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Thursday, April 3, 2014

BELL'S PALSY: Up Close and Personal


BELL'S PALSY: Up Close and Personal
God wanted me to appreciate my ability to smile so he gave me Bell's palsy. At first, I asked God, why me? Then I came to realize that God wanted me to know that with my second life and second chance I should be smiling more. After all, it is free.

I am a ruptured brain aneurysm survivor. My neurosurgeon coiled and put a stent on my brain to stop the internal bleeding. After the operation, my doctors told me that I will never be 100% again. That statement made me sad.

I was bedridden for four grueling months. That means bed bath and my assistant fed me with tasteless food, fruits and vegetables. Those people who had seen me going to the mall in a wheelchair were so amazed with my health's developments.

I had my first bath inside our comfort room after four months. That is the most refreshing bath I ever had. Money could not buy the happiness I felt that day.

After that, I re-learned how to sit down, stand up, walk and eat on my own. My balance was shaky at first. My physical therapist patiently taught me how to regain my balance again. I thought, I was well again but then I had Bell's palsy.

What is Bell's palsy?

According to Mayo Clinic, Bell's palsy causes sudden weakness in your facial muscles. This makes half of your face appear to droop. Your smile is one-sided, and your eye on that side resists closing.

Bell's palsy, also known as facial palsy, can occur at any age. The exact cause is unknown, but it's believed to be the result of swelling and inflammation of the nerve that controls the muscles on one side of your face. It may be a reaction that occurs after a viral infection.


While stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) can cause facial paralysis usually in one side of the face, there is no connection between stroke or TIA and Bell's palsy. However, one must see a doctor immediately in order to rule out a more serious condition like stroke or TIA or brain tumor.

For most people, Bell's palsy is temporary. Symptoms usually start to improve within a few weeks, with complete recovery in about six months. A small number of people continue to have some Bell's palsy symptoms for life. Rarely, Bell's palsy can recur.


By the way, Bell's palsy got its name after the Scottish surgeon Charles Bell who first described it in 1829 in his presentation before the Royal Society of London.


Famous people who had Bell's Palsy:
  • Bernadette Sembrano, Filipino newscaster, host of the medical program Salamat Dok! and anchor of TV Patrol Weekend.
  • Katie Holmes
  • Pierce Brosnan
  • Sylvester Stallone
  • George Clooney
God works in mysterious ways. Two weeks after rigid physical therapy and rehabilitation I had my smile back. God is great and God is good all the time.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

PHILHEALTH: General Computation Table


PHILHEALTH: General Computation Table
Hi, there! Have you paid your monthly contribution to Philhealth this year? If not yet, then make sure to find time to pay for your premium so you'll get the full benefits from Philhealth if ever you get hospitalized. You could find a summary of Philhealth’s member general contribution below.

Who must pay Philhealth premiums?

  • Employed Workers in the government and private sectors who have an established employee-employer relations 2.5% of income base within the salary bracket, with the employee and employer equally sharing the contribution
  • OFW Active, land-based Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) who went through the regular registration process as an OFW at POEA offices. P2,400 per year
  • Self-employed Professionals Doctors, lawyers, engineers, teachers, nurses, architects, dentists and accountants not employed by a company P900 per quarter
  • Individually Paying or Voluntary Members Self-employed or those who work for himself/herself Those with monthly income of P25,000 and below pay P600 quarterly or P2,400 per year. 
  • Those earning at least P25,000 pay P900 quarterly or P3,600 per year.
  • Foreigners If employed, will be registered under the Employed group. If self-employed or merely residing in the Philippines, may enroll as a Voluntary Member. See "Employed" or "Voluntary Member" groups.
  • Indigent / Sponsored Members Indigents belonging to the lowest 25% of the Philippine population Free. Must be endorsed by DSWD and LGU.
  • Retiree. A member at least 60 years of age and has made at least 120 monthly contributions to PhilHealth Free
Premiums and Contribution Table for Employed Members

PhilHealth members who are employed in the government or private sector must pay a premium based on their monthly salary. The contribution is around 2.5% of the salary base.

The total amount is shared equally by both the employer and the employee. The total monthly premium, depending on the employee’s monthly salary are shown below.


The “Employee Share” column reflects the amount deducted from your salary every month, while the “Employer Share” is how much your employer contributes to your PhilHealth premium.

The “Total Monthly Premium”, meanwhile, is the total amount remitted to PhilHealth on your behalf.

