Time to think about the Real Priorities

It’s just months now before Cara’s due date and we were both freaked out. We both decided to ask around and read articles about it so we wouldn’t be as much surprised with the things that will happen to her. Cara was so frustrated that she was currently having diarrhea during pregnancy because it was really being a hassle for her to always in the comfort room every time she has the urge to defecate. Another factor is that she wasn’t as mobile as before because of her weight gain coupled with her occasional nausea and vomiting so I understand that she’s often moody. Her husband Derek also told me about her mood swings and he’s glad that I always make time for my best friend to accompany her in their home. She was really having a hard time moving around the house so whenever I have day offs, I always go to her home to help out. Her mom should have been here last month, but I don’t know what happened. I didn’t want to ask Cara about it because I sensed that they had arguments.

Anyway, Cara is alarmed with the frequency of her diarrhea that she might get dehydrated if it continues. I suggested trying to call her doctor to address the problem because it may also affect the baby’s well being. I also reminded her to just ask for the prescriptions since she can’t handle to go to the hospital now. Fortunately, her doctor was available to accept her call and agreed to just call a nearby pharmacy to forward her prescription for her illness. I offered her to get her medicines and she agreed because of her condition. I rushed to the elevator and it took way too long to get on our floor so I just decided to use the stairs. It’s a good thing that we were just on the 7th floor as I can handle that kind of walk.

I reached the ground floor in a minute or two and I found myself tired a bit. The pharmacy is a good two blocks away from her place so I waited for a cab. I got a cab in less than a minute and I asked him to wait for me because I won’t take long and my friend needs her medicines quick. I was lucky that he was a good guy. All in all, it took me less than 20 minutes to and fro her place. I was so thankful for the cab driver that I gave him a good tip. When I came back, I already used the elevator to go up as my legs and things were tired of my walking.

Cara was so surprised that I got back quickly. I told her that I needed to be quick because I don’t want something to happen to her and the baby. She was so touched with what I did and she joked about if I’m going to do that in diarrhea in toddlers. I smiled and told her that I might do that if it was her child. Cara is so glad that I have time to take care of her. She finally told me that her mom still had issues with Derek and she just doesn’t want it to escalate with her staying here on their place. I hope they can immediately fix their issues since it’s neither the time nor the place to argue because the baby should be their priority.

Two weeks away

Time really flies so fast. I still can remember the time when Cara and Derek just announced her pregnancy to her close family and friends eight months ago at an intimate party at a fancy restaurant a few blocks away from here. Now that she’s in her third trimester of pregnancy, we can’t do the usual things that we used to do anymore and I really miss that. Now, I’m just often alone hanging out in the café that we used to frequent. I thought of calling her and maybe she wasn’t busy. I tried calling her for two times, but she wasn’t answering. I said to myself, one last call and then I’ll just go home and sleep. I dialed her number and she answered. I told her that third time’s the charm as we both giggled. She apologized for not answering my prior calls as she was having a hard time with her pregnancy. She shared that it’s very hard to move because of her weight gain, nausea, restlessness and fatigue. I told her that other moms did it and why she couldn’t and I know that she would. She told me that she really needed to hear that because she is really freaked out because it’s her first time. I asked about when is the expected day of delivery and told me that it’s just going to be in a week or two. I told her that I miss the times that we hang out and just gossip. She replied that she misses it too, and invited me to come along with her for a check up with the doctor because she has concerns about the baby.

I gladly came with her as I picked her up in front of her building. The hospital is an hour away so we had a great deal of time to talk in the car. She told me that she wants to ask the doctor if it is still wise to do breastfeeding because people that she knows don’t practice that anymore because some said that it is bad to have a period while breastfeeding. I asked her who told her that because it seemed wrong. I suggested asking it later to his doctor, so be sure. I also told her that I think that it still is imperative to breastfeed since I read an article about it last week as the mom’s milk has colostrum, which contains antibodies and immunoglobulins, which helps babies to be healthy and has a laxative effect to dispose of the first tarry stools of the baby.   I added that there are a number of foods to avoid while breastfeeding such as alcohol and caffeine which disrupts the baby’s regular sleep pattern. Disrupting their sleep patterns will hinder their growth and fast development. I find it funny that while we were talking, she was jotting down all the things that I was saying. She told me that she’s been so stressed with pregnancy that it makes her forget about things.

