The Road to Success is not straight: There is a curve called failure, a loop called confusion, speed bumps called friends, caution lights called family, and you will have flats called jobs. But, if you have a spare called determination, an engine called perseverance, insurance called faith, and a driver called God, you will make it to a place called success!

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2013: A NARRATIVE

I always remember my friend kuya Allan from my previous work whenever I wanted to start the first few phrases of my 'goodbye' narratives.

He is right in saying when things are about to end, people like us tend to look back in retrospect.



2013 in general, as my immature mind would tell was not good to me. My Bipolar II disorder resurfaced after years of lurking in the abyss and took a huge blow on me for roughly 6 months. Low budgets, expensive anti depressants, frequent visits to the psychiatrists almost put my life in shambles. My health, relationship and work got severely affected.

The Bipolar depression faded but the curse didn't stop. I got involved in an accident which almost ruined my vacation. To add insult to injury, my phone got stolen right after I landed from our vacation. Yes, the phone is insured but its replacement almost took a lifetime, worsened by the poor customer service by the companies That I thought would help you in your situation.

When I thought loving someone could be at least my 'buena' for his year, I was wrong. It did fail and I was alone.

My outlook in life took violent swings when these things happened, telling me that there aren't to look forward to anymore, that life is meaningless, empty, and has no purpose. We are only but a tiny speck in the huge expanse of the cosmos (or even the multiverse - yay!), and our creation is just a result of randomness that occurred in the past.

But I forgot one thing amidst the major setbacks. That is, to be thankful.

I realized I still had an awful lot to be grateful for. 

- I got healed from my depression. It does go to show that people with this illness should not be stereotyped, but rather can be recognized as someone who can still live a normal, fulfilling and rewarding life.

- I may have a severe depression but hey, my family and friends never left me. Never ever did cast judgment upon me and instead become more compassionate. Cannot be thankful enough for them.

- Thieves stole my phone but hey, it got replaced. It may have been delayed but it got upgraded in its newest version.

- Yes the accident was horrible but hey, it is my first time to travel, with my own money. How fulfilling was that? I even traveled twice this year!

- Thought that there's nothing to look forward to? Hey, I got a new house and finally transferred there -- so many things to do.. so many things still to be accomplished!

I guess whenever we feel terrible, we often polarize and focus on the bad ones. Human nature? I think so. I am just happy to eventually come into realization that the retrospection that I do now are just not about the bad ones but also balancing it with the good ones. Most importantly, I've gone through all of them, which makes life more exciting, challenging and memorable!

As another chapter unfolds, I pray for courage, wisdom and strength to face whatever lies ahead on the upcoming year.

As I have sent as a message to my dear ones, may God or the Universe or the particle that started the big bag that catapulted everything into existence (time, space and matter) bless us all and give us an exciting year of 2014!

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Better Productivity




In a corporate life, the most challenging task, I should say, is to manage your subordinates. Day by day we get to deal with different attitude and employees are not an exception to the ideal "attitude" that we expect especially on their productivity.

Sadly, there are some who don't take their work seriously. Employees just go to work to do tasks routinely but don't have the in depth understanding of the policies of the company as well as their rights and privileges.

I just got promoted as a trainer in a local Business Process Outsourcing company, handling two accounts. Over the months, I got to deal with different people and I should say that somehow I was able to build relationships with them. Never in my wildest thoughts though that a whole bunch of employees will get mad at me for reporting their activities to their supervisor.

It was on a black Friday where a group of employees on the team finished their task early and there were nothing to work on the queue. Since there's nothing to do, they went on lunch break and went back after an hour. To my surprise, they went out again and never returned until the end of their shift.

