The Sunday Currently, Vol. 24: Just the four of us

Since my husband was home for only eight days, I have decided to stay away from my laptop and avoid checking emails, even blogging. I tried to spend every moment with him and our girls, except for one day that I took the time to get re-acquainted with the anti-aging business by attending a seminar that lasted for a few hours and running some errands afterward.

Now that he has gone back to work abroad, I guess I’m back to some of my old ways too. Nevertheless, the short period we were together, doing things together, traveling together, will remain a sweet memory for every member of our family.

For the first time, it was just the four of us, our own small family, exploring and learning things together, meeting other people along the way, etc. It was such a wonderful experience and I’m glad my husband has agreed to it even if it meant that the pets would be on their own and have the house to themselves. 😉

reading “Deep Blue Sea” by Vallerie Howard, a novella in Kindle format. It’s one of those ebooks that I found free on Amazon, thanks to lifeversebooks.com. I’ve been reading a lot of non-fiction books lately if I’m not busy with chores or out on the road traveling with the family. I could definitely use some light fiction story right now as part of my rest.

writing the final draft of a certain article that was meant to be published last November. I’m trying to finish all the articles in my drafts folder now and start using an editorial calendar. That way, I make sure that I get to publish a post 1–2 times a week and be able to focus on other important things as well… Yeah, I know, you’ve read that before!

listening to some Spotify music blaring from my daughters’ bedroom. My teenager is isolating herself again, especially that her dad has gone back to Singapore last night. I suppose that’s her way of coping with sadness and in some ways, I must admit that we are alike. I used to stay in my room when I was a teen too, reading, writing, painting, and listening to music, although not particularly because I was sad, but because I became more of an introvert when I was growing up. Some days, I still do those things, like today. Continue reading “The Sunday Currently, Vol. 24: Just the four of us”

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CafĂ© Review: Pet Lovers CafĂ©

I’ve read about pet cafĂ©s featuring cats and have wondered if going to one would really be such a nice experience no matter how cute the featured pets may be. Somehow, I can’t seem to reconcile food and furry creatures running around in one small area, especially when pets are now banned from food establishments in certain areas in the south. Moreover, even if I, myself, am a pet owner and used to bring our Boston terrier Quinn with us when dining at certain restaurants, I do not relish the thought of finding pet hair on my food or drinks. (I guess that must be one of the reasons such city ordinance has been enforced.) To satisfy my curiosity, however, Big ‘n Lil Sis and I visited the first and only pet cafĂ© in San Pedro, Laguna: Pet Lovers CafĂ©.

The first thing I looked for when we entered Pet Lovers Café was their pets, of course. There was a small fenced area where a Yorkshire terrier was sitting quietly, and this was the first thing I noticed upon entering. A group of students nearby was crowding on a Shih Tzu, while a pomeranian was standing on a stool by the counter.

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Pet Lovers Cafe_Lil Sis and Angel_SAHMotsari

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TravelBook.ph celebrates 4th anniversary

Travelbook.ph, the leading local hotel booking website in the Philippines, is turning four!

In celebration of four exciting years in the business, TravelBook.ph invites you to explore and see the beauty of the Philippines in the coming months with their ongoing exciting promos: Win a free trip to Japan for two in the Konnichi-wow: Free Trip to Japan and avail of highly affordable deals on hotels and resorts with Super Summer Sale.

In addition to the anniversary, TravelBook.ph is also celebrating huge milestones. In just four years, TravelBook.ph grew exponentially in the e-commerce industry. Its number of bookings has increased to 200% since they started offering affordable hotel reservations in March 2013. Today, over 3,200 local hotels and resorts are listed on their website, providing more opportunities for Filipino wanderers to travel around the country and support local tourism.

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TravelBook.ph dares to brave that extra mile and achieve even more by further establishing their brand as the only online travel agency (OTA) that promotes local tourism, highlighting the unique perks and services they offer to Filipino travelers, including attractive discounts, convenient payment options, exclusive reward points, and the TravelBook.ph mobile application.

TravelBook.ph will soon also be releasing the TravelBook magazine, the company’s official free publication that aims to inspire Filipinos to visit local destinations, meet new people, and immerse themselves in the country’s rich culture.

Indeed, the Philippines is undeniably full of wonders that are meant to be appreciated as well as explored. As they celebrate their fourth anniversary, TravelBook.ph encourages you to go out there and explore the amazing places in the Philippines and gain memorable travel experiences like no other.

