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Freda and Pete Were Getting Old and Mean

 

Freda and Pete Were Getting Old and Mean

 

At 15 years old, Freda was an old and mean bird. She became weak, sometimes falling out of her perch. She had a hard time chewing her food. Pete, was not mean. Freda still enjoyed her "reading" shredding any paper I gave her. She still collected the shredded pieces on her back and carries them to her nest box.

I bought another nest box for Pete as Freda now does not allow him in her nest box. Since Pete could not shred the paper the way Freda does, he punch holes in the paper and sometimes ate the small pieces. They habitually do lots of chirpings and responded to my calls.

Somehow, I never get tired of my Lovebirds. Feeding them, cleaning their cage became a routine. Both are nearing the end of their lives. Watching my Lovebirds made me realized how similar they are to us.

They go through the same stages of life changes that we humans experience. Although they’re gone now, their memories will stay for the rest of my life.

This is the last chapter of this eBook. I hope you enjoyed reading it.

Happy Holidays to all!

Alma

alma@almaapostol.com

Cycle of Mating by the Lovebirds

Cycle of Mating by the Lovebirds

The cycle of mating, laying eggs and incubating happened over and over but their eggs never hatched. Once I removed the eggs, Freda would be back to her normal ways. She and Pete would chirp and sang attracting other birds outside.


As time went by, Freda became really mean and I could no longer touch her without being bitten. Her beak was so sharp that it drew blood when she bit. Pete, on the other hand, was same playful lovebird.


I never got to tame him the way I tamed Freda. He playfully bit my hand, when I tried to touch him.

Enjoy,

Alma

alma@almaapostol.com

Freda's Eggs Did Not Hatched

Freda's Eggs Did Not Hatched

According to the book it would take 22 to 25 days to incubate the eggs. I eagerly awaited the hatching. A month passed by, but the eggs did not hatch. I went back to the book. Male and female lovebirds would lay eggs. If the eggs were from the same sex, they would not hatch.


I was disappointed. Freda sat on the eggs for a while. One day a rotten-egg smell came from the nest box. I opened the top of the nest box, and Freda was eating the rotten eggs. I forced her out of the nest box and removed the rest of the eggs. When the eggs were gone, Freda spent more time again outside the nest box. More to come.

Enjoy,

Alma

alma@almaapostol.com

 

Lovebird's Nest

Lovebird's Nest

A friend of mine who bred lovebirds told me to purchase a nest box. She recommended I buy a book about lovebirds. I bought a book and a nest box for the lovebirds. I was surprised to see how big the nest box was compared to the size of the Lovebirds.


I attached the nest box to the open window of the cage. Immediately, Freda went inside, and Pete followed. They spent most of their time inside the nest box. I also noticed that Freda stopped eating from the bowl.

Pete, on the other hand, was constantly eating. Freda sat at the door of the nest box and Pete regurgitated and dislodged his food inside Freda's beak. Her feathers changed from a lovely green to a dull color.

Occasionally, she came out of the nest box and vomited. She acted strangely, quite mean and even bit Pete after being fed. Pete cried out and flew to his swing. I could no longer touch Freda. She stayed inside the cage most of the time, coming out only to do her droppings.

Curious about Freda's strange behavior, I opened the nest box’s top and peaked inside the nest; there were three tiny eggs. Freda rushed back inside and started chirping loudly and angrily.

Watch for more to come.

Enjoy,

Alma

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Lovebirds Nesting, Lovebirds Cage, Lovebirds Mating Season, Their Habits, and Rituals

Lovebirds Nesting, Lovebirds Cage, Lovebirds Mating Season, Their Habits, and Rituals

One day Freda started shredding the paper and stuck the shredded paper pieces one by one on her back again. She was a funny sight with different lengths of shredded paper sticking on her back.

She ran under the bed, followed by Pete. Freda came back minus the shredded papers on her back. She shredded more paper and stuck them on her back, then ran under the bed again.

They kept playing this same little game over and over again. I left them alone for a while, but when I heard them chirping, I decided to find out what they were doing.

Both sat side by side under the bed. I could not reach them, even using a rolled newspaper to make them move out. It took a while before I succeeded in driving them out.

I picked up Freda, put her on the cage. I closed the sliding door's blind. Pete followed. While removing the shredded papers from under the bed, I suddenly realized what that little game was about. They were making a nest.

More to come.

Enjoy,

Alma

alma@almaapostol.com

Freda And Pete Had Individual Characteristics

Freda And Pete Had Individual Characteristics

Pete Love to Watched Himself in the Sliding Door Mirror. But That Didn’t Interest Freda.
These two lovebirds had their individual characteristics. Freda was serious while Pete was playful and loves to watch himself in the mirror, flapping his wings while watching himself.

When out of the cage, he watched himself in the mirrored sliding door, turning and doing other tricks. Freda had no interest with the mirror.


The courtship began. Soon the pair started to mate. Pete climbed on the back of Freda holding on to her feathers for a tight grip. Pete varied her chirping when initiating the mating. Sometimes Freda initiated the mating. The mating took place several times a day.


During the mating, Pete produced a different sound. He became quite exhausted; panting hard by the time the mating was over. By listening to the sound of their chirping, I could tell what they were up to. Whenever I let them out of the cage, I gave some papers to Freda to read. As usual Pete was close by.

Visit this blog again. I'll be adding more articles about my pets.

Enjoy,

alma@almaapostol.com

Freda And Pete Instantly Became Friends

Freda And Pete Instantly Became Friends

I was thrilled to see them embracing each other, feeding each other, grooming each other and performing lots of tricks together. Once in a while, they fought just like husband and wife who quarrel once in a while.

Freda stopped following me around after Pete joined her in the cage. I was sitting on the floor reading a newspaper one day when Freda started tearing the newspaper with her razor-sharp beak, each piece precisely the same width. She quickly shredded the newspaper. 

Pete tried to shred too but ended up merely punching a hole on the newspaper. Since then I referred Freda's shredding as "reading." Freda shredded any paper she could find. These routines went on for a while.

Check for more articles about my Lovebirds

Enjoy,

Alma
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Bought A Lovebird I Named Pete

 

I Bought A Lovebird I Named Pete

 

Freda And Pete Instantly Became Friends They Made Lots Of Tricks, Kissing Each Other. Freda Enjoyed Paper Shredding

One day I bought another lovebird and named him Pete. Pete has yellowish-green feathers. His forehead and neck were covered with bright-reddish feathers. He was smaller than Freda. Carrying him in a paper bag with holes, I stepped inside the front door, and he started tweeting. 

Freda, who was in the bedroom, responded, when I put Pete inside the cage, both instantly, became friends. They chirped and sang simultaneously, embracing each other with their beaks. I bought a bigger cage. Freda was dominant and would not let Pete eat from her food bowl. 

Watching them was both pleasure and a learning process for me. Their acrobatics were amazing. They could turn their head 360 degrees and reach every part of their body. Pete loved to swing and did a lot of stunts. 

Watch for the next post!

Enjoy

Alma

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Their acrobatics were amazing

Chapter Six Lovebirds As Pets

Lovebirds As Pets Continue For Chapter six

One morning, I was in front of the house tending to my roses, having left the front door slightly open. All of a sudden I heard her tweeting and clinging on my pants. I picked her up and put her on the grass.


She played on the grass, pulling and cutting the grass with her razor-sharp beak. I watched her as she moved to a shrub and slowly climbed the trunk.


Finally, on top of the shrub she spread her wings flapped them over and over, chirping and singing. Other birds responded to her singing and chirping. Before long, many birds joined the choir. I was glad to see Freda happy again.

More to come...

Enjoy, 

Alma

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Freda Regained Her Health, Singing And Chirping Again. She Became Very Dependent But Happy

Freda Regained Her Health, Singing And Chirping Again. She Became Very Dependent But Happy


Freda slowly regained her health. She started chirping and singing again. Sometimes she attempted to fly but could not lift off. She became very dependent. If out of the cage, she followed me anywhere inside the house.


She climbed, grabbed my pants or skirt with her beak and climbed up until she reached my shoulder where she sat. Sometimes she sat on my palm and fell asleep. Inside her cage, she fell off her swing once and she stopped using her swing.


She exercised her wings by flapping them, attempting to fly but with no success. In the back yard, she continued to respond to other birds' singing and chirping. A final visit to the vet confirmed that she was healed.

Watch for more to come...

Enjoy,

Alma

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It Took a While for Freda to Recuperate, an Agony for Me... Continue

It Took a While for Freda to Recuperate, an Agony for Me

 

I still did not hear any sound from her. Nursing her back to health was an agony for me.


Three weeks later, I went back to the vet. He checked Freda thoroughly with one hand (he was still wearing his sling). It took him a while to remove Freda's sling. He checked her wings and said they were healing properly and that Freda would be okay.

With the sling off, Freda was able to slowly move her wings. The vet gave me more medicine and told me to come back in a month. He said that by that time, the wound would be completely healed. I thanked him, paid the bill and left.

More to come...

Enjoy,

Alma

alma@almaapostol.com


Chapter 5...It Took a While for Freda to Recuperate, an Agony for Me

It Took a While for Freda to Recuperate, an Agony for Me

Freda's recuperation was slow. She would not take food but at least was drinking. She sat in one corner of the cage, balanced herself, closed her eyes and went to sleep. I had to manually open her beak and forced the medicine in.


She was very weak and stopped chirping and singing. Even the chirping and singing of the other birds in the back yard didn't cheer her up. As the days went by, Freda started to take food and moved around inside the cage. When out of the cage, she walked slowly, balancing herself.

Enjoy,

Alma

alma@almaapostol.com

Chapter...Lovebirds

Freda Was Badly Hurt, She Could No Longer Fly...Continue

When it was my turn, I followed the assistant to a room and sat down to wait for the vet. To my surprised, the vet had a sling on his arm. He introduced himself and took Freda out of the cage. He carefully checked her with one hand, saying that he had to take x-ray.


He showed me the x-ray afterwards and said that Freda could no longer fly. I was devastated, but glad she was still alive. The vet put a sling on her, wrapping both her wings. He said that it would prevent her from further injury. He also gave some medicine for her and told me to come back in three weeks. I paid the bill and left.

Watch out for more to come...

 

Enjoy,

Alma

alma@almaapostol.com


Lovebirds...Freda Was Badly Hurt, She Could No Longer Fly

Lovebirds...Freda Was Badly Hurt, She Could No Longer Fly

One afternoon, I turned on the ceiling fan and forgot to close the door of her cage. The phone rang, while I was on the phone, Freda flew over and tried to hang on the antenna. I shooed her away, but she kept coming back.


Eventually, she flew to the ceiling and was caught by the blade of the fan. Fortunately, the fan was set at low. She dropped into a corner, gagging and gasping. I dropped the phone and ran to her rescue. She was hurt badly and was hardly moving. I held her in my hand, praying she would be okay. I called an avian vet and made an appointment for the next day. At the vet's office, people with sick birds and animals were waiting their turns.

More coming!

Enjoy,

Alma

alma@almaapostol.com

Lovebirds...Kids Loved Freda. She Allowed Them To Touch Her Feathers. She Loved Grocery Shopping Wit

Kids Loved Freda. She Allowed Them To Touch Her Feathers. She Loved Grocery Shopping With Me

My back yard had shrubs, flowering plants, and vegetables. I spent lots of time taking care of my plants after work. When working in the garden, I hung Freda's cage on the branch of a tree in the middle of the back yard. Other birds sat on or clung to the cage and chirped and sang.

Freda became very popular with kids. When relatives visited, their kids laughed and giggled when they saw Freda. They enjoyed touching and rubbing her feathers. Freda often playfully bit their hands.


Occasionally, I let Freda sat on my shoulder while doing my grocery shopping. Kids in the store giggled and laughed especially when she displayed her beautiful voice. She was dubbed "my baby."

More to come...

Enjoy

Alma
alma@almaapostol.com

Continue...Freda Loved Taking a Bath, Playing With Her Toys and Enjoyed Swinging

Continue...Freda Loved Taking a Bath, Playing With Her Toys and Enjoyed Swinging

One day I decided to open her cage while on my bed reading. She flew down and landed at the bottom of the bed. I tried to touch her, but she flew back to her cage. I continued reading. She flew down again and this time, came closer to me. She just sat there, and I did touch her.


These small flights went on for a while, until one day she flew and landed on my shoulder. I grabbed and held her, and she didn't do anything. She sat on my palm for a while, hid her head underneath her wing and fell asleep. After that she followed me anywhere, when out of the cage.


She enjoyed playing with my jewelry, sometimes unhooking my necklace, and playing with my earring. She loved pulling my hair or loosening the screws of my eyeglasses. When I was on my phone, she wanted to hang on the antenna of the wireless phone, but I shooed her away.

More to come...

Enjoy,

Alma

alma@almaapostol.com

Freda Loved Taking a Bath, Playing With Her Toys and Enjoyed Swinging

Freda Loved Taking a Bath, Playing With Her Toys and Enjoyed Swinging

 

I decided to move her cage to my bedroom where she could see and hear other birds in the backyard trees singing or taking a bath in the fountain outside the bedroom. She responded to their chirping and singing. By this time, she allowed me to touch her during feeding time.


I enjoyed watching her flapping her wings, doing her acrobatic acts and tricks, grooming or listening to the various sounds she made. She loved to take a bath, dipping her head back and forth in the water bowl, sometimes losing her balance and her whole body sinking inside the water bowl. She shook, choked as though drowning and climbed back to her perch. After taking her bath, she jumped on her swing, drying her wet wings. She would straighten out the feathers of her wings one by one with her beak.

More to come...

Enjoy,

Alma

alma@almaapostol.com

Lovebirds I Purchased A Lovebird I Named Freda,

I Purchased A Lovebird I Named Freda, Caring, Feeding Her With Seeds, Fruits, Vegetables, Leafy Greens And Herbs. I Cleaned her Cage Everyday

Freda was a naughty and playful little lovebird. She was about two months old when I purchased her for forty dollars from my neighbor. She had a nice green plumage and a short tail, which spread like a fan when displayed, light-brown feathers on her forehead and dirty-white on her neck. I hung her small cage by the living room window.


On the first day, she climbed to the top of the cage whenever I came close. Although she made a lot of noise, leaving others in the household complaining, I was not at all bothered by her noise. I referred to it as singing. I enjoyed the way she changed her music from soft chirping to loud, sometimes angry, harsh sounds.

Come back in a few days for more. Thank you.

 

Enjoy,

Alma

alma@almaapostol.vcom

 

Lovebirds

Lovebirds

Lovebirds go through the same stages of life changes that we humans experience.
Although my Lovebirds are gone now, their memories will stay for the rest of my life.

If you raise your own Lovebirds, you can experience the joy of having Lovebirds to love and care.


Your Lovebirds will entertain you and if you watch them closely, you will learn lots about their ways and realize that they go through the same stages of life that we humans experience.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RYCTPP8

If you have questions regarding Lovebirds as "pets", you can access the author at:
alma@almaapostol.com

Enjoy,

Alma

How I Raised, Cared, Trained, and Tamed My Lovebirds Chicks to Very Mature 15 Year Old

How I Raised, Cared, Trained, and Tamed My Lovebirds Chicks to Very Mature 15 Year Old

I just moved to my house at Southern California when a neighbor across the street invited me to see her birds. She bred several kind of birds, large and small. I was attracted to a baby Lovebird and decided to buy it. I called her Freda. We bonded so well and she became very dependent. I never thought I could tame Freda the way I did.

My neighbor suggested buying another Lovebird to be her companion. I called my second Lovebird Pete. Then started my relationship with these Lovebirds that lasted for 15 years. It was an educational, inspirational, and wonderful relationship.

Check this blog in a few days for more...www.almaapostol.com/blog.

Enjoy,

Alma

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Natural Herbal Remedies...An Alternative To Drugs

Natural Herbal Remedies…An Alternative To Drugs


Herbal alternative medicine has come a long way. Nowadays, you don't have to always go to health food stores to find natural herbal remedies. A lot of them are actually carried in mainstream drugstores as well as supermarkets. Whether you have a cold, flu, constipation, anxiety, or some other disease, there is probably a natural herbal remedy for it. People use herbal sore throat remedies before even going to the doctor!

In some ways, this emphasis on natural herbal remedies makes a lot of sense. We can no longer depend on the mainstream medical establishment. Drugs are recalled after being prescribe for a while. They cause cancer or heart attack. Natural herbal remedy becomes an alternative.

The drug companies have so much influence on how medicine is done nowadays that doctors don't really cure diseases anymore. They simply give you a pill and send you home. Natural herbal remedies try to get at the root of things, and in this way they are good for you.

To your health,

Alma

alma@almaapostol.com

What Are Immune System Boosters?

What Are Immune System Boosters?

Your health should take precedence over most things in your life. Maybe with the exception of your child's health; but you get the message. All over the world people fail to properly care for themselves. And when I say CARE, this translates as healthy diet, regular exercise, plenty of sleep, and keeping the stress levels down. How else can you expect to maintain a strong immune system? This is one aspect of our bodies that we should all take very seriously. After all, it is the defense system within us that battles sickness and disease. So, who's ready to add a few immune system boosters to their lifestyle? It's imperative to know and understand how our bodies acquire their strength and stay healthy.

To your health,

Alma

alma@almaapostol.com

More on How Stress Is Affecting Your Life?

More on How Stress Is Affecting Your Life?

 

Your heart isn’t the only part of your body that you need to be aware of when it comes to feeling stressed. Another area where the effects of stress on the body can be seen is in sleep patterns. People who worry a great deal often can’t sleep. One of the main effects of stress on the body is depression.


A depressed person often has disrupted rest patterns. Finding a way to cope with the stress can mean a full night’s sleep which helps in numerous ways during the day including increased concentration and positive mood shifts.


Immune system problems have also been linked to emotional concerns. If a person is a constant worrier they may be prone to immune problems. This can actually result in them being more susceptible to things like colds and the flu. When we really start to see how far reaching the effects of stress on the body are it’s easy to see why it’s so important to try and curb the levels of stress.

To your health,

Alma

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How Stress is Affecting Your Life

How Stress is Affecting Your Life?

Each and every person has worries. To some of us we may see people with secure jobs and a steady income and wonder what they could possibly fret over. But the truth is that regardless of how wonderful someone’s life may seem to outsiders, stress is inevitably a factor.

A small amount of stress is normal and there’s little to do to avoid it. However, with the known effects of stress on the body, eliminating continual worry is necessary to
guarantee a long and healthy life.

One of the main contributing factors to heart disease is stress. Many individuals don’t realize this. They are generally the people who watch their fat intake and exercise regularly.

However, with one of the largest effects of stress on the body being seen in heart health, more needs to be done to ease that stress. A person can be the picture of health, but if they are constantly worrying there is a good chance they may suffer a
heart attack at some point.

To your health,

Alma

Alma@almaapostol.com

The Jane Handly Childhood Story You Are Beautiful, A Motivational Video

The Jane Handly Childhood Story You Are Beautiful, A Motivational Video

Watch The Jane Handly Childhood Story You Are Beautiful, A Motivational Video.

I enjoyed this video emailed to me by Chris Cade and I want to share it with you.

Click below to watch it.

http://www.videosmotivational.com/best-clips/happiness-videos/the-jane-handly-childhood-story-you-are-beautiful/

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Best regards,

Alma
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Even Eagles Need A Push, An Inspiring And Encouraging Movie

Even Eagles Need A Push, An Inspiring And Encouraging Movie

This movie is emailed to me by Dr. Robert Anthony.

It will encourage and inspire you.

Watch this wonderful movie below!

http://www.flickspire.com/m/LittleeInc/EvenEaglesNeedAPush


Enjoy and share this wonderful video.

Best regards,

Alma

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Habits Run Your Life, An Inspirational Video

Habits Run Your Life, An Inspirational Video


This video was emailed to me by Doug Westmoreland, Co-Founder GetMyInspiration4Life.com.

Watch this inspirational video today by clicking below.

http://getmyinspiration4life.com/blog/habits-run-your-life/

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Alma
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Think Different, An Inspirational Movie


Think Different, An Inspirational Movie

Watch this inspirational movie, Think Different.
It was emailed to me by Dr. Robert Anthony to share.

Watch this movie by clicking below.
http://www.flickspire.com/m/LittleeInc/ThinkDifferent

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Alma
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To A Child Love Is Spelled, An Inspirational Movie

To A Child Love Is Spelled, An Inspirational Movie

Watch this inspirational movie today.

It was shared to me by Eva Gregory

Click below to watch it.

http://evagregory.com/to-a-child-you-just-may-be-the-world/

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Alma
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Good To The Core, Empowering Movie

Good To The Core, Empowering Movie

Watch this empowering short movie today...
shape your character.
It was emailed to me by Eva Gregory

Click below to watch it.
http://evagregory.com/shape-your-character/

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Alma
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Everyone Needs A Pink-bat...Turning Problems Into Solutions!

Everyone Needs A Pink-bat...Turning Problems Into
Solutions!

Watch this video and be inspired today to turn your problems into solutions.

Eva Gregory shared this video to me via email.

Watch this video now by clicking below.

http://evagregory.com/everyone-needs-a-pink-bat/

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Best regards,

Alma
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HundredZero, A Wonderful Video

 

Hundred Zero, A Wonderful Video

This video was emailed to me by Dr. Robert Anthony.

It's about giving a hundred percent without expectation.

Watch this wonderful video today by clicking below.

http://www.flickspire.com/m/LittleeInc/HundredZero

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Alma
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Acres Of Diamonds, An Inspirational Movie

Acres Of Diamonds, An Inspirational Movie

Watch this inspirational movie today!

It was emailed to me by Dr. Robert Anthony.

Watch this video by clicking below.

http://www.flickspire.com/m/LittleeInc/AcresOfDiamonds

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Alma

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God Bless America, An Inspirational Video

God Bless America, An Inspirational Video

Watch this inspirational video, shared via
email to me by Eva Gregory.

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http://evagregory.com/god-bless-america/

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Happy 4th of July!

Best regards,

Alma
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Persevere, An Uplifting Movie

Persevere, An Uplifting Movie

 

Watch this movie, Persevere, and be uplifted today.
This movie was shared to me by Dr. Robert Anthony

Watch this movie by clicking below.


http://www.flickspire.com/m/LittleeInc/Persevere

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Alma
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Power Of Attitude, A Wonderful Video

Power Of Attitude, A Wonderful Video

This video was emailed to me my Mac Anderson.

Watch this wonderful video below!

http://www.flickspire.com/m/Rubbertree669/PowerOfAttitude

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Alma

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Someday Never Comes Do It Now, An Inspirational Video

Someday Never Comes Do It Now, An Inspirational Video

It was emailed to me by DOUG WESTMORELAND of GetMyInspiration4Life.com

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http://getmyinspiration4life.com/blog/someday-never-comes-do-it-now/

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Alma
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Your Circumstances Aren't You, An Inspirational Video

 

Your Circumstances Aren't You, An Inspirational Video

It was emailed to me by Dave Hamilton of
GetMyInspiration4Life.com

Watch this inspirational video today by clicking below.
http://www.lifesecretsonline.com/blog/2013/04/17/Circumstances/

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Alma
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What You See is What You Get, An Awesome Video

What You See is What You Get, An Awesome Video

 

Watch this awesome video today!
It was emailed to me by Dave Hamilton.

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http://getmyinspiration4life.com/blog/what-you-see-is-what-you-get/

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Alma
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Goal Setting to Goal Getting, A Motivational Video

Goal Setting to Goal Getting, A Motivational Video

Watch this video and be motivated today!
It was shared to me by Dave Hamilton.

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http://getmyinspiration4life.com/blog/goal-setting-to-goal-getting/


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Alma
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Stand Guard at the Door of Your Mind, Inspirational Video

Stand Guard at the Door of Your Mind, Inspirational Video

 

Watch this video and be inspired today!
It was shared to me by Dave Hamilton.

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http://getmyinspiration4life.com/blog/stand-guard-at-the-door-of-your-mind/

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Alma
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Paper Airplane, Video About Creativity

Paper Airplane, Video About Creativity

Watch this video and be creative today!
It was shared to me by Doug Westmoreland.

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http://www.lifesecretsonline.com/blog/2013/12/22/PaperAirplane/

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Alma
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Failing Your Way to Success, A Motivational Video

Failing Your Way to Success, A Motivational Video


Watch this video and be motivated today!
It was shared to me by Dave Hamilton

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http://getmyinspiration4life.com/blog/failing-your-way-to-success

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Alma
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Does Fear Paralyze You?...An Inspirational Video

Does Fear Paralyze You?...An Inspirational Video


Watch this video and be inspired today!
It was shared to me by Doug Westmoreland.

Watch this video by clicking below.
http://getmyinspiration4life.com/blog/does-fear-paralyze-you/


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Alma
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The Power Of Words, A Motivational Movie

The Power Of Words, A Motivational Movie

Watch this movie and be motivated today.
This movie was shared to me by Chris Cade

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http://www.videosmotivational.com/best-clips/making-a-difference-videos/the-power-of-words/

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Best regards,

Alma
http://www.almaapostol.com

Got Motivation, A Motivational Movie

Got Motivation, A Motivational Movie

 

Watch this movie and be motivated today.
This movie was shared to me Eva Gregory.

Watch this movie by clicking below.
http://evagregory.com/got-motivation/

Share and enjoy this motivational movie.

Best regards,

Alma
http://www.almaapostol.com

Happiness Now, An Inspiring Video

Happiness Now, An Inspiring Video

 

 

Watch this video and be inspired today.
This video was shared to me by Doug Westmoreland.

Watch this video by clicking below.
http://getmyinspiration4life.com/blog/happiness-now/

Share and enjoy this very inspiring video.

Best regards,

Alma
http://www.almaapostol.com

Heart Of A Caregiver, An Inspiring Video

Heart Of A Caregiver, An Inspiring Video

Watch this video and be inspired today.
This video was shared to me by Eva Gregory.


Watch this video by clicking below.
http://evagregory.com/heart-of-a-caregiver/


Share and enjoy this very inspiring video.

Best regards,

Alma
http://www.almaapostol.com

 

Someday Never Comes Do It Now, An Awesome Movie

Someday Never Comes Do It Now, An Awesome Movie

 

Watch this movie, Someday Never Comes Do It Now. It's an awesome movie.

Dave Hamilton of GetMyInspiration4Life.com emailed it to me to be shared.


Watch this movie by clicking below.

http://getmyinspiration4life.com/blog/someday-never-comes-do-it-now

 

Share and enjoy this awesome movie.

Best regards,

Alma

Paid In Full, An Empowering Movie

Paid In Full, An Empowering Movie

 

Watch this movie and be empowered today.

Kristin Howe emailed it to me to be shared.


Click the site below to watch it.

http://www.flickspire.com/m/Rubbertree669/Paid-In-Full

Share and enjoy this empowering movie

Best regards,

Alma

http://www.almaapostol.com

Dream, an Inspirational Video

Dream, an Inspirational Video


I'm sharing this inspirational video, Dream. It
was shared to me by Dr. Robert Anthony to share.


