I get a lot of weird encounters in Riyadh and it still amazes me how my fellow Pinoys (kababayans) are so comfortable with one another. I mean, I am generally the type that no one would immediately get comfortable with but shockingly, I get a lot of weird remarks from strangers that range from really flattering to insulting. The last one was too awesome to forget, it's when this Filipina came to me while I was on queue to buy some rotti buns in Panorama Mall and she just asked me, ilang buwan na yan, ate? (How far along are you?), obviously referring to my pregnancy. Sad fact is, I've already given birth for like 6 months ago and it sucks to literally get slammed in your face how fat you still are and how you still have that preggy belly you've been wanting shed out. Well, it's just one of the insane remarks I've had so far and I bet you, there are more to come.

I have my shares of tactlessness and I've suffered enough from it. Hello Feati University! I didn't know anything about that school and the only thing I knew about it was that it's beside a body of water, dirty and dark body of water, hence my stupid thought. Guess what, I made a pun about that school in front of a friend whose parents were not just graduates of Feati, but were members of the Faculty as well. I suffered for years remembering how stupid I was and how a silly pun has offended (or not) my friend. Regardless of the effect on her, it was so thoughtless of me and I was so sorry about it. I must not say anything, good or bad on something I know nothing about. I've moved forward, but the thought of it still lingers, however this time, serving as a reminder about being tactful and careful.

I guess we are just so candid about things that there are stuff we forget to hold to ourselves. I have learned my lessons well... I just hope others would too.
I got a little disappointed seeing a commentary that some Filipinos won't help raise ALS awareness (Lou Gehrig's Disease) just because this only affects Americans. Indeed a racist belief. Perhaps they haven't researched the disease enough to know that despite being centralized to certain race, it could still affect Asians such as Filipinos.

Need I cite an example?

 

My heart broke when I saw this video. Especially knowing that she's just given birth and she's only 30 years old. According to news, she's already seeing manifestations of most of the signs of the disease. She's been having difficulty in speaking and breathing.

Although having read that the Ice Bucket Challenge is somewhat related to the Illuminati and Free Masons, I want to reiterate that none of us knew about it until conspiracy addicts flooded the social media with those viral articles! I mean, people were doing the challenge not to participate in those rituals but to promote awareness + experiencing even for a short time, the numbing effect of ALS. I don't think Aga Muhlach has an agreement to sell his soul to the devil in exchange for a better career, more fit body, success in politics? Not just yet! Don't you think Richard Gomez would have done it by now if they were just randomly accepting members? I mean hello! Everyone does the Ice Bucket Challenge and I don't think all of them knew why it's being asked to be done, I mean, people were trying to be cute while doing it but kids nowadays do it as if they were tagged to do a survey on Facebook.

When we do it, remember to take note of the purpose. It's not to sell our souls to Satan but it's all about raising awareness about the disease.

We need to poke the attention of everyone that this could happen to anyone of us.

Help. Donate. Spread the news.
I am so sorry for automatically dismissing the idea of getting soaked on Ice Water because I am chronic urticaria on cold. I will get hives or worse, an anaphylactic shock once again. But I am in total support on promoting ALS Awareness.

So what is ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)? It is a disease also known for the following names: 
  • Motor Neurone Disease (MND)
  • Charcot Disease
  • Lou Gehrig's Disease
It is a neurodegenerative disease with various causes and is characterized by muscle spasticity, rapidly progressive weakness due to muscular atrophy, and difficulty in speaking, swallowing, and breathing. ALS is the most common of the five motor neuron diseases.

Among the signs and symptoms of the disease are:
  • Muscle weakness and atrophy throughout the body due to the degeneration of the upper and lower motor neurons
  • Losing the ability to initiate and control all voluntary movement
Now what got me thinking is that, how has Stephen Hawking lived to 70s with ALS?


















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Here is an interesting article about it: CLICK ME

So please, donate to your chosen ALS awareness organization and get everyone to understand this disease. Let's help in finding the cure!

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