Bilog na Prutas sa Media Noche

Ang mga BILOG na prutas sa aming hapag
Ang mga BILOG na prutas sa aming hapag

Sa tuwing sasapit ang huling araw ng taon
Maraming pamahiin ang mga Pilipino
Samu't saring paniniwala na galing sa Tsino
Mga bilog na prutas ay isa na rito.

Why is the Sky Color Blue?


photo by awesomedanlourd

When you look up and see the bright blue sky... what do you feel?  How can its radiance affect your mood or emotion? Can it lighten up your heavy heart or deepen a wound that is pained by  life's misfortunes?

By just gazing upon its beauty with different cloud formations and shapes... we can build a promising future. Our imagination will take us somewhere beneath the vast view of this nature's wonder.

STAR Leading to Nativity



This is the time
to rejoice and celebrate the most
significant of all the days in the year.

CHRISTMAS ...

As we remember the birth of our
SAVIOR
We remember the birth of our own 
LIFE.

Understanding Blighted Ovum


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Over-the-counter pregnancy tests are now available in the market so women who experience delayed periods may take a test in the comforts of their homes. But how effective are these products? Positive result may bring overwhelming joy to the couple yet it's not 100% guaranteed that a baby is in the making. The expectant mother should still visit her OB-GYNE to determine that there's an embryo inside the womb.

Having A Grateful Heart


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My sister-in-law often sends me inspiring and motivational messages and this particular quote is truly uplifting.

Nobody has a perfect life... Nobody has everything the world can offer... Nobody can claim that he has nothing but only this much. Sometimes, we tend to seek more than we have in our hands.  We aspire more than what we deserve, It's natural to dream big and reach for the highest peak of success but life may give us otherwise.

Pacquiao-Marquez BOUT, is All About...

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It's all about a fight
a fight of two men for the fourth time.
Both with a name Manuel
who will win this time?
either by decision or knockout
It depends on the actual bout.

SMILE Attracts Good Vibes


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Suddenly... I found myself helpless and hopeless. There's an unexpected circumstance that caused me so much stress.  I thought, it's just a joke but what a tearful joke!  I asked my brother's help and told me not to panic yet I couldn't help but worry. Who would not... if something I have created just disappeared before my eyes?

MMK's Official Episode for World AIDS Day... "Pulang Laso"

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For me, this is one of the BEST of Maalaala Mo Kaya. I was not able to watch the full episode when it aired last December 1. I got a quick glance on the last part and was moved by the story so I have to see it online as soon as I have the chance. When I went to my Mom's house the following day, my sister was already watching it through her laptop connected to the LCD TV. Good to have modern technology... we can make this thing possible.

The story is about two bisexual lovers who found themselves trapped in a situation when only HOPE, UNDERSTANDING and TRUE LOVE will conquer their FEAR of losing and living a future with the illness that caused their relationship to an untimely end.

We were all in tears while the story unfolded. The musical scoring made it more dramatic and deeper. IKAW AT AKO by Johnoy Danao.

Future Generations

The need to provide, guide, support, teach, understand, limit, reward, recognize, care about and love unconditionally our children is very essential for them to be the BEST person they can be. The future lies in their very hands. Our home and society play a vital role in bringing up a healthy, productive and spiritual human race.


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Miles Away from You


It's my sister's birthday today and I want to share this poem to her because I know how much she misses her husband who works in a cruise ship. Every year, they have to be away from each other. Every year, special occasions like birthdays are missed so, whenever he's home... they find quality time together... they take advantage of his short vacation... For years now, being apart is longer than being together.


The future is promising
And blessings are abundant
Working hard to provide
Even it means being away... miles away from home.

Charlie and Mahlen with Clarence at HK Disneyland
Charlie and Mahlen with Clarence at HK Disneyland

Keeping the Contours of your Body Even With a Surgery Aftermath


It’s always been a woman’s top priority to maintain a perfect figure not because she wants to be delightfully pleasing to others but because she wants to feel good about herself.  Women of today are highly aggressive and spirited especially when it comes to getting fit and fabulous.  Size and age seem to count but the way she carries herself overtakes significantly.