Click the website below to watch and share it.


http://www.flickspire.com/m/LittleeInc/Dream


Enjoy and be inspired,

Alma
http://www.almaapostol.com

Somewhere Over The Rainbow, An Inspirational Video


Somewhere Over The Rainbow, An Inspirational Video

This video,Somewhere Over The Rainbow, I'm sharing today was emailed to me
by Eva Gregory.


Click the website below to watch and share it.
http://evagregory.com/somewhere-over-the/


Enjoy and be inspired,

Alma
http://www.almaapostol.com

In The Garden Of Thoughts, an Inspirational Video

In The Garden Of Thoughts, an Inspirational Video


Watch this video and be inspired today.

It was emailed to me to be shared by Kristen Howe

Access this video by clicking below.

http://www.flickspire.com/m/Rubbertree669/In-the-Garden-of-Thoughts


Share and enjoy this beautiful and inspirational video.

Best regards,

Alma
http://www.almaapostol.com

Motivational Quotes, an Inspirational Video

Motivational Quotes, an Inspirational Video

Watch this video and be inspired today.

It was emailed to me to be shared by Dr. Robert Anthony.

Access this video by clicking below.

http://www.flickspire.com/m/LittleeInc/MotivationalQuotes


Share and enjoy this beautiful and inspirational video.

Best regards,

Alma
http://www.almaapostol.com

Life Is A Game, An Enlightening Video

Life Is A Game, An Enlightening Video

This video, Life Is a Game, I'm sharing today are enlightening.
There are 10 rules in playing the game of life. I appreciate Doug Westmoreland of Lifesecretonline.com for sharing it.

Click the website below to watch and share it.
http://www.lifesecretsonline.com/blog/2014/02/25/LifeIsAGame/

Enjoy,

Alma
http://www.almaapostol.com

 

Existential Bummer, A Great Movie

Existential Bummer, A Great Movie

 

Here's a video I would like to share with you, Existential Bummer.
Dr. Robert Anthony shared it with me via an email.

Watch by clicking the site below and share it.

http://www.flickspire.com/m/LittleeInc/ExistentialBummer


Enjoy,

Alma
http://www.almaapostol.com

Riding A Wave Of Hope, an Amazing Video

Riding A Wave Of Hope, an Amazing Video

 

Here's another amazing video I would like to share with you, Riding A Wave Of Hope.

It was emailed to me by Kristin Howe to share.

 

Watch by clicking the site below and share it.


http://www.flickspire.com/m/Rubbertree669/Riding-a-Wave-of-Hope


Enjoy,

Alma
http://www.almaapostol.com

Fail To Succeed, A Short Movie

Fail To Succeed, A Short Movie

I would like to share this short movie, Fail To Succeed. It was emailed to me by Dr. Robert Anthony to share.


Watch by clicking the site below and share it.

http://www.flickspire.com/m/LittleeInc/FailToSucceed


Enjoy,

Alma
http://www.almaapostol.com

Stand Guard At The Door Of Your Mind, An Encouraging Video

Stand Guard At The Door Of Your Mind, An Encouraging Video


I'm sharing this encouraging video, Stand Guard At The Door Of Your Mind.
It was emailed to me by Doug Westmoreland, Co-Founder, GetMyInspiration4Life.com


Watch by clicking the site below and share it.


http://getmyinspiration4life.com/blog/stand-guard-at-the-door-of-your-mind

 

Enjoy,

Alma
http://www.almaapostol.com

The Power Of Kindness, An Inspiring Video

The Power Of Kindness, An Inspiring Video

 

I would like to share this inspiring video emailed to me to share,

 

Watch it by clicking the site below and share it.

 

http://evagregory.com/the-power-of-kindness-2/

 

Enjoy,

Alma

http://www.almaapostol.com

 

Henry Peterson, An Inspiring Movie

Henry Peterson, An Inspiring Movie

 

Watch this movie and be inspired today.

It was emailed to me to be shared by Doug Westmoreland Co-Founder

LifeSecretsOnline.com

Watch this movie by clicking below.

http://www.flickspire.com/m/MMVBN/HenryPeterson

Share and enjoy this very inspirational movie.

Best regards,

Alma

http://www.almaapostol.com

 

Conclusion...My Last Visit To Grecia

Conclusion...My Last Visit To Grecia

 

Conclusion of the previous blog.

A waiter came over to take our orders. Amber asked for an English menu. I asked her to choose the menu for me. She chose something for herself and Mel’s. We ordered pineapple juice for our beverages.

When the food started to be served, we almost did not have enough space for them. We shared what we ordered. The food were delicious especially the sizzling shrimps. We had lots of leftovers to carry back to their house.

On our way, Amber asked Mel if he could show me around the area. He drove us over to Sarchi, a town in Alajuela passing by beautiful scenery along the way. He stopped by a furniture store. We went inside and checked. He was interested with one chair. He haggled with the price but the salesman would not gave the amount he was asking for.

We drove to two more furniture stores and finally stopped in a not so impressive looking store. We stopped. He asked for someone who he apparently knew. The guy was not there. The bamboo weave iron furniture attracted his attention. He sat in one of the chairs. This chair could be turned 360 degrees.

He specified the kind of chair he wanted. They made measurements according to his specifications. Amber wanted to have one for herself but decided to wait and see the final product first. They specified the time the chair would be delivered, made a down payment and we left.

Mel was so excited about his chair. He even thought of partnering with the owner and sell the chair via the internet. Driving back to Grecia, I asked Amber if we could have some dessert someplace. She immediately knew where to go.

Arriving at the location, Mel dropped Amber and I in front of the restaurant while he proceeded to park his car in a safe place. Amber ordered three cappuccinos. It was so delicious. We then drove to their Italian friends who owned a pizza restaurant. They talked a while. We left at 4 p.m. and we drove back to their house to pick up the coffee I ordered before dropping me off to the bus station.

It was 5 p.m. when we arrived in Alajuela. I took a cab back to my apartment. It was a wonderful day to spend with my friends before leaving for the U. S.

Enjoy,

Alma

http://www.almaapostol.com

 

My Last Visit To Grecia

My Last Visit To Grecia

 

Last Saturday, January 25th, I visited my friends in Grecia before I go back to Oregon. I took a cab at 8:15 a.m. and was driven to the bus terminal. The bus for Grecia was already parked. The fare was 690 colonies. There were few passengers when it left at 8:25 a.m., the scheduled departure.

I enjoyed the beautiful scenery along the way. The driver picked up more passengers in every bus stop. It was almost full when we arrived in Grecia at 9:45 a.m.

I called my friend, Amber,  to inform her that I was at the bus station. Her husband, Mel, came over to picked me up. We drove to their house. The house was nice compared to the one I went to the first time. Amber came over to meet me while Mel left for the car wash.

Amber offered me water, grapes and young mango fruit. We had our conversation while I ate and she continued what she was doing before my arrival. The coffee I ordered to carry back to the states were ready.

When done with what she was doing, she invited me to see their office, bedrooms, and bathroom upstairs. We continued our conversation until 11:30 a.m. when Mel arrived. One of the reasons I went there was to treat them to lunch. Amber and I joined Mel and we left for lunch at the Chinese restaurant.

To be continued in my next blog.

Enjoy,

Alma

http://www.almaapostol.com

 

Tour...Poas Volcano, Doka Coffee Plantation, And La Paz Waterfalls Garden Part 2

Tour...Poas Volcano, Doka Coffee Plantation, And La Paz Waterfalls Garden Part 2

 

Conclusion from Part 1...

There was a building where we could wait for the rest before our departure.  At the first floor there were exhibits of different species of animals, birds, reptiles, and etc. that originated in Costa Rica. At the second floor was a gift shop. There were various items to choose from. The salespeople were closed by to help with questions about the items.

We left the place at noon for our next stop, La Paz Waterfalls Garden.  With our tour guide leading us, we walked a path where we viewed the different species of birds. Some of the birds were tamed and allowed some of us to touch them. It was a sight to watch the hummingbirds gracefully moving from one petal to the next.

Then we viewed the different species of butterflies. We were instructed not to touch them. Melvin gave us a preview of the stages of the metamorphosis of a butterfly, from the egg to a full grown butterfly. We watched the final stage where a butterfly came out of the cocoon. We viewed the different species of frogs followed by the different species of snakes before we were treated to lunch.

Lunch was a buffet style in a restaurant surrounded by nature. There were lots of food to choose from. I had salad, a piece of  pizza, pork, vegetable, and rice. I had mango juice for my beverage. I joined two American ladies, mother and her daughter, on a table. I had papaya and pineapple fruits for my dessert. It was a very delicious lunch.

After lunch, Melvin took us to a path where we could view the monkeys, lions, tigers and other animals. The last one to view was the waterfalls. Melvin told us that we would not be returning to the path we came from. We would follow the path that would led us to the end where our bus would pick us up.

I walked the path that led me to the waterfalls. I marveled at enormous force of water falling from the top to the bottom. I appreciated the wonders all around me. Others were posing and taking pictures. I continued my walk watching every step I made. It was wet and could be slippery. After walking a distance I saw an arrow indicating the path to follow leading to the shuttles.

At this time, I was very tired, but I had to keep on. It seemed like forever, but I finally reach the end of the path. It was a gift shop. I was the first one in the group to arrive. I was so exhausted. I checked some of the items they had and finally went down, sat on a bench to wait for the rest. The mother and daughter soon arrived.

I figured out why the path to the end was very long. It was to gave the tourist the opportunity to see the beautiful scenery around. Unfortunately for me, I had to watch my steps. Before long, the rest of us arrived. A few minutes later, our bus arrived. I relaxed as we drove back to be dropped off at the hotels where the bus picked us up. It was a very tiresome but enjoyable trip.

Enjoy,

Alma

http://www.almaapostol.com





 

Tour...Poas Volcano, Doka Coffee Plantation, And La Paz Waterfalls Garden Part 1

Tour...Poas Volcano, Doka Coffee Plantation, And La Paz Waterfalls Garden Part 1

 

Last Saturday, Jan. 18th, I took another tour to Poas volcano, Doka coffee plantation, and La Paz Waterfalls Garden offered by Costa Rica Tour and Travel tour group. I was picked up in front of the Hampton Inn, Alajuela. There was another passenger that was picked up before proceeding to Doka coffee plantation.

Unlike my previous tour, this group was a combination of younger and older individuals. There were 19 passengers including  the tour guide, Melvin and Jose, the driver. As a way of introducing us to the group, Melvin called our names and where we came from as we acknowledged his call. Most of us were from different states of the United States of America, a couple from Brazil, a young lady from England, and another young lady from Germany.

On our way to the Doka coffee plantation, Melvin did a good job of informing us the history of the Doka coffee plantation, the owners and the generations of the family who took over the business. Upon arriving Melvin showed us how the coffee seed was planted and grown.

We toured the different stages of processing the coffee beans from the time it was picked up to the final coffee product. Roasting time such as 15 minutes, 17 minutes, and 20 minutes were very crucial in classifying the kind of coffee product it would produce.  We had a delicious breakfast and later directed to a shop where we could buy coffee and other items.

Our next stop was Poas volcano. It was raining, cloudy, windy, and cold. We stopped at a store for some of us to buy raincoats, had coffee before our 15 minutes walk to the viewing section of the volcano.  Like my previous tour, I could not see anything but the clouds below.

I joined the couple from Brazil who decided to go back where the bus was parked, while some of us took the 45 minutes walk to another section of the volcano.

Part 2...next blog.

Enjoy,

Alma

http://www.almaapostol.com

Why I Have A Stress Free Life In Costa Rica

Why I Have A Stress Free Life In Costa Rica

 

When I decided to take my vacation to Costa Rica I made up my mind to enjoy my life no matter what kinds of challenges I would be facing. This decision is making my life stress free now.

Not knowing anybody in Costa Rica, I was fortunate to know a Costa Rican lady via the internet who was looking for somebody to share her apartment. I later found out that she is a teacher and speaks English. I’m learning a lot about the Costa Rican culture through her.

Every time I go out I encounter challenges communicating with individuals who can’t speak English. First of all, I ask the person I talk to if he/she speaks English. Most of the time that person refers me to someone who speaks English. If there’s no one, I still manage to accomplish what I intend to do with my limited Spanish and laugh at the way I accomplish it.

I used to be stressed out standing in line, but here I wait in line as patiently as the rest of the people do. I've witnessed a situation where people stayed in lines for hours without any complaint.

Crossing the streets can be so stressful, but I take as much time as I can until I’m sure I’ll be safe crossing the streets. There are drivers here who will not bother to slow down even if they see somebody crossing the streets. I almost had accidents twice. I keep reminding myself to be very careful whenever I cross the streets.

Lot’s of constructions are going on where I reside. The noise is sometimes intolerable. However, I don’t allow the noise to upset me. I just focus my attention to whatever I’m doing.

So far I’m enjoying my life here, loving the weather, enjoying the fresh fruits and vegetables but most of all enjoying my encounters with the friendly Costa Ricans.

Enjoy,

Alma

http://www.almaapostol.com

Tour...Irazu Volcanoe, Lankester Gardens, And Orosi Valley

Tour...Irazu Volcano, Lankester Gardens, And Orosi Valley

I reserved a day tour with Gray Line Costa Rica that took place yesterday. It started at 6:30 a.m. when I was picked up by a tour van at Holiday Inn Express, Alajuela by the tour guide and the driver. He introduced himself as he checked his lists.

From there we proceeded to San Jose to pick up eight more passengers from different hotels. Four of us are from the USA, three passengers from Germany, one from Mexico and, another from Argentina. Four females and five males.

It 7:30 a.m. when we drove towards Cartago City. As we travelled the winding road, Jesus, the tour guide, informed us about the history of Cartago and places we were passing, such as the different kinds of vegetables grown in the area. It was cloudy and raining as we reached the top of the Irazu Volcano. We were supposed to observe the main craters, the Atlantic, and Pacific Oceans.

After giving us a brief history about the volcano, Jesus left us to spend time to take pictures. It was raining, windy and cold. Some of us didn’t have the proper attires. One lady  was wearing a sandal and two were wearing shorts. They stayed for a few minutes to take pictures and went back to the van. I walked to the end and turned back. This time it was raining hard, wind blowing dust everywhere, and very cloudy. I had a hard time walking uphill back to the van.

At 10 a.m.  we left and stopped at the Virgin of the Angels Basilica, a popular place for its miracles. We were allowed to take pictures. We then proceeded to the Lankester Gardens.

Jesus did a good job giving us the history of the Lankester Gardens. Research at the University of Costa Rica Center are investigating ways that protects more than 800 species of bromeliads, orchids, and many species of plants.

We continued our journey to the Valley of Orosi. We visited the colonial church and took pictures. We had a wonderful lunch at a local restaurant next to a lake. We had a chance to walk around the lake after lunch. At this point, the passengers from Germany took another van to their destination while the rest of us were dropped off at the hotels where we were picked up.

I had a wonderful time with everybody in the van as well as the places we visited in spite of the bad weather at Irazu Volcano.

Enjoy,

Alma

http://www.almaapostol.com



How I Handle My Bank Accounts In Costa Rica

How I Handle My Bank Accounts In Costa Rica

 

Running out of money while I’m in a foreign country is a very scary situation. Therefore, taking care of my finances is an utmost importance. However, in spite of this, I still encountered problems.

The first time I tried to withdraw money from my debit card, my 4 digit code was rejected in three ATMs. At the suggestion of a friend, we decided to withdraw money from the bank’s teller.

It worked. I soon found out that the amount withdrawn was taken from my credit card. The bank’s transaction fee was high but it was a lot better than running out of money.

I did my second withdrawal from another bank. There were three persons in line ahead of me. The guard allowed one person at a time. Finally, it was my turn. The guard scanned my whole body and checked the contents of my purse.  A guard inside handed me a number.  I waited an hour before my number was called. I asked the teller if she spoke English. She did not. I handed her the copy of my passport and my debit card. She needed the actual passport. I left but glad I found out what I need to do.

The next day, I stayed in line for an hour to wait for the bank to open. By the time it opened the line was very long. Fortunately, I was the seventh in line. As usual I was scanned and checked. This time I was able to withdraw money from my debit card with a minor problem.

The third time I tried to withdraw from my debit card, the manager of the bank told me that there was a problem and to return in an hour. An hour later, I returned and there was still a problem. I did not know what was going on. I have funds in my checking account.

I sent an email to my contact at Chase. Before I got his response, I decided to go to another bank. It’s a bigger bank. This time I did not have any problem withdrawing the amount I needed. My contact at Chase emailed me that there was no problem with my account.

I have another month to go before leaving Costa Rica. I hope I will not encounter anymore problems withdrawing money from my account.

To your success,

Alma

http://www.almaapostol.com

 

Love Is A Gift, an Inspiring Video

Love Is A Gift, an Inspiring Video

 

I would like to share this inspiring short video.

It was emailed to me by Doug Westmoreland,

Co-Founder GetMyInspiration4life.com

Access it by clicking the site below.

 

http://getmyinspiration4life.com/blog/love-is-a-gift/

 

Enjoy and share it.

To you success,

Alma

http://www.almaapostol.com

 

How I Celebrated New Year In Costa Rica

How I celebrated New Year In Costa Rica

 

We celebrated New Year here. Christ volunteered to cook dinner. We drove to the market to purchase the stuffs she needed for her recipes. After we were done with our shopping we stopped by a restaurant to rest and had ice cream.

Back at the house, I watched as Christ started preparing the food. Karina, her sister arrived at 6.00 p.m. I went upstairs to get ready for the mass. We walked to the church. We were joined by their mother and another sister after a few minutes.

The mass started. A guy played his guitar to accompany the singing. I tried to follow the mass with the English version, but the Spanish version was different.  It was a long mass. Karina, who sat next to me would explain what was going on. I tried to absorbed as much as I could.

We rode the car back to the house after the mass. Christ continued her cooking while we watched a movie. She served us popcorn. It was 9 p.m. when dinner was served. We enjoyed the food. After eating, her family left. We cleaned up.

Later, Christ and I watched the fireworks from the balcony. It was a sight. It had been a long time since I was out to watch not only the fireworks but the beautiful sky and the stars on a New Year.

Enjoy and wishing you a Wonderful New year!

Alma

http://www.almaapostol.com

 

Don't Give Up On You, a Powerful Short Video

Don't Give Up On You, a Powerful Short Video

I appreciate and thank you for visiting my website. Today is the last day of 2013 and I hope you achieve your goals, if not this powerful short video will give you an incentive to move forward.

It was sent to me by Doug Westmoreland, Co-Founder of GetMyInspiration4Life.com for me to share.

Click the site below to access and share.

http://getmyinspiration4life.com/blog/dont-give-up-on-you/

Enjoy and have a Happy and Wonderful New Year!

Best wishes,

Alma

http://www.almaapostol.com

How I Spent Christmas In Costa Rica

How I Spent Christmas In Costa Rica

 

I was invited to spend Christmas with the family of Christ, a Costa Rican lady. She, her sister Karina, and I drove to a place to pick up the food they ordered for dinner.

We then drove to their mother’s house. I met her mother, prior to this meeting and she came over and hugged me. She is a very friendly lady. Another sister with her baby were there too. We unloaded the food to the table.

Her mother went back to her tasks preparing the food and the table. I watched the family curiously as they converted two folded narrow tables into a big one. They covered the table with beautiful red cloth and placed candles arranged in a rounded green wreath at the center of the table. Their mother made a comment that I was the only visitor who saw how the table was transformed.

One of the sisters started putting plates, utensils, glasses, etc. on the table. Someone prepared the drinks while another took care of the music. Gifts were wrapped and placed under the Christmas tree. Their father and the in-laws started arriving with gifts. It was the first time I met their father.

Soon it was time for dinner. Everyone gathered at the table. Their mother led the prayer. I helped passed the plates as their mother transferred a piece of meat to each plates. Each recipe was passed around for each to take his/her portion. Someone said something and everyone started laughing. Although I didn’t know what the joke was about, I had fun just watching them. Dinner was delicious.

Then it was time to distribute the gifts. One by one each stood up to distribute his/her gifts. We all received gifts. The baby received lots of them. I got one from Christ. I brought wines for dinner and it was considered my gift to the family.

After the distribution of gifts, the table was cleared. Each family started leaving. Soon there were just the three of us left, Christ, her mother and I. We left at 11 p.m. It was indeed a unique experience for me.

Enjoy and I hope each one of you had a wonderful Christmas.

Alma

http://www.almaapostol.com

How To Withdraw Money From Bank Of Costa Rica

How To Withdraw Money From Bank of Costa Rica

I walked to the bank to find how how to withdraw money from Bank of Costa Rica. There were two individuals in line ahead of me. I found out that the guard would not allow anyone in until someone from the inside was done doing his/her business.

After a while, I was allowed to enter the door. The guard scanned my body and told me to show what were inside my purse. I complied. The guard inside helped me acquired my number. I took a sit and waited for my number to be called.

An hour later, my number was called. I walked to the window and asked the teller if she spoke English. She did not understand me. I showed her the copy of my passport as well as my debit card. She indicated that she needed the actual passport.

Having accomplished what I intended to do, I left the bank happy.

watch out for my next blog…

Enjoy,

Alma

http://www.almaapostol.com

 

San Jose Tour

San Jose Tour

After taking a few pictures inside and outside their house, Amber and I took a cab that would take us to the bus station. It was 11 a.m.  There was a long line for the bus bound for San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. I enjoy the scenery of the places that we were passing.

Upon arrival, we walked and took pictures of places and buildings unique to Costa Rica. One thing I noticed were the numbers of people around. Amber made a comment that she was no longer used to this kind of crowd.

We had to be very cautious crossing the streets. To be safe, we crossed the streets with the crowd. Along the streets, there were lots of vendors selling different stuffs. One guy caught my attention. He was creating these awesome paintings and did it in a very short time.

We walked a lot to visit more places. It was time for lunch. I wanted to taste KFC's chicken in Costa Rica. The place was crowded. Amber had to stay in line to order for our food. I stayed at the table so that nobody would take it. It took a while before Amber returned with the food. We both enjoyed the it.

Back to walking. We stopped by to watch a show on the stage. Ladies with beautiful outfits were singing and dancing. With my limited knowledge of Spanish, I tried to understand what their songs were about. We continued our walk, passing by stores and more crowds.

Finally, it was time to leave. We stopped by an Italian restaurant to order a pizza to go. We took a cab to the bus station bound for Grecia.

It was a tiresome but very interesting trip. Watch for the next blog…

Enjoy,

Alma

http://www.almaapostol.com

 

A Trip To Grecia

A Trip To Grecia

 

Amber, a friend came over to pick me up. We walk to the mall to have lunch, then we took a cab to the bus station. There was a long line for the bus to Grecia, but surprisingly there were still some seat unoccupied. The bus left on schedule. I enjoyed the scenic view. It took about 30 minutes to get there. We took a cab to their house.

They’re renting a fully furnished house. I met Mel, her husband for the second time and their friendly dog Krispy. We rested a while. At 3 p.m. we got ready to go to the bank, I needed to withdraw money. We tried three ATM’s but my pin number was rejected. We decided to withdraw with a teller in a bank. I didn’t have any problem there.

We noticed that some roads were closed, apparently there would be a parade. With my limited Spanish, I tried to ask a policeman what time would the parade start. I was misunderstood because he said 11 p.m. We took a cab back to the house.

At 7 p.m. the three of us left for the market. The market is huge, with lots of fresh vegetables, fruits, fish, and meat. Some merchants were already closing their areas. The usual schedule was changed due to the parade. We did our purchases as fast as we could. They also provided samples of their products. Some of their friends gave them extra for their purchases. By the time we left I was full from the samples.

I helped Amber prepared food for our dinner. We prepared chicken adobo, vegetable salad, and fruits. I enjoyed the company and the food.

Watch out for the next blog...a trip to Grecia.

Enjoy,

Alma

http://www.almaapostol.com

 

My Adventure In Costa Rica

My Adventure In Costa Rica

I left Oregon,Nov.16, 2013 at 7:30 a. m. for an adventure in Costa Rica. I knew nobody personally except two individuals I communicated via the internet. It took nine hours to get here with stop-over at Dallas. I arrived at 8:30 p.m. and was met by a Costa Rican lady, whose house I would be sharing.

I've been enjoying the weather, fresh fruits, vegetables, and friendly Costa Rican. I'm trying to learn Spanish but so far have problems communicating. I've ventured by myself around the area. Note! Watch out while crossing any street! 

Watch for my next blog!

Enjoy,

Alma Apostol

http://www.almaapostol.com

Dance In The Rain, an Awesome Video

Dance In The Rain, an Awesome Video

I would like to Share this awesome video

from the Simple Truths group.

Click the website below to access and share it.

http://play.simpletruths.com/movie/dance-in-the-rain-v/

 

Enjoy!

Alma

http://www.almaapostol.com

 

First Thing, an Inspiring Video

First Thing, an Inspiring Video

 

I would like to Share this inspiring video emailed

to me by Kristin Howe.

Click the website below to access and share it.

http://www.flickspire.com/m/Rubbertree669/FirstThing

 

Enjoy!

Alma

http://www.almaapostol.com

The Second Mile, an Inspiring Video

The Second Mile, an Inspiring Video

I would like to Share this great and inspiring video emailed

to me by Eva Gregory

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Thanksgiving Message

Thanksgiving Message

 

It only takes one smile to offer welcome...

and blessed be the person who will share it.

 

It only takes one moment to be helpful...

and blessed be the person who will spare it.

 

It only takes one joy to lift a spirit...

and blessed be the person who will give it.

 

It only takes one life to make a difference...

and blessed be the person who will live it.

 

Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving...

Make every day a holiday and celebrate just living!

 

- Amanda Bradley

 

Enjoy,

Alma

 

 

The Secret, a Great & Inspiring Viseo

The Secret, a Great & Inspiring Video

 

I would like to Share this great and inspiring video sent to me

by Dr. Robert Anthony.

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http://www.flickspire.com/m/LittleeInc/TheSecret

 

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Alma

 

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Life Equals Choice, a Movie

Life Equals Choice, a Movie

 

I'm sharing this amazing short Movie sent to me by Doug Westmoreland, Co-Founder LifeSecretsOnline.com

 

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http://www.lifesecretsonline.com/blog/2013/05/29/TwoWolves/

 

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Alma

 

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180 Ways to Live Your Life like it Matters, a Short Movie

180 Ways to Live Your Life like it Matters, a Short Movie

I'm sharing this motivational short Movie
sent to me by Doug Westmoreland, Co-Founder
LifeSecretsOnline.com


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http://www.lifesecretsonline.com/blog/2013/11/12/180Ways/


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Alma

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Speak To Us Of Children, a Short Movie

Speak To Us Of Children, a Short Movie

I would like to share this beautiful and motivational
short movie sent to me by Eva Gregory for me to share.


