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Understanding Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)and how it can be prevented

UTI stands for Urinary tract Infection, it commonly affects the bladder (sometimes ureters and kidneys) because of the presence of bacteria in the urinary tract system. The urinary tract system of the human body is composed of tubes and containers necessary to store and remove urine from the body. The upper tract placed kidneys which produce urine by removing waste and water from the blood. The lower tract has two narrow tubes called ureters that connect the kidneys. The urine, when stored in the body travels down to the narrow ureters and stuck up in the bladder, at the bottom of the bladder, a small tube can be found, this is called urethra which then removed the urine out of the body.
It is estimated that 50% of women will experience UTI in their lifetime.

Urine is bacteria-free. But if bacteria comes from outside (usually through the urethra), it will slowly develop into UTI. The most common bacteria that will trigger UTI usually occur in the large intestine. The most common type of UTI is bladder infections, scientifically called cystitis. These bacteria moved to the upper tract through ureters causing a kidney infection which is a more serious infection and needs medical attention right away.

Sexually transmitted diseases are another reason for UTI. Sexually active women are more prone to UTI and women after menopause. Women who engaged in sex often attracted bacteria to the urinary tract system, menopause women losses estrogen hormones causing the thinning of the urethral tissue therefore prone to bacteria because in the absence of estrogen, vaginal ph changes and reduced the number of good bacteria in the vaginal area to fight bad bacteria. Below are the common symptoms of UTI
a. Burning sensation while urinating
b. Frequent urge to urinate (passing only small amounts)
c. Pressure in the lower part of the abdomen
d. Blood in the urine
e. Bad odor in the urine

UTI usually affects women because of the short length and location of urethra of women compared to men. It is a prime entry point of bacteria to the urinary tract system. Bacteria from the nearby rectal area can migrate to the urethra. Women who are on the post-menopausal stage losses estrogen hormones which enable to body to produce good bacteria around the vaginal area.Using of birth control like spermicide and diaphragm increase the chances of acquiring UTI

Men can get UTI too, often the result of obstruction flow of urine. Men who are unable to urinate can attract bacteria to the urinary tract system. Another reason is inflamed prostate gland which restrict urine flow

Uncomplicated UTI is commonly treated by antibiotics, left untreated UTI can progress to the upper tract which endangered the kidney.

UTI can be prevented by drinking many liquids to flush bacteria, drink a lot of water at least 8 glasses a day, Cranberry juice may be protective because of its too acidic taste which can fight bacteria in the body, take Vitamin C. One must avoid too much soft drinks, salty and junk foods. Soft drinks can dries up the body which can create more bacteria. Urinate frequently when you feel the urge to urinate, bacteria will grow when urine stays in the bladder for too long. For sexually active individuals, urinate after each sexual activity to flush out bacteria.

Sources: health and home magazine and Mayo clinic health bulletin


Alicia Machado of Venezuela almost lost her title when she gained too much weight during her reign. The pageant owner, Donald Trump, slighted her by the calling \"the eating machine\"
Dayanara Torres made headlines to the world when she divorced singer Marc Anthony in 2003. fo a while she lived in the Philippines then moved to New YorK city where she is now a television actressFirst Photo: Alicia Machado of Venezuela almost lost her title when she gained too much weight during her reign. Pageant owner, Donald Trump, criticized her weight gain by calling her “an eating machine”. Second Photo:Dayanara Torres of Puerto Rico, she made headlines when she divorced her husband singer Marc anthony in 2003. She lived for five years in the Philippines before she settled down in New York City to pursue an acting and singing career.

Miss Universe, just like any other prestigious event and contest, is mixed with great anticipation and intrigues. Here, the author listed several controversies that happened in one of the oldest beauty pageant in the world.

MIRIAM STEVENSON OF USA (1954)-was the first Miss USA winner of the Miss Universe title in 1954. There it happen the first controversy of the pageant. Miriam tied with Miss Brazil’s Martha Rocha, the organizers decided to break the tie through the pageant’s major sponsor-the Catalina Swimwear, eventually the judging boiled down to who has the greater body. The votes favored Miriam Stevenson, because according to reports, she had the fitter hips compared to Miss Brazil.

GLADYS ZENDER OF PERU(1957)-born on October 1939, Gladys made history as the first Latin woman to win the prestigious Miss Universe title, but she was controversial because of her age. Few months after the pageant, it was revealed that the Peruvian beauty queen was only 17 years old, a year younger than the minimum age requirement of the pageant (18). The pageant organizers however was quick to defend that in Peru a person is considered one year older than their age after 6 months of their actual birthday. She was not dethroned however. She married Antonio Meier in 1965 and had 4 children together. Gladys Zender, the youngest Miss Universe winner ever, chose to live a quiet life away from the glittery world of show business.

AMPARO MUÑOZ OF SPAIN (1974)- born on June 22, 1954 in Spain, Amparo was the only Miss Universe titlist from Spain. She won the title in 1974 in Manila, Philippines. Several months after she was crowned, she gave up her title to pursue a showbiz career. She did not replace by the pageant organizer and managed to keep her crown.

MARITZA SAYALERO OF VENEZUELA (1979)- born on Feb.16,1961 in Caracas, Venezuela, Maritza became the first Venezuelan to win the Miss Unverse title. When she was named Miss Venezuela, her first runner up Maria Fernanda Ramirez refused to accept the result, Ramirez’s family confronted the jury, nevertheless the title secured by Maritza. But another unfortunate event greeted the first few hours of her reign in Perth, Australia where the pageant was held, when the live telecast was over, the stage collapsed due to the presence of so many journalists taking her photos, several contestants were injured including Miss Brazil and Miss Turkey. The audience panicked but Maritza, with her tiara and sash on, had the presence of mind to save one contestant from a hole of the stage. She then went to New York City to serve her term and responded her role with determination to help charities. She married in 1981 to a Mexican tennis player Raul Ramirez and presently lived in Mexico

IRENE SAEZ CONDE OF VENEZUELA (1981)-born in December 13, 1961 was the only Miss Universe titlist who floated to the world of politics. In early 1990’s she served a two term as mayor in the municipality of Chacao, Venezuela. Her performance as mayor gained her a nationwide popularity that in 1997 she was considered a potential presidential candidate, but in the 1998 Venezuelan national election she lost to Hugo Chavez. She regained her political career in 1999 when she won the gubernatorial race in the province of Nueva Esparta but gave up her post in the late 2000 when she got married and moved to Florida, USA.

DAYANARA TORRES OF PUERTO RICO (1993)-born on October 28,1974 in Puerto Rico, Dayanara’s victory in the Miss Universe tilt attracted controversy because she did not win any of the 3 major categories in that pageant held in Mexico. She placed 4th in the question & answer portion, fifth in both swimsuit and evening gown competition, nevertheless, Dayanara proved her worth on the crown, during her reign, she worked endlessly on various charities, she became an ambassador of UNICEF helping underprivileged children through out the world. After her reign, she established a foundation which provided scholarships to children. She lived for five years in the Philippines where she became a well-known TV host, actress and model. After her stint in Philippine television, she moved to Puerto Rico and to the US and started a singing and acting career, she married Latin singer Marc Anthony on May 9, 2000 where she had 2 sons, but on October 2003, they announced the sad news of separation and divorced a year after. Currently, Dayanara is dating American actor Amaury Nolasco. Her ex-husband Marc Anthony married Jennifer Lopez whom he had twins.

SUSHMITA SEN OF INDIA (1994)- born on November 19, 1975 in West Bengal, India, is the daughter of Indian Air force wing commander Shubeer Sen and Subhra Sen, a fashion artist and jewelry designer. In May 10, 1994, Sushmita became the first Indian to win the Miss Unverse title in Manila, Philippnes. The pageant result at first, did not suits well to the fame craze Pinoy audience who favored the Venezuelan bet Minorka Mercado, a towering 6’2 varsity player in volleyball. Sushmita, who was a dark horse during the contest, did not win the crowd’s admiration with her not-so elegant gown and appearance, even in the fearless forecast before the actual show she failed to capture the public’s fantasy, whose favorites were Kristelle Rolandt of Belgium, Areeya Chumsai of Thailand, Minorka Mercado of Venezuela and the home bet Charlene Gonzales. Sushmita only emerged 3rd during the interview portion and fourth on the swimsuit and evening gown competitions. But she impressed the 8 panel of judges, including the hairstylist of Princess Diana- Richard Dalton, with her unique poise, grace and intellect, her winning answer to the final question “What is the essence of being a woman” was inspiring that it became a household quotes among the Filipinos, she said: “A woman is a gift and it should be appreciated, she is the origin of life, therefore should be treated not as a mere sexual object but as an important human being”. After her reign, she joined Bollywood showbiz in India and became a famous actress. At 34, Sushmita Sen, however, is still single but adopted a girl in 2000 whom she named Renee.