But there are factors that may reshape a woman’s current persona and no matter how much she cares to keep an impressive body, it will turn unattractive due to pregnancy and corrective or enhancement surgery.

In this regard, any attire will perfectly fit you with an equally perfect undergarment like the Slimming Camisole from AnnetteOnline.

Life Quotes by Simplymarrimye


A graceful flight of life is like a butterfly 
spreading its wings to explore the boundless beauty 
of nature and its surrounding habitat.

How Do you Treat Your Househelp?


Kiko's first ever drawing without any help from anybody
Kiko's first ever drawing without any help from anybody

When kids learn to scribble or doodle, they start to show signs of intellectual capacities and through making marks on paper, they somehow recognize reality. Their imagination and creativity may manifest in their drawings and this stage in their development will give them freedom to express their inner self. How they feel about something and how they interact with the people around them are critical factors that may influence their normal growth as they age.

Special Kids with Special Needs are God's Greatest Gift


Every little child has own uniqueness
His eyes are glowing like gems
His skin is like a smooth petal
His smile is like angel's face
Everywhere is a paradise
When Mother's heart sees
the joy
of her
C H I L D.

Clarence with his Papa Charlie (top-left) and Mama Mahlen (top-right)
Clarence with his Papa Charlie (top-left) and Mama Mahlen (top-right)

Smiling Fish


Photo taken by my KIKO
Photo taken by my KIKO

A photograph
captured by a little hand.

Do you see
what his lens, caught
in the act?

As he stared at it
amazingly declared...
"Look Mama!"
He pointed at the screen...

"Smiling fish !"

Her 17th Birthday


Aya when she was barely a month old
Aya when she was barely a month old
Back in February 5, 1995, I was rushed to Garcia General Hospital because of abdominal cramps and continuous bleeding. "Oh my God!" I uttered in silence. I couldn't believe that I was in ER and a male doctor immediately provided initial examinations on me. The attending physician told my husband that I had to undergo a surgical procedure called D & C or Dilation and Curettage because of the abnormal uterine bleeding that I was experiencing. So the operation was carried out as recommended but with my husband's doleful consent.

I was put in general anesthesia and after few hours I woke up lying on that hospital bed with my husband at my side. We lost our first "gem" and it was such a heartbreaking event in our marriage. But I know that everything happens for a reason. Our desire to have another child would come in due time.

The doctor advised me to take full rest after that medical procedure to avoid possible complications. But after a month of recuperation, I had that same pain again. I went to see my OB-GYNE and surprisingly, the result of my laboratory test showed a "positive" result. "Oh my God!" I broke down with tears in my eyes.

Sometimes LOVE Just Ain't Enough...

LOVE has been my favorite topic ever since I started blogging aside from of course, talking about my family and how I go through LIFE being a wife, mother, daughter, sister, etcetera... etcetera...

Who would never care to read any article or post that tackles about this four-letter word with a million and more definitions? You can label me as a hopeless romantic or maybe a more appropriate term..."corny" as many would call it. 

When I finally met my husband and eventually tied the knot with him, I realized that we should not seek for love for it is love that will find us.

RAIN


"Rain... rain go away
Come again another day.
Little children want to play
Rain... rain go away..."
In the eyes of a child, life is as
easy as 1, 2, 3... They never mind what tomorrow may bring. Being free is what makes them happy. They just want to play and have fun.


"Blame it on the rain. Blame it on the stars. Whatever you do. Don't put the blame on you..."
You don't have to feel guilty if things unfold beyond your means. If you feel like all your efforts are put into waste and everything you've labored do not favor others.. Don't be saddened. If you've done your best... Let GOD, do the rest.

Beauty is Only Skin Deep


Image from the web


 We may have the most beautiful face
with the best pair of eyes like precious sparkling diamonds
yet they underestimate somebody's character.

We may have the most beautiful face
with that perfectly shaped nose possessing a great profile 
yet it hates the smell of poor people in the streets.

