Walk your marriage to a new level!

One of my doctoral subjects had moved me to get on my rubber shoes and walk an hour a day for a week- just to meet one of our requirements in that class.

5.00 am – gets up, prepare myself/5.30 am meet up with classmates and our professor at the university gate/WALKS around the university for 1 hour and ends at 6.45 am/eats breakfast/takes a bath/runs to the class and gets ready for the quiz and report.

That was how I started my day.

I thought to myself, “I will just do this for the sake of my requirements”.  So I painstakingly wakes up every morning to walk and later that week, my husband joined the group every morning.

But what else do I get from walking one hour everyday?

A study on the Association of Exercise and Mood “thirty minutes of exercise of moderate intensity, such as brisk walking for 3 days a week, is sufficient for these health benefits. Moreover, these 30 minutes need not to be continuous; three 10-minute walks are believed to be as equally useful as one 30-minute walk” (Andrade and Peluso, 2005).

Health benefits from regular exercise that should be emphasized and reinforced

  1. Improved sleep
  2. Increased interest in sex
  3. Better endurance
  4. Stress relief
  5. Improvement in mood
  6. Increased energy and stamina
  7. Reduced tiredness that can increase mental alertness
  8. Weight reduction
  9. Reduced cholesterol and improved cardiovascular fitness

I am a nurse and I wish to make a change on other people’s lives.

I can see people dying from lifestyle diseases.  I can see people suffering from emotion Continue reading

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How to get your kids up on their toes on the first day of classes for the year 2013? by anDorado

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Everybody had great time with family and friends during the Christmas season, can’t complain enough after the family reunions, dining out with friends, partying, and etc. Kids spent their holiday with cousins and friends, partying, swimming, running around, computer games at Timezone, etc. They might as well ask you to allow them to be absent from their classes on the first day of school. Hangover is just around the corner and whether we like it or not, we have to face a brand new year, but Mums are having problems: “How do i get my kids up and about on the first day of classes for the year 2013?” Well, here are some tips. These might help you, Mums with the same problem.

1. Set their minds for the first day of classes. Mind-setting is a powerful tool to prepare the kids psychologically and be anticipating for things.
2. No more television shows the night before their classes.
3. Purchase new set of ballpen or crayons or papers – for them to get excited for their first day in school.
4. Give them a print – out of their picture taken during their holiday get-away with cousins – so they will have something to show their classmates, something to talk about. This could excite them for their first day of class.
5. Let them prepare their bags and its contents to avoid the “early-morning-rush”.
6. “Early to bed, Early to Rise” policy will definitely help. A glass of milk before going to bed may help put them to sleep early and avoiding colas, energy drinks or even chocolates – these will keep them awake all night, thus making it hard for them to get to bed early.

These tips could help us, Mums, to get them up early for their FIRST DAY of classes. Goodluck Mums! 🙂

RED VELVET – the sweet taste of friendship. by anDorado

*This is dedicated to my “best laughing buddies” through all these years: CHRISTELINE, MILDRED, LEAH, IRISH, IMEE, MADER (Jinky, Tina, Ruby, michelle, hazel and d rest of my friends, u brought my heart with u 🙂

IRISH, one of my best-buddies in my workplace (at present), loves baking. Trying her luck in this endeavor, she started with Red velvet cupcake. She brought a sample to the office and chose me to be one of her “taste-tester”. I was just one lucky girl to have tasted at least most of her products, but my favorite was the RED VELVET CUPCAKE. I thought it was AWESOME! By the looks of it, it’s already mouth-watering. It was interestingly designed with pure cream cheese frosting. Her very first red velvet cupcake was the ones I loved the most. Probably, it was because of her notable excitement in her new found hobby and it was surely well-researched and carefully-made cupcake.

Cupcakes can also be associated with our friends. Like cupcakes, friends could come in different colors, could be plain and simple, what-you-see-is-what-you-get kind of friends. Some friends are heavily decorated, flattery ones, their friendship towards others could just be their external decorations.

But in whatever forms they may come, friends are always blessings to us because just like cupcakes, they still have that sweetness in them. You still remember the warmth they may have brought on you, the sweetest smile that they had once painted on your face.

