Sunday, May 31, 2009

1. Do a second honeymoon.
2. Cook together and prepare a romantic meal.
3. Visit that place that your sweetheart has been wanting to.
4. Exchange gifts.
5. Don't forget the flowers, anniversary card, or the cake.
6. Call in sick and spend the day together.
7. A romantic camping trip.
8. Perfect picnic.

You guys can add up the list and share your idea of how to spend an anniversary.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Time to get serious with this pain.

I could be the greatest of all optimists but there's no denying to the pain I felt when I heard the doctor say, "The fetus has no activity, no heartbeat."

I sat there looking at the doctor's face for 10 seconds. What he said didn't register to my head. Seemed like I heard him use some deep scientific terms that nobody else can understand without the help of some medical dictionaries. Then I heard him say the words that broke my heart into tiny little pieces. "The baby is dead. I'm sorry."

The sad news was devastating. It sent some chill up my spine, shook my whole body and I broke into tears.

The pregnancy changed my life... gave me lofty dreams, beautiful plans, light for the future, sweet smiles for everyday. The news was a big bang to the whole family - felt her daddy's happiness and thrill, heard my brother's expression of excitement, my sisters cry of joy, parents' sigh of thankful prayer. The happiness was awesome, it was so hard to contain to myself.

I want to remember the joy of her coming to our life more than the pain of losing her.

My baby taught me that the future is still brighter and that hope is not faded. In the few weeks that I felt the miracle of life growing inside me, I saw the beauty of life, the joy of living that no death of the flesh can shatter.

As I touched my tummy with tears rolling down my cheeks I almost heard my baby whispered to me "You can try again Mommy. You can try again."

Friday, May 29, 2009

** Know When To Stay Indoors -- minimize your exposure to the sun's rays. Stay indoors from 10AM until 2PM . This is the time when the sun is at its hottest. Try to schedule your activities early morning so you can still reap the benefits from the sun.

** Drink Lots Of Water -- during the summer months, people tend to sweat and expel a lot of fluids. Since water is important in many bodily functions, including the moisturizing the skin from within, you need to make sure that you drink plenty of water during this season. Stay away from caffeine-rich beverages and alcohol; such beverages are diuretics and can make you lose instead of keep fluids inside your body.

** Apply Sun Block -- if you have to go out, always remember to wear sun block, preferably with a sun protection factor of 30 and above. There are many sunscreen and sun block lotions available in the market. However, you need waterproof sun protection cream when you are going to swim or basking on the beach. Furthermore, you need to reapply your sunscreen as often as possible for continued protection.

** Use A Hat And Sun Glasses -- Many people are not fond of hats, sun visors, and sunglasses because they think that these things are cramping their style. However, these accessories are important because they can shield you from direct exposure to the sun. Furthermore, they also protect your eyes. The skin around the eyes is very sensitive so just a little exposure to the sun without protection can cause skin discoloration, wrinkles and dryness.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Tips for effective handwashing

It is more important than ever to maintain good hygiene.The correct way to wash your hands should last about a minute in total. First, wet your hands with running water and apply cleanser evenly over your hands. Rub your hands together, making sure to rub between fingers and that all surfaces of the hands are covered, for about 20 seconds then rinse with clean water. Lastly, dry your hands using a dry paper towel or air dryer.

When to wash your hands

1. Before touching your face, nose, mouth or eyes with your hands, especially when you’ve been in public places.
2. After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
3. Before and after tending to someone who is sick.
4. Before preparing food or after touching raw food, especially meat, and eating.
5. After using the toilet.
6. After changing diapers/nappies or cleaning up a child who has gone to the bathroom/toilet.
7. After handling garbage/rubbish.
8. Before and after treating a cut or wound.
9. After handling an animal or animal waste.

[1] The Handwashing Handbook, The Global Public Private Partnership for Handwashing,
[2] Handwashing with soap – a new way to prevent ARIs? Sandy Cairncross, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

He's My Son

He's My Son (by Mark Schultz)

I'm down on my knees again tonight
I'm hoping this prayer will turn out right
See there is a boy that needs Your help
I've done all that I can do myself

His mother is tired
I'm sure You can understand
Each night as he sleeps
She goes in to hold his hand
And she tries not to cry
As the tears fill her eyes


Can You hear me?
Am I getting through tonight?
Can You see him?
Can You make him feel all right?
If You can hear me Let me take his place somehow
See, he's not just anyone
He's my son

Sometimes late at night I watch him sleep
I dream of the boy he'd like to be
I try to be strong and see him through
But God who he needs right now is You

Let him grow old
Live life without this fear What would I be
Living without him here
He's so tired and he's scared
Let him know that You're there

Can You hear me?
Can You see him?
Please don't leave him
He's my son

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Thursday, November 13th of 2008

I found myself standing in a kiosk, asking God to give me something I need (the word I insisted to use over something I want). I was like a child asking God to buy me that barbie doll just because "I need it".

At first God didn't say anything which made me more desperate to reason out with him and I pleaded and cried just to make him give me my "barbie doll".

But God didn't say anything... He just stood there, looking down at me... I slept with swolen eyes... with more questions than answers to life.

I always wanted to have my own baby. Tried medical help. Now, everything is in God's hands.

Come Friday, we have Incite Cafe program at church where we gather to eat and sing and chit-chat with friends and listen to some inspiring messages... I was suppose to sing with the Praise Team but can't due to my recent surgery. I thought I'll go and sit around and talk with friends. Still with the grudge against God for not giving me the barbie doll I wanted for.The video message was rolled and to my surprise the message was exactly for me.. it was like God's answer to my pleadings on that Thursday night. It was a straight answer that left me dumb-founded.

"God please help me to have a baby, my own baby."

The answer is... NO! And it pains my heart.

I was driving in my car to work when I first heard this song over Praise 106.5 FM. I reached for the volume and turned it louder... such a beautiful song, almost like a lullabye but with powerful words.

As I work with young children, I fall inlove with the innocence and sincerity, and of friendship and fun that children have. Beholding a child's face is like looking at an angel's face and you can't explain the wonderful feelings. I believe there are lots of lessons adults can learn from the youngest generation. Personally, I love working with children. I love sorrounding myself with their laughs and giggles. I see hope in them. I see peace in them. I see happiness. I see everything that is good. But sad to say, there are tons of impurities in the world where they are born to. This makes me feel like I want to protect them from the world out there. It is in my principles to give as much positive influence to every child that God puts in my way... give as much care, as much love.


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