To start booking hotel rooms, go to https://www.travelbook.ph/philippines/?affid=1492. ❀

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Workshop Alert: Monetizing on Video as a Platform

Are you a mommy blogger who wants to earn more through vlogging? Do you have a teenager who loves going on adventures and sharing his/her experiences through social media sites? Or, maybe you have a younger child who wants to be the Next YouTube Star? Then come with your kids to Monetizing on Video as a Platform on 1 April 2017 (Saturday), 1–5 PM, at Pen Brothers in Makati City.

Monetizing on Video as a Platform is a 4-hour workshop designed to help aspiring vloggers not only to understand the content landscape, but also to learn how to create a successful content strategy, earn money through YouTube, and start generating ideas for their own YouTube channels. Participants will have the opportunity to learn directly from famous YouTubers/Adobers Lloyd Cadena and Mich Liggayu, with Dennis Lim as the main speaker.

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Dennis Lim

Dennis Lim is the head of ABS-CBN Corporation’s Digital Media Services. He has 17 years of outstanding record of accomplishment for providing digital and online strategies in the ever-changing digital landscape. He is an expert in developing end-to-end video-on-demand and IPTV solutions, with a demonstrated ability to manage a successful online video streaming service.

Tickets to Monetizing on Video as a Platform worskhop are priced at only PHP1,500.00 each. Get a savings of PHP500.00 if you avail the Bring-a-Buddy promo or pay only PHP2,500.00 for two tickets. To register, please visit http://manilaworkshops.com/events/youtube101.

Monetizing on Video as a Platform is the first workshop collaboration between Manila Workshops and Certified Digital Marketing (CDM), in partnership with Globe MyBusiness, Alfox Printing Services, and PenBrothers. For more information, you may contact Veni at mobile number 0927 281 6651 or email at veni.anabo@manilaworkshops.com.

CafĂ© Review: Wagamama Cafe

Wagamama Cafe is probably the biggest cafĂ© you’ll find in Pacita Complex, San Pedro, Laguna. We first visited it on a weekend early this year, but didn’t get the chance to actually dine there because it was full then. We planned on coming back, especially that we have seen how the customers (of diverse age groups) seemed to enjoy their time there, playing various types of board games. Moreover, the owners and the staff seemed very nice and accommodating; one of them even went after us when we left and offered to reserve a seat because the customers on one table were about to leave.

It wasn’t until this March, however, that we were finally able to come back to this cafĂ©, which has already started becoming popular in the area. We were there at around 2 PM and it wasn’t crowded yet at that time, although some of the tables were already filled. The biggest group, however, wasn’t there to just hang out or grab something to eat. Apparently, they were students rehearsing for a school play and eating didn’t seem like their priority. We, on the other hand, went there to do some brainstorming and to evaluate our progress in homeschool over (good) food and drinks that we couldn’t wait to try.

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The interior. I liked the interior of Wagamama CafĂ©; it was cozy. There’s plenty of space to move around compared to the other cafĂ©s in the area. If I’m not mistaken, they could probably sit up to 40 people. A big portion of the place was well lit, but the area that seemed to have been converted from a bunk bed (sorry, I’m not really sure what to call that area) was rather dim, especially the nook nearest the counter. We wanted to stay there, but I had difficulty reading the documents I had brought with me because of poor lighting and the table provided was too small to accommodate the food and drinks we ordered and still have some space for my notes.

We decided to stay on the couch, which was more comfortable, especially that the wooden chairs didn’t have cushions. We were planning to stay there for 1–2 hours, so it’s imperative that we were seated comfortably, not to mention my companions were kids, ages 13 and 10.

There’s also an old bookshelf on one side of the place that would have really made me feel at home, except it contained a sparse collection of reading materials. I wish they would fill it with more books (and magazines) on various subjects. At first I thought that maybe the books were with the other customers, but everyone else was either chatting with each other if not using his/her laptop or mobile phone, especially that there’s free WiFi.

We thought we would also find some gameboards on the shelf, since that was one of the reasons we were lured to come back to this place. We saw groups of friends and families playing gameboards the first time we dropped by (on a weekend), but there was none this time, and we didn’t bother to ask the staff about them anymore. I guess the bookshelf was placed there just to serve as a decor (and a secret door to their storage room) and not really to hold many interesting books, and that made me a little sad.