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Alma

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Wisdom From Women ...Who Made Things Happen, an Inspiring Video

Wisdom From Women ...Who Made Things Happen, an Inspiring Video

I would like to share this inspiring and empowering
short video sent to me by Kristin Howe for me to share.

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Alma

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It's The Little Things That Matters, an Inspiring Video

It's The Little Things That Matter, an Inspiring Video



I would like to share this inspiring short video sent to me
by Doug Westmoreland, Co-Founder LifeSecretsOnline.com


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http://getmyinspiration4life.com/blog/its-the-little-things-that-matter

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Alma

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Years Are Short, a Short Movie

Years Are Short, a Short Movie


I would like to share this inspiring short movie emailed to me
by Doug Westmoreland, Co-Founder LifeSecretsOnline.com for me to share.


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http://www.lifesecretsonline.com/blog/2013/07/19/YearsAreShort/

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Alma

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Butterfly Effect, an Inspiring Video

Butterfly Effect, an Inspiring Video

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by Doug Westmoreland Co-Founder LifeSecretsOnline.com


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http://www.lifesecretsonline.com/blog/2013/08/05/ButterflyEffect/

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Alma

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One Flaw In Women, Good and Inspiring Video

One Flaw In Women, Good and Inspiring Video

I would like to share this inspiring video sent to me
by Dr. Robert Anthony for me to share.


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http://www.flickspire.com/m/LittleeInc/OneFlawInWomen


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Alma

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Winners What Winners Are

Winners What Winner Are, An Important Video 


I would like to share this inspiring video sent to me
by Dr. Robert Anthony for me to share.


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Alma

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If I Had My Child to Raise Again (free movie)

If I had my Child to Raise Again (free movie)


I would like to share this marvelous movie, If I had my Child to Raise Again.

Kristin Howe emailed it to me to be shared.


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Alma

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Power Of Love, an Inspiring Video!

Power Of Love, an Inspiring Video

I would like to share this inspiring video, Power Of Love.

Dr. Robert Anthony shared this video to me and I'm sharing it to you.

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Alma

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Picture-Perfect, an Interesting Video

Picture-Perfect, an Interesting Video

I would like to share this interesting video, Picture Perfect.

It was emailed to me by Doug Westmoreland Co-Founder
LifeSecretsOnline.com for me to share.

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http://getmyinspiration4life.com/blog/picture-perfect


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Alma

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Life Is A Game...These are the Rules

Life Is A Game...These are the Rules

I would like to share these rules in playing the game of Life.

It was emailed to me by Doug Westmoreland Co-Founder
LifeSecretsOnline.com for me to share.

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http://www.lifesecretsonline.com/blog/2013/05/06/LifeIsAGame/


Let's all learn and apply these 10 rules.


Alma


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Make A Difference, an Inspiring and Important Video

Make A Difference, an Inspiring and Important Video


I would like to share this very inspiring and important video.


It's share to me by Dr. Robert Anthony to be shared.



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Alma


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Walk The Talk, a Valuble Video

Walk The Talk, a Valuable Video

I'm sharing this valuable video shared to me by Doug Westmoreland Co-Founder
LifeSecretsOnline.com for me to share.

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http://www.lifesecretsonline.com/blog/2013/06/03/WalkTheTalk/

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Alma
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Chain Of Kindness

Chain Of Kindness, an Inspiring Video

I'm sharing this inspiring video shared to me by Doug Westmoreland, Co-Founder
LifeSecretsOnline.com.

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http://www.lifesecretsonline.com/blog/2013/01/17/chainofkindness/
 
I hope you enjoy this inspiring video

Alma
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Feel Good Poem, a Reminder Video

Feel Good Poem, a Reminder Video

Hi, just want to share this video that was emailed to me to be shared

by Dr. Robert Anthony.

A good reminder for us to feel good each and everyday of our lives.

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Change The World

Change The World, a Great Video

 

I'm sharing this great and interesting video shared by Kristin Howe.

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Enjoy this great video. We have the power to change ourselves and change the world.

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Alma
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Life Is Like A Coffee, an Inspiring Movie

Life Is Like Coffee, a Inspiring Movie

 

I'm sharing this inspiring movie that was shared to me by Dr. Robert Anthony


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Enjoy and learn the lessons you'll derive from it.


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Alma
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The Strangest Secret, a Great Video

The Strangest Secret, a Great Video


I'm sharing this great video that was shared to me by Dr. Robert Anthony


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Alma
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Appreciation Is Oxygen For The Soul...an Inspirational Video

 

Appreciation Is Oxygen For The Soul...an Inspirational Video


Watch this video and be inspired today.

It was emailed to me to be shared from my GetInspiration4Life.com,
Dwight Lamb and Doug Westmoreland  

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http://getmyinspiration4life.com/blog/appreciation-is-oxygen-for-the-soul


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Alma
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Finding Joy, an Inspirational Movie

Finding Joy, An Inspirational Movie


Watch this movie and be inspired today.

It was emailed to me to be shared by Doug Westmoreland Co-Founder
LifeSecretsOnline.com

Watch this movie by clicking below.
 
http://www.lifesecretsonline.com/blog/2013/09/17/FindingJoy/


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Alma
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Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Mind, an Inspiring Video

Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Mind, an Inspiring Video

 

I would like to share this this Inspiring Video. It was emailed to me to be shared by

Dwight Lamb and Doug Westmoreland, co-founders of myinspiration4life.com.

"Everything you say, do or become had its beginning in your mind."


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http://getmyinspiration4life.com/blog/change-your-thoughts-change-your-mind/


I hope you’ll enjoy this awesome and inspirational video

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Alma
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No Excuses, a Motivational Movie

No Excuses, a Motivational Movie


I'm sharing this motivational video that was emailed to me to be shared.

I would like to thank the group from http://www.lifesecretsonline.com
for sending me this movie.

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http://www.lifesecretsonline.com/blog/2012/06/30/noexcuses/

Take the challenge from this awesome movie.

Best regards,

Alma


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May You Be Blessed, a Wonderful Video

May You Be Blessed, a Wonderful Video

 

 

I'm sharing this wonderful video and may you be blessed by it.

Dr. Robert Anthony emailed this video to me to be shared.

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http://www.flickspire.com/m/LittleeInc/MayYouBeBlessed


Please share and enjoy this very inspirational video.

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Alma

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Failing Your Way To Success, an Educational Video

Failing Your Way To Success, an Educational Video

 

I'm sharing this educational video, Failing Your Way To Success.


It was emailed to me to be shared by http://getmyinspiration4life.com.

 

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http://getmyinspiration4life.com/blog/failing-your-way-to-success/


Apply the lessons from this video and you will succeed.

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Alma
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Does Fear Paralyze You?

Does Fear Paralyze You?

 

I'm sharing this inspirational video.

It was emailed to me to be shared by www.getmyinspiration4life.com

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http://getmyinspiration4life.com/blog/does-fear-paralyze-you/


Enjoy and I hope you'll apply the lessons you learned from it.

Best regards,


Alma


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Shadow Love, an Amazing Video

Shadow Love, an Amazing Video

 

 


I'm sharing this amazing video. Amaze yourself to the wonderful creations of

these talented artists.


It was emailed to me to be shared by www.lifesecretsonline.com



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http://www.lifesecretsonline.com/blog/2013/05/26/Shadow-Love/


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Alma
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The Empty Pickle Jar

The-empty-pickle-jar-

 


I would like to thank you for being a valued subscriber.

Today I would like to share this inspiring video. It was emailed to me to be

shared by the play.simpletruths.com group.

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http://play.simpletruths.com/movie/the-empty-pickle-jar-v/


I hope you’ll enjoy this movie and the lessons behind it.

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Alma


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Believe in Yourself

Believe in Yourself

 


Dear Subscriber,

I would like to thank you for being a valued subscriber.

Today I would like to share this inspiring video. It was emailed to me to be

shared by the GetMyInspiration4life.com group.

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http://getmyinspiration4life.com/blog/believe-in-yourself/

I hope you’ll enjoy this video and give you an inspiration to move forward in

your life's journey.

Best regards,

Alma
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Riding - a- Wave- of- Hope

Riding-a-Wave-of-Hope

 

Hi, just want to share this video that was emailed to me to be shared

by Doug Westmoreland,  Co- Founder LifeSecretsOnline.com 

It's a very inspirational video and I hope you'll be inspired as I am.

Copy the website below to watch it in your computer.

http://www.lifesecretsonline.com/blog/2013/08/16/Riding-a-Wave-of-Hope/

Share and leave your comments...

Enjoy,


Alma
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Social Security Information

Social Security Information

 

The baby boomers are aging and for years the politicians running for office have provided social security information as part of their platforms. Most of the statistics are presented to win over votes.

This information tends to scare some people into believing that they cannot retire or that they do not qualify for benefits. Each person that has been employed has an account with the social security administration. There are offices in most major cities in the United States. People can make an appointment to meet with a social security employee or they can request written information about their specific account.

The social security information regarding what you have paid in and what you are entitled to is as accessible as finding out what is in your bank account. It is your money that has been taken out of your earnings. This is not a mysterious program that is only available to a few, as long as you have paid into the program you are entitled to a pension.

The process can be intimidating, as all government programs are, yet the individuals that work for the social security administration that I have encountered, are pleasant and informative. Once you have made inquires about your social security information you can request that an updated report of earnings be supplied to you on a regular basis.

You can use this social security information to help plan your retirement. The payments are not going to be as substantial as other pension plans. The amounts of payments that are received are based on the number of years that each person worked as well as the salary they earned.

Social security taxes
are taken out of your earnings based on the amount you are getting paid. If you are in a lower paying job you will receive less of a pension that someone that earns more. Also people are not able to draw out their pensions as early as they could in the past, so the beginning dates of when the funds are available is part of the information that is sent to each individual. When you can begin getting payments is based on what year you were born.

Keywords: Social security information, social security facts, social security

information retirement

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Alma
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Amish People

Amish people and their way of life

 

I know Amish people are very simple, but I really didn't know how simple they are and their way of life until I did my research.


•    Amish people are simple in many ways that I could never dream of actually being.

•    They don't have televisions or radios like we do.

•    In fact, most of them shy away from the outside world.

•    Their children don't attend public schools or continue their education past the 8th grade.

•    Their schools are usually small one-room schoolhouses that are taught by past students or parents.

•    Their children grow up learning about the farm and all of the chores that come along with it.

•    They do not drive cars, but rely on bicycles and buggies.

•    They do, however, ride in cars and often hire drivers for transportation.

•    Some people make a living by driving the Amish people to and from appointments or shopping.

•    The Amish people wear very simple clothing - always neutral colors, never bright and colorful.

•    Women most often wear coverings on their heads and the little girls can be seen with their long hair in braids.

•    Amish have large family. They might have six children of various ages.

•    Amish children are taught obedience and respect from the day that they are born.

•    They are polite and well-mannered.

•    The Amish people are known for their hard work. They work the farms and are responsible for many of our fruits, vegetables and milk that we all take for granted.

Keyword: Amish people, Amish people lifestyle, Amish religion, Amish belief


To your success,

Alma
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One Thing I would Like To Change About Education Is Extra-curricular Activities

One Thing I Would Like to Change About Education Is Extra-curricular Activities

 

I  Introduction


A.    Reduced  extra-curricular activities will allow students to focus on

their studies


•    Understand their subjects
•    More attention to details
 

•    Assignment submitted on time


B.    Reduced stress and anxiety for students as well as their parents if the

students are not of age to drive to their school activities.


II  Point One:

 


•    Students are confident
•    Answer questions regarding the subject
•    Ready to interact with teachers and classmates


III  Point Two

 


•    Students have more time to unwind and rest after school
•    Students have task at home
•    Need time to do their homework


IV  Conclusion

Summary

One thing I would like to change about education is extra-curricular activities.

Reduced extracurricular activities allow students to focus on their studies. It

also reduced stress and anxiety for students as well as their parents if too

young to drive to their school’s extracurricular activities.

Too many extracurricular activities are unhealthy and  detrimental to the

education of the students.

Experts agree that a student should have a balanced life; time to accomplish

their academic responsibilities, their tasks assigned to them by their parents,

time to rest and have quality time with family and friends, and school

activities that they enjoy instead of overwhelmed them.

Keywords:extra-curricular activities, students, education

To your success,

Alma
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Why Oppose the Repeal Of The Health Care Reform Law

Why Oppose the ‘Repeal of the Health Care Reform Law (Bill No. 2009)’

 

 
On April 8, 2009, a rainy and cloudy day, hundreds of people who are members of

several groups of organization in Oregon started marching toward the State

Capitol chanting “We want health care reform now! We want health care reform

now!
” These are Oregonian who worked hard to fix a broken health care in America

and they succeeded by the passage and signing of the Health Care Reform Law.
 


First, the children

 

 

A.    This bill prevents insurers to deny coverage of children born with or

develop costly medical condition. Prior to the bill, insurers denied this

coverage to these children.

B.    It bans insurers to exclude children under age 19 due to preexisting

conditions. This took effect September 23, 2010. Prior to the bill, the insurers

excluded children with preexisting condition.

C.    Preventive care given to children such as immunizations and check-ups to

prevent future problems.


D.    Coverage for children up to 26 years old on a family policy, instead of

the current state-by-state rules that often cut off coverage for children at 18

or 19.

 

Second, the adults


 

A.    The bill ensures that individuals can choose the primary care doctor or

pediatrician from their plan’s provider network.

B.    Companies will not be able to require an individual to get prior

approval before seeking emergency care which previously required.

C.    This law improves the health of Americans by making sure that high risk

individuals have insurance reducing premature deaths.

D.    High medical costs contribute to some degree to about half of the more

than 500,000 personal bankruptcies in the U.S. in 2007. This law will prevent

insurers to drop you because of your medical conditions, thus allowing

individuals to save.


Third, the seniors

 


A.    The uninsured are clearly the biggest beneficiaries of this bill, which

would extend the health care safety net for the lowest-income Americans,

normally the seniors.

B.    A $250 check rebate is provided to Medicare Part D beneficiaries who

enter the ‘doughnut hole’, the coverage gap in 2010 by the Medicare, Medicaid

Services.

C.    The bill allows wellness and prevention services to seniors. Annual

checkups to cancer screening will be free for those who receive Medicare, no

co-pays or deductibles required by Fall, 2011.

D.     Medicare patients will have access to a comprehensive health risk

assessment and free personalized prevention plan to help them and their doctors

continue to focus on wellness instead of illness.  

Keywords: health care reform, children, adults, medicare, primary care doctors



To your health,

Alma
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Secret World Class

Secret World Class

 

 

I just want to share this video that was sent to me by Dr. Robert Anthony.

Click the website below...

http://www.flickspire.com/m/LittleeInc/SecretsWorldClass



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Alma
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Pesticides, Risks To Our Daily Life

Pesticides, Risks To Our Daily Life


A.    Pesticides are highly toxic that even a small amount on the skin can be lethal, no antidote is available. Pesticides are use at home, schools, environment, water supplies, farms, and etc.  Dan Shapley, ( www.thedaily green.com), stated that 46 million pounds are used yearly. According to Beyond Pesticides, Pesticides are linked to "Non-Hodgkin" lymphoma, endocrine disruption, reproductive and developmental effects, as well as water contamination and toxicity to aquatic organisms.


B.    Pesticides are highly toxic that even a small amount on the skin can be lethal.


C.    Pesticide contamination of drinking water and aquatic life and lastly, health effects to humans and animals.


In addition, pesticide contaminate the drinking water and aquatic life

 

A.    There are three to fifteen herbicides present in drinking water.  People living in rural areas are exposed to pesticides from their drinking water.


B.    There is an increasing concern over the effect of pesticides to aquatic life and water quality.


C.    Pesticides are one group of toxic compounds linked to human use that have a profound effect on aquatic life and water quality.


D.    Unintentional pesticide-related fish kills occur throughout the United States. Some of these kills have been large, involving thousands of fishes, as well as frogs, turtles, mussels, water birds, and other wildlife.


Finally, risk of pesticides to human and animals

 

A.    Pesticides are everywhere, in homes, schools, playgrounds, farms and in the air that contaminates us.


B.    Pesticide exposure that has adverse health effects to children, the most susceptible to pesticides because their immune systems are not fully develop. Children may be exposed to pesticides in several ways, transfer during fetal life, by intake of contaminated breast milk and other nutrients, or by contact with contaminated subjects and areas in the environment.


C.    Have been linked to "Non-Hodgkin lymphoma", endocrine disruption, reproductive and developmental effects.


D.    Pets/Animals are exposed to the pesticides the same way as humans.


E.    To conclude, pesticides are toxic to humans and animals. They have a very adverse effect to children who are the most vulnerable/susceptible to pesticides and linked to cancer and other diseases.


To summarize;


Pesticides are highly toxic that even a small amount on the skin can be lethal, no antidote is available. The EPA in-charge of regulating its use must impose restrictions and regulations of its use, the contamination to drinking water and aquatic organism and the health effect to humans and animals. Protect yourself and family by minimizing or eliminating the use of chemicals in your household and lawns.


TOOLS: get tips on the use of pesticides.   Check the safety in your school district with regards to pesticide use. Eat organic food as much as possible and test the quality of your water.

Keywords: pesticides, herbicides, toxic,

To Your Success,

Alma
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Cultural Diversity In Business

Cultural Diversity in Business

 

     You are living in a culturally diverse world and in order to compete as business owners your awareness and respect of cultural diversity in the workplace truly matters to your employees and your client base.

How To compete as a business owner in a culturally diverse world

      You have to embrace cultural diversity in your workplace.  Improve your company’s competitive position in the market place by having a cultural diversity in the workplace. You gear your products toward different ethnic groups, different cultures wants different products. Capitalize on the talents of employees from their diverse background. It is their differences that will enrich, expand and provide the competitive edge you need in your company. Recognize, value and support the differences of everyone in your workplace.

Culturally Diverse Management Programs

     To have a culturally diverse management in your workplace you have to take into consideration to recognize, respect and capitalize on the different backgrounds in our society in terms of race, ethnicity and gender. The differences among team members can strengthen the bonds formed with clients and customers throughout the world. Workplace with diverse ethnicity will enable businesses to serve a broader base of clients. Cultural diversity affects organizations in several ways including the recruitment/retention of staff, management styles and decision- making processes, and relationships within organizations. 

Strength In Having A Culturally Diverse Workplace

  In diversity you'll find that you share a lot of common ground with your client. You'll find strength! Incorporating diverse talents in your workplace not only improves productivity but will create a well-balanced pool of knowledge, experience and creativity. Promoting diversity within the workplace can produce lasting results. These results will echo within your business for many years to come.

These are ways of diversifying your business: Embracing cultural diversity in your workplace, a culturally diverse management programs, and strengthening your culturally diverse workplace.

The advancement of technology created a world that is globally connected and it is only through diversifying the workplace that businesses can compete.

Keywords: cultural diversity, workplace, diversity

 To Your Success,

Alma
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Profile Of Courage...John F. Kennedy

Profile Of Courage by John F. Kennedy


To be courageous requires no exceptional qualifications, no magic formula, no special combination of time, place and circumstance. It is an opportunity that sooner or later is presented in us all. Politics merely furnish one arena which imposes special tests of courage. In whatever arena of life one may meet the challenge of courage, whatever maybe the sacrifices he faces if he follows his conscience - the loss of his friends, his fortune, his contentment, even the esteem of his fellow men-each man must decide for himself the course he will follow. The stories of past courage can define that ingredient - they can teach, they can offer hope, they can provide inspiration. But they cannot supply courage itself. For this each man must look into his own soul.

To Your Success,

Alma
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Cultural Diversity in School

Cultural Diversity in School


The United States is the most culturally diverse country in the world. The Census Bureau projects that by the year 2100, the U.S. minority population will become the majority with non-Hispanic whites making up only 40% of the U.S. population. Thus, the school becomes culturally diverse. The students need to learn how to interact in a diverse environment.

Embracing cultural diversity in the classroom

Students attending schools with diverse population understand the perspective of children from different backgrounds and learn to function in a multicultural and multiethnic environment. A demand to find the most effective ways to help students to academically succeed in public schools and learn how to get along in a culturally diverse school. It is the responsibilities of teachers to not favor one group over the other.

In addition, structure classroom activities

In a classroom the teacher can structure learning groups that are diverse and devise activities that require each student to contribute to the group. In this way students learn that each person in a group can contribute and has something of value to say.

The principal has a huge role in creating an environment where people respect the opinions of others and are open to multiple perspectives on any issue. This should be modeled for students, and in relations with faculty and staff, as well. Schools should strive to create an environment where all children feel valued and all children can learn.

The role of parents to promote positive environment that fosters achievements for all students at the school is crucial to accomplishing cultural diversity in school.

Keywords: cultural diversity in school, multicultural, multiethnic, teacher, principal

To Your Success,

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Our Unfinished World

Our Unfinished World


God gave us a world unfinished, so that we might share
in the joys and satisfactions of creation.

He left oil in Trenton rock.

He left electricity in the clouds.
.
He left the rivers unchanged-and the mountains untrailed.

He left the forests unfelled and the cities unbuilt.

He left the laboratories unopend.

He left the diamonds uncut.

He gave us the challenge of raw materials,

not the satisfaction of perfect, finished things.

He left the music unsung and the dreams unplayed.

He left poetry undreamed, in order that men and women
might not become bored, but engage in stimulating,
exciting, creative activities that keep them thinking,
working, experimenting, and experiencing all the joys
and durable satisfactions of achievement.
By Allen S. Stockdale

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How to Fight Culture Shock

How to Fight Culture Shock


The majority of individuals and families that immigrated from other countries

have the ability to positively confront the obstacles of a new environment.

Some ways to combat stress produced by culture shock are:

•    Develop a hobby

•    Don't forget the good things you already have!

•    Remember, there are always resources that you can use.

•    Be patient, the act of immigrating is a process of adaptation to new

situations.  It is going to take time.

•    Learn to be constructive. If you encounter an unfavorable environment,

don't put yourself in that position again. Be easy on yourself.

•    Don't try too hard.

•    Learn to include a regular form of physical activity in your routine.

This will help combat the sadness and loneliness in a constructive manner.

Exercise, swim, take an aerobics class, etc.

•    Relaxation and meditation are proven to be very positive for people who

are passing through periods of stress

•    Maintain contact with your ethnic group. This will give you a feeling

of belonging and you will reduce your feelings of loneliness and alienation.

•    Maintain contact with the new culture. Learn the language. Volunteer in

community activities that allow you to practice the language that you are

learning. This will help you feel less stress about language and useful at the

same time.

•    Allow yourself to feel sad about the things that you have left behind;

your family, your friends, and etc.

•    Recognize the sorrow of leaving your old country.  Accept the new

country.  Focus your power on getting through the transition.

•    Pay attention to relationships with your family and at work. They will

serve as support for you in difficult times.

•    Establish simple goals and evaluate your progress.

•    Find ways to live with the things that don't satisfy you 100%.

•    Maintain confidence in yourself. Follow your ambitions and continue

your plans for the future.

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Meditation By James Allen

Meditation By James Allen


By Thought we rise; by Thought we fall, by Thought
We stand or go; all destiny is wrought
By its swift potency, and he who stands
Master of Thought, and his desires commands,
Willing and weaving thoughts of Love and Alight,
Shapes his high end in Truth’s unerring Light.

He who does not find The way of Meditation cannot reach
Emancipation and enlightenment.
But thou wilt find the way of Holy Thought;
With mind made calm and steadfast, thou will see
The Permanent amid the mutable,
The Truth eternal in the things that change:
Thou wilt behold the Perfect Law: Cosmos
From Chaos rises when the conquered self
Lies underneath man’s heel: Love be thy strength;
Look on the passion-tortured multitudes,
And have compassion on them; know their pain
By thy long sorrow ended. Thou wilt come
To perfect peace, and so wilt bless the world,
Leading unto the High and Holy Way
The feet of them that seek.—And now I go
To my Abode; go thou unto thy work.

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The Art Of Awareness

The Art Of Awareness


Thoreau wrote: "Only that day dawns to which we are awake." The art of awareness is the art of learning how to wake up to the eternal miracle of life with its limitless possibilities.

It is rising to the challenge of the stirring old hymn: "Awake my soul, stretch every nerve."

It is developing the deep sensitivity through which you may suffer and know tragedy, and die a little, but through which you will experience the grandeur of human life.

It is following the philosophy of Albert Schweitzer who teaches "reverence for life," from ants to men"  it is developing a sense of oneness with all life.

It is identifying yourself with the hopes, dreams, fears, and longing of others, that you may understand them and help them.

It is learning to interpret the thoughts, feelings, and moods of others through their words, tones, inflections, facial expressions, and movements.

It is keeping mentally alert to all that goes on around you; it is being curious, observant, imaginative that you may build an ever increasing fund of knowledge of the universe.

It is striving to stretch the range of eye and ear; it is taking time to look and listen and comprehend.

It is searching for beauty everywhere, in a flower, a mountain, a machine, a sonnet, and a symphony.

It is knowing wonder, awe, and humility in the face of life's unexplained mysteries.

It is discovering the mystic power of the silence and coming to know the secret inner voice of intuition.

It is avoiding blind spots in considering problems and situations; is it striving "to see life steadily and see it whole."

It is enlarging the scope of your life through the expansion of your personality.

It is through a growing awareness that you stock and enrich your memory...and as a great philosopher has said: "A man thinks with his memory."

Wilferd A. Peterson


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Conclusion...Vegetable Picking In The Desert

Conclusion...Vegetable Picking In The Desert


Meanwhile, everybody started talking. Most of the men worked for companies on contractual basis, their wives worked at the hospital. They talked about what was happening in the Philippines at that time. I listened. Finally, my friend told everybody that I came from the USA.

All of a sudden everyone wanted to know more about life in America, how come I could still speak the our language, others wanted me to meet their relatives when I went back to America.
 
After lunch, we cleaned up. The caretakers of the farm invited us to pick some of their vegetables. We drove to the area. I was amazed at what I saw. The vegetables were growing in knee deep red sand. How could they possibly grow something in the sand? The plants were grown under the shades of white clothes.

Healthy and huge tomatoes laid on the sand. I picked up the ripe ones. Then we moved to the beans section, followed by cucumber section filling up our plastic bags. Everywhere we went all the plants were very healthy. I had fun picking up the vegetables and my plastic bags got heavier. Getting back to the car would be a problem.

I stopped and just looked around me. The farm was huge. Lots of caretakers assisted us and answered our questions. Everybody had enough. We went back to the hall. We shared the left-over food, thanked the caretakers, exchanged words with the group, and headed back to the hospital.