ALICIA MACHADO OF VENEZUELA (1996)-born on December 6, 1976 in Maracay, Venezuela, Alicia almost lost her title when she gained too much weight during her reign. As Miss Universe, she was expected to stay fit and trim as she would represent the Miss Universe Organization with glamour and grace. Though Alicia is one of the most beautiful Miss Universe winners ever, she looked haggard and worn out when she ballooned beyond limit. The Miss Universe organization was considering of replacing her with her first runner up Taryn Mansell of Aruba, Alicia, pressured by her title and responsibilities tried hard to loss weight. In the end, she managed to shed off extra pounds and kept her crown. The pageant owner, American billionaire Donald Trump, slighted her with the dismissive title “an eating machine” in the 1997 promotion of the next Miss Universe pageant. After her reign, she made showbiz her lifetime career, debuting on Venezuelan soap opera as “Samantha”, the telenovela, which was shown in Philippine television GMA channel in 2000, was an instant hit. In February 2006, Alicia generated another controversy when she appeared in the Mexican issue of Playboy magazine as centerfold, making her as the only Miss Universe titlist to pose nude for playboy. She got married and gave birth to a daughter last June 2008.

DENISE MARIE QUIÑONEZ OF PUERTO RICO (2001)-born on September 9, 1980 at Ponce, Puerto Rico. She was the first Miss Universe winner to win at home, which gave rise to rumors “ home court decision”. In Miss Universe history, no pageant host country wins the title. Denise bested more than 80 delegates including the crowd favorite (and my favorite too) Greek model Evelina Papantoniou whom journalists regarded as a deserving winner. Denise pursued a movie career after her term.

OXANA FEDOROVA OF RUSSIA (2002)- born on December 17, 1977 in Russia, Oxana is the daughter of a Russian nuclear physicist whom she did not meet, her parents separated when she was 3 years old and she never heard from her father since then. Oxana became the first Russian to be crowned Miss Universe in the 2002 pageant held in Puerto Rico. She graduated from Russia’s Police Academy and became a police officer, later on, she enrolled at the Russian Ministry of Internal affairs University to become an investigator, she also worked as a fashion model. In 2001 she easily won the Miss Russia title but declined to represent Russia in Miss Universe 2001 for unknown reasons, but in 2002 she went on to join the pageant, her glamorous physique made her an event favorite and scored high in three major categories, according to the official tally of scores, she earned an almost perfect score of 9.88 in the swimsuit portion, making her as the only candidate with a highest score for that event in the history of the pageant. But several months after her victory, Oxana was dethroned by Miss Universe organizers for her failures to function on her responsibilities as Miss Universe. In her interview, she denied rumors of pregnancy. She was the only official title holder of Miss Universe who was dethroned and the organization did not recognized her as “former Miss Universe winner”, she was replaced by her first runner up, Justine Pasek of Panama.


A calorie is a unit of measurement, but it does not measure unit of length. It is a unit of energy. Say for example, a certain food contains 100 calories, it’s a description of how much energy your body can get from eating that particular food. Calories are not bad for our body, in fact human body badly needs calories to get enough amount of energy, but eating too many calories and not burning them could be resulted to weight gain. There are foods containing more calories especially junk foods and fatty foods, but vegetables and fruits contained few calories.

Our body should have balanced activities to moderate weight gain. If you consumed foods with high calories, it is good to burn them with physical activities. But it is not recommended by health experts to burn all the calories your body accumulates, because our lungs and heart need them also to function well. Watching TV is not the most ideal hobby because it makes the body rest and the excess calories will stuck up in the muscles.

Here are the four sources of calories:

Among the four sources of calories, alcohol provides higher caloric content, but these calories have no essential vitamins and minerals attached. Alcohol-contained foods is converted into fat, unable to digest carefully, this will be stored in the body, which sometimes triggers obesity. But when taken in moderation, alcohol-contained foods may be beneficial as it increases the level of high density lipoproteins in the body. Too much alcohol intake has bad effect to over all health as this may contribute to diseases such as multiple liver failure, brain damage, weakening of the heart muscles and premature aging, it can also increased the risk of all forms of cancer. Red wine, according to some health studies, shows some beneficial effects because of the presence of resveratrol in grape skin, an antioxidant that helps slow cardiovascular diseases like hardening of the artery, but this should also be taken in moderation.

Carbohydrates when broken down in the digestive system will form glucose, which is the essential source of energy and tissue protein. Our central nervous system-the brain and the spinal cord-depends on glucose for energy requirements, thus without carbohydrates, our body slows its alertness and dropped down the level of normal functioning. Carbohydrates rich foods are whole grain cereals, brown rice, bread, pasta, corn, beans, peas, potatoes, fruits, vegetables and meat products. These foods when taken are slowly broken down into glucose and absorbed by the body. But carbohydrates should be aided by soluble fibers to aid the proper digestion process. Soluble fibers include apples, strawberries, oats, citrus and other fruits. It will help support the body by slowing down the process of glucose thereby lowering cholesterol level. Insoluble fibers in leafy vegetables, whole grain products help prevent constipation.
Fats can be classified as saturated, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated. Sources of saturated fats are eggs, milk and meat, saturated fats also contain cholesterol, which is manufactured by the liver and small intestine, by this reason, the body does not need cholesterol from food sources. When we consumed too much saturated fats, it will tend to increase lipoprotein (often called bad cholesterol) in our blood stream, this will leave additional coating of cholesterol in the artery walls and slowly clog the arteries. The narrowing of the arteries makes the heart to pump harder and refused to spread the supply of blood into other parts of the body, this activity leads to the tiring of the muscle of the hearts that causes heart disease and hypertension, other various diseases may drawn out also including obesity and cancer.

Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (also called good cholesterol) can be obtained from vegetable oils, nuts, olives and avocados. They are essential fats that needed our body to store energy and renew body cells. Fats are the most important component sources of energy our body needed. It is important for the absorption of fat-soluble foods and supplements including Vitamins A, D, E and K, with out fats, these vitamins could not be absorbed fully by our body. Fats are important protectors of the human body from extreme temperatures of heat and cold.

Proteins composed of complex nitrogen-containing compounds that build and repair body tissue. Proteins also form antibodies, enzyme, hemoglobin and hormones. Proteins also are made up of essential fatty acids which can be obtained from milk, eggs, meat and fish. Deficiency of protein can hamper growth developments and prevent the body to fight infections. But too much protein can endanger body’s functioning, because it will force the kidney to eliminate the excessive waste products.


the dashing ruler of the Principality of Monaco, Prince Albert II who, at 50, still refused to settle down

the dashing ruler of the Principality of Monaco, Prince Albert II who, at 50, still refused to settle down

The virgin Queen, Elizabeth I of England. According to many historians, she refused to get married for fear of losing the English throne to foreign rulers in marriage alliances. However, her fiery character against marriage resulted to the union of England and Scotland forming the geographical name of Great Britain when she succeeded by her great nephew James VI of Scotland.

The virgin Queen, Elizabeth I of England. According to many historians, she refused to get married for fear of losing the English throne to foreign rulers in marriage alliances. But her stubbornness to refuse in marriage resulted to the union of England and Scotland forming the geographical name of Great Britain when she succeeded by her great nephew James VI of Scotland.

Society dictates us that married life is a pre-requisite of our existence in this world, that silly principle influenced our minds to hop in even if our financial and emotional resources throw a red flag in front of our faces. We might as well reassess our real motive in joining the intricacies of married life. But are we really assured of happiness and fulfillment if we crawl into the aisle or better be contented with our own selves if unfortunately or fortunately we are destined to remain single forever. Single hood has no specific map to follow, whether you are famous, a man or a woman “about-town”, wealthy, powerful or just an ordinary folk. Reasons range from out of choice, no choice or just enjoying the value of freedom.

Here are great inspirations from World’s famous people who refused to take a plunge and choose to sail into the sunset of their lives- alone.

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN-was born on Dec.16 1770 and died on Mar.26 1827. He was a German composer and virtuoso pianist (Italian term means an individual who possesses outstanding technical ability in singing or playing a musical instrument). He remains one of the most influential composers of all time. When he was in his 20’s Beethoven became completely deaf but it did not hamper his desire to compose songs, in fact he became an ardent composer who would later on rise to fame despite his shortcomings. When he was 16 his mother died of tuberculosis, he became a breadwinner raising his two younger brothers because his father became an alcohol addict and could no longer support his family. According to some sources, the reason of his deafness was due to a severe disorder called tinnitus, a “ringing” in his ears that made it hard for him to perceive and appreciate music; because of this incapacity, he also avoided conversation. He lived for a time in the small Austrian town of Heiligenstadt, just outside Vienna. Over the years his deafness became his liability especially in every performance, at one point, according to many historians, during the premiere of his Ninth Symphony, he saw that the audience greatly appreciated his work and noticed their overwhelming applause but because of his hearing impediment, he heard nothing then he began to weep bitterly. Reports had it that, he attempted suicide several times. Beethoven never married but at one point he was engaged to a pretty German aristocrat Giulietta Guiccardi, but her father refused to accept Beethoven, instead made her marry to a German nobleman. Beethoven died during thunderstorm in 1827.

