A Touching Story

In the midst of all the events and happenings this Christmas, I chanced upon a story in National Geographic, if I am not mistaken, about a story titled The Last Lioness.  I was not able to remember the guy who was doing his best efforts to breed a new generation for the remaining lioness in that wilderness but I cannot forget the seeming loneliness in the lioness’ eyes.  She appeared like she is truly longing for a lion partner.  The male lions were nowhere to be found in that part of Africa.

With his hunting binoculars, the guy looks for a perfect male for the remaining lioness in other parts of the wilderness.  Their group was able to find a seemingly perfect partner.  They had him sedated and brought to the area where the lioness was.  Unfortunately, when he woke up he panicked and they had to sedate him again.  He died.

The guy’s sadness affected me.  His noble efforts were laid to waste.  But still, he did not loose hope and was willing to work on the next.

Food Baskets

One awesome Christmas gift idea that I encountered is a fruit basket.  It always look good in the eye to see a basket of fruits.  To have a twist with these fruit baskets, one can try the Organic Food Gift Baskets.

Though a little expensive, organic food and produce contribute more to good health.  As we all know, the quality of fruit and vegetables that we eat had diminished because of pesticides that were used in producing them.

It is said that the quality of fruits today, for example, is not even comparable to those that were produced a long time ago.  We need to eat a lot of these fruits in order to get the equal amount of nutrients that can be acquired before.  But that would also mean, eating a lot of pesticides, too.

It is a sad fact but true.

Raffle Prizes for the IQAs

If you think it is a television set like those with digital tv antennas IQA Tony had won, it’s not.  Would you like to guess what it was?  It’s pretty obvious, I know.  😀

Many thanks to Ms. Aleta for the effort.  She was the top IQA for the year.   Her efforts to solicit raffle prizes for the annual Christmas event of the team is truly commendable.  It was a selfless move actually.  Not many people can work on something for others.  And she is not alone.

You might be wondering who she is.  I know this post has nothing to do with anybody but I just want to mention.  Here she is.

me and Ms. Aleta

Speaking of digital television antennas, it might not be the thing now for everybody but it could still be useful especially in countries where there is winter season.

Best acne treatment

Pimples started to appear again on my Daryl’s face.  But he is not in need yet in need of the best acne treatment.  They are only pimples, not acne or the inflamed ones, where some even have cyst and nodules.

But I am not sure about those at his back.  Though they are only a few now, they are some that look like slightly bigger than a pimple, red and swollen.  Some are even achy.

I wonder if these acne or pimples can be caused by stress.  Lately, Daryl was so stressed up, he wanted to do every school work at one time.  He challenges his own self too much.  I have always told him to be cool and take things at a stride, to have fun once in a while, and not to pressure himself that much.  But oh, well, I know he knows what he’s doing.  But I hope he’ll have enough fun during the holidays.  Though there will be a lot to be stressed about the holidays, too,  I hope he can have a breather.

Arson or accident?

Last December 15, 2010, we were horrified to see the flames of an ongoing fire at the back of a company just across the street.  It seemed so near.  Fear gripped my inner being as I watched the blazing fire.  I thought of the many beings who will be left homeless, and those that could possibly be hurt, and worst, if it reaches the nearby manufacturing company of industrial gases.  I was horrified of the thought that during explosion, tanks will be thrown our way and many more will be affected.

In panic, my son was telling Papsie to call the fire station.  Papsie retorted that he’s sure somebody had already called up.  Maybe because of the confusion, and at the same time, fear, that me and Daryl felt, I snapped back at how he seemed so careless.  But he was right, a few minutes, volunteer fire trucks came.  Not one government fire truck was seen though.

The fire allegedly started from an unattended rice cooking.  The said man who was suspected to be the one responsible was beaten black and blue by the neighbors.  He claimed that it was not true during an interview on tv.  After a few days, reports from our nearby friends and relatives said that the fire was truly intended.  For whatever reason, it was not known up to this day.

Finding Work in a Different Land

There are some friends who are planning to go abroad.  One of them is interested in getting a health care job.  A healthcare job bank will surely be of help.  I mentioned it to another friend who will be migrating to the U. S. in the future.  Her field is chemistry and she is not quite sure if she can be able to land a job in her field.

The thing is, not all people can perform in health care.  Not all people have the patience and service that are primary requirements for the job.  Not all people are equipped for this kind of job.

Some may ask why I cannot be a nurse, for example, as I have been telling some friends.  It is because the job will require my heart to perform it efficiently and effectively.  If someone is not ready to give their heart to a particular job then he or she must not be doing it, especially jobs that would take care of people’s health and well being.  It would require a great deal of patience and hard work.  Not that I am lazy but I do not think that I can be an effective nurse.   And I am saying this with all honesty and without prejudice to the job.

Will my friend be able to perform in a health care environment?  That is for her to answer.  In this world of survival, maybe she is already giving second thoughts to it.

Do I Want a Plasma TV set?

No, I don’t.  Why?  It is because the house is not that big and I do not have enough money to buy those samsung lcd screens.

I first saw this big screen TV (I was not sure if it was 40″) in Papsie’s cousin’s house.  It was amazing to see it first time.  It fits in that spacious house and in that recreation space they have for the family.

