Archive for November 16th, 2009

Hubby told me to relax and I am quite obedient when it concerns my health and my treatment. I am not usually this complacent, but lately  I’ve been thinking,  there is really nothing to worry about.  And my idea of relaxing is sitting in front of Josef’s laptop and sharing my muddled thoughts and giving vent to one sure way of escape….blogging.

Tomorrow would be my fifth chemotherapy.  One more to go, after this hurdle.  I don’t know if I’m supposed to be thrilled because during my last check-up, my medical oncologist told me that I need not have to undergo lab tests and doctor visits in between my fifth chemo and the last.  That means, a few pesos saved on gas and doctor’s fees, hooray!

I was watching Umagang Kay Ganda early this morning  and they were having a countdown, Christmas is just 39 days away.  Gosh, how time flies!  And that means, one more Sunday before the beginning of Advent.  I always look forward to Christmas, it is my favorite time of the year, but I may have to forgo  buying gifts this time because technically I would still be on chemotherapy drugs until December 22.  I’m counting the days you see, before I’m out of everything that has to do with my treatment.  Hopefully, by next year this is all beyond me.

Nissa and I are quite excited to decorate our  house once the renovation is done.  We have agreed on the minimalist look, less clutter, but more cozy type of decorating.  She even had her interior decorator friend help her choose what to buy.  And didn’t I tell you the hubby is so meticulous when it comes to the measurements of our built-in cabinets? Even the size of plates and other glasswares have to be measured and each item has its specific place, even our microwave  and my portable electric oven have to be wall-mounted. Perhaps, he is more OC than I am. When you have experienced that kind of deluge that we had before because of typhoon Ondoy, I guess, it’s just natural to be wary of things.  I lost all my copies of Real Living  and House Decorating  magazines, so I bought the November issue of the former.  It contains must-know designer secrets from the experts. Those make-over features that they do are really something to think about.

So what next? Please, wish me luck for tomorrow’s ordeal and your prayers are always welcome.  And I wish to share these quotes with you.

“To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury; and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable; and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasion, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common. This is to be my symphony.”

William Ellery Channing


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27 October 09 – 9:05am, BCI

Of all the things I have to forget, it’s my medicine. We arrived at BCI at around 8:30am and it was there that I remembered my 2 vials injection for my chemotherapy. It is so inconvenient. Kainis naman talaga… Just putting it all to the excitement of receiving so many text messages and calls from friends who didn’t forget to greet me on my birthday.Today is my 53rd birthday. Gosh, I didn’t forget to bring the box of Krispy Kreme doughnuts that Josef bought as “pabaon” but the most important thing of all was left behind. I’m getting old, haha! Good thing, Bing didn’t encounter traffic in going home and back.IMGP2665IMGP2666IMGP2667IMGP2668

Honestly though, I was quite overwhelmed. I told one of my friends that God is really so good, He gave me caring and wonderful friends. True friends are really valuable than gold. Kudos to Edna who really went out of her way to make my birthday memorable, to the hubby and the kids for the love and care and for all those friends who remembered, sent gifts, said a prayer or two, thank you! This is one of my birthdays that I would never forget because it also happened to be my fourth chemotherapy session.IMGP2674IMGP2676IMGP2679IMGP2680

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Just recently visited Caleruega with my family last January 15-16, 2009. I have heard so much of this place from some friends who have been there on previous visits. It’s a Dominican owned facility and Lovell booked a room for us in advance.  I was as excited as a child when I saw it after more than two hours of traveling by car. It’s located in Nasugbu, Batangas.IMGP1193 It’s out of the way, alright, but it’s the seclusion of the place that makes it appealing. Staying overnight allowed us not just to see but to explore the place. Awesome! Beautiful! Serene! Peaceful!IMGP1215IMGP1185IMGP1187 No words could exactly describe how I felt upon seeing the place finally after dreaming of it for quite sometime. I spent few precious minutes alone at the Chapel of Transfiguration. God is everywhere, I know, but I felt His presence more in that place that very moment. IMGP1245It was truly soul-uplifting. I am an avid gardener so Caleruega is a paradise for me too. IMGP1230I’ve taken shots all those familiar plants and flowers in the various gardens of the place. I even chanced upon a gardener planting Salvia and I felt like digging my hands at the rich earth and touching the texture of the soil. It was a disappointment though that no one is allowed to visit their Nursery. My daughter took a shot of it from above and I was envious that they have several varieties of plants in their early stages of growth. Anyway, looking at the lush gardens and the different flowers in bloom truly gave me an inspiration to overhaul my own garden at home. IMGP1257IMGP1235There is a certain fulfillment in watching things grow. It’s the renewal of life at its best. Have you ever wondered that you just have to look at the flowers all around you and see how wonderful God made everything? IMGP1229IMGP1223Feel the texture of a petal and observe the combination of colors and you’ll simply be amazed. Trekking! Loving the mountain air and feeling the caress of the cold winds on your face. What more could you ask for? The hubby, my two kids and I went trekking, going up the highest hill beyond the hanging bridge. What a sight to behold! You would really feel you are close to nature and closer to God.

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