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my traits =)

There are lots of things to blog about but I don’t know how to put them all into words…so just let me just share this meme with you…it’s not actually a meme because I didn’t follow the instructions from wendy’s page…lol…I just copied the month of my birthday because it really caught my attention…about 80% of the traits listed below are true…=)

MARCH: Attractive personality. Affectionate. Shy and reserved. Secretive. Naturally honest, generous and sympathetic. Loves peace and serenity. Sensitive to others. Loves to serve others. Easily angered. Trustworthy. Appreciative and returns kindness. Observant and assesses others. Revengeful! Loves to dream and fantasize. Loves traveling. Loves attention. Hasty decisions in choosing partners. Loves home decors. Musically talented. Loves special things. Moody.

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Beauty Secrets Tag

I got this tag from BHEM… sigh… i’m also not into beauty products… but I just need to continue this tag… so let me continue this tag now… I will just copy bhem’s answers…lol

My Foundation: sorry, I don’t use one
My Mascara: sorry, I don’t use one
My Blush: sorry, I don’t use one
My Day Cream: sorry, I don’t use one
My Lipstick: sorry, I don’t use one
My Beauty Product Brand: As of now, I don’t have but I would prefer Clinique products.
My Essential Beauty Product: facial wash
My Favorite Makeup Product: sorry, but I rarely put make up
My Perfume: Gucci Rush (a gift from my cousin)
My Nails: I pamper them by having a manicure and pedicure once a week
My Feet: Victoria’s Secret Pure Seduction Lotion
My Hands: Victoria’s Secret Pure Seduction Lotion

Three Products to bring on a deserted island:
rubbing alcohol
soap
mouthwash

Woman I Admire for their Beauty: Anne Hathaway
Woman with the Best Sense of Style:
Gwyneth Paltrow
My Ultimate Dream: Secret…lol
My Favorite Fashion Publication: I don’t really have a favorite

Now let me tag mina, yhen, mayan, cardz, and yona

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Again, I can’t think of a sensible blog entry…all I know is that I want to let go of this feeling… or feelings… whatever… went to my OB yesterday to get the result of my TVS (Trans-Vaginal Sonography)… and guess what… I have this hormonal disorder that affects approximately 10% of women of reproductive age – I have Polycystic ovaries, also called Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS); Stein-Leventhal syndrome; Polyfollicular ovarian disease… it is a condition wherein there are many small cysts in the ovaries that affects a woman’s ability to get pregnant…

Causes:

Polycystic ovary disease affects hormone cycles. Hormones help regulate the normal development of eggs in the ovaries. It is not completely understood why or how hormone cycles are interrupted, although there are several ideas.

Follicles are sacs within the ovaries that contain eggs. In polycystic ovary disease, there are many poorly developed follicles in the ovaries. The eggs in these follicles do not mature and, therefore, cannot be released from the ovaries. Instead, they form cysts in the ovary.

This can contribute to infertility. The immature follicles and the inability to release an egg (ovulate) are likely caused by low levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), and higher-than-normal levels of male hormones (androgens) produced in the ovary.

Women are usually diagnosed when in their 20s or 30s. Women with this disorder often have a mother or sister who has symptoms similar to polycystic ovary disease.

Symptoms:

If you have polycystic ovary disease, you are likely to have some of the following symptoms:

Ø Abnormal, irregular, or very light or infrequent menstrual periods

Ø Absent periods, usually (but not always) after having one or more normal menstrual periods during puberty (secondary amenorrhea)

Ø Acne that gets worse

Ø Decreased breast size

Ø Development of male sex characteristics (virilization) such as increased body hair, facial hair, a deepening of the voice, male-pattern baldness, and enlargement of the clitorus.

Ø Diabetes

Ø Increased hair growth; body hair may be in a male pattern

Ø Infertility

Ø Poor response to the hormone, insulin (insulin resistance), leading to a build-up of insulin in the blood

Ø Weight gain, or obesity

Possible Complications:

Ø Increased risk of endometrial cancer

Ø Infertility

Ø Obesity-related conditions, such as high blood pressure and diabetes

Ø Possible increased risk of breast cancer

Fortunately, this disease is curable… women who have this condition can get pregnant with the right surgical or medical treatments… pregnancies are usually normal…

Treatment:

Medications used to treat the symptoms of polycystic ovary disease include:

Ø Birth control pills

Ø Clomiphene citrate

Ø Flutamide

Ø Spironolactone

Treatment with clomiphene citrate causes the pituitary gland to produce more FSH. This causes the egg to mature and be released. Sometimes women need stronger fertility drugs to get pregnant.