When to Stop My Toddler from Bottle Feeding?


Kiko is still bottle feeding at age 3
Kiko is still bottle feeding at age 3

I don't really remember when exactly did my two other kids stop bottle feeding. I just knew that when they started to attend school, they no longer care to ask. But my toddler who is now 3 years and 4 months old can hardly live a day without drinking his milk in the bottle and still ask for about 2 to 3 during bedtime.

According to most of the articles I read, weaning from a bottle should begin at age 1 and if beyond that, there's a possibility of tooth damage or excessive consumption of milk that will eventually lead to obesity. This may be true to other races like kids in The US or other countries with different body metabolism but here in the Philippines, I know of kids enjoying their bottles up to age 5.

Health Risks in Kissing Your Beloved Pets

my niece dave and our beloved shih tzu maki
my niece dave and our beloved shih tzu maki
How do you show affection for your beloved pet like your fave dog?

This is one big question that pet owners should be aware of.

We can hug them, why not? It's our way of showing our unconditional love for these precious canines. By cuddling our pets, they feel secure and protected and there's nothing wrong in doing so. They are still man's BFF (best friend forever). We can also    play with them for as long as we are cautious about their moods. They may also feel stressed sometimes. But, one thing we should not practice is to kiss them directly in the mouth. Even a quick smooch can be an unexpected transmission of some sort of infections from the dog's saliva. Even if the dog or any pet for that matter is always clean, well-groomed and healthy. Dogs are fond of licking their bottoms and this will mean fecal matter may stay on their mouth.

Love Quotes By Simplymarrimye


infinity by simplymarrimye
INFINITY

My sacred vow is not just a PROMISE but a never ending
COMMITMENT to the person fated to be the LOVE of my LIFE.

As time goes by... LOVE should stay awake and never fall asleep.

We need to know how to handle LOVE because if we don't...
 it will swift away like a whirlwind.

When two people are separated by responsibility... the same task is required to bridge the distance.

Lovers should have an endless string that is
torn-free
split-proof
and most of all
fire-resistant.
It should be an unbreakable
BOND
that will connect your hearts forever.

The Refreshing Saud Beach in PAGUDPUD


Pagudpod_saud beach by awesomedanlourd
GOD created the sea  to quench our thirst for LIFE existing under its deepness and above its surface... offering the refreshing wonders of its coastal expanse.



Pagudpod_saud beach by awesomedanlourd
The color of water is a reflection of the blue sky.  When the clouds turn dark... the sea will just wait for the rain to pour its precious drops.

Aedes Aegypti, Causing Deadly Dengue Fever

My sister, Mahlen had an ON and OFF fever for days. She thought that it's only a sign of over fatigued or flu so she just took doses of paracetamol to lower her temperature.  But she experienced muscle pains and severe headache then suddenly rashes came out when her fever rapidly dropped.  That's when she decided to consult a doctor and had her blood examined for possible infection of the Dengue virus.

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My sister's leg rashes

Since the first laboratory result dated Sept 26 indicates a lower platelet count, she was not confined in the hospital. The doctor said that she may stay at home and re-hydrate or keep up oral liquid intake. Although her NS1 was positive, the two variables below still showed negative results so there's nothing to be alarmed about. But then, she took another test the following day to monitor her platelet count. Fortunately, it raised from 182 to 186. Good enough but still required more re-hydration. The physiological range for platelets is (150–400)×109per liter. Around 1011 platelets are produced each day by an average healthy adult.

K-Zone turns 10


Who wouldn't know this kid magazine? Even adults especially parents grab a copy of this for their children to enjoy.

K-Zone is the biggest and most popular kids' magazine in the Philippines published by Summit Media. It caters to kids and young adults ages 8 to 16. They are called the K-Zoners who love bright, colorful and entertaining reads.

KZ as it's commonly abbreviated, was first released in October 2002. It has Australian, New Zealand and Malaysian versions but the content of Philippine Edition is almost the same though it's more on gaming, anime, international and local celebrities.