They were mad because of the incident but my point is that I was just concerned on their behavior. Per employee handbook, that is one of the grounds for termination. If I were just their supervisor, I could have downloaded an Employee Monitoring Software. For sure there are tons of Employee Monitoring Software or tools in the internet and I actually have chanced upon one. This website is so cool because everything that you need to measure your employees productivity can be found. It shows the variances of the activities of the employee per activity per day. Aside from that, you may also see screen shots of the employee's computer screen and flag those that are not work related. One thing that amazed me is that it also measures how many times an employee clicked on the mouse! isn't it that amazing? I know for sure that that website that I saw has a lot more to offer. 

Employee Monitoring Software I think is not used to imprison our employees on their desks and lose the balance between work and fun in the company. However, this ensures the company that every penny spent for each employee is properly utilized.

(photo copied from HRblunders site)

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READ ME!!!!

As a blogger, I find it hard sometimes to attract and get readers for my blog. Especially that mine does not have an exact topic to deal with. People have different interests, that is true. However, You also have a lot of blog mates who do topics that you also do which creates a competition in terms of site crawling and reader attractability. I had mine for roughly three years and I can tell that it wasn't as popular as anyone else.

It is a bit sad to be honest as you strive hard to make your blog as interesting as possible and you want it to be popular where site visits can go as far as 100,000 per day. I guess I need to work harder on that. However, I find it interesting to see a website where your blog contents can be read once you have posted them. All you have to do is submit your blog, create a post, and they will syndicate your blog post through their site.
Yousaytoo website caters to all chaps who wish to promote their decent blog and attract readers as well. It is a revenue sharing program too where you have the option to donate your blog earnings for important causes like helping people in Haiti, funds for the efforts of having a clean water, and etc.

I browsed through the site and found some interesting topics in there. One was the HUD apartments for rent topic where it gives an option to rent a decent apartment at a very reasonable and attainable price. This project is intended for people who do not have that much income. Another topic that I was interested in was make your future baby. Through technology and modern photography, the parents will now have an idea on what would their child look like upon birth. The concept of "picture morphing" creates an excitement among partners who will soon become parents.

Yousaytoo indeed is also like an Amazon of different ideas of different people. I have to go now, I guess. I'll submit my blog and meet some chaps there. :-)

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RIGHT TO SUFFRAGE-MAY 10, 2010

Suffrage, political franchise, or simply the franchise is the civil right to vote, or the exercise of that right. In English, suffrage and its synonyms are sometimes also used to mean the right to run for office (to be a candidate), but there are no established qualifying terms to distinguish between these different meanings of the term(s). The right to run for office is sometimes called (candidate) eligibility, and the combination of both rights is sometimes called full suffrage.[1] In many other languages, the right to vote is called the active right to vote and the right to be voted for (to run for office) is called the passive right to vote. In English, these are rarely called active suffrage and passive suffrage.[2]

The summer sun was on its hottest state as usual. Many people congregate at the school; queuing at different directions towards different classrooms, not minding the sweat coming out from their pores. It's May 10 today and everyone is excited as it is the Philippines' election day. I believe people like me are eager to vote in two ways. One is that we are here again in a very special day to make a major decision for our country by selecting  the leaders whom we think can "manage" our country for its betterment and the other one is that we are so excited as this is the first automated election in the country's history. We are so feverish to witness the controversial PCOS machine and check how it works.

The process wasn't as smooth as expected. Some people complain of waiting for so many hours just to have for their slot and vote. Some are complaining of extreme heat and dehydration (that was their fault though), some are complaining of defective machines, some were not able to have their sheets counted , and some can't just think of anything to complain. I don't mind though, I have my tools-my umbrella, my Pierre Cardin towel, a paper fan, and a bottle of C2. I made sure as well that I had a good bath first before going to my designated precinct. 

The waiting time would surely test your patience. A lot endured and were able to cast their precious votes. During my turn, I read the instructions carefully. I chose my candidates as planned and shaded their designated circled regions. I went to the machine and at last, my vote was counted. As my friend commented on my Facebook status wall, the process is really fulfilling. Not just because you were able to see how the machine eats your paper and congratulates you that your vote was counted but the feeling of being heard to make a decision for your country as a citizen.

