Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Year's Resolution

What really is it?

According to Wikipedia, a New Year's Resolution is a commitment that an individual makes to a project or the reforming of a habit, often a lifestyle change that is generally interpreted as advantageous. The name comes from the fact that these commitments normally go into effect on New Year's Day and remain until fulfilled or abandoned.

Remain until fulfilled or abandoned? Abandoned? Okay... So some resolutions are meant to be abandoned, right? I tried not to think about resolutions for 2009 since I was thinking time would come that they're no longer followed. Not until I found the definition above. So here is a list of my resolutions for the new year.
  1. Go to mass every Sunday at the Xavier University Chapel.
  2. Try to avoid over-eating. I'm getting fat! *worries*
  3. Start thinking positive all the time. Don't worry too much.
  4. Save money!
  5. Don't be insecure. I'll try.
  6. Avoid cramming. Be a responsible student!
  7. Clean your room regularly.
  8. Don't speak bad words!
  9. Avoid backbiting. Stop being mean!
  10. Be kind. Be nice.
Those are my ten new year's resolutions. I really hope I can commit to each one of them. So help me, God.

How about you, what are your new year's resolutions?

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

2008: The Year That Was

Today is the second to the last day of year 2008. Before I welcome year 2009, allow me to share to you the highlights of my year 2008.

STUDIES. I really had a hard time dealing with my studies this year. Although I made it to the Dean's List last March, I still think I'm not doing good at all. Last semester, I got very low grades which is why I wasn't able to make it to the Dean's List anymore. I was even scared I wouldn't be able to maintain my scholarship but fortunately I still have it! Thank God! Well currently I have so many requirements to accomplish: projects, assignments. God, help me! By the way, I'm taking up BS Computer Science at Xavier University and I'll be graduating this March, hopefully. So just imagine how busy I am.

SOCIAL LIFE. Well I've had so much fun this year even though I'm not in good terms with someone right now and even though I had a very self-degrading experience early this semester. I have attended several gatherings and shared more bonding moments with my friends especially my blockmates. I also had great fun and adventure in different places. Last summer, I was in Manila for my OJT and the IT department of the company I was working for, had an outing at Zambales. We visited two nice islands there! I also went to Enchanted Kingdom with some of my high school classmates. During the semestral break, I explored Camiguin Island with four of my blockmates. I really had a blast!

LOVE LIFE. It was good during the first month but he was gone all of a sudden. During summer, I found out something that really hurt my pride. Then I found a guy I thought of as my ideal guy. But he had a girlfriend. Too bad. Well, I have many crushes back in school. I think I haven't fallen in love with any of them, which is actually great fun. And then... just this month, I had a conversation with someone and there were revelations which only the two of us know. I guess it was just nothing. But we'll see what's in store for the two of us next year. (as if! hahaha)

FAMILY LIFE. I think my family is doing good. I mean, problems never stop coming right but then I'm glad we're still hanging on. But this year, I really had my full attention given to my sister who's going through a lot lately. I really can't forget what happened last summer when we were still in Manila. It wasn't easy. It was too hard to take. I guess it was the worst thing I ever encountered in my life. But what I like about that experience is that it brought me and my sister to a deeper relationship. We remained strong by always being there for each other. I hope God will grant her the end of her sufferings.

UNCATEGORIZED. I don't know which aspect this falls but I'm gonna share it anyway. Late this year I have a friend who invited me to be part of his band, making me one of the four vocalists. I'm really very excited about this one 'coz I have always dreamt of singing with a band. I hope we will be able to push through with the plans. I wanna make it happen! *fingers crossed*

Wow! I just realized how memorable my year 2008 is. It has been a year full of ups and downs. Well... let's just see what's gonna happen to my life in 2009. May it bring me and all of us more joy than sadness. Have a blessed new year, everyone! *winks*

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Elle: The Gossip Girl

Who among you are Heroes and Gossip Girl fanatics just like me? Did you know that Kristen Bell who played the late Elle of HEROES is the same person who plays as the Upper East Side blogger with all the hot gossip as the narrator on GOSSIP GIRL?

