Friday, December 7, 2012

How can you recognize your soulmate?

I was searching the web for some inspiring stories about Soulmates and I would like to share with all of you an amazing article that touched the very core of my being... =(

When you meet your soul mate, you don't recognize the face. You don't walk up to that person and know by looking at that person he or she is your soul mate. Many times you are brought together by circumstances that seem like coincidence. It's about a feeling of being awakened. For me, I was totally taken off guard and, at first, was totally thrown off the rug had been pulled from under my feet. It is like you were asleep until you were touched by that kindred soul and then you are awakened and nothing is ever the same again. You now know that life before was not life but a dim existence and that up until that touch life was OK. If your feelings are so intense that it scares you and you run away, it won't last. I tried it. It felt great but it was also scary. I had never felt like that before with anyone...ever. There will be no denying it; you won't be able to get this person out of your mind and your heart. He or she is part of you now and nothing will change it. The thought of them will send chills down your spine. You'll know that even if you are apart trying to deny the feeling NOTHING that happens will change the way you feel. Just the touch of their hand on yours gives you a feeling that cannot be described. Being in their presence will give you a feeling that is unparalled. This person never leaves your thoughts or your heart. It will feel like that person is somehow imprinted into you now. A part of you that will remain no matter what. I believe that soul mates exist on a higher level of love. There is a strong connection that is present that is simply just there. You can almost communicate with that person without even speaking. You cannot always be with your soul mate either which can seem like a really cruel joke or something. Your soul mate may be married or there may be other circumstances where you cannot be together. In this situation, life can be quite miserable but you can learn to live with it. I am trying to do that now. However, it is not easy at all. There is a strong sadness and feeling of emptiness if you cannot be with your soul mate. There have been many times that I wished I never met my soul mate but it was never up to me. It just happened like it was something that was supposed to happen even though we cannot be together. It is very difficult for me to understand that and I question why I had to meet this person that I cannot be with. Fortunately, for me, I am very busy and that helps some but sometimes I get this sinking feeling and almost physically sick at the thought of never seeing this person again. Even though I cannot be with my soul mate as a partner, I was able to be around him on a regular basis for a while. Just being around him was better than not seeing him at all. It's been over a year now since I last saw him. It is very difficult and there are days that I feel like a part of me has died. The lights have been dimmed. I've always been an upbeat person in general but there is a sadness that seems to hang over me many days even though most people don't know it. I've gotten pretty good at hiding it from strangers and co-workers but my friends and family see it. You will absolutely know without a doubt when you meet your soul mate. You may not know immediately what is happening but trust me, it won't take long and you will know. For me, I was not even looking or thinking along the lines of meeting someone, especially in the situation that I was in when I met mine. I felt kind of emotionally ambushed but it felt really good. I will never be the same as I was before. I am happy that I met him and I am sad that I don't get to spend time with him at all. I miss him terribly and would do just about anything to see his face again, and just have a conversation of any kind at all! Maybe someday it'll happen. I've accepted that it may not.

I Was trying to find the information of the author but it was unpublished... kindda sad but that is what life is...

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Morning Sickness in Pregnancy - Kate Middleton

Pregnancy of the Duchess of Cambridge was confirmed recently by the palace and this is not an ordinary pregnancy because the Duchess was diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum, a severe form of morning sickness that affects one in 50 women.

For some pregnant women, the symptoms are worst in the morning and ease up over the course of the day and the intensity of symptoms can vary from woman to woman, too. When I was pregnant with Enzo, I also suffered from this stage which lasted during my first trimester (first 3 months of pregnancy) which is also the most critical of all the stages of pregnancy.  
Bearing and the anticipation of the coming of the baby is both wonderful and exciting but if you are one of those who is suffering from morning sickness, you may feel that you are being robbed of the special moment this stage has. It can begin as early as 4 weeks. It tends to get worse over the next month or so and about half of the women who get nausea during pregnancy feel complete relief by about 14 weeks.
According to Baby Center You're more likely to have nausea or vomiting during your pregnancy if any of the following apply:
         You're pregnant with twins or higher multiples. This may be from the higher levels of hCG, estrogen, or other hormones in your system. You're also more likely to have a more severe case than average. On the other hand, it's not a definite thing – some women carrying twins have little or no nausea.
         You had nausea and vomiting in a previous pregnancy.
         You have a history of nausea or vomiting as a side effect of taking birth control pills. This is probably related to your body's response to estrogen.
         You have a history of motion sickness.
         You have a genetic predisposition to nausea during pregnancy. If your mother or sisters had severe morning sickness, there's a higher chance you will, too.
         You have a history of migraine headaches
You  are surely luckier than others if you did not have to go through this stage, but anyway, even with nausea, pregnancy is still the most wonderful journey every women will go through. =)

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Christmas in the Philippines

A lot has been said about Christmas here in the Philippines. Some people start decorating their Christmas lanterns as early as September, and some during the month of November. Today is the 1st of December and if you will have the opportunity to take a trip around most streets of Manila and other nearby municipalities, you will see that everyone’s almost ready to celebrate the biggest Philippine Holiday every year. Ever since childhood, Christmas has been one of the biggest celebrations every year, of course next to my birthday… LOL! Here in my place, you’ll start to hear Christmas songs starting the 1st of September as well, so it’s like 4 months of Christmas celebration, the longest ever.

The bamboo parol (as we call it) or star lantern, which almost every household bears, is the symbol of Christmas in the Philippines, representing the guiding light, the star of Bethlehem during the birth of Christ.

Being in a place where majority of the people are Christians, Christmas is an extremely important holiday for most of us. It is a time for family, sharing, gift giving, delicious food and time to share for everyone. It has been a Filipino tradition for children to visit their godparents and elderly relatives during Christmas day. Officially, Christmas starts every 16th of December during the first “Simbang Gabi” (pre-dawn or early morning masses) and continues until the 1st Sunday of January which is the Feast of the Three Kings, which marks the end of the festive season. Simbang Gabi is a nine-day Christmas Novena which roots from the rich religious culture of our country. It is like a night worship also known by its popular Spanish name "Misa De Gallo" or "Mass of the Rooster". Catholic churches thorughout the country will be ringing their bells around 3:00 or 3:30 in the morning long before the rooster's crow.

The most famous among the abundant delicacy that is associated with Christmas are as follows:

Puto Bumbong


Lechon (Pan-Fried Roast Pork)

Kare-Kare (Oxtail Stew in Peanut Butter Sauce)

Arroz Caldo (Chicken Rice Soup)

Salabat (Ginger Tea)
Tsokolate (Hot Chocolate)

And by the way, "Maligayang Pasko" is how we say "Merry Christmas" in the native tongue!

Maligayang Pasko sa inyong lahat! (Merry Christmas to all!) =D