US Pres.JAMES BUCHANAN– (born Apr.23, 1791 and died June 1, 1868) was the 15th US President. He was born to a humble family in Philadelphia, his aggressiveness in life made him a well-known businessman and politician. His political career started as a US representative. He was a lawyer and owned a law firm before becoming a politician. James Buchanan had a love story worthy of soap operas. His love life was one of a kind and very rare in a man who was in power. He was engaged to Ann Caroline Coleman, daughter of a wealthy businessman from Philadelphia, but he spent less time with his fiancée because of his business and other political engagements, the reports that he was only marrying Ann for her money complicated the situation. There were reports also that he was involved to other women which denied by Buchanan, gradually Ann broke off the engagement and later on died from an overdose. Ann’s death shocked Buchanan especially when her family blamed her death to him. In his memoir, he wrote: “It is now no time for explanation, but the time will come when you will discover that she, as well as I, had been much abused. God forgive the authors of it… I may sustain the shock of her death, but I feel that happiness has fled from me forever.” He declared then that he would never marry. When he was elected into the US presidency, his niece Hariett Carter served as first lady in the Whitehouse.

SIR ISAAC NEWTON-(born January 1643 and died March 31, 1727) was a gifted English Scientist, he was known through out the world history as the father of modern science with a spectacular talent in physical science. He was a great mathematician, physicist, astronomer, natural philosopher and theologian. He developed his initial study in the law of gravity from the falling apple in his English courtyard. His book Philosophia Naturalis Principia Mathematica published in 1687, is said to be the greatest single work in the history of science. The theory contained in the book dominated the scientific view of the physical universe for the next three centuries and said to be the basis for modern engineering. Due to his remarkable achievement in the field of science, Isaac Newton was awarded with Honorary British Knighthood by Queen Anne of England in 1704, earning him the courtesy title of SIR.
There was only one recorded romance of Isaac Newton, at the age of 19, while studying at The King’s School in Grantham, he met Anne Storer, it was reported they were engaged but later on broke up because Newton became engrossed in his studies. Storer married someone else and Newton was greatly affected with this break up. He kept a warm memory with this romance and devoted his full time in his works in science and never married. Newton’s body when autopsied after his death found a massive amount of mercury, probably resulting from his alchemical pursuits.

ALFRED NOBEL-(born October 21, 1833 died December 10- 1896) was a Swedish scientist and inventor of dynamite. He had been often compared to America’s Thomas Alva Edison who had no formal college education when they discovered their first invention that made them famous through out world history.
Alfred Nobel did not marry; legend had it that Nobel was frustrated when a Swedish woman rejected him for another gentleman who was a great Swedish mathematician. Alfred did not pursue romance anymore, one year before his death, he wrote his last will splitting his fortunes to various charities and left an instruction to establish an award giving body for human achievements, The Nobel Prize award which will be given in 5 areas: Chemistry, Physics, physiology and Medicine, Literature and Economics (Peace Prize was added years later). There were rumors arise when the field of mathematics was not included in the award, according to the legend, Alfred Nobel felt the romance rejection terribly upsetting that he strictly instructed in his last will testament that no field of mathematics will be included in giving of the awards (since his arch rival was a mathematician) however, the rumor remained a rumor through out the years. Some version had it that mathematics was not included because it was integrated in physics and chemistry, for example Albert Einstein, a German born American Scientist who was known in modern history as the greatest mathematician of the 20th century won his Nobel Prize Award in the field of Physics via Law on Photo electric effect in 1921. Nobel Prize Award made a debut in December 10, 1901 at Stockholm, Sweden, five years after Alfred Nobel’s death.
After his invention of Dynamite, world’s conservatives were furious on him that he was dismissively called “The Merchant of Death”. Nobel was a shy man who was afraid in meeting people. He died in an Italian village, west of Venice.

HER MAJESTY, QUEEN ELIZABETH I of England (called the Great-born on September 7, 1533 and died March 24, 1603)-was the daughter of King Henry VIII and his second wife Anne Boleyn from the famous Howard clan. When Anne was beheaded in 1536, Elizabeth was only three years old. She was named after her paternal grandmother Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Consort of King Henry VII (the former Princess Elizabeth of York, daughter of King Edward IV) and her maternal grandmother Lady Elizabeth Howard, daughter of Thomas Howard, the 2nd Duke of Norfolk. She became Queen of England in 1558 at the age of 25 when her half-sister Queen Mary I died without children. She was famously known as “The Virgin Queen” because she never got married, the state of Virginia in the mainland US was named after her. Elizabeth was the last monarch of the Tudor dynasty and because of her, Great Britain was born. She was succeeded by his great nephew King James VI of Scotland, who reigned in England as King James I, the first of the Stuart monarchs in Britain who unite Scotland and England forming the geographical name of Great Britain, Wales was added later through a conquest.

Queen Elizabeth stubborness against marriage became a legend, with her beauty, wealth and fame, the last thing could happen was to succumb to spinsterhood, but the fiery Queen, who was the responsible of the beheading of the last female Scottish ruler Queen Mary, who happens to be her great niece, strongly maintained that she could not sacrifice the English throne through a marriage alliance for a foreign Prince. During medieval period, royalty were not allowed to marry commoners, since Elizabeth was an heiress presumptive of her sister Mary Tudor, she must choose a man with a Princely title and must expand English territories through a marriage of a foreign royal. But there are reports that Elizabeth suffered a hidden trauma which affected her views about men.

Elizabeth, having declared illegitimate when her mother Ann Boleyn stripped the title of a Queen and executed, lived in various royal palaces, then in 1548, she temporarily lived in the countryhome of Thomas Seymour, brother of Jane Seymour, the third wife of her father King Henry VIII, despite their age differences, it was reported that she formed a unique relationship with Seymour that it was suspected leading to romance. Elizabeth was only 15 at that time and Seymour, a married man, was 40, threatening a scandalous relationship, Courtiers of the sovereign stepped up to break the ties. Elizabeth was moved out from the Seymour household. When she became Queen, she avoided the issue of romance and never entertained suitors, some historians noted that the fiery Queen may be was traumatized with Thomas Seymour, whom many claimed, took advantaged of her innocence. However she formed a unique closeness with her favorite equerry Robert Dudley, whom she made an Earl of Leicester. Issue of romance was dismissed because Dudley was married at that time. Since then no romance issue attached to the Tudor Queen and the Courtiers avoided entertaining suitors in behalf of the monarch. Her last persistent suitor was Francis, the Duke of Anjou, twenty two years her junior.

Queen Elizabeth I was not the only female royalty who did not marry. Princess Augusta, daughter of King George III of Great Britain remained single through out her life, though she had number of suitors eager to seek her hand she refused to accept any one and chose to live alone at the royal estate of Frogmore near Windsor Castle. Princess Victoria, daughter of King Edward VII and the favorite sister of King George V of Great Britain, was a spinster. Lately, two European Princesses comfortably embraced single hood like a royal crown, Princess Elisabeth of Denmark now 68 years old, a first cousin to Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark now 65 years old, youngest daughter of King Paul I of Greece and sister of Queen Sophia of Spain (they are both second cousin of Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales through his father Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh who is the first cousin of King Paul I). Princess Irene was once considered a royal match to King Harald V of Norway, her third cousin once removed through Queen Victoria of Britain, but the Norwegian monarch choose the commoner Sonja, disappointing all his royal relatives.

JANE AUSTEN-(born on December 16, 1775 and died on July 18, 1817) was a classic English writer, she was one of the most widely read writers in British literature. She was the author of 2 classic novels that were both made into Hollywood movies: Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice. She started writing at the age of 16 but made her first publication at the age of 36. She was the daughter of an English clergy man that’s why most of her novels’ theme was reserved, conservative and with religious touches. She was raised in a humble household and lived her entire life with her parents.

Jane Austen remained single through out her life. However, there was one recorded love affair of Jane. In her 20’s she met and fell in love with a guy named Tom Lefroy, and based on the story of her sister Cassandra, the two were clearly in love but the family of Tom intervened as the latter was still finding his own place in the field of law and money was the most important issue during that time to start a family. Eventually they were separated and Jane Austen never saw him again. This failed romance of Jane was evidently the basis of her immortal classic, Pride and Prejudice. In 1802 when she was 27 years old, she received her only marriage proposal, a University graduate from Oxford, Harris Bigg-Wither, according to some accounts, Bigg-Wither was not a good looking man and despite his University degree, was not a good conversationalist to the point of being tactless when engaged in a conversation, but he was heir to a large portion of family estate, which Jane thought a practical decision for her and her family. But for unknown reasons, Austen, suddenly changed her mind and broke off the engagement. Historians later on noted that may be Austen did not really loved her fiancé and marrying him would be a big mistake. She died at the age of 42.