I was also hoping that at that time of the day, we would be able to have some peace and quiet, especially that it was a school day, but I was wrong. Aside from the noise coming from the group of students rehearsing and other customers whose voices were trying to compete with all the other sounds, we had to deal with loud music, plus the grinding noise from their blender. I had to ask the staff to lower the volume of their sound system, but they seemed deaf to me. So much for holding an important meeting there with my girls!

We decided to stay, anyway, especially that we’ve been really wanting to try the food and drinks at this cafĂ©. Besides, there were insteresting decals and writings on the walls that we, especially Big Sis, enjoyed reading and taking photographs of.

Service. Since we already had an initial contact with their staff (and cafĂ© owners) from when we first dropped by, I was positive that we would have a nice experience when we finally dined there. Unfortunately, things weren’t the same when we came back.

I didn’t find the person who attended to me at the counter to be that friendly or accommodating, for one. Okay, maybe she was a newbie or was just plain distracted. When I asked for more information about their offerings, including best sellers, she just pointed to me the printed menu near her, plus the one written on the board behind her; no other information was offered at all to entice me to try a particular dish or drink. I also had to repeat my order several times because she couldn’t seem to get it right, plus she overcharged me, so I had to ask her to recompute everything and give me a receipt. Oh, did I mention that she seemed more interested in chatting with her fellow staff?

Further, she seemed very displeased when I asked for a receipt. She looked at me like I was from the outer space or something. They don’t give any; hence, I didn’t get any. She simply wrote down the items I had ordered on a small piece of paper with the total amount, which I no longer bothered to take.

It didn’t take long for me to realize either that their food and drinks were expensive,  considering the fact that they’re located at a village in a suburb (and is most likely still quite new in the business). And that made me wonder more why they’re not giving out receipts. Were they trying to avoid paying (the right amount of) taxes? And why give me that look when I asked for one? Doesn’t the law state that I could have for free everything I bought if the establishment failed to issue a receipt? Some establishments would even point that out to their customers! I was really tempted to leave then.

Anyway, it took 20–30 minutes before all our orders were served (one by one), which was pretty long, especially that they didn’t have many customers at that time and it looked like we were the only ones who haven’t gotten served yet. It’s a good thing the other crew were nicer and more attentive, like the one who busts and brings the food to the tables. I guess that somehow balances things when it comes to service?

Food and drinks. We tried their pesto pasta with grilled chicken (PHP129.00), cheesy French fries (PHP155.00, for sharing size), and a slice of chocolate cake (I can’t remember if it was PHP80.00 or PHP90.00 per slice). If you’re not really hungry like our group was, you can say that their food serving was good for up to two persons, even up to three, depending on your appetite too.

The French fries was good—Big Sis nearly devoured it all by herself—but didn’t seem plenty enough for its price. We found their pesto pasta rather bland in taste and that’s just disappointing, since Lil Sis and I love pesto pasta and we make them at home from time to time. The cake looked yummy, but the taste was just okay. Even Lil Sis, who has a sweet tooth, didn’t take more than three forkfuls of it. Unfortunately, I can’t really say that there’s anything special about any of the food we tried – something that would really make me or Big ‘n Lil Sis say wow! or let’s try that again when we come back.

Except for the fries, which wasn’t really that much to begin with, I ended up eating most of the food we ordered, and had a difficult time finishing them too. Guess why?

We also sampled two of their frappĂ©s, of course. They may be pretty to look at, but unfortunately, they were too sweet for our taste. Moreover, there was too much whipped cream that was so thick and won’t blend with the drink at all, plus the ice they used had formed into a chunk that we really didn’t have much to drink after a few sips. At PHP129 to PHP139 each, that’s rather steep, especially that we weren’t really able to enjoy them.

All in all, we spent more than PHP600.00 for our food and drinks. And, no, I don’t think it was worth it. Two family pan pizzas plus buffalo wings for the same price eaten in front of the TV would have been more satisfying, I think.

On the other hand, Wagamama CafĂ© has a wide selection of food and drinks. They serve cakes, pasta dishes, sandwiches, and rice meals along with hot and cold drinks among others. I’m sure you’re bound to find something that you’d really enjoy; we probably just weren’t lucky to find one that we truly liked the first time we dined there.

Cleanliness. The cafĂ© itself was immaculately clean. The tables and chairs were spotless and properly arranged. Almost as soon as one gets disarranged, someone would put it back into place. Their restroom was also clean. The outside of the cafĂ©, however, was a different story. There was uncollected garbage leading to its entrance when we went there, which was a sore for both the eyes and nose. I wish their staff would also pay attention to this area. Although garbage collection may be out of their control, they could have used bigger trash cans with lids to keep all the trash neatly in one place.

