Who else wants clear eyesight?

I’ve been suffering from myopia, or nearsightedness, and have been wearing glasses since I started college. And back then, I’d always prefer wearing rimless glasses instead of the rimmed ones since most of my glass-wearing friends and I thought they looked cooler (even though they were actually thicker than the rimmed ones). And I now believe that they actually looked dorkier. Ha!

And at that time, wearing contact lenses also became a fad. And, being an athletic person (I used to actively play basketball, table tennis and soccer when I was a college freshman), I thought that I needed contact lenses too. And so I begged my mom to buy me one.

And I can’t recall how many times I’ve had contact lens-related problems. I remember a couple of times when I needed desperate medical attention because my eyes got infected because I was too lazy to clean my lenses or wear them for weeks without ever removing them. Ew!

I also recall a time when I thought that I dropped one of my lenses in the middle of a soccer game, only to find out that it got lodged somewhere inside my upper eyelid for several hours! That was one scary episode!

I’ve learned a lot of things along the way to maturity(?), and one of the most important and hard lessons that I had to learn is to care for ones eyes. The sense of sight truly is one of the most important senses that we need to take care of. I’ve gone from a nearsighted grade of 125 to 400 throughout the 15 or so years. But I’m glad that it’s been stable for quite some time now. And so I’m thinking of having laser eye surgery one of these days to finally get rid of these contact lenses for good.

I guess it’ll give me a second chance of caring for a precious gift that I ignored.

How do I remove a fishbone in my throat?

FishboneI haven’t been feeling 100% these past few days. It’s mainly due to a fishbone that’s still painfully lodged in my throat for 4 days now! I’ve already tried different remedies like stuffing my mouth (and throat) with bread, rice, bananas and swallowing like crazy, and even drinking some vinegar, but it’s no use!

Can someone help me out here? Please…

Dad’s Birthday

It’s my dad’s birthday today. He would have turned 58 today if he were still alive. I don’t know how much my brothers remember him, as we were still quite young when his plane went down (he was a Philippine Air Force fighter pilot) about 25 years ago. I was 6 years old then. But I still do have vivid memories of him. I guess good memories linger forever and rarely die.

I know I’ll never forget him. The happiness and love will always remain. God is good.

Happy birthday daddy!

Conne @ Work

I received another bit of good news today. Conne finally got her much deserved promotion at work. Thank God. This calls for a celebration! 🙂

Ash Wednesday 2008

Ash WednesdayToday is Ash Wednesday. It marks the first day of the Lenten season and occurs forty (40) days (hence the local term,“cuaresma”, for Lent) before Easter.

I’m glad that Conne and I were able to go home in time to attend the 7:30PM mass and have ash imposed on our foreheads. And I noticed that the queue heading up to the imposition of ashes wasn’t that long, this is probably because most parishioners already attended the early morning and afternoon services.

So what’s next? Well, the forty day period gives us ample time to reflect on our lives, make amends, and prepare for the coming Holy Week. So let’s do it!

God is good! Cheers!

Mommy’s Birthday 2008 – Pampanga

Here are some pictures taken last January 2nd at my grandparents’ place in Pampanga. We went there to celebrate my mom’s birthday even though she’s already based in the US.

We love you so much mom! We miss you!


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CJ, Conne and I with Lola Andring and Lolo Mente

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Emily, Cel and Conne with their respective kids: Purple, Indigo, Melvin, Jervis and CJ

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Group Pic – Lolo and Lola with the apo’s and apo-sa-tuhod


2008 and beyond

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PJConne - TagaytayThis is my first official blog entry for 2008. I’ve been busy with work and other stuff (read: PSP gaming, ha!) the past few weeks.

Conne and I agree that 2007 has generally been a good year for our family and we’re looking forward to this year, hoping that it’ll pick up from last year.

Our son CJ’s growing up real fast and, at 2, is showing signs of being mature, mentally and emotionally, for his age. We hope that his precociousness and sweetness keeps up for this year.

Conne’s career has taken off as well. She finally got the management job that she deserves, even at her young age. I’m really proud of her. I envy how she can adeptly handle a myriad of job functions, where most people, including myself, have trouble handling even just one. And don’t forget to add the task of being a mother to a “terrible twos” tyke. She’s a prototypical superwoman.

My mom has finally re-married and now lives in the US with her loving husband, Dan. We’re happy because we know that they’ll take good care of each other and that they love each other so much. We’ve also welcomed a new addition to the Catarroja (Conne’s family) clan courtesy of Perci and Cienne (Conne’s sister). They finally have a son – Isaiah – or Ice, as we fondly call him. “Kuya” CJ has a new playmate and we can see how much he adores his younger cousin.

And so, we thank the Lord for everything. 2007 has been a good year and with His blessing, we hope that 2008 will be a smashing success.

And we hope and pray that you and your family will have a great year too! Cheers!

On jeepneys, headlights and super vision

I previously blogged about my earlier “triumph” on changing my car’s busted headlight.

Now, in relation to this, while I was driving this evening on the way to pick Conne up from work, I happened to pass by a couple of vehicular mishaps involving jeepneys. It didn’t take long for me to realize that the most probable reason why these accidents occur is because, as some of you might agree, there are a lot of jeepneys plying our roads at night that have busted headlights, or even worse, deliberately don’t turn their headlights on! Do these guys have super vision or something? If they do, well, here’s some news for them, most of us ordinary drivers and pedestrians don’t!

I’m not sure what the statistics are, but by my own observation, I believe that one in four jeepneys travel our roads at night without any headlights on. Come on, if some of these negligent drivers can afford to dress up their jeeps in avant-garde art and spend a lot on ear-damaging sound equipment and funny(?) clown-laugh horn signals, then I think it would be easy for them to spend a small amount to have their lights fixed.

There ought to be a law on this. Or is one already existing? And what are our metro traffic enforcers doing about it? Nada! Nothing! WALA!

With the way things are being handled, we might as well be driving armored personnel carriers (APC’s) – a la Manila Pen siege tanks – to protect us from these rogue drivers.

Lock and load!

Santa’s little helper

Wow, can you believe that it’s already December? It means Christmas is just around the corner.

We’re about to face another exhausting round of Christmas shopping chores. Hmmmmm, I wonder how long my Christmas list will end up this year. ;-P

To start the mood right for the holidays, here’s a picture of CJ as Santa’s little helper.

Anyhow, may the upcoming yuletide season bring happiness to you and your family, just as CJ brings happiness to mine.

Cheers! Ho! Ho! Ho!