Fashion Accessories 101

Do you ever wonder why some girls in really stylish outfits do not look as great as other girls who are just wearing tee shirts and jeans? Something seems to be missing. While some might blame it on a bad hair day or a poor combination of outfit, the most usual missing piece of the puzzle most often overlooked is the accessories, which do not just include shoes and bags, but most importantly, jewelries.

Accessories can be worn for different purposes:

  • To draw attention to your best points.
  • To make your older outfit look trendy.
  • To make you feel and look young.
  • To achieve the look that you want such as casual, elegant, chic, artistic, sophisticated and others.
  • Change the look of a particular outfit if you are attending one event after another. For instance, you can change the look of a casual dress to formal by putting on or changing your accessories.

Being able to put and combine the right accessories is one of the most basic skills that can separate you from ordinary-looking fellows. Once you have mastered this skill, you will be able to look good no matter what you wear. The best thing about accessories is that you can find a wide range of choices at any budget.

Top Jewelry Fashion Trends

Unlike clothing fashion, jewelry fashion trends come and go at a slower pace. There are designs that are considered all-time favorites, while newer designs always emerge. Some designers are able to come up with bolder designs than what people have been used to. As a result, the market for jewelries become overwhelming and sometimes, with ridiculous designs. But generally, users prefer to have versatile and wearable jewelries.


Long necklaces are now the top trend. It is also common to see necklaces that either have no pendant or are complete with a cameo or pendant. Geometric shapes are still the in-thing, but with a twist of exotic additions. Silver and gold though are still the most popular choice. One good example of this is Chanel’s Trompe-l’oeil pearls. Chanel recreated their popular pearl motif by creating a casual giant pearl necklace that looks like some sort of headphones albeit in an elegant way.

My Cookie

Cara and I just took two hours to get ready and hang out in her home until we decided to come back to the pet shop nearby his unit and I just found out that the cute Pomeranian got sold just a few minutes ago. . I was really broken hearted when I didn’t see her on the glass window when we entered the shop. Mr. Lee was nice enough to issue an apology to me, but I told him that it wasn’t his fault since I didn’t really give him a concrete word that I’ll buy it the same day and I understand that business is business.

Instead, Mr. Lee wanted to give me an alternative by choosing other cute toy dogs like Chihuahua, Shih Tzu, Poodle mixes(www.popularpoodlemixes.com) or Maltese which is a little bit cheaper. He showed me a lot of pictures of various breeds and I saw this very cute black and tan, Yorkie Poodle and they looked very cuddly too, but the problem is that he doesn’t have it in stock. He told us that the delivery of the Yorkiepoo will be due until next week. He told me that he can try calling them now and ask them if it was possible for an earlier delivery. He added that we can have a seat first while we wait until he can contact his supplier. Cara took a seat while I browsed upon all the pets for sale. It ranged from fishes to hamsters and hedgehogs to cats and dogs.

After a few minutes, Mr. Lee approached Cara and asked where I am because he has good news. I ran towards them and he told me that they currently have a delivery on a nearby town and they have a spare female Yorkiepoo that they can deliver here in two hours. I was so glad and stoked with his wonderful news. I told him that Cara just lives nearby and I’ll wait with her on her home. I gave him my contact details and told him to contact me as soon as the pet arrives because I’m so excited to meet him.

Cara and I went back to her place to hang and we talked about the pet that I’m going to buy. She asked about what am I going to name her. I still didn’t have any idea as I still want to see him before I name him. I’m still as excited as ever as I didn’t wait for Mr. Lee’s call. We left her place early because I want to see her first hand. Our timing was impeccable as we arrived at the shop as a big, blue, van pulled over. Mr. Lee saw me and his smile indicated that it was the delivery. Cara tried to pacify me because I was so excited. A tall, white man came down the van and brought out a cage of a dog with a cloth cover. I heard barking and Mr. Lee took the cover off and I saw a black and white, Yorkiepoo. I immediately bought it and Mr. Lee even gave me a good discount. I named him Cookie since she’s black and white like a cookies in cream.

