24 June 2010

It Hurts

Part 1

No one laughs at the fact that mother nature makes useless parts of the body.  Wisdom teeth are good-for-nothing other than to cause pain, trouble, and inconvenience. Because it does not get better, the wisest  thing  to do is, of course, to get those suckers out of there. 

Later this day the panda will have to go to his dentist to have it checked. He has to show the dentist a photo of Pekto (a name he coined for his impacted wisdom tooth). The dentist will have to refer the panda to a dental surgeon who specializes on these kinds of procedures. Dr. Dental Surgeon will have to set the date of the surgery, and come that day - more and more pain! Pekto's days are numbered; the mere thought of "losing" him, hurts. 

Part 2

Later that day, the panda went to the Dentist and had to wait for his turn. After some minutes, at last, the Dentist was ready to see the panda.

The panda was guided to the dental chair. After explaining to the Dentist the problem, the panda showed her the old photo of Pekto(the name the panda coined for his impacted wisdom tooth). She took a good look at the said tooth.

She explained that the condition was not an easy case. The bone above Pekto is unusually thick. She also said  that the panda's second healthy molar (which the panda named Ramon) will be at risk of being extracted too, depending on how the procedure unfolds. The Dentist prescribed an antibiotic, a pain reliever, and an anti-coagulant drug that have to be taken 1 hour before the procedure.

"Your surgery will be scheduled tomorrow, you have to be well rested, okay?" - She said.  The panda and the Dentist said their goodbyes and well wishes, and the clinic session for that day was over. 

The picture of Pekto's and Ramon's death created a paradoxical sensation. The panda was happy that he will be relieved of his discomfort, but on the other hand, he was also sad because he has to lose Pekto and risk losing Ramon.

When the panda asked Pekto and Ramon how they felt after  receiving officially their death sentences, they told the panda, "Ok lang po boss, walang problema - ready na kami. Our lives were spent serving you with honor and dignity. Okey na kami -- kung baga sa jeepney driver, naka boundery na..."

The panda flashed an optimistic smile and went to treat  the said two molars to their favorite restaurant.

Part 3

There is nothing funny about the death of Pekto and Ramon.

Panda is so tired to explain anything right now.... can't write.... can't think... Zzzz....

Oh! Thanks to all humans who gave their support and encouragement. Thanks to everyone who told the panda "you can do it!" Thank you to everyone who wished him well! You are all appreciated.

He's fine now. A little bit traumatized. A little bit  shocked from the whole process....


Part 4

It is sad that Ramon (second healthy molar) had to die, too. It was found out during the procedure that Pekto (third impacted molar) is unusually larger than the average impacted wisdom tooth.

You see, according to the dentist,  the biggest and the strongest molar would normally be our first molar - next would be the second molar. The third molar, normally would be the smallest. However, in the panda's case, the third impacted molar was abnormally the biggest of all his molars. That is the reason why the procedure of extracting only Pekto did not push through as 
originally planned.

Ramon had to go, really. He was the gambit. He was the sacrificial lamb.

The paradoxical wisdom of salvation is that someone must die so that someone can live. For there can be no forgiveness that can exist unless someone capable of forgiving pays the penalty by shedding his blood. It is sad, but that is life. Life and death co-exists in irony.

Menu for tonight? Very soft 
lugaw with a dash of salt. No chewing, swallow only. The panda slept the whole day, and will probably sleep the whole day again tomorrow. The healing process begins.

23 June 2010

On Steven Hawking's Pieces of Advice

Q: Interviewer: What is the best advice you have given your children?

A: Steven Hawking: Here are the most important pieces of advice that I have passed on to my children.

1. Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet.

2. Never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it.

3. If you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is rare and do not throw it away.

4. Daily courage and infinite kindness.

21 June 2010

To Tatay

Dear Itay,

I do not think that even if I searched the world for years and years,  I would find someone as caring, as thoughtful, as hardworking as you. You have been a great hero in my life, the greatest strength. Today, because of you I'm blessed in so many ways. You are the best. Thank you Tay for everything. I love you. Happy Father's Day 'Tay!

AND OH! For your father's day gift, you will get a box of the most expensive set of perfume our  allowance can afford. Hope you like it.



17 June 2010

On Smile

“Smile, even if it's a sad smile, because sadder than a sad smile is the sadness of not knowing how to smile.”

12 June 2010

Panda's island vacation. Part 4

Panda and Sweet Pea tried to find Nemo and Dory! :D

11 June 2010

Panda's island vacation. Part 3

Arfy loves the beach.  Just like a dependable guard dog, he had to take care of  things while panda and sweet pea were swimming.

Arfy is such a good dog! And for that, he deserves a kiss!

Arfy, "swim in the water" does not mean swimming on top of a water bottle! lol :D

Why are you Arffraid  of the water?

Guess who Panda and Sweet pea caught slurping away their Red Horse and tequila sunrise while they were not looking! 

The price of sanity and happiness is expensive, but it is not paid in terms of money...

More to come...

10 June 2010

Panda's island vacation. Part 2

The bus to the island
From Iloilo to Caticlan

He has a god given ability to sleep in public transportation.

But while sleeping, riot happens...


Alo ang Arfy escaped and broke loose!

It is not yet time for playing Alo and Arfy! :)

Arfy: "I wonder where the wisdom tooth is..."

"Panda wake up! We are almost in the island!"

"They came, they saw, now it is time to swim! Yey!"

More to come...

09 June 2010

Panda's island vacation. Part 1

Guess who went with the panda and sweet pea to the island.
Alo (white) and Arf arf (yellow)

They sneaked in so as not to be detected by airport officials :) Fasten your seat belts Alo and Arfy!


Touchdown! Off we go to the island!

08 June 2010

It pays to ask

The panda is not religious, but he likes religious philosophies and can read about those the whole day. His favorite Bible verse comes from Luke 11: 9-10.

It talks about why it pays to ask, seek, and knock than hang around and do nothing:

9 ”So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
    11 ”Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”    (Luke 11:9-12  NIV)

How about you, do you have a favorite religious phrase or quote?

Where are you going?

He wonders where this plane is going.
He is not blind...

- but he just can't see.