Patricia Evangelista: This is a condom ad.

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Posting it here UNCUT.

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This is a condom ad.
Sun at 8:27am

MANILA, Philippines—Welcome to 2010, where kids in call centers screw themselves dead, women waddle to market towing Baby Number 8 with Baby Number 9 on the way, and teenage girls skewer out fetuses from their vaginas with bent plastic hangers. The Church said abstain or bear the consequences. That the consequences eventually starve on the streets of Manila singing Villar songs isn’t the state’s problem. Consequences don’t stand on pulpits to condemn candidates to damnation in a voting year, but the sons of the Church certainly can.

With the Reproductive Health bill in limbo as presidential candidates drop support in the face of rampaging friars, Health Secretary Esperanza Cabral found herself in the role of Hosea’s wife when she gave away condoms on Valentine’s Day. Not satisfied with howling for Cabral’s resignation on the grounds of lewdness and immorality, the Church went back to its favorite stomping ground and demanded a ban on condom advertising.

There is a necessary parallelism to be made here. In 2007, when the Marlboro man rode off into the red sunset for the last time, he took with him five decades of tobacco advertising dominance. The cigarette ad ban was a result of congresses worldwide going head to head with the big guns of the tobacco monopoly on the strength of a single damning medical conclusion: smoking kills. It was a statement that although the state recognizes the individual right to commit suicide by way of a Winston Lights soft pack, it will not quietly allow the murderers to encourage more victims. Cigarette advertising, if successful, condemns the citizen to the grim promise of death by lung cancer. In comparison, successful condom advertising protects the citizen from a painful future with STDs—a future even the Church fears.

The condom ad ban is an interesting argument in the land of free speech and free enterprise, neon signs and presidents with mistresses, KTV bars and HIV. That most advertised products pose greater dangers than a condom does not seem to matter. Let the billboards peddle motorcycles and beer buckets and 24-hour cholesterol delivered to your doorstep. Let the grinning politicians pimp miracles; let Pagcor advertise the glory of gambling. All these are allowed because it is understood that individuals are free to make their own educated choices. Not every man gets drunk and beats up his wife, not every car owner runs pell-mell into school buses. It is abuse that is dangerous, not the cars or alcohol, and is why the government requires seatbelts and limits liquor sales. It's the same logic with sex, only the seatbelt is called a condom, nobody is forcing anyone to snap it on, and while the Church has every right to call it a ride to hell on a lubricated latex slide, the state is not permitted to do so.

According to a UNAIDS report, condoms have a 90 percent success rate against AIDS, and it’s not because one in 10 condoms is faulty. The failure is mostly due to human error and a lack of consistency. In a country where NGOs need to disabuse men of the notion that safe sex means a condom on a finger and not on a penis, we don’t need just condom ads, we need public service announcements from the national government ensuring that choices made are informed choices. If individuals choose to abstain, choose to have sex before marriage, choose to be promiscuous, choose not to have children when married, choose natural methods, choose to have threesomes at high noon with a jumbo pack of condoms and hot pink leather, they have that right. It’s called a democracy. Judge them for it, if you will, but the government cannot. A ban on sexual intercourse has yet to be included in the Constitution. After all, not everyone is matinee idol now vice-presidential candidate Edu Manzano. “I’ve never used a condom.” It is also hoped that he no longer has sex.

This isn’t just about condom ads or the fact over-the-counter contraceptives like pills and injectables are kept out of the public eye. It is about a government, with the exception of Cabral, that has buckled before the altar of Catholic righteousness in matters of reproductive health care. This is the same Church whose Fr. Melvin Castro told reporter Ricky Carandang that it is all right to vote for a crook for as long as that crook does not support modern family planning.

