Come back to me with all your heart,
don't let fear keep us apart.
Trees do bend, tho' straight and tall;
so must we to others' call.

Long have I waited for your coming
home to me and living deeply our new life.

The wilderness will lead you
to your heart where I will speak.
Integrity and justice
with tenderness you shall know.

Long have I waited for your coming
home to me and living deeply our new life.

You shall sleep secure with peace;
faithfulness will be your joy.

Long have I waited for your coming
home to me and living deeply our new life.

And that song tells it all.

(If you want to listen to the song, just click on the title, "Hosea".)
(Link for Gregory Norbet on Youtube, please click HERE.)

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Is Vitamin E Supplement Could Really Increase the Risk of Heart Disease?

As I was reading an old copy of Reader's Digest a few days ago, I came across in the section which tackles antioxidant supplements. I always have known that antioxidants, such as Vitamin E, could protect us from cell damage. I have been on a Vitamin E 300 IU supplement for months now but switched into a higher dose of 400 IU, hoping of having a very good skin complexion and to maintain its youthful glow by helping the cells turn over faster. The more cells are renewed, the more it’ll reflect on the way the skin looks.

But the article had made me think twice. While it is currently a fad taking this supplement, the increase risk of heart disease in conjunction with this is really mind-blowing. One article proved that in general, a 40 IU of Vitamin E supplement is considered to be a normal dose. But a whooping 400 IU per day is considered to be "high dose" or "megadose"!

But, let me make it clear...the article talks about Vitamin E supplements. Thus, it advices the readers that if a person has a family history of any heart diseases, he/she should switch to a natural source of Vitamin E instead of supplements.

One study in another article have found out that patients with heart disease or diabetes who took 400 IU of vitamin E daily for an average of seven years were at a significantly increased risk of heart failure compared to patients who were not taking vitamin E supplements. This study concluded that high-dose vitamin E supplements (400 IU or greater) should not be taken by patients with heart disease or diabetes.

Vitamin E is naturally found in foods such as:
  • vegetable oils such as sunflower, safflower, canola, and olive;
  • seeds and nuts such as sunflower seeds, almonds, hazelnuts, and peanuts;
  • wheat germ; and
  • some green leafy vegetables, although it is present in small amounts.
Therefore, better stick with what nature provides than purchasing any synthetic forms.

To maintain vitamin E levels of 22 IU of natural source (this is for people aged 14 years and above), it is important to eat a variety of antioxidant-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and moderate amounts of healthy unsaturated fats, (such as those found in fish, olive oil, canola oil, some vegetable oils, nuts, and flaxseed), as part of a healthy diet.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor: My Stroke Of Insight

I came across Dr. Jill Taylor while watching Oprah and that was probably the most intellectual show I've ever seen. I got interested on the show because my Mom also had a stroke two and a half years ago, and thank God she survived it.

Dr. Taylor, a Brain Scientist, realized one day that her mind was completely deteriorated whereby she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life. Because of her understanding of how the brain works, Jill completely recovered her mind, brain and body. This is indeed a powerful story about how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another.

Here is the video from TED website. This is an 18-minute presentation at the TED conference in Monterey, CA on February 27, 2008. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design.

She also wrote a book, which is entitled My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey. Bad thing it isn't released yet in the Philippines. But this book is available online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Viking Penguin Group. So, for Philippine residents, better watch out for the release of this book on National Bookstore or at your local bookstore.

Link of this video:
Link to Dr. Taylor's website:

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Diabetes Scare

When my cousin and I were roaming the busy streets of Manila, I'd always make sure that I have with me a bottle of water. It made me thirsty walking at a fast speed along with many people, commuting with different kind of transportations such as jeepney, bus, and train, climbing stairs going to LRT or MRT station or to the mall, and looking for stuffs at Divisoria or Baclaran and ended up feeling exhausted.

During lunch time, we'd eat one big meal, and yet, I'd still feel hungry at around 2 p.m. and, unlike my cousin, I had to look for a store to buy some snacks. It occurred to me that it's normal feeling to be hungry at that time since I've used up all my energy. Another thing that usually made our day delayed was my frequent need to use the comfort room. I didn't have any reason to alarm since my intake of water is increased, therefore, the need to urinate has a reason behind it.

But my cousin, Cring, sensed that there is something wrong with me. With the knowledge that both my family sides have history of Diabetes, the risk is considerably and undoubtedly higher than those who do not.

