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Easter

Here I am again, thinking of what to write about… Wish I could say “writer’s block” but then I don’t qualify myself as a writer. Just someone who loves to write what he has in mind.

EASTER EGG TRADITION

 

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This was what I read from wikipedia.org:

Easter eggs are special eggs that are often given to celebrate Easter or springtime. As such, Easter eggs are common during the season of Eastertide. In Christianity, they symbolize the empty tomb of Jesus: though an egg appears to be like the stone of a tomb, a bird hatches from it with life; similarly, the Easter egg, for Christians, is a reminder that Jesus rose from the grave, and that those who believe will also experience eternal life.”

So eggs were considered as “dairy” (foodstuff that could be taken from an animal without shedding its blood). In Christianity, meat and dairy were forbidden during the Lenten Fast.

The last Tuesday before the Ash Wednesday was called Shrove Tuesday when all dairy and meat will have to be consumed as they will be forbidden during the Lent Season. This day is also known by a French term Mardi Gras, which translates as Fat Tuesday. This lead to the establishment of the tradition “Pancake Day” celebrated on this day.

In the Orthodox Church, Great Lent begins on Clean Monday, rather than Wednesday, so the household’s dairy products would be used up in the preceding week, called Cheesefare Week. During Lent, since chickens would not stop producing eggs during this time, a larger than usual store might be available at the end of the fast if the eggs had not been allowed to hatch. The surplus, if any, had to be eaten quickly to prevent spoiling. Then, with the coming of Easter, Pascha the eating of eggs resumes.

One would have been forced to hard boil the eggs that the chickens produced so as not to waste food, and for this reason the Spanish dish hornazo (traditionally eaten on and around Easter) contains hard-boiled eggs as a primary ingredient. In Hungary, eggs are used sliced in potato casseroles around the Easter period.

 

MY “RESURRECTION”

I received a miracle, that is, a second chance to life. It is another chance to make your best or do you worst. It is an option actually which trek to lead. For several times, I have been told I still have a lot of things to do in this second chance. But what things? Most said, it is about my profession of serving the compromised newborns. But is it really? For now, the only thing I am proud of doing is be a neonatologist. That is the only think I know I can do that can reach out to other people. Though there are times I am trying to think, reflect if there are other things I was supposed to do besides be these babies’ savior.

Every time I hear news of others suffering the same thing that I had, but eventually did not make it, I cringe. I cringe at the reality that not all persons are given the same opportunity that I had. Given all the circumstances around and that happened after my dreadful heart attack, I could conclude and say I am one lucky bastard to have been in that situation. 

Some say “magpakabait ka na.” Am I really that aweful? Bad? Come to think of it, if I were that bad enough for the society, why would I still be sent back? Or are some people just that judgmental to easily say I was “hindi mabait?” That’s another reflection I still am having up to this time.

I do not liken myself to Christ whose death was for saving the mankind from their sins to eternal life. But I know, deep in my heart, that there are lives I am given to have the opportunity to show care and compassion. I may not necessarily save them, but most importantly, I have allowed their mothers to take care of them, even in those littlest times, to be a mother, to show care for their fragile babies.

Happy Easter everyone!

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS DICK-SHUNARI

sotto (a) verb – copying one’s work and claim it as your own. (synonym: plagiarize); (b) noun, the act of crying on national television to claim a son died because of wife’s intake of contraceptive pills that came out to the public 3 years after the death of the son; (c) noun – a person who claims he was sent by God and whose mission in life is to oppose passage of reproductive health and responsible parenthood bill into law (synonym: bigot)

mitos magsawsaw (a) verb – the act of commenting on all administration-related issues; (b) noun – the state of denying once a close ally in order to advance own personal agenda (eg, “I am not close with GMA… we only see each other during house sessions”); (c) adjective – an attempt to sell yourself as feisty, fearless, ready to fight anyone. in other words, mongrel; (d) the act of claiming you follow the administration’s tuwid na daan but back lashes after being categorically denied of joining the administration bandwagon

enrile (a) noun, the act of claiming your ambush was staged to support passage of a martial law but in later life deny it in your memoir

lacson (a) noun – male with a macho first name but adapts a sissy nickname and categorically denies he is gay… and will never be gay; (b) adjective – a policeman who is cleared after being embroiled in rubout and deaths of people of influence

arroyo – (a) adjective, the butt of all misfortunes that beset’s a country; (b) noun – a petite woman who claims she will not run for election after unseating a popular president but still runs and wins through cheating; (c) noun – the original “amalayer”

dick (a) verb – to stand erect when stimulated…. by calamities, head a national organization, mobilize people and later on use this as a propaganda to woe votes during a national election; (b) noun – a tool used to penetrate an imperforate anus… just so your campaign slogan would rhyme

