Tuesday, January 25

Monday, January 24

Wet Summer

Have you read about PAGASA's forecast for summer? Weather experts predict that we will be having a short, wet summer. One typhoon is expected to come in March, two in April, and two in May. Furthermore, the agency is expecting two to three typhoons to enter the Philippines come June. All of these changes, they say, are brought about by global warming.

I am really worried about this. Being from Cainta, I still have this huge trauma from the Typhoon Ondoy floods that ravaged our town in 2009. Secondly, two family events are going to be held in May and June. I'm planning to rent a private pool in May for my boy's 11th birthday. Meanwhile, we have already booked plane tickets to Naga City in early June to attend my niece's debut. If this rainy spell continues, I'll probably just wear muck boots for my niece's debut.

This is really sad. I pray that we still have time to reverse the effects of global warming.

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Thursday, January 20

Drug Rehabilitation Centers in the Philippines

Everyday, local newspapers reek of news about crimes and, more often than not, one of it is drug related. There is no exact information or statistics about the actual number of drug users in the country. Wrongdiagnosis.com, however, estimates the number at 1,268,260. The numbers could be lower than that but we should also remember that not all drug addicts have come out of the open.

Substance abuse, like any addiction, would need an addiction treatment program. Resisting drugs is not an easy task for a drug addict because, when not done gradually, the cravings only become greater and the health of the drug user may be compromised. This is why they should undergo drug rehabilitation programs with medical professionals for successful healing.

Below is a list of drug rehab centers in the Philippines:

Narcotics Group-drug Rehabilitation Center
Camp R. Papa, Bicutan, Taguig, Metro Manila

Gabay Ng Diwa Drug Rehabilitation Center
Timog Subd. Pampanga, Angeles City

DDB-Treatment and Rehabiliation Center
#25 Newport cor. Marlboro Street, East Faiview, Quezon City
Tel. No. 939-5917

Manila Drug Rehabilitation Center
North Cementery Compound, Blumentritt, Sta. Cruz, Manila
Tel. No. 0973-774-070

ParaƱaque Anti-drug Abuse Council Holding / Diagnostic Center
Paranaque City Hall Complex, San Antonio, Sucat, Paranaque City
Tel. Nos. 829-09-13; 826-00-11 to 19

Quezon City Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center
Diamond Hills Subd., Group II, Area B, Brgy. Payatas, Quezon City
427-14-74; 922-23-58 c/o QCADA

NBI-treatment and Rehabilitation Center
Tagayiay City
413-13-34; 525-7414

Tahanan Ng Kabataan Ng Laguna
c/o Prov'l Social Welfare and Development Office, Brgy. Bungkol, Magdalena, Laguna
808-10-66; 888-22-94

Rizal Provincial Drug Rehabilitation Center
Palayang Bayan, Brgy. Cuyambay, Tanay, Rizal

Nargroup-drug Rehabilitation and After Care Center
Camp Maxilom, Salinas Drive, Lahug, Cebu City
(032) 2314752

Davao City Rehabilitation Center for Drug Dependents
Bago Oshiro, Tugbok, Davao City

Laoag City Treatment & Rehabilitation Center for Drug and Chemical Substance Abuse
Brgy. Nalbo, Laoag City

Damascus Foundation, Inc.
Poblacion, Dona Remedios, Trinidad, Bulacan
(0912) 213-2337

Rebirth Philippines Therapeutic Communiiy Foundation, Inc.
# 71 Wakas South, Pilar Bataan

St. Agustin Drug Rehabilitation Foundation, Inc.
Lugam, Malolos, Bulacan

Restorer of the Breach Drug Rehabilitation Center
#5 Gen. Luna Street, Ususan, Taguig, Metro Manila

Kapatiran Kaunlaran Therapeutic Community for Women
P. Paredes Street, Sampaloc, Manila
735-46-61 to 64

Kapatiran Kaunlaran Therapeutic Community for Men
P. Paredes Street, Sampaloc, Manila
735-46-61 to 64

Marikina Holding Center
Brgy. Marikina Heights, Marikina City
948-0027; 948-02-51

Masigla Foundation, Inc.
2263 Taft Avenue, Manila

New Beginnings Treatment and Rehabilitation Center
#40 Cairo Street, Phase 3 B.F. Homes, Paranaque City
827-5140; 633-0223