For the last eight years, the administration has bent over backwards for the Catholic Church, crowing about the success of natural family planning and failing to address the grim facts: 54 percent of all pregnancies are unintended, 1.9 million unintended pregnancies occurred in 2008 mostly among the country’s poorest 40 percent, 560,000 of these pregnancies resulted in induced abortion, 90,000 were hospitalized, 1,000 died from abortion complications and 1,600 women died in childbirth. AIDS cases have risen over 100 percent. So when presidential candidates say they support women’s choices to use artificial contraception but not the RH bill, it is necessary to ask just how legitimate women’s choices are without it. It can’t be a choice when a condom is an impossibility in a household earning only enough for a meal a day, when marital rape is a revolutionary notion, and sex education has come to a point that a student from the University of the Philippines can claim with all sincerity that he’s practicing safe sex because we all know a girl can’t get pregnant if she doesn’t get an orgasm.

The state already admitted the need to curb both a growing population and the rise of STDs; it already put out a budget for natural family planning. Denying reproductive health support is not a policy decision, it a moral argument from a single religion. The gods may damn the uneducated teenage girl in the slums for sleeping with her first boyfriend, but when government does it by consciously denying access and information, it’s discrimination.

It is an odd notion to claim it takes a condom advertisement for a teenager to get a hard-on, as if God and puberty weren't enough. Keeping an entire generation in the dark because of their “delicate conscience” is insane preparation for a universe where they will walk into multiple beliefs that collide at a street corner as Angelica Panganiban shows off her Bench panties in a four-story billboard. You want people to abstain; you offer a foundation that demands it and convictions that stand up to it. You don’t ask it from a government responsible for the protection of the varying convictions of 80 million people. If all it takes to “weaken the moral fiber” of a teenage girl is an ad that Frenzy condoms are now available in banana flavors, maybe it has less to do with the condoms and more to do with morals whose strength rests on a bishop’s wagging finger.

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For reproductive health counseling and support, visit the Likhaan Center for Women’s Health at 88 Times Street, West Triangle, Quezon City or www.likhaan.net.

Etude House Lootage! XDDDD

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Recently, I've been hearing SO MUCH about this shop called Etude House which just opened up a branch in Megamall, that I couldn't help but be curious about what the fuss was all about. On top of that, after a bit more surfing and asking around, I noticed that EVERYONE I encountered all raved about their products. Needless to say, with a combo like this, I couldn't bring myself to ignore it, so I got up and trekked over to Megamall to see everything for myself.

All I can say is... the shop was VERY, VERY PINK and overflowing with estrogen. And I mean that in a good way. I just figured I'd put that in for the benefit of, and as a warning for my male friends who might end up accompanying their ladies to this place at one point or another.

TIP: There's a donut shop nearby. Go there, order a drink and a snack, and wait for the females to finish shopping. Bring something to read and just ask the girls to pick you up when they're done. They might be a while.

So anyway, on to the stars of this entry:


THE HAUL: MAJOR LOOTAGE!!!!! WOOT!!

(ALSO: Sorry if I look haggard in the photos... I just got home from an all-nighter gaming session/hanging out with friends night, and I've been up for almost 24 hours. First thing I did when I got home was work on this entry because I was so excited. Hehehe.)

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LAL. Anyway, FYI, I AM NO COSMETIC EXPERT. If anything, I am a cosmetic WEABOO. In fact, one of the main reasons that Etude House managed to reach my peripheral vision was because I've recently expressed that I sorely need to learn how to put make up on myself so that I shall no longer be a victim to the whims of hired make up artists during friends'/relatives' weddings/debuts/etc who never seem to have gotten the 80s out of their systems.

Also... well... after 25 years of existence, I figured it's about time I learned how to do something as simple as use lip gloss and not botch it. XDDDD So YAY for bids of self-improvement and YAY for finally paying attention to my badly neglected skin which has so far survived solely on bath soap and the occassional body butter or specialty shower cream.

So, I'll be testing out the products that I got from Etude, and I'll let you all know how it goes for me. I'm not even asking to be a Beyonce when this is all over. Seriously, even just a small improvement on my skin would make me happy. Hehe. I'm crossing my fingers! XDDDD

Happy Holidays for 2009~! ^___^

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As per my annual tradition... :D



Just something I doodled today to send out my greetings to everyone before the REALLY busy holidays... um.. days... arrive and everyone disappears to their respective provinces, homes, vacations, retreats, etc etc. XDDDD

And yep, I didn't feel like drawing Santa's elves, so here's an Antivan elf and a mage elf instead. Tee hee! (I can dream, can't I??)

