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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Hair talk

I don't know if my brothers will be getting male pattern baldness when they get older. There's a chance that they won't, because my dad didn't. Well, he did lose his hair when he had to undergo chemotherapy but when he switched meds, it grew back, even when he didn't use any hair loss product. But some of my uncles did experience receding hairlines, so I don't really know if the gene for that will pass down to my brothers. One of my brothers did have bouts of temporary hair loss due to stress. With the proper medication and with less stress, it got better.

But if you think about it, beyond the ribbing, society in general knows and believes that it's pretty normal and expected for some men to lose their hair at around a certain age.  Not so for women.  Hair is considered a woman's crowning glory and losing or thinning hair in a woman is a bigger issue for the woman rather than the man.

Good thing, I haven't seen my female relatives with hair loss issues so I would like to think that I'm safe from that. I hope so.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Hong Kong

I haven't been to Hong Kong in almost 7 years. The last time I went there was for my honeymoon. Before that, our family has been there quite often. It's not surprising, since my mother grew up there and I still have relatives there. My first trip was when I was still an infant, but of course I couldn't remember that. I still have my very first passport, it was signed by my father and the foreign minister was still Carlos Romulo (oops, revealing my age here).

The first trip that I actually remember was when I was 7, I think. I remember being amazed about a lot of things. Like the hotel and the car that brought us to it. The "do not disturb" and "make up room" door hangers. The MTR, double decker buses, tram, star ferry. Ocean Park. McDonald's (my first taste of Mcdo hamburger was in Hong Kong).

We've had several trips to Hong Kong after that trip, and I've enjoyed each and every trip.

The last trip I had there was with my new husband. Although it was a short 3 day 2 night stay, I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and traveling with him. Since it was his first time there, I enjoyed showing him the places that I have enjoyed before.

We haven't been back since then. I'm hoping that we could bring our kids in a few years' time. It will be my first time to see Hong Kong Disneyland, so I'll be experiencing something new for the first time with my family. I can't wait for that day!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

SSS woe

With all the flurry of payments -- tuition, credit card bills, rent, I almost forgot that it's almost time for me to pay my second quarter SSS benefits. Good thing I checked on the contributions I have to make. I was surprised coz it seems that I have to pay a it more for the same income bracket. While I'm self employed and could pretty much choose my own income bracket, I'd like the same level of social security benefits that I am entitled to. Oh well, what do I expect?

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Still under my mom's roof

Our little nuclear family of four is still living under my mother's roof. Sigh. I know many of you will think that the hubby and I shouldn't have gotten married and started a family when we couldn't afford our own place yet, but then there are different circumstances for everybody, and we decided on what seems to be the best course under the circumstances that we faced/are facing.

The hubby and I are both doctors and were in training up to our early thirties. That means that we were not making any significant income since we what we got as trainees are mere allowances. And even when we started our practice, we weren't earning enough to pay rent/mortgage on top of our other obligations.

We got married at the age of 34 -- my husband was still finishing up his fellowship training at that time.  It was  actually a borderline age for childbearing.  We HAD TO get married if we want to have legitimate kids without having too much risk in our pregnancies (well, hopefully). And we did get blessed immediately! About 10 months later, we had our little boy in our arms -- but he had some health issues. We couldn't leave him alone with just the nanny. What if we had to rush him to the hospital? So living with relatives was the best option at that time, and my mother's place was the best place to be, as it was nearest the hospitals and our work, meaning we could very well rush back if he needs us and we just happened to be away.  Not to mention that there is probably no one I trust more than my mom and mom-in-law when it comes to my children.

We had our second baby just a little under 2 years ago, and we had the same concerns -- where to leave her when we have to go out to work. So mom and her house -- still the best option.

Now my eldest is studying, but with the high cost of tuition AND the high cost of rent and mortgages, we're beginning to wonder when we could move out. For now, the education of our kids is our priority, and it supercedes our longing to have our own place.  If only we could just buy a small RV and park it near my mom's, we'd have some feel of being on our own. However, how to maintain an RV? We don't really have rv towing and repair services here -- at least none that I know of.

Maybe we should simply just take the leap of faith. Anyway, we've been in various financial dire straits before and we've always pulled through, especially with help from family. God is good and He has always provided.  We should just trust that we'll survive somehow.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

No cameras?

The weird thing sometimes about my (extended) family is that we tend to forget to take pictures for posterity. That's from a family that has several cameras, from SLRs (my uncles) to point and shoots, take your pick -- Nikon, Samsung, Canon and casio digital cameras. No to mention cellphones with camera function. There really is no excuse not to record everything, but it's funny that people just plain forget! Like the last get together of the family when my cousin came over -- we don't have a single picture of that!

Oh well, there's always the next occasion! Maybe we'll remember the next time around!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Shabu shabu for my brother's birthday

My family are hotpot (shabu shabu) fans. We have a couple of pots bought for that express purpose. We find hot pots in restos to be very expensive, so we usually make our own. It is so much better because we get to eat a lot more for the money that we shell out. Hot pot in restos are generally much more expensive, and we sometimes do not find some items that we want. We can also take time to savor the food, since we are at home and could take as long as we want. I always find that I inadvertently overeat whenever we have a hot pot dinner, so much so that I feel that I might just need a colon cleanser!

While hot summer evenings are not exactly the best time to enjoy such a feast, we just had one last night, in celebration of my brother's ___th birthday, his first with his baby daughter!  Happy birthday, bro!

I think I overate, again! Hahaha