Location. Wagamama CafĂ© is conveniently located along Pacita Avenue at Pacita Complex 1 in San Pedro, Laguna. You’ll find it on the left side of the street if you’re entering the village from the National Road of San Pedro City; it’s about four blocks away from Jollibee Pacita/Westlake Hospital. It’s housed in a two-storey white building and has a parking space right in front of it. The cafĂ© was rather easy to spot because of its huge signage, too.

So, would I go back to this place with my family? Maybe, but only to see if there has been any positive changes since we last visited. It’s not something that I’m really looking forward to try again in the near future and I certainly don’t want to spend another PHP600++ for the same amount and kind of food and drinks that we didn’t  really enjoy. 

Is it a place that I would recommend to others? Only if they’re looking for a seemingly cozy place that is not too cramped (on a weekday) and would look good on Instagram. I can’t say it’s a nice place to hold meetings, since their music is too loud and the staff seemed impervious to the fact that people go to cafĂ©s for quiet conversations/meetings, relaxed atmosphere, and/or good food and refreshing drinks that are supposed to be tastier yet more affordable than family restaurants and are served quite faster.

As I read other reviews about Wagamama CafĂ© online, I noticed that their very loud music, “expensive yet substandard quality” food and drinks, and inattentive staff were among the common complaints. On the other hand, everybody seems to agree that the place really looks nice and cozy, and yes, there are some who actually loved the  place too.

With some improvements, I believe Wagamana CafĂ© can become the go-to cafĂ© for families and barkadas in the area, especially with its size, location, and ambience. (Their staff and owners just have to seriously consider their customers’ reviews.) ❀

Our first National Breakfast Day experience

Last night, Big Sis told me as I was getting ready for bed that today would be National Breakfast Day and we should head to McDonald’s as early as 6 AM to participate. If you must know, this daughter of mine has gotten into the habit of sleeping very late in the evening and waking up very late, too. I thought I’d never hear her say again that she would be waking up early for anything at all, so I took that as a positive sign and challenged her to be up by 5 AM.

She went to bed then even before 10 PM, which is already rather early. She woke me up at around 2 AM, however, because she was hungry. I thought then that we won’t be able to make it and get a free breakfast sandwich for sure, but we would still go there and have breakfast as long as she’s up before 8 AM.

Lo and behold, Big Sis woke me up again at 5 AM! 🙂

We left the house at 6 AM and went straight to the McDonald’s branch nearest us. However, there was already a crowd gathered both inside and outside the premises, and my early risers were so disappointed that they started pouting and complaining. I didn’t realize that it was McDonald’s Southwoods that they had in mind, but I brought them to a different branch. My fault. Wanting to reward them still, especially Big Sis, for waking up early, we headed to McDonald’s Southwoods then.

Just as Big Sis had predicted, there were very few people at this branch compared to the one we visited earlier. In fact, there were no one else for the staff to hand the coupons but us. It was not until the crew was done taking our orders that customers started to pour in.

Sausage McMuffins, pancakes, and hot chocolate, please!

 

Participating at McDonald’s National Breakfast Day had been an interesting experience for us. I used to have breakfast by myself at McDonald’s while waiting for Lil Sis to finish her classes at a Montessori school. (They used to attend conventional schools.) I sort of miss having that time to myself, but I was also happy to share that moment with my girls too. My relationship with my teen needs a reboot, and having breakfast outside the house was just one of the ways to do that, I thought.

Pancakes for my growing up teen 🙂

After breakfast, we explored the area and exchanged thoughts about animal cruelty, especially after seeing two dogs tied together in an open area opposite commercial establishments. My teen wanted to document the scene and report it to the authorities, but I tried to reason with her that we needed to be certain first that a violation was committed. After all, it was still pretty early and the weather was rather gloomy, so we can’t say that the dogs were left under the heat of the sun, neglected, emaciated. We would have to go back to the scene several times during the day and see if the owners won’t come back for the dogs, bring them to shelter, and feed them. We may also have to interview some of the people in the area.

I don’t like the way these dogs are tied up either, but I can’t really tell if they’re being abused. Can you? What would you do if you were in my place?

Having that kind of conversation with my daughters was really encouraging for me as a homeschool parent-teacher. I want them to be able to ask intelligent questions and think of possible scenarios before doing anything drastic. If my teen happened to be out with her classmates from her former school, I wonder where their conversation would lead, or whether a teacher would even jump in and share some wisdom.

