June 29, 2011

How I was able to go to College (cont'n.)

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Before the examination, it was announced that the result will be posted at the bulletin board at the lobby of the school at 7 p.m. I waited until in the evening. When I looked at the bulletin board, I saw my name. I was number three. I really can't believe I passed the examination. Deep in my heart I was so very happy. I was thinking that this scholarship will gave me an opportunity to experience things in life in a broader sense. Then the next day, we were called by the staff of the Ministry of Industry. We were told of our training in Manila. It is their policy that the scholars will be trained first of how to make a project feasibility study before they are fielded. We were trained for one month. After the training, my first assignment was in Lucena City until I graduated from college in March 1979. I earned the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Commerce major in Accounting. I was awarded Magna Cum Laude. This is because I did a good performance when I was a scholar. After my graduation, I went back to finish my contract with the Ministry of Industry and was assigned in Iligan City. I did not renew my contract and I went home to Bohol to seek for another greener pasture.


June 26, 2011

The nesting instinct

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Nesting instinct is the uncontrollable urge of a pregnant woman to clean the house as a preparation for welcoming her new baby. She might consider giving away or throwing out things that are still usable because she wants brand new stuff for her and baby. It is also the sudden burst of energy of reorganizing things inside the house like folding and checking out her baby stuff in the drawer or her hospital bag, many many times. Studies I have read shows it happens most commonly around 6 months or later in pregnancy, or even after delivery.

June 25, 2011

How I was able to go to College

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After I graduated from high school, I did know if I can go to college. Since I was so eager to push through my education, I told my father that I'm interested to work as casual employee at the Provincial Government Office of Bohol. I was not accepted because I'm just a high school graduate. Then I look for other means. I heard that the Divine Word College of Tagbilaran now Holy Name University are accepting working students. So I took the examination. I passed and I was assigned at the College of Liberal Arts. I did not know that my second degree cousin was the Dean of the Student Affairs Office (SAO). When she heard that I passed as a working student, she took me to be assigned at her office. There were two working students assigned at SAO. My duty is in the morning. All my subjects were scheduled in the afternoon. When I was in the third year, I have heard of a scholarship. This was sponsored by the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Education and Culture. I tried my luck. But before I took the examination, I went to the chapel of the school and I prayed hard that I can pass the test. I'm really excited because if I pass the written exam, I have now the opportunity to ride an airplane for the first time. The scholars are assigned in different provinces of the country to assist for the preparation of Project Feasibility Studies for Small and Medium Industries. We were 35 students who took the examination. Only 4 will be taken.

To be continued ...

June 24, 2011

Language of Gems (cont'n.)

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Emerald - exposes false friends and ensure true love.
Garnet - symbolizes constancy and fidelity.
Jasper - wisdom and courage.
Moonstone - brings good luck.
Onyx - ensures conjugal fidelity.
Opal - a stone of ill-omen, portending loss, injury or madness.
Pearl - signifies purity and innocence.
Peridot olivine) - dispels evil passions and melancholy.
Ruby - discovers poison, corrects the evils of false friendship.
Sapphire - denotes repentance, breaks spells.
Sardonyx - a symbol of married happiness.
Topaz - signifies fidelity and friendship; a charm against bad dreams.
Turquoise - symbol of love and success.

It will be observed that most gem stones are free from such connotations and those listed are associated with their traditional colours: garnet is red, beryl - golden, jasper - red, sapphire - blue, and topaz - yellow.

Language of Gems

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I have known some well known gems but I didn't know that it has language in it. So when I came across in one of my readings, I just would like to share it with my readers on my blog. This can help you choose what kind of gems you like to give to someone dear to you.

Magical properties were ascribed to gems in antiquity, and they have come to symbolize the corresponding emotions or intentions, and so have been used to convey messages as presents. They are as follows:

Agate - insures health, long life and prosperity.
Amethyst - prevents violent passions (drunkenness).
Beryl - symbolizes eternal youth and happiness.
Bloodstone - denotes steadfast affection, courage and wisdom.
Carnelian - a charm against misfortune.
Cats-eye - warns against danger and trouble.
Chalcedony - drives away sadness.
Diamond - signifies purity, maintains peace.

To be continued . . .

June 23, 2011

The Habit of Doing More than Paid For (cont'n.)

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To love praise, but not worship it and fear condemnation, but not go down under it, is evidence of a well balanced personality.

The educated man is the man who has learned how to get everything he needs without violating the rights of his fellowmen, education comes from within; you get it by struggle and effort and thought.

The person who sows a single beautiful thought in the mind of another, renders the world a greater service than that rendered by all the fault-finders combined.

No man can rise to fame and fortune without carrying others along with him. It simply cannot be done.

All salesmen will profit by remembering that none of us want anything that someone else wishes to "get rid of."

June 21, 2011

The Habit of Doing More than Paid For

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There are ten weaknesses against which most of us must guard ourselves. To reap before we have sown. And the other nine are all wrapped up in the one practice, of creating alibis to cover every mistake made.