Yeah. I was as surprised as you are. Or... Am I too late to know about this? It's quite funny 'coz I have been watching HEROES (whose volume three just ended) and GOSSIP GIRL (whose latest episode, the 13th of season 2, is my favorite) and I just found out about this yesterday. *laughs* It was unbelievable at first so I tried to compare Elle's voice and Gossip Girl's and see if they are the same. Watch and listen.

Uhmmm.. yeah. So true! Only that Kristen's voice in Gossip Girl is gossipy, of course. I like Kristen Bell. It's just so sad that we won't be seeing her anymore since her character was killed by Sylar (played by Zachary Quinto, a very close friend of Kristen Bell and rumored to be his boyfriend).

Oh well... I guess Kristen Bell's career is at its peak right now. I mean... being part of the famous Gossip Girl? It must be something she should be proud of.

She knows we love her.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Leaving a Message

To BEVS: Thank you so much for being my dearest and closest friend all these college years. It has been fun being your partner in almost all things. You have been my neutralizer. Haha! You have no idea how grateful I am to have you. Let's keep this friendship forever, okay?

To ARRIANE: It has been fun and great having you around. You have always been there to make me strong and realize some philosophical things. Haha! :p It's always an advantage to have a more mature and more experienced friend like you. Experienced? Aw! Wahehe! Thanks for being my wisdom! Char!

To SHANG: You remind me how useful I am by always making me feel like you need me despite the many friends you have. We may not always hang out together but we're always there whenever we need each other the most. Thanks for being true to me, Shang. And please, I may not be strong enough for you, but please please be strong, okay? Never give up! And as always, I'm here for you.

To BLONDZ: Honestly, you have been so distant these past few years. You are so pre-occupied with a lot of things. And hell yeah, we've been through A LOT. But still, I thank you for the times you shared with me just to cope up with the times we've lost. Thanks for keeping what we have alive. May you be happy wherever and with whomever you are.

To THESA: I know a lot has been bothering you and at times I can feel that you don't know how to handle or express them. But with me, you don't have to worry. I may not totally understand you but one thing's for sure, I'm here to listen to you and just let you blab things out. It's one way to release stress right? And Thes, hang out with us sometimes okay?

To KEN: I know you have a delicate heart inside you and thanks for letting us in. It has always been my pleasure to be told about your aches and happiness. Just keep on loving and having fun, okay? And yeah, I'm always here to understand.

To CAYE: We may not be that close to share secrets or problems but it always felt nice whenever we have time to talk about anything despite your busy schedule. I like the way you're living your life, Caye. Full of happiness, full of love, without insecurities. Perfect!

To GLAIZEE: I know I have already told you how I appreciate you so much. I'm just so thankful that a person like you still exists. You're one of a kind! And it feels good to hang out with you, very happy-go-lucky. And also, we're both crybabies! Haha! It's nice to have a friend who is as sensitive as I am, or more. Stay the same, Glaiz!

To OZZIE: Of all the guys in our block, I am most comfortable around you. I just don't have any problem with you, Oz. It's like I have nothing to worry when you're there. Char! But yeah, seriously, you're such a nice friend. And the thing I like about you is that you have always been an optimist. Nice attitude! And by the way, thanks for being in our team.

To DOM: Truth or dare? Haha :p It was fun having that conversation with you. Thank you so much for you know, for being nice and all. And I'm so sorry for making you feel something which isn't true at all. I didn't mean to. Thanks for the times :) .. for treating me the way a lady should be treated.

To JEP: I know that it's him that you love. Bwahahaha! Joke! :p Seriously though, thanks for being my academics consultant (what? haha), and for the company especially those times you had no choice but to wait 'til I get my ride first. Haha! I'm sorry. But yeah, thanks!

To DAN: Remember that time we rushed to the hospital? We were on our way towards becoming the next heroes! LOL. Well, that was a moment for both of us. Char! It was an unforgettable experience and I'm glad I shared it with you. Another char! Hehe.. Well, thank you so much for the rare times.