 

All in all, the National Breakfast Day at McDonald’s had been a nice experience for my daughters and me. Even if I had to deal with a few character blunders, the girls and I were able to pick things up and move on and connect to each other more meaningfully over a nice breakfast. That’s what a family breakfast is all about after all, right?

So, kita-kits at McDonald’s for their 6th National Breakfast Day next year? ❀

The day I lost my unborn child

I didn’t plan on getting pregnant again. Definitely, not now that Big ‘n Lil Sis are already 13 and 10 years old, respectively, not to mention I have just started to deal with teenage angst. I have always wondered, however, what it’s like to have a son and would very much like to raise a God-fearing gentleman, who would make a difference in this world.

Although my daughters are enough to bring joy to our family, I also know that my husband still doesn’t want to let go of his dream of having a son of our own, someone to carry his name even after he’s gone, and I really can’t blame him. Hence, he was ecstatic when I told him of my suspicion that I was pregnant, and more so when the store-bought pregnancy test kit confirmed it.

I finally began to feel excited about having another baby then. My husband and our girls’ excitement was simply contagious and having a baby (boy) in the family was all they talked about! I even started browsing the Instagram accounts of celebrities who recently gave birth, so I would have an idea of what sort of baby stuff I should get before the baby was born or once he reached a certain age. I was surprised to find out that technology and ingenuity had brought about so much change in the baby products line available now in the market. I had also started thinking about creative ways to announce the coming of the newest member of our family in social media. Despite the happiness surrounding me and my own excitement, however, I had some struggles too.

My third pregnancy wasn’t really much different from my previous two, except I experienced the symptoms at a very early stage. It has been a very uncomfortable pregnancy, yes, but nonetheless, something I was determined to go through for nine months. That meant being bloated and nauseous and fatigued 24/7. That is, until I started bleeding last February 19th.

Although a part of me feared that I was already having a miscarriage, I continued to hope that my baby was still safe and sound in my womb. Accompanied by my sister-in-law, I went to the hospital to be certain that gloomy Sunday morning.

The OB-GYN said that my cervix was (still) closed although some spotting or light bleeding may still be expected in the following days. They required me to go through medical tests to be doubly sure. All the tests yielded favorable results, except for the ultrasound. For some reason, neither my baby’s heartbeat nor the gestational sac could be detected.

Monday, February 20th, I saw my own OB-GYN after I had a blood (B-HCG) test ran at the biggest and most modern hospital in the nearby city, where she also has a clinic. I had the procedure rushed, and the results showed that I was only four weeks pregnant. (At least, I did not imagine my pregnancy!) She said that it’s possible, among others, that the gestational sac was still forming and was rather too thin to be detected by the ultrasound. I was advised to be on bedrest as well as continue to take prescriptions that would help me keep the baby while we wait for two more weeks to have another ultrasound.

On February 22nd, Wednesday, I had another bleeding episode. I bled as copiously as I did last Sunday, except this time it felt like my water bag broke. Instead of water, however, blood came out, soaking both the sheets and my clothes. I didn’t feel any physical pain though. Continue reading “The day I lost my unborn child”

My one word for 2017

The first month of the year is nearly over, and it seems like I couldn’t wait for the year to end. So far, I’ve been dealing with a lot of negativity even before the New Year started. What’s supposed to be a very fun and memorable Christmas vacation at home for my husband was tainted by our vexatious next-door neighbors’ evil schemes. Somehow, there’s just so much evil in them that I wonder if they ever sleep at all at night. And every morning, I would wonder whether the LORD had finally struck them dead.

I’ve been trying to overcome and it’s rather difficult. To keep myself at peace, I have started devoting time to read and study the Bible every morning. Currently, I am into the life of David and there are days when I couldn’t do anything but cry out to God, ask Him to give me a heart like David, a heart after His. I have realized that when I am in distress, there’s no better way to keep my mind off things than reading and meditating on God’s Word and reminding myself how blessed I am, how blessed my family is.

Sometimes, it also helps to just cry out to God and ask Him to strike our enemies dead in the most violent manner I believe each of them deserve and banish all evil men like them from the land. Then I would realize that I don’t even want to live here long and I should not really care about them. Moreover, despite their wickedness, they could never really harm me. And, it’s amazing how they are unable to really do so because the LORD protects us.  Continue reading “My one word for 2017”

Finding a good LASIK surgeon

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My husband is one of those people who needed to wear eyeglasses from an early age, but refused to do so. Unfortunately, his eyesight had gotten worse over the years and eventually, without eyeglasses, he would only see silhouettes of people and objects. This made me worry a lot about him, especially that he’s miles away from us. I would fear him accidentally breaking or dropping his eyeglasses and I would simply not be there to be his guide. To help him cope in case such incident would take place, he actually kept three pairs of glasses.