So, happy holidays! ^______^

K's 2009 Holiday Wishlist. :3

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Hehe... I haven't completely forgotten the tradition, despite me being absent from LJ, so here it is. My Holiday wishlist for this year. ^__^

Granted, I'd most likely have to get most of these for myself, but hey, it's called a WISHlist, and I can dream, can't I? XDD You know me, always pushing my luck and testing the waters to see if some rich, clueless person with a kind heart would decide to send me my heart's desires without question. Hehehehe...

So anyway, here we go. This year, K has been a good girl and wants:
  • - a second pair of Skullcandy headphones
  • - an iPod. Either Nano or Classic, as long as it has a good-sized memory
  • - a Nintendo DS Lite or DSi
  • - a point-and-shoot digicam, preferably Canon (supermacro mode, I LOVE YOU)
  • - an extra battery pack for a Canon EOS 10D
  • - a proper carrying bag for a Canon EOS 10D
  • - a 500GB (or more), USB-powered portable HD
  • - an original Konata-chan Nendoroid
  • - updated Vocaloid MP3 collection (because I just can't seem to keep up...)
  • - Guild Wars keys for Factions/Nightfall/EotN/GW2
  • - any recommended animu/scanlated manga/music/series/movie burned onto a disc
  • - any recommended book (as in actual, non-PDF book)
  • - gift certificates for The Spa/Fully Booked/Powerbooks
  • - gift certificates to a nice food place
  • - gift art
  • - snail mail (I miss it so...)
  • - a new dice set
  • - photography lessons or books
  • - a year's worth of membership to a gym/dance/yoga class close to the Ortigas CBD (then I'm FORCED to actually go... NO ESCAPE. XDDDD)
  • - a nice meal cooked for me :D (wehehehehe.... *AHEMELEAAHEM*)
  • - nice/inspiring Vintage photos
  • - a shopping trip at Saizen XDDDDD
  • - a good haircut at your favorite stylist's (because goodness knows I need it. XD)

NYAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA~~ here's to hoping. :p

ADDENDUM: 
  • - Zevran Fanart
  • - Dragon Age Collector's Edition

Give back what Ondoy took away

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Posted this in Plurk a while ago, but I guess we'll never know who might need it out there, so I'm also posting it here.

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HOTLINES:

For those who need help, you can also post here:
http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?topic=9724&post=33586&uid=116724526976#post33586

Text hotline for rescue - 0917-2414864/0927-6751981 (provided by Manny Villar)

SEND FULL ADDRESS of friends and family who are stranded to Sen. Dick Gordon 09178997898 or 0938444BOYS Phil Natl RED CROSS NCRPO 8383203 / 8383354 for rubber boat requests

For people who need assistance: National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) Emergency Numbers: 912-5668, 911-1406, 912-2665, 911-5061.

Help hotlines: 734-2118, 734-2120.

DISASTER EMERGENCY HOTLINES YOU CAN CALL: 911-1873, 912-5296, 912-2665

National Disaster Coordinating Committee
911-1406
911-1873
911-1906
911-5061
912-0984
912-2665
912-3046
912-5296
912-5668

Help hotlines:
734-2118
734-2120

Bureau of Fire Protection, National Capital Region
729-5166
410-6254
413-8859
407-1230

Bureau of Fire Protection, Region III (Central Luzon)
Hotline (045) 9634376

Philippine Coast Guard
527-6136

Red Cross
143
911-1876
527-0000

Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA)
136
896-6000

Taguig emergency hotline
1623

Meralco
16220
0917-5592824
0920-9292824

Sen. Manuel Villar Jr. emergency hotlines
for dumptrucks going to flooded areas for rescue of stranded people:
0917 4226800
0917 2414864
0927 6751981

(taken from http://www.gmanews.tv/story/173224/disaster-emergency-hotlines-you-can-call-911-1873-912-5296-912-2665 )