On our way, we went through the same routine watching out for Mutaween cars. Fortunately, we arrived at the hospital without any incidents. My friend and I were dropped off at our building. I called my Caucasian friends at the building to come over and picked up some vegetables. It was a tiresome trip but I had a good time

Going to this trip gave me a chance to see the impoverished sector of Riyadh, saw the reactions of groups of expatriates to the restrictions imposed upon them by the authorities. The Filipinos were afraid and cautious to avoid confrontations with them. Whereas, the Caucasians were so bold to a point of violating some restrictions and consuming prohibited goods.
 
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Vegetable Picking In The Desert

Vegetable Picking In The Desert


While residing in Riyadh, my farm picnic and vegetable picking in the desert took place when a Filipino friend invited me to join her friends and their families. It would be my chance to meet the Filipinos living in Riyadh. They resided outside the hospital compound. It was an hour drive from the hospital. We were picked up by a couple and driven to the house where everybody would assemble.

When we got there, I was shocked to see their living quarters. The buildings were dilapidated. A husband and wife had one room which served as the living room, bedroom and the kitchen. Those with children lived in buildings with worn out walls and carpet. What a contrast to our housing accommodation at the hospital compound. Some of them worked at the Philippine Consulate. It was 10:00 A.M. when we finally left for the farm. There were seven cars.

On our way to the farm, we watched for Mutaween (the Saudi police who enforced the dress code) cars. All of us women wore our abaya and had our hair covered with black scarves.

Oftentimes, the Filipino men and women were harassed by the Saudi police, stopping them for no apparent reasons. The Mutaween normally singled out Asian women in enforcing the dress code. We were afraid of being stopped. We felt safer by driving in groups.

The open hall reserved for this occasion had long tables and lots of chairs. We carried the food and drinks inside. There was a house near the hall where men who took care of the farm resided. One family carried lived crabs. One of the ladies who was very fluent in Arabic asked the men if we could use their stove to warm up the food and cooked the crabs. They told her to go ahead. After cooking and warming the food, we left some for the men and carried the rest to the hall. Laid on top of the table were varieties of Filipino dishes. Everyone took their places and started eating. I concentrated on the food that I had not eaten for a long time.

Keywords:vegetable picking, desert, Filipinos, Riyadh, farm, Mutaween, dress code
 
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7% Written By A 90-year-old

7% Written By A 90-year-old



This is something we should all read at least once a week!!!!! Make sure you read to the end!!!!!!

Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio ...

"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever written.

My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short – enjoy it.

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye, but don't worry, God never blinks.

16.. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It's never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. __Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative of dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere! (mom)

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back. So

true! (mom)

41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you need

42. The best is yet to come...

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."

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More...Unequal Rights Of Men And Women In Saudi Arabia

More...Unequal Rights Of Men And Women In Saudi Arabia


Their right to education is restricted to certain majors like education and health. As students they can’t meet their male professor in person. If the professor is a man, his lectures reach the female student via television.
 
Their jobs are very limited. They are only allowed to work mostly in such fields like education and health.

Saudi women wear veil, outside of their homes, covering their whole body, head and face.
 
They are forbidden to drive in Saudi Arabia. They suffer lack of freedom and movement.

Men and women are not permitted to attend public events together and are segregated in the work place.

They are subjected to sex segregation and discrimination.

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Unequal Rights Of Men And Women In Saudi Arabia

Unequal Rights Of Men And Women In Saudi Arabia


Rights of Saudi Women: Daughters whether single or married, can own and dispose their properties and earnings. However, by law, daughters inherit only half as much of their father’s estate as sons.

Their testimonies in criminal cases are not acceptable at all. In Saudi civil cases, wives testimonies carry far less weight than those of their husbands.

Their testimonies in Saudi courts are treated unequally that it affect their self-confidence.

They can be put to death by their male relatives for extramarital affairs that are punishable by death.

They are always accompanied in public by their guardian and they're required to avoid clothing that reveal or emphasize their bodies

Saudi men are permitted four wives and to marry other religious believers while Saudi women can only marry Muslims.
 
They can’t choose their own husbands. The right of divorce is just granted for male.

Keywords: rights of Saudi women, daughters, sons, inheritance, death, Muslim

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Continue...What Are The Frameworks Of The Muslim Life?

Continue...What Are The Frameworks Of The Muslim Life?


Pillar #4: Fasting - Syam- Every year in the month of Ramadan, all Muslims fast from first light until sundown, abstaining from food, drink and sexual relations. Those who are sick, elderly, or on a journey, women who are pregnant or nursing are permitted to break the fast and make up an equal number of days later in the year. If they are physically unable to do this, they must feed a needy person for every day missed. Although the fast is beneficial to the health, it is regarded principally as a method of self-purification.

Pillar #5: Pilgrimage - Hajj, he annual pilgrimage to Makkah is an obligation only for those who are physically and financially able to perform it, to journey at least once in his lifetime. The annual Hajj begins in the twelfth month of the Islamic year (which is Lunar, not solar, so that Hajj and Ramadan fall sometimes in summer, sometimes in winter). Pilgrims wear a special clothes: simple garments which strip away distinctions of class and culture, so that all stand equal before God. Makkah and Medina, as the Muslim holy cities are accessible to non-Muslims. Mosques are restricted to non-Muslim.

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What Are The Frameworks Of The Muslim Life?

What Are The Frameworks Of The Muslim Life?


The five pillars of islam are the frameworks of the Muslim life. First: Faith - There is no god worthy of worship except God and Muhammad is His messenger. This declaration of faith is called Shahada, a simple formula which all the faithful pronounce. These words are repeated five times a day.
 
Pillar #2: Prayer - Salat is the name for the obligatory prayers which are performed five times a day, and are a direct link between the worshipper and God. Five times a day-at dawn, midday, mid-afternoon, sunset and nightfall- the Muslims will stop what they are doing must turn to the direction of Makkah and recite the prescribed prayer.

There is no hierarchical authority in Islam, and no priests, so the prayer are led by the learned person who knows the Quran, chosen by the congregation. These five prayers contain verses from the Quran, and are said in Arabic, the language of the Revelation. Personal supplication can be offered in one’s own language.

Third: Purification and Growth - Zakat, one of the most important principles of Islam is that all things belong to God, and that wealth is therefore held by human beings in trust. The word sakat means both purification and growth. Our possessions are purified by setting aside a proportion for those in need.

Keywords: frameworks, pillars, islam, faith, prayer, purification

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Anecdotes Told About Life In Riyadh

Anecdotes Told About Life In Riyadh


Continued from the previous article…Lots of anecdotes were told about life in Riyadh. Some expatriates talked about not wanting to go back to the states because the U. S. government taxed them and gave the money away to other countries.

Others enjoyed the generous vacation provided by the hospital traveling three or four times a year in different parts of the world. Those who had been there for over 10 years claimed that the restrictions imposed upon them became a way of life. They had adapted to the environment in Riyadh.

Single males, putting on the abaya and covering their faces with veils were able to visit their girlfriends inside the apartment. It was past midnight when our male friend dropped us off in our apartments.

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What Restricted And Prohibited Materials Were Violated While In Riyadh?

What Restricted And Prohibited Materials Were Violated While In Riyadh?

 

I violated some restricted and prohibited materials while residing in Riyadh. The first one was when an American friend and I were invited by our male friends’ house warming. They could not get along with their assigned roommates and they decided to rent a house. One of them volunteered to pick us up in his car. We were not allowed to go out with a single male without the presence of married couple to chaperone us, thus breaking the law.

They had lots of visitors, American, British and Canadian expatriates. Some of them had been residents of Riyadh for over 10 years and enjoying it. Alcohol drinks were served. Alcohol was a prohibited material.

As the evening progressed, some were drunk. I was scared. What if their neighbors would report us. The guardhouse was just a few houses away.

Their visitors also talked about how people made their own wine while in Saudi Arabia. I could not believe what I was hearing. A British lady was drunk and started talking about her adventures with men. She claimed that she had lots of husbands.

She enjoyed traveling with male friends. If the guards stopped them, both would claim they were married. The guards would let them go. Sometimes the guards would ask for their marriage license. They would reply that it was left home for safe-keeping.

Keywords: chaperone, restricted materials, alcohol, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, expatriates 

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Prayer By Henry Newman

Prayer By John Henry Newman

 

Dear Jesus,

Help me to spread Your fragrance everywhere I go.
Flood my soul with Your spirit and life.
Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly,
that my life may only be a radiance of Yours.
Shine through me, and be so in me
that every soul I come in contact with may feel Your presence in my soul.
Let them look up and see no longer me, but only Jesus!
Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as you shine,
so to shine as to be a light to others;
the light, O Jesus will be all from You; none of it will be mine;
it will be you, shining on others through me.
Let me thus praise You the way You love best, by shining on those around me.
Let me preach You without preaching, not by words but by my example,
by the catching force of the sympathetic influence of what I do,
the evident fullness of the love my heart bears to You. Amen

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Enjoyable Activities...Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Enjoyable Activities...Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

 

We had enjoyable activities such as desert trips and picnic organized in small groups. From time to time, theater and choral groups put on local productions. I enjoyed the Spring Concert presented by The Riyadh Choral Society with Cantabile and The Riyadh Ensemble.

Scuba diving was very popular for all ages. Lessons as well as rental equipments were readily available. Some expatriates made extra money teaching students how to scuba dive.

Weekend visits to most of the major cities in Saudi Arabia were organized through the social club. Jeddah and Dhahran were the two most popular. Traveling from one major point to another by car (women were not allowed to drive and had to travel with married couples) was an excellent way to see the countryside and experience Saudi Arabia up close.

Travel out of Riyadh, however, needed prior approval from the Hospital. A travel letter was easily obtained from the Personnel Department and had to be approved by the supervisor.

Keywords: Riyadh, desert trips, theater, choral groups, scuba diving, travel

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What Was forbidden in Saudi Arabia when dining out?

What Was forbidden in Saudi Arabia when dining out?

 

The hospital had a Social Club. The hospital employees and their dependents were eligible for membership. It published a bulletin on a regular basis that included a calendar of classes, trips and other events available to members. There was a small monthly fee and offered discounts on a variety of local events and items.

Tennis was very popular. From my fourth floor apartment window, I could see ladies practicing at the tennis court. There were championship competitions. Players went to different cities to compete for these events.

Recreation facilities were also available in most of the local hotels. Swimming pools, sauna, ping-pong, and bowling facilities were accessible to members. Membership cost varied according to the hotel and the facilities available.
 
Alcohol was forbidden, no bars in Saudi Arabia. Restaurants were quite expensive, but the variety, quality and cuisine were excellent. Dining out was a popular pastime. There were lots of restaurants to choose from. Some restricted women from dining or segregated women from men.

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Conclusion…Why is Jeddah A Unique City?

Conclusion…Why is Jeddah A Unique City?

 

We were allowed three hours to shop. We visited the Fashion Center/Jamjoom. My friend wanted to buy a nice abaya. There were lots to choose from. She tried a few and found the right one. We walked in and out of the stores. I bought souvenirs. The mall was huge. Finally, it was time to go back to the vans.

On Friday morning we had Swiss Buffet breakfast at the ‘Al Bouhaira’ Restaurant. We had two choices, to go to the horse farm or the Al Nakheel Beach. Liz and I opted for the Horse Farm We drove to what seemed to be a continuous desert until we reached the horse stables. A British lady who managed the farm welcomes us and offered refreshments. She gave us an overview about raising Arabian horses. She had lots of male and female helpers. My friend was excited. When she was younger, she used to ride her horse but she decided against it. We toured the entire place.  While others decided to ride some of the horses, I talked to a lady feeding the horses. She handed me a carrot and told me to feed the horse. I was never this close to a horse. The horse took the carrot from my palm. I also watched a guy expertly cleaning and changing horseshoes. Then it was time to leave.

We had seafood dinner at the ‘Al Bouhaira Restaurant. Citizens from different countries came to attend conventions held at the Red Sea Palace Hotel. We also dined with the American expatriates from Jeddah. They love the freedom they had. The women were free to go anywhere without the Mutaween telling them to cover their hair.

Liz and I decided to go shopping. A hotel staff offered to drive us to the mall. This time we took our time. We went to different souks which were virtually found everywhere. There were moneychangers’, material, hardware, gold, silver, antique and carpet souks. Colorful stalls with daggers, incense burners, Turkish-style coffee pots, copper-studded Zansibar chests, leather Bedouin saddle-bags, etc. were displayed. After shopping we took a taxi back to the hotel and just rested. This was our last day. We had our luggage ready for check-out. Our tour guides instructed us to assemble at the lobby and get ready for our departure to Jeddah airport. The guides were there constantly helping us with our needs. It was late when my friend and I were drop off at our building.

Keywords: Jeddah, horse farm, Al Nakheel beach, horse riding, horseshoes, shopping

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Jeddah, A Unique City In Saudi Arabia

Jeddah A Unique City In Saudi Arabia

 

Jeddah, the ancient Arab trading port, is a city of great beauty and often referred to as the ‘Bride of the Red Sea’. After securing an in-country certificate from the Personnel Department, I joined twenty one American expatriates for a weekend tour of Jeddah. We left on a Wednesday after work. We had three male tour guides. We took a van to the airport. The flight to Ahba was 45 minutes.

We were greeted by the staffs of the hotel and transferred to the Red Sea Palace hotel. Welcome drinks were served upon our arrival. We checked in. I shared a room with Liz, a friend. Then we had a Mongolian Barbeque dinner by the swimming pool. The set-up was amazing. The chefs prepared varieties of food while the waiters served us.
 
Thursday, we had Swiss Buffet Breakfast at the ‘Al Bouhaira’ restaurant. We met other American expatriates from other cities. After breakfast, two hotel vans took us for a tour of Old Jeddah. Unlike being in public in Riyadh, the women were not required to wear their scarves. The guides told us that the old buildings were built from clay and straws. We walked through narrow streets taking pictures without any restrictions. We visited the Abdul Raouf Museum. There was a short movie to familiarize us about the city’s development while tea was served. Some government officials patiently answered our questions.

The hotel tour guides carried lots of food for lunch. After touring the museum, the tour guides drove us downtown for a shopping trip. Watch for the conclusion of this article.

Keywords: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, trading port, tour, expatriate, museum

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St. Teresa of Avila

St. Teresa of Avila

 

Let nothing disturb you.
Let nothing frighten you.
All things are passing.
God alone is changeless
He who has patience wants for nothing
He who has God has all things.
God alone suffices.

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Conclusion...What Were Behind Those Covered Faces?

Conclusion...What Were Behind Those Covered Faces?


Watching them I became self-conscious. Fortunately, some visitors were American and British expatriates from work. I struck conversation with them. Meanwhile, the Saudi women talked, made jokes and laughed at funny comments made. Gone were their inhibitions at work.

Food, Arabian dishes, were served. I was not familiar with their food but I sampled every one of them. Some were very good and tasty to my taste.

After the party, I left with one of the American expatriate. I made a comment why these Saudi women bothered to wear their make up, had their nail polished and dressed up only to cover them. She remarked that for the married Saudi women, they did it for their husbands. I took the elevator to my fourth floor apartment, glad that I accepted the invitation and learned more about the Saudi women.

Keywords: covered faces, expatriate, Saudi women, Arabian Dishes, party

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What Were Behind Those Covered Faces?

What Were Behind Those Covered Faces?

 

They covered their faces, their voices familiar but unfamiliar faces. A Saudi woman friend and co-worker invited me to her party. It would be held at the apartment complex. I didn’t bother to dress up believing the Saudi women would be wearing their regular outfit at work.

I arrived early. She opened the door. Gone was her black cloak and veil. I saw an unfamiliar face but a very familiar voice. It was the first time I saw her face. She saw my expression. She smiled and told me that female only wore their cloaks and veils when they were in public or in the presence of a male.

One by one, the Saudi women arrived removing their coverings. Light complexioned, beautiful and modern women emerged. They wore make-ups, painted lips, polished nails and beautiful long dresses.
Some of them were young and very friendly. One by one they introduced themselves. Some voices were very familiar because I heard those voices at work. It was a surprised and a pleasure to see their faces behind those veils. They were very excited especially the young ladies. They talked about their dresses, displaying them, how they were chosen, and etc. Some sewed their own dresses and very proud of it.

Keywords: covered faces, Saudi women, party, veil, black cloak, dresses

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More About Shopping In Riyadh

More About Shopping In Riyadh

 

The shopping facilities in Riyadh were excellent. Going to groceries were simple. There were many supermarkets where canned goods, meats, frozen food, and fresh produce were sold. The selection and quality of foods were impressive. Fresh vegetables were easily procured in local open markets and at various stands scattered throughout the city. Fruits were plentiful, some imported from other neighboring countries. Others were grown locally.

Good cheese selection, butter, fresh eggs and diet products were always available. We could purchased reprocessed and fresh milk. The reprocessed milk had longer storage time. Meats other than pork, which was forbidden, were imported frozen from other countries such as Denmark, New Zealand, U.S.A. and Australia. They also butchered lamb and beef locally. Good selections of fresh fish were available each morning and frozen ones were obtainable in the grocery stores.

Electronic equipments were available. The quantity and quality of televisions were high and prices were reasonable. Household appliances, computers and sports equipment were procurable. Supplies of art materials were plentiful and toy stores were stocked with many western products.

There were many interesting treasures to be found in Riyadh and throughout Saudi Arabia. Oriental rugs, particularly Afghan, Shira and crude Bokharas were fairly reasonable. Bedouin silver jewelry, copper and brass pots and camel saddle bags were among the collectibles.

Keywords: shopping, Riyadh, supermarkets, products, countries, electronic equipments

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Shopping While Residing in Riyadh

Shopping While Residing in Riyadh

 

Shopping was one of the activities I enjoyed while residing in Riyadh. The hospital provided transportation to take women residing inside the hospital compound to the mall. At a certain time throughout the week, buses were scheduled to different supermarkets or souks.

I always shopped with friends. We tried to schedule it in between prayer times. Occasionally, however, we would end up waiting outside the store until the prayer was over.

We covered our hair and wore our abayas. We didn't want to be harassed by the Mutaween who imposed the dress code. We waited for the bus in front of our building. Depending on the pick-up route, the buses would arrive empty or very full. They came on scheduled time except when they broke down. We were driven to the location along narrow streets.

The bus driver waited while we shopped for an hour and a half. The departure time was noted such that everybody would be inside the bus when it leaves. Shoppers who were in a hurry could take a taxi back to their buildings. By the way, the bus rides were free. Sometimes we would take a cab to shop at Euromache or Batha.

Keywords: shopping, Riyadh, transportation, prayer, dress code, bus

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Prayer Of St. Francis Of Assisi

Prayer Of St. Francis Of Assisi

 

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

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Alma
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Surviving Riyadh

Surviving Riyadh


Surviving Riyadh was a big challenge to me. I had to get use to men holding hands or kissing each other’s cheeks when they met. Wearing my scarf and abaya became automatic whenever I ventured with friends outside the compound. Once in a while, the Mutaween, the police who enforced the dress codes would shout to cover our hair and harassed those women who didn’t comply.

I learned to schedule my shopping and other activities such that it would not coincide with the prayers. My friends and I avoided places where women were not allowed.

As though coping with our new environment was not enough, the American Embassy in Riyadh kept warning us to be alert and watch out for terrorist attacks. Fortunately, because of my Asian features I was not a target.

These features, however, were also a disadvantage. One day I wanted to buy a wall rug and I asked an American friend to accompany me to the store. As soon as we entered the store, the owner greeted my friend and asked her what kind of rug was she looking for. He went on to show her the displayed rugs. I made more money than my friend. I then asked the owner to show me the best Persian wall rug. He just smiled at me and kept on talking to my friend.

After asking him the third time, I told him that I could afford the rug. I am an American citizen and I had a passport to prove it. He hesitated but finally complied. I was attracted by a 4 ft x 2 ft exquisite rug. Displayed on the wall, it looked as though it changed colors and designs. It was also reversible and could be hung vertically and horizontally. It was very expensive but affordable at that time.

I was also discriminated by an American expatriates. One day I went to a coffee shop. I decided to joined an American lady who was by herself. I started to talk to her. She didn’t bother to respond and moved to another table. Talking to some of my friends, I found out that she was a secretary at the hospital. A few months later, she joined me at the cafeteria and apologized for her behavior.

Keywords: surviving-riyadh, abaya, Mutaween, shopping, Asian, discriminated

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Prayer By Thomas Merton

Prayer By Thomas Merton

 

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this
you will lead me by the right road
though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always
though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

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Alma
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What Was Forbidden in Saudi Arabia's Restaurants?

What Was Forbidden in Saudi Arabia’s Restaurant?

 

King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (KFSH&RC) had a Social Club and hospital employees and their dependents were eligible for membership. It published a bulletin on a regular basis that included a calendar of classes, trips and other events available to members. There was a small monthly fee and offered discounts on varieties of local events and items. Tennis was very popular. From my fourth floor apartment window, I could see ladies practicing at the tennis court. There were championship competitions. Players went to different cities to compete for these events.

Recreation facilities were also available in most of the local hotels. Swimming pools, sauna, ping-pong, and bowling facilities were accessible to members. Membership costs varied according to the hotel and the facilities available.

Alcohol was forbidden in Saudi Arabia's restaurants. There were no bars in Saudi Arabia. Restaurants were quite expensive, but the variety, quality and cuisine were excellent. Dining out was a popular pastime. There were many restaurants to choose from. Some restricted women from dining or they segregated women from men.

Keywords: Saudi Arabia, social club, recreation facilities, hospital employees, alcohol, restaurant

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My Comfort Zone

MY COMFORT ZONE

 

I used to have a Comfort Zone
Where I knew I couldn’t fail.
The same four walls of busy work
Were really more like jail.
I longed so much to do the things
I’d never done before,
But I stayed inside my Comfort Zone
And paced the same old floor.
I claimed to be so busy
With the things inside my zone,
But deep inside I longed for
Something special of my own.
I couldn’t let my life go by,
Just watching others win.
I held my breath and stepped outside
And let the change begin.
I took a step and with new strength
I’d never felt before,
I kissed my Comfort Zone ‘goodbye’
And closed and locked the door.
If you are in a Comfort Zone,
Afraid to venture out,
Remember that all winners were
At one time filled with doubt.
A step or two and words of praise,
Can make your dreams come true.
Greet your future with a smile,
Success is there for you!

Author: Unknown

The Serenity Prayer By Reinhold Niebuhr

The Serenity Prayer By Reinhold Niebuhr

 

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him Forever in the next.
Amen

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It Takes Courage By An Author Unknown

It Takes Courage By An Author Unknown

 

It takes strength to be firm,
It takes courage to be gentle.
It takes strength to conquer,
It takes courage to surrender.
It takes strength to be certain,
It takes courage to have doubt.
It takes strength to fit in,
It takes courage to stand out.
It takes strength to feel a friend's pain,
It takes courage to feel your own pain.
It takes strength to endure abuse,
It takes courage to stop it.
It takes strength to stand alone,
It takes courage to lean on another.
It takes strength to love,
It takes courage to be loved.
It takes strength to survive,
It takes courage to live.

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Alma
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Conclusion...KFSH’s Research Center

Conclusion...KFSH’s Research Center

 

My responsibilities; Take charge of the lab. I did research involving the detection of ALL (Acute Lymphobastic Leukemia) cells after Chemotheraphy. I collaborated with the Chromium Release Assay and MHC (Major Histocompatability Complex) projects. People wondered what section I actually belonged to.

Some days I would be at the hospital picking up blood samples of patients for DNA extraction. Note! If the tubes were labeled with numbers they belonged to the royal family. I did PCR (Polymerized Chain Reaction) at the laboratory or Synthesized Primers, and etc.

I had to make adjustments while working at the lab. Things that I took for granted at work in USA such as catalogs were stored and locked. The refrigerators were locked and ordering materials for the laboratory took months to arrive.

My problems started when Mike, a Canadian who used to be in-charged, tried to dominate me. I had a higher grade and was hired to take charge of the lab. There were arguments between us. Since we collaborated in some projects, it became a major problem. Men, who had known Mike for several years gave me a hard time whenever I needed something from their laboratories. My input and suggestions were brushed off and arguing with male co-workers to make my point was not acceptable.

Keywords: research, ALL, Chromium Release Assay, MHC, DNA, blood samples, laboratories

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KFSH’s Research Center

KFSH’s Research Center

 

The KFSH’s Research Center was very modern. The laboratory had sophisticated and expensive instruments. However, most of them were not working optimally at that time. I collaborated with men from different countries such as; Saudi Arabia, India, Canada and Australia. Most with PhD's.
 
On my first day at work, I met Dr. Salman at his office. He was wearing an Arabian attire. He looked so different from the man I met in Anaheim, California, USA. At this point I would like to mention that after working there for a while, some of his secretaries asked me how he looked wearing an American  attire. They never saw him in a different outfit and were very curious. His office was huge; desk and book shelves, wall painting, and different varieties of potted plants. He asked me if everything was all right with my trip and my apartment. I responded that I was okay. We talked for a while.

There was a training in-progress, DNA Sequencing and he wanted me to join the group. We walked to a small room packed with people. He introduced me to the group. He told the instructor to include me in the training. The instructor refused stating he already had three trainees. Dr. Salman told him to just do it and left. Nobody moved nor made a comment. I was stunned! They were all afraid of him. I wondered why he put up with me during the time he was offering me the job.

Keywords:
KFSH, Research Center, laboratory instruments, Anaheim, American attire, Arabian attire

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Alma
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Supervisor Wore An Arabian Attire

Supervisor Wore An Arabian Attire


Sultan, my Arabian supervisor, would be there to meet me after this last day of orientation. The topics were about salaries, passport, benefits, identification cards and amenities. When the last speaker was called, I felt my heart pounding faster and my hands were drenched with sweat. It was time to meet my supervisor, Dr. Sultan Salman.  I didn't know how to face him after giving him a hard time during the hiring process.

He smiled as I approached him and I felt better. He told me to look at him indicating his attire. He wore a brown thawb (an ankle-length shirt woven from wool or cotton) and his head piece. The man I met in Anaheim, California wore an American attire. He asked how my trip was and did I like my apartment. I thanked him and told him that everything was fine.

Sultan said to follow him. We walked a short distance. We entered his office. He introduced me to his secretaries, mostly Filipino citizens. Smiling, he made a comment that they invaded him. We climbed up the stairs to the third floor. There I met Mike and some of Sultan’s staff. Mike, a Canadian, was a tall, handsome but looked arrogant. He extended his hand and told me that he heard so much about me. I told him likewise.

He was a prominent name during my conversation with Sultan. He had warned me about Mike’s attitude and possible troubles with him. Sultan told Mike to show me their instruments. They had very modern instruments. Mike claimed that he was in-charged.

It was dark outside. This was the first time I was going home by myself. I wondered how I was going to ask directions since I didn’t speak the Arabic language. I approached a young man and asked him for direction. He told me to follow him. He pointed to the direction of my building. I thanked him and followed the path to my building. I took the elevator to my apartment. I got a message that my suitcases had arrived. Along with recruits whose suitcases were missing, we rode the hospital van to the airport. To our surprised, our suitcases were processed quickly.