Ironically Jane Austen became famous several years after her death when her artistic style in writing made known to the literary world. Soon adaptations in film and television of her novels followed.

HIS SERENE HIGHNESS PRINCE ALBERT II, the Sovereign Prince of Monaco (born on March 14, 1958)-he is the only son and second child of Prince Rainier III of Monaco and Grace Kelly, a Hollywood star. He became the ruler of Monaco (a tiny principality on the Mediterranean coast, south of France) in April 2005 on the death of his father, Prince Rainier of the Royal House of Grimaldi. Albert was a sport enthusiast, an Olympian, having been represented Monaco in the Bobsled event (a winter sport in which teams make timed runs down narrow, twisting, banked, iced tracks in a gravity powered sled) in 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympics. He graduated in 1981 in Amherst College in Massachusetts, USA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.
Prince Albert bachelorhood sparks many controversies and gave rise to rumors that he is homosexual. The prince has consistently denied this and became irritated with the constant media intrusion about his sexuality. He has string of attracted girlfriends in the past mostly fashion models including Claudia Schiffer, Catherine Oxenberg, Angie Everhart and Brooke Shields. He has also at least 2 children born out of wedlock, a daughter from a California woman he met while studying in the US and a son, he sired from Nicole Coste, an Air France flight stewardess from Togo. However, these children are not in line of succession to the principality of Monaco because they are illegitimates. Presently, the 50 year old Prince is dating Charlene Wittstock, a South African Olympian in the swimming event. But the Prince is continuingly denying speculations that their relationship is heading for marriage. Until he sired legitimate children, the prince’s direct successor is her older sister, Princess Caroline who became the second wife of Prince Ernest of Hanover on January 1999 (third cousin of Queen Elizabeth II). She presently bears a title of The Hereditary Princess of Monaco, her dashing son Andrea Casiraghi is second in line of succession to the monasque throne.


Me, lalai and my sister. All singles!

Me, lalai and my sister. All singles!

In a marriage conscious society like ours, single hood is often compared to a malignant cancer that sends a horrifying response among individuals. Society dictates that a normal human being must be married no matter how complicated the situation is. Well, for idiot individual maybe this is true. But if your senses are intact, walking in the path of marriage unprepared is like walking in a landmine filled area. Everyday is like a blasting.

But there are people who really succeeded in torturing other people’s minds, I was not an exemption. Years ago I was surrounded with lunatic people that when I turned 30 the silly idea of single hood had sink horribly in my brain, I increasingly became erratic and edgy. The 30 figure alone terrifies me, as if I saw a serial killer and I will be the next victim. I was like a menopausal horse; I easily irritated, threw tantrums every 5 seconds of the day and flared up with no apparent reason.

But what is in single hood that makes every human being nervous? Is it a shocking fact to remain single for the rest of our lives? Or are we just pressured by the society to take the plunge? Just like marriage, single hood has its thorns and roses, the thorny situation in marriage is when problems burst up (which according to them, a normal thing to happen in any married couple) triggering a constant row that may resulted sometimes into a heated, emotional encounter, but there are thorns in married life that are impossible to imagine like those physically abusive partners, infidelities and financial difficulties.

For single individual, financial matter is not really a big thing. The thorny issue for singles is the constant battle of emptiness which lays on the emotional side of life, though it could be overcome with outdoor activities and winding up with friends, it still persists as days gone by. Marriage has lots of thorny stages compared to singles. Married people smell roses when fulfillment and contentment can be felt, the joy of motherhood and being a devoted wife, when waking up each morning knowing that they had partners whom they can share and talk with and spend the rest of their lives watching the sunset. There will be abundant supply of roses for single people also, the enormous value of freedom and the thoughts of having no other person meddling life, singles can go anywhere without thinking somebody might disapprove. There are lots of contradictions between marriage and single hood, it is hard to conclude which state is more convenient and more fulfilling, the most important thing is you know how to comfortably embrace each step you’ve taken and you know how to respond to every responsibilities attached whether you are single or married.

While marriage, to some people, is a happy state, it is not always a key to happiness. Couples who engaged in traumatic rows, infidelities and disillusionment are hardly an advertisement for happiness and satisfaction. Marriage is not a rest house or an assurance island when you want to escape from the harshness in life and want comforts. It is not a protecting arms and a loving machine when you are down or lonely and needed somebody to watch you crawl in bed in despair. It is an unconditional state where the two people gathered resources to make it work and spend the rest of their life watching how crazy butterflies danced in the backyard. Love is not enough, I bet, there’s a considerable amount of trust and respect you invest in order to go on with it.

Single hood on the other hand is another state, unfortunately this vocation treated by other with a cold heart. We leave in a very cruel environment where everybody expected to scramble in marriage no matter how difficult the situation is, a lot of crazy married individuals urged singles to trap themselves in marriage like them, they are engrossed with their own silliness that lured you to take the same road with them. Our morbid society dictates us that single hood is a lonely state and that it is best to grip ourselves in marriage. But it is a choice, a freedom to make a decision and nobody has a perfect authority to sermon you about happiness and satisfaction and contented and God knows what else.

Well everybody wanted to get married. Of Course. But that decision should be drawn from personal choices and not because of influences. It will be very comfortable if you plunge into marriage because you choose it rather than pressured from other sources. The two has both ups and downs and both tricky when it comes to freedom and satisfaction issues but both shared a common denominator: SACRIFICE. It’s on how you make and treat the state of sacrifice that makes each status smoothly running without being freak towards the end of the day.

After all, there are marriages ended up in misery and single hood in happiness. Whatever it is, the most important thing to remember is how prepared you are to take both responsibilities. Positive outlook, good disposition and strong faith in God are the best weapon to dance the right step and sing the correct tune of life whether you are single or married. At the end of the day, it is still the best weighing point where to find your own happiness without bothering whether you put the right make up or wear the right shoes.


The wedding of the 20th century, Prince Charles and Princess Diana seemed a fulfillment of a fairytale stuff that goes..and they lived happily ever after, but destiny decreed otherwise.

The wedding of the 20th century, Prince Charles and Princess Diana seemed a fulfillment of a fairytale stuff that goes..and they lived happily ever after, but destiny decreed otherwise.

the late Princess of Wales, Diana. her compassion and kindness made her unforgettable through out the world

the late Princess of Wales, Diana. her compassion and kindness made her unforgettable throught out the world

She had been born The Honorable Diana Frances Burke-Roche Spencer on July 1, 1961 at Sandringham, a 25, 000 acre estate of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of Britain. The private royal estate located at Norfolk, England, is a favorite royal residence of three British Monarchs, Edward VII his son George V and his grandson George VI. Diana’s family lived in Park house in Sandringham until 1975. Diana’s parents came from Britain’s remarkable noble family, her father the 8th Earl of Althorp, Lord Johnny Spencer was a direct descendant of King Charles II through his two sons the Duke of Richmond and the Duke of Grafton, Diana’s mother Frances was the pretty blonde daughter of the 4th Baron Fermoy, Lord Edmund Burke-Roche whose mother was the American billionaire Frances Work.Diana had two older sisters Sarah and Jane and a younger brother Charles.

In 1967, when Diana was six, her parents separated. Soon the nasty custody battle started, the proceedings highlighted with Diana’s maternal grandmother, Lady Ruth Fermoy, the Lady-in-waiting of the Queen Mother at that time, defended Lord Spencer in court, eventually the custody ruled in favor of Diana’s father. In 1969, after the divorce became final Frances married Peter Shand Kydd, a wealthy commoner trader. Lord Spencer remarried in 1976 to the former Lady Dartmouth, Raine, daughter of romance writer Barbara Cartland. Diana had a difficult childhood, though she was born to a privilege, upper class noble family, her memories were mostly confined in the troubled marriage of her parents, her resentment toward the Spencer’s staff and the rejection she felt for not being a boy at birth, which she found out later, was the cause of her parents separation. Her father was yearning for a son to pass his noble title, when his wife, Frances, failed to produce a boy after two daughters, Lord Spencer increasingly became erratic until his outbursts became an emotional abuse to his wife, when the Spencer heir, Charles was born 3 years after the birth of Diana, Lord and Lady Spencer’s misunderstanding lead them to separate lives.

She attended an exclusive school for girls, first at Riddlesworth then moved on to West Heath boarding school. When she was 14, her grandfather, Lord Albert Spencer, the 7th Earl of Althorp, died, her father officially became the 8th Earl of Althorp and moved with his children to the Spencer family seat at Althorp estate in Northamptonshire, England. Diana and her sisters earned the courtesy title of a Lady and her brother Charles became Viscount Althorp. At the age of 16 Lady Diana dropped out from school and was sent by her father to Switzerland to study in a private finishing school for girls but after 3 months she went home. When she was 18 years old, she was permitted by her parents to buy an apartment called Coleherne Court in London and lived independently, first she earned her keeps by working as a baby sitter then as an assistant to a nearby kindergarten school.