National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) Emergency Numbers: 912-5668, 911-1406, 912-2665, 911-5061. Help hotlines: 734-2118, 734-2120. Red Cross: 143, 527-0000 Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA): 136 Philippine Coast Guard: 527-6136 Bureau of Fire Protection Region III (Central Luzon) Hotline: (045) 9634376 Victory Fort is opening its doors to those affected by the typhoon. Call 813-FORT

RT @noynoyaquino You may get in touch with Clare Amador from our office at 9285205508 re the NoyMar relief efforts. #manilaflood

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SPREADSHEET TRACKER OF PEOPLE WHO NEED TO BE RESCUED:

http://spreadsheets.google.com/lv?key=tohu9kthNU6anlf21Low08g

SITUATION MAP:

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&vps=1&jsv=177f&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=110868206150348750692.00047479b6400ee29bd89


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DONATIONS:
  • If you wish to donate relief goods, please contact Clare DG. Amador (9285205508 ) or Jana Vicente (9285205499) at Balay Expo Center, Cubao.
  • Like Team Manila stores, papemelroti stores shall also be accepting relief goods (canned goods/milk/bottled water/clothes - NO CASH please.
  • 91 Roces Ave. / Ali Mall Cubao / SM City North EDSA / SM Fairview / SM Megamall / Glorietta 3 in Makati / SM Centerpoint / SM Southmall
  • For those who have anything extra to spare, from food to clothes, kindly bring it to Jollibee C-5 beside SM Hypermart 7PM.
  • We need more people to help pack relief goods. 87 sct. fuentebella,Quezon City. look for any coordinator.

DONATIONS TO RED CROSS:


Monetary Donations            

1.  CASH or CHECK
Please send cash or check donations to the PNRC National Headquarters in Manila. Checks should be made payable to The Philippine National Red Cross.  We can also arrange for donation pick-up.

2.  BANK DEPOSIT
Account Name:  The Phil. Nat’l. Red Cross 

    METROBANK
    Port Area Branch
    Peso Acct.: 151-3-041-63122-8
    Dollar Acct.: 151-2-151-00218-2
    Type of Acct. : SAVINGS
    Swift Code: MBTC PH MM 

    BANK OF THE PHIL. ISLANDS

    Port Area Branch
    Peso Acct.:  4991-0010-99
    Type of Account: CURRENT

    BANK OF THE PHIL. ISLANDS
    UN Branch
    Dollar Acct.: 8114-0030-94
    Type of Account: SAVINGS
    Swift Code:  BOPI PH MM
    
For your donations to be properly acknowledged, please fax the bank transaction slip at nos. +63.2.527.0575 or +63.2.404.0979 with your name, address and contact number.



Credit Card                

Please fax the following info to +632.404.09.79 and +632.527.0575:

Name of card member, billing address, contact nos. (phone & mobile), credit card no., expiration date, CCV2/ CVC2 (last three digits at the back of the credit card), billing address, amount to be donated.

For online donations you may also visit our website at www.redcross.org.ph  .



In-Kind Donations            

LOCAL
Please send in-kind local donations to The Philippine National Red Cross – National Headquarters in Manila.  We could also arrange for donation pick-up.

INTERNATIONAL
  1. Send a letter of intent to donate to the PNRC
  2. A letter of acceptance from PNRC shall be sent back to the donor
  3. Immediately after shipping the goods, please send the (a) original Deed of Donation, (b) copy of packing list and (c) original Airway Bill for air shipments or Bill of Lading for sea shipments to The Philippine National Red Cross–National Headquarters c/o Secretary General Corazon Alma de Leon, Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila 2803, Philippines.

The PNRC does not accept rotten, damaged, expired or decayed goods.  Though we appreciate your generosity, the PNRC also discourages donations of old clothes as we have more than enough to go around.