Keywords: supervisor, Arabian attire, orientation, thawb, American attire, instruments

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Alma
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Risks By An Unknown Author

RISKS By An Unknown Author

 

To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out for another is to risk involvement.
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
To place your ideas, your dreams, before a crowd is
to risk their loss.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dying.
To hope is to risk despair.
To try is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard
in life is to risk nothing.
They may avoid suffering and sorrow, but they
cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, live.
Chained by their attitudes, they are a slave, they
have forfeited their freedom.
Only a person who risks is free.

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Alma
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Final...Touring Riyadh At Night

Final...Touring Riyadh At Night

 

Our tour guide announced that we had two hours to shop. She wanted to show the ladies where they could buy an inexpensive but good quality abayas. I tagged along closely as she walked briskly through the crowded mall. It was easy to get lost when everybody were wearing their abayas. She entered a store and exchanged pleasantries with the owner in Arabic. She waited for the rest before she introduced us.

Beautiful abayas of different designs and fabrics were displaced throughout the store. After checking them, I picked up an embroidered silk and asked the owner how much did it cost. One hundred riyal (2.75 riyal/dollar). She told him to be nice to me and gave me a discount, fifty riyal. I smiled. I remembered what I used to do while residing in the Philippines. The merchants applied excessive mark-ups of their merchandises and we bargained. They continued haggling until finally they settled for seventy riyal. I handed him the money.

We continued our tour getting in and out of the stores. Then we entered a store whose walls were covered with golden necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and etc. of different sizes and designs. It was quite a sight. Expensive rugs of beautiful designs and shades draped the walls of another store. Some friendly salesmen handed us free tiny bottles of perfumes. Our shopping was over. We went back to the bus where the driver was waiting for us. When all the passengers were accounted for, we drove back to the hospital compound where we were dropped off individually in front of our buildings.

Keywords: Riyadh, tour, shop, abaya, riyal, stores

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Touring Riyadh At Night

Touring Riyadh At Night

 

Touring Riyadh at night was my first contact with the public. I was excited to see what was outside the compound of the hospital. After our second day of orientation, our friendly tour guide, an Egyptian lady welcomed us as we stepped inside the bus. She introduced herself once everyone on her list was accounted for. 

The bus winded down a narrow street. The city was lighted and she described briefly the places we passed by. We entered a shopping mall and the bus stopped. The flashing Arabic names of the stores reminded me where I was. The shoppers were mostly Saudi families. A mother wearing a black clock over her head and clothing that covered her entire body from head to toes pulled her kid who tried to run away, her husband taking care of the other kids.

Keywords: touring Riyadh, public, hospital, Egyptian lady, tour guide, shopping mall, Arabic

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Be Thankful...Author Unknown

Be Thankful...Author Unknown

 

Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don't know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you're tired and weary
Because it means you've made a difference.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.

GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessing.

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Don’t Quit By An Unknown Author

Don’t Quit By An Unknown Author


When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill.
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile but you have to sigh.
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don´t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns.
And many a fellow turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don't give up though the pace seems slow,
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man.
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor's cup.
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt.
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar.
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit,
It's when things seem worst that you mustn't quit.

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Restrictions Imposed Upon Saudi Women

Restrictions Imposed Upon Saudi Women

 

We had the orientation on our first morning in Riyadh. I called Tracy and we decided to meet at the lobby at 7:00 a.m. I was waiting at the lobby when she and two ladies got off the elevator.

Tracy suggested we would find a place to have coffee. We went out of the building and followed a walkway. We asked direction to the coffee house. On our way, everybody asked about their roommates.

I was puzzled but didn’t say anything. Tracy had a nurse roommate and said she was still asleep, worked night shift. The roommates of the others were at work. They looked at me and asked how was my roommate. I didn’t have one. They were curious. One stated I must have a high grade. I didn’t volunteer any information. In this batch of recruits, I was the only one with an Asian origin and the only female hired to work at the Research Center.

Inside the coffee house, others from our group were already having their breakfast. We joined them and ordered coffee. Everybody was excited and talked about their roommates. On our way to the conference room, everybody welcomed us. On top of a table by the door to the conference room were coffee pots. Juices (mango, apple, orange), pastries, plates and cups. Then followed the first day of a three-days orientation.

The first speaker, an American, introduced herself and welcomed us. Then she introduced the other speakers, Americans and Saudis. Saudi Arabia’s history, culture, rules and regulations were discussed. I listened intently as the first speaker talked about women’s restrictions. She told the women to wear their scarves and abayas in public places, not to travel alone and drove a car, not to entertain male in their apartments. Some ladies laughed. She reiterated not to break these restrictions because we were in a foreign country.

We had a chance to talk to the speakers during break times. Lunch was served in another room. The chefs served us beef, chicken, seafood and vegetable dishes. There were varieties of fruits and desserts to choose from.

After lunch the orientation continued. Questions were raised and answered. The speakers emphasized the importance of adhering to the restrictions, mostly addressed to women. Finally, the orientation was over.

Keywords: restrictions, Saudi women, orientation, Riyadh, American speaker, Saudi Arabia

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Closing Down Of Saudi Women's "Illegal" Gym

Closing Down Of Saudi Women's "Illegal" Gym

 

In 2010 the Saudi Arabia's government closed down all female gym or wellness centers that they considered 'illegal' because they were not supervised by the government hospital or clinic.

The fitness facility that was shut down was the Saudi women's gym located in Jeddah. The health official in Jeddah stated that anyone who violated regulations that governed the running of health facilities would be severely punished because this involved the health of the people.

Some Saudi women launched campaigns to oppose the government decision. They were forbidden to use the men's club, therefore, they needed a place to exercise outside the home. Women needed a fitness center to get relief from lots of pressures experienced at home and at work. Pregnancy and giving birth were some of the stages they had to go through in life. At the gym, the Saudi women would find others to support them. The Saudi women especially the young believed this order from the government was bad for their health.

Poor diets and exercise were blamed for a high rate of heart disease and diabetes in Saudi Arabia, yet the health authorities, got rid of the means to resolve or prevent these diseases.

Keywords: Saudi Women, illegal gym, Saudi Arabia, all female gym, fitness facility, health authorities

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Perpetual Minors

Perpetual Minors

 

Perpetual Minors- the impact of "guardianship" system which requires Saudi women to obtain permission from male guardians before they can carry out a host of day-to-day activities such as education, employment, travel, opening a bank account, or receiving medical care.

There are negative consequences for women whose guardians, father, brother, husband and male children refuse to give such permission and the dire situation of women living in discord with their husbands who refuse to grant them a divorce.

Keywords: perpetual minors, guardianship, Saudi women, male guardians, negative consequences
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Cold Remedy I Learned From A Lebanese Friend

Cold Remedy I Learned From A Lebanese Friend

 

While residing in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, a friend of mine from Lebanon asked me for a favor. She was having a bad cold and needed somebody to help her get rid of it. She wanted me to light a match, to drop it on her bare back, and to cover it immediately with an empty glass. I was very hesitant, afraid I would burn her back. She said that I would not burn her back.

Finally, I was persuaded to do it. She layed on her bed face down, exposing her bare back. I was very nervous. I lighted the match and dropped it on her bare back and immediately covered the flame with the glass. The flame was extinguished. The glass acting as a vacuum pulled the flesh up.

A few minutes later, the glass fall on the side. Her skin was red. She said that she felt good. Before long, I was working with two glasses. By the time I was done her whole back was red from the flame and showing the markings of the glasses. She said that the vacuum created by the glass relieved her of her cold. The next morning, her cold was better.

Keywords: cold, Lebanon, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, flame, glass

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Arrival...Hospital Compound

Arrival...Hospital Compound

 

Finally, we arrived at the hospital compound where the building assigned to us was located. Five of us from the van got off and collected our luggage. We took the elevator. My apartment and Tracy's, a fellow recruit were located in the same floor. I followed the arrows to my apartment. With the keys given to me at the airport, I unlocked the door. One light was on. The apartment was nice and completely furnished. I saw wall paintings in the living room, a stand with a TV set.
 
Inside my bedroom was a queen bed covered with a comforter, as well as a dresser and a small table. The kitchen had everything I needed, such as refrigerator, plates, pots, and glasses, and etc. In the bathroom I came upon a bathtub that was wider and deeper than those in the states. Towels of different sizes hanged on a rack. The toilet was bigger. There was a hose attached to the toilet and I wondered what it was for. I took my shower, laid down on my bed and covered myself with the comforter. I fall asleep. I was awakened at dawn by the prayer from the loudspeaker. I got up and got ready for the orientation
 
Keywords: hospital compound, building, apartment, wall paintings, furnished, orientation

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Our Suitcases Where Left In New York

Our Suitcases Were Left In New York

 

Inside a tiny room, we were thoroughly scanned and checked one by one by a Saudi woman. We were then directed to the baggage section. There were a few of us who couldn't find our suitcases.  Two of mine were missing.  I only got the small suitcase. The airport personnel told us that our suitcases were left in New York and we could expect them in three or more days. We were very upset.

The hospital representatives told us to follow them and we exited the building. Two vans were waiting for us. I went to the first. We were driven and dropped at the buildings assigned to us. The hospital was a few kilometers away from the international airport.

Keywords: suitcases, Saudi woman, scanned, hospital representatives, hospital

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Arrival At King Khalid International Airport

Arrival At King Khaled International Airport

 

I was awakened by the pilot’s announcement that we were ready to descend at King Khaled International Airport, followed by his prayer. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia was our final destination. We had boarded the Saudia Airlines in New York, JFK International Airport, after a day of orientation at Knoxville, Tennessee by HCA.

When the plane landed, we exited one by one. It was midnight. The ladies put on their abayas and scarves. We were instructed to put on our name tags. It was crowded inside and the lines were long. Fortunately, there were two lines just for the recruits. Representatives from the hospital were there to welcome us and gave us instructions. Our passports were processed. Women were segregated from the men.

Keywords: suitcases, New York, King Khaled International Airport, segregated, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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The Pilot's Prayer

The Pilot’s Prayer

 

The time dragged on until finally the pilot announced that the plane was getting ready to take off. The stewardess announced procedures to follow in the event of an emergency. The seats were upright and the cabin locked. The pilot started praying. I felt the plane taxied and a few minutes it stopped. With the loud boom it took off.

When the plane stabilized, I wrapped myself with the blanket, using the pillow to cushion my head, settled and closed my eyes. The crying of the babies and other noises never ceased since we boarded the plane. Meals were served. My meal consisted of chicken with rice and vegetable, dessert and coffee. I didn’t have any appetite. I sampled a bit of everything. I handed the tray back to the stewardess, leaned back on my seat and closed my eyes.

I woke up nauseated with a terrible headache. I was air sick. I forgot to take my Dramamine. I stood and signaled the stewardess to come over.  She asked if I needed something. I requested for water. I swallowed the pill and went back to sleep. My sleep was interrupted by the prayers, noises, and meals being served. Going to the restroom was a struggle.

Keywords: pilot, prayer, plane, meals, air sick, babies

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My First Culture Shock

My First Culture Shock

 

At the Saudia Airline Terminal, we got up and followed the line assigned to the numbers of our boarding passes. When they started boarding the plane, the lines became useless. The passengers rushed towards the restraining lines. I held on to my belongings. I was sandwiched by the passengers and moved with them.

One by one the stewards and stewardess checked our boarding passes and directed us to our seats. I sat by the window, my co-recruit sat next to me. The two seats on the aisle were occupied by a couple from the Middle East. Steward and stewardess moved from aisle to aisle assisting passengers.

Inside the Saudia Airline, I experienced my first culture shock. I noticed a lady covered from her head to her toes with a black cloak. Then there was a Middle East male passenger who was almost naked except for a tiny clothing covering his private part. I was stunned. My co-recruit told me that whatever I saw was nothing. She said to wait until we got to Riyadh.

The lady in front of our seat was arguing with the stewardess. She had a baby and her six years old son had no seat. The plane was overbooked. She was reassured by the stewardess that they would find seats for both of them. Some passengers had heated arguments with the stewardess because of their missing seats.

Keywords:culture shock, Saudia, boarding passes, stewards, stewardess, passengers

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Destination...JFK International Airport in New York

Destination...JFK International Airport in New York



We boarded the plane that would take us to JFK International Airport in New York. Most of us sat with our fellow recruits. I relaxed as the plane took off. I closed my eyes. The pilot announced our arrival at JFK. I followed the other passengers as we exited the plane. The airport was very crowded. We had a long wait for our next flight. We walked a distance to the Saudia Airlines terminal. It was packed with Middle East passengers wearing their costumes.

I admired the beautiful outfit of the stewardess. Their heads were covered with veil. They wore satin layered clothing of aqua and gold. Some were covered entirely except their eyes. We shopped and browsed and had snack. We walked back to the airline counter to find a very long line. We followed the line.

There was an argument at the counter between a Middle East passenger and the airline clerk. Next to the counter were two lady recruits. Apparently, the recruits were able to get their boarding passes without standing in line. The Middle East passenger angrily shouted at the clerk. The security guards stepped in to help settle the dispute. To avoid further arguments, the ladies were asked to follow the line.

Standing in line with the Middle East passengers, I felt as though I was in another country. Finally, it was my turn on the counter. I presented my passport and airline tickets. The clerk scrutinized everything that I gave. He stamped them and gave them back to me. I sat on the bench and waited for the other recruits.

Keywords: JFK, New York, Saudi airline, Middle East, recruits, passengers

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Final Instructions

Final Instructions

 

JFK was our destination from Knoxville, Tennessee. I was awakened by the ringing of the phone. It was my wake-up call. I felt very weak but I got up, changed and locked my suitcases. We were instructed to leave our luggage at our room. I checked everything before I left the room. When I got off the elevator, I saw suitcases of different sizes being moved around. We were instructed to stick to the dimension of the suitcases we were supposed to carry.

The representatives were there giving us instructions. We had a quick breakfast, rushed to our vans and were driven to the airport. Each van had a representative who emphasized not to violate any rules and regulations while residing in Riyadh.

It was December, the airport was very crowded. We collected our individual luggage and followed the long line. The line was moving very slowly. By the time everybody checked-in their luggage and got their boarding passes, we just had a few minutes to catch our flight. We would see our luggage in Riyadh. The representatives hugged us and wished us safe flight and good luck.

Keywords: final instructions, JFK, airport, rules, luggage, Riyadh

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Alma
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What Are The Restrictions Imposed Upon Women In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia?

What Are The Restrictions Imposed Upon Women In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia?


The six speakers from HCA touched subjects such as: Riyadh in general, culture, restrictions, rules and regulations, dress codes, especially for women, benefits, vacation, sick day, etc. There were anecdotes and jokes. Breaks were offered between lectures, questions and answers. Those who previously had been in Riyadh were asked to talk about their experiences.

Lunch was served with plenty of food. As I listened to the lectures, I recalled the kind of life I used to have while living with the nuns as a teacher in the Philippines. It was worse. I started to wonder whether I would last.

The ladies were told not to be with a man without a chaperone, a married couple. The ladies had to wear their scarves and abayas while in public and not to travel alone. The lectures ended with instructions on what to do with our luggage, restrictions on the luggage weights and sizes, the paperwork needed on our trip, where we would assemble the next day.

After the orientation, we had a group picture and had dinner. After dinner, anybody interested in going out could do so. I decided to stay. I went to my room and prepared the things I needed for the next day. I put new tags to my suitcases. My passport, plane tickets, etc. were placed in one of my handbag pockets. I read the instructions one more time to be sure I had everything ready. I went to bed.

Keywords: restrictions, women, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, abayas, orientation

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Alma

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An Amazing Night In Knoxville, Tennessee

An Amazing Night In Knoxville, Tennessee

 

Everybody wanted to go out to see Knoxville at night. I went out with the ladies I met at dinner. We went back to the lobby and called a cab. The Rocking Horse Show, was a popular show. It was located at the downtown area. We passed the Vanderbilt University campus. It was huge. People with heavy coats strolled, some coming in and out of the stores. We finally reached the location. It was crowded. They played western music. Couples wearing boots danced to the music. We sat at a table close to the dance floor. I settled for a soda while the rest ordered beer.

A gentleman approached our table and invited one of the ladies to dance. They went to the dance floor. I found out that the show was nationally televised. I watched the dancers with awe, doing tricky steps. The music was loud but I didn’t mind. An hour later, one of the ladies wanted to go back to the hotel. I went back with her. In my room, I prepared the things I needed for the next day. I showered, took my medicine and went to bed. I scheduled a wake-up call at six o’clock. The medicine took effect and I fall asleep. I woke up before the wake-up call but stayed in bed for a while.

Some recruits were already at the lobby. A representative from HCA came over and told us to follow her. We were led to the same restaurant where we had our dinner. I joined four ladies in the table. We introduced ourselves. Two of the ladies were from Canada. The waiter came over for our orders. The ladies started asking questions when they found out that one of us had been in Riyadh before. The waiter came back with our orders. The conversation continued.

Keywords:  amazing night, Tennessee, Rocking Horse Show, Vanderbilt University, restaurant

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Alma
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My Flight To Knoxville, Tennessee

My Flight To Knoxville, Tennessee

 

My destination from Burbank airport in California was Knoxville, Tennessee. I followed the passengers boarding the plane. I was seated by the window. The plane was crowded. It had one stop-over. I arrived at 5:30 p.m. A gentleman from the HCA agency was there to meet me. We picked up my suitcases. It took twenty minutes to get to the hotel. I was preregistered. I picked up the key to my room. The porter took care of my suitcases. I was instructed to assemble at the lobby at 7:00 p.m. with the other recruits. I called my sister and then rested for a while. I was tired and very sick.
 
I got up and got ready. At the lobby, there were lots of recruits as indicated by their name tags. I joined the group. We were directed to the restaurant. The restaurant was crowded but tables were reserved for us. I shared the table with three ladies after I introduced myself. The waitress came over to write down our orders. I listened to their conversation. They were excited. The food arrived but the conversation continued.

The ladies had lots of questions. I tried not to talk to avoid coughing. After dinner, a lady  representative led us to a conference room where we were officially welcomed by the HCA group. They instructed us to meet again at the lobby at seven o’clock the next morning. Those of us who wanted to see the city at night were welcomed to do so. We would have another chance the next night.

Keywords: Burbank airport, amazing night, Knoxville hotel, Tennessee, restaurant
 

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Destination...Knoxville, Tennesee

 

Destination...Knoxville, Tennesee

 

For the last time, I checked my plants in the front and backyard. I started crying. I made all the decisions. Now I had to face whatever consequences were ahead of me. I was sick and coughing a lot but I had to finish my packing. I went to bed late. It was decided that one of my sisters and her husband would accompany me to the airport and take care of the stuff that were left inside. It was still dark the next morning when we left the house with two large suitcases and one I planned to hand-carry.
 
Burbank Airport, was a 30 minutes drive from the house. My destination was Knoxville, Tennessee where I would join the other recruits for a day of orientation. From there we would fly to New York JFK International Airport and board the Saudia Airline to our final destination, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. We got to the Burbank Airport on time to check-in my luggage, got my boarding pass and purchased a travel insurance. I hugged my sister and brother-in-law when it was time to board the plane. My sister and I were crying.


Keywords: journey, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Knoxville, Tennessee, Burbank airport

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Final Preparation...Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Final Preparation...Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

My preparation for the journey was final. I placed an ad for a moving sale. I started packing my stuff that would be stored in the storage area. The sale took place. My new appliances and furniture were sold for almost nothing. I gave away my house plants to relatives and friends. With an aching heart, I witnessed the disappearance of the things I had accumulated for years.

Between my responsibilities at work and at home, I didn’t have any time for myself. I stayed late at work finishing everything from training graduate students, doing experiments, to updating my lab books. At home I stayed until dawn to finish up my packing. I started to have a cold. As the days passed by, the house was emptier.
 
During the final preparation, I was in constant contact with the people at HCA. Finally, all the requirements were fulfilled and sent out. They assured me that I would receive my passport and plane tickets a week before my departure. My situation was taking its tool on my body. I was losing weight and coughing a lot. My family was worried I would get very sick. Against her will, my mother left for Oregon two weeks before my departure. I felt bad but I had to do it. At work, I was treated to farewell parties. Friends and relatives did the same.

Preparation to finish all the paperwork with the real estate agency was accomplished. A storage area was rented and boxes to be stored moved. The house was empty. My birds were adopted by my neighbor. There were occasions when I thought of backing out. Now it was too late to do it. I received all the things I needed for my trip from HCA. Before my departure, I confirmed that everything was okay with the realtor. I was reassured that they would take care of the house.


Keywords: journey, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, real estate agency, Knoxville

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Alma,
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Job Resignation

Job Resignation


Meanwhile, packets from HCA started to arrive. I called my former supervisors and requested for references. I made an appointment with my doctor for my medical exams. Specified tests had to be performed. Next, my dentist. The police clearance was obtained from the L.A. Police Department. I sent my passport to Knoxville, Tennessee to be processed. The worst part was to inform my supervisor that I was resigning. It had to be done as soon as possible.  He needed time to find a replacement for me.

Early one Monday morning, I approached my supervisor and told him that I needed to talk to him. He asked me if I could wait. He was getting ready to fly to Washington, D. C. He was a member of a panel that approve government grants.

I told him I had accepted a job offered to me and I planned to leave the end of November. He couldn’t believe it. He had two months to hire my replacement but the problem was, I was involved with three projects. It was impossible to get someone with my expertise. He asked me where I was going. I told him Saudi Arabia. He was surprised and asked what made me accept the job. Did I knew anything about their culture. I explained that everybody opposed my decision, however, I had to do it. I didn’t want to look back later asking myself, what if I accepted the job.

He understood how I felt but thought it would be dangerous for me to go there by myself. He would notify the Personnel Office about my resignation. He had somebody in mind to operate the instrument but he needed to be trained. My other projects would be distributed to different sections. I apologized for putting him in this situation and that I spent sleepless nights debating whether to accept the job or not. He understood my situation, I had to do what I thought was best for me. I thanked him feeling so guilty.

Keywords: job resignation, supervisors, job offer, Saudi Arabia, projects

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Alma
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Reaction Of My Family To My Decision

Reaction Of My Family To My Decision

I finally informed my family about my decision to accept the job. They didn’t make any comment. They knew that I took chances. My mother didn't want to move to Oregon to stay with my sister but I felt she needed somebody to take care of her while I was gone. I waited for the last day to call the HCA representative and told her my decision to accept the job. She would inform their main office in Knoxville, Tennessee about my decision. They would be sending me lots of paperwork. I had to send them back on the dates indicated.

I had to rent the house. I hired a real estate agency to take care of the renting and rentals of the house. They told me that it would be easier to rent the house if it was empty. Upon hearing this condition, I was not sure whether to leave or not. I had so many things to dispose of. There were things that I’d accumulated throughout the years, my pets and plants and others. Eventually, I decided not to back out. I put an ad in a local newspaper looking for a good home for my dogs. I had two dogs and seven birds. I had to be sure they would not be abused. My birds, except one would be adopted by my neighbor.

Keywords: family, Tennessee, real estate agency, paperwork, ad, newspaper

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Alma
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Would I Accept The Job Offered?

Would I Accept The Job Offered To Me?


I could not make up my mind whether to accept the job offered or not. I needed answers to lots of questions. I called the Saudi Arabia consulate office and requested materials that would help me learn more about their culture. I went to the library and buried myself with information about the country. I was referred to people who had been in the country.

I was overwhelmed with problems. Once I accepted the job, I had to decide what to do with my house, how to inform my supervisor that I was leaving, who was going to take care of my mother, and etc. The representative from HCA told me I had two months to finish all the requirements I needed to leave the country. There would be three references from my former supervisors, medical and dental reports, police clearance, passports, and other requirements. The batch of recruits would be leaving on December.

Keywords: job offer, Saudi Arabia consulate, culture, information, country, medical and dental reports

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Alma

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More...Interviewed By HCA Representative

More...Interviewed By HCA Representative


It was a long story. I came to the United States of America as a professional with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering degree from the Philippines. I related everything from the time I arrived in America to the companies I worked for such as G. D. Searle & Co. in Skokie; Northwestern University in Evanston and Chicago campuses; Department of Health in Chicago.

These companies were all located in Illinois; University of Southern California; and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California. The kind of research works I did and the demand of the work. I pulled my evaluation papers, the publications I co-authored, Instrumentation certificates, and other pertinent documents from my folder and passed them over to her.

The interview was interrupted while she read my documents. She was impressed with my accomplishments. She could see why Sultan pursued me. Then it was her turn to inform me about the job, benefits, culture and restrictions, and etc. Finally, she gave me a few weeks to accept or reject the offer. I thanked her and we said our goodbyes.

Keywords: interview, HCA representative, United States, professional, research works

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Alma
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Interviewed By HCA Representative

Interviewed By HCA Representative


My interview with HCA representative was set-up after weeks of worries and sleepless nights and a decision to negotiate. After offers and counteroffers, the job offered was accepted. An interview was set-up. It would be held in San Francisco. The agency would pay for all my expenses. I was asked what day of the week and what airport would I prefer. It would be on a Wednesday at Burbank Airport. She would make the arrangement and would call me.

It would take place at 8:00 a.m. on a Wednesday. The flight was booked. I could pick up my tickets at the Burbank airport. On a Monday, I approached my supervisor and told him I was taking off on that Wednesday. I had a personal business to take care of. It was okay with him. 

At 5:30 a. m. Wednesday, I took a cab to Burbank Airport. I carried all the pertinent papers for the occasion. My flight to San Francisco took 45 minutes. I had breakfast at the airport, took the shuttle to the hotel where the interview would take place. I arrived early but the lady representative from HCA was already in her room. We greeted each other. She offered me a cup of coffee. I told her I just had my breakfast. She then asked me to say something about myself.

Keywords: interview, San Francisco, Burbank Airport, HCA representative, flight, airport

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Alma
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Job Offer Negotiation

First Job Offer Negotiation


I didn’t want to tell anybody about the job offer, but time was running out. Like it or not I had to make a decision. I started writing down the advantages and disadvantages of accepting the job. I did my research about Riyadh, made inquiries at Saudi Arabia consulate office. I blocked anything that would interfere with my work. I worked with expensive instruments and materials. I also worked with radioactive materials, very poisonous chemicals and body parts and fluids.

Finally, I decided to inform the family about my plan to go to Riyadh. They were shocked. They were all against it but they were aware that I would eventually make my own decisions. Sultan seemed nice. Saudi Arabia is a closed country. This was my chance to see it. According to Sultan, I could leave anytime if I was not happy. So far I was in demand, it shouldn’t be a problem to find a job if I decided to come back. I didn’t want this opportunity to haunt me later in life.

Keywords: job offer, negotiation, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia consulate

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Alma
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First Negotiation

First Negotiation


It was June after I rejected the second job offer. I was awakened by the ringing of my phone. It was Sultan. He asked me why I was still asleep. I should be at work. He must have called me at work. He made the job offer again the third time. He hoped I had changed my mind. I thanked him for his time but I hadn’t changed my mind. I said my goodbye. Sultan was persistent in hiring me.