When Lady Diana was 19, she met the 31 year old Prince of Wales, Charles, who was increasingly pressured by his family to settle down to ensure the continuation of the House of Windsor, but as an heir to the British throne, he couldn’t afford to just choose any woman, his uncle Lord Mountbatten already warned him that it could be a disaster to the future of the monarchy if he choose a commoner non aristocratic woman. While making an agonizing decision in marriage, Prince Charles began to notice the blossoming beauty of Lady Diana, they quietly known each other for they came from the same social class and Charles, at one point, briefly dated her older sister Sarah in 1977. when they met again in July 1980, the Prince of Wales noted how much she transformed into a beautiful young woman. When their private dates became known to the press, the innocent Diana felt terrified of the attention and pressure the media had given to her, which she found “unbearable”.

When the royal family knew of their love affair, they quickly approved Diana and pronounced as the most suitable candidate for the future Queen of England. By royal tradition, a future Queen Consort should be titled, with noble or royal lineage, socially inexperienced, a protestant without a past and most of all no career of her own. Ideally, Diana accomplished all these requirements. On February 1981, Buckingham Palace announced their engagement and Diana had to move to Clarence house with the Queen Mother and later on transferred to Buckingham Palace to familiarize with the royal routine. On July 29, 1981 the wedding of the 20th century took place at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London.

Diana took the title Her Royal Highness, the Princess of Wales after their wedding, she was the first English woman to marry an heir to the British throne in 300 years and the first non-princess to become the Princess of Wales, the title arrived in marriage and departed through divorce, within 15 years this condition proved true. As a child of a broken marriage, Diana took motherhood terribly, her eldest son Prince William, second in line to the British throne, was born on June 21, 1982, while Prince Harry, third in line to the British throne arrived in the royal world two years later on September 1984. She was a hands on mother, as what the British press reported, she personally nourished her sons, dashed to their rooms when she heard them crying. She fought with palace rules to enrol them to a day school to have an exposure with ordinary life and mingle with other people.

But all was not well with the fairytale couple, though they appeared solid and united in public, privately they did not get along, Charles’s adultery made Diana even more suicidal and lonely. But the pretensions did not last long, on December 1992 their formal separation was announced. When their divorce became final on August 1996, Diana was stripped with HRH style, but she remained the Princess of Wales and a member of the British royal family because she was the mother of the future King. On the following year, she started dating Dodi Al-fayed, son of Harrod’s billionaire owner Mohammad Al-fayed, because of his muslim heritage, their relationshiop was largely criticized by the media and the royal family, nevertheless Diana found happiness and protection she craved endlessly. But it seems she was not destined of a happy ending, on the morning of August 31, 1997, the black mercedez Benz she was riding with Dodi, slammed on the 13th pillar of Pont de alma tunnel in down town Paris, dodi’s driver was blinded by the motorcycle lights of the paparazzi who were aggresively pursued the Princess from Ritz hotel.

The announcement of her death punched a hole to everybody’s heart. Her compassion, her kindness and humility were known to the world, though her difficult life with in the British establishment magnified everyday, she struggled to create her own mission to help the downtrodden. More then a Princess, Diana understood how to live a fairytale life in the modern world, she did not confine herself in the isolated world of royalty, she reached out to those who badly needed help, that’s why everybody felt cheated in her sudden demise.

Now, eleven years after her death, people across the globe still haunted by her image, her glamour, her compassion and influenced, just how did this spectacular human being left a great footprint to the world?well, according to an article in Good HouseKeeping magazine, a Philippine issue published on July 2007, she was a mass of contradictions, she was beautiful, untouchable, royal, troubled. she lived in a unique world of glamour, wealth and fame, yet she seemed lonely and vulnerable. She was kind and giving and yet endlessly wanting, she was the fulfillment of a fairytale everybody dreamed of, but deeply troubled with in herself whose very family seemed turn against her, misinterpreting her insecurities and emotional struggle as merely symptoms of iresponsible behavior. But the most important thing, she left the world with a wondeful life and a great example, a true christian woman who valued others more than herself.

Her sons, Prince William and Harry, who were clearly devastated with her death, vowed to protect her memory. They continue working with charities whom their mother loved and declared to keep Diana’s legacy alive.


In a society like ours who treated “spending” as an ultimate freedom, saving in contrast seems like a boring idea. Saving sounds like a strange idea to most people especially to folks with paltry monthly net pay, like me. Human beings are unique creatures who loved to think of squandering rather than saving, but there are other important reasons that stalled us from embracing “saving” seriously, the high cost of living that grip the world today plus the fact that rude employers (especially in the Philippines) stubbornly refused to give a pay raise, setting aside some extra amount can really be a torture.

But then I realized that in this world of uncertainties and misery, no one exactly knows when the path of emergency hits you and the importance of having extra money is really a great comfort. I spend the rest of the weeks agonizing over how to devise a budgeting scheme, my meager salary is impossible enough to accommodate my daily expenses much more save. But my determination to put a little amount “for rainy days” was so strong that I studied every possible option for my plan. After exploring different techniques and formats, at last, I finally arrived in a suitable “saving and budgeting style” suited for my financial status without sacrificing other needs.

Here are some of those valuable tips:

1. DETERMINE YOUR MONTHLY INCOME– this is the most crucial step you have to undertake while creating a room for “saving”. Sometimes it is so difficult to come to terms with our fate especially when we see the horrifying facts of our pay slip every pay day, but the free will to survive remains so strong that I devised an effective plan to give a go signal in my account (LOL!).
2. DETERMINE YOUR MONTHLY EXPENSES-a lot of people committed a grieve mistake in this area. Why? Because they think they can get away with the misery of crisis that they spend, spend and spend incessantly until every drop of cents took them away to the wrong path of budgeting. Thinking they can still look comfortably for other alternative in increasing their income, they tend to increase their daily needs also without limits. But an income is not considered income unless you received the tangible amount. So better control your appetite in spending to avoid troubles with mounting expenses. To prevent disaster in buying unnecessary items, the most ideal thing to do is write down your expenses based on your priority for that particular month and see to it that the amount won’t override your monthly income. It is best to plan what are your priorities. For instance your August 15 salary is only good for grocery and amortization, do not force yourself to buy branded materials and eat in a 5 star hotel with the rest of your family, it can wait up to the next pay day, just write it down and include in your next budget.

3. STICK TO YOUR BUDGET– after analyzing your income and expenses, write down the things you want to buy based on the needs you included as expenses. When you go to the shopping malls, always bring that copy and stick to what it is written there and be sure not to make any alteration with your notes. If buying shoes is not included in your list, then maintain some resistance when seeing a cute, new arrival shoes from Gucci. Sometimes, self-discipline is the best teacher in life when you don’t know anymore how to spank your attitude with never ending debt. Remember, if you don’t know how to resist the charm of temptation you will ended up rampaging your wallet and credit card and the whole budgeting style went into drain.

4. THINK FOR YOUR SAVINGS-if you are really in a hopeless condition to maintain savings, try to make an effort to open at least 1 savings account separate from your monthly payroll account, it won’t hurt your ego if you will set a side for a bank account, there are banks offering small maintaining balance. With this technique you will not lure to spend everything when pay day arrived. A savings account is your defense during “rainy days” and that should be included in your monthly plans just like expenses. When you received your salary, deposit right away the intended amount for your savings and be sure not to withdraw it the next day.
5. MAINTAIN A NOTEBOOK– for your income, expenses and other plans. Try to label it with the following:
INCOME-this column consists of your net pay and other income you expected to receive for that particular month. Remember an income is not considered income unless you are sure to receive that particular amount.
GROCERY-this column consists of your grocery needs. You must
Itemized the grocery you want to purchase for that period. It is best to buy grocery items at least once every two weeks to ensure limits, by this method you have a clear idea how to create the next budget for your grocery needs.
AMORTIZATION- you also make a column for this item and list down
the amount due for that period.
PAYABLES- assuming you have monthly payables for your loan and
other debt obligations.
FOOD ALLOWANCE-this column amount is exclusively for food
Consumption only, separated from the grocery item, to evaluate how far you spend on foods and other beverages.
PETTY ALLOWANCE-the purpose of this amount is to supplement other expenses incase you will be short in your budget, for instance you want to buy additional grocery or watch a movie or indulge in sumptuous snacks which is not Included in your list, this allocation will cover the costs without sacrificing your savings account.

After the rundown lists, put a corresponding amount with the above items to anticipate the cash you only carry when you go into shopping but be sure to have an extra amount in case you will be short, try to compare prices with atleast 2 shopping malls, in picking product item try checking the nutrional value if they are the same pick the cheaper one.