noynoy (a) noun – a balding head of the state; (b) verb – to delegate a task to your subordinates and take all the blame if they did not deliver; (c) adjective – someone who blames his fault to a predecessor, including the arrest and crucifixion of Jesus (via @hecklerforever)

miriam (a) noun – a person who asks God for a second life to be able to investigate erring public officials, including God; (b) noun – a person accused of using public funds to buy grocery, pay salary of maids and pay rent to own building

chiz (a) noun – an arrogant, alcoholic man who sprawls on his girlfriend’s house’s sofa; (b) adjective – an ambitious man who asks for a campaign fund but denies he needs a haciendero to be able to pursue a presidential campaign; (c) noun – a person who uses neuroleptic, hypnotic technique when talking in front of the press to captivate an audience; (d) adverb – talking in verbally-rich sentences that only translate to two to three English words after each sentences

llasos (a) adjective – a person who is gay but deprives himself of sexual gratification because of vow of purity and celibacy… ahhhhhh shet! adu la amin!

rh bill (a) noun – the reason for all the calamities in a Catholic country. (antonym – wrath of God)

nancy (a) noun – any person who served as an executive assistant of a parent that becomes instantly qualified for a senatorial seat

jamby (a) noun – a person who offers a contest with luxurious prizes (eg, ipad) to woe votes; (b) noun – someone who claims to be pro-poor but doesn’t know the prize of the food poor people eats

sonny (a) adjective – gwapo. ’nuff said. (hahaha bias… e definition ko to no, may angal?)

eric (a) verb – to dance as a campaign for any health related programs

DAKAY: IDOL!

Fr. Dakay of Cebu criticized the new pope for taking a bus,. He said the new pope (as a cardinal in Argentina) would cook his own food or take public transport. “just because he knows how to cook doesn’t mean he has to cook his food. And I don’t think Buenos Aires will allow him to take a bus. He has a car. Moreover he added that “sobra ra sab na kaayo nga pasakyon na lang mi tanan og Ceres (bus) — (It is too much to have us ride a bus. That is no longer right.) (From philstar the freeman editorial, March 18, 2013 12:00 am.)

Nang dahil sa yo Fr Dakay, mas lalo dadami pa ang magiging Katoliko. Nice job!

Have a solemn reflections on this Holy Week. In other words, enjoy your vacation.

Follow me on Twitter: @simply_clinton

DICK-shunari, DAKAY

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2013 in Personal, Politics

 

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Why Sex Education In Schools Matter

Schools Play Key Role in HIV/STD Prevention

 

Why schools?

Just as schools are critical settings for preparing students academically, they are also vital partners in helping young people take responsibility for their own health. School health programs can help youth adopt lifelong attitudes and behaviors that support overall health and well-being—including behaviors that can reduce their risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

In the United States, schools have direct contact with more than 50 million students for at least 6 hours a day during 13 critical years of their social, physical, and intellectual development. After the family home, schools are the primary places responsible for the development of young people. This gives schools an opportunity to play an important role in HIV and STD prevention.

What can schools do to support HIV and STD prevention?

Photo: Teenage boy and girlResearch shows that well-designed, well-implemented HIV/STD prevention programs can significantly reduce sexual risk behaviors among youth. A review of 48 comprehensive curriculum-based sex and STD/HIV education programs found that about two-thirds of the HIV/STD prevention programs studied had a significant impact on reducing sexual risk behaviors,1-2 including

  • A delay in first sexual intercourse,
  • A decline in the number of sex partners, and
  • An increase in condom or contraceptive use.

None increased the likelihood of having sex.1-2

Schools also can conduct programs to teach youth how to solve problems, communicate with others, and plan for the future. Evidence indicates that such youth asset-development programs can be associated with longer-term reductions in sexual risk behaviors.3

What can schools do to support HIV and STD testing?

Making HIV testing* a routine part of health care for adolescents and adults aged 13–64 years is an important strategy recommended by CDC to reduce the spread of HIV.4 HIV testing is also an integral part of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy to prevent the spread of HIV and improve health outcomes for those who are already infected.5

State and local education agencies and schools are essential partners in this effort. Schools can help support HIV and STD testing by—

  • Teaching students about HIV and other STDs.
  • Promoting communication between parents and adolescents.
  • Teaching students how to find HIV counseling and testing services.
  • Providing referrals to testing, counseling, and treatment services.
  • Providing on-site testing for HIV and STDs.

CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH): Supporting HIV and STD Prevention Efforts

Sexual risk behaviors place adolescents at risk for HIV infection and other STDs:

  • In 2010, of the estimated 47,500 new HIV infections in the United States, 12,200 were among youths aged 13–24 years.6
  • Nearly half of the 19 million new STDs each year are among young people aged 15–24 years.7

DASH provides funding and other assistance that enables state and local education agencies to deliver HIV prevention programs that are scientifically sound and grounded in the latest research on effectiveness. Many of the strategies implemented by schools to prevent HIV infection can also help young people avoid other STDs and unintended pregnancy.

