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Georyl Sings "Let It Go"

Do you remember the time when kids can't get enough of Elsa and Anna of the Frozen movie?
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Georyl Sings "Let It Go"

Do you remember the time when kids can't get enough of Elsa and Anna of the Frozen movie?
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Georyl Sings "Let It Go"

Do you remember the time when kids can't get enough of Elsa and Anna of the Frozen movie?
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Georyl Sings "Let It Go"

Do you remember the time when kids can't get enough of Elsa and Anna of the Frozen movie?
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Georyl Sings "Let It Go"

Do you remember the time when kids can't get enough of Elsa and Anna of the Frozen movie?

Thank You God for 2019!

I’m not gonna lie. There were some moments and events in 2019 that made me feel sad, angry, scared, frustrated and anxious.

Still, as I sit here writing this post and looking back at 2019, my heart is filled with gratitude for everything that transpired this year.

Why 2019 is Special to Me

If I were to answer a question as to why 2019 is special to me in one word, my response would be “moments.” The moments spent with my husband and daughters as we go about our daily activities. The moments spent with my parents, siblings, nieces, nephews and relatives when we get a chance to visit each other. The moments spent meeting new people and reconnecting with old friends. Those precious and priceless moments have brought me joy and peace and made me feel so blessed by God.

2019 Noteworthy Events

Thanks to LASIK, I got my vision corrected in April 2019 after 27 years of being bespectacled. Sometime in the middle of the year, God blessed us with a new addition to our growing family, my cute and healthy niece whom I fondly call “Bebeng”. In September, hubby and I embarked on a new “business venture”, renovating a house into a four-unit apartment. Finally, before the year ended, my family and I were able to visit my hometown.

Thank You God for 2019!

Thank you God for your steadfast love and grace. For good health, for a complete family. For answered prayers, for the learning experiences. For your guidance, protection, and comforting presence in our lives. You are faithful, wonderful and worthy of all praise.

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Revelation 4:11



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Our Stressful Quest to Fly After a Flight Cancellation

What would you do if an important flight is cancelled 10 hours before your schedule?

I never thought that I would encounter such situation but, unfortunately, my family and I, along with my sister and her baby, found ourselves facing that predicament last Wednesday, December 18, 2019.

To make a long story short for those who don’t have time to read my blow by blow account of that stressful experience, here’s a gist of what transpired between 8:00 PM of that night to 6:59 AM of the next day.

  • I received emails from Philippine Airlines informing us that “due to adjustments in their (our) flight operations”, our flight originally scheduled at 6:00 AM of December 19, Thursday, was rescheduled to next Thursday (26th). The emails were sent at 8:01 PM on Wednesday evening, about 10 hours before the scheduled flight. (We were actually lucky. My sister and her baby who are supposed fly with us on that December 19 flight were rescheduled to fly out on December 29.)
  • PAL initially offered to reschedule our flight to the 22nd for free, but we deemed this unacceptable. We were adamant that we fly out on the 19th.
  • I spent 787.50 pesos on nine calls between 8:29PM of Wednesday and 6:59AM of Thursday, begging for cellphone load in the middle of the night from my relatives because loading stations were already closed.
  • We were forced to travel to NAIA Terminal 2 from Clark Airport, spending almost five hours in a P2P bus during Christmas rush/travel season, without any guaranty that we can fly out that day to Iloilo.
  • In NAIA, I went to the wrong PAL office to follow up on our tickets. Luckily, after spending almost an hour there, the customer service agent named Bianca, was able to help us in following up the approval of our rerouted flights without paying for fare difference and terminal fees.
  • Just when we thought all was well, we hit a snag at the check-in counter. The agent wanted us to pay for check-in baggage as our original baggage allowances and prepaid baggage were not reflected in our rerouted flight. Thankfully, agent personally followed up the issue at their Office while we waited for 15 minutes or so at the check-in counter.
I expected to be in Antique before 8:00 AM on the 19th and made plans accordingly, Needless to say, all my plans for that day were cancelled, as we spent the day traveling during the Christmas rush traffic, being stressed out, and did I mention, hungry? I was just relieved and happy that before midnight, we’re already at my parents’ house. Tired but grateful for God’s hand in everything that happened that day. And, of course, very excited to finally have our one-week Christmas vacation with my side of the family.