The next thing to do is determine the amount you want to deposit in your savings account. Now, don’t grind your teeth for my unusual style of savings, some people or even in books, tell us to prioritize the saving amount before expenses, I won’t follow that pattern because there is a tendency to scramble in your savings account and withdraw when expenses run a bit larger. My technique is to make a total of all my expenses and deduct it from my income, the remaining amount will be for my savings, in that sense I will not be tempted to withdraw in my savings account just to augment other needs.

6. MINIMIZED THOSE INCOME-WASTED HABITS-lately I bought a business book written by David King entitled “You Can Be Rich”. Here he listed some of the income-wasting habits that must be avoided and minimized:
a. Eating weekly in fancy restaurants-though eating in fine dining restaurants is not a mortal sin, it is not a good idea to eat there too often when you are guarding your purse for possible disaster or when your budget is not allowed you to pick up delicate European delicacies coupled with expensive wines. You can include that in your next budget. The idea of eating regularly in a fancy restaurant is suited only to people whose income allowed them to patronize daily resto hopping, not when you are analyzing your next budgeting tactics.

b. Regularly betting on lotto and sweepstakes-this is one ridiculous habit that must not be tolerated by any parties. Though gambling is an incurable disease, especially to those who make “take a chance” as their life’s guiding principle, this habit is applicable only to those who have sufficient income, but if you are struggling with your limited salary and has a family to think about, forget this insidious habit and refrain from entertaining any ambition to patronize this kind of “past time”. Betting on lotto and sweepstakes is like a charm that you can’t resist until you’ll become addicted to it, that addiction will take you further to eternity of troubles. Correct me if I’m wrong.

c. Having two or more credit cards-this is the common mistakes of people belonging to my class (that is, receiving a not-so-handsome-salary), again, this is good only to those who have huge income, businessman or other affluent individuals. I am not saying that you have to deprive yourself from acquiring one (according to them a very helpful scheme-but I don’t think so), but maintaining more than one is a sure suicide if your income is only grasping a minimum limit good enough for your daily needs. If you have one credit card makes sure to stick to your capacity to pay and not to go down the bottom of your credit limit. If you are itching to buy that cute cellular phones or new invented exercise machine, do not pull your credit card right away, but think a hundred times whether that desire of acquiring those gadgets makes you an insomniac or tend to bloat your stomach or trigger your migraines, if not, then discard that idea and wait until you have enough money.

d. Having postpaid plan on mobile phone-this idea is suited only to those who have comfortable income and of course, self-discipline. I must say self-discipline because if you don’t know how to set your own limits with calls and texts you will ended up swimming into the ocean of huge phone bills. Pre-paid is a lot easier compared to post plan because you can budget your calls and texts at your comforts.

e. Patronizing convenience stores-convenience stores are a bit expensive compared to supermarkets and other shopping stores. The amount you spend with their high prices can be saved for other expenses, so as much as possible avoid them.

f. Buying from the internet and home channels-the huge interest they added is not a surefire for those who are planning their budget.

g. Shopping without a clear idea of what you want-Again, it is best to write down the things you want to purchase based on your budget for that particular period to avoid buying unnecessary things. When you are thinking of having those seductive clothes for the next pay day or tantalizing make up kit that you think could enhance your sex appeal, right it down and start window shopping to compare prices, department stores’ prices vary to some degrees, do not stupidly think that expensive items are more durable than cheap ones, in some cases it might true but not always, it is on how you used it that makes the material enduring. When you are buying food items in the supermarket, try to take time reading nutritional information usually written at the back of the label, compare the nutritional value with the same brands, if they are the same, then pick up the cheaper item. Do not depend your judgment on TV commercials, they are not really reliable. My simple tips: When buying milk, I usually look on vitamins and minerals with higher content of the following: Calcium, Iron, Zinc, Folate, Vitamins A,C,D and E, if the 2 milk brands have the same value, I usually pick the cheaper one. The most important thing is you achieve your purpose why you bought that particular product.
h. Patronizing branded materials regularly-try to discipline yourself and put in mind that wearing branded materials everyday won’t make you the local version of Paris Hilton or Julia Roberts or Jennifer Aniston. It won’t add glamour either. The real glamorous people are those who carry themselves well, who looks amazing even in simple get up and there’s no need to be accentuated with branded fabrics, it is on how you present yourself, your aura and the unbeatable x-factor (the factor which makes a person unique). It did not matter if you are wearing Gucci, Christian Dior or smudging in Revlon or Estee Lauder, or just shopping in surplus shops. There are people who look silly in their Armani jeans and there are folks also who look fabulous in their worn out garments. In fact, according to Hollywood star, Scarlet Johanson, “it’s not the clothes you’re wearing, it’s the attitude and the projection that matters, self-confidence is the best accessories you could ever wear on”. But of course, I didn’t say you won’t buy branded materials for the rest of your life (how could that be when you can afford to splurge on the latest classy trend, it’s a wonderful feeling also having Louis Vuitton tacking in your arms isn’t it?), but see to it that it is included in your budget and your purse allowed you to have them without sacrificing your next meal or your food allowance or your children’s tuition fees and avoid the perennial headache of mounting debts.

With these tried and tested tips, you can plan now your next step in budgeting that is putting another column, I call it “a dream column”, because that’s where I wrote my wants like “vacation”, “buy a new cellphone” or “buy a laptop”. Then patiently looked on my savings as the amount slowly escalating, anyway my “wants” can wait, I am in no hurry, I consider my “wants” as things that can be safely put in one corner because they are not really urgent things, I can still breath comfortably without them.

In planning to create your “saving machine”, it is good to welcome positive energy in your system. You must condition yourself to resist the excitement of having extra money in your account, do not be tempted to slash your saving allotment for unnecessary expenditure. There are only three basic functions to operate in creating a “money saver system”-determination, self-discipline and faith in God. If you have these abilities, you can surely make it, these three attitudes will take you further to life’s interesting and exciting journey.

But if these techniques and styles fail, do not lose hope; remember that in failing you can start reassessing yourself what are the things that contributed to failures. Through failures you can develop additional self-confidence and wisdom. Failures increase our desire to succeed. Success is in fact the product of failures.

According to David King’s book You Can Be Rich “We become what we constantly think about, whatever we have in mind it increases as days passed. If we think failures all the time we won’t get away with failing, but if we think success, even if it doesn’t evident in the horizon, we are sure to succeed”. Thomas Watson, founder of IBM recognized failures as a pre-requisite to success, he declared: “If you want to be successful faster, you must double your rate of failures, success lies on the far side of failures”. So start your plan now and give it a full blast once you start. You may add your own style in saving if you want.

Just put in mind the wisdom of great American inventor Thomas Alva Edison left to the world: when Edison tried inventing Electric bulb, he suffered 40 failed experiments that his co-workers, in desperation, finally gave up, but the great genius told them: Why giving up in simple failures? Now we know that there are 40 experiments that won’t work so we have to eliminate them and try new approach”. Eventually, his tough attitude paid off and was credited for inventing the first Electric bulb.


Too much exposure to sunlight can harm your skin, ultra violent radiation greatly damages skin and causes the production of free radicals which contributed to premature aging and unwanted wrinkles. If you are to go out for outdoor activities, wear hats enough to cover your face and clothes that cover the other exposed parts of your body, protect yourself also by using sunblock creams.

Our body constantly needs nourishment and water to replenish some fluids lost during activities for the day. Try to follow the universal principle of drinking 8 glasses of water per day including other fluids like fruit juices, avoid softdrinks and other carbonated beverages, it brings no good for your body it only dries up your skin because of too much sugar, plus it has no nutrients at all. It is best to resort to water to avoid a worn out looking complexion.

It helps make your skin fresh and clean all the time because of vitamins and minerals present in fruits and vegetables. It also helps reduced chronic diseases like cancer, the vital nutrients it provide keep the whole body healthy.

There are instances that our body failed to achieve the daily requirements of vitamins and minerals through food intake, to supplement this lacking requirements, it is best to take antioxidants to fight inflammation and free radicals, ideal food supplements are Vitamin A, E and C they are the best antioxidants our body needed to keep the skin glowing, co-enzyme Q10 and Alpha lipoic acid are best recommended by health experts. Eating carrots, strawberry, avocado and banana everyday has excellent results in maintaining radiant and young looking skin.

Mild exercise per day is enough to relax our tired muscles, walking and stretching invigorated our body parts especially the joints. It helps strengthen the heart muscles and makes blood circulates efficiently. Our body needs 7 to 8 hours of sleep to recover from the whole day activities. It also rest our tired skin and muscles and bring back the luster. The most important tips of all is to maintain a good positive desposition all the time. It helps you radiate inside and outside.

The Importance of Fibers in the diet

Fiber rich foods are essential in every person\'s diet to avoid chronic diseases in the future

Fiber rich foods are essential in every person's diet to avoid chronic diseases in the future

Fiber consists of plant cellulose and other indigestible materials in foods, unlike other foods, fiber rich foods cannot be digested by the human body. The volume it adds in the stomach and intestine during digestion provides more time for absorption of nutrients. It helps promote bowel regularity and avoid constipation.