My knowledge in instrumentation as well as the laboratory techniques gave me the ability to turn down job offers while others were being laid off. My supervisor and I collaborated with other groups. I was learning lots of techniques in the lab. Our results were very good. Meanwhile, my other projects were doing well. I planned my work well, thus able to accomplish a lot.

Negotiation eventually took place. Three months after I talked to Sultan, I received a call at work from a lady representative of the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), an agency that hired expatriates for King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center. Sultan was ready to negotiate the salary. The offer was good yet I wasn’t sure whether I was ready to leave. She gave me time to think it over and to give her a call if I decided to accept the offer. The time frame was very short.

Keywords: negotiation, instrumentation, collaboration, job offer, laboratory

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Alma
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Would I Accept The Job Offer This Time?

Would I Accept The Job Offer This Time?


After her interview, my friend excused herself to go to the restroom. It was a signal for Sultan’s companion to leave us. I was ready for my interview. Alone with Sultan, I crossed my legs and faced him. Months prior to this meeting Sultan called me at work and offered me the job but I rejected his job offer. This time he asked me if I could show him proof of my accomplishments such as publications that I co-authored, annual evaluations and certificates. I told him, I intended to carry these items but decided to leave them at home because it was raining so hard. I carried an umbrella instead.

He said that with my expertise in the laboratory, I would be an asset to his group. He couldn’t give me the salary that I was making because he had to follow the hospital’s budget guidelines. Another problem was Mike. He would complain if he found out. Mike was in-charge of the lab for many years. I was surprised at his comments. Why would Mike complain if I was more qualified? Sultan replied that sometimes he thought he was the best. For the second time I rejected the job offer.

He looked very disappointed. He wanted me to try the job and if I found out it was not for me, I would be free to come back anytime. He was just asking me to try it. At that time I wasn't interested. He stood up and said he hoped I would change my mind. We went to search for my friend and his companion. Out of curiosity, I asked him how he knew it was me and not my friend.

He replied that my friend and I were so different and he wondered why we were friends. After the interview, he took us to lunch with what he called a better restaurant for the ladies, than the one he and his companion used to go. It was 3:00 p.m. when I told everybody that it was time to go home. The rain was pouring and the traffic would be a disaster. When we were at the lobby, he asked my friend to convince me to accept the job. We said our goodbye.

Keywords: job offer, interview, expertise, asset, laboratory

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Alma
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The Interview Of My Friend

The Interview Of My Friend


I heard your voice was the response of Sultan to my question how he recognized me when we first met. My friend and I were of the same height. I was wearing a mini-skirt and high heeled shoes and my friend was wearing a long skirt. He introduced his companion to me and my friend. His companion was tall and thin. His features indicated that he came from India. I introduced my friend. Sultan wanted to check his messages at the booth. He got my message. We went to a restaurant where we could talk.

We took a table away from the crowd. Sultan interviewed my friend first. She was ready for the interview. Sultan's companion and I listened during the interview. She proceeded to tell Sultan her educational background, her work experiences, why she was laid off and the reason why she turned down the job offer in Riyadh. Sultan promised to help her find a job at the hospital.

Keywords:  interview, Sultan, hospital, India, Riyadh

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Alma
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More...Initial Encounter With A Saudi Man

More...Initial Encounter With A Saudi Man


The traffic was not bad in spite of the rain. Our conversation was focused on meeting Sultan. We imagined Sultan as an old man wearing a turban on his head and with a long beard. We exited the Freeway. I followed the street that led us to Hilton Hotel. I parked on the second floor of the structured parking. I wrote down the information where the car was parked and we took the stairs down. My friend swayed when she stepped on her dress.

On our way to the Hilton Hotel, people of different nationalities were walking in a hurry. We presumed they were there to attend the conference. Some wore turbans but were young. We proceeded to the booth where we were supposed to meet Sultan and his companion. They were not there yet. I left a message for Sultan. We were laughing at our jokes as we left the booth and didn’t noticed two men approaching us. The shorter one extended his right hand to me for a handshake and stated my name.
 
I was dumbfounded after meeting him. This guy looked young, medium built and height. He had a wide forehead, thinning hair and wearing a Western outfit. I was surprised and asked him how he knew it was me instead of my friend.

Keywords: Hilton Hotel, nationalities, Saudi man, turban, Western outfit

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Initial Encounter With A Saudi Man

Initial Encounter With A Saudi Man


I called Daisy after talking to Sultan. We planned what to do on Thursday. It was raining that morning. I left the packet that I planned to carry with me. I parked my car on the third floor of the structured parking and walked a block to McDonald’s to meet her.

Daisy was in her fifties but looked younger than her age. She stood 5 feet tall, medium built, high pitch voice and a ready smile. She was already there waiting for me. She was wearing a long dress and carried a bulky bag.
 
She asked where my stuffs were as we greeted each other. I told her that I left them at home. She ordered the Big Breakfast. I ordered pancakes and sausages. We talked about our trip to Disneyland. It was raining and the traffic would be bad. With breakfast over, we walked a block to the Enterprise car rental. I knew the way to Disneyland, my cousin had a house in Anaheim. I always took Interstate-5 when visiting them.

Keywords; Saudi man, car rental, turban, Hilton Hotel, Disneyland, Anaheim

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Alma
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More...A Chance To Meet An Arabian

A Chance To Meet An Arabian


My supervisor was a Pathologist and a Principal Investigator. After working for him for six years, we had a very good work relationship. I asked him if I could attend this conference. He gave me permission to go so long as I canceled appointments scheduled for the instruments for that day. I thanked him.
 
That evening, I called Sultan. I told him I could see him on a Thursday at the convention center. He instructed me to bring my bio-data. I reminded him that he already had it. Sultan forgot to bring bio-data with him. He wanted me to fax it to him.

I also asked Sultan if I could have a friend accompany me. Daisy needed a job and was hoping he could help her find a job at the hospital. She had a minor in Biology. He would try to help her. Sultan would have somebody to talk to Daisy while he interviewed me. We would meet at a booth at Hilton Hotel. I had to leave a note for him if he wasn’t there. He described himself as thin.

Before I hung up, I asked if he was a prince. He laughed and denied it. He would see me on Thursday. However, while in Riyadh, I found out that he was the nephew of the King and was groomed to head the Research Center.

Keywords: Arabian, bio-data, hospital, Biology, prince, Riyadh

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A Chance To Meet An Arabian

A Chance To Meet An Arabian


I called Daisy, a friend after talking to Sultan. She was the one who persuaded me to apply for a job in Riyadh. I told her about my conversation with Sultan wanting to meet me. She was happy to learn about it and wanted to know if I was going to meet him. I told her I was going to think about it.

Daisy wanted to come with me if I decided to meet Sultan. She was hoping Sultan could help her. She had been out of job since she turned down the job offered to her in Riyadh. She was afraid to go by herself. She figured if both of us would be hired, it would not be that bad.

Daisy also thought it was our chance to see somebody from Saudi Arabia. She was sure Sultan was a prince because of his first name. She wanted me to ask him. I promised I would. I had a very hectic schedule at work. However, I would like to help her. I was also curious to see somebody from Saudi Arabia.
 
The conference was an International Scientific Conference. It was a gathering of intellectuals all over the world. Some scientists at work would be going. I had a busy schedule but decided to ask my supervisor for permission to attend.

Keywords:  Arabian, Riyadh, Sultan, Saudi Arabia, conference, scientists

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Alma
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How My Journey To Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Started

How My Journey To Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Started


Although I'm no longer residing in Riyadh, I would like to share my journey, my experiences and observations as an expatriate in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

My journey to Riyadh, a male dominated society, started in 1993. I was a Medical and Clinical Research Specialist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California. I just arrived at work at 7:00 a.m.

When I opened the lab, the phone was ringing. I picked up the receiver wondering who would be calling me at this time. A male with soft-spoken voice was on the phone. He wanted to talk to Alma Apostol. I confirmed.  He introduced himself as Dr. Sultan Sulman, Director of Research Center, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. I was puzzled.

He was holding a copy of my bio-data and was impressed with my work. He was interested with the projects I was involved with. I recalled the bio-data I sent out when a friend urged me to apply the previous year. He asked if I was still interested. I told him it depended upon his offer.

He thought I was very forward but liked it. Sultan mentioned the salary and other benefits if I accepted the job. The salary and benefits he offered didn’t interest me. When I refused his offer, he replied that I didn’t understand his offer. My salary would not be taxed, free housing, free medical and dental coverage, a very generous vacation and sick days and free fare back to my country of origin after a year.

I heard so many things about his country, how foreigners especially women were treated. Sultan stated that they were not barbarians, but peaceful people. I thanked him but turned down his job offer. I had a lot of experiments to do and time was very crucial. Sultan would be attending a conference at Anaheim Convention Center, January the next year and would like to meet me there.  He would call me as soon as he arrived. He hung up. I didn’t believe him. I started my experiments hoping that I would not encounter any problems.

I had forgotten all about Sultan until one Saturday afternoon while cultivating my plants my cordless phone rang. It was Sultan. He was staying at Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim, California and asked when he could see me. I could not believe it. I told him I had a very busy schedule at work. He would be staying there for a week. He gave me his phone number and hung up. I had to find a solution to my predicament.

Keywords: journey, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, bio-data, expatriate, Anaheim Convention Center

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Alma
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Final...Rights Of Saudi Women

Final...Rights Of Saudi Women


Saudi women were also restricted in their marriages. They were not allowed to choose their own husbands. They were allowed to have one husband of the same tribe, whereas Saudi men could have as many as four wives from different tribes. They could be put to death by their own male relatives if they committed adultery, which was punishable by death. In Saudi civil cases, the Saudi men were favored by the court.

Saudi women were also restricted in their education. They were restricted to education and health as their majors. They could not interact with their male professors. His lectures were delivered via television. They had limited educational resources because they had to be accompanied by their guardians wherever they went. They were segregated and discriminated.

I now have a deeper appreciation of my rights as a woman and have empathy for women whose rights are restricted after residing in Saudi Arabia for two years.

Keywords: rights, Saudi women, marriages, adultery, education, guardian, Saudi Arabia.

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Alma
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More...The Rights Of Saudi Women

More... The Rights Of Saudi Women


While Saudi women were entirely covered and the only visible parts of their body were their hands, women from Sudan didn't cover their eyes. Women from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh didn't cover their faces. The Americans, Canadians, the British, and non-Muslim women were allowed to wear our dresses so long as they were modest within the hospital compound. However, once we ventured outside the hospital compound, we were required to wear a black garment called ‘abaya’ to cover ourselves and to cover our hair with scarves preferably black.

Saudi women of all ages were accompanied by a male, their guardian wherever they went. They were segregated from male in social gatherings and some public places. An example, at the hospital cafeteria, there were two entrances, one for men and one for women. Husbands and wives could not dine together.

Outside the hospital compound, there were businesses that would not allow women to enter their building. Fortunately, there were also some places that allowed men and women to dine together and one such place was the Turkish restaurant. We frequented this place almost every Wednesday evening after work to just socialized. By the way, workweek in Saudi Arabia started on Saturday to Wednesday and their weekends were Thursday and Friday.

Keywords: rights, Saudi women, guardian, segregated, hospital compound, restaurant

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Alma
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The Rights of Women In Saudi Arabia

The Rights Of Women In Saudi Arabia


Women in America take their rights for granted, whereas, women in some countries have restricted rights. One such country is Saudi Arabia. In Saudi Arabia, rights of women...only fifty percent compared to the rights of Saudi men. They are restricted first in their daily lives, restricted in their marriages, and restricted in their education.

Restrictions imposed in their daily lives. All women in Saudi Arabia are not allowed to drive. Now the Saudi government has a plan to lift the ban, however, it will take time before they’ll implement it. Saudi women are covered from their head to their toes with a black cloak in the presence of male other than their husbands and male relatives. At work I interacted with women from other Muslim countries and they covered themselves in different ways.

Keywords: rights of women, Saudi Arabia, restrictions, marriages, education

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Alma
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The Five Pillars Of Islam

The Five Pillars Of Islam


Pillar #1: Faith - There is no god worthy of worship except God and Muhammad is His messenger. This declaration of faith is called Shahada, a simple formula which all the faithful pronounce. These words are repeated five times a day.

Pillar #2: Prayer - Salat is the name for the obligatory prayers which are performed five times a day, and are a direct link between the worshipper and God. Five times a day - at dawn, midday, mid-afternoon, sunset and nightfall. The Muslims will stop what they are doing, turn in the direction of Makkah and recite the prescribed prayer. There is no hierarchical authority in Islam and no priests, so the prayers are led by the learned person who knows the Quran, chosen by the congregation. These five prayers contain verses from the Quran, and are said in Arabic, the language of the Revelation. Personal supplication can be offered in one’s own language.

Pillar#3: Purification and Growth - Zakat, one of the most important principles of Islam, is that all things belong to God, and that wealth is therefore held by human beings in trust. The word ‘sakat’ means both purification and growth. Our possessions are purified by setting aside a proportion for those in need.

Pillar #4: Fasting or Syam - Every year in the month of Ramadan, all Muslims fast from first light until sundown, abstaining from food, drink and sexual relations. Those who are sick, elderly, or on a journey and women who are pregnant or nursing are permitted to break the fast and make up an equal number of days later in the year. If they are physically unable to do this, they must feed a needy person for every day missed. Although the fast is beneficial to the health, it is regarded principally as a method of self-purification.

Pillar#5: Pilgrimage – Hajj is the annual pilgrimage to Makkah. Every Muslim, if he is physically and financially able, is obliged to journey at least once in his lifetime to Makkah. The annual Hajj begins in the twelfth month of the Islamic year (which is lunar, not solar, so that Hajj and Ramadan fall sometimes in summer, sometimes in winter). Pilgrims wear special clothes: simple garments which strip away distinctions of class and culture, so that all stand equal before God. Makkah and Medina, as the Muslim holy cities, are not accessible to non-Muslims. Mosques are restricted to non-Muslims.

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Continue...Shopping In Riyadh

Continue…Shopping In Riyadh


•    We also didn't want to be harassed by the Mutaween, who enforced the dress code.  

•    We waited for the bus in front of our building. Sometimes the buses would arrive empty, sometimes very full.

•    They came on scheduled time except when they broke down.

•    We were driven to the location along narrow streets. The bus driver waited while we shopped for an hour and a half.

•    The departure time was noted such that we would not be left behind when the bus leaves. Shoppers who were in a hurry took a taxi back to their buildings.

•    By the way, the bus ride was free.

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Shopping In Riyadh

Shopping in Riyadh


•    Shopping was one of the activities I enjoyed while residing in Riyadh. Women were not allowed to drive.

•    The hospital provided transportation to take women residing inside the hospital compound to the mall.

•    At a certain times throughout the week, buses were scheduled to different supermarkets or souks.

•    I always shopped with friends. We tried to schedule our shopping in between prayer times. Occasionally, however, we would end up waiting outside the store until the prayer was over.

•    We covered our hair and wore our abayas, requirements when venturing outside of the hospital compound.  

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More...Prayer Times In Saudi Arabia

More...Prayer Times In Saudi Arabia


•    In Saudi, however, when prayer time comes, the entire economy comes to a sudden stop!

•    Stores close, restaurants shut their doors, and things come to a complete stop until the prayers are over.

•    Considering this happens 5 times a day, you can imagine how much of an irritation that becomes!

•    Everyone I knew in Riyadh carried a prayer schedule with them at all times. You planned any day out in the public or downtown around the prayer schedules.

•    If you were in a restaurant or grocery store and prayer time was called, you were able to be locked in and continue to eat or gather groceries into your cart.

•    The lights would be dimmed, but you were able to go about your business. If you went to eat at night though you always carried a candle so you could see your food when the lights went out during prayers!

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Prayer Times In Saudi Arabia

Prayer Times In Saudi Arabia


•    Islamic law dictates 5 prayer times a day; sunrise, mid-morning, just after the noon hour, mid-afternoon, and mid-evening.

•     In most Middle Eastern countries when the mullahs give the prayer call from the many minarets spots in the cities, the faithful go to the mosque and perform their traditional prayers and then return to work or whatever they were doing at the time of prayer call.

•    Businesses continue to operate, and life goes on as usual.

Tomorrow...Prayer Times In Riyadh.

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Social Club

Social Club


•    Scuba diving was very popular for all ages. Lessons as well as rental equipments were readily available.

•    Some expatriates made extra money teaching students.

•    Recreation facilities were also available in most of the local hotels.

•    Swimming pools, sauna, ping-pong, and bowling facilities were accessible to members.

•    Membership cost varied according to the hotel and the facilities available.

•    Alcohol was forbidden so no bars in Saudi Arabia.

•    Restaurants were quite expensive, but the variety, quality and cuisine were excellent.

•    Dining out was a popular pastime.

•    There were lots of restaurants to choose from. Some restricted women from dining or segregated women from men.


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Social Club...KFSH&RC

Social Club...KFSH&RC


•     The KFSH&RC has a number of recreational facilities open to staff, including swimming pools, tennis courts, a bowling alley, and amenities center.

•    In addition, the Employee Social Club & Recreation Services offer a number of recreational courses, exercise programs and trips and a variety of other benefits to the employees.

•    Hospital employees and their dependents were eligible for membership.

•    It published a bulletin on a regular basis that included a calendar of classes, trips and other events available to members.

•    There was a small monthly fee and offered discounts on a variety of local events and items.

•    Desert trips and picnic were organized in small groups.

•    From time to time, theater and choral groups put on local productions.

•    There were championship competitions.

•    Players went to different cities to compete for these events.

•    Tennis was very popular.


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Cafeteria…King Faisal Specialist Hospital

Cafeteria…King Faisal Specialist Hospital


•    At the cafeteria, men and women were segregated.

•    Men and women had their own entrances to the cafeteria.

•    Husbands and wives could not dine together.

•    However, there was a restaurant at the hospital where men and women dined and mingled.

•    There were good selections of food, lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.

•    The meals were very affordable.

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Prayer Times At work

Prayer Times At work


•    During prayer time, Muslim men stopped their work.

•    They assembled at a designated prayer location.

•    Muslim women prayed any place where they happened to be during prayer times which occurred five times a day.

•    All non-Muslim employees continue their tasks.

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Attires At Work

Attires At work


Women

•    Non-Muslim women expatriate wore their regular clothing with the exception of the following: Shorts, low-cut dresses or tops, halter or strapless tops, any tight fitting or revealing clothing.

•    The Saudi women wore black cloaks or capes over their heads and black clothing covered their entire body. The only visible parts of their body were their hands.

•    Women from Sudan covered their entire body except their eyes.

•    Women from Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh were covered except their faces.

Men  

•    Saudi men wore head cover set, long skirt which covers all the way down to the ankle.

•    The headdress consisted of three things, the Taqiyah, the Ghutra and the Iqal.

•    The Ghutrah, part of the headdress was a square scarf made of cotton, and was worn folded into a triangular shape with the fold in the front over the Taqiyah

•    Ghutra came in either pure white or a combination of red and white

•    Non-Saudi men wore their regular attire.

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Salaries And Benefits

Salaries And Benefits


•    At the KFSH&RC, the salaries of men and women employees were based on their citizenship.

•    With the same job titles or positions, the highest paid were the American citizens, followed by the Canadian, British and Saudi Arabian.

•    The lowest paid were the Asian citizens.

•    I’m an Asian, but a Naturalized American Citizen.

•    The hospital offered dental and medical coverage, very generous sick days and vacation days.

•    Free round tickets to the countries of origin after the first year of service.

•    Workweeks; Saturday to Wednesday. Weekends; Thursday and Friday.

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Hospital...King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center

Hospital...King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center


Hospital

•    The King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (KFSH&RC) is a modern state-of-the-art 894 bed. It is the finest hospital of the Middle East.

•    KFSH&RC is the national referral center for Oncology, Organ Transplantation, Cardiovascular Diseases, Neurosciences and Genetic Diseases.

•    A full range of tertiary, secondary and primary health care services are provided. The hospital’s postgraduate education programs support both Residency and Fellowship training.

Research Center

•     Focuses on essential and translational research mainly in cancer, cardiovascular diseases, transplant, immunology, genetics, molecular diagnostics and proteomics.

•    The four departments: Biological and Medical Research; Biomedical Physics; Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Scientific Computing; and Cyclotron and Radiopharmaceuticals.

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King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center

King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center


Free Housing:

•    Housing for women, single or married who arrived alone were located within the hospital compound.

•    Located within walking distance of a large modern supermarket, two pharmacies, McDonald's, Domino's Pizza, Body Shop, Benetton, and other shopping opportunities.

•    Housing for families were located outside the hospital compound up to 20 minutes drive away.

•    Those with high grades have a fully furnished one-bedroom apartment while others share a fully furnished two-bedroom apartment.

•    I had a one bedroom apartment. There were wall paintings in the living room, a stand with a TV set and a new sofa.  Inside my bedroom was a queen bed covered with a comforter, as well as a dresser and a small table. The kitchen had everything I needed, such as refrigerator, stove, plates, pots, glasses, and etc. The bathroom had a bathtub that was wider and deeper than those in the states. Towels of different sizes hanged on a rack. The toilet was bigger and there was a hose attached to the toilet.

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Population...Saudi Arabia

Population...Saudi Arabia


Riyadh, the capital city, has a population of 5 million and expanding into the surrounding desert at a rapid pace. It has extravagantly fanciful buildings, malls, and towers.  

Saudi Arabia's population is approximately 30 million, with mountains and the Red Sea on the west coast, the Arabian Gulf on the east coast, and the Empty Quarter in the middle.

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General Information...Saudi Arabia

General Information...Saudi Arabia

 

Map of Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is bordered by Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Yemen, and the Persian Gulf, Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, Red Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba.

Land Areas
 
Land- 756,985 sq miles (1,960,582 sq km).
 
Water- 0 sq miles (0 sq km).

Total
- 756,985 sq miles (1,960,582 sq km).

Area—comparative: slightly more than one-fifth the size of the US.

Climate: harsh, dry desert with great extremes of temperature.

Terrain: mostly uninhabited, sandy desert.

Natural resources: petroleum, natural gas, iron ore, gold, copper.

Natural hazards: frequent sand and dust storms.

Environment—current issues: desertification; depletion of underground water resources; the lack of perennial rivers or permanent water bodies has prompted the development of extensive seawater desalination facilities; coastal pollution from oil spills.


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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is the birth place of the Arab race and of Arabic, a language considered holy by Muslims. It’s also home to two Islam’s holiest cities, “Mecca and Medina” and host to modern, thriving, oil-rich metropolises.

However, Saudi Arabia is a country incredibly difficult to visit and the rights of women are restricted. Riyadh, its capital, is now a high-tech haven of glass, steel and concrete, home to hotels, even larger hospitals. King Khalid International Airport is the largest airport in the world by ground area (225 km²).

It is located 35 kilometres (22 mi) north of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and designed by the architectural firm HOK (Hellmuth, Obata, and Kassabaum).

In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, a world class research facility employs people from many countries a high percentage is North America. It was through this hospital that I was hired as a Research Associate.

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Preview...Surviving Riyadh

Preview…Surviving Riyadh


In 1994, I was working at Childens Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California when I accepted a position at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. I joined 33 professional recruits from different states in the U.S. and Canada in Knoxville, TN for a one day orientation hosted by Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), the official recruiter of King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center.

The next day, we took a short flight to JFK International Airport in New York and boarded the Saudi Arabia Airline (Saudia) bound for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. We had a short stop-over in Cairo, Egypt, but we were not allowed to venture out to see the city.
 
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Children Party Ideas

Children Party Ideas

 

It used to be so simple to organize a party for children, but now kids are more complex. You have to plan ahead. The party must be suitable to the time of the year and to the age of the children. You can also cater your party for mixed ages.

You may want to hold the party in the garden if it is summertime, but make sure you can easily move inside if the weather becomes unfavorable. Some food can be prepared in advance and frozen, saving time on the day. Be sure to ask the parents if there are any special dietary requirements that you should be aware of. You may also want to know any medical conditions of children, such as; epilepsy, asthma or if their child is allergic to any food.

Some parents may want to stay at the party, especially if a child is very shy or new to the neighborhood, and it's important to make them feel welcome. Time the party to last between two and three hours. A longer time will result in overtired children and arguments may break out.

Everyone likes games and children and adults can enjoy party games together. You can't beat the old favorites such as pass the parcel, blind man's buff and pin the tail. Organize the games so that each child receives a small present and not just the winner. This avoids tears at bedtime. Child party ideas such as a treasure hunt are ideal for getting everyone involved, of all ages. When the fun is over, you can send the kids home with a goodie bag as a souvenir. The gifts don't have to be expensive; they will be content with some cake and a balloon.

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Child Care Providers

Child Care Providers


If you are a working parent, you want your kid to have the best child care provider. It requires a lot of hard work and good research but your kid is worth it. You want your kid to have fun and the right mental stimulation.

Make sure that your kid is safe and well supervised at all times. This is the most basic of all services that child care providers provide, but you would be surprised how often this basic duty is ignored, or only fulfilled in a lax way. You should not trust them unless they allow you to sit and watch the kids.
Once you find out that the child care providers you use are safe and good babysitters, the real work of picking out the right one can begin.

It is absolutely essential that the childcare provider have enough fun activities for the kids. There should be games, arts and crafts, stories, as well as snacks and nap times. There should be a good balance between individual activities, and times when all of the kids get the chance to all work together as a group, or all gather around and play together.

Good childcare providers know what are important for kids. Being able to go off by himself or herself can develop a sense of independence in a kid that is very important. On the other hand, they will learn social skills by having to hang out with the other kids from time to time, and that is very important as well. It is really a balance of different factors, and each of them must be carefully weighed for good child care.

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Baptism Invitation

Baptism Invitation


It’s doesn’t matter whether or not you want your child christened or baptized. Much of it comes from your religious beliefs. If you do want to have your child baptized there are a few things you need to do in terms of planning before you begin sending out the baptism invitations.

The most important step is planning on who you want to attend. The baptism normally is a small and elegant affair. When you are sending out baptism invitations you’ll want to include family members who you are close to. The future god parents of your child will obviously need to receive baptism invitations as well.

If you are a member of a church, you’ll be having the service there. Not everyone who is invited will be familiar with the location so you might want to include a small map with the baptism invitations. Ask that your guests RSVP to the baptism invitations as this will help you determine how many refreshments and baptism favors you’ll need to supply.

You want to ensure that the people attending would have something special to remember the day. Do some research to find christening favors. You may choose plaques consisted of copies of the baptism invitations along with an image of your baby. Print them off on the computer on a very thick paper so they would be suitable for framing.

