time for a quiz break

Saturday, May 14, 2005

I was doing my blogrounds and I got the following "quizzes" from missP.

Your Birthdate: April 15

With a birthday on the 15th of any month, you are apt to have really strong attachments to home, family and domestic scene.

The 1 and 5 equaling 6, provide the sort of energy that makes you an excellent parent or teacher.

You are very responsible and capable.

This is an attractive and an attracting influence.

You like harmony in your environment and strive to maintain it.

You tend to learn by observation rather than study and research.

You may like to cook, but you probably don't follow recipes.

This number shows artistic leanings and would certainly support an talents that may be otherwise in your makeup.

You're a very generous and giving person, but perhaps a bit stubborn in ways.


There is something seriously wrong with the quiz result below. I mean the description is okay, but the heading is something else. You are a lechon baboy! Nakngtokwa! May exclamation point pa?! Di ba naman mapapamura ka? Nyahahahaha!


Lechon Baboy: Roasted to a crisp. The main act on
a Filipino buffet repertoire.

Which Filipino Food Are You?
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on summer heat and fruit baskets

Thursday, May 12, 2005

My cellphone's signal has been fluctuating for the past three days. I'm thinking the extreme heat in the metro is causing the signal interruptions. Or were there solar storms again?

It has been reported that the temperature high the other day for Metro Manila was 39.2 degrees Celcius. Dear Lord, 39.2?! No wonder people have been crankier.

It feels like were in an oven, specially around lunch time. And the heat just makes me lazier. After all, who would want to move a muscle when any small movement would make one sweat? Eew.

Ice chips, ice cream, popsicles or halo-halo sounds so good right now.

I think I'm starting to get a bit of a cough. Ack! It's the effect of the heat of the day and the rainstorms at night. What a crazy weather we're having.

We've been using two refrigerators at home since we got back from the hospital. Mom received a number of the requisite get-well-soon fruit baskets and it wouldn't fit in just one ref. So we had to turn the other one on (we only use it during the holiday season and when there are parties/get-togethers at home, when food is abundant :D).

We've given some of it away, but then another round of visitors would come with more fruits and we're back to square one. Hehehe! It just keeps multiplying. Sometimes I think I should make a note: "In lieu of fruits, please donate to the Jennie Sales Foundation (otherwise known as my wallet, heehee!)"

Apples, oranges, mangoes or grapes, anyone?

no title for this one :p

Saturday, May 07, 2005

I'm such a delinquent bloghopper. I haven't been able to visit my friend's blogs lately. Yikes! I need to catch up on my blog reading. :)

Finally, after enduring 37.5 degrees Celcius days, it rained tonight. Hallelujah!

I had an inkling that it was gonna rain when I noticed lots of "gamo-gamo" (what's the English term for that, anyway? :p) flying near the light fixtures. Di ba there's this old Pinoy saying that when there are gamo-gamo, it would rain soon?

An hour after we noticed the gamo-gamos, it poured. Yey! The first rain of May. Summer may be over soon. And as much as I love summer, I'd like some more rain please, or else I might have heatstroke. (knock on wood!)

Hmmm.. Naalala ko din yung old wives tale na mawawala ang bungang-araw (eew) mo, pag naligo ka sa unang bagsak ng ulan pag May na. Hahaha! Di kaya excuse lang yun to run around in the rain? :p

I'm so glad it will be cool when I sleep tonight. :D

I have a bit of super delayed reactions about recent pop culture events. Please bear with me. Hehehe.

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes?! Ayayay! Never in my wildest dreams (hmm.. parang iba yata ang dating nito? bwahaha!) have I thought that they would become a couple. It just seems unlikely. And Tom Cruise making out with her in front of the paparazzi?! So not like the Tom Cruise I know (ahaha! feeling close :p).

Finally, Scott Savol is out of American Idol. I still can't believe that he stayed longer than Anwar Robinson and Constantine Maroulis. And maybe Nadia Turner (although her song choices did her in). It boggles my mind how he lasted that long. Sure he has a good singing voice (though not as great as Anwar), but he's so maangas. Scott's definitely not as charming as Constantine, in fact, he's quite arrogant. I'm so glad he's out.

And why is Anthony Federov still there, too? He should have been gone weeks ago. I guess his "boyband looks" and his being a "miracle baby" makes the audience root for him. I'm guessing he'll be out next week.

Go Bo Bice! Since Anwar and Constantine are gone, I am rooting for him. I don't like Carrie coz she's not versatile. Every song she sings end up sounding country. :p But obviously, the judges like her.

I have a feeling Rob and Amber wouldn't win The Amazing Race 7. It could be Uchenna and Joyce. Definitely not Ron and Kelly (I hate her! Napaka-arte.)

Hay... enough of the couch potato entry. LOL!