So, what would you do when your flight is cancelled 10 hours before your schedule? Based on our experience, I’ve learned four things:

  1. Know your rights (so you can fight for them).
  2. Be persistent.
  3. Stay calm.
  4. Always pray and trust God’s will – even when you think nothing is going your way. Especially when you think that nothing is going your way!

And, of course, to always take selfies, no matter how haggard and stressed out you are.

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Waiting for boarding at the NAIA 2 Terminal after our stressful ordeal due to PAL’s flight cancellation of our original flight 10 hours before the schedule.

Visit the following links for a more detailed recounting of our experience:

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Home, At Last!

Thanks God for answered prayers. After Philippine Airlines gave our family a 10-hour notice that our CRK-EUQ early morning flight is cancelled, our request for rerouting to the MNL-ILO evening flight was finally approved. (You can read more about that here: MNL-ILO Flight, In or Out?) Rerouting allowed, without any payment for fare difference! Yay!

While it felt like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders, I wasn’t ready to go on a celebratory mode yet. All we had as we left the PAL Ticketing Office was a note from the agent, Bianca, and her instruction that we take it to the CRO Office.

The problem was that I forgot to ask where the CRO Office was.

And so, I went to a security guard to ask for directions. He asked a lot of questions, was looking for our ticket, but finally let us in and told us how to get to the CRO Office with just a note from the Ticketing Office as proof that we’re legitimate passengers. I actually thought that it was more likely because hubby kinda snarled at him for asking too many questions. To hubby’s defense, he was already tired as he’s the one who had to push our luggage and have them screened at the airport scanner so I understand while he was being impatient.

Since we needed to scan our luggage again as we enter the area, hubby asked me to leave my things with him so the kids and I can get in faster while he waits for his turn at the queue.

When I got to the CRO Office, I handed the customer service agent the note from Bianca and told her that we were sent from the Ticketing Office. I started panicking when the agent said she wasn’t aware of our concern, and so were her companions. A few more questions and I learned that there are two CRO Offices, one for international flights and another for domestic. Lucky me! I went to the wrong CRO Office (International Flights).

As we were leaving the CRO Office, I saw that hubby just got through the entrance and was starting to collect our belongings. Imagine the look of incredulity on his face when I told him that we went to the wrong place and had to leave and go to the Domestic Flights area (let me pause here so you can imagine for a while). I know, right? Great news to tell someone who just went through all the hassles of going through the airport scanner with six bags.

Well, I knew I was being a chicken but I walked as fast as I can towards the exit, asking the kids to run so they can catch up with me because that, right there, is my hubby’s “don’t mess with me” face. I know he’s not about to go berserk, but why tempt fate? (grin)

Anyway, fast forward to the CRO Office for Domestic flights (where I met up with my sister). I gave the note to one of the agents there and, yes, they know about it. After about 15 minutes, the guy finally printed out our boarding passes. Success!

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A big sigh of relief after getting our boarding passes! Yay!
But, wait; there’s more!

We hit another snag at the check-in counter. It seems that our original baggage allowances and prepaid baggage were not carried over to our rerouted flight. The agent initially wanted us to pay for all our checked-in baggage. Thankfully, she personally followed up the issue at their Office while we waited for 15 minutes or so at the check-in counter.

Except for the 20 minutes delay at the runway, everything went fine from this point forward.

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View from the airplane window moments after take-off. MNL-ILO flight.

My dad was there to pick us up at the airport, and we got the chance to eat dinner in Iloilo City with my brother and his family before heading to Antique.

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Eating out at Tatoy’s ATRIA in Iloilo City before heading home.

Anyway, I have to mention that the two-hour drive to Antique was bumpier than I remembered. I heard my dad say that the roads were just newly constructed/renovated/repaved but my butt was complaining. It felt like we drove mostly on rugged, pothole-laden roads. I can’t even lull myself to sleep.

Just like Cinderella, we were home before the stroke of midnight. I’m so glad to finally rest after a stressful and eventful day.

If you haven’t yet, you can read the shorter version of our adventure from the start to finish here: Our Stressful Quest to Fly After a Flight Cancellation.
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MNL-ILO Flight, In or Out?

After being notified by Philippine Airlines (PAL) through email of flight cancellation only 10 hours before the flight, and spending almost 800 pesos on our unwelcome phonePAL, it seems that we’ve reached a dead end in our quest to fly to Antique/Iloilo for the holidays. Rerouting was approved but PAL requires us to pay for the fare difference and terminal fees.