To JETHRO: There may be times when we just don't get along together and I get so annoyed with you. But still, we're friends (as far as I know). Thank you for sharing with us your heartaches and I'm glad you're happier now (are you?). And by the way, I don't wanna miss saying this to you. You're such a talented guy! And I like you and your bro's tandem. You have a future! Haha :p

To JAMES: You are so damn in love! Gawd! Well, James.. Be careful, okay? Hehe :) Ugh. I admit it really came to a point that I hated you for being so loud, noisy, annoying, etc. But that was before. Now, I'm glad that your in love. At least you're trying to behave now. Haha! I'm so happy for you, James! Stay in love!:)

To JETT: I don't know why I'm including you here. Haha! Peace :p Well, I don't know what's up with you lately. All I know is that you are famous now. You know, being an XU basketball star player. Nux. And you have a lot of fans already. Bwahaha! I know you are enjoying every bit of what you have right now. Just keep your feet on the ground. :p

To EDWARD: Have you read my card, already? Hehe. Uhmm.. Dward, I'm sorry but it feels good whenever I annoy you. Haha! Evil me. It's coz I know you'll never get angry with me. Haha! Right? Awww.. Sweet :) Thanks for being like that.. and thanks for those two big hugs u gave me during the party. Haha! It proved you're not angry with me. Thanks!

To LLENO: Hey, romantic guy! Char! Well yes you are, llen (aside from being a pervert at times. haha! peace!). It has been my pleasure reading your compositions online. They're nice and meaningful. Just stay sweet okay? And... Blondie likes you. And we like you for her. Hahhahhaha! :p

Whew! I really took time to do this. It's coz I love you, guys... and I might not have time to say these things to you anymore. And since it's Christmas, take it as my gift. Hehe.. It's all I can afford. I'm broke. But hey, "no greater gift is there than love" as the song Give Love on Christmas Day says. And yeah, I love you! MERRY CHRISTMAS! mwahugz!:)

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Lonely Christmas

Okay. I thought my Christmas is gonna be fun or merry. I miss everyone. I only have my parents to celebrate with. My sister and two brothers won't be home for Christmas. Sad, right? But I think my situation is better. At least I have my parents. I just can't imagine being in the shoes of my siblings. They're out there, celebrating with their friends. But still, that kinda feels lonely right? Oh my. I can't imagine celebrating Christmas without my family. Soon, I'll be working. I might be all by myself next Christmas. Ugh. But I wanna see to it that I'll be home every Christmas. I'll do what it takes.

Anyway, this one's funny. While I was Googling images for "lonely christmas" I found this image. *laughs* Pathetic? Yeah yeah. This picture is very sad yet I can't help but laugh at it. She's very lonely and sad. I would love to relate myself to her but then, what's that mistletoe for? Wait, she's loveless! Like me? Definitely! As a teenager young lady, it's normal that I long to have a special someone on Christmas. But due to family rules and regulations, I can't have one. I still have to graduate. And yes!!! I'll be graduating on March! I mean, assumingly, I won't be lonely next Christmas! *giggles*

Wait, have you noticed the shift? From family to lovelife. Crap! I'm sorry. I got out of track. Well either way, the truth remains: my Christmas is lonely. But I'm not really sad. It's normal! Good thing I have other things to do online: blog, play games, check emails, chat at YM, watch movies, make projects and assignments (I hate my teachers for these!), etcetera etcetera... Merry Christmas to me!!!