Moreover, the three cardinal symptoms of Diabetes Mellitus is very much evident! And these are:
  • polyuria - increase or frequent urination
  • polydipsia - extreme thirst
  • polyphagia - extreme hunger
So, here's a little history. My grandma, Papa's mother, had been amputated a year ago because of diabetes. She also had a brother who was amputated years before and died. Moreover, my Mom was also diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, along with hypertension, increased uric acid, and high cholesterol two and a half years ago. Because of these diagnoses and it happened very fast, she had to be admitted and even stayed on the Critical Care Unit for 3 days. And when her attack came, she had be scanned (CT Scan) and undergo Cerebral Angiography (to check the blood flow or any blockage or hemorrhage in the part of her brain).

Therefore, I realize I really need to get rid of my bad eating habit and switch to a healthy, good eating habit. I always have a very good appetite and love for sweets, especially cakes, chocolates, ice creams, etc. But, if I don't want to end up like my Mom and my late Grandma, changes in what I've been used to must be strictly implemented.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Uber Amazing Blog Award

This award was given to me by my friend, Grace. Actually, she has sent this last March 19, but, due to my busy schedules per se, I've just acknowledged this award today. My sincere apology to Grace, and my gratitude at the same time for her for giving me this award. Thank you soooooooo much!

And, now, for the rules:

(synonym to Super) A
mazing Blog Award is a blog award given to sites who:
  • inspires you
  • makes you smile and laugh
  • or maybe gives amazing information
  • a great read
  • has an amazing design
  • and any other reasons you can think of that makes them
  • uber amazing

The rules of this award are:

* Copy the badge and put the logo on your blog sidebar or post.

* Nominate at least 5 blogs (can be more) that for you are Uber Amazing!

* Let them know that they have received this Uber Amazing award by commenting on their blog.

* Share the love and link to this this post and to the person you received your award from.

* Come back and comment so that your link could be added to the master list of awardees.

I'm going to pass this award to:

Mr. Jesse
Tawana B

Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Lost Generation by Jonathan Reed (A Very Inspirational Message That Shouldn't Be Taken For Granted)

This is a poem written by Jonathan Reed. I first heard this poem when the priest on a TV mass gave this as an example. At first, I thought that the one who wrote this had a great bitterness in his heart and into the world. But, when the priest went on until the end, it really sparked me with amazement on how this poem was written. And its message is undeniably true beyond comprehension. You can click on the title to view the message on YouTube.

I am part of a lost generation
and I refuse to believe that
I can change the world
I realize this may be a shock but
“Happiness comes from within.”
is a lie, and
“Money will make me happy.”
So in 30 years I will tell my children
they are not the most important thing in my life
My employer will know that
I have my priorities straight because
is more important than
I tell you this
Once upon a time
Families stayed together
but this will not be true in my era
This is a quick fix society
Experts tell me
30 years from now, I will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of my divorce
I do not concede that
I will live in a country of my own making
In the future
Environmental destruction will be the norm
No longer can it be said that
My peers and I care about this earth
It will be evident that
My generation is apathetic and lethargic
It is foolish to presume that
There is hope.

And all of this will come true unless we choose to reverse it .

Read the message, then read it again in reverse.

So, tell me, what do you think about this poem?

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Back in Blogging!

I was out from blogging for almost a month! Anyway, I'm back now. My cousin and I were in Manila in the last week of March and my 2nd time in Manila was a blast! I loved it! Even though we didn't complete our purpose there, I still had a great time with her and her extended families.

The busy streets in Manila has made my days very fast. Unlike here in Davao, Manila's time is like a wink in an eye. I looked at my watch and it's already 3:30 p.m. even though the last time I glanced at my watch, it was still 10 a.m.! I think I'm getting to appreciate the busy lifestyle. Nevertheless, one needs to contemplate after a hard day's work. Additionally, when it is like 8 p.m. here in Davao, it's actually 10-12 in midnight in Manila! People are still swarming the busy streets and the traffic was in its full bloom even at midnight! Anyway, here are some of the photos I got from my cellphone. (I didn't bring my cam I'm afraid that it will get snatched.)

Aerial photos from the plane from Davao to Manila:

My cousin, Cring, and I at the plane and at the airport:

Ahh, at my favorite food stop, Yoshinoya!

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