Almost every page is loaded with kids' stuff like newest cartoons, movies, latest gadgets, crafts, video games, wrestling, puzzles, comics, jokes and a lot of exciting but friendly and knowledgeable articles. K-Zoners love it because it kills their boredom, it makes them laugh and stimulates their sense of being young and free.

BEAUTIES Caught by Her Lens

LONDON, the biggest city in Europe with the highest population density of 4,699 per square kilometer.  This capital city of England is the very first city in the world to have an underground railway, also known as the TUBE.

It is where every aspect of learning is strengthened like commerce, arts, entertainment, fashion, education, finance, media, professional services, tourism and transport that make it the leading global city and financial center alongside New York City.

Being the most visited place in the world, it has the largest airport system.

The home of  the English Sovereigns, the Buckingham Palace is the official London residence of the Queen of England and principal workplace of the British monarch.

Aside from the many attractions of the city, take a glimpse of these photographs captured by my sister, MALU.

green on the way
GREEN on the way

circles over the top
CIRCLES over the top

TRANQUILITY reigns

ray of white light
FLICKER of white light

shadow on-looker
SHADOW on-looker

wrinkled surface
WRINKLED surface


Meet Malulicious


Her Chinita Eyes



Barely no make-up.
Her CHINITA eyes are so expressive of her character...
small, slant, and pointed.


Those chinky eyes are too attractive not to be noticed
Yet too sharp not to be taken for granted.


Don't dare try to gaze upon her...
You will be enchanted... magnetized
and may be left thinking about her smile.


Her vision is imperfectly focused
though a flicker of brilliance somehow
sparkle like a vibrant stone.


A total look of allurement rise before her own
 reflection... resonating simple grace like
a flower in full bloom.


Fresh... young... and fragile.
those CHINITA eyes are whimsical for the moment
until an amiable glare of a prince catch her unwittingly.


If only time would allow these eyes to turn like
these childish ... so naive and innocent.
But no past is coming back... these
CHINITA eyes will look ahead and take a view of the future.





JOHN 3:16


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This Bible verse is so famous that everyone of us should know by heart. 
Use the key words to form a six-letter word that best explains it. 
What have you got?

Thanks DIDACHE! (Kerygma Family)

A Kid's Tale


a kid's tale photo 1


I am a kid
and still naive
with no worries
in my mind.

There's nothing 
to be sad
but anything to be
glad about.

I just want to play
draw and scribble.
Eat when starved
sleep when exhausted.


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I am a kid
and still naive.
Hide and seek
is a fun game indeed.

Now look around...
Can you see me?
I'm just here.
GO and keep searching.


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Watching TV is 
my hobby.
I guess you know
these guys.
Then give me a Hi5 !!!


a kid's tale photo 4
 

I am a kid
and still naive.
I'm sure you wish
to be like me
like you used to be.

But few years from now
and I'm a kid no more.
Spare me this moment
and let me enjoy.


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Oh my goodness!
I still wish to play
but my TIKOY,
seems so overly dismayed.


QUIT now or REGRET later


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Despite several campaigns
innumerable advocacy regarding 
smoke-free environment
Needless to say..
the danger it brings to 
human lives and nature
Getting addicted to nicotine...
puffing here and everywhere
still exist.

WHY??
A matter of choice
whether you want to
light up that
STICK
to inhale the very 
CAUSE 
of countless illness 
or 
take the first step in 
QUITTING.

MIND over MATTER

Forget about it
being the source of your strength
in coping stress and daily annoyance.
If you love yourself and family,
you can win the
BATTLE.
If you still consider it your 
COMPANY
to loosen up and be free...
it's yours to ponder.

I am speaking for myself...

Now, it's DONE and over with
Easier said but I know
others may take a while
to even contemplate on the idea
of giving up.

This is a
DECISION
to make...

it's
YOURS
to make.


FRANCIS and his tracing skills


Kiko is now 3 years, 3 months and 1 week old today.
He can now easily trace his first name
FRANCIS
and his hand can
draw straight vertical lines
as legibly as he can.