Dinner Frenzy

Whenever I hear pregnancy announcement ideas, it makes my body glow with excitement. It’s always fun to see their reactions whenever they hear a loved one is pregnant. My best friend, Cara is happily married with Derek, her childhood sweetheart for over a year now. Since Derek is always busy lately with their printing business, it gave Cara the idea to surprise him since he’s always at the office so she can make arrangements without him knowing.

When I’ve learned that Cara is 3 weeks pregnant, she just blurted out to me when we were having coffee on a nearby café. She was laughing so hard that I almost dropped my coffee cup on the ground. I am so happy for the both of them. She said that it’s too early to tell if it’s a boy or girl but it doesn’t matter. What matters most is the baby is healthy. She also told me that I’m the only one besides her doctor who knows so I should keep quiet about it. I asked Cara if I can help her on making arrangements for her dinner announcement. I was so ecstatic that she said yes to my request. She specifically told me about her pregnancy because she knows that I’m good with planning parties. She had a query though, if it’s possible to have period while pregnant. I didn’t have an answer so I joked that it’s your doctor’s job, not mine. We were giggling like little children and we didn’t care. My mind had gone overdrive when we were brainstorming for the arrangements that we will do.

We planned a very intimate dinner as we made a shortlist of people that are dearly close to their family. The shortlist includes Cara’s parents and siblings, close co-workers, Derek’s parents and his best friends and me.   It’s a good thing that Cara often has intimate dinners almost every month so Derek wouldn’t suspect a thing. We would want this dinner to really stand out so we’re going to cook it from scratch. Pumpkin and onion soup with croutons and a Greek salad is going to be the appetizer. The main course would be burgers and fries that Derek is very fond of, but we would want to innovate so we planned to deconstruct the burgers and fries like a fine dining meal. We have a friend who is a chef so we’d ask her to help us. I don’t know if we can still handle to make a desert but we planned to make a chocolate and cheese soufflé, also Derek’s favourite. I know we’d direly need a chef to accomplish that because the degree of difficulty in making that is not on our level. If we ran out of time, we have a backup plan of just buying a cake preferably any kind of chocolate cake.

I’m a bit wary of time constraints but we could solve it with proper planning and maximizing our resources. Almost all of the invited people know how to cook so it’s a start. Cara already asked some of them to come over earlier so it’s nice that they’re willing to chip in some help. Cara is still trying to come up with a good spin on how to creatively tell Derek that she’s pregnant. I know she will come up with something because she’s really good with these things. Wish us luck!

I Need a Break

I haven’t been feeling well lately as travelling from country to country is really taking a toll on me. It is fun learning other cultures, eating their food, going to their most sought after vacation spots, and of course, meeting up with businessmen to set up international contacts, but at the same time, it is hard because I should always be the one to adjust like with the time difference and I always have to know beforehand their culture so I’d know how to act accordingly. I remember when I was in Japan, I didn’t know that it is bad to dump soy sauce directly to my bowl of rice as it is considered rude; they told that I should use a small bowl instead and dip food in it. I learned it the hard way as some Japanese people stared at me bad. Anyway, I’ve been feeling under the weather for almost three days and my favorite nephew Dana was so worried about me that she visited me for the weekend with his big brother Matt. She is so thoughtful that she brought me a number of gifts like a bouquet of assorted roses which I love, a Disney’s Frozen DVD and two hedgehogs as pets. They also brought me a basket of treats and three Chinese takeout.

I was so happy with the flowers and the DVD but I didn’t understand why she brought me pets. When we were eating the Chinese takeout that they brought, I asked them whose pet is that since I don’t want Dana to feel bad, but I know that it was for me. Matt laughed and told me that it was really Dana’s but she wanted to lend it to me for the meantime so I have a company here in the unit and have someone watch over me. I was relieved that she was just going to lend it to me since I really don’t have time to take care of it. I told Dana that she was very thoughtful and generous as I’m happy to have a new roommate although I asked her things about them because I don’t have any clue on how to take care of such pets.

