Doctor Day Today

For the past week, I’ve been under the weather due to changes in season. Well, actually, this has become an annual thing due to my allergy (allergic rhinitis).

 
1) Allergic Rhinitis 

 
What is allergic rhinitis?

Allergic rhinitis, otherwise known as hay fever, is an inflammation in the sinus that occurs when our immune system reacts to allergens. Symptoms include nasal stuffiness, sneezing, itchy nose, and watery eyes. If it gets worse, additional symptoms include dry cough, sore throat, headache and clogged ears.

 

What causes allergic rhinitis?

As someone with allergic rhinitis, when I  breathe in an allergen like pollen, mold, animal dander, smoke or dust, my body releases a chemical called histamine. Histamine is a chemical my body releases that helps get rid of foreign matter inside — in this case, the allergen. Since the body is on defense mode with the help of histamines, inflammation then happens on the sinuses, which produces more mucus; thus, giving the vibe of runny nose, sneezing and other allergic symptoms.

 

Triggers for Allergic Rhinitis

It started when I was still in college. I have weak immune system and during ber months, changes in season make the trees and flowers release more pollen into the air. I didn’t know it by then, but I remember, I was bed-ridden for almost a week because my allergy led to complications in my respiratory system. I was having difficulty breathing, and with runny nose, my normal buddy would be a tissue or a clean handkerchief. I thought it was just simple cold and cough, but when I checked with the doctor, I discovered I had allergic rhinitis.

 

So then, I bought medicines and had my bed rest. After a few days, I was back on track and became productive once again.

 

But then…

 

Through the years, every time the season changes every October to November, I realized my allergy will kick in. I’ve consulted with several doctors regarding my allergic, and had variations in my medicines. One thing is for sure though, my over-the-counter for a year would be different the next year. I guess my body becomes immune.  That’s when I realized it’s important to have a consultation with a doctor every time this allergy starts to manifest.

 

Another info my doctor told me: allergic rhinitis can also be triggered by either of these: extreme heat, extreme cold, extreme stress and smoke or jeepney exhaust. If I get to situations with these, more likely, I’ll be experiencing my allergic symptoms in no time. So, what do I do?

 
Strategy for Relief

There will be times it’s easy to ditch this allergy, but mostly, it’s like these symptoms wanted to stay and camp out on my body. So I normally try to avoid the triggers. For medicines, I always have to consult the doctor just to make sure I’m not immune to my medication, but in case of emergencies, I always have these available in my wallet:

Antihistamines, Decongestants, Antibacterial tablets 

I won’t be mentioning any brand, as it is important to check in with your doctor. But just in case, these info might help as well.

 

2) Tooth Extraction
I can’t remember the last time I had tooth extraction. So, when my dentist mentioned I’ll be scheduled for one because really, my tooth hurts, it made me nervous.

My dentist gave me antibiotics a week ago to consume before my schedule. I actually forgot to take in some days and when I mentioned it to my dentist, she specifically scolded me, saying I have to complete the cycle; otherwise, it won’t be effective. I was tired taking so many medicines I just agreed to what she said.

Anyway, I’m on the dental chair, and I’m scheduled for three tooth extraction. My dentist started the procedure by giving me anesthesia and there, for almost two hours, my dentist was able to extra two teeth. One in the upper part and one in the lower part. I still have another one scheduled, but I waved the white flag as I feel so tired with the procedure. I guess I’ll just come back tomorrow.

With these procedure, I realized two things:

  1. Take good care of your teeth while you’re still young.
  2. Take good care of your teeth even when you grow up.

 

As you grow older, your teeth will form part of how you look, and with a deformed teeth, you’ll have less confidence about yourself. Well, I have sweet tooth and when I was younger, every time there are candies available, I would always grab one and forget to brush my teeth afterwards. Now that I’m older and always checks with my dentist to ensure my teeth won’t hinder my productivity, I realized it’s quite expensive and might be too late to salvage parts that will not grow any longer. 😦

 

So, as I’ve been to the doctor for most of today, here’s my realizations:


1) Rest is important. 

No matter how busy we are, our body can only do well until a certain exertion. So, it is really important to have those complete sleep and play once in a while to avoid expensive medicines. Our body gives us signals it’s time to slow down your pace and enjoy every moment of our life.

 

2) Follow your doctor. 

If your doctor advised you finish taking your medicines for seven (7) days, do it. It is to make sure your body will respond effectively and not take on more complications.

 

3) Exercise.

I’m not fond of exercising because my goal is to gain mass. Whenever I exercise, I feel a lot lighter, and away from my ideal  body weight. However, one of the benefits of exercising is that it increases the strength of your immune system to any diseases. I remember when I was in college, one of the reasons I have less attacks for my allergic rhinitis is because I started swimming. Twice a week back then, I would be under the water. After several months though, I felt much more stronger and much more alive. Now that I’m working, I realized exercise is much more needed to keep our body healthy.