Salary Bracket                        Salary      Employee    Employer  Total Monthly
Salary Range (in PHP)          Base        Share           Share        Premium

  1    8,999.99 and below      8,000.00   100.00        100.00        200.00
  2    9,000.00 - 9,999.99      9,000.00   112.50        112.50        225.00
  3 10,000.00 - 10,999.99  10,000.00   125.00        125.00        250.00
  4 11,000.00 - 11,999.99  11,000.00   137.50        137.50        275.00
  5 12,000.00 - 12,999.99  12,000.00   150.00        150.00        300.00
  6 13,000.00 - 13,999.99  13,000.00   162.50        162.50        325.00
  7 14,000.00 - 14,999.99  14,000.00   175.00        175.00        350.00
  8 15,000.00 - 15,999.99  15,000.00   187.50        187.50        375.00
  9 16,000.00 - 16,999.99  16,000.00   200.00        200.00        400.00
10 17,000.00 - 17,999.99  17,000.00   212.50        212.50        425.00
11 18,000.00 - 18,999.99  18,000.00   225.00        225.00        450.00
12 19,000.00 - 19,999.99  19,000.00   237.50        237.50        475.00
13 20,000.00 - 20,999.99  20,000.00   250.00        250.00        500.00
14 21,000.00 - 21,999.99  21,000.00   262.50        262.50        525.00
15 22,000.00 - 22,999.99  22,000.00   275.00        275.00        550.00
16 23,000.00 - 23,999.99  23,000.00   287.50        287.50        575.00
17 24,000.00 - 24,999.99  24,000.00   300.00        300.00        600.00
18 25,000.00 - 25,999.99  25,000.00   312.50        312.50        625.00
19 26,000.00 - 26,999.99  26,000.00   325.00        325.00        650.00
20 27,000.00 - 27,999.99  27,000.00   337.50        337.50        675.00
21 28,000.00 - 28,999.99  28,000.00   350.00        350.00        700.00
22 29,000.00 - 29,999.99  29,000.00   362.50        362.50        725.00
23 30,000.00 - 30,999.99  30,000.00   375.00        375.00        750.00
24 31,000.00 - 31,999.99  31,000.00   387.50        387.50        775.00
25 32,000.00 - 32,999.99  32,000.00   400.00        400.00        800.00
26 33,000.00 - 33,999.99  33,000.00   412.50        412.50        825.00
27 34,000.00 - 34,999.99  34,000.00   425.00        425.00        850.00
28 35,000.00 - up                35,000.00   437.50       437.50        875.00

So if, for example, your salary is P15,000 per month, check the appropriate “Salary Bracket” (Row 8 ) and look for the corresponding Employee and Employer Share. Every month, your payroll statement should show that a total of P187.50 has been deducted from your salary as your PhilHealth contribution.

Your employer adds the other half, P175.00, and a total of P350.00 should be remitted to Philhealth on your behalf every month.


Monday, March 31, 2014

NAIA 3: Overnight Parking Rate


NAIA 3: Overnight Parking Rate

My brother and I were so surprised that the rate for overnight parking at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport 3 ballooned to Php300 per night from the usual Php50 that we used to pay whenever we left our car there.

According to the sign board, the new rate was imposed effective December 2013. I guess that is still a small price to pay than losing your car.  I hope that with the price increase comes tighter security. After all, you and I could not buy peace of mind.

Happy Summer everyone!

You might want to see:

http://www.travelonshoestring.com/2011/02/overnight-parking-sa-naia-terminal-3.html



Sunday, March 30, 2014

What Network is the Unknown Number that's calling you?


What Network is the Unknown Number that's calling you?
Have you ever experienced receiving a call from an unknown number?  You keep getting missed calls from unknown numbers and you wonder if you'll reply or not?

Do you wonder as to whose network that unknown number belongs too? As you all know, most of the promos of the networks cover only calls between the same network.  Just like me, I bet, you don't want to be charged with inter-network charges as much as possible.

To save you from your predicament, I decided to make a list of Mobile Network Prefixes in the Philippines.

Here are the list of the mobile number prefixes so you would not wonder anymore if you'll reply to them or not.

Smart numbers and TNT numbers

These are the prefixes of the numbers belonging to Smart Telecommunication and its subsidiaries, Talk N' Text and Addict Mobile. 

