Posted by: pumzy | June 18, 2009

Time To Go

Thinking about talking to my boss regarding my schedule for demobilization. I would likely request to be able to go back home earlier than planned. It’s not boring here anymore… I can’t think of a word which is beyond boredom for what I feel right now. Everyday I wake up and can’t think about something exciting that I should look forward to for the day. This is like I am being paid by the company for boring me 60 hours a week.

Maybe it’s time to move on and go forward to another challenge. I’ve been here for four long years!!! Sometimes I ask myself, how did I last that long? I don’t know really but some kababayans here say: Malaki ang pangangailangan!

Maybe. Maybe not.

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Posted by: pumzy | June 17, 2009

Coronary Artery Disease

I would like to share something i read a moment ago from Manila Bulletin. This is something about your heart’s health. Read on…
By DR. GARY S. SY
June 16, 2009, 7:26pm

Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a condition that occurs when the arteries carrying blood to the heart become narrowed or blocked entirely by deposits of plaque, a thick, yellowish, waxy substance. Plaque consists of cholesterol, a fat or lipid that is produced in the liver, as well as many different types of cells. When the flow of blood is cut off to the heart, the result is a heart attack.

Fatty deposits, or atheroma, can form in your arteries, and this narrowing of the passageways is part of a condition that is called atherosclerosis.

If your coronary arteries become narrowed, they can fail to provide your heart with enough oxygen and other nutrients. Also, the blood that flows through the arteries may form a clot, or thrombus, which can block an artery. In response to any physical or psychological stress, your heart beats faster and your blood pressure goes up. Your heart requires increased oxygen and nutrients, but severely narrowed or blocked arteries cannot cope. The resulting discrepancy between demand and supply causes angina, or chest pain. If the blood flow to part of your heart muscle is suddenly reduced by a clot in one of your coronary arteries, you will have a heart attack (myocardial infarction). More on CAD:

1. Coronary artery disease affects people of all races, but the incidence is extremely high among whites. However, race itself doesn’t seem to be as important a factor as a person’s lifestyle. Here are some facts that can help you determine whether you are likely to have coronary artery disease.

2. More young men than young women have coronary artery disease, but the risk to women increases at menopause, and women over sixty-five are almost as susceptible to the disorder as are men

3. If you smoke cigarettes, you are at least twice as susceptible as a non-smoker. Deaths from the disorder in the 35 to 45 age group are five times more common in smokers.

4. There is an increased risk if you have high blood pressure or diabetes. Males with diabetes are twice as susceptible as other men, and females with diabetes are five times as susceptible as other women.

5. Coronary artery disease seems to run in the families. You are more at risk if several of your close relatives have had it.

6. If you are overweight, you are more at risk than a person of normal weight.

7. If you have a sedentary job you may be at risk than other people whose work include some physical labor.

8. If you are a woman over 35 who take birth control pills and also smoke cigarettes, you are at increased risk of having coronary disease.

9. If you have an extremely high cholesterol and triglycerides levels.

What should be done?

Coronary artery disease is much more easily prevented than it is treated. If you are worried that you may be at risk, start taking preventive measures. Too often, sudden death is the first sign of the disease.

First, you reduce your risk of having a heart attack by maintaining normal blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides.

Ideally cholesterol levels should be below 200 mg/dl. More important, you should have a good ratio between LDL (low density lipoprotein) or bad cholesterol and HDL (high density cholesterol) or good cholesterol. To ensure the right amount of each type of cholesterol, the ratio between total cholesterol and HDL should not exceed 6: 1. Therefore, if your total cholesterol is 240 mg/dl, HDL should be 40 or more.

Triglycerides, type of fat that can be found in the blood, over 190 mg/dl in women increases the risk of heart attack; for men, levels of above 400 mg/dl are a sign of potential danger.

Diet influences the total cholesterol level – and thus the risk of coronary artery disease. Changing the diet (and taking prescribed medications if needed) can lower cholesterol levels. Lowering levels of total cholesterol and bad cholesterol slows or reverses the progress of coronary artery disease.

The benefits of lowering levels of bad cholesterols are greatest in patients with other risk factors of coronary artery disease. These risk include cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, obesity, inactivity, high triglycerides level, and a genetic predisposition.