Friends may just come and go. But true friends are those that lets your first impression last, the sweetness that you have tasted when you first have them still continues to remind you of God’s blessing.

Be thankful that you have good friends with you, savor the moments you have with them, for you do not know how long will their sweetness last.

I am one lucky “taste-tester”, that I am able to taste the sweetness that each friend has brought me, just like the RED VELVET, having the sweet taste of friendship.

*Thank you for the friendship.

A breath of fresh air

It was on January of this year that I passed-by some posters in one of the malls in the city that tells about the future: for your career, health, love life, family, etc. I thought reading things like this would be so much fun! I even captured a snapshot of the poster which says: “It is a green light for you this year. Career wise, the door is open for you. You will finally get your dream of having that nook in your office with the wonderful view”, my horoscope says.

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I grinned. A bit excited. I went home.

My days went on.  I was enjoying my laid-back life, convenient, easy-go-lucky and as if things just come and go.  I thought that nothing so hard and complicated in life that I just cannot hurdle.  Self-reliant?  Yes I am aware that as a christian, there is no one else that I should rely on so much in this life but God.  But that was how I see myself before (sigh).  Somehow, things just became boring, day in and day out.

One morning, my husband disbursed this news to me. We were called as a family to work in our denominational university in Luzon. I just stared at him with disbelief! What? Why? How? These are the words that came out from my mouth.

It was indeed the time when we have to drop down on our knees; together we spent nights talking to our Creator, asked for enlightenment.

I started to search for answers to my unending questions.  Why us?  Why now when we’ve started planning for our retirement?  What about my investments?  My questions and worries went on….

And finally, the decision was made…to move to another place…to start anew.

Moving to a place that I haven’t been yet and meeting people whom I considered as complete strangers is no good at all, I thought.  Will I be happy?  Or is God happy with my decision?  I made a decision – TO TRUST HIM MORE, just as a blind person putting his trust on the one person leading the way for him.

On my first day of work:

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Who could have thought that this majestic scenery is what we will be seeing in our new workplace?

As I recall few months back, “It is a green light for you … You will finally get your dream of having that nook in your office with the wonderful view”.   But to my understanding, there is a much bigger reason than what was written on the poster in the mall.  I believe that it is by God’s grace that I am able to witness His miracle through this majestic view!

Not only literally has this been a breath of fresh air but realizing I am living a life away from the hustle and bustle of the city and being able to rely more on God and less on myself…i guess is a fresh air. 😀

“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and LEAD ME IN THE WAY EVERLASTING”.  Psalm 139:23-24

LOVE indeed….

“Life is made up, not of great sacrifices or duties, but of little things, in which  smiles and kindnesses, and small obligations given habitually, are what preserve the heart and secure comfort”.                                                                                                                                                       — Sir H. Davy

I still remember vividly my life when I had my son as a first-time parent.  I had to give up my work and spend my time with him, see to it that he’s well-fed and eats the right kind of food, steps his first safely, says his first word and the like.

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Others may see this as a sacrifice, but to me, this is a manifestation of my great LOVE toward my kids: Jan Lenard, Ella Sofia, Jillianne.

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And now that my first two, Jan Lenard and Ella Sofia are on their pre-teen years, I am still a happy mum, making myself available as much as possible to every special moments in their lives: school competitions they attend to, play their games, prepare them to their Senior’s ball, prepare their food for their birthday celebrations with their classmates and I am still delighted to hear them say “Thank you and I love you mum!”

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But of course, I may not be a strong and a happy mum to them, without the love and support of my husband who is equally in-love with my kids.

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Let us be generous of our LOVE to our Family members and to all around us.  After all, it is FREE to Love!

Let this be our prayer:

“Lord, give me Your vision so that I may witness the big and small opportunities to be generous.  May I let Your LOVE flow freely to others without judgment, ego, or fear so that compassion and goodness are my journey companions.  Amen”.

A Miracle of Life after 11 years by anDorado

1958041_10152373847232675_2074885995374907749_nIt’s been 11 years since I had my last pregnancy and it’s like I am back to my original physique and “near-single-life-minusboys” with of course 2 kids (a 15 and 11 years old).  I am able to stay out late, do zumba, dine out with friends and the like.  But things had been a bit boring sometimes.  The kids had their own activities and had good time with their friends, husband busy with work and I am left alone.  I am extremely in awe that Life has been so good to me and my family, blessed us abundantly.  Just as things are working so well, we were given a bonus: A NEW BABY GIRL!  I knew from the start that it will be a life-changing event.