It's Mother's Day tomorrow. Go and tell your mom how much you love her and show her how you appreciate all the things she has done for you. Give her big hugs and kisses. I'm sure she'll appreciate that more than any gift you'd give. :)

Happy Mother's Day to the greatest mom in the world! Shempre para sa akin, mommy ko yun. :D Love you, Ma.

the week that was

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

We've been home since Sunday afternoon, yet it's just now that I feel like I've recovered from the events of the past week. I'm emotionally, mentally and physically exhausted. But I am very pleased because mom is out of the hospital.

The past week has been quite a rollercoaster of emotions. Name an emotion and I've probably felt it.

On the morning of the 22nd, mom had diffuculty breathing. We immediately contacted her doctor, who advised us to go straight to the hospital, because she had a feeling that mom had fluid in her lungs. We hurriedly grabbed whatever clothes were nearest and just dumped it in the bags. I don't even remember if we had anything to eat. Some events are still kinda blurry to me.

The drive from Las Pinas to St. Luke's Medical Center in QC, felt like the longest hour of my life. Frankly speaking, I thought the worst. I had to keep calm in order to think straight, texting and calling my siblings, my aunt, and the doctor's secretary, while holding mom's hand tightly as she lay on my lap, at the backseat of the car. I texted my friend Joanne, who's an ER doctor at St. Luke's in case we had to go to the ER and not the admitting office. Thank God it wasn't necessary.

My siblings met us at the admitting office of St. Luke's. We arrived about 15 minutes apart. The admitting process to me was quite bothersome, coz I wanted mom to have some treatment already. It was a good thing the admitting personnel were quite understanding and mom was ushered to her room, while I completed the forms.

The week of hospitalization was a filled with tests, chest xrays, ultrasounds, a gazillion medicines to help flush out excess fluid in her lungs, vitamins, pain relievers. By the middle of our stay in the hospital, mom's doctors said she needed a blood transfusion, because her hemoglobin levels were dropping. The moment I heard blood transfusion, I felt my blood drain and then flood back again to my head. Deep inside I was panicking. I could hear myself say, "Why does she need a transfusion? That's not the reason we came here. She has fluid in her lungs, what does she need the transfusion for?!"

We immediately started a text brigade looking for blood donors. At first they adviced us to get a type specific blood, as the SLMC blood bank may not have a supply. The outpouring of people who wanted to donate blood made my heart swell because I knew that mom was so loved. Thanks Aunts and Uncles, cousins, Maits and Gerb, Ria and Wacky, Aimee and Eric, Loids, Tito Bong, Duk (lalo ka na kasi ikaw ang nagdonate :p), Dinah (touched ako kasi kahit di ka pa pwede nagvolounteer ka :D) and her dad, Jovy, and everyone who helped and expressed desire to help.

By 1 am Monday, mom's transfusion was underway. SLMC had ample supply of blood matching mom's and all we needed was a donor to replace the bag used (salamat Duk!). The transfusion lasted 6 hours, mom, my sister and I almost had no sleep because we were monitoring it. We could immediately see the improvement in mom as soon as the transfusion was over. Her color was back to normal, whereas it was pasty before the transfusion. Mas masigla na din sha.

For someone afraid of blood and needles, it was a wonder why I didn't faint during the process. Hehe, I even touched the bag of blood. O diba? Nawala na ata ang takot ko. It was quite funny though, when my sister and I went to the Blood Bank. As soon as I entered I could feel eyes following me. Para bang sabi nila, "Uy! Ayos ito, mukhang marami-raming dugo ang mado-donate. Hahaha! Sorry na lang, hindi ako pwede magdonate kasi wala pa akong tulog nung oras na yun.

The next day mom had another chest ultrasound and a thoracentisis (draining of the fluid from the lungs) was conducted. I didn't see how big the needle and the syringe used was at first, otherwise, I would surely have fainted. Mom said it wasn't painful, because she was given a local anaesthetic. *Jennie breathes a sigh of relief*

On Saturday, her doctors said we could go home the next day, provided we could procure an oxygen tank for home use. Otherwise, we wouldn't be given our discharge orders. Mom isn't completely out of the woods yet, her lungs are still kinda weak, thus the need for the oxygen tank. So dad and I went to CIGI in Pasig and it was heaven sent that CIGI medical is open 24 hours, and got what we needed.

By Sunday we were home and we couldn't have been any happier that we were.

My siblings and I alternated "bantay-duty", 2 at a time. I went home only once. Thus, I reaffirmed my earlier conclusion that hospital food from St. Luke is yummy. (Hehehe.. taga-ubos. :p)

My family and I would like to express our heartfelt thank yous to everyone who offered a prayer, visited, called, texted and kept us in their thoughts, during mom's one week stay at the hospital. Thank you. :)