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The start of something new. Leave the negative behind and face the new challenges with a smile.

I love my Mom!

Freedom is part of a relationship and so does sensitivity.

Indifference bloats leading to arguments.

It is healthier to discuss than be silent.

Nothing can be resolved if  either will keep mum.

It has been 45 years! Through my successes and failures, I hope I have become a better person. I am grateful for this Gift of Life. The gifts of family, friends and my soulmate. Thank you.

And to my Creator, I entrust everything in Your Holy Name.

It is going to be a wonderful day.

As the Catholic Church begins its liturgical year with the 4 Sundays of Advent, what does this really mean for all of us?

Advent is a period of preparation for the birth of Christ. But more importantly, it is our time to prepare for the coming of Christ into our lives.

Let us all remember that more than shopping and gift-giving at Christmas, we should celebrate this season in cleansing ourselves and letting Jesus Christ in our hearts. It may be such a difficult task and a heavy responsibility to bear. But each on of us should start from somewhere.

Besides, when your time has come, it is only Him who can save you from inequities in your borrowed life.

25 years ago today, I set foot for the first time inside then Far East Bank & Trust Company – Midtown Hotel Ramada branch. This was my first job after earning my degree.

It’s nice to look back. My stint with the bank was the best I have ever experienced. It was there that I found the greatest friends one can have.

It’s back! Peppermint Mocha, Dark Cherry Mocha Latte and Toffee Nut Latte. Yum!

And the Sticker card issued for today at all branches come with one sticker slot free. Yay!

So it’s just 17 sticker slots to fill up. My first card has 14 stickers to go and I can choose 1 of 3 2010 Limited Edition Starbucks Coffee Planner.

Each of the planner is basically the same, wider than their 2009 version, three cover designs and textures and with date spaces vertically printed.

It’s Christmas in a cup!

If you were invited for something, just anything, and you accepted the invitation, what is the least you should do?

At times, showing (not even saying) appreciation is appropriate. But not even talking or acknowledging the host or pretending that the host never existed is way out of line bordering on disrespect.

A simple gesture showing courtesy would have been better.

Just a thought.

After a quarter since the last, I had my second eye perimetry exam this afternoon. And so did my Mom. We arrived at Asian Hospital just in time for the prescribed schedule.

I was sleepy through out the procedure that the technician was asking me to keep my eyes open. I couldn’t help but fall asleep. 🙂

After the result was printed, I went up to our opthalmologist’s clinic for a reading. I was browsing my results while walking towards the clinic. My right eye is normal while my left is below the normal and acceptable range. It felt scary, I might have “inherited” Mom’s glaucoma. It is possible since it is hereditary and I was diagnosed to be a suspect from my first test.

My Mom, with my brother, was already there waiting for the forever-tardy doctor. While waiting, the doctor’s assistant had done preliminary checks with my Mom’s eye so that when I arrived, it was my turn. As Ms. Assistant was done, the doctor walked in and started working on my case. He did not like what he saw. He recommended a repeat of the left eye perimetry. And so I did. This time, I tried so hard not to fall asleep. After browsing the new test printout, results revealed that it is within normal range.

With the results turning out well, the doctor scheduled my next perimetry exam on April 10, 2010. Cool!

However, there is a downside. My lenses need to be refracted. Both eyes’ grades have increased by 50. And add to that, I was recommended (but not necessarily so) to use progressive lenses.

I think this is inevitable. At some point in our lives, we need to use one. In my case, I can still be spared as I’d normally take off my glasses when I’m at work or when reading at home. I only wear them when I go out of my home and drive.

But then again, I am having difficulty viewing the white board and taking down notes or doing assigned exercises in class. I get to put on and take off my Os intermittently and it is getting to be bothersome. So I decided to have my lenses refracted and made into progressive types. Two weeks in the making, I should be able to adjust my eyes with those new ojos in a couple of months.

Talk about getting old. 🙂

It was a tough decision for me to do. I have longed to stay on with plans but a lot of factors made me choose. It was a good thing I have drawn Plan B.

I have withdrawn my application for the State University and will pursue graduate work at my alma mater. I will be settling the fees two Saturdays from now and undergo the routinary orientation at the Main Campus even if I will be taking my classes at Greenhills .  ( I just hope we won’t get  a campus tour just like freshmen.)

Then a scheduled Case Study at the RCBC Plaza happens before the May 25 first-day-of-class. (So when will the case study be?…on a Sunday??)

I am suddenly nervous, just like the a kid on his first day of nursery school. 🙂 I just hope it will be a great experience.

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