 
So now, I’m on my way to bed and taking my time to rest. One good thing about being sick though is that I have more time to rest and read. If you are reading this, I hope you take time to take good care of yourself no matter how busy you become. Why? Because we only have one body and God wants us to rest too, just as He rested on the seventh day. 🙂

My Love Letter to FL p2

Dear Future Lover, 
How are you tonight?

You know, I’ve been missing you even if I don’t know you yet. But nevertheless, I have been enjoying my life so far. 🤗👊

In the previous years, I have been asking God for contentment and a change of heart for my career. Do not get me wrong. I love what I do but projects and the dream of going abroad to study had consumed me for the past three years that I just look forward for the future, not realizing I have not been living in my present reality. But through God’s grace, He allowed me to stay at my current company even after being rejected for scholarships and not regret after all. 💟

Just these past weeks, I have been in Visayas and Mindanao for work, doing what I love — sharing about new technologies and elearning, training teachers and learning more about my industry. I have traveled from one place to another, and my colleagues are all a joy to work with. Only lately that I realized I have been blessed in my career.

So, when I meet you,  I’ll make sure to tell you all about my work, and what we do to make a difference in the area of education. I’ll be sharing about the places we’ve been to, and the smiles of the students and teachers we’ve trained. I’ll be bringing you pasalubong every time we’ll go out of town, because I know you’ll be ecstatic to receive a gift from me. I know that once we meet, it would be a joy to share to you my travel experiences, and hopefully, someday, I get to travel with you as well.

For now, I’ll document all the ups and downs of my career because I know, you’ll have a glimpse of how I work and enjoy life at the same time. I’m keeping tabs at how I live my life — making sure I enjoy the blessings God has given me so I’ll be contented just as what God says and I’ll be sharing how God has provided enough for me. I know, when that time comes that we’ll be together, we’ll be sharing all about our faith and how God has been so good to us during the waiting season of our lives. 

For now, I’ll just wait for you and enjoy life to fullest. God has given me enough to be thankful, and yet, I know, when I meet you, God has answered my prayer for an overflowing blessing to love and be loved in return.
And so, Future Lover, I’m looking forward to meeting you soon! For the mean time, I hope you enjoy life as well as I am enjoying mine. 😁😆😍🤗

Sincerely, 

Yza 😘

Thank God for Friends

I’ve been on an emotional roller coaster ride for the past weeks and if not for my friends, I may have gone crazy.

 

You are better off to a friend than to be all alone, because then you will get more enjoyment out of what you earn. 10 If you fall, your friend can help you up. But if you fall without having a friend nearby, you are really in trouble.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (CEV)

I’ve had a broken relationship with my sister and lately, I’m feeling at a loss. I’ve also been so busy with my tasks that I think, if I have gone through all this alone, I know I can’t take it. God just knows and provides what you need, exactly when you need it.

 

So here, I wanna introduce you to my friend Venice. She has helped me through my most emotional times this year.

Our Story 

I’m attending Victory Makati since 2013 and every week, we have what we call a Victory Group (VG) . It is a support group where we talk about God, our careers, relationships and dreams, and all relate it to how God wanted us to live a life pleasing to Him.  When our group leader Yasmin died in an accident in 2015, I took over and led these women here in our journey through life.

Our Victory group, with Yasmin in orange as our leader

The women I started leading in 2015

 

Eventually, life brings us to our destined purpose and we separated ways. Some of them took another job, and some went abroad to pursue a graduate degree and career. I thankful enough I get to influence their lives at one point in time.

 

As it is, Venice and I were the only ones who remained in the group. Since we also wanted to share the love of God to other people, we started our own Victory group in her dormitory. After a year, I have gained new friends and together, we are walking in this journey with God’s guidance.

 

Why am I sharing about them? Well, I just wanted to honor these people and make them feel special in this online space that I have.

 

For today, I just finished talking to Venice and I’m thankful enough God gave me friends who can rebuke me if needed, help me and encourage me when I’m down, and also, celebrate with me if I’m happy. I’m thankful enough to God because the relationships I have with these people are not disposable. I’m just thankful because I realize, if your friendship puts God at the center, you know that friendship will last. Lastly, I’m thankful enough because I know, I’m not alone in this journey called life.

 
PS: I’m still hoping my relationship with my sister be fixed in due time, and that my friends will also get to know my future partner so they can hang out together. For now, I’m thankful because even if not everything is sailing smoothly, I have friends I can count on most especially when I needed them.