0813
0907
0908
0909
0910
0912
0918
0919
0920
0921
0928
0929
0930
0938
0939
0946
0947
0948
0949
0989
0998
0999

Sun Cellular Numbers

Sun Cellular is now part of the Smart Telecommunications corporation but still has independence when it comes to promos. So, to prevent you from incurring extra charges, here are the list of prefixes of numbers belonging to Sun network. 

0922
0923
0925
0932
0933
0934
0942
0943

Globe Numbers and Touch Mobile Numbers

Here are the prefixes of the numbers of Globe Telecommunications and its subsidiary, Touch Mobile.

0817
0905
0906
0915
0916
0917
0926
0927
0935
0936
0937
0994
0996
0997

Next Mobile

If you're wondering what the heck is Next Mobile. Then wonder no more, Next Mobile is the mobile network owned by the Iglesia Ni Cristo.

0977
0979

Exetel (Express Communications)

0973
0974


I hope these lists will help you avoid accidental text or calls to other network from now on. 

Don't be ignorant. Prevent extra charges. 


Saturday, March 29, 2014

EARTH HOUR: March 29, 2014


EARTH HOUR: March 29, 2014


Join millions of people across the world who will switch lights off for an hour on 29 March at 8:30 pm - to raise awareness for the planet.


As you all know, Earth Hour is a movement using the power of the crowd to protect our planet. The only one we got.

#EarthHour


Thursday, March 27, 2014

SOLAIRE RESORT: 1 Million Fans In 1 Year


SOLAIRE RESORT: 1 Million Fans In 1 Year

Isn't it amazing? For such short period of time Solaire Resort accumulated more than 1 million Fans on Facebook. A very good way to celebrate its first year anniversary in the Philippines.



I first heard about Solaire Resort and Casino when it opened its door in the Philippines last March 2013. My brother and I actually had circled the vicinity but we did not park our car because we still have to go somewhere else.  So it is only on December 2013 that we finally were able to visit. We did not stay long though because I am allergic to cigarrette smoke. 

I was really amazed at how tall the imported Christmas tree from Canada that Solaire placed on its lobby to the delight of everyone. I really hope that we can go back there and dine in one of the restaurants or maybe stay in one of its rooms or watch one of its events.

A one night stay in this world-class hotel to relax and get de-stressed would be nice. Solaire currently has special room rates as it celebrates its first year anniversary. To check them out, please click HERE.
Solaire is the first integrated resort to embrace Social Media with its own in-house digital marketing team since the property opened in March 2013 and has indicated its strength within a year. Social Media is an essential part of its continuing efforts to innovate and provide impressive and exceptional entertainment to all its clientele. Growing engagement with fans of Solaire has contributed significantly to the business success. Social Media platforms will enhance the marketing plans of Solaire and allows it to interact and update regular patrons on all events, activities, shows and promotions. 


Solaire engages its valued followers through Facebook and this platform provides them the opportunity to participate and share those special experiences of great memories. This provides an opportunity to connect our most supportive and passionate fans in a quest to find ways to enjoy and “Create their Moments” at Solaire.

“This is something we are proud of and wish to express our sincere appreciation to our loyal supporters and 1 Million Facebook fans for their continued support as we celebrate our 1st year in business. We are glad to be able to connect with our guests through Social Media,” says Jasper Evangelista, Vice President Brand Marketing, Solaire Resort and Casino.

Solaire’s Facebook page has inter-active postings daily on the gaming and resort promotions, events, raffle and other activities. Solaire has a strong social media presence in the Philippines and a rising presence in Asia.

Stay updated with Solaire through Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

Solaire Resort & Casino, the primary property of Bloomberry Resorts Corporation, is a USD $1.2 Billion integrated destination resort on an 8.3-hectare site in Manila, Philippines opened March 2013. Solaire, a luxury destination casino resort, is the first property to open in the Entertainment City, a government sponsored (Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation) economic development zone.

Solaire’s Bay Tower (Phase 1) features 500 luxurious rooms, suites and bay side villas, 18,500 square meters of gaming space, a wide range of award-winning signature restaurants, sophisticated bars and lounges, and an ample multi-level car park. The property has additional 258,721 square meter expansion project under development which is expected to open 3rd quarter of 2014.

For more information and reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at www.solaireresort.com


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

APPRECIATING YOUR SMILE


APPRECIATING YOUR SMILE

I used to ignore my ability to smile. Suddenly last January,  right after our blog conference with Angel Locsin, Maja Salvador and JC De Vera for Legal Wife, my smile has completely disappeared. Gone just like that.