SMS and G-CASH (Globe)        

SMS
text RED<space>AMOUNT  to 2899 (Globe) or 4483 (Smart)

G-CASH
text DONATE<space>AMOUNT<space>4-digit M-PIN<space>REDCROSS to 2882


Most urgent needs

Food items: Rice, noodles, canned goods, sugar, iodized salt, cooking oil, monggo beans and potable water

Medicines: Paracetamol, antibiotics, analgesic, oral rehydration salts, multivitamins and medications to treat diarrheal diseases

Non-food items: Bath soaps, face towels, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, plastic mats, blankets, mosquito nets, jerry cans, water containers, water purification tablets, plastic sheetings, and Laundry soap

Rehabilitation Programs: Shelter materials for house repair



Call Hotline 143 or 527.0000

THE PHILIPPINE NATIONAL RED CROSS
NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS        
Bonifacio Drive, Port Area,            
Manila 2803, Philippines 

From: http://www.redcross.org.ph/Site/PNRC/wtd.aspx


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Because I don't want to forget

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Hi. Yes, I'm still alive. Pretty much. Hehe...

So yeah. Just posting this here because it's weird dreams season again and there's some that I'd want to keep a record of, just in case it's important. On the other hand, considering that it's Mercury Retrogade at the moment as well, this could all just be an anomalous blip in my head. Hehe... anyway, long, senseless post up ahead. Don't say I didn't warn you. :p

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Which is why I'm typing out this long-ass entry right now. I'm hoping that I'll remember it all someday, and everything will make sense when I put the pieces together.

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K's Spring Cleaning Bargain Sale! ^___^

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Yep, I cleaned out stuff from our piles and piles of... more stuff... recently. Can't afford to put up an actual garage sale and my eBay account is still awaiting reinstatement (long story...). So here ya go.

Prices are listed below, shipping not included yet. Will be using Air21 for everything else. Books/Printed material will be sent via 2GO since they ship books cheaper. So that'll be Item Price + Shipping. Yep, I combine shipping. Free shipping if you somehow manage to buy at least 500pesos worth of stuff. Hehe. I just want to get these things out the door.

If you need more info about the item, I'm gonna have to ask you to just Google it up. Sorry. ^_^;;;;

All these are second hand unless stated otherwise. Either they're used, or they're new but have been stuck inside my closet for a long while.

Items come from a no-smoking, cat-filled environment.

FIRST COMMENT FIRST BOUGHT BASIS. ^_^

We can arrange payment details later on. Just leave me your contact details. :D

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*Peeks in. Gets rid of the cobwebs on her LJ account.*

Um... hi. Yes, I'm still alive. Hehehe... I've been telling myself that I'd start posting regularly on my LJ again, but... well... yeah. A lot of things have been happenning, and I've got a ton of excuses. Work has been busy, always tired, rather sleep, no internet, can't use a PC, net cafes in Ortigas are in Korean, LJ has been blocked at the office, etc.

Well, I've finally found a chance to sit down and write at my leisure, so here I am again, trying desperately to breathe life into this blog.

Have I mentioned that a lot of things have happened?

Stay tuned. :D

And again, "Hi".

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(This is me describing some really gross dentist-y details AND doing some computations and budgeting, aka, "talking to myself". You can still turn back. You have been warned.)

So... for the past week, I've been bearing with a toothache, and finally, I was able to get to a dentist this afternoon. It was a mind-opening, wallet-burning experience.

I went to this nice little clinic in Robinson's Galleria which honors my HMO card, called The Tooth Doctor. It must have been the swankiest dentist's office I've ever been to, and all the staff and the dentists were composed of nice women. Anyway, the dentist told me that there's something up with one of my molars in the back again, and that I needed to have a panoramic X-ray taken.

Off to the x-ray technician I went, sighing and grumbling about the 800-peso fee that blindsided me for today. After getting my results (it took 10 minutes for the whole thing), I handed the negatives to the good dentist and it was then that I realized just how badly I need to get some serious dental work done.

The molar that's hurting me right now is hurting me because it is lying ON ITS SIDE. Hence, it's growing out and pushing perpendicularly against the other teeth beside it, so no wonder my whole lower jaw has been hurting all week. Next, thanks to the X-rays, we also discovered that I have a freak tooth in the front. Apparently, right below my lower front two incisors, another, fully-formed tooth is right underneath it, in the gum area. Brrr... Seriously freaky. It reminds me of those news reports of a fetus forming inside another fetus, or something like that.

