30 October 2008
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28 October 2008
Today. I am happy. I am happy because I got to reunite myself with God which had long been waiting for me. Today, I attended mass with my girlfriends at St. Jude Thaddeus Parish Church in commemoration of their Annual Fiesta. It really feels good to be reunited with God and it also feels good to be back to where you really intend to belong.
27 October 2008
24 October 2008
Note: The doctor just saw her and Dengue Fever is the admitting impression.
22 October 2008
21 October 2008
By the way, gotta be sharing this article from the Chicago Tribune that did facilitate the idea that there are really cheap prescription eyeglasses in the market:
Price ranges for glasses prove real eye-opener
- BY GREGORY KARP, a personal finance writer for The Morning Call, a Tribune Co. newspaper in Allentown, Pa
- July 22, 2007
Prescription eyeglasses are part medical product and part fashion accessory for the two-thirds of American adults who wear them at least occasionally. But no matter why you're buying a pair of specs, you're probably overpaying.
Americans spend $28.7 billion annually on vision products and services, according to the Vision Council of America. Eyeglass frames and lenses make up the largest portion, about $16 billion.
Many of the 147 million adult eyeglass wearers probably don't know they could be getting a better price because few shop around. Prices vary widely. People can pay more than $1,000 for a pair of glasses, while at least one Internet provider promises a pair for $8. An identical pair of eyeglasses costs from $178 to $390, depending on the optician or optometrist, according to research in seven U.S. cities by Consumers' Checkbook, a consumer information guide.
"There is big price variation from outlet to outlet for exactly the same lenses and frames," said Robert Krughoff, president of Consumers' Checkbook, found online at Checkbook.org. Moreover, service at some low-cost suppliers was rated quite good, he said.
The single most important consumer tip for buying eyeglasses is to relax. Inexpensive glasses pose no health risk to your eyes. Even a bad pair of glasses -- lenses, specifically -- won't give you an eye infection or permanently damage your eyes, although they could cause headaches until they are fixed.
So you should consider comparison shopping, as opposed to simply buying whatever your eye doctor has to sell. In fact, a 1978 Federal Trade Commission ruling called the Ophthalmic Practices Rules says you have a right to take your prescription anywhere to buy glasses. So you're not locked in to buying from your doctor, where prices are likely to be highest.
Still, it's true that people receive the best service from their neighborhood optician or medical-center eye doctor, according to a survey of 92,000 readers of Consumer Reports magazine.
The decision about buying glasses generally comes down to where you buy them. You should decide based on four criteria: price, service, selection and speed of delivery. The simpler your prescription, with normal measurements and no bifocals and trifocals, the better luck you're likely to have buying from a cheaper source, said Gregory Good, professor of clinical optometry at Ohio State University. As with most products, you'll want to know about warranties and return policies.
Here are categories of eyewear outlets, with tips for buying glasses. Next week, we'll talk about saving money on contact lenses.
DOCTORS AND INDEPENDENTS. If you're willing to pay more for glasses in return for good service, buy from your eye doctor or an independent optical shop. They are also likely to carry brand-name frames, which is largely a personal fashion choice.
But the secret about name-brand frames is companies such as Giorgio Armani and Ralph Lauren don't make the frames, Consumer Reports said. They just license their names to a regular frame manufacturer.
"You can eliminate the ultrahigh-cost frame by looking for a stylish frame that doesn't have a brand name attached to it," said money-saving expert Clark Howard, an Atlanta author and radio-show host.
Buying eyewear could include a trust factor that might be higher with your doctor or a neighborhood optician.
CHAIN STORES. If you're willing to pay to have glasses quickly, try a chain store, such a LensCrafters, which promises glasses in about an hour. "The advantage is you walk in and an hour later you walk out with your glasses," Howard said. "A lot of people will pay for convenience."
Be sure to receive the discounts you're eligible for. For example, a discount with AAA membership might be more valuable than using your employer vision insurance. If you're in no hurry, wait for discount specials that run during the Christmas holiday season when few people are looking to buy new eyeglasses, Howard said in his book "Clark's Big Book of Bargains: Clark Howard Teaches You How to Get the Best Deals."