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Baby Bottle Warmers

Baby Bottle Warmers

Often times your baby wakes up in an unusual hour of the night wanting to be feed. One way to simplify your life as well as your baby’s is to have baby bottle warmers. These valuable items can save time and energy and provide a safe way to warm milk for your baby. It’s essential to find the right brand of product that will satisfy your needs.

There are a number of bottle warmers on the market today. You can find selection of this kind of product in a number of styles and sizes. They also come in a wide range of prices. Since prices vary a great deal in a certain type of product, it’s necessary to do some research before making your purchase. This goes for bottle warmers as well.

When choosing a baby bottle warmer, you want a brand that you can easily program, one with a safe warming temperature, very efficient, accommodates all your bottles, and no waiting time. One such product that reviewers recommend is the Kiinde Kozile. It warms your breast milk, baby food in storage bags, sterilize the pacifiers, and other items of different shapes and sizes.

A friend of mine decided to purchase the least expensive product. She learned the hard way that not all baby bottle warmers are produced in the same way. The one she chose was really terrible. It was a baby bottle warmer that heats the milk unequally.

She was surprised when she found ice cold milk followed by very warm milk at 3 o’clock in the morning. For some reason this baby bottle warmer only heated the very bottom of the bottle. It became clear to her that the steam covered the bottom and never had a chance to really heat the top.

The milk was never so hot that it would scald or harm her child but she winded up soaking the bottle in hot water to heat it up. She then decided to look into other options in bottle warmers.  

She ended up investing more than she wanted in the baby bottle warmer but she really thought that it was worth it in the end. The new item was expensive but she got what she paid for. Investing more for the proper brand of baby bottle warmer saved her time and money in the long run.

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Babies And Sleeping

Babies And Sleeping


Most parents find that they have to endure on less sleep after the baby is born. The sleep cycles of babies are different from them. Babies have shorter hours of sleep. They need help to sleep, so you sing, rock and nurse them. If your baby naps through the day and then cry at night your sleeping pattern is disrupted. There are strategies you can try to cope with your baby’s sleeping habits.

If you are able to, it's a good idea to sleep when your baby does. Unplug the phone, put a do not disturb sign on the door and sleep along with your baby. At nighttime, a warm bath can help make your baby sleepy, give your infant a bath before bedtime. Your baby’s sleeping routines are important, so bedtime needs of your infant have to be the same time every night.

Sometimes, your baby wakes up crying and for no apparent reason. You know your baby is dry and just been fed and you wonder what’s wrong. There are times when your baby maybe teething or having a tummy ache. If you have tried all possibilities, try a lullaby. Unfortunately, babies and sleeping don't always go together.

Your baby needs a quite environment and not too cold or too warm. There are things that you may calm your anxious baby such as a lullaby or a mobile above the cot. A soothing sound can also help your baby to fall asleep. Some of you may resort to taking your baby for a car ride. You can then carry your sleeping baby to bed. Sometimes your baby will not fall asleep at any time in bed and you have to wait for your child to doze off.

Your baby’s teething and illnesses will make your problem worse. Make sure that you have something from the doctor to rub on to sore gums when those teeth start to push through. Colic often interrupts your baby’s sleep. Be sure you have the medicines to give for this too. If you have problems for your wakeful child, just keep in mind that it won't always be like this. Before you know it six months fly by quickly. Soon, your baby will be a teenager and you’ll be confronted with another sleepless night waiting for your teenager to come home.

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Pregnancy Week By Week Calendar

Pregnancy Week By Week Calendar


As a mom you probably remember almost every detail of your pregnancy. Waiting for your new baby to arrive is a time filled with variety of emotions including joy mixed with some fear. For a woman experiencing her first pregnancy, she’s likely looking for all the information she can find on what to expect during these nine months. There are many websites that give pregnancy week by week descriptions that are very helpful.

One of the things you constantly wonder about is what your developing baby looks like. You want to know when each part of the body appears and how soon hair develops. This can easily be obtained with the pregnancy calendar. You can find images of exactly what the fetus looks like at each week of its development. This includes images from right after conception and pictures of the fetus during pregnancy week by week until delivery.

As an expectant mom you’re curious about your body changes. It’s going to change just as the baby grows and change during your pregnancy. Your waistline expands, your ankles may enlarge and you may notice changes in your smell and taste hating the smell and taste of food you used to love. You may suffer morning sickness too. A pregnancy week by week can provide information about you and the unborn baby.

As the baby grows you expect to gain weight during your pregnancy. The weight gain during pregnancy will nourish your baby. However, you have to be very careful how much weight you’ll gain. Your doctor can provide this information. Gaining more weight than is necessary can create problems not only to yourself but to your baby as well.

Even though your most concern during your pregnancy is the development of your baby, there are ways to ensure a healthy childbearing experience such as walking, swimming, Yoga and other activities prior to your conception. Consult your doctor what activities you can continue during your pregnancy. There are good reasons why you need to exercise. Exercise promotes a healthy body, mind, and spirit. It provides extra energy you need. Exercise keep you fit and keep the amount of weight you need.

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Pregnancy Weight Gain

Pregnancy Weight Gain


The health of the child is the primary concern of pregnant women, followed by gaining weight during their pregnancy. Many doctors recommend the following: It is safe for pregnant women with regular weight prior to pregnancy to gain 25 to 35 pounds, underweight women 28-40 pounds, and overweight women 15-25 pounds.

Some pregnant women think they have to eat for two, thus gaining a lot more weight than they should. Gaining too much weight during pregnancy can create problems for you and your unborn child. A large baby risks complication during delivery. Large babies will also grow up an obese child. On the other hand being underweight during pregnancy you risks having a preterm infant. Your doctor will be able to tell you what a safe pregnancy weight gain for you.

Do not skimp on your meals during your pregnancy. Make sure you eat the food that will nourish you as well as your unborn child. Your body needs extra vitamins and minerals to help feed your growing unborn child. If you overeat, your body will store everything as fat. If your weight gain begins to get out of control it can result in many medical problems.

Contact your doctor at once if you’re worried about your pregnancy weight gain. Tell your doctor about your worries. Your doctor may recommend a healthy diet and regular exercise. Remember that your weight gain will not necessarily go away when you have your baby. You can expect that some of your pregnancy weight gain will stay with you for a few months or more after you have given birth.

If you choose to breast-feed, you may find the weight comes off quicker than you thought. This is also helpful for your baby. Research showed that breast-feed babies are likely to develop a better physical and mental skills in comparison to those babies who are not breast-feed. However, if you are still carrying around your pregnancy weight gain after a few months and have not lost a pound, you may want to talk to your doctor or dietician about how to get those extra pounds off. Thyroid abnormalities can be causing your problem too.

Note! This article is mainly for information purposes. Always consult your doctor about your health issue.

Keywords: pregnancy weight gain, pregnancy, weight gain, healthy diet, exercise, birth

Pregnancy And Depression

Pregnancy And Depression


About 10-20 percent of women experience depression during their pregnancy. After all, with pregnancy you gain weight, hormones in your body changes, the stresses and expectations of having a baby, and concern over whether it will all be all right. But depression can interfere with your ability to take care of yourself and put your developing baby in danger especially if you choose substances such as alcohol, smoking, and drug to alleviate your problem.

It’s never an easy task to get ready for the arrival of your baby, but your health must take priority for the sake of your unborn child. Share your feelings with your family and get support from them. With pregnancy your body changes but it’s not just you who’s affected by your state of mind but your child as well. Studies have shown that happy mothers have more happy children. Depression during pregnancy can affect your unborn baby's state of mind. Simple things like taking a walk, saying daily affirmations, or even praying can help you out with your depression. 

Antidepressant medicines are sometimes recommended to treat your depression that will not harm your baby at least for a short term (Consult your doctor before using any antidepressant medicine). However, you may not be comfortable taking them. Pregnancy and depression are serious problems but taking antidepressant medicines can put your unborn child at risks. There are safer ways to ease your problems. You can use meditation, yoga, gentle exercise, and a healthy diet to reduce your risk of depression.

As far as I can tell, almost every pregnant woman gets depressed from time to time during their pregnancy. The thing for you to do is to make sure you have a good support network. Surround yourself with people who care about you and will take care of you. When you’re pregnant, you have to be able to relax and enjoy your life. Delegate some of your task to other members of your family and let them take care of you.

Note! Always consult your doctor before doing anything. This article is for information purposes only.

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Hair Loss After Pregnancy

Hair Loss After Pregnancy


Hair loss after pregnancy is quite common and affects more than fifty percent of new moms. But it can be very disturbing, especially to a first time mother. This is something they don’t tell you about pregnancy and childbirth and you’ll find out after you experienced it. The condition is known as Telogen Effluvium (TE). It affects Mom’s because of hormone fluctuation following childbirth.  During pregnancy some hair is pushed from its resting phase into a growing phase. After childbirth this hair falls out causing extreme hair loss after pregnancy in many cases.

Hair loss that happens after pregnancy is very annoying. It generally occurs three months after delivery. Hair can come out in clumps. The discovery is oftentimes frightening to those who experienced it. Handful of hair coming off when you shower will alarm you, but don’t worry your problem will fade away after three to four months or longer for some of you. Your problem is temporary unless you have other undiagnosed condition.
 
Regrettably, losing your hair after pregnancy has no cure. There are remedies for normal hair loss but none of these helpful products will work on your hair. Fortunately, the hair loss after pregnancy is usually not permanent and it will grow back. However, some of you will not fully recover the bald spots in a few months. Don’t panic though and be patient, it may just take longer to grow your hair. You can be vitamin and mineral deficient too. Start eating food rich in anti-oxidant to nourish your hair follicles. Practice yoga and meditation to calm your mind and body. Don’t stress yourself.

Check with your doctor if your hair loss is relentless. You can be dealing with hypothyroidism. It’s a condition where your body does not have enough thyroid hormone. In addition to hair loss, other symptoms may include fatigue, inability to lose weight, hoarseness, depression, weight gain, constipation, memory loss, and etc. Again, these symptoms are quite common among women that are within months of just having a child, so the hair loss after pregnancy is most likely caused by the pregnancy itself.  However, if you are concerned contact your doctor to express your questions and possibly have some tests done to ease your mind.

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Laser-Hair Removal, Unwanted Hair Permanent Solution

Laser-Hair Removal, Unwanted Hair Permanent Solution


Some women have to cope with unwanted hair. Even supermodels have to deal with the problem of hair in places they don’t want any camera spotting. You can approach ways to solve these problems by using razors, creams and lotions designed to remove hair. You may also decide to remove your unwanted hair permanently with laser-hair removal. This is your best option and it’s affordable.

One area that seems to grow unwanted hair is the upper lip. For some women it is a constant problem. Different techniques to conceal the problem include bleaching the hair or plucking it. But eventually it either returns darker or thicker than before. With the affordability of laser hair removal costs you can tackle the problem once and for all.

A professional who perform this procedure should be relatively easy to find. Big cities such New York and Los Angeles normally have very competitive laser-hair removal costs because of many different clinics competing to gain your business. But if you live in a smaller municipality with only one center specializing in this beauty treatment you may be stuck paying higher costs.

Eventually, the location, the size of the area to be treated as well as how many treatments are needed will impact on how much money you’ll be spending. For instance, if you want to have all the hair on your legs removed you’ll obviously pay more in laser-hair removal costs than you would for having your upper lips done. In addition some individuals have thicker skin and more flexible hairs so these affect the cost.

Men can also benefit from this advance in skin care technology. Lots of men suffer from having too much hair on their backs. Although waxing is often the chosen method to remove it, laser hair removal costs make permanent removal a wiser choice. Waxing is painful and it’s a procedure that needs to be repeated over and over again.

Do your research before deciding to have your laser-hair removal. You may find a cheaper deal, but make sure that the person performing the procedure is experienced and that the surrounding is clean. You can suffer permanent damage if the procedure isn’t performed properly.

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Losing Belly Fat

Losing Belly Fat


We often see commercial for diet pills claiming they can help us lose our belly fat. These pills are expensive. Most of these pills have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Many of us have a need to lose belly fat. But is taking an unknown diet pill the answer? These commercials are pretty convincing but most of these products don’t live up to their hype.

We think we need to lose the fat of our belly first. It never works that way. We store body fat differently, and if the belly fat was the first to come on when you gained weight, it might be the last to go when we diet. There are lots of exercises out there that claimed to help certain spots of the body. These only worked to improve the muscle tone underneath, but they did nothing for the actual fat hanging out in that area. Only losing weight can help us get rid of it, and where it comes off will be up to our body type. If we want to lose belly fat, we have to concentrate on losing all fat.

We should lose our belly fat for our heart and other organs. This fat is more dangerous than fat on our hips, rear, and thighs. Some of us have an apple shape and some have a pear. Some are just big all over. We should lose our belly fat to maintain our health, but it might not be as easy as targeting that area with a pill. It can take a lot of hard work and determination to get down to a healthy weight.

If we want to lose fat in our belly, we can also try a pill to see if it will help. We should consult our doctor before we begin. Pills can have great benefit, but for some of us with medical conditions, these pills can be dangerous. This is especially true if we are taking any kind of prescription drug, are on birth control of any sort. It’s important to lose our belly fat for the sake of our health, but there is no sense in making things worse. Our doctor may have another answer, and it may be diet and exercise. We can’t disregard the tried and true methods that have helped so many.

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Anti Wrinkle Eye Cream

Anti Wrinkle Eye Cream


Becoming a senior has its advantages. You qualify for reduced prices buying cups of coffee, going to a movie, and bus passes. On the other hand, there are other less enjoyable things that come with age. Your wrinkle is one of those. Almost every woman starts thinking about an anti wrinkle eye cream even before she retires.

The skin on your face is largely the most sensitive. Your look is impacted by sun tanning, make-up, smoking, not using a sunscreen under the sun, and etc. All of these factors can eventually contribute to your wrinkles. Finding an anti wrinkle eye cream can be likened to finding the fountain of youth. The right cream can actually take years off the way a woman looks.

Infomercials have become all the frenzy in the past decade or so. If you stay late at night you’ll see ads for everything from cooking grills to anti wrinkle eye cream. In the case of the latter, you’ll be bombarded with before and after images of women who have used the product and gotten great results. You may be doubtful of all the promises being made and you’d be wise in not rushing off to the phone to call the toll-free number and give out your credit card.

Most of these creams, whether purchased from a television ad, a drug store or a high end skin care boutique are basically all the same. The goal of this product is to reduce the appearance of the small lines that develop around the eyes. This product must possess some substance that makes it moisturizing. The more moisturizing one of these cosmetic creams is, the better the results will be.

If you are not sure of which is best for you consider your skin type. If your skin is very dry, you’re going to purchase and use an anti wrinkle eye cream that contains the optimum amount of moisturizers. This is likely something you’ve done throughout your life. Choose beauty products that add a boost of nourishment to your skin. However, if you have an oily skin you’re more apt to choose an eye cream that is made just for oily skin.

At any rate taking good care of your facial skin is essentially important when it comes to avoiding wrinkles. Even if you are already noticing some small wrinkles or smile lines there’s a lot you can do to decrease the effects of aging. Use a sunscreen under make-up daily, exercising, and eating healthy will all contribute to your younger, fresher face.

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Cayenne Pepper Diet...Master Cleanse

Cayenne Pepper Diet…Master Cleanse

 

Every time a celebrity endorses a diet, many people are giving it a try the next day. It’s not hard to believe that if it works for the endorser, it can possibly work for us too. One of these weight loss plans that have gotten a lot of press in recent months is the cayenne pepper diet, also called a master cleanse. This diet though a bit unappetizing supposedly can help you lose a great deal of weight as well as cleanse and detoxify your body in just a little bit of time.

This master cleanse diet is a fast that consists of drinking a concoction of fresh lemon juice, grade B organic maple syrup and cayenne pepper. It’s said to flush all the toxins out of your body and some people are claiming to experience weight losses of as much as twenty pounds in two weeks.

One of the most difficult and challenging parts of any fast is sticking to it. If you’ve never tried a fast before you may find the pepper diet to be too much to endure. You’ll feel sluggish and the thought of getting through your daily work routine is exhausting. However, some of you will find yourselves revitalized while only drinking this concoction. Many of those who fast believe strongly that it regenerates their body and everything, including their senses. They say they’ve never felt as good in years.

Whether or not you’ll be successful in your venture depends on your willpower. If you lack willpower, there’s a very good chance that you won’t be able to stick with this master cleanse. If you can see it as a step towards a healthy future, you’ll stand a better chance of succeeding.

It’s very important to always consult with a physician before making a change this big. This is especially true of people with certain medical conditions. If you have diabetes, this concoction may have too much natural sugar from the maple syrup in it, for it to be a wise choice for you. Finding out what a medical professional thinks before you commit to this plan is a very crucial step.

If the doctor recommends this diet, give it a try. No one says you need to stay on it the entire two weeks but if you commit to a day at a time on the pepper diet, you’ll notice some results before too long.

Keywords: cayenne pepper diet, master cleanse, lemon juice, maple syrup, weight loss

All Natural Anti-aging Cream

All Natural Anti-aging Cream


Sometimes it’s difficult to accept aging, especially with the current attention on youthfulness. No matter how old you are, inside your heart you still feel eighteen. The trouble is appearance defies the inner you! Aging comes to all of us, but it need not be traumatic. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to retain your youth with natural anti-aging cream. Some are simple applications of oils, while others involve recipes of various ingredients rivaling the most sophisticated concoctions you'll find at the cosmetic counter. You can whip up your own customized anti-aging cream at little expense and with beautiful results. Let's take a look at some of these home made alternatives.

No matter what anti-aging cream you choose, understand that diet, just like your mother told you, plays an important part in preventing aging skin. Lots of fresh fruits and vegetables are essential, providing nutrients that slow aging of the skin. With proper diet and a good anti-aging skin cream, you can take years off your apparent age.

Let's start with basic oils:

•    Sweet almond oil softens the skin, as do avocado and jojoba oils.

•    Sweet almond oil is good for less mature skin, protective yet light.

•    If you're older, avocado and jojoba oil are ready to meet the task. Women in the South Pacific have been using avocado oil for centuries, and their skin reflects the care. Avocado oil is high in vitamin E, known to maintain and repair damaged skin.

•    Jojoba oil is the older woman's best friend. A nightly application renders big results. Jojoba oil penetrates the skin overnight, with a soft and non-greasy result by morning, filling in those wrinkles for a much younger look when used as a daily regimen.

When searching out an anti-aging cream that's right for you, consult with your herb dealer to find out the various effects each oils has on different skin conditions. In order to find out which oil is best suited to your age and skin condition, do some research. Many commercial creams contain cetyl alcohol, which has a drying effect and is often included to avoid the 'greasy' look. When buying a commercial preparation, notice the cetyl alcohol content overall. It's preferable that this be a minor ingredient, far down on the list of major ingredients.

A search on the net for anti-aging cream recipes will yield a display of different ingredients in various proportions. Natural anti-aging cream typically eliminates cetyl alcohol, as a counterproductive ingredient. Cocoa butter, lanolin, and various oils usually predominate, with vitamin E, C, A, zinc and aloe included to support aging skin, restoring elasticity, softness and suppleness.

Papaya leaves are antiseptic and promote new cell growth, and available in tablet form. You can grind tablets into powder, mix with a bit of water and apply directly to your skin for a healthy, rejuvenating treatment.

All natural anti-aging cream can be just around the corner, customized to you, with a result you'll love!

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Why Choose Organic Foods?

Why Choose Organic Foods?


Think for a moment all the things you put in your body. What do you eat on a regular basis? Do you take the time to prepare healthy meals at home, or do you resort to fast-foods regularly? We have to answer these crucial questions. Remember, whatever you eat will affect your health. If you choose fat-foods often, you should be concerned with your health. If you’re a health conscious person, you’re totally into organic foods.

Adopt a healthier lifestyle that you can pass on to your children. I think it's safe to say that you want your children to be healthy. Therefore, you start shopping for groceries at a better food market, the ones that focus on organic products and superb cuts of meat. It’s a more expensive way to shop because most organic farmers don't have the major income that the rest of them do. They are providing on a smaller scale, and therefore earn less capital. Choosing to buy organic products will encourage organic farmers to produce more.

A dairy farmer shooting his cattle full of hormones can obviously produce much more milk than a farmer who goes the natural route, therefore organic products cost more. But you get what you pay for. Now, you may wonder why you should care if you're consuming organic foods or not. When you eat foods that are not organic, such as dairy products and meat, you're also eating loads of hormones and antibiotics that have been pumped into the animals. These are not good for your body, and many believe that it lead to cancer and other diseases.

Consider making the switch now. If you're not willing to buy organic products only, you may want to pick up a few items that you eat regularly, which are organic. This way that milk or cheese you consume on a regular basis will not be littering your system with unnatural hormones, which can seriously affect the growth rate of your children. Teach them a healthy lifestyle by buying organic products.

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Herb Stores

Herb Stores


If you're interested in natural remedies, you probably visit your local herb stores regularly. As a matter of fact, herb stores are chock full of fascinating items which can make for a fun and educational afternoon, simply browsing what they have to offer. Herb stores usually focus on herbs, supplements and books on herbs, nutrition, and natural healing. They also have an online presence, making it convenient to shop once you've familiarized yourself with their products.

You’ll find friendly clerks that don’t bother you if you just want to browse. If you have questions about a condition you have, they're excellent information resources and can guide you to products which may help. More than that, they are happy to explain just how each product may help and what combinations are best.

Most herb stores offer herbs in bulk and already bottled capsules. The bulk herbs are the best value, although you do have to purchase capsules and make them up yourself, but that's not difficult if your budget is tight. Some herbs should be purchased bottled as standardized extracts when you need a guaranteed potency. Your friendly herb store clerk can advise you.

Bulk herbs make an awesome display, typically stored in glass gallon containers in shelves. As a matter of fact you’ll see hundreds of containers of these strange and beautiful herbs. You'll be surprised to find how cheaply you can get all the culinary herbs you need.

Herb stores always carry a full line of vitamins and supplements, usually more expensive than at the supermarket, but also more robust and perfectly balanced for optimum effect. Cosmetic products, shampoos, body lotions and oils have their own section in herb shops, which stock quality products at prices similar to supermarkets or department stores.

Essential oils are highly concentrated oils of plants. A drop or two at a time, diluted into a larger quantity of almond or avocado oil for an invigorating massage oil. Others use essential oils to make their own fragrances.

Bigger herb stores have in-store libraries you can browse, covering every health topic you can imagine. Many provide free flyers and newsletters on specific topics. Visit your local herb shop soon! You'll be delighted to find such a wealth of information and real help on getting and staying healthy.

Note! Consult your doctor before using herbal products.

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Acne Herbal RemediesThat Work

Acne Herbal Remedies That Work


Problems with breakouts and complexion are no fun and they always seem to come out at the most inconvenient moments. It affects adolescents and adults.  An effective way to relieve these skin problems are acne herbal remedies. There are things that we can do both internally and externally to prevent and treat unsightly skin blemishes.

Diet is one of the most important aspects of our everyday lives. Many of us associate our eating habits with weight loss and weight gain but our diets also have a profound effect on our skin. Acne herbal remedies include regular foods and herbs that can be ingested on a regular basis to keep our complexions clear.

We can avoid these breakouts by using these natural acne herbal remedies. Anyone who enjoys a good salad will love this approach to clear skin. We can try putting together a dish that includes some carrots, celery and cucumbers on top of crisp, fresh lettuce. Add some alfalfa sprouts and beet tops and we have a tasty treat that will help us stay fit and acne-free.

Those of us who enjoy fruit will love the next items on our list of acne herbal remedies. Papaya, pears and cherries are just a few of the delicious fruits that are effective in keeping breakouts at bay. Melons and raspberries top the list of natural herbal remedies of the edible type.

To treat breakouts some of these fruits and veggies can be applied externally. We can’t always be acne-free but we can use natural acne herbal remedies to stop the breakout from getting worse. Create a fresh cucumber mask by blending the vegetable in a blender. We apply it to our face and let it sit for 20 minutes. When we rinse, the effects are visible.

Try aloe Vera and watermelon rinds in the same manner. We can also try haemafine syrup to treat our condition. It works from the inside out by cleansing the blood. Toxins in the blood can wind up in the form of pimples on the skin.

Whether you try products like haemafine syrup or whether you simply change your diet, you can find relief from unsightly blemishes by using natural acne herbal remedies.

Note! Always consult your doctor before trying these remedies.

Keywords: acne, herbal acne remedies, skin, diet, aloe Vera, haemafine syrup

Health, Beauty, and Skin Care

Health, Beauty, and Skin Care


Health-conscious people are mostly into beauty skin care. They use skin care products because they want their bodies to look good. People who want their bodies to look good also go to the gym, eat healthy, and try to live a healthy lifestyle in general. Several of them are not only overdriven in their career lives, but they do what they can.

Even so, many of these skin care products are actually toxic. People don't really realize what they are putting on their skin, but the cosmetic skin products that seem to make your skin look younger are actually aging you. Many of them contain harmful oils that can clog up your pores. Other ones contain fragrances that you could be allergic to. Although you use organic skin care, you’re not necessarily safe. Unless you are very conscious about what you are putting on your body, you may be doing more harm than good.

It pays to be careful about skin care. If you are worried about keeping your skin young, you don't need to worry about oils, lotions, and potions. You will do much better using very simple products and spending a lot of time in the sauna. You can keep yourself looking young if you spend a lot of time at the health spa. It’s one of the best ways to keep looking young. Eat right and keep yourself hydrated.

The state of your internal health is responsible for your skin looking old.  If you’re stressed out, not eating right, and not learning to relax, your organic skin care products will do nothing for you. You can rub any lotions on your skin, but it will not look younger and healthier. It will continue to age.

However, if you learn to relax, skin care will be an easy task. You’ll see wrinkles literally disappear once you stop carrying chronic stress in your body. Even better, you will care less about the fact that you are aging. You will be happy with who you are, so skin care will take a lower priority. After all, beauty is only important if it gives you happiness. Your happiness is your true goals. Forget skin care for a while, and concentrate on health.

Keywords: skin care, health, beauty, skin care products, chronic stress

Easy Healthy Dinner Recipes

Easy Healthy Dinner Recipes

 

In United States we are known as both overweight and lacking in the nutrients contained in a healthy diet. Some people gain a lot of weight by frequent stops at the fast food places. We think it's more convenient and we don't have any cleanup or we're simply short on time. With a little planning and foresight, we can make balanced, nutritious and easy healthy dinner recipes ready to serve in 20-30 minutes.  We’ll enjoy better health, saving money, and maybe losing a few unwanted pounds.

We start by setting aside a half an hour each week to look over our pantry and think about what we want to eat next week. We plan our dinner menus, making sure to include foods from the “food pyramid” of healthy choices. 

This is more common sense than a strenuous exercise in principles of nutrition. We all know we need fruits and vegetables, protein, dairy and grains included in our daily meals. Everyone has their favorites in each group, so just choose foods we enjoy.