 

How about you? Are you feeling down, discouraged or you just needed someone to talk to? I hope God can also give you a friend you can cherish for a long time. But if you haven’t met these kind of friends yet, you can talk to me and I can introduce you to the greatest friend of all.

 
Really, I’m here to help and talk to you if you need one. Just tag me in Twitter or Instagram @itswyza and I’ll do my best to help you out. 🙂

 

New Favorite Songs

I’ve come across the videos of Moriah Peters and boy, I have found a new favorite. Moriah Peters is an American Contemporary Christian singer and her songs are an inspiration. The lyrics to her songs are basically my conviction in life and love so I’m sharing to you some of her songs that I found inspiration:

 

Bloom

This song is an inspiration to me and an encouragement to all women out there who thinks less highly of themselves. Just like the song says, you are born to bloom.

 

Well Done

This video speaks what I want in life and how I want to live this life. This song just reminds me I am not doing things for myself, but for the people to see the love I have received. 🙂

 

I’ll Wait for You

I’ve been waiting all these years for someone whom I will love and who will make me feel loved. I think I’ve met him, but I’m not really sure. Whatever the case, I’m waiting on God for His will to be done because I know, when that time comes, it will all be worth it. That time, I know, God will write my own love story, just like how God has written Moriah’s love story in this next song.

PS: The above video is her own wedding.  🙂

 

Haven’t Even Kissed

These are exactly my thoughts when I was listening to this song! This one song is something I would want to feel and experience someday. I am looking forward to that time when I will meet a man and our relationship will just inspire other people, just like what the lyrics of this song says. 🙂

 

These are my new favorites. How about you? You have new inspirations, too? 🙂

Trip to Bohol

I had the opportunity to visit the beauty of Bohol last year, where I’ve seen the Chocolate Hills in person, chilled in Panglao Beach Resort, and toured the Bohol Bee Farm, where I’ve tasted the very delicious ice cream.

Since I’m on reminisce mode, let me share to you my journey and pictures (no filter) of my travel: 😀😁

 

Bohol Bee Farm: Buzz Ice Cream

 

Bohol Bee Farm: Ocean View

 

Panglao Island: Public Resort

We found a place to chill here without paying too much! I think we only paid less than a hundred bucks for the entrance fee.

 

Bohol: Chocolate Hills

We went there 1st week of October 2016 and at that time, the hills were not so chocolatey.

 

Ancient Church

I forgot the name of this church but it is one of those churches during the year that was affected by the great earthquake.

 

So there. I’m trying to document all my previous travels so pardon me if some are dated years ago. But heck, I enjoyed life by traveling once in a while so I wanna have some documentation to inspire others, and that includes you!

😀😀😀

Inspired by Teachers

Just today, my task was to compile all the videos of The Many Faces of a Teacher from their facebook page. The Many Faces of a Teacher (TMFT) is an advocacy campaign of Bato Balani Foundation to provide inspiration to educators alike that being a teacher is a very noble profession, and that the sacrifices they do for their students, their region, their country are honored and celebrated. And so, I set on my task and checked out their Facebook Page:

A Few to Inspire the Many: A Tribute to Teacher

 

Upon clicking each video link, it is inevitable that I get to watch each educator and how they are considered as the true catalysts of change in their barrio, in their classroom, and in their region. For this year 2017, I learned about the four (4) TMFT honorees and their story. Maybe, instead of sharing their story, I would recommend that you go watch their videos:

 

Teaching for Renewal

Dr. Bernadeth Bernalte Gabor, PhD

 

Caring for Wildlife for a Better Life

 Dr. Aimee Lynn Barrion Dupo, PhD

 

Creating Solutions through Science

Mr. Ronaldo Reyes

 

Keeping the Culture Alive

Ms. Lord Jane Caballero Dorda

 

Also, the videos for the 2014 – 2016 honorees are posted in this page:

A Tribute to Teacher: 2014 – 2016 videos

 

Upon watching each video of the teachers, I marvel at how passionate each of them in teaching. But more than just teach, I also realized they are zealous in their pursuit to uplift the lives of their students, community members, colleagues, and continue to inspire their fellow countrymen in their service. I’ve thought to myself, “Do I have the same purpose? Do I have the same zeal in what I believe in? Do I make a move to uplift the lives of my fellow countrymen? What is it that I really like doing that can help other people?”

 

Lately, I’ve been contemplating on my dreams and goals, and if I compare myself to these teachers, I have nothing to boast. However, I am inspired to at least become a catalyst of change wherever God has placed me. Currently, God has given me a career where I enjoy developing materials, innovating, and sharing my thoughts to people. I get giddy when I am able to try new EdTech stuff, and I get serious when I am given the chance to brainstorm how we can use this to put inside the classroom [and make a difference]. I just thank God for giving me a career where I can work and play at the same time.