This source says:

"All children start writing by scribbling, an activity most toddlers enjoy. To do it, they must use coordination to hold the crayon, keep the paper still, and apply enough pressure to make a mark on the paper.

As time goes on, with lots of practice, they'll start to realize that not only can they make marks to create a pattern, but by repeating the same movements, they can make the pattern again.

Eventually, with practice and formal schooling, kids learn what are called the conventions of print like writing from left to right, the difference between uppercase and lowercase letters, how to put spaces between words, and how to use correct spelling in most instances."




He can trace shapes 
like circle, triangle, square
and 
rectangle.

Maybe next time
he can write his name in full

FRANCIS DAN RIEL D BERMUDEZ

such a long one
but I know 
he will.


Close Encounter With The Third Kind

Why do some people prefer something different? We all have choices to make. We are born with own distinct identities and as we develop into an adult capable of knowing and reasoning, we are exposed to an environment with extremely wide variety of values, social norms, rules of conduct, customs and practices. As human beings, we have the desire to understand every aspect of the world we live in. Our natural curiosity of the many things around us will lead us to defining our own self and bring us to a journey of limitless exploration.

Who are we? What are we? These questions now lie beneath the realm of self individuality.

The discussion of gender preferences are predominantly articulated for centuries by philosophers, religious leaders and writers. From ancient times to today, there is a countless and diversity of opinions regarding the theories of engaging to same gender relationships. Understanding the world that is far different from the ordinary demands openness of mind and full acceptance of the fact that we all have the same right of existence... To live life as how we desire to live it.

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In our society where this kind of unusual set up seems to contradict our beliefs, we tend to condemn or dishonor the state of being or the act itself but who are we to pass judgement on those people who have done nothing wrong but to be the person they are? Who are we to discriminate and deprive them of equal rights? Nobody lives a faultless life... We, normal beings are susceptible in making mistakes that we regret afterwards. Understanding the core of their being is complicated and it requires our utmost comprehension.

There may be some scientific evidences which explain the causes of this kind of behavior. Some studies showed that involving one self to same gender union is more of an identity crisis. A child before the age of 10 may experience either extreme affection from family or somehow, emotionally distant to any member may trigger a sense of emptiness. Some childhood displeasing encounters may also contribute to its existence. Whether it is the mind that stimulates the urge or it's the desire of the body that needs to be satisfied is beside the point. The ability to think and act according to our conscience may draw the line and can resolve the need for affirmation and belongingness.

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Some studies also showed that neither it be genetically transmitted because of insufficient biological explanations nor an inborn characteristic that has been stimulated by various factors. If for some, it's not innate but acquired. In my opinion, it's more of a choice.

We live in a society where people seem to be judgmental. We look at other's imperfections and we are blinded by our own defects. What is more important is how we carry ourselves. We have the freewill to take any road... crooked or straight. What really matters is we are determined to be the "best" person we can be.  

We cannot discount the fact that those people we seem to reject are those who dominate the scene, may it be in the business world, music, arts or entertainment industry, politics and even beyond our knowledge (those still in self-bondage). Some are famous and notable icons yet there are some who disgrace their own specie. These people are clear indications of images of self destruction.

In this writing, I use the terms of  "gender preference" or "intimate orientation as desired", because I respect them as I respect myself and others. I believe that the word which make it sinful is the very word that most people used to describe it.

I still hold on to my belief that... "It's not what I say that matters, it's how I say it."

What seems uncommon to some people may be just fine to others. that's how our mind works so we better think more sensibly.


Meet my DAD


my daddy playing his favorite game


Some TRIVIA about this man I called Daddy
He's birthday falls on the twenty-fifth.

As early as eighteen... he had to elope
Just because he kissed my Mom on the cheek.

He never finished studies in Mapua
Never had a college degree.

Had to work for a living... and tried overseas
His father never favored his fate.

But being the pillar of the home
He worked hard to prove his worth.

Four of us had finished what he did not.
Mother stood beside him no matter what.

More than four decades of togetherness
Not a perfect union like just other couples..