One dish meals, like crock pot dinners, casseroles and pasta or rice combined with veggies and a little meat will have all the components of healthy dinner recipes.

On the weekend we can cook up a big batch of rice to be used throughout the week. Portion the cooked rice into three or four containers sufficient for one meal, suited to our household size. Rice can be frozen and quickly reheated in the microwave. Fresh vegetables may be chopped all together and frozen for immediate use another day. Investing a few hours on the weekend preparing ingredients for the coming week let us throw together attractive healthy dinner recipes in no time at all.

We can prepare quantities of meats and fish to include in our healthy dinner recipes. Cook a couple of pounds of hamburger, chicken or sausage and divide into two or three portions. Season each a little differently. Broil or bake fish in two portions to add to our healthy dinner.

Slow cooker dishes produce healthy dinner recipes with little effort. Toss veggies, broth and meat into the pot in the morning and come home to tempting aromas and a ready to serve dish. Just add bread.

Soups, made in quantity with healthy dinner recipes, can provide dinner for weeks to come. Make a batch of hearty gumbo and freeze in single portions, ready to eat in minutes. Lettuce salad is easy to prepare. 

We can have on hand variety of dishes with less effort than we’ll spend on driving to the takeout. Healthy dinner recipes are as close as our imagination. Best of all, we’ll be enjoying nutritious meals, saving money, and reducing the fat in our diet.

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Eat To Lose Weight

Eat To Lose Weight


How many of you think that getting rid of unwanted extra pounds is never easy?  Actually, you make it harder than it really is. Skipping meals and drastically cutting calories will yield temporary results but you can achieve long term weight loss if you choose a slower approach. Essentially, you need to eat to lose weight.

You probably think that eating is what added the extra pounds in the first place. However, the kinds of foods along with a lack of exercise are more of a source of trouble than the actual act of eating. Eating the proper food will allow you to take in more food and feel satisfied throughout the day.

So how do you eat to lose weight? The first thing you want to do is to eat slowly. You are more likely to overeat if you swallow your meals down too quickly. Give your stomach enough time to tell your brain that it is full. I know it sounds ridiculous, but it does take time to process this information.

Choose whole foods. When you eat to lose weight, pick foods that are not processed. The more stuff that is done to the food, the more fattening it is likely to be. Natural foods are best and they take a little longer to eat. Raw vegetables and fruits have to be chewed well and this takes more time than ingesting a piece of cheesecake. 

You should not only eat to lose weight but drink to drop pounds as well. You have probably heard about the eight glasses of water each day. Drinking a nice, hot cup of tea can be as satisfying as a couple of cookies but it won’t add the pounds. 

It is important to remember that many beverages can work against your weight loss efforts. If you want to lose weight but drink as if you don’t have a care in the world, you probably won’t see very good results. Instead of drinking a glass of apple juice, just eat the apple. The sugar content in the juice is really concentrated and it’s almost like eating three or four apples. 

Consider eating a handful of almonds in order to control your appetite. Eat the almonds twenty minutes before your next meal. This is a great way to eat to lose weight because your brain is being told that you are receiving nutrients. Keep in mind that you need to nourish your body in order to keep the pounds where you want it.

Note! Always consult your doctor when trying to lose weight.

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What Are The Health Benefits Of Kava Kava?

What Are The Health Benefits Of Kava Kava?


Kava kava is a tree native to the South Pacific islands. What are the health benefits?

• Native islanders combine the root with coconut milk as a regular beverage for social occasions, celebrations, negotiations and resolving disputes! This beverage tends to make people more jovial and sociable. Kava kava is a most effective natural alternative to anti-anxiety medications.

• In addition to alleviating anxiety, kava kava is also used as a remedy for insomnia, depression and fatigue. Many people who use the root report increased mental energy.

• Kava kava, sometimes called kava, is a strong muscle relaxer and has the ability to relieve nervous tension. Its action is felt almost immediately, calming both mind and body, making it ideal for people who suffer anxiety or panic attacks. Some people find it very effective and they carry a bottle of the liquid extract wherever they go. Unlike alcohol and certain medications, kava kava does not impair mental function or result in drowsiness.

When using kava for anxiety, it is important to prepare the beverage cold, as heat destroys the compounds which make kava effective in anxiety. The root is most effective when soaked in cool coconut milk for several minutes before drinking.

• Kava has long been used by native islanders for a variety of arthritic and rheumatic conditions. Modern herbalists endorse this plant for these purposes.

• Kava kava contains germ killing components that are specific to urinary tract infections, effective in cases of cystitis, yeast infections and gonorrhea. Kava's strong diuretic properties make it useful in edema or fluid retention conditions.

• Other traditional uses include preparations for fungal infections, worms and other parasites and leprosy. Obesity and asthma are also addressed effectively with the versatile kava.

• Used as a compress, kava relieves a stubborn headache, while a warm tea of the root promotes beneficial sweating in cases of fever or colds.

As dosage should be regulated, many people find the standardized extracts most convenient. Most herbalists agree dosage should not exceed 200 mg of the standardized active compound (kavalactones) per day. A 200 mg capsule or tablet, taken three times daily yields just under 200 mg of kavalactones.

There have been cases where people took far more than the recommended dose and subsequently sustained liver damage. This has unfortunately brought the useful kava kava an ambiguous reputation, as some physicians and authorities were alarmed at these isolated incidents. Check with a naturopath or health practitioner before trying this remedy.

Keywords: kava kava, insomnia, anxiety, infections, medication

How To Stop Hair Loss

How to Stop Hair Loss


Why in the world do we have to lose our precious hair? For centuries mankind asked this question. How come the hairs on our legs or arms don’t fall out but they fall out in our heads? Those are the ones we need the most. They give us confidence and often determine how the opposite sex views us. What we need to focus on is how to stop hair loss and do so the moment it begins.

Without science we'd all be without answers to our problems. It's up to us to make things the way they should be. We all have brains, so let's put them to work. And clearly we do so every day. This is why we now have information at our fingertips that informs us how to stop hair loss. 

There are a few common causes of hair loss in human beings. The primary one that affects over half of the male population is your standard pattern baldness. As we age, our hair slowly decreases. If you're not affected by this, you're one of the fortunate ones. Other factors are nutrition, stress, medication, your genetics, and overall health. 

If you do not eat properly, get enough sleep, and exercise regularly, your hair may take the heat. Living a healthy lifestyle is the key to having great follicles. Stress can certainly afflict your health and result in hair loss. Meditate to reduce your stress level. Take good care of your hair and reduce the use of dye. Wash your hair regularly. Take multivitamin and mineral supplements. 

All of us want to know how to stop hair loss completely. This is not a reality. However, you can pick up a few products that will aid you in this problem. Try treatments with dihydrotestoterone blockers. DHT is what damages our hair as we age. Consult your doctor before you try this treatment. You can purchase shampoos and conditioners that will stifle this annoying process. This is another way to stop hair loss.

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Natural Insomnia Remedies

Natural Insomnia Remedies


Many of you suffer from insomnia. Fortunately, I don’t have this problem. It's a miserable condition that can drive you to desperation. Insomnia is an inability to fall asleep normally, over a prolonged period. 

Many possible causes are diabetes, lung disease, heart disease, and sleep apnea. There are several natural remedies that may bring relief. However, before using any natural insomnia remedies, consult your doctor to rule out diseases.

Some people with insomnia keep irregular hours not because they want to but due to their work shifts. Light influence the circadian rhythms, also known as our internal clock. If you work at night, be sure to get natural light exposure, both in the morning and late afternoon. Walking and exercise both contribute to your ability to sleep, so take a couple of short walks every day.

Several herbs have been used for centuries as effective insomnia remedies and are still used to good effect today:

• Valerian is one of the best known natural insomnia remedies, widely used in Europe for this purpose. However, valerian doesn't work for everyone. Although valerian is well-researched, scientists are not certain of how it works, but only that it is often effective. As with many herbs, it may take two to three weeks before you realize results.

• Kava kava is a popular and effective anti-anxiety remedy, which may prove helpful if your insomnia is anxiety related.

• Chamomile has a calming effect, relieving tense muscles, digestive upsets and anxiety. Drink a cup or two of chamomile tea taken an hour or two before retiring.

• Other herbs commonly used as insomnia remedies include passion flower, lemon balm, anise and skullcap. All have a calming effect on the nerves and some have a mild sedative property. These may be prepared as tea and taken as for chamomile.

• Another popular and highly effective insomnia remedy is the hops pillow. Loosely fill a smallish (8” square) cloth bag with hops and put it on your pillow when retiring. Some people say that sprinkling the pillow with oil of lavender increases the sleep-inducing qualities of the hops.

Diet plays an important role in cases of insomnia. Avoid caffeine and sugar, particularly in the afternoon and evening. Take a complex carbohydrate as an evening snack to promote sleep. A baked potato or some crackers may be all you need.

Some cases of insomnia are due to magnesium deficiencies, showing up in muscle cramps, restless leg syndrome, irritability and an inability to fall asleep. A magnesium supplement, taken an hour before your desired bedtime can help. Once disease has been ruled out, try a combination of these natural insomnia remedies. You'll soon find those which work for you.

Note! Consult your doctor before using these remedies.

Keywords: insomnia, natural remedies, herbs, diet, sleep

Chronic Pain Remedies

Chronic Pain Remedies


We have a fast-paced society and most people do not take the time to care for their health. Problems like lack of sleep, lack of focus and concentration, and chronic stress are epidemic. Chronic pain is one of the worst of our problems. 

Our society now buys all kinds of pain remedies from common pills like Tylenol and aspirin, to extra strength pain relief that is only available through prescription, to herbal and alternative treatments. Acupuncture, energy manipulation, and other new techniques evolved to ease pain. When you are in chronic pain, you will try anything to make it go away. Fortunately, many of these pain remedies are quite effective.

In 2000, I had Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders, commonly called (TMJ.)  I had constant pain in my jaw, my neck, and upper back. The doctor prescribed common pain remedies for my chronic pain such as Tylenol, Advil, Aleve, and etc. These remedies would take away some of the pain but I was very uncomfortable most of the time. 

Remedy such as physical therapy, did not relieve the pain. I would not be able stand or sit for a long period of time. I also tried the exercises recommended to me but it did very little to relieve my pain. I had acupuncture pain relief, but the pain persisted. Eventually, I had surgery. However, the surgery did not completely relieve the pain. I still had chronic pain especially at the back of my neck. Two years ago, I learned about the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT.) I used this technique to minimize my chronic pain. I can now work on my computer for hours without pain.

Sharing my experiences with pain remedies provides a lesson that is important to listen to. Most of the time, we look for one cause and one solution.  Actually, our problems are much more complicated than that. Finding the right pain remedies can be a long and a tedious process. If you assume that there can only be one thing that's going to take care of everything, you will be disappointed. If you're willing to be open to the possibility that the problem is a complex one, you will probably find a pain remedy that works for it. 

In my case, my pain remedies involved exercises, medication, physical therapy, acupuncture, surgery and eventually EFT. If I had not been willing to try all of these things, I would still be in chronic pain. I was open-minded and dedicated to finding a solution and I found the solution to my problem.

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Natural Headache Remedies

Natural Headache Remedies


Occasional headache is not a big deal to most of us. It’s unpleasant, but a couple of aspirin will fix the problem.  However, migraine headaches are another story. If you experienced it, you will find ways to stop it. Some people have frequent migraines, and nothing seems to help. There are a number of herbs, alone and in combinations that will provide you with effective results and prevent your migraine headache.


One of the most reliable and well researched migraine headache remedies is feverfew:


•    An herb with a proven clinical track record and widely used in Europe to prevent migraine attacks.
•    The active constituent is effective against chemicals in the brain which dilate blood vessels and cause migraines.
•    Like many herbs, its effectiveness is slow. It must be used for a couple of months before you feel the effects. Please note that feverfew is for prevention. It will not help once the attack is already underway.

Many independent clinical studies concluded that daily use of feverfew as a migraine headache remedy indeed prevent migraine attacks. In the double-blind studies there were patients who had used feverfew to prevent migraine attacks for years. Patients who were given a placebo in place of their regular dose of feverfew experienced a recurrence of migraine attacks, suffering frequent and severe migraines. Patients who took regular dose of feverfew remained migraine free for six months, the period of testing. Feverfew is not recommended for pregnant or nursing mothers.

Another natural migraine headache remedy is ginger tea:


•    Suited to ongoing migraines located in the front of the head.
•    When taken at the onset of an attack, ginger tea will provide relief in as little as 30 minutes.
•    Continued use of ginger tea, taken six times daily will result in fewer and less severe attacks.
•    Ginger tea is also fragrant and tasty!

Kava Kava is also an effective migraine remedy. Native to the South Pacific, it has been used for centuries for its relaxing properties, useful in cases of stress related migraines.

Valerian root is useful in stress induced headaches. Valerian is used to prevent stress related migraines. The root of Valerian is a powerful relaxant. Use it with caution when driving or operating machinery.

Jamaican dogwood can be one of your migraine headache remedies of choice, if your migraines is due to insomnia, or irregular menstrual cycles.  

Another migraine headache remedy is Chamomile tea.

Lavender oil, rubbed across the forehead and temples, eases pain and spasms.

Try these natural headache remedies if you suffer from migraines. Herbalist may have other headache remedies not included here to relieve your headache.

Note! Only for information purposes. Consult your doctor before using these products.

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Sources of vitamins

Sources of Vitamins  


I take my daily vitamin supplements. However, you may or may not take a daily vitamin supplement. Chances are, you may not give much thought to vitamins and how they help you keep good health. All vitamins contribute in various ways, but the B complex group is especially important to essential health. Deficiencies of B vitamins can result in severe damage to the body. It's good to know what these B vitamins do and what foods are good sources of vitamin B.

Initially thought to be a single vitamin, it was later found that there were actually eight, each affecting cell metabolism and unexpectedly often found together in various foods:

•    B vitamins provide energy to your body
•    Nutrients to maintain nervous system, the heart muscle and skin health
•    They are required for metabolizing fat and protein
•    Anxiety, stress and depression can be helped with adequate B vitamins.
•    All the B vitamins are water soluble and must be supplied daily. Brewer's yeast is one of the excellent sources of vitamin B.

Vitamin B-1, or thiamine deficiencies can cause leg cramps, weak muscles and enlarging of the heart. Foods that are rich sources of vitamin B-1:
•    Include organ meats
•    wheat germ
•    bran
•    whole grains
•    molasses
•    eggs
•    dark green vegetables
•    beans
•    soybeans
•    nuts and berries.

Vitamin B2, riboflavin deficiencies result in lip cracks, light sensitivity, tongue inflammation, dermatitis and irritation of the mucous membranes. Good sources of vitamin B-2:
•    milk
•    cheese
•    mushrooms
•    whole grains
•    most meats.

Adequate amounts of vitamin B-3 hold cholesterol levels in check and is preventative for hardening of the arteries. Vitamin B-3, or niacin deficiencies:
•    can bring on aggressive behaviors
•    dermatitis
•    muscle weakness
•    insomnia
•    diarrhea
•    confusion.

Food sources of vitamin B-3 include:
•    cold-water fish
•    chicken
•    nuts
•    grains
•    dried beans
•    legumes.

Acne often is a result of deficiencies of Vitamin B-5, pantothenic acid. Although this vitamin is found in almost all foods, the best sources of vitamin B-5:
•    eggs
•    meat
•    legumes
•    whole grains.

Vitamin B-6, pyridoxine, in insufficient amounts, can lead to:
•    anemia
•    various skin conditions
•    depression
•    high blood pressure.

Your best sources of vitamin B-6:
•    bananas
•    avocado
•    whole grains
•    liver
•    spinach
•    green beans.

Inadequate supplies of vitamin B-7 can affect infants in slow growth and some neurological conditions. Deficiencies are rare. Food sources of vitamin B-7:
•    organ meats
•    nuts
•    leafy dark green vegetables.

Vitamin B-9, folic acid, is of particular importance in pregnancy, when deficiencies can cause birth defects. The best food sources of vitamin B-9 are the same foods listed for B-7.

Deficiencies of vitamin B-12:
•    cause anemia
•    cognitive and memory problems, especially in the elderly.
•    Meat
•    dairy products are the only sources of vitamin B-12.

If you suspect deficiencies in the B complex, check with your doctor to make a determination. Supplements are often a good way to ensure adequate levels.

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Why Walking for Exercise Program is Necessary

Why Walking for Exercise Program is Necessary

 


We should cultivate walking for exercise. We all endure the fast pace of life that invites a lack of exercise and slowly going to devastate us physically. The media’s attempt to combine little available leisure time tends to be a trap for most of us. It's easy to excuse ourselves, with all the monotonous obligations that life imposes. It's true that we have little time for leisure and we want to spend that time in pleasurable pursuits. However, we can't ignore the fact that the sedentary lifestyle takes its toll on the general health and fitness we might otherwise enjoy.

Lots of us sit behind our desk because of today's sedentary culture. We use our spare time as a couch potato exercise, watching a sitcom or listening to music. We spend lots of hours playing Video games and surfing the net. All of these activities may serve to stimulate the mind, but they don't offer a lot in the way of keeping fit. A balance between stimulating our minds and maintaining our health can be tricky, but necessary to a healthy lifestyle. An all around fitness program may be as simple as a consistent walking for exercise program.

We need a little effort and a short time spent in exercising our bodies to make big gains in extending a vigorous, strong body that will see us through to an old but passionately enjoyed life time. A walking for exercise program, practiced on a daily basis can add years to your life. Walking is as simple as tying your shoe, yet many of us don't even consider taking the time to put a walking for exercise program in place.

Walking for exercise along with swimming and bicycling, is one of the best workouts you can give your body. Every muscle is engaged, benefiting from the simple movements of keeping on and keeping on. When you're walking, the entire body is called to duty, arms swinging, legs moving, abdominal muscles called to perform and heart rhythms adjusted to an active mode you won't experience on the couch.

You can easily tailor a personal walking for exercise program exactly to your circumstances. If you live in the city, your program may dictate an afternoon walk through the park or around the block in your neighborhood. If you're out in the country, you might spend an hour wandering the roads or venture down to the creek. The main point of any walking for exercise program is to walk!

Walking for exercise is one of the easiest ways to keep your body fit and trim. Designate an hour each day to devote to a walking program, and you'll soon reap the rewards. You'll find the longer you continue your daily walk, you won't feel right if you miss a day.

Note! If you have a health issue, consult your doctor before doing this exercise.

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Relaxation Techniques

Relaxation Techniques


It is hard to find a perfect relaxation technique. Many remarkable ideas had been published in many places but no one has struck the perfect technique yet.  People seem to be more and more stressed as time goes along. They have tried many relaxation techniques only to find that nothing works for them. You can try different things, but you may have to search for a while before you find something that works for you.

Exercise is one of the most common relaxation techniques out there. Some people like to take yoga classes or they like to do it at home. Although yoga is considered a form of exercise, it is also considered one of the more favored relaxation techniques. Other people skip yoga and use traditional exercise when trying to relax. Even though this may seem counterproductive, I know that there is a sense of peace and relaxation you get after you have completed a rigorous workout. Exercise fills your body with hormones that make you feel good and may carry you through the rest of your day.

Meditation and chanting are other relaxation techniques that people try. A number of people find that the simplest way to clear their mind and to get rid of their stress is to take the problems from their mind and put them somewhere else. I am one of those people that deal with my problem at hand as soon as I possibly can. I find that after my meditation, I relax much better to face my problem directly.

It’s easy to be bewildered if you are considering one of the many different relaxation techniques out there. Take a look at your life and find out what is causing your stress, and decide what kind of techniques you would like to try first. It may be a matter of trial and error for you. Some relaxation techniques will work for some people, while others will leave feeling cold. Write down all of your ideas and move through your list one at a time. This will help you find a relaxation technique that work best for you and your lifestyle.

Keywords: relaxation techniques, exercise, yoga, meditation, hormones

Advantages of Daily Meditation

Advantages of Daily Meditation


Daily meditation brings a whole new sense of peace to your life. I’ve been doing my morning meditation for a while now. It helps me relax. It releases the stress that otherwise will build up in my system. Build up stress in your system can cause all kinds of mental and physical problems. You experience lack of sleep, and your body begins to ache. Focusing on what you’re doing is a problem.

Most people at present are dedicated to their daily meditation. They allocate some time out of every single day to do this. How you wish to meditate is up to you. If you don’t know how to meditate, there are many good sources of information out there. Find what works best for you. You will find that your life soon begins to be a little easier. Daily meditation not only helps you clear your mind but also helps take away your stress. It also helps you balance yourself in many ways. You’re calmer and the rest of your family will benefit from it.

No matter how busy you are you can find time in your day for daily meditation. You only need ten minutes before you go to bed to get all of the health benefits you need. You need a quiet place, close your eyes and clear your mind. Some people like to chant while they’re doing their daily meditation, while others just clear their mind and forget about everything for a short period of time. Do some research to find out what others consider to be the best form of daily meditation, and find your own way to do it.  If it’s not helping you, try other methods. Find what works for you.

Keywords: daily meditation, stress, meditation, benefit, peace


Our body, a Miraculous Machine

Our Body, A Miraculous Machine


 Our body is a miraculous machine and functions with remarkable reliability. It is an amazing structural masterpiece. The body in which we live is our oldest, closest personal possession.

We are made up of thousands upon thousands of complex chemical compounds. Water is the main substance accounting to about 70 to 80% of our body. The most abundant substances next to water (10 to 20%) is protein. The rest, inorganic salts (combinations of metals with non-metals), lipids (mainly fats), carbohydrates (sugar) and nucleic acids. DNA contains the master plans for building the body and RNA enables the body to follow those plan.

Our body is a high organized, marvelously designed, living organism. Our body constructs itself. It grows, acts, reacts, regulates its own activities, and repairs itself. Our body reproduces thus ensure the continuity of our life.

When we are healthy, we take our body for granted. We don’t do anything to maintain it and sometimes even abuse it, until our body sends out signals that something is wrong. The symptoms can be minor but it can also be a serious problem such as diabetes, heart diseases, kidney problems, blindness and even death.

Keywords: body, miraculous machine, protein, water, organism, DNA

 

Ten Steps To Overcome Culture Shock

10 Steps to Overcome Culture Shock


1. Learn everything about the culture as soon as possible.

2. Minimize frustrations by taking an interest in others. Help someone who is newer to the alien culture.

3. Avoid negative people and seek out those who are positive, who understand and appreciate the culture.

4. Acquire knowledge and new skills.

5. Learn the language and use it as soon as possible.

6. Don’t make judgments and maintain a positive attitude.

7. Be patient and look, listen and learn.

8. Always remember that certain behaviors and actions have different meaning in different countries.

9. Always try new and different things.

10. Relax and enjoy the process of adapting and learning about the culture of others.

Keywords: culture shock, culture, shock, skills, knowledge

Fifth Stage of Culture Shock

Fifth Stage of Culture Shock


You have completely adopted to the culture. You justify the restrictions imposed upon you. You‘re enjoying your life and benefits you‘re receiving. In some cases you don’t want to leave the host country.

For those of you who may decide to live in another country, immigrating is a process and it takes time, be patient. Learn the language as soon as you arrive. Culture shock can be painful but it’s an opportunity for individuals to learn about themselves, how they cope with challenges and adapt to challenges to their lives.

Keywords: culture shock, culture, host country, immigrating, culture

Fourth Stage of Culture Shock

Fourth Stage of Culture Shock


In the fourth stage, you realize that the new culture has good and bad things to offer. You begin to enjoy and participate in the culture of host country trying their food, attending social events, taking interest in their music, crafts, and being able to speak the language well enough to communicate with them comfortably.

This stage can be one of double integration or triple integration depending on the number of cultures that you have to process. This integration is accompanied by a more solid feeling of belonging. You start to define and establish your goals for living.

Keywords: culture, host country, culture shock, integration, goals

 

Third Stage of Culture Shock

The Third Stage of Culture Shock


The third stage is characterized by gaining some understanding of the new culture. You become accustomed to the aggravation, frustrations and inconveniences. You have friends to talk to, go shopping and dining-out.

You start to adapt to your environment A new feeling of pleasure and sense of humor may be experienced. You may start to feel a certain psychological balance. You may not feel as lost and starts to have a feeling of direction. You are more familiar with the environment and want to belong. This initiates an evaluation of the old ways versus those of the new.

Keywords: culture shock, culture, environment, pleasure, evaluation

Second Stage of Culture Shock

Second Stage of Culture Shock


Afterwards, the second stage presents itself. You, the newcomer, may encounter some difficult times and crises in your daily life. For example, communication difficulties may occur such as not being understood. In this stage, there may be feelings of discontent, impatience, anger, sadness, and incompetence.

There's also a longing for the things you, took for granted and no longer available.  You dislike the restrictions imposed upon you. You encounter stress dealing with your daily living. You no longer get the help and guidance that you experienced as a newcomer. You only focus on the negative. 

This happens when you're trying to adapt to a new culture that is very different from your culture of origin. Transition between the old methods and those of the new country is a difficult process and takes time to complete. During the transition, there can be strong feelings of dissatisfaction. Sometimes at this stage, you can’t handle the situation and decide to leave the country.

Keywords: culture shock, discontent, anger, transition, culture

First Stage of Culture Shock

The First Stage of Culture Shock


Culture shock has many stages. Each stage can be ongoing or appear only at certain times. The first stage is the incubation stage. In this first stage, you, the new arrival, may feel euphoric and be pleased by all of the new things encountered. This time is called the "honeymoon" stage, as everything encountered is new and exciting. I'll post the second stage tomorrow.

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Stages of Culture Shock

Stages of Culture Shock


The Roget’s Super Thesaurus (second edition) define culture shock as alienation, anxiety, confusion “stranger in a strange land.”

You experienced culture shock when you are uprooted and become a “newcomer” within an alien culture. Whether consciously or unconsciously, everyone who has ever traveled or relocated has experienced it.

Who have experience living in another country? I posed that question because the topic of today’s blog is ‘The Stages of Culture Shock’. America is the most culturally diverse country in the world with 11% of the population is foreign born and 18% of the household speak a language other than English.

So, what is culture shock?  Culture shock is like a disease. It affects a person emotionally.  The length of time and the degree of severity is dependent on the person. This occurs when one is leaving a familiar culture to a different culture.

Tomorrow, I'll post the first stage of culture shock.

Keywords: culture shock, diverse, America, foreign born, language

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!


I wish you and your families celebrate this wonderful New Year! My primary goal this year is to publish the printed version of my ebook, ‘Surviving Riyadh’. I’ll pursue my mission for a healthy and unified world, radiating love, peace, and joy to all.

Keyword: love, peace, joy, surviving Riyadh, ebook

Wow! 'Surviving Riyadh' Ebook published

Wow! My Ebook, ‘Surviving Riyadh’ is published, Amazon, Kobo so far!


I'm happy and fulfilled having accomplished my goal to publish my ebook before the year is over.

I invite you to check this link: www.almaapostol.com/books

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