 

How about you? Have you found your place in this world yet? Are you just like me who still doesn’t know what to do next in your life? 

Well, my friend, you are not alone. After being rejected for my scholarship applications, I am confused on what to do next. I guess, one thing is for sure: whatever we do in this life will make an impact to other people. The question is, will you make it a positive, or a negative one?

 

As for me, I’m leaving everything in God’s hands. I do not know yet what the future may hold, but I have that hope that whatever I will do in the future, God will use me to make a positive impact to another person/s. 🙂

My Bucketlist

I have been thinking lately of writing my own book.

Well, lately, I’ve been thinking of the things I’ve done and what I want to do for the next 5 or 10 years.  A bucket list per se of the goals I want to achieve, dreams I want to fulfill and the life experience I want to feel and witness before I die.

While updating this bucket list of mine, I’ve realized that life is too short and I’ve been confined to looking forward to only studying abroad. Well, I guess those plans change. Haha. It’s not that it is a race against time, but it is something how I want to maximize every moment of my life and live life to the fullest. This is one insightful exercise for me, and upon checking my list, you might also want to write yours and experience life to the fullest.

  1. Study Graphic Design. 
  2. Visit Coron, Palawan. 
  3. Bring my family to Coron, Palawan. 
  4. See my father after he left us. 
  5. Tell my father I’ve forgiven him. 
  6. Travel outside the country. 
  7. Experience the beauty of Batanes.
  8. Go horseback riding. 
  9. Go scuba-diving.
  10. Travel with friends. 
  11. Travel outside PH alone.
  12. Have my own blog domain. 
  13. Create my own website from scratch.
  14. Develop my own mobile game.
  15. Create an app that would help students learn.
  16. See the Northern Lights.
  17. Visit China.
  18. Study Chinese.
  19. Attend a course on mobile game development.
  20. Finish a course on 3D animation.
  21. Sing in a bar.
  22. Listen to my favorite live band. 
  23. Watch Boyce Avenue in concert, live!
  24. Reach the summit of a mountain. 
  25. Do overnight camping once a year. 
  26. Go stargazing on top of a mountain once a year.
  27. Climb to Mt. Sagada.
  28. See the sea of clouds at Sagada before sunrise.
  29. Say I love you to a special person and be loved back.
  30. Go Ice Skating. 
  31. Visit Thailand and its night market.
  32. See a snow in person.
  33. Walk Baker Street in London!
  34. Visit a castle in Ireland.
  35. Reach the summit of a mountain with my special person.
  36. Handwrite love letters for my special person.
  37. Receive handwritten love letters.
  38. Read a book per month. 
  39. Blog a book review for every book read.
  40. Interview a popular figure in the field of educational technology.
  41. Attend an EdTech Conference abroad.
  42. See the Eifel Tower in person.
  43. Ride the Gondola in Venice.
  44. Take a Masters degree abroad.
  45. Kiss under the rain.
  46. Host an online training for education.
  47. Take photos of a wild animal.
  48. Build my own game development business.
  49. Work from home.
  50. Teach a child how to read. 
  51. Plant trees. 
  52. Receive a bouquet of roses.
  53. See the whale sharks and swim with them.
  54. Ride a hot air balloon with my special person.
  55. Pray for a stranger. 
  56. Write a book.
  57. Attend a garden wedding.
  58. Put my head out the car during a long road trip.
  59. Serenade my special person.
  60. Play a guitar.
  61. Go ballroom dancing with my special person.
  62. Get a complete makeover.
  63. Shout at the top of a mountain.
  64. Live in another country.
  65. Bake for my special person.
  66. Swim in a waterfall.
  67. Kiss under the water.
  68. Conquer my biggest fear.
  69. Interpret dreams.
  70. Help a non-government organization in helping kids further their education.
  71. See the cherry blossoms in Japan.
  72. Give a book. 
  73. Enjoy picnic. 
  74. Ride a helicopter.
  75. See Queen Elizabeth in person.
  76. Romantic evening at Enchanted Kingdom.
  77. Be as open and upfront as I can in a relationship.
  78. Travel the Southeast Asia.
  79. Bring my family for an out-of-the-country trip.
  80. Invest in stocks.
  81. Save up at least 6 months of my current salary.
  82. See my friends get married.
  83. Become a reporter for a day.
  84. Speak for a research engagement.
  85. Troubleshoot a car.
  86. Ride a ferris-wheel.
  87. Go island hopping.
  88. Confess my love.
  89. See the floating lanterns in Taiwan.
  90. Wear the national costume of South Koreans.
  91. Perform a spoken word poem in front of many people.
  92. Troubleshoot a desktop PC on my own. 
  93. Become a part-time student. 
  94. See Pixar or Disney Animation studio for real!