Here are a few things that the family is enjoying with the arrival of our new baby:

1.  FREE BABY – SITTER.  Since my kids are all grown-up (a teenager and a school-age), they are able to help in taking care and baby-sitting their little sister, I still hired a nanny, though.  It is an amazing sight for a mum like me seeing my kids enjoying each other’s company.  It’s like they’re just playing with a little doll.  They don’t see our baby as a rival anymore to their parents attention rather somebody they need to give their attention to.  This fostered a sense of responsibility and commitment to each other at the same time taking the role of each one in the family at an early age.

2.  A NICE FAMILY BONDING.  Bonding is something that unites individuals or people, according to Webster’s dictionary.  It has been somewhat our automatic reaction that right after having our dinner, we play with our little booboo, and we’re enjoying her.  Times like this may also be a chance for us as parents to cultivate our friendship with them.  “Give some of your leisure hours to your children; associate with them in their work and in their sports, and win their confidence.  Cultivate their friendship.  Let parents devote the evenings to their families.  Lay off care and perplexity with the labors of the day”, The Adventist Home, pg192.  This is what I call “quality time” spent well with my family.

3.  ANOTHER LOVE, ANOTHER LIFE.  I fell in love with her the first time I felt her inside my womb, the first time I heard her heart beat.  It was a feeling that is beyond imagination, indescribable feeling that only new parents experienced.  I had my ultrasound done and my husband was with me.  I waited for the doctor to find her heartbeat, until…Tsug!Tsug!Tsug! A loud train-like sound was heard and the doctor confirmed it to be her heartbeat.  I couldn’t help myself but smile and saw my husband teary-eyed when we heard it the first time- after 11 years!  We’re like first time parents AGAIN!  This experience has renewed our love for each other as couples and our commitment to take care of each other and our new baby.  She is a great blessing! “Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from Him”, Psalms 127:3

4.  AN ASSURANCE THAT A KID IS LEFT WITH US WHEN THE OLDER KIDS ARE OUT.  “Empty Nest Syndrome” is a feeling of emptiness felt by parents when the children are all grown-up and up and about with different activities outside home with their friends.  This is just one of those worries that has started to creep up on us both and I think most of the parents felt.  I have not prepared myself for this event to occur as I am just enjoying the company of  my kids yet because we are able to do things together without being pissed.  Just like birds, when it is the time for them to fly, eventually they will leave the nest and fly and do things on their own.  This is the way of life.  I have to accept it.  But accepting it will not be as hard this time, I have another baby to stay with me. That I am thankful and grateful for.

Being a nursing mom once again after 11 years is not easy.  It takes self-denial and some sacrifices, nevertheless, still extremely thankful that I was given another chance to nurture another life, a God-given life!

TRAIN UP A CHILD IN THE WAY HE SHOULD GO, AND WHEN HE IS OLD, HE WILL NOT DEPART FROM IT… by anDorado

TRAIN UP A CHILD IN THE WAY HE SHOULD GO, AND WHEN HE IS OLD, HE WILL NOT DEPART FROM IT… by anDorado.

It has always been an activity of the Davao City SDA Elementary school, to conduct every Summer, an annual Medical Mission, with the aim of reaching out and helping those who are in need of medical attention.  Among the services that are given for free are Medical check – up for Adults and pediatrics, Surgical circumcision, Dental (tooth extraction), free medicines and Random Blood Sugar Testing.  The said activity had served a number of patients.   I had been the program coordinator of the said activity for quiet a time now, coordinating with staffs  (nurses and doctors) of the Davao Adventist Hospital, who are much willing to render their services for free and other nurses volunteers who are also active in volunteering for community service.   This is just one of the activities that keeps me busy during summer, and my kids were always with me as I do my responsibilities.  This way, i still can still attend to their needs while  I am coordinating with other agencies, at the same time, I am able to expose them to community service at an early age.