In women with polycystic ovary disease who also have insulin resistance, glucophage (Metformin), a medication that makes cells more sensitive to insulin, has been shown to make ovulation normal.

Losing weight (which can be difficult) may help to reduce the high insulin levels in the blood. For women with this condition who are overweight, weight loss can reduce insulin resistance, stimulate ovulation, and improve fertility rates.

Click this for pictures and additional information about this hormonal disorder…il try to post my results here soon…

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disappointed

yes, we make plans, have dreams, set goals…but the question is, will all of these materialize or will they end in complete failure? remember that the only certain thing in life is uncertainty… some of our plans may end up in glorious victory and some in frustrating defeat… that is life’s nature… and because of this, it is very important to learn how to deal with disappointment… we should not feel pain when things don’t go our way… actually, disappointment can build character and patience if you allow it to… it can teach you to learn from your setbacks, accept life with all its unexpected frustrations and come out the other side stronger…

Here are six powerful steps to help you deal with disappointment:

Step 1: Acknowledge Your Automatic Coping Actions

Disappointment is a very difficult experience to endure. It’s very easy to perceive disappointment as an unalterable failure. Disappointment can feel so overwhelmingly bad that your first automatic reaction might be to soothe yourself with some old tried and true coping strategy. Perhaps you find yourself overeating ice cream for comfort, going to bed to escape life, or drinking away your disappointment. Falling into an old comfort habit is fine, but it’s not fine to remain there.

When you realize what you have done, let yourself know that it is okay that you checked out for a while. You’re back now. And just because you overate or indulged yourself in a numbing or avoidance action, doesn’t mean your disappointment is gone. It’s still there inside of you, waiting for you to process it in an appropriate manner. When the effect of your coping strategy starts to wear off, take a deep breath and deal with your disappointment in positive, new ways.

Step 2: Acknowledge What You Feel

To move through your disappointment, begin from where you are. Whatever you are feeling is your starting place. Disappointment is a rotten sensation and if you are in an emotional uproar, that is acceptable. You feel what you feel. There’s no need to be nice, or quiet, or suppressed. Instead of numbing out or avoiding what is real, express your pain. Cry if you want to cry, cuss at the unfairness of your situation, scream at the top of your lungs, beat a pillow, or write a raging letter about your disappointment. The point is not to blame, punish, or dump your feelings on anyone. Your purpose is to be honest with yourself about what you are feeling. If you feel hate, bitterness, self-pity, helplessness, or even desire revenge, then that is what you feel. Express yourself to yourself, get it out into the open, then move on to the next step.

Step 3: Put Things into Perspective

At first, your disappointment can feel like the end of the world. It’s not easy to accept that you’ve worked hard to attain a certain outcome and now you face disappointment. Let yourself know that while your disappointment feels bad, this kind of thing happens to everyone in life. You are not being singled out or punished. Remind yourself that disappointments won’t last forever. The sun will shine again, tomorrow will come, and soon you will feel better again.

Step 4: Dissolve Doubt

When experiencing disappointment, it can be easy to slip into doubt. You may automatically find yourself engaged in limited thinking, and feel yourself wanting to give up. Become aware of what beliefs rise to the surface as you face your disappointment. Here are a few examples:

* I can never have what I want.
* It was stupid of me to even try.
* There wasn’t really much chance of success in the first place.
* My best is never good enough.
* Poor me, why does something like this always happen to me.
* I’m being punished.

The benefit of facing disappointment in a new way is that you allow yourself to become consciously aware of what you believe deep down inside of you about your life, your self, and your abilities to succeed. Once you can recognize your limiting beliefs, you can take steps to begin releasing those beliefs and building new self-empowering beliefs.

Step 5: Take Three Deep Breaths

Often, our first response is to analyze what went wrong and then try to fix the disappointment. We begin to obsess about the disappointment, telling ourselves repeatedly, “I’m so disappointed. What can I do?” We go over the situation repeatedly looking for a way to make it right, or for someone to blame. Notice how trying to fix the situation makes you feel tight, anxious, and fearful.

There is another option. When you are feeling disappointment, take three deep breaths and go into yourself. Allow your mind and body to relax and calm down. Release some of your tension. Now, as you consider your disappointment, say the words, “There’s a positive lining to this disappointment and I’m sure something good is coming from this experience.” Don’t try to hide from your disappointment, but find ways to extract value from your experience. Notice that by breathing and relaxing a little, you begin to open to new possibilities along with new hope.