OMG! wait!! While I was about to end this post, my Tita came and handed me P500! Gawd!!!! I love her!! Hahahaha! I am soooooo happy! Weeeeee!!!!!! Haha! Wait, where was I? Oh. Yeah. Ciao! :p

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Thoughts at the Start of the Christmas Break

I think I started my Christmas break right. Our organization held a Christmas Party last Saturday evening and it was a blast! I enjoyed the games, the food, the people. I never had that kind of party in a long time. You know, the typical Christmas party we used to have back in grade school. It was nice. I can really say that I had enjoyed a lot during my last Christmas Party in college. Aside from that, I love my friends' gifts. Special thanks to Beverly, Arriane, and Thesa. I am so touched for their thoughtfulness. Thank you, gals! *hugs*

Anyway, some of us stayed somewhere over night. It was fun though. Spending time with a new crowd just drinking, talking, laughing, playing dart, billiards, spin-the-bottle game, etc. And yeah, I've discovered a lot from talking with different people. And they made me feel good. Talk about compliments. Gawd, I never heard such things in a long time. Maybe it's the greatest gift I have received. You know, being appreciated for what you have and what you are, realizing your worth. Such a nice feeling! Flattering... except for some things that got in the way like your friends having to deal with some issues you are actually involved in. Although I preferred them to just let us be, I still love them for trying. I appreciate the effort. Some things are just meant to end. What's lost it lost.

And by the way, it's Christmas! Be happy! And I am happy! I also finally got the chance to spend time with my bestfriend who I miss so much. Gawd, last night was really memorable. I guess I'll be having a merry Christmas. Thank you, Lord! It was a good start. I hope it goes on and on.

To everyone out there, advanced HAPPY CHRISTMAS! Be merry, be very merry. *winks*

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

WaterWalkerz's Hamster Ball

I'm not sure if that's what they call it. I just found out about this cool invention based in UK, a giant beach ball that can contain a human being who then tries to walk on the water. I've seen the video and found it funny. *laughs* But I'm kinda curious how's it gonna be when you are inside a ball then you try to walk on the water. Gosh! Wouldn't that be fun? But I think it's hard because it's not easy to balance yourself considering the buoyancy of the water. You'll just end up stumbling or rolling inside. Pathetic! *laughs* Oh well, it would give you an idea how it is to be a hamster. *winks* But I think this is a great workout too! It's a great challenge. Awwww.. I so wanna try it. I'm sure you'd feel the way I do after while watching the video. Take a look! *grins* You can also visit their site too. Click here.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

A Long Tag

I got this long tag from SHY. Again! Haha! Thanks, Shy. It's fun. *winks* and I'd like to pass this to Phronesis, Pig's Tale, CrispyPapaya, I am khae, and the young hermit blog. Be honest! :p


1. tag 5 friends (not the one who sent it to you!)
2. answer all truthfully
3. take it in public!
4. tell all tags on their profile that they have been tagged

OK, let’s start.


[x] I am shorter than 5′4. --- just 5 flat =(
[x] I think I’m ugly sometimes. --- Unpretty, right?
[x] I tan easily. --- Not just tan, but black! *laughs*
[ ] I wish my hair was a different color.
[ ] I have friends who have never seen my natural hair color.
[ ] I have a tattoo.
[x] I am self-conscious about my appearance. --- coz I have low self-esteem. Haha!
[ ] I have/I’ve had braces.
[ ] I wear glasses/contacts.
[ ] I would get plastic surgery if it were 100% safe, free of cost, and scar-free.
[ ] I’ve been told I’m attractive by a complete stranger.
[ ] I have more than 2 piercing.
[ ] I have piercing in places besides my ears.
[ ] I have freckles.

Family/Home Life

[ ] I’ve sworn at my parents.
[ ] I’ve run away from home.
[ ] I’ve been kicked out of the house.
[x] My biological parents are together. --- and we're happy as a family
[ ] I have a sibling less than one year old.
[x] I want to have kids someday. --- I mean, who doesn't?
[ ] I’ve lost a child.


[x] I’m in school
[ ] I have a job
[ ] I’ve fallen asleep at work/school.
[x] I almost always do/did my homework.
[x] I’ve missed a week or more of school. --- For a trip to Hong Kong!
[ ] I failed more than 1 class last year.
[ ] I’ve stolen something from my job.
[ ] I’ve been fired.