There is no more dangerous person - dangerous to himself and to others - than the person who passes judgment without pretending to know the facts.

Among the other things you intend to "cut out" in your new year's resolution , include the word "
Impossible".

If you have tried and met with defeat; if you have planned and watched your plans as they crushed before your eyes; just remember that the greatest men in all history were the products of courage, and courage you know, is born in the cradle of adversity.

Ultimately, nothing matters very much. The defeat that seems to break your heart today will be but a ripple among the waves of other experiences in the ocean of your life further ahead.

Common Causes of Vitamins and Minerals Deficiencies

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  • Poor diet due to:
  1. Poverty, famine, war.
  2. Ignorance, erroneous food belief.
  3. Emotional disturbances.
  4. Alcoholism.
  5. Bad eating habits, poor appetite, incomplete diet (e.g. weight-reducing diet).
  6. Illness.
  7. Increase in nutritional requirements (e.g. due to pregnancy).
  8. Toothlessness.
  • Inefficient absorption of vitamins and minerals (e.g. due to intestinal, liver, or other disorders).
  • Certain medicines which interfere with the absorption of vitamins and minerals.
  • Frequent eating of raw egg whites over a long period. Raw egg whites contain a substance which interferes with the absorption of biotin.
  • Prolonged antibiotic treatment, which destroys the intestinal bacteria that produce vitamin K.
  • Too little exposure to sunlight, which may lead to vitamin D deficiency.

What you can do:
  • Consult a doctor if you suspect vitamin or mineral deficiency
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Take the vitamin and mineral supplements recommended by the doctor. Do not take more than your body needs, as an overdose may be harmful.

June 20, 2011

Vitamins and Minerals Deficiencies (cont'n.) Part 2

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Vitamin D deficiency:
  • Symptoms
  1. Rickets, in children (deformed bones, particularly the spine, legs, and skull; fracture-prone bones, swollen joints; and muscle weakness).
  2. Osteomalacia, in adults (softening of the bones, which causes pain, particularly in the legs, hips, neck, and ribs; fracture-prone bones; and muscle spasms in the hands, feet and throat).
Vitamin E deficiency:
  • Symptoms
  1. Irritability and edema (accumulation of fluid in the tissues), in infants.
  2. Premature aging of the skin.
  3. Hair loss.
  4. Anemia.
Vitamin K deficiency:
  • Symptoms
  1. Poor clotting of the blood (resulting in bleeding from the gums, nose, intestines, and urinary tract; seeping of blood from wounds; and brain hemorrhage, severe cases).
Calcium deficiency:
  • Symptoms
  1. Cramp-like muscle spasms in the face, hands, and feet
  2. Convulsions.
  3. Blood pressure or heart rhythm disorders
  4. Rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults.
  5. It is believed that long-term calcium deficiency may lead to susceptibility to osteoporosis in later life.
Fluoride deficiency:
  • Symptoms
  1. Discolored, decay-prone teeth.
Iodine deficiency:
  • Symptoms
  1. Goiter (enlarged thyroid gland)
  2. Low I.Q.
  3. Hypothyroidism.
  4. Cretinism (physical and mental retardation) in children.
Iron deficiency:
  • Symptoms
  1. Tiredness, weakness.
  2. Palpitation, chest pains.
  3. Breathlessness.
  4. Anemia.
  5. Physical and mental underdevelopment in children.
  6. Low birthweight.
  7. Poor resistance to infection.

June 19, 2011

Vitamins and Minerals Deficiencies (cont'n.) Part 1

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Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) deficiency:
Tiredness,weakness. Chapped lips, sore tongue and corners of the mouth. Photophobia (excessive sensitivity to light).
Niacin (vitamin B3) deficiency:
Tiredness, weakness. Pellagra (marked by sore cracked skin; swollen mouth and tongue; diarrhea; mental disturbances).
Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) deficiency:
Tiredness, weakness. Headaches, Nausea, vomiting. Abdominal pain. Low resistance to respiratory infections. Numbness and tingling, particularly in the feet. Muscle cramps.
Pyridoxine (vitamin B6) deficiency:

Tiredness,weakness. Irritability. Depression. Skin disorders. Chapped lips, swollen mouth and tongue.Anemia. Convulsions, in infants.
Cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12) deficiency
Tiredness, weakness. Megaloblastic anemia. Sore mouth and tongue. Numbness and tingling in the limbs due to spinal cord damage. Mental or emotional disturbances.
Biotin deficiency:
Tiredness,Weakness. Poor Appetite. Hair loss. Swollen tongue. Eczema (skin rash), Emotional disturbances
Folic deficiency:
Sores around the mouth. Sore tongue. Poor growth in children. Anemia. Neural tube defect in the newborn.
Vitamin C deficiency:

Weakness, Body aches and pains, Swollen gums, Nosebleeds, Scurvy (bleeding anywhere in the body, bruising, swollen, spongy, and bleeding gums; loose teeth; and bleeding into muscles and joints, causing pain), Anemia, Poor resistance to infection.