I know I've got bad teeth, but this is just ridiculous.

Anyway, the dentist recommended that I get some deep cleaning done first to prep for the extractions, because apparently, yes, a lot of damage is caused when you only start seeing a dentist at the age when you begin employment and you discover the convenience of company-provided healthcare. The cleaning has to be done in quadrants, once a week, at 1500php per quadrant, so that's 6000php in total.

THEN, she can finally go all surgeon on me and get rid of the wayward molar and the freak front tooth. That's about 5000 to 6000php per tooth, since this is obviously not going to be a simple extraction, especially with the freak tooth since it has somehow managed to grow INSIDE my gums.

But no worries. I think I can handle this, for once. My cunning plan so far is as follows:

My first appointment for the deep cleaning thing is on June 20. 1500pesos, I can handle.

The next appointment is on June 27, two days after payday. That's fine, too.

I will also have to pay for my appointment on July 4... BUT! by then, I would be regularized, which makes this expense reimbursable with my company. ^_^ Same rule applies for my July 11 appointment. I just have to remember to set aside 3000pesos once I get my pay on June 25 to cover for my June 27 and July 4 appointments. Maybe make that 4500pesos to include the July appointment as well... Hmm...

Then comes the big ones. I could set aside 7k for the first tooth extraction on either the 18th or 25th of July, and then another 7k for the second extraction. If I have extra cash that day, I might ask for both teeth to be removed in the same session just to get it all done and over with. I'd be staggering or crawling out the door, but at least it's done.

So, in total, I'm expecting to have at least 20k worth of emergency (yes, I now consider this an emergency!) dental work done within the next couple of months, and have 17k of it reimbursed by my company.

Hmm... not bad, eh? ^_^v

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Quick, personal, health-related updates.

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Gonna make this as quick as possible because my head is starting to spin and I need to get home soon.

First of all... no PC at home. ^_^;; Our PC died on us, so I only get to do all my online chores and rituals when I'm at the office. Like now. Hehehehe...

Second, been watching the series Leverage. I LOVE IT.

Next, health updates (prolly more for my reference than anything else, but if it suits your entertainment, then heck, why not).

My legs started hurting last Monday, May 25. I thought it was just muscle pain at first, but I realized soon enough that it's not because the pain only starts at a certain point on my thigh halfway between my hip and my knees, then goes all the way down to my ankles. It's the type of pain that just.. FLASHES and pulsates and practically blinds you if you're caught unaware. Just imagine someone striking your thigh bone with a sledgehammer in a way that's too weak to break it, but just enough to make it really, really hurt. Yeah.

Anyway, I've gone to a clinic last Wednesday when I couldn't take the pain anymore and I was practically screaming in our room. The brilliant doctor I saw had no idea what was going on and told me to just take painkillers nonstop until we get the results from the blood tests he ordered. I did as I was told, came back on the appointed day, and was told that my blood tests were all fine and peachy. Trouble was he still doesn't know what to do and instead told me to just take a STRONGER brand of painkiller for another TWO WEEKS, and THEN he just might consider referring me to a neurologist.

Of course, I promptly went off to see another doctor. Second guy seems to be better, and he thinks it's nerve inflammation in my legs. I was given a prescription for better (and cheaper) painkillers, as well as a nerve anti-inflammatory drug-thing. He asked me to take it for a week, and if I'm not well by then, off to a neurologist I go to have my back and my spine checked to see if the problem is there.

I still think that ONE week of possible cure and relief ending in immediate action, is still better than TWO weeks of guaranteed pain ending in more uncertainty and guesswork.

In the meantime, I'm still on painkillers since I can't function, walk or think the moment they wear off.

No wonder House is so grumpy.

Good thing I have my babuy to take care of me. ^_^

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VOTE for your 10 favorite blogs! ^__^

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In case you haven't heard yet, Miss Janette Toral is currently holding a contest to determine the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2009, and here are my picks. ^__^

* Let's Go Sago!