Matt told me that they were just easy to take care of, like taking care of bunnies or hamsters. You just leave it inside the hedgehog cages and feed it every day. Dana added that it also needs fresh water and exercise that’s why her pets have a wheel inside the cage to run onto them. She reminded me that they eat insects and vegetables like carrots and lettuce. I asked her where I can get insects and she showed me that she has a box of them. I felt a little bit terrified of it because they were alive and I don’t want to hold them as I nodded. I thought to myself that I’ll just feed them vegetables instead. I’m so happy that Dana and Matt found time to visit me because I needed it. I really need to slow down working and take time to smell the flowers since I have all the time that I need and I have such a good company to spend it with.

Obsession with Thinness

I’ve been thinking if I could live with just the barest amount of food I could get my hands into and still do the things I regularly do, without really affecting the quality of life while doing such. What if I get myself into the 1000 calorie diet daily or just eat low carb vegetables for a month. What would that experiment do to me eventually and can I continue with it for lengths at a time or even make it a way of life?

That thought came to me as I was with model friends the other day for a fashion shoot and they were very gorgeous girls to say the least. I was thinking if I could manage what they were doing with regards to their dieting and general eating habits and I was also wondering on what inspiration they might have to do such hard, if not impossible to fathom things.

A models life is truly never an easy one. In order to have regular jobs, she must possess that something special within her that makes her stand above the rest of the other aspiring talents. She must also maintain her looks not to mention her weight or the lack of it, as the fashion industry of today seems to be geared towards the almost deathly look.

What is this fascination for everything thin? Of almost non-existent limbs fitting into almost impossible to wear outfits and attires, which also kind of makes me wonder of whom are their target audiences for their clothes and such? I hate it when they try very hard to make emaciation sort of the “in” thing when the majority of all people of the earth are leaning or hoping to have healthy bodies and robust frames.

Sometimes the powers that be of the fashion empires hide behind the ornamental side of things and group everything that boggles the mind, or defies logic, into one heap of what is called art. Are they so tuned out of reality that they impose what they think is really good for the people while they themselves do not subscribe to what they preach? In truth, the clothes they produce are bad and unfit for the majority of us. Sadly it is them that always have a say in things probably because of the fact that money really can move mountains and have the propensity and power to make truths out of lies, and also make unwearable things wearable.

Meanwhile other models continue their downward spiral into obscurity, perpetuating the hoax that a thin body will net them the work that they hopingly want and the fame that they feel they truly deserve. They seem to place their hopes on shaky foundations and their lives at constant risk. When will these things stop? Many have died doing it and many more will unfortunately follow if this trend continues.

Fashion is a state of mind and whatever you are wearing now is good. Whether you are fat or just right, what you are is just okay as long as your health doesn’t suffer from it. You don’t have to be super thin to be beautiful, you just have to accept what is currently available because that is the real you. Don’t pretend and always be real.

What to know about Tattoos

Tattoos are made by using a machine with a needle that jabs into the skin that goes through the 7 layers of epidermis. During the actual process, the ink is injected in little pin-points basically with one ink dot per stick, a handheld device that is similar to a sewing machine. With every puncture in the skin, the needles insert tiny ink droplets. The process is done without anesthetics, causes a small amount of bleeding and tolerable to potentially significant pain. It is a practice dating back to 6000 BC in South America, which used sharp and pointy rocks and has now been innovated with our modern technology by using the aid of electricity. From the ancient people in Egypt to the natives of Papua New Guinea today, from the degenerate Nazi’s to the eccentric youths of today, they use it as an art, a form of self expression and also to identify the rank in a community as a slave or a high elder.   It can also symbolize their dreams and life long accomplishments, supported causes, rebellion and spirituality. Some people also use tattoos for cosmetic purposes such as eyebrow, lip, mole tattoos and even placing them over surgical scars to cover them up.

