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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Swine flu symptoms, diagnosis, prevention

It is always true that PREVENTION is better than CURE right?… so better check the following:

(Swine flu symptoms, diagnosis, prevention
Agence France-Presse
First Posted 09:54:00 04/27/2009)

MEXICO CITY -- In response to the swine flu outbreak that has left dozens dead in Mexico and spread to other countries, officials here launched a campaign to inform the public on virus symptoms, prevention and treatment.
The following information was provided by the Mexican Ministry of Health.


SYMPTOMS: Sudden fever above 38 degrees (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit), cough, headache, aching joints, nasal congestion and general fatigue.

DIAGNOSIS: Clinical examination of secretions from the nose and mouth in the first 24-72 hours after presenting symptoms, and a study of blood samples to detect existence of influenza virus.

TREATMENT: In confirmed cases, Mexican authorities have provided patients with flu drugs Seltamivir or Zanamivir under strict medical supervision, and warn against side effects in misuse.
The Mexican government said that the antiviral drugs would only be administered if infection is confirmed.
Authorities have reportedly some million doses on hand, although local media warn that pharmacies have run out of treatments.

PREVENTATIVE MEASURES: Wear a mask. Do not greet someone with a kiss or handshake; do not share food, cutlery or glasses. Ventilate homes and offices, keep clean common items such as telephones.

Take care! [^^,]


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Turning the TV on, Swine flu is now the breaking news (followed by Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillos’s Wedding…hehe [^^,] ) in any stations of your television, here and outside the Philippines.

The swine flu has been the headline news 3 days in a row.

It had already killed more at least 68 people in Mexico.

This is very important matter that’s why I made some research about it.

capt.4cec55ea3be14c6592723c7c64b815f4.swine_flu_nyrm104It is really an important matter, especially for us living in San Fernando near MEXICO. (Mexico, Pampanga, Philippines)….joke...hehe[^^,]

Kidding aside, all of us must have to be vigilant about this endemic issue.

What is a Swine Flu (Swine influenza) Virus?

Swine influenza (also swine flu) refers to influenza caused by any strain of the influenza virus endemic in pigs (swine). Strains endemic in swine are called swine influenza virus (SIV).

Swine flu is common in swine and rare in humans. People who work with swine, especially people with intense exposures, are at risk of catching swine influenza if the swine carry a strain able to infect humans. However, these strains rarely are able to pass from human to human. Rarely, SIV mutates into a form able to pass easily from human to human. The strain responsible for the 2009 swine flu outbreak is believed to have undergone such a mutation.

It’s Background

The swine flu is a descendant of the infamous "Spanish flu" that caused a devastating pandemic in humans in 1918-1919.[3] In less than a year, that pandemic killed more than 500,000 Americans and some 20 million people worldwide - the greatest number ever killed in so short a period by any natural or man-made catastrophe. It also killed and sickened large numbers of hogs. Within a decade, the disease stopped circulating among humans, but it has infected swine ever since. Although hogs had initially caught the virus from humans, it has undergone slight changes over the years, emerging occasionally to infect individuals who work closely with pigs. However, there have only been 12 cases in the U.S. since 2005 in which humans caught swine flu after being in contact with pigs and there is currently no requirement that pigs be vaccinated against swine flu.



Even our company had warned and sent us an email “Important Announcement Concerning Swine Flu” about this Swine Flu Virus. Part of this email is shown below:

Employees are strongly encouraged to observe the following good practices to reduce the risk of infection and help you stay healthy:

Illnesses like the flu (influenza) and colds are caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. The flu and colds usually spread from person to person when an infected person coughs or sneezes and the viruses are spread to others.

Always take care to:

  • Avoid close contact with people that are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Practice other good health habits
  • Stay home when you are sick and check with a health care provider when needed
  • Most importantly, wash your hands often with soap and warm water. It is the soap combined with the scrubbing action that helps to remove germs. When soap and water are not available, disposable hand wipes or gel sanitizers may be used.

Very caring right? and I care about you, too! [^^,]

Take Care!


I was intrigued by the title “THE ONION AND THE CHRISTMAS TREE” that’s why I put some time to read about it. What’s with the title? Better read the conversation of a family below.

Make an instant vacation to the world of laughter.

Funny. Makes sense. Sensible.