[x] I’ve slipped out a “lol” in a spoken conversation. --- It's already a expression now!
[ ] Disney movies still make me cry.
[ ] I’ve peed from laughing.
[ ] I’ve snorted while laughing.
[x] I’ve laughed so hard I’ve cried.
[ ] I’ve glued my hand to something.
[ ] I’ve had my pants rip in public.


[ ] I was born with a disease/impairment.
[ ] I’ve gotten stitches/staples.
[ ] I’ve broken a bone.
[ ] I’ve had my tonsils removed.
[x] I’ve sat in a doctor’s office/emergency room with a friend. --- With Dan, my co-hero! *winks*
[ ] I’ve had my wisdom teeth removed.
[ ] I had a serious surgery.
[x] I’ve had chicken pox.
[ ] I’ve had measles


[ ] I’ve driven over 200 miles in one day
[x] I’ve been on a plane.
[ ] I’ve been to Canada.
[ ] I’ve been to Mexico.
[ ] I’ve been to Niagara Falls.
[ ] I’ve been to Japan.
[ ] I’ve celebrated Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
[ ] I’ve been to Europe.
[ ] I’ve been to Africa.


[ ] I’ve gotten lost in my city.
[x] I’ve seen a shooting star.
[x] I’ve wished on a shooting star.
[ ] I’ve seen a meteor shower.
[ ] I’ve gone out in public in my pajamas.
[ ] I’ve pushed all the buttons on an elevator.
[ ] I’ve kicked a guy where it hurts.
[ ] I’ve been to a casino.
[ ] I’ve been skydiving.
[ ] I’ve gone skinny dipping
[x] I’ve played spin the bottle.
[ ] I’ve drank a whole gallon of milk in one hour.
[ ] I’ve crashed a car.
[ ] I’ve been skiing.
[x] I’ve been in a play.
[ ] I’ve met someone in person from myspace.
[ ] I’ve caught a snowflake on my tongue.
[ ] I’ve seen the Northern lights.
[x] I’ve sat on a roof top at night.
[ ] I’ve played chicken.
[ ] I’ve played a prank on someone.
[ ] I’ve ridden in a taxi.
[ ] I’ve seen the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
[ ] I’ve eaten sushi.
[ ] I’ve been snowboarding.


[x] I’m single.
[ ] I’m in a relationship.
[ ] I’m engaged.
[ ] I’m married.
[ ] I’ve gone on a blind date.
[ ] I’ve been the dumped more than the dumper.
[x] I miss someone right now. --- Not just one!
[x] I have a fear of abandonment. --- I guess we all have!
[ ] I’ve gotten divorced.
[x] I’ve had feelings for someone who didn’t have them back. --- Not just one!
[ ] I’ve told someone I loved them when I didn’t.
[ ] I’ve kept something from a past relationship.
[ ] I’ve had a crush on someone of the same sex.
[x] I’ve had a crush on a teacher
[ ] I’ve been kissed in the rain.
[ ] I’ve hugged a stranger.
[ ] I have kissed a stranger.


[x] I’ve done something I promised someone else I wouldn’t. --- Out of vengeance? Haha!
[x] I’ve done something I promised myself I wouldn’t. --- It's just too hard to resist.
[ ] I’ve snuck out of my house.
[x] I have lied to my parents about where I am.
[ ] I am keeping a secret from the world.
[ ] I’ve cheated while playing a game.
[x] I’ve cheated on a test. --- Since I entered college! Haha!
[ ] I’ve run a red light.
[ ] I’ve been suspended from school.
[ ] I’ve witnessed a crime.
[ ] I’ve been in a fist fight
[ ] I’ve been arrested.


