Saturday, October 29, 2005

eBay Scammers Beware!

I found this article while browsing the CNN website. Crime does not pay! Next time you want to fool others.... think twice first.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Life Without Internet

Our ADSL connection bogged down over the weekend. What a time for us to be disconnected from the internet. I cannot imagine how life is without it. A computer is rendered useless if with no access on the world wide web. Its good I was able to fix some bugs and we are back on line again!

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Australians Want This Toy Banned

The RSPCA is outraged a toy dubbed "choke the chicken" is being sold to young children and encourages them to squeeze the dancing chicken's neck until it flaps around.

"What next? Burn a cat? Shoot a dog?," the RSPCA's Queensland spokesman Michael Beatty said today.

"This so-called toy sends out completely the wrong message to children.

"It's entirely possible that children of that age are likely to turn around and try the same thing on their pet bird or even the cat or dog.

"Then they're going to wonder why the animal fights back."

The toy is manufactured by a Taiwanese company, The Dahyang toy Industrial Company Limited, and is widely available in electrical stores across Australia and online through eBay.

It is marketed for children over the age of three.

The wording on the side of the box says: "Grab and lift him up by the neck as he dances.

"He will squawk and cluck like mad, flapping his wings and feet wildly as if he's gagging and choking."

Mr Beatty said "he would like to think he has a sense of humour" but "this is just plain sick".

"The whole concept is grossly irresponsible."

Jaycar electrical stores was one of the main importers of the toy, but managing director Gary Johnstone said he was "amused and mystified" by the RSPCA's response.

"I've got mixed feelings because the RSPCA are a fair and noble organisation, but I would have thought they would have better things to do like saving real animals from cruelty," Mr Johnstone said.

"This is a toy that is used to relieve stress, it's meant to be a bit of a giggle."

(quoted article)

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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

One Of A Kind Research

I found this site by typing my ex-boss' name, DR. ENRIQUE OSTREA in the google search. I am very proud to say that I became a part of this ONE OF A KIND RESEARCH.

Thank you Dr. Ostrea for giving me the priviledge to work for you as a research associate. Makes me proud to think I am a Filipino like you!

Monday, October 17, 2005


It was quarter past 4 of the 16th of January 1996, 15 minutes and my mother was on her way home from her office. She holds vital position in the local government of BULACAN as the PROVINCIAL ASSESSOR of our province at that time. Her phone rang and was immediately answered by her assistant. A town mayor, who is a brother of our then governor, was on the line and wanted to speak with my mother. So she calmly sat down and received the call. A few minutes after the momentous call, my mother's secretary noticed her to be pale, perspiring and trembling as if she has seen a ghost. She asked her if she was OK and my mother answered "He cursed me!" my mother said as tears rolled on her cheeks. "I am too old to deserve this." She uttered. "Do you have paracetamol tablets? my head is aching... please bring me to the hospital." Those were the last words my mother said before she fell into a deep coma.

She was rushed to SACRED HEART HOSPITAL a secondary hospital in our place and was diagnosed as having MI (myocardial infarction). She was given diazepam (Valium) "to calm her nerves" the attending physician told me. An EKG was also done and I was able to see the tracings when I arrived from Manila, I was working as a Surgical Resident back then. For me her EKG was normal but I didn't trust my reading then because of my inexperience with Internal Medicine stuff. My mother then was in deep sleep and I didn't bother to wake her up because the attending doctor assured me she will be fine.

Hours passed by and my mother still was in deep sleep. I decided to do some neurologic examination myself. Her pupils were pinpoint in size and were not reactive to light. I was pinching her nailbeds and I did not elicit a response. I thought my mother suffered a CVA (cerebrovascular accident). I called for her attending internist and told him my impression, however he stood firm on his diagnosis of MI. I told him I will bring my mother to Manila and he said OK.

We transfered her via an ambulance to ST. LUKE'S MEDICAL CENTER where an immediate cranial CT scan was done. The results was a shocking, huge intracranial bleed. The hematoma (blood clot)was so large it was pushing her brainstem (where her vital centers are)downwards. Initial assessment of her attending neurosurgeon, Dr. Gap Legaspi was not to operate anymore because her Glassgow Coma Scale score was below 6. She was intubated and was hooked to a mechanical ventilator because her breathing became shallow and she was having periods of apnea. During her attending neurologist's rounds, Dr. Mayette Cruz noticed improvement on my mother's Glassgow so she talked to Dr. Legaspi and they both agree to give my mother a chance to undergo hematoma evacuation.

After 3 major operations, one of which was a partial gastrectomy (my mother suffered massive gastric bleeding, probably due to the steriods and the stress), after 2 months in the ICU of St. Luke's, after 8 months of coma, after thousands of prayers from our family and friends, after all the trials my mother underwent, after 9 years, 9 months and 1 day from that fateful January 16, 1996, she is still alive. Although in a vegitative state.

All our trials we offered to GOD. His will was done. We already forgave the evil town mayor who caused this all. He is now a defeated candidate in his town. The doctor who misdiagnosed her was also forgiven, he walked away without any trouble. My family didn't even know he misdiagnosed our mother. I just can't imagine a myocardial infarction manifesting as a headache. I hope there will be no other MRS. HORNEDOs who will be misdiagnosed by him.

Right now my mother is here in Sydney, Australia with her husband, all her children and grandchildren.


Monday, October 10, 2005

Hellooooo GLORIA! Please Read This!

Public service requires the utmost integrity and strictest discipline. Thus, a public servant must exhibit at all times the highest sense of honesty and integrity not only in the performance of his official duties but in his personal and private dealings with other people.

- Gano v. Leonen, 232 SCRA 98, 101 [1994}: Paredes v. Padua, 222 SCRA 81, 84 [1993].

Raikkonen Steals One Victory In Japan

A stunning last-lap pass gives Kimi Raikkonen victory from 17th on the grid at Suzuka, with the Renaults of Giancarlo Fisichella and Fernando Alonso second and third. The result ensures the constructors’ championship battle is wide open going to China.



Saturday, October 08, 2005

Missing You

One week have passed by like a speeding train... nothing much happened. I am too lazy to lay my fingers on the keyboard. Besides I have nothing to say or write. Its almost 5 am here and I am still awake, its one of those sleepless nights again.

BTW, the Nepean Hospital rejected my application. What a big loss for them! I am still waiting for the others.

I miss my girl... :(

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

I'm Back

I arrived safely in Sydney via PR 209 last Sunday. It was a smooth flight although I wasn't able to sleep. I am back!