Quitting smoking, lowering blood pressure, losing weight, and increasing exercises decrease the risk of coronary artery disease.

Recommendations:

1. Include in your diet the following foods to help in lowering cholesterol: Apples, bananas, carrots, cold-water fish, dried beans, garlic, grapefruits, and olive oil.

2. Take plenty of fiber in the form of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Oat bran and brown rice is the best foods for lowering cholesterol.

3. Do not eat any nuts except walnuts, which can be eaten in moderation. Eat walnuts only if they are raw and have been kept tightly sealed or refrigerated.

4. Reduce the amount of saturated fat and cholesterol in your diet. Saturated fats include all the fats of animal origin as well as coconut and palm kernel oils.

5. Do not consume alcohol, cakes, candy, carbonated drinks, coffee, processed or refined foods, fried or fatty foods.

6. You may consume non-fat milk, low-fat cottage cheese, and skinless white poultry meat (preferably turkey), but in moderation.

7. Get regular moderate exercises. Always consult your doctor before beginning any exercise program.

8. Try to avoid tension and learn stress-management techniques.

9. Other foods that lower cholesterol include: prunes, cucumber contain a compound called sterol in their skin; chili pepper- contain capsaicin, a substance that reduce cholesterol and triglycerides; Green tea contains catechins; Grapes and wine contain resveratrol which reduces cholesterol.

Remember:

Many people live for years with coronary artery disease and have no trouble. Others may be forced to modify their activities because of recurrent attacks of angina. Many of these people can also lead relatively active lives as long as they keep the disease under control and take medications that help restore the balance between demand for oxygen and nutrients and the ability of the narrowed or obstructed coronary artery meet this demand.

Posted by: pumzy | June 11, 2009

Dancing With The Stars: Manny Pacquiao

Just had to post this here too…from my Tagalog blog. Thought it’s a fruit of boredom LOL.

Here it goes…

Tsubibo Patrol

Muli pong nagbabalik ang inyong numero unong tagapagbalita, ang Tsubibo Patrol!

Sa ulo ng ating mga nagbabagang balita…

Manny Pacquiao To Join Dancing With The Stars!!!

May bagong scoop po tayo mga katsubibo! Napag-alaman ng Tsubibo Patrol na tinanggap na ni Manny Pacquiao ang matagal ng paanyaya ng Dancing With The Stars sa kanya na lumahok sa paligsahan sa dance floor. Matapos ang anim na buwang pag-iisip ay wala nang natira sa utak ni Pacman nakapag-decide na rin ang pambansang kamao na ipakita sa buong mundo ang kanyang husay sa pag-indak.

Sa darating na Setyembre ay mapapanood ang galing ni Pacquiao sa pag-indayog, paggiling, pagliyad at pag-split sa nabanggit na sikat na programa sa ABC. Ngayon nga ay nag-umpisa na ang puspusang pag-e-ensayo ni Manny.

‘Para lang pala itong buksing. Nakakapagod din at masaya.Kaya lang mas mabilis ako magotom dito. Where’s my water? I only drink vitwater you know. Oh mirinda na!’, saad pa ng ating bida nang siya ay aming kapanayamin.

Todo suporta naman si Aling Dionisia (Donya na daw siya at hindi Ale) sa bagong pinagkaka-abalahan ng kanyang paboritong anak (kawawa naman si Bobby). Kahit pa nga katatapos pa lang magpa-landscape, face lift at tummy-tuck ay hindi napigilan ng mga doktor ang PacMom sa paglabas ng ospital upang makisayaw kay Manny. ‘Hindi ku puwiding palampasin ito, you know. Mas nauna ako nag bulroom sa kanya kaya mas may alam ako. Bibigyan ko si Manny ng tips!’, masayang sabi pa ni Aling Donya Dionisia sa mga reporters.

Samantala, sa kampo ni Marquez ay nagkakagulo dahil sa naungusan na naman sila ni Manny. Kaya nga bukas daw ay magpapatawag ng press conference ang Mexicano para ideklara ang kanyang paglahok na rin sa naturang programa sa telebisyon. Hindi rin maawat ang bunganga ni Pretty Boy Floyd sa pagsasabing mas mahusay siyang sumayaw kay Pacquiao at hinahamon nya ang pambansang kamao ng showdown sa disco.