DASH-funded activities include—

  • Implementing HIV/STD prevention curricula that are medically accurate, are consistent with evidence of effectiveness, and teach critical skills such as how to access valid information about HIV and how to develop effective refusal and negotiation skills.
  • Helping communities collect and analyze data on sexual risk behaviors of young people to ensure that programs are data driven and responsive to local needs.
  • Providing state-of-the-art professional development to ensure that teachers have the knowledge and skills to effectively teach young people how to protect themselves from HIV/STD infection.
  • Ensuring safe and supportive school climates that increase student engagement with school, reduce discrimination, bullying, and isolation, and decrease the likelihood that students will engage in risky behaviors.
  • Supporting the adoption and implementation of critical policies related to infection control procedures and confidentiality for students and staff with HIV infection.
  • Establishing links to community-based health services that provide testing, counseling, and treatment for HIV and other STDs.

This article was from CDC. (http://www.cdc.gov/Features/HIVSTDPrevention/index.html?s_CID=tw_STD0130466)

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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My Journey To Strength

Dec 8, 2012 will be one of my most memorable date as it was on this very date when I expired from a massive heart attack. I just lucky to be revived and hence, now I am back.

While I was still in the hospital, on my 2nd week after the surgery, I was already referred to the Physiatrist for the start of my cardiac rehab. Unfortunately, while having my rehab activities, I was having some blood pressure shoot ups, such that my cardiologist had to defer my activities. Twelve days after my by-pass operation, I was sent home.

On the next day, I was eager to resume my cardiac rehabilitation but then my cardiologist wanted me to rest first until my follow-up visit. At home, everyone wants me to rest, do nothing, eat, sleep. But I am not this kind of person. I needed to do something. Thus, I started helping babysit my nephew who was 9 months at that time, except that I am so weak I can’t carry him. Then, to continue doing some exercises, I bought a 500mL water bottle that I used as weights for my brief and simple workouts.

Six weeks after my surgery, I had my first stress test. At 10 mets (maximum exercise), I had some signs of arrhythmia in the form of premature ventricular contractions, not only in singles, but in quadruplets. My cardiologist had to stop the test and then she prescribed me to only do exercises between 6-7 mets. The only thing I liked doing in that prescriptions was “walking for 5.5 km” or “biking for 16km.” I was then prescribed also an anti-arrhythmic amiodarone. I had to submit to the prescribed exercises. I was on the treadmill most often, checking on my heart rate every now and then and avoiding it to reach more than 150 beats per minute. But the stubbornness in me started to pop out after just few days. From an initial slow run of 5.5mi/hr, I increased it to 6.0mi/hr, then to 6.5mi/hr within a week.

At about 2 months post-surgery, I was already able to do 7 to 7.5mi/hr, still without informing my cardiologist. But she told me I can only do 6 mi/hr because that was the speed during my stress test when I started to have cardiac arrhythmias. Unknown to her, I was still increasing my speed. Until I decided to do some long distance running with the aid of ipod/iphone Nike+ Running app. I know this might not be exact but it was something I could work out on while still on the road to recovery.

I started first with a 5K run, initially finishing it in 30 minutes, until slowly increasing my speed and as of now, my fastest is at 27 minutes. I further increased it to 10K which I initially clocked at 1 hr 5’38”. I kept on trying to outdo myself, until I was able to finish a 10K run at 56’50”. All of this on a treadmill. I know this still needs a lot of improvement and soon, hope I will be able to achieve this. I also hope that I can do an actual road run but I am not in a hurry. Aside from this, I have also started lifting weights, initially smaller weights, until I am able to life almost the weights I did before my surgery. The only limit I am as far as weight lifting is my fear of my sternotomy to crack open if I keep increasing my loads.

People get surprised when they see me running on treadmill. They always keep on asking “kaya mo na ba,” “okay ka lang,” “may clearance ka na ba sa doctor mo” and other similar questions. Of course I know they are concerned but I can not allow myself to be babied forever. If I wont push beyond the set limits, I will not be able to be at my present status now. While there may be some advantages/disadvantages of being a person with disability at some times, I want to strive, to live as normal as possible.

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My latest runs

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2013 in Fitness, Personal, Weight Loss

 

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Ang Epal Hindi Basta-Basta Nauubos

THE MEDALLION

Warrant of arrest, na-issue para kay Gwen Garcia matapos di sumipot sa araw ng kanyang arraignment.

And she said, “Makulong man akez, at least may fezlak naman akez sa mga medalyon!”

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Matapos siya magpakita sa piskalya, nag-plea siya ng NOT GUILTY.

Governor, yong totoo, pundo niyo personal yan? O galing sa kaban ng probinsiya?