New Beginnings Halfway House
29 LPL Avenue, Levitown Executive Homes, Better Living, Paranaque City

New Beginnings Detoxification Center
31 Cairo Street, B.F. Homes, Paranaque City

Sunrise Hill Therapeutic Community
#20 11th Street, New Manila, Quezon City

Daytop Philippines
Brgy. Maitim, Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City
(046) 860-05-59

Amor Rehabilitation Center Foundation, Inc.
Delos Santos Street, Brgy. Gulod, Malaya, Barrio Ampid, San Mateo Rizal
649-41-64; 64941-65

Seagulls Flight Foundation, Inc.
Harmony Road, Ginhawa South, Tagaytay City
(0912) 881-3647; 526-8830

Drug Abusers Welfare Network (DAWN) Foundation, Inc.
178 Mabini Street, Salaban, Amadeo, Cavite
(046) 413-1715

Reach Foundation Inc. Drug Rehabilitation Center
Paglaum Village, Bacolod City

Emmanuel Home Foundation, Inc.
Calle de Amelia Villa Valderama, Bacolod City

Negros Occidental Mental Health Center (Treatment Center for Drug Dependents W/ Psychosis) Paglaum Village, Bacolod City

Salazar's Metamorphosis Rehabilitation Center
1014 Sitio-Bumbon, Barrio Ugong, Valenzuela City
444-19-32 to 33

Shepherd Drug Rehabilitation, Inc.
#3 Scout Albano Street, South Triangle, Quezon City
373-38-98; 410-56-98

Well-spring Foundation, Inc.
40-B Maayusin Street, UP Village East, Diliman, Quezon City
920-59-93; 927-97-74

Bob Garon Rehabilitation Center
Barrio Lapu-Lapu 1st, San Jose Batangas

Help International Christian Missionary Community Drug Rehabilitation Ministry, Inc.
Red Finch Drive, Victoria Valley, Antipolo City
658-48-95; 658-05-29

Trece Martires, Cavite

SELF-Enhancement for Life Foundation. Inc.
506 Southgate Bldg, Finance Drive, Madrigal Business Park, Alabang, Muntinlupa City

Camp-Drug Abuse Management Network (Camp-DAMN)
Brgy. Pansol, Calamba, Laguna

House of Hope, Inc.
Gun-ob, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu

Philippine Teen Challenge, Inc.
San Carlos Heights, Basak, Pardo, Cebu City

Southwest Educational & Development Academy (SEDA)
Varda Street, Perpetual Valley Subd., Labangon, Cebu City

Sunshine Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center
Abong-abong, Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur
991-08-80; 991-2046 c/o ZADAC

The list was taken from: http://www.rehab.go.jp/english/whoclbc/DoF/FacilitiesinPhilippines.html. Should there be any changes in the contact details, please feel free to comment here so I can update the list.

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Tuesday, January 18

The Groupon Addict

Have you signed up for any of the "Groupon" sites here in Manila? Well, I did. And I did not just sign up for one but for each site that I discovered from late quarter of this year until today! Haha! Yep, checking great deals from these groupon sites is my new addiction!

Groupon is coined from the term "group coupons." They usually offer amazingly low deals for products ranging from food, spa and salon service, hotel accommodations, and tickets to shows and tours. You can basically buy anything from a groupon!

In December, last year, my husband, mother-in-law, and I enjoyed the Intense Diamond Peel and Facial session from YSA. I bought the vouchers from Ensogo.com for only 399 each (from the original price of 1500). Recently, I bought 2 vouchers for a Full Body Massage plus a Coco Moving Body Scrub at the Luxurious Terra Wellness Spa at 66% off from CashCashPinoy. Then, today, I bought 3 vouchers for 4 hours of Relaxation and Hydrotherapy at Ace Water Spa at only Php 299 each (original price is Php 550). I found another deal for a laser slimming session but I'm still thinking about it. do slimming wraps work? Tell me it does and I'll probably get the voucher, too!

I'm so happy about these groupon sites but my Paypal account is not, hahaha! Oh well, a hardworking girl needs to relax sometimes and what better way to relax than to shop online and enjoy low low deals!

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Monday, January 17

Special Morning Walks

I love my husband's new work schedule. He leaves for the office at around 9 in the morning so he still has time for early morning walks with me. We leave the house the moment our boy leaves for school which is around 6 in the morning. We walk around the village for 30 minutes to an hour then we take our breakfast after.