* A Photographic Saga

* The LoliDudes

* Magnetic-Rose.net

* The Struggling Blogger

* Hay! Men! Ang Blog ng Tunay na Lalake

* Patay Gutom

* Be Inspired Now!

* Digital Manila

* Coffee Stains & Inks

Aaaaand because I want to join the raffle, a word from our sponsors. ^_^;;
- Absolute Traders
- My Brute Cheats
- Business Summaries

EDIT:
Hehe... had to update my list. Gomen. :p

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Pleasant Surprises: Krung Thai

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Last May 9th, me and some friends made the trek to Marikina to visit a seamstress about some dresses. Due to some hiccups in the planning, though, we were forced to retreat for a while to plan what to do next and how to get over the said boo-boo. Hence, the first thing we did was look for the closest air-conditioned food place, which so happened to be this little, unassuming nook in front of Marikina Market with a sign that declared that they served Thai food. As it turned out, we were so very thankful for the boo-boo because we wouldn't have found this gem of a place otherwise.

Having absolutely no idea on what was good to try and what was not, we basically just started picking semi-randomly from the menu, and while waiting for our food to arrive, we had some time to take in the ambiance.

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Had we known we would have a FEAST in front of us, we wouldn't have eaten breakfast that day. In the end, a group of SEVEN adults were defeated by the food, all left will popping waistlines and full bellies, and we had to concede and have the rice and the beansprouts wrapped up for take-out.

And the total bill for ALL that goodness? 1070 pesos. It IS GLORIOUS.

So, if you're ever in the Marikina area, just head for the Marikina Market, and look for the statue of the dude washing some kid's butt. Head in the direction of where the kid is facing and you're bound to run into Krung Thai. You can't miss it. Seriously.



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Mogu Mogu mugumagumumu?

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BEHOLD! I give you the drink MOGU MOGU! I'm posting this here so that the people whom I've told about this cute little thing would finally believe me, that there IS such a drink called "mogu mogu" which exists on this planet. So, yes. Existence confirmed. Available for 28php at the 7-11 at the gound floor of Raffles Corporate Center on Emerald Avenue in Ortigas. Hehehehe... other than that, I'm afraid I have no idea where else to find it. ^_^;;;

Anyway, right. Mogu Mogu.

Basically, it's a fruit juice drink that comes with nata de coco chunks. I know it sounds weird, but it's actually quite good. Well, the orange-flavored one anyway. I've seen a lychee-flavored one in the same display cooler, but I haven't exactly been brave enough to try it out just yet.

Meanwhile, the concept of having chunky, chewy bits of goo stuck in your drink may seem a little strange, and to be honest, it DOES take a minute or two for one to get used to the drink. However, I've found that when you think about it, it's just like drinking sago gulaman, or like having Jell-o squeezed into your drink.

Also, the thought of having the taste of coconut clash with the fruit juice is also easy to get over once you get to taste it since the nata de coco isn't overpowering, and instead takes on most of the flavors of the fruit juice it's been swimming in, while adding its own bit of sweetness.

I love the stuff. :D

I guess my only qualm about this is that I find myself wishing that WE Filipinos thought about making this lovely drink first. Oh well.

DIY Sewing Project #4: Shorts + Leg Warmers

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It's been a while since I posted my sewing projects. There's still a whole stash I SHOULD have posted ages ago... but let's just skip that and fast forward to 2009, shall we? XDDD

Anyway, as everyone knows, I love raiding ukay-ukays to look for stuff to tear apart, cut to pieces, butcher and basically modify. It's been like that back then, it still is now. So, my latest ukay-ukay trip has yielded a good bounty, and it just so happened that I also needed something to wear to the Shizen Orchestra event days away at the time.

And the process begins...Collapse )

Hehe... I was pretty conservative with the trims since I didn't have much material, and it was my first time making something like this, so I wasn't sure just exactly how much was too much. ^_^;;

And there we go. And yes, I wore it a few days later. ^_^;;;


(Big thanks to h_matsumoto and her Project Rockway series of posts. I got the idea from her. ^__^v)

EDIT:
here we go! Hazel's Project Rockway series! ^________^

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