I was actually posing for a picture because I got the biggest portion of ice cream than any of my blogger friends, so I was smiling from ear to ear, so I thought.  Imagine how bewildered I was when I saw all my pictures showing me with a smirk.  I told my friend to delete it and never show it to anyone.

The following day I got admitted to the emergency room of the hospital near our home because my blood pressure that shot up to more than 200. Then the neurologist confirmed my fear it was Bell's Palsy. Sad as I was because I can't smile anymore as often as I'd like to. I consulted a rehabilitation doctor and a cardiologist and underwent a physical therapy at the hospital.

At first, I asked God why me? I survived a ruptured brain aneurysm not a long time ago and here it is again a different disease which took away my ability to smile.  Yeah, grumpy as I am, I usually smile when being photographed. 

You can Imagine my frustrations because I could no longer attend events plus somebody I met from an event asked me to invite bloggers then cancelled at the last minute. Buti siya hindi siya kilala ng mga bloggers, eh ako? Hay kaka bwisit talaga. Kaya siguro lalo lang ako nagkakasakit dahil sa mga taong tulad niya. Lipulin na sana kayo sa mundong ibabaw para wala kayong napiperwesyo. Pero teka, itapon na sa kankungan ang mga negang tao na tulad niya dapat pa rin tayong mag pasalamat kasi buong buo ang mga ngiti na namumutawi sa inyong mga labi.

So guys and gals don't forget to smile always! Appreciate your smile mga kabagang.

God bless us all!

Smile,

Travelonshoestring


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

SOLANE LPG: Safe is Safer with Solane Safety Cap and Seal


Top LPG company intensifies safety campaign with the launch of a new security feature in its tank.

True to its commitment to continuously innovate and create safer homes for Filipinos, the country’s top provider of cooking gas Solane launched its new gas-tight Solane safety cap & seal in one, an innovative tamper-proof feature for auto/shut off (A/S) valves that has guarantee of quality and secures your home against gas leaks and potential fires.

Innovating for consumer safety and convenience

A first-of-its-kind in the LPG industry, the safety cap, with serial number as proof of authenticity, completely plugs the gas to prevent leaks before installing the tank with a hose. Storing a Solane LPG tank with safety caps also keeps it protected from becoming a possible source of ignition.

“The new safety cap and seal exemplify Solane’s commitment to innovation and safety. It is a service that we are committed to provide to our customers to ensure their safety and protection while using LPG at home or at work. It is our priority to aim to minimize or totally eliminate incidents that harm people, or put our customers, neighbors or facilities at risk,” said Ramon Del Rosario, Solane’s Chief Operations Officer.

The new Solane safety cap and seal is made from high-grade plastic that’s plugged and sealed - you may re-use the Solane safety cap by plugging and locking it in the LPG valve, especially when you are storing your LPG tank. It is tamper proof and has visible markings to help ensure customers they are getting authentic Solane LPG. Each safety cap and seal features embossed Solane and flame girl logos and has a unique serial number to protect Solane customers from illegal LPG refillers. 
Rip-off the tab from the safety cap and then log on to Facebook. Go to Solane’s page (www.facebook.com/Solane.PH) and click on Apps to use the Solane Authenticity Checker. Enter the serial number to verify if the tank came from a licensed Solane dealer.

Increasing Awareness on Public Safety

Furthermore, in observance of this year’s Fire Prevention Month, Solane has intensified its safety campaign in partnership with the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).

Under the partnership, Solane will hold a series of training programs with BFP personnel, local government units, including selected communities and barangays around the country. The extensive talks will further enhance the expertise of these groups in managing LPG related explosion, fire and, even emergency response to these incidents.

To ensure you’re getting authentic Solane LPG with the innovative safety cap and seal, you may order Solane LPG for your household needs by going online at www.solane.com.ph, calling 887-5555 for home delivery within Metro Manila or sending SMS to its nationwide textline 0918-8875555.  Getting a refill for your LPG tanks at home has never been this safe and convenient. Every Solane LPG delivery to your home guarantees a 7-point Safety Check of your LPG system by our well-trained Solane LPG riders, which is a service exclusive only to Solane LPG users. For the LPG that’s strict sa quality, safety, and service, order na sa Hatid-Bahay Online!


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