Ano po ba ang napakalaking kasalanan ang nagawa ng mga estudyanteng sa Cebu at kailangan sila magdusa pamhabambuhay sa mukha nyo sa kanilang medals? Kayo po ba ang nagpaaral sa kanila, Governor?

MAYOR’S FACE DEFACES CERTIFICATES

(this photo is not mine)

(this photo is not mine)

Did he spend his personal money for this? Or was it the LGU funds?

Hiyang hiya naman kami sa yo Mayor, parang kayo po nagpaaral sa amin at habangbuhay na nakamarka ang kakapalan ng mukha nyo sa aming diploma.

 

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2013 in Education

 

Education: If There’s A Will, There Are Ways

If there are persons I’d like to honor in these days in the field of education, I would give the laurels to Desilyn Banking of Baguio City.

She is, first and foremost, a wife and a mother.

She first applied as a house help until she became a janitor in the school where she also studied. A poor woman, with other responsibilities as a wife and a mother. Imagine these roles, rolled into one person. And above all these responsibilities, still strived to work outside the family to educate herself. Now, at 43, she, together with a daughter graduated from high school.

“Natatawa ako at naiiyak. Para akong naiilang kasi ang tanda-tanda ko nang mag-aral.”

Lorena, her daughter who graduated with her said “wala po ako naramdamang hiya kasi wala naman pong masama kung mag-aral siya kasi ang gusto lang naman niya yong makapagtapos siya ng high school para ma-permanent sa trabaho niya.”

She challenges students “hindi hadlang ang katandaan para mag-aral.”

Very well said maam, hats off!

Truly inspiration. Indeed, if there’s a will, there will be many ways to achieve those dreams.

Congratulations Ms Desilyn and wish you more success.

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2013 in Education

 

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Parenting: Should Children Need to Be Active Always?

CHILDREN SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO GET BORED SO THEY CAN DEVELOP THEIR INNATE ABILITY TO BE CREATIVE, AN EDUCATION EXPERT SAYS

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(photo courtesy of www.parenting-healthy-children.com)

Dr Teresa Belton told the BBC cultural expectations that children should be constantly active could hamper the development of their imagination.

She quizzed author Meera Syal and artist Grayson Perry about how boredom had aided creativity as children.

Syal said boredom made her write, while Perry said it was a “creative state.”

The senior researcher at the University of East Anglia’s School of Education and Lifelong Learning interviewed a number of authors, artists and scientists in her exploration of the effects of boredom.

She heard Syal’s memories of the small mining village, with few distractions, where she grew up.

Dr Belton said: “lack of things to do spurred her to talk to people she would not otherwise have engaged with and to try activities she would not, under other circumstances, have experienced, such as talking to elderly neighbors and learning to bake cakes.

“Boredom is often associated with solitude and Syal spent hours of her early life staring out of the window across fields and woods, watching the changing weather and seasons.”

“But importantly boredom made her write. She kept a diary from a young age, filling it with observations, short stories, poems, and diatribe. And she attributes these early beginnings to becoming a writer late in life.”

Reflection

The comedienne turner writer said: “enforced solitude alone with a blank page is a wonderful spur.”

While Perry said boredom was also beneficial for adults: “as I get older, I appreciate reflection and boredom. Boredom is a very creative state.”

And neuroscientist and expert on brain deterioration Prof Susan Greenfield, who also spoke to the academic, recalled a childhood in a family with little money and no siblings until she was 13.

“She happily entertained herself with making up stories, drawing pictures of her stories and going to the library.”

Dr Belton, who is expert in the impact of emotions on behavior and learning, said boredom could be an “uncomfortable feeling” and that society had “developed an expectation of being constantly occupied and constantly stimulated.”

But she warned that being creative “involves being able to develop internal stimulus.”

“Nature abhors a vacuum and we try to fill it,” she said. “Some young people who do not have the interior resources or the responses to deal with that boredom creatively then sometimes end up smashing up bus shelters or taking cars out for a joyride.”

Short Circuit

The academic, who has previously studied the impact of television and videos on children’s writing, said: “when children have nothing to do now, they immediately switch on the TV, the computer, the phone or some kind of screen. The time they spend on these things has increased.

“But children need to have stand-and-stare time, time imagining and pursuing their own thinking processes or assimilating their experiences through play or just observing the world around them.”

It is this sort of thing that stimulates the imagination, she said, while the screen “tends to short circuit that process and the development of creative capacity.”

Syal adds: “you begin to write because there is nothing to prove, nothing to lose, nothing else to do.”

“It’s very freeing being creative for no other reason other than you freewheel and fill time.”

Dr Belton concluded: “For the sake of creativity perhaps we need to slow down and stay offline from time to time.”

This was lifted from BBC News by Hannah Richardson on March 23, 2013.

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2013 in Uncategorized