Tattoos don’t exactly hurt as much as they just sting. It is addictive too, as I know many people who started with one, now has over 30 tattoo pieces. It’s just done in a couple of hours or days if you have a much more detailed and intricate design. The world of tattoo used to be ruled by men, but women nowadays also joined the bandwagon. You’ll even see excellent women tattoo artists thriving in the scene. The most common places where people get their tattoos are lower backs and sides tattoos for girls; biceps, calves, shoulders and chest tattoos for men.

I am not recommending or encouraging you to have tattoos, but before you decide to get one, bear in mind that it is permanent, you can’t just wipe if off whenever you have the urge to do so. It is most essential to get a good tattoo artist because you don’t want something unaesthetically appealing on your skin. The design and text is also key as you don’t want to put something on your skin now which you will regret putting in the future, such as names of men, women, the state of mind, etc. There are innovations to take the tattoo off but I tell you that it is painful as much as it is costly. Also, be aware of the risks of allergic reactions, skin infections, bloodborne diseases and MRI complications. Some people have allergies on the dyes used on tattoos and it may manifest during or after the process. Swelling, redness, pain and pus-like drainage may come up. The equipments that are going to be used should also be well sterilized as it may transmit diseases like Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and Tetanus. In some cases, tattoos swell up when having magnetic resonance imaging exams. Pigments might also interfere with the quality of the image.

Allergy Magnet

It’s already a week into summer but why in the world am I feeling this way? I am sore allover and I have the stickiest cough. I guess the allergy bugs don’t recognize the seasons very much and they seem to strike whenever and whomever they prefer. But of all the people, why should it be me all the time? Why not my noisy neighbors or the FedEx guy who keeps throwing packages around? I think they deserve it way more than me. But with the luck I’ve been having lately, it figures that I am the one who always have to suffer these things.

I don’t know of which particular thing that is making me react this way today. Ever since I was little, I seem to be allergic to everything you could imagine. I am allergic to dust, to pollen things, allergic to dander, to some foods, a couple of insects, and a myriad of things I could no longer remember. Name a thing and chances are I was allergic to it at some point or another. I’m not kidding as I was truly like that back in the days. I was kind of weak as a child and I probably got genetics to thank for that.

Typical symptoms I have during such outbreaks include several combinations of runny nose, watery eyes, productive coughing due to fluid in lungs, uncontrollable sneezing, and even breaking out with hives all over my body and bloodshot eyes that would probably make Dracula green with envy.

I also have dabbled into different ways of treating my propensity for allergies. Ranging from the generic way of popping different kinds of colored pills, to the outright bizarre use of a magnetic water wand which is said to ionize the water it is immersed in and help cure any kind of allergies. But the thing that got me a whole lot better was the use of natural antihistamine.

Natural antihistamines are food items which limits the production of histamines in the body when it comes in contact with different kinds of allergens. Typical results of excess histamine production in the body includes swelling, runny nose, constricted air passageways and sometimes rash formation. So when you suppress histamine production in the body, you stop exhibiting allergic reactions.

Types of food know to be natural antihistamines include Vitamin C, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, tomatoes, ginger, parsley, chamomile, saffron, basil and garlic among other things. I make it a point to always try and include them in my every meal and it seems to work very well. It’s been five years since I had an intense allergic episode and I have these natural antihistamines to thank for it. Now if I can only find out what it is that triggered my current allergic reaction then I could include it in the things that I am already wary about and perhaps also to find out why.

Anyways, no one can truly have all the best things in life. And on that note, I also hope that no one has the majority of all the bad things in life like I am currently feeling right now. How I hate the sniffles.

Life after the Party

I’ve got to stop partying hard like last night as it’s really beginning to get the better of me. I am here in front of my computer with scarlet eyes, disheveled clothes and a pounding headache to show for all that has happened from what seems to be just a couple of moments ago. In fact the last thing I remember about last night was me pouring my umpteenth shot of tequila while dancing a sort of a jig. A couple of close friends said they had to literally carry me home while I kept on insisting that I fly home instead.