Although my sister instructed us to proceed to NAIA 2 today, it’s clear from our 7AM phone conversation with the PAL agent that we’re not guaranteed to fly out in their 6:10 PM flight to Iloilo tonight. We’re not comfortable traveling from Clark to NAIA 2 with two kids and luggage in tow during the Christmas rush traffic armed with just “ifs” and “maybes”.

Hubby and I initially planned to finalize our tickets at PAL’s ticket/airport office at the Clark International Airport once they open at 8:00 AM. With the clock ticking, however, we agreed that taking our kids and luggage with us to the airport would save us the hassle of fetching them later if we’re able to secure our tickets. Plus, we can easily board the Point-to-Point (P2P) bus at the airport when we needed to.

Of course, when you’re in a hurry, everything just seems so slow. Traffic lights are always red. Traffic aides made us wait for a longer time, and we just keep getting behind a slow vehicle in our lane.

Thus, it was almost nine o’clock in the morning when we reached the airport. Right off the bat, we noticed that the P2P bus to NAIA was about to leave. Impulsively, we decided to board the P2P bus instead of going to the PAL Office at Clark. With a sudden surge of optimism, we believed everything would work out fine. When that happens, at least, we’re already there at the Manila airport, right?

Four hours later, I was mentally kicking myself for rashly deciding to get on board the bus. We did not only miss lunch, we realized that we have not eaten breakfast yet. Now, we’re stuck in traffic en route to NAIA 2 without plane tickets for a flight that’s gonna leave in less than five hours.

Hungry. Tired. Stressed!

sitting in the bus, mother and daughter
Selfie time with my daughter inside the Genesis P2P bus en route to NAIA 2.

When we finally reached NAIA 2 at around 1:30 PM, it seemed like everything was in chaos. We were greeted by construction works, drivers not stopping for people crossing on the pedestrian lanes, and the crowd of travelers with their welcome/send-off parties during the Christmas season. Fortunately, we didn’t have to walk far as the bus dropped us off near the departure area.

Rushing to the elevator, we realized that it’s almost full. I went ahead while hubby and the kids stayed to wait for the next trip.

Consequently, I was the only one who went to the wrong office.

After alighting at the elevator, I was greeted with the signs. Left for Domestic Flights. Right for the International Flights and Ticketing. I turned right.

I didn’t wait long, as just a few moments after entering the Ticketing Office, a customer service representative entertained me right away. However, any idea about good fortune starting to smile at us was immediately crushed when I heard her say the same thing as what the other agents in their hotline told us before.

No, we still don’t have tickets for the MNL-ILO flight. Yes, our request for rerouting was approved but we need to pay for fare difference. Plus, more! This time, they can only seat four passengers in the economy class for a fare difference of 7,400+ pesos each passenger while the other passenger can be accommodated in the Business Class for an additional 9,700+ pesos. She didn’t mention about the infant-on-lap price (my niece).

If I wasn’t stressed out enough, that put me in a full-scale panic mode. Just between my hubby, kids and me, that’s almost 30,000 pesos already!

As expected, when hubby arrived later (they turned left after getting off the elevator and was in the Domestic Flights area already), he wasn’t amenable to the idea of paying such exorbitant amount. Even the suggestion that we just accept the free rebooking of our CRK-EUQ flight to December 22 and then go back home to Pampanga that day put a scowl on his face.

I called my sister (she was still on her way to the airport) and told her that I’m willing to wave the white flag already. By then, I was weary and, did I mention hungry, exhausted and sleepy? Even my husband’s scowl started getting into my nerves that I started to glower at him as well. I told my sister that she can go ahead. We’ll just follow in three days time.

Well, her reaction wasn’t pleasant, too. A verbal clash of two stressed-out strong-willed women somehow revived my sinking spirit. In hindsight, I was so glad that my sister didn’t let me give up. Actually, her lecture about our rights as passengers whose flights were cancelled within 24 hours gave me second wind.

So, I went to the customer service agent once again, asking for options. I gave her a recap of all the hassles and stress that we (and those people who are going to pick us up at the airport) had to go through since last night – just because PAL decided to cancel its flight during an important season of the year.

Just to be clear, I created no scene, as I didn’t have the energy anymore to even raise my voice. However, I plead guilty to guilt-tripping. We really needed to fly out today. Not on any day, but today.

If my guilt-tripping wasn’t enough, here comes my hubby to help me out. I don’t know how he does it but he could be quite persuasive and knew exactly what words to say. At that point, the agent was already apologetic towards us. However, I think that hubby telling her to check our rights as passengers of cancelled flights also did some wonders.