I am just a proud mum and I would like to share these picture with you, guys!

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Here, my son at age 14, cleaning the instruments used during the tooth extraction, from 8 am til 12 noontime.  Following the step-by-step instructions given to him to: wash, brush with soap and water, rinse, and dry.  What an accomplishment! :)

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Here, my daughter at age 10, helping in dispensing medications to the patients (but not in giving instructions to patients yet- she’s still incapable of doing that though), saw to it that the patients received the complete number of medications prescribed by the doctor.

I am doubly proud of their little accomplishments! :)

I believe that whatever you want your children to become or to indulge in the future, you have to start it at an early age.  Find out what their talents are, what their dreams are and hone them.  This way, they could also become responsible citizens of the community and the country.

“Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart  from it — Proverbs 22:6″

TRAIN UP A CHILD IN THE WAY HE SHOULD GO, AND WHEN HE IS OLD, HE WILL NOT DEPART FROM IT… by anDorado

Train UP A BATA SA PARAAN DAPAT SIYA PUMUNTA, AT KAPAG SIYA ANG LUMANG, HINDI SIYA AY lisanin IT … sa pamamagitan ng anDorado

Palaging Ito ay isang aktibidad ng paaralan Davao City SDA Elementary, upang magsagawa ng bawat Tag-init, isang taunang Medical Mission, na may layuning pag-abot out at pagtulong sa mga taong nangangailangan ng medikal na atensiyon. Kabilang sa mga serbisyo na ibinigay para sa libreng ay Medikal check – up para sa Matanda at pedyatrya, pagtutuli kirurhiko, Dental (ngipin bunutan), libreng gamot at Random Blood Sugar Testing. Sinabi ng aktibidad ay nagsilbi sa bilang ng mga pasyente. Ako ay naging ang programa coordinator ng sinabi ng aktibidad para sa isang tahimik na oras na ngayon, na may coordinating staffs (mga nars at doktor) ng Davao Adventist Hospital, sino magkano ang nais na i-render ang kanilang mga serbisyo para sa libreng at iba pang mga boluntaryo nars na rin aktibo sa volunteering para sa komunidad na serbisyo. Ito ay isa lamang sa mga aktibidad na nagpapanatili sa akin abala sa panahon ng tag-init, at ang aking mga anak ay palaging sa akin tulad ng ginagawa ko ang aking mga responsibilidad. Sa paraang ito, i pa rin ay maaari pa ring dumalo sa kanilang mga pangangailangan habang ako ay coordinating sa iba pang mga ahensya, sa parehong oras, Ako magagawang upang ilantad ang mga ito sa komunidad na serbisyo sa isang maagang edad.

Ako lamang ng isang mapagmataas kawalan ng imik at Gusto kong ibahagi ang mga larawan sa iyo, guys!

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Narito, ang aking anak na lalaki sa edad na 14, paglilinis ng mga instrumento na ginamit sa panahon ng pagkuha ng ngipin, mula 08:00 til 12 katanghalian. Kasunod ng sunud-sunod na mga tagubilin na ibinigay sa kanya sa: maghugas, brush na may sabon at tubig, banlawan, at dry. Ano ang isang hindi birong gawa!:)

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Narito, ang aking anak na babae sa edad na 10, na tumutulong sa dispensing gamot sa pasyente (ngunit hindi sa pagbibigay ng mga tagubilin sa mga pasyente pa-siya pa rin hindi kaya ng paggawa na bagaman), nakita na ito na ang mga pasyente na natanggap ang kumpletong bilang ng mga gamot na inireseta ng doktor .

Ako doble maipagmamalaki ng kanilang maliit na kabutihan! :)

Naniniwala ako na kung ano ang nais mo ang iyong mga bata upang maging o upang magpakasawa sa hinaharap, mayroon kang upang simulan ito sa isang maagang edad. Alamin kung ano ang kanilang mga talento ay, kung ano ang kanilang mga pangarap at mga magtagis kanila. Sa paraang ito, maaari rin silang maging responsableng mamamayan ng komunidad at sa bansa.

“Sanayin up ng isang bata sa paraang dapat pumunta siya at kapag siya ay gulang, hindi siya ay umalis mula dito – Kawikaan 22:06”