[ ] I’ve consumed alcohol.
[ ] I regularly drink.
[x] I’ve passed out from drinking. --- Haha!
[ ] I have passed out drunk at least once in the past 6 months.
[ ] I’ve smoked weed
[ ] I’ve taken painkillers when I didn’t need them.
[ ] I’ve eaten shrooms.
[ ] I’ve popped E.
[ ] I’ve inhaled Nitrous.
[ ] I’ve done hard drugs.
[ ] I have cough drops when I’m not sick.
[ ] I can swallow about 5 pills at a time no problem.
[ ] I have been diagnosed with clinical depression.
[ ] I have been diagnosed with one or more anxiety disorder.
[ ] I shut others out when I’m depressed.
[ ] I take anti-depressants.
[ ] I’m anorexic or bulimic.
[ ] I’ve slept an entire day when I didn’t need it.
[ ] I’ve hurt myself on purpose.
[ ] I’ve woken up crying.

Death and Suicide

[x] I’m afraid of dying. --- Kinda!
[x] I hate funerals. --- I do! They make me cry.
[ ] I’ve seen someone dying.
[ ] Someone close to me has attempted suicide.
[ ] Someone close to me has committed suicide.
[ ] I’ve planned my own suicide.
[ ] I’ve attempted suicide.
[ ] I’ve written a eulogy for myself.

Materialism --- Does this mean I'm not materialistic? Or am I just poor? *laughs*

[ ] I own over 5 rap CDs.
[ ] I own an iPod or MP3 player.
[ ] I have an unhealthy obsession with anime/manga.
[ ] I own multiple designer purses, costing over $100 a piece.
[ ] I own something from Hot Topic.
[ ] I own something from Pac Sun.
[ ] I collect comic books.
[ ] I own something from The Gap.
[ ] I own something I got on e-bay.
[ ] I own something from Abercrombie.


[x] I can sing well.
[ ] I’ve stolen a tray from a fast food restaurant.
[x] I open up to others easily.
[x] I watch the news.
[ ] I don’t kill bugs.
[x] I hate hearing songs that sacrifice meaning for the sake of being able to rhyme.
[ ] I curse regularly.
[x] I sing in the shower.
[ ] I am a morning person.
[ ] I paid for my cell phone ring tone.
[ ] I’m a snob about grammar.
[x] I am a sports fanatic.
[x] I twirl my hair.
[ ] I have “x”s in my screen name.
[x] I love being neat.
[ ] I love Spam
[ ] I’ve copied more than 30 CD’s in a day.
[ ] I bake well.
[x] My favorite color is either white, yellow, pink, red or blue.
[ ] I’ve worn pajamas to school.
[ ] I like Martha Stewart.
[ ] I know how to shoot a gun
[ ] I am in love with love
[ ] I am guilty of tYpInG lIkE tHiS.
[x] I laugh at my own jokes.
[x] I eat fast food weekly.
[x] I believe in ghosts.
[ ] I am online 24/7, even as an away message.
[ ] I’ve not turned anything in and still got an A in a certain class.
[x] I can’t sleep if there is a spider in the room.
[x] I am really ticklish.
[ ] I love white chocolate.
[ ] I bite my nails.
[ ] I play video games.
[ ] I’m good at remembering names.
[ ] I’m good at remembering dates.
[x] I have no idea what I want to do for the rest of my life.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Sore Throat - Causes and Remedies

It's been three days since I had this sore throat and it's just getting worse each day. *frets* I haven't got the chance to go the hospital and have it checked up. I just can't find the time. Tsk. But my mother gave me some temporary meds to take until we visit the doctor. Being so worried about my situation, I searched Google about sore throat. And here's what I've read from MedicineNet:

A sore throat can have many causes including:
  1. Common viruses, and even the viruses that cause mononucleosis (mono) and the flu, can cause a sore throat. Some viruses can also produce blisters in the mouth and throat ("aphthous stomatitis").
  2. Breathing through the mouth can produce throat dryness and soreness.
  3. Sinus drainage (post nasal drip) may cause a sore throat.
  4. A sore throat can also be caused by bacteria. The two most common bacteria to cause a sore throat are Streptococcus (which causes strep throat) and Arcanobacterium haemolyticum. Arcanobacterium causes sore throats mainly in young adults and is sometimes associated with a fine red rash.
  5. Sore throat appearing after treatment with antibiotics, chemotherapy, or other immune-compromising medications may be due to Candida, commonly known as "thrush."
  6. A sore throat lasting for more than two weeks can be a sign of a serious illness, such as throat cancer or AIDS.
Now we know the possible causes. I think what caused my sore throat is number 3. Anyway, here are the remedies suggested by MedicineNet:

