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Monday, September 28, 2009

The Worst Flood I've Encountered In My Life

My brother is using my grandparents' old house as an office. It's beside the building which we used as our abode for the first 24 years of my life.

My grandparents' house and its adjoining building has gone through numerous floods through the years, since its location is very flood prone. That's why one of my grandparents' (and later, my parents') criteria for choosing a new house is that it should not be flood prone. They got tired of having to moving stuff upstairs every rainy season so that the floods would not reach their belongings.

But in all the 24 years that we have lived there, we have never encountered flooding to this extent. My grandparents' house usually gets flooded before the streets, but I have never heard that the floodwaters reach the second floor before. This time, they did, up to the second floor where the bedrooms and the walk in bath are. Our former home, which is even higher than my grandparents' house, also had floodwaters reach the second floor. It never did, when we lived there. We never had to move stuff to the third floor before. We only had to move the cars to higher ground. Thank goodness there was still a third floor where our relatives can go up to.

As for my in-laws, waters reached the second level of their split level house. They have never encountered this situation wherein they had to actually go up to the roof. My mother-in-law and my sister-in-law spent the whole of Saturday night and Sunday morning on the roof. No rescue in sight. Thankfully, the floodwaters no longer reached them at this point. My husband and brothers-in-law were able to go there on Sunday afternoon. They returned today for cleanup. There are a lot of things lost. But at least they are finally safe. That is the most important thing for us.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

It's Going Off! Yey!

The battery on our bathroom scale went dead so I was not able to check my weight in a long time. I don't know if any additional pregnancy weight was shed during this time. No, I didn't take any diet pill as I am optimistic that I would naturally lose the weight through time, especially as I was breastfeeding. It happened with my firstborn and I'm sure it's gonna happen now (keeping fingers crossed!).

Yesterday, I finally had the chance to weigh myself. Lo and behold! I am only 2 pounds away from my prepregnancy weight! No diet (in fact I believe I ate more, coz I was constantly hungry) and no exercise (I should find time for this to shape my body, though) yet, would you believe?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Kidnap

A few years back, a Tsinay was abducted by amateur kidnappers who eventually killed her "accidentally". It turned out that the kidnappers were under her family's employ. They noted her daily routines and planned their strike accordingly. While some may argue that these kidnappers resorted to these because of extreme poverty, the reality is that poverty is not an excuse for committing ANY heinous crime like robbery and kidnapping, especially if lives would be at stake. It's also a cautionary tale that you can never really completely trust anybody. An employee background check and character references may help, but they may not be foolproof either. Many of these criminals target Tsinoy families because they believe that if you're Tsinoy, you must be rich. Which may not be true at all, but it's a firmly entrenched belief.

Now that election year is almost upon us, expect a surge in crime rate. As to why...well, your guess is probably as good as mine.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Cold Water = Bad?

My grandma and mother have this belief that it's bad to drink cold water. I think Chinese herbalists think that the cold is the cause of many diseases, including coughs, colic, phlegm etc. For my mom, cold drinks do trigger her allergic cough, so she is firmly convinced that there is evidence to it even though we do not react to cold water the way she does. That is why we do not have cold water in the refrigerator (I would have loved to have a Whirlpool ref with a 4396508 filter if finances permit) and our water dispenser which could supposedly serve hot and cold water is never plugged. It is simply a dispenser.

However, it's so much nicer to have cold drinks in a hot country like ours. So most of the time, I still try to drink some, especially when I feel especially warm. Ang init kasi eh! (It's just so unbearably hot!) Thankfully, I haven't gotten sick or anything, so they can't really fault me for not following, and honestly, I don't quite believe in that myself. ;)

Friday, September 11, 2009

Post Pregnancy

The weighing scale at home broke down a few weeks ago so I was not able to monitor my weight loss at all. Last time I checked, I was only 6 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight, without having to take any weight loss supplement. My tummy still remains bulgy however, and I am still wearing girdles to give it a more pleasant look. I wonder if I have lost any additional weight since then. It took me 3 months to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight with my older kid. My daughter is now almost 3 months old. I certainly hope so. I'd like to gradually fit back into my regular clothes.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Me In Business

I don't know if this is what you call going back to one's roots. Most of my family are entrepreneurs. I guess that's what Chinese people here in the Philippines are known for -- being business minded. It is only in the recent years and with the younger generation that you see more and more Chinese in the other fields and professions. Like me, for example, I went into medicine. But both my brothers are involved in business.

However, I realize that my profession demands a lot of my time and effort in order for me to earn as much as I'd like. Since there is only a finite number of hours in a day, there is a limit to how much I can earn. More so because some patients are TY patients or charity cases, and of course, you cannot really predict how many patients you can and will see on a certain day.

So to supplement my income, I do online work. I blog and I run a small online store, http://www.ethansstore.com . I realize that this means that I am actually eating the words I've said to my grandfather that I am NOT going into business, but really, this is the more practical thing to do. At least an online business is more flexible than a brick and mortar one. I do need to submit my sites (e-store and blogs) to different web directories so that it gets more exposure though. It's way different from traditional businesses, but at least I get to earn something on the side, even while doing my practice.