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    Much Ado About COVID-19

    As a health professional with knowledge on how communicable diseases are spread and how to control the rate of transmission, I am all for social distancing, disinfection and sanitation, use of PPEs, and other means. Even in non-COVID19 cases, like in the instance of the common cold or flu, it has always been the primary responsibility of an infected individual to protect other people from his/her disease. He /she should wear a mask, possibly sleep in another area of the house, use separate eating utensils, and sanitize or disinfect often. We have been living with the presence of both non-infectious and infectious diseases for as long humanity’s existence.  We have…

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    Waveboards, Wakeboards, and Weddings (part 3)

    When I get nervous, my heart beats louder but NEVER do I tremble or get cold and sweaty hands.  My wedding day, however, was a different story altogether. Preparing for a wedding is extremely overwhelming.  From the instant you say “yes” to the seconds right before you march down the aisle, circumstances just seem to cave in on you. Struggles On a cloudy June 12 afternoon in 2010, I stood outside the exquisite black gate of the Blue Gardens venue.  While waiting for the first notes of the Bridal March to be played, I looked back on all the twists and turns that led up to that moment.  There were…

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    Waveboards, Wakeboards, and Weddings (part 2)

    I had the chance to feel like an X-Games champ when I rode on a wakeboard during a vacation in Camarines Sur.  It was our honeymoon. So what exactly is wakeboarding? Wakeboarding is an uber-cool water sport. It involves riding a board over the surface of a body of water.  You grab with dear life onto a rope that’s attached to a fast moving water vehicle or a mechanized cable system.  It’s sort of a combination of water skiing, snowboarding and surfing. I did it There were ten of us novices at the take off point, including hubby. The instructor gave directives on how to ride the board to get…

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    3 Simple Steps to Simplify Your Life (How to Achieve Focus)

    Identify your Destination “Begin with the end in mind.” Know your outcome.  If you know where you are heading, it’s easier to see which road to travel.  This is vision-setting. Remember, when setting your vision for your life… Focus on what MATTERS MOST to you.  What do you value?  What are you most passionate about? Focus on YOUR strengths.  “Always be a first-rate version of yourself instead of a second rate version of someone else.” Judy Garland Drop Excess Baggage If you know where you are going, you know what to bring with you.  Drop the NOISE, CLUTTER, and DISTRACTIONS that fill your day.  Distractions could be technology, habits, activities,…

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    Waveboards, Wakeboards, and Weddings (part 1)

    They gather in sidewalks and even dare make busy streets their playground – these kids atop strange skateboard-looking thingamajigs that go whoosh, whoosh, and then whirl. Such contraptions look like skateboards with a twist. Yes folks, I am talking about the waveboard. This plaything has two stepping pads with a pivot at the middle. Underneath the pads are wheels much like a skateboard’s except that these could rotate 360 degrees for added flexibility. The design requires the user to step onto the pads and make alternate horizontal wavelike motions with his feet to make the board go (or at least that is what I know theoretically). Kids just love the…

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    A Few Good Men

    We stepped out of the portal into a strange world.  We intended to come home to earth for we had been from another dimension to explore worlds beyond.  Yet, what lay before us was a vast wasteland, and darkness reigned all over the land.  The clammy breeze softly whispered thoughts of dread we dare not even imagine. This could not be! The calculations were accurate! The time gadget never malfunctioned before. I silently thought. There were four of us, the defenders of peace on earth.  We were heroes of the new era, a bunch of extraordinary beings with superhuman abilities. “DUCK!” someone shouted.  It was Ziel, the guy with heightened…

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    Cold Decay

    This country is at the brink of societal decay – this does not refer to the constant clamor on graft and corruption by politicians, or the ever-growing economic crisis. Judicial lingo and economic jargon has never been my area of expertise. Although such should be of great concern to every Juan and Maria, it seems to me a circumstance beyond control.