Generally, sore throats must run their course (exception, strep throat will be addressed below.)
  • Salt water gargles, hard candies, sprays for example, Chloraseptic) and lozenges can provide temporary pain relief. (Caution: Lozenges and hard candy are a choking hazard for children. Avoid their use in young children.)
  • A humidifier may be helpful in relieving symptoms, especially in sore throats caused by mouth breathing and dry air.
  • Acetaminophen or ibuprofen may help control the pain.
  • For adults, if your nose is plugged, nasal sprays such as Afrin may be used for two to three days to prevent mouth breathing. It is NOT a good idea to use these products for more than a couple of days; you may become dependent on them.
  • Other decongestant products, such as Sudafed, may be helpful.
I might try some of these. But then, if all else fails, it's still best to consult a doctor. Right? Gawd. I hope I'll get well soon. This is just so hard. It's painful to swallow. *sighs* Pray for me, will you? Thanks. *smiles*

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Ebola Virus Hit Pigs in the Philippines

This morning, I heard a news from the radio saying that there's a virus detected on some pigs in our country. Oh my! Pigs? I love pork!!! Noooo! So I searched about the news and found this most accurate news online. This news is taken from The Earth Times.


Manila - Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Thursday ordered agriculture and health officials to closely monitor an outbreak of an Ebola virus strain in several pig farms in three northern provinces. Deputy presidential spokesman Anthony Golez said Arroyo wanted agriculture authorities to prevent the Ebola Reston virus from spreading to other pig farms in the country.

Golez, a medical doctor, assured the public that the Ebola Reston virus found in the pigs was not harmful to humans.

"From the epidemiological standpoint, humans have high tolerance for this virus," he said. "Just like any other food, we should make sure that the food we are preparing is cooked properly."

Golez said the Ebola Reston virus dies at 70 degrees Celcius, which is below boiling point.

Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap said the government had temporarily suspended exports of all pork products from the Philippines until the virus has been eradicated.

"Although the virus does not affect the health of humans, we decided to put on hold all exports," he said. "Let us eradicate first this virus."

Yap said agriculture technicians confirmed that 28 pigs from four piggeries in the northern provinces of Bulacan, Pangasinan and Nueva Ecija had tested positive for the virus during a recent random check.

He said the Bureau of Animal Industry set up pig checkpoints to prevent the transport of contaminated animals. A total of 42 people who had close contacts with the contaminated pigs had tested negative for the disease, Yap said.


So it's not really that harmful, right? But still, we have to be careful on what we eat. Well I have noticed that most animals have diseases or virus. Maybe the safest way to avoid these is to change our lifestyle. Vegetables and fruits are more nutritious. Let us all be vegetarians! *laugh* Yeah right... I, myself, can't be a vegetarian. I mean, I don't think I'd be happy being a vegetarian. I'm an omnivore! *winks* But then seriously, friends, let's be careful alright? Just be careful.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Quantum and IT Convention

First Cut-off: January 5, 2008
Second Cut-off: January 16, 2008

Come and join the 2nd Mindanao-wide Quantum and IT Convention!
Invite your friends! See yah! :)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

I've Been Tagged

SHY gave me a tag. (You can see her post on the screen of my laptop. Haha!) I think it's fun, too. You know.. just for nothing. Haha! And now, I'm passing tags to the bloggers of Pig's Tale, Phronesis, and Crispy Papaya.

1. Take a picture right NOW!!!
2. DON'T change your clothes, DON'T fix your hair... Just take a picture.
3. Post that picture with NO editing.
4. Post these instruction with your picture.
5. Tag to your friends.

Obey the rules!:)

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