Merry Christmas !

by Anna Katharina on December 25, 2011

in Events,Family,Journal,Traditions

Peace of mind and heart this Christmas!

May God strengthen us and give us joy in spite of how we feel physically.

Enjoy Christmas everybody !

Hangover, the Day After

by Anna Katharina on May 9, 2011

in Events,Family,Food,Health Concerns,Safety

Let us celebrate! Its time to party after graduation, anniversaries,birthdays etc. Part of the party will be food, dancing, karaoke singing and the intake of alcohol.

There are different types of alcoholic beverages like wines,beer, whisky, rhum, brandy, vodka, and gin. Brandy, vodka and gin have 40 -50 % alcohol content. It’s not how many drinks that you have, but how much alcohol that you consume to be intoxicated.

The problem lies the day after , you have a hangover because of alcohol intake. You want to relieve yourself of a headache, lethargy, sensitivity to light and sound, nausea, an upset stomach and even diarrhea.You curse alcohol and sometimes swear you will give up alcohol ….

In the first place, a fun night can turn into a “feel good” a day after. Here are some tips to avoid a hangover:

• Drink on a full stomach. Food slows the absorption of alcohol. The slower you absorb alcohol, the less alcohol reaches the brain. The larger the meal and closer in time between eating and drinking, the greater the decrease of peak alcohol concentration in blood.
• Drink slowly. The more slowly you drink, the less alcohol actually reaches the blood and eventually the brain.
• Drink the right drinks. The less alcohol content of an alcoholic drink the less hangover. An evening spent with too much red wine can also causes headache the day after.
How to get through with hangover the dayafter?
• Drink fruit juice, buillon or soup to replenish your water supply. This helps the body burn alcohol faster and accelerate the removal of alcohol still in the body.The buillon or soup will replace the salt and potassium loss and helps in regaining strength of your muscles.
• Pain relief: You may take paracetamol the night before you sleep or when you get up in the morning after eating a light breakfast.
• Take B complex vitamins , your stress vitamins.This will help shorten the duration of your hangover.
• Eat a light meal , but a balanced one with essential nutrients
• Get a good night’s sleep the day after.

Don’t drink alcoholic beverages when :
• If you have to drive a vehicle after
• If you are allergic to alcohol
• when taking antibiotics and medicines for allergy
• hepatic disease
• gastrointestinal ulcers
• cardiac or skeletal myopathy
• Pregnant women in the first and third trimesters

What about that cup of coffee?
Coffee has not been proven to alleviate hangover symptoms. Caffeine can further dehydrate the body. Water, green tea, sports drink or other decaffeinated teas are a better choice.

The best is still to avoid excessive alcohol intake.

“Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Law or Republic Act 9262 of 2004″

“ RA 9262 penalizes the commission of violence against women their children (VAWC) in the context of domestic violence or violence in intimate relationships. It defines VAWC as any act or a series of acts committed by any person against a woman who is his wife, former wife, or with whom the person has or had a sexual or dating relationship, or with whom he has a common child, or against her child whether legitimate or illegitimate, within or without the family abode, which results in or is likely to result in physical, sexual, psychological harm or suffering, or economic abuse including threats of such acts, battery, assault, coercion, harassment or arbitrary deprivation of liberty.

Furthermore, the Law recognizes “Battered Woman Syndrome” which refers to a scientifically defined pattern of psychological or behavioral symptoms found in women living in battering relationships as a result of cumulative abuse, as an acceptable defense for actions committed by the victim as a result of battering.”

Who is at risk for domestic violence?

Here 2 tools used by doctors and professionals to help determine your risk for domestic violence.
They are the Lethality Checklist and the Physical Abuse Ranking Scale. These two can determine what you should watch out for in a relationship.

Lethality Checklist:
Count the items that apply to your current relationship. The higher the number of items from this list, the greater your danger potential.

