The Day My Own LIFE Begins


"Two in a row, I toiled in vain.
Yet not a thorn to start again.
I'll search, I'll quest, I'll even cast...
So long the time allows this dream to last."
 

These last four lines are excerpts from my poem written in 1987. I thought I would never found someone who will embrace my past, present and future, until...

THE FIRST GLANCE
Just like any other boring day of the week, I still found myself sitting on that chair inside that seemingly boring office as well. Someone knocked at the door and before I got there to open it, a guy in a blue shirt entered only to ask me, "Nandyan ba si Amy?" (Is Amy around?) That was a brief glance. The very first time I laid eyes on him. It was 14 February 1994, more than nineteen years back.

THE COURTSHIP
That short meeting was followed by few more acquaintances and several talks on the phone. His voice struck me. Actually, that’s one trait I like most about him. He always had a way to surprise me. He often paid unexpected visits. He would come to the office all the way from Cavite where he was assigned, wearing that so familiar camouflage jacket... waited for hours until I finished my work for the day.

THE CARD
After almost two months of constantly dating, I formally accepted him. That was April 8 of the same year. I gave him a card... a card with two diamonds meaning he won over my heart because he got the highest one.

Francis Dan Riel, Also-Known-As KIKO

More than four years ago
I've never thought
that another baby would
be brought to the world...

Like most expectant mothers,
I already prepared a name for my upcoming baby.
 One name for a boy: Francis Dan Riel, derived from

Francisco - name of my father-in-law
Danilo - name of my father
Ariel - my husband's name

two selections for a girl: Karla Ariesa and Lourina Therese, originated from

Ariel and Theresa - my husband's name and mine
Lourdes and Marina - my mother's name and name of my mother-in-law

Since, we have already a daughter and a son, the baby's gender was no longer an issue to us. But my OB-Gyne recommended a pelvic ultrasound during my fifth moth of pregnancy. The fact that I was having pre-term labor, she would like to know the fetal size, check on the placenta and amniotic fluid. She wanted to determine what caused my abdomen to harden frequently.

THE ULTRASOUND REPORT:

Within a gravid uterus is a single fetal structure, presently in cephalic presentation with biparietal diameter of 6.0 cm, femoral length of 4.5 cm and abdominal circumference of 20.4 cm equivalent to 24 weeks 3 days, 24weeks 3 days and 24 weeks 6 days age of gestation, respectively. Real time scan show active somatic movement and vigorous cardiac pulstations with HR = 134 beat/min. Placenta is posterior, grade l maturity with no evidence of previa. Amniotic fluid is aduquate with AFV = 12 cm. EFW = 773 g.

Angelina Jolie on Breast Cancer - A Killer Disease


Angelina Jolie
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"My doctors estimated that I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman. Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much I could. I made a decision to have a preventive double mastectomy." (Source)

Hollywood's highest paid actress and often cited as the world's "most beautiful" woman, Angelina Jolie opted to lose her two breasts rather than lose her life to breast cancer. The decision was made upon learning that she carries a mutation of the BRCA1 gene or breast cancer susceptibility gene, which sharply increases her risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

They Go GAGA over Candy Crush Saga

Mye Domain's They Go GAGA over Candy Crush Saga - My daughter just started to play Candy Crush Saga
My daughter just started to play Candy Crush Saga

Beating the record of any video games in smartphones and Facebook is King.com's Candy Crush Saga... the most played by almost 10M people everyday, most popular game overtaking Zynga's Farmville 2 and Texas HoldEm Poker  with more than 10M downloads, over 30M likes on its application page and most successful game application listed in the top 5 grossing iPhone and iPad apps. It presently holds a record of 55M times played a day across Android and iOS.

The game was released 14 November 2012 and for a span of only 18 months, King.com has become the second largest game developer in Facebook platform.