Warning: PARENTAL GUIDANCE is ADVISED. hehe[^^,]

The family is sitting at the dinner table. The son asks his father, "Dad,
how many kinds of boobies are there?" The father, surprised, answers, "Well
son, there's three kinds of breasts. In her twenties, a woman's breasts are
like melons, round & firm. In her thirties & forties, they are like pears,
still nice, but hanging a bit. After fifty, they are like onions." "Onions?"
"Yes, you see them, and they make you cry."
This infuriated his wife and daughter so the daughter says, "Mom, how many
types of "willies" are there?" The mother, surprised, smiles and answers,
"Well dear, a man goes through three phases. In his twenties, his willie is
like an oak tree, mighty and hard. In his thirties & forties, it's like a
birch tree, flexible but reliable. After his fifties, it is like a Christmas
tree." "A Christmas tree??"
"Yes dear, dead from the root up and the balls are for decoration only."
Send it out to all your girlfriends and guy friends who needs a laugh to
brighten up their day!!!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Atheist Holiday

I found the below article from one of yahoo groups.

“Atheists now have holiday.”

(Curiosity triggered.)

“Is there really a holiday for Atheist?” I wondered.

Then I read the article.

If Christians and Muslims as well as other major religions have holidays, Atheists had their own holidays too. It’s unfair if they don’t have. Better read it. It is good. [^^,]

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Florida Court Sets Atheist Holiday
In Florida, an atheist created a case against the upcoming Easter and
Passover holy days. He hired an attorney to bring a discrimination case
against Christians, Jews and observances of their holy days. The
argument was that it was unfair that atheists had no such recognized
The case was brought before a judge. After listening to the passionate
presentation by the lawyer, the judge banged his gavel declaring, "Case
The lawyer immediately stood objecting to the ruling saying, "Your
honor, how can you possibly dismiss this case? The Christians have
Christmas, Easter and others. The Jews have Passover, Yom Kippur and
Hanukkah, yet my client and all other atheists have no such holidays."
The judge leaned forward in his chair saying, "But you do. Your client, counsel, is woefully ignorant."
The lawyer said, "Your Honor, we are unaware of any special observance or holiday for atheists."
The judge said, "The calendar says April 1st is April Fools Day. Psalm
14:1 states, 'The fool says in his heart, there is no God.' Thus, it is
the opinion of this court, that if your client says there is no God,
then he is a fool. Therefore, April 1st is his day. Court is adjourned."
You gotta love a Judge that knows his scripture!
"Rejoice in the Lord always! I will say it again: REJOICE!" Phil. 4:4

That's it guys. From now on April 1st (April Fool's Day) is also "Atheists Day".

-no offense [^^,]

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Do you believe in “Love at First Sight”?

Do you believe in “Love at First Sight”?

Now, Love at first sight is true for men. Yes! Just for men for now. It’s proven by a study. Do you know how fast that men fall in love?

I just read about this article from the site below, that men tend to fall in love in just 10 seconds or less.

Study: Men Can Fall In Love in First 10 Seconds

With so many women looking for love, you might be shocked how long it takes for men to fall in love at first sight.

Just how long does it take for a man to fall in love?

Scientists timed it out, and many will be surprised at how fast they say it can happen.

A new study found a man can fall in love after gazing at a woman for less than 10 seconds, and that the longer he looks, the more interested he is.

If he's not that attracted, researchers say, he'll drop the gaze in about 4.5 seconds.

The study used hidden cameras, tracked eye movement, and found that it takes just 8.2 seconds for a man to gaze at a woman and fall in love at their very first meeting.

Now, is it true that “men tend to fall in love with their eyes, while women tend to fall in love with their ears”?
By the study, we can say that it is true that men tend to fall in love in just 10 seconds with their eyes. For women, better wait for another study “women can fall in love in first 10 second with their ears”…. (By listening flattery in just 10 seconds, women can fall in love? interesting…hahaÜ)

Now, back to the question, "Do you believe in love at first sight?".
why? and why not?

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Holy Week- isang pagninilaynilay

Bago basahin kailangan ang matinding meditation, katahimikan ng puso at isipan...hehe

Bakit kaya ang tawag sa tagalog ng Holy week ay mahal na araw?
Hindi ba dapat, banal na linggo? (corny...)
Kung mahal na araw, isang araw lang tinutukoy, at anu naman kaya sa pitong araw ang tinuturing na mahal? (hehe)
Kung papipiliin ka anung araw ang pinakaimportante?
Ang daming tanong no? (oo nga..)
Bago mo sagutin yan, dapat alam mo din kung bakit may holy week. (o serius na...)
Holy week. Hindi lang para magkaroon tayo ng mahabahabang araw para magbakasyon, para magouting, swimming, o magsaya kundi dahil para makapagnilay nilay, makapagisipisip, at alalahanin ang kadakilaan, kabutihan, sakripisyo at pagmamahal ng ating nagiisa at pinakamamahal nating Jesu Kristo.