  1. Objectifies you (calls you names, body parts, animals): (Tinatawag ka lang ng kung anu-anung pangalan .
  2. Blames you for injuries (Sinisisi ka sa mga pinsalang nangyari sa inyong katawan o kapaligiran)
  3. Is unwilling to turn you lose ( Ayaw kang pakawalan o mawala)
  4. Is obsessed with you ( nahuhumaling siya sa iyo na itituring ka na niyang isang pag aari na parang kalakal)
  5. Is hostile, angry, or furious ( palagi kang sinasalungat, nanlalaban, o galit nagalit)
  6. Appears distraught (Mukhang palaging nababahala o balisa)
  7. Is extremely jealous, blaming you for all types of promiscuous behavior (sobrang magselos, at sinisisi kang madalas sa immoral o mahalay na paguugali)
  8. Has been involved in previous incidents of significant violence (Nasangkot na siya dati sa ibang karahasan)
  9. Has killed pets (nakapatay na ng mga alaganag hayop)

10.  Has made threats (mayroon na siyang ginawang pagbabanta)]
11.  Has made previous suicide attempts (mayroon ng ginawang pagtatangka  magpakamatay sa sarili niyang  buhay)
12.  Is threatening suicide (nagbabantang magpapakamatay)
13.  Has access to guns  (pwedeng makakauha o mayroon baril)
14.  Uses alcohol (umiinom ng alak)
15.  Uses amphetamines, cocaine, or other drugs ( gumagamit ng mga pinagbabawal na gamot)
16.  Has thoughts of hurting you (may saloobin o nag plaplano na sasaktan ka.
17.  Has no desire to stop violent or controlling behavior ( walang pagnanais na huminto o pigilin ang sarili sa marahas na pag uugali
18.  Has a relationship with you that is extremely tense and volatile ( ang relasyon siyo ay maigting o sumpungin)

Physical Abuse Ranking Scale:

The scale depicts increasing risk with increasing number  (’1′ representing low risk and ’9′ highest risk).
Any violent act greater than 5 on this scale indicates a high danger potential.

  1. Throwing things, punching the wall
  2. Pushing, shoving, grabbing, throwing things at you
  3. Slapping with an open hand
  4. Kicking, bitinga
  5. Hitting with closed fists
  6. Attempted strangulation
  7. Beating up, pinning to the wall or floor, repeated kicks and punches
  8. Threatening with a weapon
  9. Assault with a weapon


Second Chance To Love

by Anna Katharina on April 18, 2011

in Family,Journal,Love and Emotions

”Love doesn’t always last. Sometimes if we are lucky enough, it can be found again, and it remains forever.”

Showbiz couples have their ups and downs in terms of love matters. Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velaquez tied the knot last year. It was Ogie’s second marriage, but it was Regine’s first. How many showbiz couples were of the same situation, to have a second chance to love and be married again? It has happened to Sharon Cuneta, Vilma Santos, Nora Aunor and Kris Aquino, who have lost their love only to regain their hearts blissfully.

Weddings make me cry because of their promise and vow to one another to be together for better or for worst, for richer or poorer. But different situations do happen and that vow may remain as words eventually losing its very essence. The once blissful relationship may come to an end and one might not even know the true reasons why.

I believe a lost love is not the end. There will always be a second chance to love and to be cared for.

For whatever reason you have lost your love, think of others who have had their second chance to love. Is it lovelier the second time around? It must be, because as one goes through a relationship you are more mature, you can handle better one’s emotion, and most especially you know what’s best and what you like, you are sure of the traits you like, and can distinguish or predict the other’s behavior.

Here’s a very apt poem ….

A Second Chance To Love Again

by MaryGrace Patterson

Love doesn’t always last. Sometimes if we are lucky enough, it can be found again, and it remains forever (A repost with a title change)

Most are fortunate to have one true love in their lives.

For others it comes again, like a gentle breeze, caressing the tendrils of life.

Love stirs the soul,opening it to the beauty of special moments and feelings sublime.

The heart is enriched , made new, as love’s rapture encases it, holding tight, to be etched forever in tabloids of time ……..