The agent, whose name we later learned was Bianca, explained to us that this matter was supposed to be handled by the Customer Relations Office, instead of the Ticketing, as we already have a ticket. However, she promised to try to fix it from her end so that we don’t need to go from one office to another.

She then excused herself and went to talk to someone. I overheard her say that based on their records, we called PAL numerous times already and that we were rerouted but we weren’t given some sort of guarantee (sorry, I forgot the exact term, if it was booking guarantee, price guarantee or some other term).

While I was sitting and waiting for Bianca to be back, my gaze fell on my visibly exhausted husband sitting in front of me with his eyes closed. Not sure if he was taking a nap, I closed my eyes as well, intent on catching some zzzs myself. It was at that moment that I felt God’s presence. In the midst of the chaos, I started praying – earnestly. Please help us fly to Iloilo today. Please don’t make us pay for anything. Please let us use your blessings to help others instead of enriching PAL.

After fifteen minutes or so, Bianca came back and told us that PAL might be able to accommodate the six of us without the need to pay for the fare difference in their 8PM flight. “Might,” as she’s also waiting for the final approval. We told her that we’re willing to take it; anytime that day was good as long as we don’t need to pay extra.

We were still talking when Bianca’s  cellphone rang. She excused herself once again to take the call.

About a minute or so later, Bianca came back to the table. She looked happy as she was writing our booking reference numbers and the term “CRO Office” on a notepad while explaining to us that we can now proceed to the CRO Office to get our boarding passes for the 6PM flight. Our request for rerouting without paying for any fare difference was approved.

Hubby and I couldn’t believe our ears. We actually asked Bianca three times if we really are not going to pay anything, to which she smilingly answered yes at every instance.

Thank God for answered prayers.

However, we still encountered a snag. Read about it here: Home At Last! or see the shorter version of this whole saga here: Our Stressful Quest to Fly After a Flight Cancellation.
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The Unwelcome Phone PAL

During the Christmas season, when everyone was planning Christmas parties and reunions, and our family is all set to travel to Antique to spend Christmas with my side of the family, we received a very important email the night before our flight. We were given notice by the Philippine Airlines that our 6:00 AM flight the next day, December 19, was rescheduled to next week, December 26 (read more about that here: PAL’s 10 Hour Notice: The Story of the Cancelled Flight).

It was past eight in the evening. Airport and ticketing offices were closed and the only way we can talk to someone instantly about the issue was by calling PAL’s hotline number.

The problem, however, was that calling from our place to Manila entails long distance charges – that is, if we have a landline phone, which we do not have.

Since I didn’t want to spend money on phone calls and we have a MagicJack number that allows us to call USA numbers free, I called PAL’s global reservation hotline for USA/Canada at 1-800-435-9725 instead. I remember talking to Tagalog-speaking agents there before so I thought that they were also based in the Philippines and PAL’s just using a toll-free virtual phone number that connects to the Philippines.

Unfortunately, all I got from that call that lasted 5 minutes and 28 seconds was the information that I needed to call the Manila hotline number, as they do not deal with domestic flights. I was really hoping not to spend money on calls. Bummer!

Left with no choice, I begrudgingly used my cellphone to call PAL’s hotline at a rate of P7.50 per minute.

“Mabuhay, Welcome to Philippine Airlines!” said a female voice prompt after the first ring. If only I didn’t have to go through three prompts in order to reach a customer service representative, I would have felt better.

The first prompt was to choose whether one’s calling about (#1) Mabuhay Miles inquiry, (#2) arrival and departure information, or (#3) flight bookings. After I pressed “3” for flight bookings, I still have to choose whether it is for (#1) economy or (#2) business class booking. Just when I thought I’m good to go after choosing “1” because I heard another ring, I finally had to choose whether I agree with their policy before I get connected to an agent. What the heck?! Am I even allowed to choose, “No, I don’t agree.”

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Call log of our calls to PAL’s Hotline Number while we were following-up our flight. Total Cost: P787.50.

Anyway, our call logs show that I called PAL eight times that night and once again in the morning. After that many calls, I noticed the pattern already. During the first part of the call, the agent asks for the caller’s name, booking reference number, flight details and passenger information for verification purposes. If you make inquiries, you’ll be asked to hold “for a moment.” Once you start getting into their nerves, they’ll ask to put you on hold “for two minutes” wherein they will be back after five minutes or so. Keep pestering them, and they’ll put you on hold for more than 10 minutes and just end the call while you’re patiently waiting for them to be back! Either that or you have to call again after an hour.