Truly the right to suffrage is one of the rights we citizens of this nation are entitled to shape our nation. Again, for those who haven't cast their votes yet, go out now and vote. Now is the time to make a major decision for our country. Don't waste it.

MAY 10 ELECTIONS

Hear ye! Hear ye! Calling all the registered voters out there, may it be your parents, your siblings, your friends, or your jejemon clanmates. Tomorrow is the date when we will exercise our right of suffrage. We will make a major decision tomorrow and the power lies in our hands so to speak. Please do not waste your right to vote. Go out there and choose your preferred candidate. If you still haven't located your voting precint, kindly proceed here:


http://www.comelec.gov.ph/precinctfinder/precinctfinder.aspx

Again, the power lies within our hands. Vote wisely!

AMAZING SCULPTURES


We have always considered sculpture as one of the most amazing spatial talents ever bestowed to mankind. Sculpture comes in many different forms but the pictures below truly substantiates that creativity is not confined to what is common and man has always the power to think outside the box. Never in my wildest imagination that a chainsaw, which i thought is only used in cutting trees can also be used to form figures which are very pleasing the the eyes. Such works I believe can only be achieved by an unparalleled skill of a truly gifted man. Enjoy!

LUPUS

It was a day where I have this feeling of urgency to drop by at our office even if I was still on leave. I have been away for more than 10 days due to my Typhoid Fever and I felt I have the responsibility to update myself with the information that I've missed during my confinement Especially now that I have been given extra task to perform. Nothing was that different then except for the warm welcome by my friends. I thought it was just me who made it to the headlines at the workplace but to my shock, Mamacon, as we call our colleague named Connie brought a not so good news to me.  We saw each other at the locker room, exchanged friendly kisses, and greeted one another. She spoiled the news that Judy, one of our colleagues was currently mourning at the demise of her mother. It really shocked me as the news sent shivers. I just can't bear the thought of a passing of a mother. It is something that I cannot truly handle should it happen to me.

We went to the chapel in which her mother's remains are located. The place by the way is so far, far away that we literally begged for something to drink at the time we have arrived. We extended our condolences tp Judy and had some chit chat with her. We found out that her mother's death was caused by a disease called Lupus.

WHAT IS LUPUS? 


 Lupus is a disease that involves the immune system Normally, a person's immune system works by producing immunity cells and antibodies, special substances that fight germs and infections.

But when a person has lupus, the immune system goes into overdrive and can't tell the difference between some of the body's normal, healthy cells and germs that can cause infection. So the immune system responds by making autoantibodies that attack the body's normal cells.





The three types of lupus are:

1. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Also called SLE, this is the type of lupus that most people mean when they talk about the disease. It was given its name by a 19th century French doctor who thought that the facial rash of some people with lupus looked like the bite or scratch of a wolf ("lupus" is Latin for wolf and "erythematosus" is Latin for red).

SLE is the most serious form of lupus. SLE can affect the skin, joints, and tendons. It may also affect organs like the brain, heart, lungs, and kidneys.

2. Cutaneous (or skin) Lupus

This type of lupus is a skin disease that causes a rash on the face, neck, scalp, and ears. There are two types of cutaneous lupus: discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE), which can cause scarring; and subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus (SCLE), which doesn't cause scars. Discoid lupus is a much more rare form of lupus than SLE, although about 10% of people with discoid lupus will develop a mild form of SLE. It doesn't affect other body organs the way that SLE can.


3. Drug-Induced Lupus

This type of lupus is caused by a reaction to certain kinds of medicines. For example, some types of antiseizure medicines and acne medicines can cause this kind of lupus in teens. Drug-induced lupus is similar to SLE in the ways it affects the body, but once a person stops taking the medicine, the symptoms usually go away.
  
WHAT CAUSES LUPUS?