WAREHOUSE CLUBS. If price is important, try a warehouse club. Costco Wholesale Corp. scored very high with Consumer Reports readers and Consumers' Checkbook findings. BJ's Optical, found in Eastern states, also scored well. For some warehouse clubs, you don't need a membership to buy glasses.
ONLINE. If price is paramount, try an Internet merchant. Howard recently bought glasses from Zenni Optical, where you can buy glasses online for $8. Howard had a few add-ons that raised the total price to $41, which is still a bargain. He wears the glasses daily. "I don't know how these people do it, but it's a steal," Howard said. "The glasses are perfect. And the feedback I've gotten from [radio] listeners is they have good customer service."
One advantage of ultracheap glasses is that even if everything goes badly with your transaction, you're not out a lot of money. Of course, you won't have an optician to adjust the frames so they're comfortable and to ensure bifocals are aligned properly with your eyes. Reviews of some online retailers are available at EyeglassRetailerReviews.com and GlassyEyes.blogspot.com.
You could also try a hybrid plan, where you buy frames online and take them to an optician to have lenses inserted. You'll have to judge whether the hassle is worth the savings.
No matter where you buy eyeglasses, view lens add-ons skeptically. You'll be offered a variety of lens materials and coatings.
For add-ons that you can test out, ask to see samples of glasses with and without the feature to determine whether it's worthwhile.For additional discussion on spending wisely, see the Spending Smart blog at http://blogs.mcall.com/spendingsmart.
Gregory Karp is a personal finance writer for The Morning Call, a Tribune Co.Allentown, Pa. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. newspaper in
I woke up early because of a bad dream (urgh!) involving my beloved relatives in Bohol. Something happened to my Auntie Miming as depicted in my dream. It did give me a very creepy feeling! I now sent her a text message and still awaiting for her reply. Hope nothing bad would happen to her (knocks on the wood!).
20 October 2008
The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
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Happy Monday peeps!
19 October 2008
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15 October 2008
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13 October 2008
Now? I can speak, I can talk, and I can even sing (again!)...
I was almost late for our first day seminar so I hailed a taxi cab that could bring me on time. Thank God, it was still 7:55 AM when I reached the seminar's venue which was held in the hospital where I am currently working. I handed him my 100-peso bill for a 75-peso fare. He was like scratching his head because I later knew that he ain't got no change at all. He was kinda annoyed that I did not have an exact amount to pay him and he insisted that we should go out of the vicinity and had it changed. I resisted because I was almost late. I told him I better punched my DTR card first while suggesting to have my 100-peso bill changed from an approaching taxi cab. When I got back, still he got no change. He was even a bit pissed off, and so was I. So as not to argue with him, I annoyingly gave my 100-peso bill and ran hurriedly inside the building for I was trying to get inside the seminar hall before it starts. Hahayz!
12 October 2008
10 October 2008
09 October 2008
07 October 2008
With these I have learned the following:
- that I should not be too considerate at all times
- that I should be more wiser enough next time
- that I should learn to say NO and not always say YES when being asked for favors
- that I should give some people a dose of their own medicines by trying to be firm in some of my decisions
- that I should not be armed with high hopes for expectations might fail
06 October 2008
Yesterday, I got myself pampered (again!). I sort of giving myself a treat cos I deserved to have one. More so that I've been complaining lately of too much physical exhaustion. It is for this reason that I never did hesitate to pamper myself to a relaxing whole body massage. I chose the firm combo massage (without really grasping what that is all about). I just found myself so relaxed and even on the brink of falling asleep, lol! I went home feeling light with thoughts of hitting the bedroom right away.. So, so relaxing really!
05 October 2008
Just blogging guys!
Have A Happy Sunday!
04 October 2008
03 October 2008
I have been loitering lately at the malls. I guess it is the sense of being relaxed and stress-free that allows me to go back and spend some time in there. And look what I did? I took some not-so-good pics of the mall's view, LOL! These were all taken from Gaisano Mall of Davao. Forbid me if am not good at it. I am not just a PRO in this field, hehehe. :)