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Walking is the best fat burner for me because I get to burn calories and not feel too tired after. My morning walks become more special and enjoyable because I get to spend it with the man I love the most. It's like having a mini-date every single morning. Normally, I would choose to walk alone because I don't want someone slowing me down or the other way around. Not this time, no. I wouldn't trade these special morning walks for anything else in the world.

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Sunday, January 16

My Buffet Banquet Strategy

We're still at the Legend Villas and we'll be checking out at 6 p.m. tonight. Thank goodness there's 24/7 free wifi here! Anyway, we have just come back from availing our complimentary buffet breakfast and hearing mass at the nearby St. Francis of Assisi Parish. We still feel full up to this hour that we decided to go swimming and just eat lunch later this afternoon.

For me, buffet banquets are a hassle especially since I'm trying to lose weight. But since the breakfast came free with our accommodations for this weekend, I have no choice but to take it. However, I think I did well in sticking to my diet and only eating what I can.

Here's you can do to enjoy a buffet banquet without going overboard and spoiling your diet:
  • Drinks come first. Drinking a glass of water before eating fills the tummy in an instant so there'll be less cravings to eat more.
  • More fiber, less carbs. Eat more vegetables and less rice. Filipino viands often taste better when they're eaten with rice so it takes a great deal of courage to resist doing so. Have a fruit platter for dessert and skip the desserts table.
  • Eat a little of everything (except for the carbs). It's a buffet, anyway. At least you get to taste all the food without ruining your diet. =)
It would also help to drink tea after to help you in digestion. You can also take a carnitine supplement to help you burn the fat that you gained from all that eating.

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Saturday, January 15

Our Home For The Weekend

In celebration of our 11th wedding anniversary, our small family of 3 is bileted at The Legend Villas for the weekend. We were fortunate to have arranged an early check-in and late check-out the following day. What made us more happy was that The Legend Villas still has their 40% promo until tomorrow!

Legend Villas Premier Suite

2010-01-15 Happy Anniversary LR-5

24/7 free wifi @ The Legend Villas

2010-01-15 Happy Anniversary LR-15

The Legend Villas swimming pool

Since my husband and I promised each other that we'll spend this weekend with our boy work-free and worry-free, I have to leave my small office table with this cute pendant lighting now and join them in our private jacuzzi. Oh yeah, I'm loving this kind of life. Even if it's just for this weekend.

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Wednesday, January 12

First Month's a Failure

Early December last year, I wrote about me having a pregnancy work-up. Well, the first month's failure. I still haven't got my period to this day but the pregnancy tests came out negative. =( It really is depressing at times but we're not giving up yet.

I'm giving it another cycle or two. If nothing happens, then, I'm ready to accept my fate. Anyway, the thought of having an teenager a few years from now gives me comfort. I often tell my husband that we'e going to travel the world once Rap graduates from college. For the meantime, I'm still keeping Rap's old toys just in case he gets a little brother or sister soon.

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Sunday, January 2

Smart Money Card VS Globe G-Cash Card

When Globe announced the availability of its G-Cash card in the last quarter of 2010, I was the first one to sign up. I was kinda excited since I already have my Smart Money card. I felt that it would be great also having a G-Cash card so that it would be easy for me to withdraw payments from some of my local online clients.

smartmoney vs gcash

What's my verdict?

Appearance-wise, Globe G-Cash does have the better card. I actually had a good time designing my card. G-Cash cards can be used to withdraw funds from any Megalink ATM. The Smart Money card, on the other hand, can be used in BDO, Expressnet, and Megalink ATMs.

Nevertheless, it all boils down to the one that has the lower ATM transaction fee. For me, that would be Smart Money. I withdrew money once (which was only around Php 4,000) using my G-Cash Card from a Megalink ATM and 20 pesos was deducted from my account. When I withdraw using my Smart Money card, only Php 2.50 is deducted from my account for every transaction. By the way, the maximum amount per withrawal in any BDO ATM is Php 4,000. Even if I withdraw Php 10,000 from BDO ATMs, that would only cost me Php 7.50 in transaction fees.

I only used my G-Cash card once and I think I won't be using it until Globe lowers its transaction fees.

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