Narito ang isang larawan na patago naming kinunan habang nag-eensayo si Manny Pacquiao humataw! Parang sa Wild Card Gym din kasi ni Roach, mahigpit sa press ang mga DIs ni Manny.

At iyan po ang kaisa isang balitang aming nakalap sa araw na ito. Maraming salamat sa inyong pagsubaybay. Magbabalik ang Tsubibo Patrol kapag kami ay nakapulot muli ng tsismis para sa inyo.

Paalala sa mga tagapagbasa, tagapanood at tagapakinig… ‘Ang hindi magmahal sa sariling wika ay hindi makakarating sa paroroonan.’

Mabuhay!

Posted by: pumzy | June 11, 2009

Religion and Politics

I always despise those clergymen, pastors, bishops and all the other so called ‘servant-of-God’ who not only involve themselves with political affairs but also try to be politicians as well. I mean, they are supposed to spread the word of God and not their own stance and opinion over political issues.

Yes, they may join rallies and peaceful public protests. It’s a citizen’s right, we are a democratic nation. However, calling out to people to go to the streets and join the demonstrators to protest about a political issue is, for me, not a very sacred thing to do. Same goes with forcing your members to vote for a candidate chosen by the head of your religious order, but that’s another story.

Churchmen should not get involve in political affairs!!!

How many times did I use the word politics/political/politician?

Posted by: pumzy | June 10, 2009

Greatest Boxer Of All Time

Let’s see who’s the greatest boxer of all time by voting here. I hope you are not voting for the most popular boxer of all time.

My vote goes to my kababayan Manny Pacquiao. Bias? LOL

Posted by: pumzy | June 10, 2009

Sweep?

A four-game sweep is inevitable for the Magic if the Lakers win tonight!

I think the Lakers will start the game aggressively and try to set the tone early to prevent the crowd from infusing energy to the Magic players. Dwight Howard will continue to struggle to the different defensive looks LA employs but will get his share of rebounds.

The Magic guards may get their shots going a bit but Kobe will not be denied especially when he’s being defended by smaller oppositions.

If the Superman doesn’t find his spots and dominate the paint, it’ll be another disappointing night for Orlando.

Posted by: pumzy | June 8, 2009

Dumbest Sports Article

Saw this sports article from Foxsports.com and i spent 15 minutes worth of laughter trying to finish reading this including the comments. Magic sweeping Lakers? LMAO 🙂

See for yourself… http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/story/9645170/NBA-Truths:-Why-the-Lakers-are-in-trouble

Posted by: pumzy | November 28, 2008

Today is Xmas

I am a new dad today (again, for the second time!!!). My wife gave birth to our daughter. Can’t say no more. All I know is that I am excited to go back home and thankful to God!

Posted by: pumzy | October 29, 2008

Salary Increase

HOW TO ASK YOUR BOSS FOR A SALARY INCREASE..?

One day an employee sends a letter to his boss asking for an increase in his salary !!!

Dear Bo$$

In thi$ life, we all need $ome thing mo$t de$ perately. I think you $hould be under$tanding the need$ of u$. We are worker$ who have given $o much $upport including $weat and $ervice to your company ..
I am $ure you will gue$$ what I meant and re$ pond $oon .

Your$ $incerely,
prashanth.

The next day, the employee received this letter of reply :
Dear prashanth,

I kNOw you have been working very hard. NOw a days, NOthing much has changed. You must have NOticed that our company is NOt doing NOticably well . NOw the newspapers are saying the world’s leading ecoNOmists are NOt sure if the United States may go into aNOther recession. After the NOvember presidential elections things may turn bad . I have NOthing more to add NOw. You kNOw what I mean .
—- Your Boss.

Posted by: pumzy | October 20, 2008

I Was Wrong

Jeezzz! What I anticipated as a riot turned out to be a long procession of super fast cars. It is very unlikely now that Massa will win his first F1 driver championship unless Hamilton is penalized 20 grids (LOL) and/or an accident gets in his way in Brazil.

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