Through the years we fell and trembled
But stood up and strengthened the bond more.

Now a senior man with a few grey hair
He may not be the best but always the better.

He may not be outstanding in every aspect of life
But, he still is the man who loves us like no other can.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY DADDY !!!



PSY and His Oppa Gangnam Style


Anyone... who doesn't know about the latest craze in dancing?  Who doesn't know PSY and his most popular horse-riding dance? Join the whole music industry and get high on doing the... GANGNAM Style.

COURTESY of Google images

You just can't imagine how this song and video took the industry in awe.  It's a worldwide hit!  According to this article dated 7 September 2012 by Braden Goyette of  Daily News America


"At last night's VMAs, millions of American viewers were introduced to Psy, the South Korean rapper whose video, 'Gangnam Style,' took YouTube by storm last month.

The video climbed to 100 million views in 51 days — faster than Justin Bieber's "Baby" and Rebecca Black's "Friday," according to the Daily Dot — and elicited a deluge of response videos.

It's garnered over 117 million views since it was posted on July 15, and Psy, a.k.a. Park Jae Sung, became the first Korean artist to be invited to the VMAs since Rain performed in 2005, according to the Korea Times."


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YES!!  The Dougie is now out and the Horsey is in... The beat of the Gangnam dance is so catchy that even the viewing public made some videos showcasing the style in their own version.


What is Gangnam? (Source)

It is the most coveted address in Korea, but less than two generations ago it was little more than some forlorn homes surrounded by flat farmland and drainage ditches.

The district of Gangnam, which literally means "south of the river," is about half the size of Manhattan. About 1 percent of Seoul's population lives there, but many of its residents are very rich. The average Gangnam apartment costs about $716,000, a sum that would take an average South Korean household 18 years to earn.

The seats of business and government power in Seoul have always been north of the Han River, in the neighborhoods around the royal palaces, and many old-money families still live there.

So how did PSY — aka Park Jae-sang — a stocky, 34-year-old rapper who was fined nearly $4,500 for smoking marijuana after his 2001 debut, get to be the one teaching Britney Spears how to do the horse-riding dance on American TV?

"I'm not handsome, I'm not tall, I'm not muscular, I'm not skinny," PSY recently said on the American 

"Today" TV show. "But I'm sitting here."

He attributed his success to "soul or attitude."

PSY, whose stage name stems from the first three letters of the word psycho, has always styled himself as a quirky outsider. But he is from a wealthy family and was actually raised and educated south of the Han River, near Gangnam.


Be Careful with My Heart


Kung uso dati si PAPA CHEN at ang SOFIA Magic...
Ngayon, SER CHIEF at YAYA MAYA na.

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Premiered last 9 July 2012, Be Careful with My Heart is now a top-rating ABS-CBN daytime drama which is airing every 10:30am. Not only it dominates the morning shows but it's the very first TV drama to be filmed and broadcasted in HD or high definition.  It's like watching a real movie.


This is a story about a simple girl MAYA DELA ROSA (JodiSta. Maria) who journeys to the big city to follow her dreams to become a flight stewardess to help her family.She would allow no one to stop her, not even the handsome, wealthy widower RICHARD LIM (Richard Yap), who threatens to ruin her dreams.


Ironically, Richard is her last hope in reaching her dreams because of his influence in the Airline Industry and he will only help Maya if she agrees to become his children’s temporary nanny.

Maya succumbs to the condition.But upon entering the Lim Mansion, she finds herself involved in the private lives of Richard and his three problematic children LUKE (Jerome Ponce), NIKKI (Janella Salvador) and ABIGAIL (MutyaOrquia).

Maya sees that there are problems to be solved in the Lim family because since Richard’s wife died, the family’s joy died with her.  And so Maya took it upon herself to bridge Richard to his children.  And eventually, she succeeds in rebuildingtheLim family.

However, in repairing their broken hearts, Maya encounters bigger challenges that will test her strength and will challenge even her own heart.  Because she falls in love with the kids and with Richard himself.


KILIG KILIG to the max!!