No one really knows what causes lupus. Researchers think that some people may be more likely to get it due to things that are out of their control, like:

    * gender: Many more women get lupus than men; for every 1 man with lupus, there are 10 women who have it.
    * estrogen: This female hormone may be a factor in lupus — almost all women who get lupus are of childbearing age.
    * race/ethnicity: Lupus occurs more often in African-American, Asian-American, Latin-American, and Native-American women than in non-Hispanic Caucasian women.
    * family history/genetics: About 10% of people with lupus have a family member with lupus.
    * major stress or infection: If people have the genetic tendency to get lupus, extreme stress or an infection may trigger the disease — but the blueprint for lupus has to already be there. One thing researchers know about lupus is that it is not contagious. You can't catch any of the three types of lupus from another person. And although lupus involves the immune system, it is not the same as other diseases that involve the immune system, like AIDS.

Symptoms of Lupus and How It Is Diagnosed


Lupus can be hard to diagnose because its symptoms can vary from one person to the next. The symptoms can also make lupus look like certain other diseases. They may have muscle aches, loss of appetite, swollen glands, and hair loss. Sometimes they have abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting.

The doctor may perform certain blood tests when lupus is suspected and will probably send the person to a rheumatologist (pronounced: roo-muh-tol-uh-jist). Rheumatologists are doctors who have special training in diagnosing and treating autoimmune diseases like lupus.

Because signs and symptoms of SLE can be so varied, a rheumatologist will look for 11 specific signs:

   1. malar rash: A malar rash appears across the nose and cheeks in the shape of a butterfly.
   2. discoid rash: This rash features round, red, scaly patches that can appear on the face, arms, scalp, or ears.
   3. photosensitivity: This means sensitivity to ultraviolet rays, like the ones that come from the sun or from fluorescent lights. Most people with SLE are photosensitive and find that the sun worsens their lupus.
   4. ulcers in the nose or mouth: These usually don't hurt and many people with SLE don't even know they are there.
   5. arthritis: This makes joints hurt, especially in hands and feet. Unlike the kind of arthritis that older people sometimes get, this arthritis doesn't damage the bones. Most people with SLE have some degree of arthritis.
   6. serositis: This is the collection of fluid near the linings covering the heart, lungs, or abdomen.
   7. kidney problems: These can be mild or severe. Most people with SLE will have kidney problems, but only about half of them will have permanent kidney damage.
   8. neurologic problems: This refers to problems with the brain and nervous system, like seizures.
   9. blood problems: SLE can cause a lower than normal number of red blood cells (anemia), white blood cells, or platelets.
  10. immune system problems: Blood tests may show that the immune system isn't functioning properly.
  11. positive ANA test: This is a blood test that shows a certain type of antibody. About 95% of people with SLE have a positive ANA test.

Someone with four or more of these signs or symptoms is likely to have SLE. Most patients don't develop all 11 of them.

TREATING LUPUS

The type of treatment someone gets often depends on how severe the lupus is and which body systems are affected. Almost all people with SLE take some kind of medicine to help control their lupus. Patients whose joints hurt often take acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) or ibuprofen (such as Advil or Motrin) to help with the pain.

Others take antimalarial drugs (medicines first developed to prevent and treat malaria, but that have also been found to help treat lupus). Antimalarial drugs often help treat skin rashes and joint pain.

Some rheumatologists prescribe anti-inflammatory steroids, medicines that help fight the fatigue and fever that can affect people with SLE. People with lupus that affects important body organs may be given other immunosuppressive drugs. These drugs help stop the immune system from producing the autoantibodies that destroy healthy cells. These drugs are very strong, though, and can have side effects. So they are used only when it's really necessary.

Judy's mom was not able to triumph over Lupus. Who by the way says that treatments are guaranteed for  recovery? One thing is for sure though, her mother is now in a place where antibodies are no longer needed. Where medicines are no longer necessary. Even health is no longer a matter of the subject. She is now happy; free of all pain and suffering.


*facts obtained from http://kidshealth.org/teen/diseases_conditions/bones/lupus.html

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