The importance of fibers in our diet stretches back to the basic knowledge that our body constantly needs “cleaning” and “sweeping” off toxic and other corrosive materials that accumulated during irresponsible eating habits, without the support of fibers in our diet these unwanted materials will trigger long time disease and other chronic illness later on including colon cancer. Fiber rich foods help lower blood cholesterol level because they are relatively low in fats and high in nutrients, it has also a high tendency in treating obesity and diabetes.

However, health professionals warned the public that too much fibers is not also good for the body because it can affect the absorption of some important minerals like iron, calcium and zinc, they recommended at least 25-30 grams per day instead.

Dietary fibers can be obtained from consuming oat bran, oatmeal, beans, peas, rice bran (brown rice has more fiber content compared to white processed rice), fruits and leafy vegetables. Fruits and vegetables contained higher fibers when consumed unpeeled. Whole fruits have higher value of fibers compared to fruit juices. Fibers cannot be found in meat and other meat products.

Fiber rich foods are very important to person who wanted to eliminate extra pounds in their body, it has the capacity to remove fats and control calories and absorbed more nutrients essential in maintaining healthy diet. It is a crucial step to consider taking fiber first before putting your body in a strict exercise regimen.


Resveratrol is abundant in grape skin

Resveratrol is abundant in grape skin

Resveratrol in Red wine offers many health benefits and one of the reasons of the so called “French Paradox”. Resveratrol is an antioxidant that abundantly found in the skin of grapes used to ferment wine. The “French paradox” is the term used to describe the amazing lifestyle of french people who have a high consumption of wine but relatively low in cardiovascular diseases. Resveratrol helps prevent cardiovascular disorder. However, medical research shows no enough evidence whether red wine has an abundant content of resveratrol compared to white wine.

Nevertheless, health practitioners warned the public not to respond this information with excitement good enough to consume high amount of alcohol. Alcoholic beverages are still dangerous to everybody’s health. Even wines, which are not catergorized as hard liquors, should be taken in moderation.


mashed banana plus honey and milk

mashed banana plus honey and milk

Having a good skin can boost one’s self confidence. It’s not out of vanity but just want to feel good about ourselves. Below are useful home remedy tips for achieving glowing skin.

Put a little amount of honey in a mixing bowl, add mashed banana, fresh milk and lemon juice. Mixed until it dissolved and become sticky, apply all over the body, face and neck. Washed with cold water after 1 hour. With continued use your skin become visibly radiant and smooth.
Fruits are best alternative in maintaining a healthy and youthful looks. Avocado mixed with fresh milk might be a good dessert but it is also a good cleansing agent. Mashed avocado and fresh milk with honey are best combinations for exfoliating the body.

But the most important thing in natural beauty regimen is eating healthy foods like fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoid eating starchy food because it can clug digestion making it hard to eliminate toxic materials in the body. Drink plenty of water and fruit juices to have a supple skin and avoid junk foods, softdrinks and coffee and alcohol, these foods have nothing but sugar and loaded with calories.

The Magic and Charm of the BRITISH MONARCHY

The mystical symbol of the British Monarchy. Samuel Pepys dubbed it as \"The most romantic castle in the world\".


British monarch\'s official London residence

Buckingham Palace:British monarch's official London residence

The survival of the British monarchy into the modern age enthralled the present generation. How they cling from the shadow of the Dark Age and rose to the obscure bank of the Thames River unto the era of fascinating high technologies, remains a phenomenon.

The First World War saw the collapse of Europe’s most powerful royal houses including Russia, Germany and Austria and witnessed the terrifying supremacy of socialism and communism. Watching the painful downfalls of the reign of his cousins, King George V of Great Britain (grandson of Queen Victoria and grandfather of the current British monarch Queen Elizabeth II) quickly moved his magic wand to save what is left for his Kingdom.

He decided to withdraw his warm closeness to German Kaiser, Emperor William II, who was his first cousin through Queen Victoria and stopped addressing him as “Dear Cousin Willy”. England fretted Germany’s oppression that every German citizen leaving in England either humiliated or ostracized. The cordial British King whose ancestors-The Royal houses of Saxe-coburg-Gotha, the Wettins, the Hanovers, and the Glucksburg-Oldenburg-Sonderburg-Becks, rooted in Germany, stood firm to distance himself from his German relatives. When his closest cousin Emperor Nicholas II of Russia (his first cousin through King Christian IX of Denmark) asked for an asylum in England during Russian revolution in 1917 where he was forced to abdicate, George V strongly opposed. Nicholas II (whose wife, Alexandra, was also the first cousin of King George V through Queen Victoria),Empress Alexandra and their 5 children where later on imprisoned and massacred by the Bolshevics in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Hearing the devastating news about his cousins’ horrifying death, George V poured his hatred to his diary and recorded: “It was a foul murder, dear cousin Nicky was a thorough gentleman”. Since then, no member of the British Royal Family ever visited Russia until the early part of the 90’s when the late Czar’s great great niece Queen Elizabeth II made a state visit to President Boris Yeltsin.

Another cousin who suffered the rant of anti-German sentiments was Prince Louis of Battenberg, husband of Princess Victoria of Hesse (older sister of Emperor Nicholas II’s wife Alexandra-they were both grandchildren of Queen Victoria through her third child Princess Alice). Prince Louis was a decorated British Royal Navy officer who rose to power as First Sea lord of England at the outbreak of World War I. When Germany’s tyrannical rule spread to Western Europe English subjects began suspecting all German citizens living in England as spies. Battenberg was forced to give up his position in the Royal Navy and relinquished his Princely title, his cousin George V offered him a Noble title as the First Marquess of Milford Haven, Louis accepted the title because he wanted his children to be of Noble blood. The final humiliation occurred when he was admonished by his monarch cousin to anglicize his family name from Battenberg to Mountbatten (berg in German language means mountain-according to oxford dictionary).

At the end of his life, Louis, cursing his German blood, never set a foot to Germany and turned his back to all his German relatives, except for Queen Eugenie of Spain, who was his niece (note: Queen Eugenie was the former Princess Eugenie of Battenberg, only daughter of Louis’s brother Prince Henry of Battenberg and Princess Beatrice-the youngest child of Queen Victoria. Eugenie married King Alfonso XIII of Spain. The current Spanish king, Juan Carlos, is Queen Eugenie’s grandson). Lord Louis Mountbatten leads a quiet life with his wife at their grace-and-favor-apartment at Kensington Palace. His children would later on leave distinguished marks in European History. His eldest daughter Princess Alice married Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, son of King George I of Greece (they were the parents of Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh-husband of Queen Elizabeth II). His youngest daughter Louise married the King of Sweden Gustav Adolf VI. His youngest child and name sake Lord Louis Mountbatten became a Second World War hero as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces stationed in South East Asia.

George V then announced the changing of his Royal House name from Saxe Coburg Gotha (a German royal house where both his grandparents-Queen Victoria and Prince Albert-descended/note: Queen Victoria and Prince Albert are first cousins) to Windsor to effectively bury his German roots. The present royal house in Europe who has Saxe-Coburg-Gotha’s name is the Royal House of Belgium, the current Belgian King Albert II is the great-great-great grandson of King Leopold I, the first Belgian King and Queen Victoria’s maternal uncle. (note: Leopold I married Queen Victoria’s first cousin Princess Charlotte-only child and successor of Queen Victoria’s paternal uncle King George IV, but she died from childbirth. Leopold remarried three years later to a French Princess and bore him 5 children. If Charlotte had lived, Queen Victoria would never become a Queen and British History might have been very different).

The British Empire extended its territories to the West indies, the African continent and islands in the pacific coast. But after the reign of King George V, the empire reduced into merely a Kingdom with shrinking territories forming the British Commonwealth of Nations. The three countries that retained as dominions of the British Empire are Australia, Canada and New Zealand, they are independent countries but remained attached to the mother country- Britain. They recognized the ruling British sovereign as their head of state. The Monarch’s representative to these dominions is known as Governor-General.

The throne struggled to keep its foot after the two world wars that had battered England, it helps survived the cruelest days of the Huns and the fear of communism, it remained strong in the middle of the crisis and controversies that threatened to destabilize the court. They gone through difficult stages and intrigues but in the end, the mystique of the throne prevailed. But the two wars were merely an icing that decorated on the cake of calamities, the real battleground that fought hard by the highest throne on earth was the personal crisis that haunted the lives of each members, the first of these series was the unforgettable abdication of Edward VIII in the snowy month of December 1936.