Who would not love to have one?  But my house, even if I could afford it, will not be able to accommodate a big appliance set.  It just would not fit.  It would look awkward.

But I am happy.  We treasure those two 21″ and a 14″ inches television sets.  They bring us good news, good movies, and good updates.   How could one ask for more?

Like a Fire it Spread

An incident caught the attention of workers and employees alike.  The blabbermouths are on the rise, of course.  News spread like fire.  A lot is taking interest.  It was like fresh buns out of the oven.  And the culprit is happy, and rotting to the bones.

At first, it seems like it is sad that the one with the louder voice was misconstrued as the oppressor that harassed and berated the browbeaten ‘victim’.  If the blabbermouths listened intently and carefully, they could have understood what it was all about.  Those who witness only witnessed a loud voice without truly knowing what it was all about.  Then the verdict.

Oh, well.  Who cares?  Who cares at all what blabbermouths think?  They can feast on everything they want to feast on and create their own twisted stories out of it.  After that.  Nada.  All these things just die down their natural death.  It didn’t change the fact that someone is better than another;  that someone is worse than another.

One Christmas Eve

In 2009, there were a number of Christmas gatherings that I had to attend to, and partly organize.  That Christmas eve of 2009, we had to attend to Papsie’s cousin’s Christmas celebration.  I cannot forget it and the pendant lighting in that house always remind me of my late mother-in-law.

We did not have an idea it would be Nanay’s last Christmas celebration.  And everytime I see that pendant lighting, I am reminded of her.  And I feel sadness at the same time for Papsie.

I know Papsie will be able to move on with the grief.  But I also know it is a process.  We just have to respect that.

And speaking of giving respect to those who are grieving, no one should ever think that in a year’s time, things will be instantly A-OK for people who had lost their beloved ones.  So please be sensitive and show concern by not saying anything about it if the person does not want to talk about it.  One need not ask about anything because the person will speak when he or she is ready.

Try it out, said she.

Try it out, said she.  She was an insurance agent trying to buy me out.  I did not consent myself into giving in.  After a few years, the company was in the news because of an anomaly.

The following years, I met someone trying to sell an education plan.  The same fate befell the company.  It went bankrupt because of anomalous activities.  It was a blessing in disguise I was not lured into enrolling my kids.

Try it out, said another she.  It is a life plan now.  Which makes me think but still has qualms.

A tie for Daryl

Speaking of ties, Daryl tried one day a polo shirt given to him by his ate Kay. It looked good on him.  After a while, he put on a tie and marched to the old cabinet with a built-in mirror on it, took a good look at himself, then marched back to the sala again, then back to the old cabinet.

I was smiling but Papsie was not able to control what he felt.  “It seemed that you wanted to be an executive in a necktie someday, huh, Daryl?”  Everybody laughed.  “It looked good on him!” said ate Kay who seemed proud that her brother liked the polo shirt she gave.

Daryl grinned.  It was a grin full of thoughts.  Whatever those thoughts are, I did not feel any qualms about them.  My son is a conscientious individual who always lovingly thinks of others.

How they have grown

Last night, there was a meeting in the house.

the kids now

The meeting was about the upcoming Christmas party.  As I look at them, including my kids, I cannot help but realize that I am already growing ‘old’.  Add to the fact that there is that cute little toddler in the middle doing funny tricks.

Hayyyy… old age.  Inevitable old age.  But to see them going along peacefully and harmoniously makes the heart confident that there will probably be nothing damaging that will happen against each of them.  Now, I am being optimistic.

Does Your Company Need a Rack Mount Computer?

I was thinking about why a particular company would need a rack mount computer.  Somebody told me about these set up where use of a rack format enclosing cases are common in companies involved in the business that make use of servers.

It makes me ponder if they can be of use in a manufacturing set-up.  I think it could be, especially if the organization will decide on placing their computing and network equipment only in one location minimizing multiple work stations and economizing work movements.  The whole process can actually save time, and of course, money.  That is if the benefit will be seen this way and focus will be on the long-term results.

What a lovely thought to be able to materialize  what one perceives as the right way of running a business.  It is only the fuel that is missing.  I should have won the lotto!

Overshoes in a Tropical Country?

I have to say that I am amazed to discover in neos overshoes online store that there is something that is called overshoes.

From Google, there is a list of definitions:

– footwear that protects your shoes from water or snow or cold

– a waterproof shoe worn over an ordinary shoe during wet weather

This makes me think of the possibility of a pair of overshoes in a tropical country like the Philippines.  Because I haven’t seen nor tried one, I practically do not have an idea if it will click.  I presume, it will be helpful during the rainy days as it will protect our shoes.  Still, I think of it as being awkward to put on.  That’s just me anyway.

The shoe below is a typical example:

Interesting Facts about Tea Tree Oil

Daryl used to have smooth face free of acne or pimples.    Recently, I see pimples on his face.  Probably because of long nights and stress from studies.  It maybe because of environment’s pollutants, and other factors.

Today, tea tree oil for acne, which can also be used for dandruff and athlete’s foot, is said to be effective.  But I am a bit wary if it can be used by the teens and with delicate skin.

Tea tree oil originated from the Australian tea tree leaves where the oil is used medicinally.