What you say to yourself during your disappointment can make all the difference. I’m not suggesting sugar-coated affirmations here. There is nothing worse than affirming, “I am blissful, content and serene” when you are anything but.

Step 6: Talk to You

Now more than ever, you need a friend to listen to your situation and to support you through this difficult time. That friend needs to be you. Go to the nearest mirror and talk to yourself. Tell your story, state out loud how you feel, and then encourage yourself. Tell yourself, “I can make it through this.” Your words can help connect you to your spirit, your confidence, and your source of new possibilities. In case you are out of practice with your self-encouragement, here are some empowering statements that can lift your spirits:

* I know that I’ll feel better soon.
* I’ve gotten through disappointment before. I know I’ll get through this.
* I’m going to be open to the silver lining hidden within this disappointment.
* Good will come out of this situation. I choose to be patient as it unfolds.
* I don’t know exactly what to do right now, but I know that I will make the right choices.
* I have choice over my feelings and right now, I choose to breathe more deeply into my peace, not my fear.

Remember, it takes courage to leave the rut of disappointment. Don’t quit yet. Use the steps above to discover the tremendous capacity within you to rise above and beyond your disappointment and reach success.

Article source: ezinearticles.com

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cez, me, and kathy
@ pizza hut

judy (my sis), kathy, me, and cez

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How To Spend Money Wisely

God expects us to have faith, but also to use common sense and wise planning in allocating the resources He has given us. The best way to manage your money and stay out of debt is to have a strategy in place before the expenses or temptations arise. Read on and learn…

Ø Find clothes on sale. Look for clearance sales at stores. Be sure to buy basic items like a long tank top, a basic t shirt, and at least 2 pairs of jeans.

Ø Find versatile footwear. Buy a pair of flip flops (black or white because they match with everything). Purchase lasting sneakers on clearance and nice going-out shoes.

Ø Avoid splurging too much at once. If you go out to the movies, for example, don’t buy movie theatre snacks. Instead, after the movie, get a milkshake or doughnut from a store nearby. (or eat first before entering the theatre)

Ø Accessorize. But accessories are costly sometimes so if you are creative, you can save money from buying accessories from the malls. You can make your own purses, bags, wallets, cell phone, and ipod cases by crocheting and knitting.

Ø Save half of each paycheck and use the other half for spending. Or divide it into three, some for spending, some for saving and some for bills. (hope I can do this)

Ø If your job does not take up all your time, get a part-time job to make more money. Even if this job is a once-a-week thing, if it means more money, go for it!

Ø Do not get a credit card unless you are under deadly circumstances. A credit card just tempts you to splurge out. (which I am guilty of)

Ø Compile a list of what you need, and what you want. Budget for it so that when your salary comes in, you can buy what is on the list. Don’t buy anything that is not on the list, though. Include food, clothes, and extras for the kids.

Ø Treat yourself when you have saved a lot of money. Instead of buying that expensive watch, you bought the cheaper one and saved yourself $300! Celebrate by going out for coffee with a friend.

Ø Ask for a pay raise if you feel you deserve one. Tell your boss why you think you deserve one, and reason fairly.

Ø Know when to limit yourself. If you are a magazine obsessed person and you buy 10 thousand magazines each month, stop! Just buy one or two of your favorite magazines.

Ø Don’t go out and spend all of your money at the pub, drinking. It is such a waste. Limit yourself to a couple of drinks or no drinks per week. Or you can just quit drinking altogether. It will surely save you a lot of money.

Ø Go through all of your old stuff, sort out a section that you don’t want and sell it. Hold a garage sale or auction off stuff on eBay. Instant cash!

Ø Buy all your stuff from Amazon or eBay. Books that are $49.95 at book shops are $2.07 there!

Ø Avoid borrowing money. It adds up to the cost. You really want something. Put it on a list, and get it next month!

Ø Limit your computer, telephone, television, radio, and electricity time.

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the original plan – White Beach, Puerto Galera… yes, to make the most of the summer, me and my friends considered Puerto Galera as our next destination… Cinky and I made inquiries about the place, how to get there, hotel rates, facilities, and the like…but all the hard work turned out to be useless… only Me, Cinky, And Frenesi wanted to go…and the rest? they are on a tight budget… 😦 so perhaps, Ace Water Spa or Club Manila East will do… just for all of us to be together…

on a different topic, Me, Hazel, Cinky, and Jolly went to Harbour Square, near CCP, last sunday to celebrate Mother’s Day… we had our lunch at Iceberg…but prior to that, we were at MOA (Mall Of Asia)…

harbour1

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