June 18, 2011

Vitamins and Minerals Deficiencies

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Our body needs a certain minimum amount of vitamins and minerals each day to remain healthy and function properly. A balanced diet normally supplies sufficient vitamins and minerals. However, serious disorders can develop if the diet does not meet our body's needs. Symptoms usually appear when the deficiency is already advanced.

Symptoms:
Vitamin A deficiency:

Poor night vision
Dryness of white eye, cheesy material on white eye.
Dry, rough skin
Loss of appetite
Poor body resistance to infection
Weak bones and teeth
Keratomalacia(severe corneal damage that can lead to blindness)

Vitamin B1 (thiamine) deficiency

Tiredness,weakness, loss of appetite
Irritability, sleep disturbances
Beri-beri (a metabolic disorder marked by diarrhea, swollen ankles and feet, numbness in the
hands and feet, pain, muscle wasting, heart failure.
Abdominal pain
Constipation
Mental or emotional disturbances

To be continued ...

June 17, 2011

Role of Vitamins

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1. Teeth & gums : Vitamins A, C, D
2. Brain & nervous system: Folic Acid, pantothenic acid, vitamins B1, B6, B12 , C
3. Eyes: Riboflavin, vitamin A
4. Blood Vessels: Vitamin E
5. Lungs: Vitamin A, E
6. Heart: Vitamin B1, E
7. Adrenal hormones : Pantothenic Acid, vitamins B2, C
8. Digestion: Pantothenic Acid, vitamin B6
9. Fertility: Folic Acid, vitamin A
10. Bones: Vitamins A, C, D
11. Skin: Niacin, Vitamins B2, B6, A, E
12. Muscles: Vitamins B1, B6, E
13. Connective tissue: Vitamin C

The above info is based on my readings.

June 15, 2011

How to Manage Stress

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Take Care of Your Health: Eat wisely, exercise regularly, get enough sleep

Accept yourself: Be realistic about your abilities/set achievable goals

Spread out major events in your life: Give yourself time to cope with each event and the changes that follow.

Build family relationship: With love/care/concern, filial responsibility, mutual respect, commitment, and communication.

Make friends: Be considerate, honest, kind, pleasant, tolerant. Don't be selfish, rude, argumentative, always insisting you are right.

Study/train your skill: To prepare yourself for life's decisions/problems and a satisfying job/career.

Manage time well: List the things you need to do, tackle them in order of importance. Always put aside some time for relaxation/leisure.

Make decision wisely: Consider the pros and cons before making up your mind.

Share your problems: Talk to your spouse/friend/supervisor/religious leader. They may be able to put your problem into perspective or suggest some solutions.

Relax: With any activity that relaxes you e.g. a hot bath, exercise, massage, meditation, soothing music, etc. Or use a relaxation technique like deep breathing, or progressive muscle relaxation.

Identify sources of recent stress and seek proper counselling if you cannot solve them.



Foods to Avoid

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If you are suffering from these health conditions, avoiding certain foods may help.

Arthritis – avoid too much fatty foods.

Dental Caries- cut down on the amount and frequency of sugar and other refined carbohydrates. Do not give milk, fruit juice or other sugar-containing liquid to babies when putting them to sleep.

Gout – Avoid liver and other organ meats, legumes and poultry. Avoid excess alcoholic beverage consumption.

Lactation – Avoid caffeine beverages, chocolate, alcohol, certain herbal teas, sugar substitutes.

Diabetes – Avoid foods that are high in sugar content.

Migraine – Avoid alcoholic beverages, chocolate, cheese and other dairy products, and salted, smoked, pickled and cured foods.

Above info taken from my readings.

June 13, 2011

Care for dry skin

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Quite a lot of people complain that they have dry, rough skin. This can be due to a variety of reasons. Strong soaps, not drinking enough water and an air-conditioned environment all dehydrate the skin.
Using very hot water to bathe also causes skin dryness. To prevent this, you should use lukewarm water only when showering. You should also avoid using too strong a soap. Try to use one which is pH balanced. You can also apply an emollient cream to hydrate the skin.
To have soft, fresh skin remove the outer layer of dead skin cells by rubbing a loofah or washcloth in circular motions on your skin. This is called exfoliation.
Eat a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables and drink plenty of water: at least six to eight glasses per day.
Cut down on tea, coffee and alcohol, which can cause water loss through an increase in urination.
Allergies, hormonal imbalances, infection or stress can also cause skin disorders. Consult your doctor especially if there is any abnormal bruising or also if suspicious moles appear.
Having enough sleep is very important for the skin. It is during our sleep that our skin regenerates itself.
Always remember to remove makeup before going to bed.
Another skincare tip is to exercise frequently. Exercise makes skin glow by encouraging blood circulation and increasing the oxygen supply. People who exercise regularly have better skin tone and texture and fewer wrinkles.