With the technological advancements in the field of medicine, however, and after hearing countless stories of improved vision through LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) surgery, we decided that he too would go through the same procedure to improve his eyesight. And so, our search for the right doctor began months before he came home last December, although I could not say that it had been an easy task.

Where we started

My mother-in-law recommended her own ophthalmologist, who practices at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) and St. Luke’s Medical City, and is a graduate of Harvard School of Medicine. With her glowing recommendations and the doctor’s impressive educational background and years of experience (I looked him up online), I contacted his clinic at once to schedule an appointment. Unfortunately, I was told that he won’t be available in December. Apparently, he goes to the US and spends Christmas there every year.

A friend from the church also recommended a young ophthalmologist who performed LASIK surgery both on her and her husband a few years back. However, every time I would try to set an appointment with him, I would be told a different clinic address for the surgery. Somehow, from Asian Hospital, the machine got transferred to a small clinic at Alabang Town Center, then to another clinic at the Mall of Asia. I didn’t think that was a good sign, although I believed in my heart that he was a good doctor too, especially judging by one of his patient’s recommendation and condition now.

And then I met another doctor who was a neurologist-ophthalmologist and practices the profession both at Makati Medical Center and Asian Hospital. I was easily at ease with her, especially that she offered information that I never even thought of asking. Impressed, not to mention the fact that we’re not getting positive signs from the other two doctors, my husband and I considered her. She was also recommended by a couple of friends from the church, but I later on found out that they were her patients for other cases and not for LASIK. That being said, although I wanted her to be the one, especially that she’s a churchmate too, and be done with the search, I had a nagging feeling that we had to look for another one.

The real dilemma

Two to three weeks before my husband’s arrival from Singapore, I started finalizing his schedule. It turned out that his relatives, particularly his mom and sister, were also getting anxious about it. They kept telling me to check on this particular doctor or so, do some thorough background research on the ones I’ve already shortlisted, etc. until I started having this nagging feeling that there might actually be someone out there more competent to perform the surgery, too.

I began looking up articles on how to choose the right physician to do LASIK surgery on you, things one should know both before and after LASIK surgery, including checking out online the profiles of the ophthalmologists listed in the online directories of eye clinics, including certain hospitals. I actually called up the medical institutions to get more information about some of these physicians, particularly on how often they perform LASIK surgery in a week or month, and I asked for referrals from the hospital staff, too. I even talked to some of the doctors themselves. I finally came up with a new list.

Digging through the pile

It’s amazing how much I discovered when I started researching! I learned that not all ophthalmologists can, will, or should perform LASIK surgery. From the articles I’ve read online, I realized that in other countries, particularly the US, one must have a license in LASIK surgery. Here, in the Philippines, however, the regulations do not appear to be that strict when it comes to LASIK surgery. Doctors who practice general ophthalmology may perform LASIK surgery, but those who specialize in cornea and refractive surgery are the ones who are most likely to be experienced in performing LASIK surgery. Continue reading “Finding a good LASIK surgeon”

How We Welcome the New Year

The year 2016 has been a very challenging year for our family, though not quite as challenging as 2015, where we encountered the ugliest of monsters in the personhood of some really mean neighbors. Throughout this year, we have managed to overlook and evade any provocation they had set as a trap for us until recently.
Last night, we encountered these monsters again, and it seems that they are bent to continue trying to torment us well into 2017. Once more, I spent the night filing a blotter case against them, and it looks like I’ll be filing another criminal case against them in court too first thing Monday morning, if my family decides to cancel our field trip. 😉
Regardless of everything they’ve done and continue to do against us, my family and I shall rest in the knowledge that we have a God who is just and will avenge us. He is our shield and our deliverer; in times of trouble, we can count on Him. I may feel shaken for a moment and cry whenever I enter into a new battle, but the LORD shall sustain me. I may not understand His ways, but I know that He loves my family and me and He has a plan for us.
I am a Christian. I am an overcomer. I don’t have to do things alone. I shall never be alone. I have Jesus and I have the love and support of my family and friends. Their prayers alone comfort me.

Continue reading “How We Welcome the New Year”