That party was really something else and it came to fruition particularly because one of our friend designers successfully managed to show his entire summer collection on the catwalk. It drew rave reviews from the critics present at the event and it also earned him a slot on a popular fashion magazine whose name I would not divulge, as it would be much better if it came directly from him. He truly got made yesterday and what better way to celebrate such a success than to have an all-out party.

The party was truly remarkable, for lack of a better word to describe it, as liquor flowed endlessly, like streams of water flowing out a damaged faucet. Hors d’oeuvres were the only food I remembered eating as drinks were served one after the other as several persons insisted on his own toast for the man of the night. Naturally and thankfully, we obliged each one of them.

I also remember having a fight with my liver during the latter part of the night, or was it already morning I don’t really know, as the crowd was already thinning and the party was beginning to wrap itself up. That presumptuous organ talked to me through liver pain and I always insultingly replied with another gulp of authentic Mexican firewater. I guessed I won the battle that time but deep inside I know that I am losing the war. Maybe I have to perform another one of those detoxes again or my liver would definitely be mad.

Speaking of pain, what is this pain on top of foot that I am feeling right now? Looking at it shows nothing out of the ordinary save some redness in the area where the pain seems to be coming from. I really can’t flex my three middle fingers on my right feet as it hurts like hell doing so. Maybe I just slept on it and it is its way of cursing at me or something. Maybe it’s some sort of break or strain in the bones there or maybe it’s gout ugh. I must be getting really old for me to have gout so probably it’s not it, I hope.

Well I really got to be going now as my body is telling me to hit the sack again. Classic example of mind is willing but the body is weak. Maybe I’ll have time later to sort things out and count all my appendages as I probably may have missed some. Anyways, this headache is really killing me. Now if I could only wish it away then everything would be dandy.

Ride the Lightning

Such strength there is in the spirit of man that no sickness could ever hope to get him down. That is what I think of when I see my friend who has been sick for a long time. He had contracted HIV from a transfusion he got when he had an accident several years ago and although he did manage to successfully control it in the beginning, it seems that things have gone worse for him lately.

He is easily sick nowadays and seems to contract all forms of illness even if he is thoroughly careful in avoiding them. He was put into neutropenic precautions by his doctor for fear that he will contract the grave disease that would eventually be his ultimate undoing. But even if he is already under such intense supervision, his stubbornness and free spirit continue to defy his reigning in, doing all that he likes to do and just reasons that he is only enjoying whatever life he has remaining. It is typical of him being rebellious to the bitter end but it seems to be driving him closer to what he fears most.

HIV (human immunodeficiency syndrome) is a slowly progressing disease which is the cause of the more rabid illness called AIDS or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. What HIV does basically is it infects important cells in the body, particularly the helper T-cells of the immune system, rendering the body more susceptible to various kinds of diseases. Neutropenia is not far-off, as it is the condition wherein the body has an abnormally low amount of neutrophils needed to fight off disease. Neutrophils make up about 70% of the total white blood cells in our body, whose job it is to ward off infection and make the body resistant to sickness. Neutropenia is directly related, if not the natural progression of HIV infections.

Neutropenic precautions include, but are not limited to, giving the utmost care available to a person suffering from it. Basic tenets of precautions include limiting contact to other people for fear of contracting any sickness from them, as well as the strict observance of items that are included in the daily diet, particularly raw foods like fruits and vegetables as there is a high chance of occurring bacteria in uncooked food items. Furthermore, patients are strictly advised from getting anywhere near common dirt or fecal matter as they too may harbor disease causing materials. Basically, these precautions were designed to limit, if not totally eradicate, the sources of sicknesses that are prevalent in any given environment.

But all of these things seem vaguely distant, if not totally unimportant to my friend who insists on doing things his way. Maybe his latest bout with pneumonia might change the way he sees things as he looks almost repentant with the way things have gone. He promised to be more careful this time but knowing him, I highly doubt it. Maybe next thing we know he is again out there enjoying himself and throwing caution out the window. Well, it’s his life. Maybe he’s right and we just need to be happy for him that he is living his life to its fullest. Yep, you only live once, so better make the most of it.