To make the long story short…

  • Was our flight cancelled? Yes, the PR2205 flight was cancelled. “Reschedule” was probably their way to compensate passengers for the flight cancellations.
  • Was my sister’s flight rescheduled, too? Yes, my sister and her baby’s schedules were also moved but unlike us who were rescheduled to December 26, theirs were to December 29!
  • What options they did offer us? They offered to rebook us (my husband, daughters, sister, niece and I) to the next available flight, December 22 for free.
  • Did we accept their offer? A resounding “no”. We were adamant to fly out on December 19. Since they cancelled the flight originating from Clark, we asked them to reroute us to the MNL-ILO flight instead.
  • Did they allow the rerouting? Yes, rerouting was approved but we needed to pay for the terminal fee and fare difference. Of course, knowing our rights, we demanded that we pay nothing.
So, what are our bad experiences with our new phonePAL? A lot! Being placed on hold for a long time when you know that the clock is ticking at P7.50 per minute, for one. Also, being asked the same questions repeatedly and having to explain again every time you call. And, yes, doing so even when you’ve just talked to that same agent about 10 minutes ago (I remember you, Queenie!). 

What pissed me off the most was that after I asked an agent to give me the exact amount of the fare difference that they wanted us to pay, he put me on hold for about seven minutes. When he came back, he apologized because their system is still slow and that he needed to place me on hold again while he checks. Guess what’s next? After waiting again for more than 10 minutes, he ended the call without any warning (that’s the 12:10 AM call for 26 minutes and 41 seconds in the call log). Who’s not going to be mad at that situation?

At about 2:35 AM, as I was still waiting for my temper to cool down before I call PAL again, my sister called me to check on our flight status. I told her I can’t sleep knowing the uncertainty of the situation. Traveling is already stressful. Having to travel with kids and an infant makes it more taxing. In addition, we have to take into consideration the people who are going to pick us up at the Iloilo airport before we travel by car to Antique.

By 3:41 in the morning, I was chatting with my father about our travel plans (he’s the one who’ll pick us up at the airport, we just don’t know which airport it’s gonna be) when I received a call from my sister. “Just proceed to NAIA because we’re in the Manila-Ilolo six o’clock PM flight,” she said. Well, that’s great news. Too sleepy to ask for details, I just went on to snatch forty winks (a.k.a. sleep).

After three hours, my husband and I called PAL again to confirm our flight schedule. This time, Mrs. Nice Lady was gone, as I already got some tips from my sister. When the agent asked me what my concern was, I told her to read their record. When she asked if she can place me on hold, I told her I don’t want to wait while she puts me on hold. When she told me that she’ll check on our request. I made her explain what request she’s talking about. “Request for rerouting,” she said. No, we’re done with that. It’s been approved already. We’re just waiting on whether the rerouting without additional costs was approved. She asked me to call again after an hour. Again?! Told her, it’s the same thing that they’ve been saying since last night.

We explicitly told the agent that we are not mad at her. However, we’re quite frustrated with PAL’s system of handling the situation. It is not our fault that our flight was cancelled. Mother nature has nothing to do with it, too. Those tickets were booked and paid for months ago. Being notified through email that our flight was cancelled only 10 hours before our flight, that’s terrible!

We already spent 787.50 pesos just on phone calls but seems like we’d reached a dead end. Nothing’s happening with these calls, I needed to speak to somebody in person!

You can read the next part of our adventure here: MNL-ILO Flight, In or Out? or get the shorter version of this escapade here: Our Stressful Quest to Fly After a Flight Cancellation.


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PAL’s 10 Hour Notice: The Story of the Cancelled Flight

After three and a half years, we finally are going to set foot on Antique again! While our travel plans will just be for a week, I’m still excited to be spending Christmas there again as the last time we were there during Christmas was way back 2013.

The night before our flight, at about 8:15 in the evening, I logged on to my email account to retrieve our booking reference so that I can check-in online. However, my attention was immediately caught by the numerous emails from Philippine Airlines (PAL) in my inbox.

Eight emails from Philippine Airlines on 12/18/19

Four of the emails were about the changes in our seat assignments (because I paid for choice seats to ensure that we sit together with our kids) while the other four informed us of the changes to our upcoming flight due to adjustments in their flight operations.