The serye promotes good family values.  Both families: Sir Chief's and Maya's... face daily challenges in life but they never lose that bond that makes them even closer to each other... their LOVE, RESPECT and APPRECIATION for blessings big or small.  Such inspiring story that any Filipino can relate to.  The characters can be one of us.



NOTE: 
Continue to spread the good vibes in the morning and fall in love with the new-age fairytale of Yaya Maya and her Sir Chief in "Be Careful With My Heart," weekdays, 10:45am and in "Be Careful with Heart Sabado Rewind," every Saturday, 10:30AM.


My Family, My LIFE


Just like any other family, mine have survived the ups and downs in life.  We continue the struggle... Together we can surpass any hurdle,  Together we can fight the odds.

MY FAMILY... MY LIFE

Great Image
At Great Image
Taken sometime in August of 2005, a truly memorable photograph of a family that is bonded by love, respect and dignity. We may not have the luxuries of life but we always possess the blessing of having each other through good or bad times... in moments of sadness or joyful success... in weakness or strength... through heartaches and blissful unions... We treasure every moment like this:

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Taken two years back.  It was our Christmas Party 2010 and our family got the blue color theme so here we are...
the BLUE BABIES

Closely knit... that's what we are
"KAPIT-BISIG"
whatever
whenever
wherever

Always hold each other so tightly
no matter what
no matter when
no matter where

Through rain or shine... we share
any thing
any time
any place

When one of us is in pain, 
everybody feels for the hurting... 
When one of us tastes victory, 
everybody jumps for triumph... 
When one of us is in need, 
everybody has a helping hand...
and if one of us is lost... 
everybody cares to lead the way. 



Reproductive Health and Birth Control


Let me define these two important and controversial issues today based on WHO and WebMD and I quote:

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

"Within the framework of WHO's definition of health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, reproductive health addresses the reproductive processes, functions and system at all stages of life. Reproductive health, therefore, implies that people are able to have a responsible, satisfying and safe sex life and that they have the capability to reproduce and the freedom to decide if, when and how often to do so.

Implicit in this are the right of men and women to be informed of and to have access to safe, effective, affordable and acceptable methods of fertility regulation of their choice, and the right of access to appropriate health care services that will enable women to go safely through pregnancy and childbirth and provide couples with the best chance of having a healthy infant."


BIRTH CONTROL
"Birth control is any method used to prevent pregnancy. There are many different methods of birth control including condoms, IUDs, birth control pills, the rhythm method, surgical sterilization, and tubal ligation."


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I want to share with you my own experience concerning my health and using birth control or contraceptives.  My husband and I used the rhythm and withdrawal method of contraception. After the birth of our second child, I used to try pills but they had unpleasant effects on my system so I immediately stopped. 

For almost 10 years, we carried on this type of natural way but, unexpectedly this thing happened:

My blog entry dated Oct 30 2008...

I should have memorized this method... I should have known better now,,, It's been eight long years since we started this natural way of controlling our family. We're almost complete, we have a daughter and a son, AYA and KD. Although my husband and I actually talked about plans of having another angel in the family, we're still having second thoughts of going through that same stage again. But I believe that there's a reason why things happen beyond our expectation.

I am waiting for my monthly period to come but unfortunately, it did not. Where did I go wrong? Maybe, I gave in so early but I have counted it right. It's my safe day. I had my first flow last September 23 so, my infertile period would be October 12 to probably 19 until my next period comes.


CREDITS:
Number 1 in red indicates my first day which is September 23


October 20 came... then 21, 22, 23... and my most awaited never arrived. I decided to do self-test and this result is what I got:

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self-test turned to be positive
No doubt, the two lines mean that I am positive of HCG or Human Chorionic Gonadotropin. I already have our third baby in my belly.

Every woman has the right to choose whether or not she will use any contraception or just rely on natural method. Couples should be responsible enough to decide what's best for their family.  The issue at hand regarding Reproductive Health and Birth Control depends on our own beliefs.  Our FAITH may affect our decision but let the DIVINE intervention enlighten all of us.