Huwag mo nang sagutin ang tanong ko sa taas, ang mahalaga, alam mo kung bakit may Holy Week.
Gaano kaimportante sa bawat tao ito, sa iyo at sa buhay mo.
Simula palm sunday hanggang easter sunday, ay mahalaga, sa pagtupad ng mission ni Jesu Kristo.
Walang Easter sunday kapag walang good friday.
Sadyang kahangahanga ang kabutihan ng Ama na ibinigay Nya ang Kanyang bugtong na Anak, para tubusin tayo sa kasalanan.
(John 3:16)
Sana'y naging isang makabuluhan ang nagdaang Holy Week na ito sa iyo, para magisipisip, magbago, at magbalikloob sa Kanya.
Di bale, hindi naman huli ang lahat.
Kahit hindi Holy week, pwedeng alalahanin ang dakilang ginawa ni Jesu Kristo para sa atin at muli o manatiling sumunod sa Kanya.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

kapampangan translation at meaning about holy week

kapampangan translation at meaning about holy week
Maleldo short for “mal a aldo” - mahal na araw
Puni- kumpol kumpol na tindahan tuwing mahal na araw, na sa gabi lang nagbubukas, kadalasan ay malapit sa simbahan.
Pasyon- pasyon parin.
Magdarame- mga nagpepenitensya sa pamamagitan ng pag papasakit sa sarili, namay iba't ibang klase.
1. Mangusang krus- nagbubuhat ng mabigat na krus sa likod.
2. Kukusad- gumagapang sa daan/lupa
3. Papalaspas- sinugatan ang likod, para dumugo lalo, hinahampas-hampas ng palaspas, kadalasa'y yari sa patpat na kawayan.
4. Papapaku- mga nagpapapako sa krus.
Palaspas- palm sunday

Thursday, April 2, 2009

“Filipinos are just servants”, Chip Tsao said

“Filipinos are just servants”, Chip Tsao said. I just can’t help my self not to react with this statement by a foreign columnist humiliating Filipinos. By the time I read the whole article, blood started to run to my head. (exaggerated though, but being a Filipino, that’s my reaction…)

Better read the statement below. This article was now removed from the original site, so lucky to have a copy, thanks to “Ang  Bagong Pinoy” group. I am not sure if this is the whole article.

It's a very racist and insulting article. It's so sad that people like this are allowed to have their thoughts published.

This is what Chip Tsao wrote on the website

The War At Home
The War At Home
March 27th, 2009

The Russians sank a Hong Kong freighter last month, killing the seven Chinese seamen on board. We can live with that Lenin and Stalin were once the ideological mentors of all Chinese people. The Japanese planted a flag on Diàoyú Island. That's no big problem we Hong Kong Chinese love Japanese cartoons, Hello Kitty, and shopping in Shinjuku, let alone our round-the-clock obsession with karaoke.

But hold oneven the Filipinos? Manila has just claimed sovereignty over the scattered rocks in the South China Sea called the Spratly Islands, complete with a blatant threat from its congress to send gunboats to the South China Sea to defend the islands from China if necessary. This is beyond reproach. The reason: there are more than 130,000 Filipina maids working as $3,580-a-month cheap labor in Hong Kong. As a nation of servants, you don't flex your muscles at your master, from whom you earn most of your bread and butter.

As a patriotic Chinese man, the news has made my blood boil. I summoned Louisa, my domestic assistant who holds a degree in international politics from the University of Manila, hung a map on the wall, and gave her a harsh lecture. I sternly warned her that if she wants her wages increased next year, she had better tell every one of her compatriots in Statue Square on Sunday that the entirety of the Spratly Islands belongs to China.

Grimly, I told her that if war breaks out between the Philippines and China, I would have to end her employment and send her straight home, because I would not risk the crime of treason for sponsoring an enemy of the state by paying her to wash my toilet and clean my windows 16 hours a day. With that money, she would pay taxes to her government, and they would fund a navy to invade our motherland and deeply hurt my feelings.

Oh yes. The government of the Philippines would certainly be wrong if they think we Chinese are prepared to swallow their insult and sit back and lose a Falkland Islands War in the Far East. They may have Barack Obama and the hawkish American military behind them, but we have a hostage in each of our homes in the Mid-Levels or higher. Some of my friends told me they have already declared a state of emergency at home. Their maids have been made to shout "China, Madam/Sir" loudly whenever they hear the word "Spratly." They say the indoctrination is working as wonderfully as when we used to shout, "Long live Chairman Mao!" at the sight of a portrait of our Great Leader during the Cultural Revolution. I'm not sure if that's going a bit too far, at least for the time being.

Chip Tsao is a best-selling author and columnist. A former reporter for the BBC, his columns have also appeared in Apple Daily, Next Magazine and CUP Magazine, among others.