Imagine my surprise when I saw that they, indeed, changed our flight schedule. No, it wasn’t just a slight adjustment in the time; they rescheduled us to a different date. What is so incredulous about the situation is that PAL rescheduled our flight to the same date of our return trip!

Still unbelieving, I went back and reread each of these eight emails. My eyes weren’t fooling me. Indeed, my hubby, my daughters and I were all scheduled to fly not tomorrow (19th) but next week (26th)! After Christmas!!!

I mean, SERIOUSLY?!

I immediately called my sister who’s also going with us on that trip along with her baby. She was unaware of any flight changes. She’s actually getting ready to travel to Angeles from Metro Manila as we were speaking, since our early morning flight tomorrow will be at the Clark Airport.

In panic mode, I checked the time when they sent the emails. They were all sent at 8:01 PM of December 18, merely 10 hours before our scheduled flight at 6:00 AM of December 19.

10 hours! Is that even allowed? During the first week of December, there were flight cancellations due to Typhoon Tisoy. However, weather is expected to be good today and for the next couple of days. Definitely, this is not a cancellation due to bad weather.

To PAL’s “defense”, they gave us four options if we do NOT accept the new schedule,
  1. Call the Manila Hotline Number at (632)-8855-8888.
  2. Visit any Philippine Airlines Ticket Office in our area.
  3. Contact their travel agents directly if booking was issued through them.
  4. Approach any of their ground staff if we are at the airport.
Since the nearest ticket office was already closed, our tickets were purchased online, and we’re still not at the airport, option # 1 was the only feasible choice at that time: that is, to call PAL.

Continue this story at The Unwelcome Phone PAL. but if you want to cut to the chase, read the short version here: Our Stressful Quest to Fly After a Flight Cancellation.
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Ako’y Isang Pilipino (video)

Here’s my daughter practicing for their class’ “Sabayang Pagbigkas” of the poem, Ako’y Isang Pilipino.

Until about a year ago, the only language she knows is English. That’s why I consider this as one of her feats.

Way to go, Gesh!

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LASIK: Goodbye to My Buddy of 27 Years

Twenty-seven years ago, I started wearing eyeglasses.

I actually wasn’t aware that my vision was that bad until we had a test in Values Education. I remember, our Teacher wrote the choices on the blackboard and we had to copy the exact answers. I can’t recall what my score was but I remember writing letters instead of numbers as I was just guessing the words written on the board during that time.

Through the years, I probably changed my eyeglasses at least eight times. I also tried using contact lenses but I can’t endure all the hassles that came with it.

Finally, I got tired of my blurred vision. I can’t see anything clearly unless it’s like 6 inches from my face. Swimming, bathing, and anything that involves rain and water made me hate my being legally blind and my eyeglasses that kept fogging up.

Enter LASIK.

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Bye bye buddy. Thanks for helping out through the years but I need to let you go now.

I wanted to have LASIK for years but I finally got the courage to go to the LASIK screening center only last Friday. Having been told that I am a good candidate for LASIK, I immediately accepted the next available appointment, which was on Wednesday, despite my apprehensions.

On the day of my LASIK operation at the Lasik Surgery Clinic at the Angeles University Foundation Medical Center, I met Dr. Nilo G. Ramirez Jr., the ophthalmologist who’s going to perform the LASIK surgery. He gave me an orientation regarding the procedure, mostly what’s going to happen during the LASIK and what I needed to do.

As I had expected, I was quite nervous during the surgery. I can hear Dr. Ramirez and the nurses talking and exchanging jokes, which somehow helped make the atmosphere less nerve wracking. However, I always caught myself with hands clenched so hard that I had to remind myself constantly to relax.

Dr. Ramirez instructed me to concentrate on the red dot but it seemed that all my senses were heightened. I felt the slight pressure on my eyes. I heard all the grinding sounds. Even the smell of something burning was making me nervous. But, pain? No. The procedure was thankfully painless.

About 15 to 20 minutes later, the procedure that I was so nervous about was complete. I even had time to pose with Dr. Ramirez.

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With Dr. Nilo G. Ramirez Jr. after the LASIK Surgery. Salamat po, Doc!

Before I left the clinic, I was given instructions on post-surgery care. Mefenamic acid was optional but I took some during the first day. Medications were mostly eyedrops, which I diligently used.

After 27 years, I finally said goodbye to my buddy. “I Won’t Last a Day Without You” no more to my dear eyeglasses.
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