Eleven months after the death of George V, his eldest son Prince David immediately ascended as King Edward VIII but the first few months of his reign confronted a serious issue, the King poses an uncomfortable situation that could provoke a constitutional crisis. His feckless character insisted marrying his twice divorced American lover Wallis Simpson, whom his family dismissively branded as “Edward’s unholy lover”. Divorce in the royal circle at that time was such a sacrilege that no divorce persons were allowed in the presence of the monarch and in the royal court. Although legally, Edward could marry Mrs. Simpson and remained King, his morally conscious ministers are against the idea of having a divorce woman as Consort whose equally conservative subjects would never accept Wallis as their Queen. The Prime Minister, Stanley Baldwin, threatened to resign if the love-struck King proceeds in marriage, so Edward, afraid of sacrificing the future of the British government and at the same time determined to keep his lover, proposed that he will be supported by public opinion, the results’ poll was unanimous: either abdicate or abandon Mrs. Simpson.

Edward VIII, who was considered as the most famous Prince of Wales in British history with “shining gold hair and sad blue eyes”, chooses love over tradition and duty. On the cold morning of December 11, 1936, his poignant voice echoed through out the world uttering a statement “it is impossible for me to remain King without the support of the woman I loved”. The embittered Queen Mary (his mother) and his disappointed sickly brother Prince Bertie, who will be forced to carry the weight of the crown and the one who will be mostly affected with the abdication, had less sympathy in his predicament. They condemned the ambitious woman who had two living husbands, as undignified commoner who has no class. They refused to recognize Wallis Simpson as member of their clan and did not bestow her with the “Her Royal Highness” style. The royal family’s hatred for Mrs. Simpson’s lasted for a lifetime. Until her death in 1986, at the age of 90, she did not receive any proprietary gesture from the British royal family for creating acrimonious crisis in 1936. Edward VIII forced to live in Exile with his lover and ostracized in the British court forever.

This was repeated in 1956 through his niece, Princess Margaret, the only sibling of the reigning British sovereign Queen Elizabeth II. As Princess of the blood royal who was 4th in the line of succession at that time, Margaret was not allowed to marry a divorce person. The tension became a heated debate in the royal circle during that time that his boyfriend, Peter Townsend, a favorite equerry of his father King George VI, was sent to Belgium as air attaché by the British government and instructed not to return to England forever. Princess Margaret was forced to renounce her relationship to Townsend in a letter broadcasted worldwide.

The divorce issue that haunted the British royal family for the past centuries later on became a curse that would forever changed the face of the British monarchy. Queen Elizabeth II was the first British monarch in 500 years to allow divorce in her direct family. In 1960 she permitted her first cousin Lord Gerome Lascelles, the 7th Earl of Harewood, to divorce and remarry. In 1978, Princess Margaret obtained a divorce from her husband Tony Armstrong Jones. At the end of the 20th century all marriages of the 3 children of the Queen ended in divorce including the heir to the throne Prince Charles. This crisis questioned the very foundation of the royal family which is morality. They are supposed to symbolize unity and harmony in public and the model of moral and virtues among their subjects. Queen Victoria’s favorite Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli once said: “Monarchy is represented by the royal family, it is best to represent this symbol with family unity”.

As 1990 approaches, the once obedient parliament started singing different tune, especially when the issue of finances tackled in their sessions. The heated arguments finally made one MP member to thunder: “The Queen is a pain in the neck!”. For the past four decades of Elizabeth II’s reign, it was the first critical comment the monarchy ever heard. MP members who are still loyal to the crown rushed to their feet to defend the sovereign. In 1992, the Windsor castle caught a fire and need huge renovation and some critics once again expressed disgust with the high cost of expenses. The British royal family’s finances largely depended on a civil list drafted by the palace to parliament, it means that all their annual expenses are taken from the public purse with the exemption of Prince Charles because as heir apparent his finances is supported by the income generated from the Duchy of Cornwall. With all the issues that surrounded the throne, British subjects expressed their lamentations in changing of the constitution but so far, the British officials vowed to support the continuation of the House of Windsor.

It was thought possible that the dysfunctional family of the Queens’ children and the controversies generated might be the rallying point of the monarchy’s critics to launch a campaign against the throne, but the royalists dismissed the idea, they argued that the monarchy, tested by time, will survive as long as the cliff of Dover is standing high. Family rift and morality issues alike, the throne had gone with that stage during the Tudor dynasty in the 16th century, after all King Henry VIII was hardly an advertisement for a happy family life, but the throne stood as still.

After the fall of the monarchies in the world, Egyptian King Farouk declared: “by the turn of the 20th century, there will only be 5 kings left in the world, the Kings of heart,diamond, club, spade and the King of England. Farouk I was forced to abdicate during Egyptian revolution in 1952 in favor of his infant son Ahmed Fuad who briefly reigned as King Fuad II. In 1953 the Egyptian parliament declared republic. King Farouk, just like any other “falling monarchs” was aslo impressed with the mystique of the British throne.

Antioxidants and its benefits

Human body is supported with natural occurring substances in order to maintain vigor and energy. But as we picks up momentum in aging, our body’s important natural occurring substances decrease making it prone to inflammation and accumulate free-radicals faster. Inflammation and free-radicals greatly damage the body cells.


Our body needs protection to be able to function well and prevent the rapid process of aging. However, there are instances that our food intake lacked good amount of nutrients to accomplish the required daily needs of vitamins. What we need to do is take some food supplements to augment these deficiencies. These pro-aging supplements are commonly called anti-oxidants and health practitioners presented these as safe for daily intakes.


The following 6 supplements are known antioxidants that have powerful effects in promoting healthy and radiant skin and prevent the rapid process of aging.


Alpha-lipoic Acid– this antioxidant supplement is much stronger than vitamins C and E, according to a health magazine. It prevents inflammation in the body which is one of the causes of aging.


Coenzyme Q10-is a natural substance found in our body and necessary for the proper functioning of body cells; however the body decreases to produce this important substance as we grow older. This supplement helps increase the levels of Q10 in our body to prevent free-radical damages and promotes young looking skin. It also protects the brain from neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson disease and has beneficial effect on people suffering from migraines. Safe daily dosage is 300 mg.


Glutathione capsules-is a central detoxifier in the body and used to treat cancer patients who undergo chemotherapy. Glutathione is formed from the linking of three amino acids (glutamic, cystein, glycerin). Just like Co-enzyme Q10, Glutathione is a natural substance found in our body, however as one ages this substance decreases making our body prone to inflammation and free-radicals. It has a melanin inhibiting factor making it as one of the most effective ways in whitening skin.


Vitamin C– also known as ascorbic acid, this water soluble supplement helps the body produced collagen. Collagen is responsible in maintaining firm and elastic skin. It also helps prevent inflammation in the gums.


Vitamin E– also known as tocopherol, in Greek language meaning “to bear a child”, the name achieved through an ancient belief that vitamin E, a fat-soluble substance, used to cure infertility. It fights free-radical in our body, promoting young looking skin. It also helps boost immune system and maintain normal blood circulation. There are two types of vitamin E in the market: synthetic and natural. You will know if it’s synthetic when you read a label dl-alpha tocopherol while the natural bears the label as d-alpha tocopherol. The body fast absorbed the vitamin E supplement when taken with fats. Normal intake is 400 units a day


Vitamin A– this supplement is known to quickly renew body cells. In fact some acne capsules and tablets in the market have Vitamin A as a main ingredient because of the capacity of this supplement to quickly eradicate dead skin cells and other impurities revealing a new revitalize skin.


However, maintaining a health lifestyle is the best way to achieve a smooth, radiant skin. Planning a balanced diet is excellent. It is best to avoid or cut the unhealthy foods such as fats, starchy food, alcohol, softdrinks, caffeinated beverages and junk foods. Eat daily fresh fruits and vegetables. Having a positive disposition too can make each person beautiful inside and out.

Favorite Food Brands

the cornflakes from kelloggs are best energy booster

the cornflakes from kelloggs are best energy booster

the nutritious nestle products

the nutritious nestle products

Nestle is the world’s number one food company. This is also one of my favorite brands. I loved their honey gold cornflakes and the probone milk from nesvita. Even at my age I still appreciated Cerelac, my favorite variety is Wheat and milk, it has a wonderful taste and I often eat one bowl as a merienda treats, so instead of binging useless chips and cookies I turn to the goodness of Cerelac. The Switzerland based food company has a wide array of food products, from milk, cereals, flakes to choco drinks and coffee. But they are popular with milk brands.

Kelloggs is another favorite. Their kelloggs frosties (cornflakes) is simply great, there’s no need for you to add whipping cream or sweetener. Kelloggs brand is a fave brand of the British royal family. It was mentioned several times in Kitty Kelly book “The Royals” that the British royal family has supplies of Kelloggs in their pantry. when Princess Diana was still suffering from Bulimia (an insidious disease of eating and vomiting), she devoured several bowls of kelloggs frosties lathered with rich Guernsey creams when hunger pangs hit her.

I don’t drink softdrinks, so I turn much of the time to yogurt, so far Nestle has the best brand of yogurt and I hope Kelloggs would soon manifacture their own yogurt variety. The sweet taste of the product cure my thirst plus the goodness of milk and fruit flavor. It is an energy booster too with live microorganisms that helps digestion.


July 2008

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