26 September 2010

The Year After

Yes, it's exactly a year ago when the catastrophic Ondoy hit the country last year. Being one of the victims, I still consider myself lucky despite the destruction to property that it caused. I may have been injured and took one month to recover, and I may have lost my precious Casper (my white GLXI) to it, but a lot of blessings came after it. :)

It is really true that when something is taken from you, it will be given back a hundred fold. :)

I hope this kind of calamity doesn't happen again in the future. Stay safe everyone!

23 September 2010

Checkpoint

It's been a year and a half ago since I last posted here. So many things have happened. From withdrawing my PhD scholarship so I can take care of my mom to her succumbing to cancer.. from Ondoy to a new place.. and from mobile to enterprise.

I may have drifted away from what I originally wanted and dreamt of (since someone has stolen my dream and my space), but I can say I am happy now - building new space and dreams for myself. :)

14 March 2009

Strength in Number

Inspired by Chris' blog, I'd also like to request for prayers for my mom's recovery.

Chris and her family are battling her sister's cancer. Just like them, we also have a battle against my mom's cancer. Chris has been my inspiration in this, giving me tips and contacts as my family started our battle late last year. She started a fund drive for her sister's treatment, and having a big heart, she's even planning to share the proceeds to other cancer patients and plans to continue the fund raising even after the battle is over. It's so nice of her!

Our battle started in early October, when my mom was diagnosed with endometrial carcinoma. I was in Singapore doing my PhD studies at that time. She went through total hysterectomy exactly on my birthday. We've been battling the disease since then. I went home, stopped my PhD studies and looked for local work to be able to take care of my mom and help my family.

As others have experienced, it's not an easy battle. We even rushed mom to the ER twice, one on Jan 30, and another on Feb 14. We almost lose her on the second. We've been to three hospitals in only one night! She was confined in the third hospital, the one where her hysterectomy was done, for five days. However, even after releasing her, the doctors weren't able to answer a lot of our questions. She's been in the house since then, unable to stand nor sit for more than a minute. She's always on her bed, lying on her right side.

Late this week, we looked for other oncologists to consult, but some turned her down right away. We couldn't even bring her to the doctors for consultation since movement causes her unbearable pain. So we just brought documents and test results. Good thing the fourth doctor told us that he wants to observe her first. Hence, we are planning to have her confined again next week, right after her 65th birthday, which also happens to be the effectivity of her retirement.

We are now relying on prayers and all the moral support we are getting from relatives, friends and colleagues. It's because most of the doctors said that she's too old and weak to bear the pains of chemotherapy. But we are not losing hope. My mom is fighting it. Her strength and faith are our family's inspiration against this illness.

Tomorrow is mom's birthday, and I want her to have more birthdays to come. Just like other moms, she's the tie that's binding our family together. I want her to see more of her grand children and enjoy her retirement as she dreamt while she was still on service as a public school principal.

With a lot of people praying for Chris' sister, my mom and other people going through the same thing, we can overcome this hurdle. With God's help, together, we can move mountains.

25 December 2008

Merry Christmas!

26 November 2008

Kerplunk! :P

Ngayon lang ata nangyari sa kasaysayan ko bilang mag-aaral na isang oras ako nakatitig sa tanong, at di alam kung pano ito sasagutin. :P Ang mahirap pa nito, mahilig sumilip ang aking guro sa kung ano ang sinusulat ng mga nag-e-eksamen sa kanilang mga papel. Ang hirap magpanggap na may sinusulat ka! Hahaha. Buti na lang nadadaan sya sa ngiti. ^_^'

Di ko naman ginawa ang silipin ang mga sinusulat ng mga estudyante ko noong ako ay guro pa. :P

D talaga yata ako pang-CI! Marahil kulang pa ang dalawang linggong tuloy-tuloy na pag-aaral para sa isang kurso na wala akong natutunan sa loob ng silid-aralan, kung kaya't kinailangang magsariling sikap sa pag-aaral upang may maintindihan. At ito ay hindi naging maging madali. Nung ako'y nag-aaral pa lang para sa eksamen, tinitingnan ko pa lang ang mga babasahin na sanhi ng pagkaubos ng aking dalawang buwang supply ng papel (1 ream/month, 2 page/sheet, back-to-back), parang gusto kong bumagsak na lang. :P Pero hindi, binasa ko pa rin! ^_^'

Bakit ko nga ba to kinuha? Haha. Si sup kasi eh.. ayaw ako pakuhanin ng madaling kurso.. buti na lang yung isang kurso na kasabay nito ay mas madali ng kaunti (Biostatistics). Dun na lang ako babawi. :)

Sana lang maabot ko ang kelangang marka. Ang mahirap lang dito, isang eksamen lang dito sa bawat kurso... hindi katulad sa UP na may long exams at final exam na pwede ka bumawi pag bumagsak ka sa mga naunang eksamen. Dito, do or die. Pass or fail.

At isang buwan ang kelangan ko pa hintayin para malaman ang resulta ng aking mga pagsusulit. Sa ngayon, bawi muna ng pahinga, para mawala ang tatlong layers ng eyebags. :P At syempre, may kasamang liwaliw na rin! :)



18 November 2008

Biktima rin ako.

Hindi ibig sabihin ng hindi ko pagsasalita, at pananahimik sa sitwasyon, ay inaaamin kong ako ang may kasalanan. Biktima rin ako. Alam ko, hindi ko kelangan magpaliwanag kahit kanino. Wala akong obligasyon na magpaliwanag kanino man. Hindi ko rin naman maipapaliwanag nang hindi masasaktan at hindi lalabas na masama ang mga taong may kinalaman.

Ang mahalaga, lahat ng mga taong importante sa akin - ang aking pamilya at ang mga malalapit kong kaibigan - ay naiiintindihan ang sitwasyon, nasa likod ko sa lahat ng pagkakataon, at di nagkukulang ng suporta sa akin. :)

Alam nyo kung gano ko kayo pinasasalamatan. At kelangan ko maging malakas para sa inyo. :)

Marami akong pinagdadaanan ngayon, pero kakayanin ko to. :)