Monday, April 18, 2011

A million and one wishes

The final days of last week wasn't that fun.

For those who wonder, I am still as strong as I can be. In fact, I was at the La Laguna Festival Tuesday night to see what people are seeing there. I am glad to still be strong enough to go there. I only took a few shots, and this 'attraction' I guess is one of the stand-outs of the venue.

Are those real swarvoski crystals that hang on a native structure?
Oh well, real or not, don't they look like a million and one wishes when you look up at them?

But later, I got a little dizzy and felt pain on my leg, so we had to cut it short and get home fast.

And the rest of the week wasn't that good. My right leg was in pain when I woke up on Wednesday. Thursday, we thought that it was due to the walk that I had on the festival grounds, not to mention Monday, when I needed to start the paper works and documentations I need to get assistance wherever possible. But by Friday, my other leg was also in pain and we suspected that I had too much asparagus. Well, I've been taking alternative ways and asparagus therapy is one of those we found that might help me. And I discovered that too much of this would either aggravate or reduce the pain for people suffering from arthritis, as mentioned on this other site here. So, I stopped my intake of asparagus and by Saturday morning, I took a trip to the lab and had my uric acid level checked. Surprisingly, it was normal. So, we now suspect rayuma, and we are now trying to treat it.

And today, I woke up finding this beautiful song that was shared by one of my good friends.

To all those people who went out of their way to call, write, visit, said a little prayer, extended their resources, etc., you just don't know how you made it a little less painful for me.

And please know that...

"My wish for you is that life becomes all you want it
To your dreams stay big and your worries stay small
You never need to carry more than you can hold
And while you're out there getting where you're getting to
I hope you know somebody loves you and wants the same things, too."

For me, it feels like this ordeal has just started. And although I feel that this is going to be long, I don't think that it would be longer than we think it will be. I still feel strong enough to raise the bow and shoot the arrow, so to speak. And you, people (you know who you guys are), you helped me raise the bow to fight and win the battle.

I say thank you... and it feels like saying thank you is not even enough. So, I'm making a million little wishes, too.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

It's written in the stars

"They say that money is the root of the evilest ways,
But have you ever been so hungry it keeps you awake."

There is another version of this song here, but I immediately fell in love with this version above the first time I viewed it.

Ain't about the chings and the blings

"You can't put a price on the life,
We do this for the love
So we fight and sacrifice."

We just wanna make the world dance
Forget about the price tag.

I love this version... the trombone and the beat box.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Call me old school, but this is one of my fascinations

Singkil - a courtship dance taken from an old Maranao epic poem.  A prince and princess interact amidst the clashing of criss-crossed bamboo poles clapping in syncopated rhythm.

I think the first time I saw this dance was back in probably Grade 5 or 6. This was the time that we transferred from San Pedro, Laguna, to a more provincial town, but the capital of Laguna, Sta. Cruz.

I am fascinated by the sound that the clashing bamboos produce, as well as that ornament that the princess has on her feet. They go together.

I am fascinated by the elegance of the dance, the expressions on the performers' faces, the way their bodies move, and the way they glide through the bamboo poles.

This is already nine minutes, but I feel like I still can't get enough.

Agnes Ignacia: PGT contestant, pianist, survivor

Agnes Ignacia was one of the memorable performers last night at the Pilipinas Got Talent Season 2.

She survived cancer for more than ten years now... after living a solitary life (as she claimed so). A solitary life because her husband left her when they found out she has cancer and when they were about to celebrate their silver wedding anniversary. She said he doesn't want to spend for her medical condition. Aside from this, her siblings are nowhere to find, too. She thinks they left her because they fear that her cancer might recur and you know what happens when it does.

She teaches music to kids in the outskirts of Romblon. Far from civilization. She joined the search in the hope to win only because of two things: to continue her check-up and to buy piano in order to continue teaching the many kids who are looking up to her... and praying for her.

A one, true inspiration.

I wanted a clearer video, but this is the only one available.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Nothing is so much nor so little

I was with my oncologist today.

She said, "I think you already know what I'm going to say."

I said yes.

She also said that operating the mass around the recto-sigmoid region is not an option, because of the nodules on my liver.

Chemotherapy seems to be the best option, if not the only option.

I already asked for your prayers, and I know that a lot of my friends have been doing this for a while now.

But this time, I'm asking, if you have any extra resources to offer, it would help me start my chemotherapy. Nothing is so much nor so little, because our lives are made of these little wonders.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

My happysad song

There's a certain something in this song that makes me feel happy when I hear it.

There's a certain something in this song that makes me feel sad when I hear it.

Check this out!

If you're from Sta. Cruz, Laguna, this is the place to check out when you're vain about your cars.

Not so good

I have been in remission for over a year now.


It all started when my bowel movement became irregular and I took it from not drinking too much water. So, I hydrated myself daily and it seemed to have solved the problem. Until about a few weeks ago. I couldn't move at all. I asked advised from my doctor-friend and had to undergo trans-rectal ultrasound. Nothing came out except that it recommends a speculum correlation because of a node on the stump of my cervix.

(Note: Just in case you'll be advised to have trans-rectal ultrasound, I want to save you the time just in case you won't be informed. You will have to have bowel prep before going to the lab. This means that you need to cleanse by using the suppository before leaving home.)

But I know it was not the problem.

I know there's something blocking the way.

So, the CT scan.

I had my CT scan last Monday. This is the second time since the operation... that is after a year and four months.

And the result is not good.

But we have yet to find out what's the best thing to do.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

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