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I am going gaga!! It’s been weeks since I started looking for the perfect Maxi dress to wear this summer.. and I am going N.U.T.S.!!! I spend literally hours browsing over online shops looking for my dress at a reasonable price. Reasonable Price. That’s what making this hunt difficult– I am not willing to splurge on a seasonal or soon-not-in-trend dress even though I am dying to buy those expensive dresses I saw over the internet! Everytime I am gonna type in my credit card details, suddenly a zephyr of reality lures me in not buying the dress at all! huhu So I am left with the option of browsing over ebay.ph or multiply so that, hopefully, I can find cheaper dresses.

I looked around in H&M, Lene V, Vivikes and other stores in Amfi Mall but not Zara and Mango because, I live, unfortunately, 45 minutes away to the nearest Zara and Mango shop… and I am too cheap and too lazy to get my ass over there and gamble my chances of spending 330 kroner (2400++php) for my two-way train fare, without even the certainty on finding something there or even if I liked something, the biggest question is if it’s within my price range. I suppose (or I am just guessing) that maxi dresses in Zara or Mango could cost 700-1200 kroner. (and multiply by 7 to convert to peso!!)Sorry but I have this compulsion of converting it into peso because it’s so expensive here!! And I swear to my future grave that when I return to Pinas for vacation, I am gonna HOARD and PANIC SHOP at Zara and Mango!! I will spend most of my vacation pay salary on shopping! hehehe (No joke!!)

Going back, there is nothing more fulfilling than finding, at last, that something you had been looking for for quite some time… I know, i know.. I am a self-confessed shoppingera but I spend within my means. (I haven’t categorized myself a shopaholic because I can manage to curb the impulse to buy something just for the sake of buying). What makes me desperate is that summer season here in Norway starts this june and ends in August. This is the only time to bare your skin and dress up which ever and what ever you like! Summer here is just like summer in Pinas… everyone is happy, everyone dresses up, hitting the beach, getting the summer tan and the likes. Maybe I miss Pinas and the climate… maybe. Haaaayyyy… I wanna buy my Maxi Dress!!! Help!

Hurraaahh! It’s spring time here and there’s nothing more exciting and more uplifting than seeing everything around you bloom and come into life after the long winter’s sleep.

I have been from a long hibernation( hehe). But i am back to business. Speaking of which, I have recently started with my 3-month training in Geriatrics.. you see, I need to undergo a total of 5 months training plus a 3-week course so that I can fully practice my profession here in Norway. So far so good… my nurse-supervisor is so nice and she is soooo helpful in many ways.. One of which is handing me materials that i can’t hardly seem finish reading, hehe.. but i am not complaining.. on the other hand, I am glad and excited about this whole training  thing. My hopes are up… It’s not easy though. I had to balance training and work at the same. Now that I am living all by myself (which is so great, btw), I have all the time for myself, reading and keeping myself on track. I just have to hang on for a couple of months and hopefully, God-willing, my dream/goal is not far from reality…

 

Too bad there is no Palm Treo available here in Norway… but next on my list is the new Palm Treo Pro. I fell inlove with Treo the first time I saw and got hold of it and since then, there’s no turning back. No more Nokia, Sony, etc… for me. I mean, they are also good phones but I find smartphones better, efficient and more suited for my needs. Here’s my next dream phone… though at first I was a bit confused between Treo pro and Blackberry Bold, but since I am a devote Treo user, I’m going for Treo! hehehe Treo Pro costs between 490 to 650USD.. hehehe more saving to do!

Ok… Every woman dreams of getting girly-girl stuffs as presents this Christmas… I am one of them. I wouldn’t mind getting a Prada bag, shoes from Jimmy Choo or Manolo Blahnik, a whole-year supply of MAC make ups or nice earrings from Tiffany’s.. ZAP!!! ok, I’m back to reality! Oh well…

On to my wishlist:

I have been eyeing for a kick-ass DSLR camera from Nikon, the D90. I am so loving it! I wanna get my hands on this baby. Considering I am just about to start my serious stint (and I mean serious!) in photography, it’s kind of ambitious to jump right into this camera. I have read that a D40 or D60 can be adequate for beginners like me but, since I had a old school Russian SLR camera (which was handed down to me by dad, bought in the 1980’s), I think i can manage having this camera intended for serious amateur photographers. I am drooling over it… BIG TIME!

I know i have to save up if i want to buy this for myself… I wonder when but I am so determined to own a d90 soon.. Gotta work my butt off!

I never thought I’d be as exhausted as I was (2 days ago) after 6 straight days of work.. and now, I am enjoying, yet, terribly bored, thought I have taken 3 days off from work. Yeah, I mean it’s great to rest and recharge one’s batteries but I can’t believe that I am spending it entirely home, doing chores and practically watching videos at youtube. Is this really what becomes of people once they become a part of the work force?

 Anyway, tomorrow, we will having visitors- my aunt, myra’s aunt and 3 other new mates who just arrived here in Norway. So we cleaned up a bit and scrubbed all surfaces.. oh oh.. Btw, we got a washing machine! (yeah, it’s something I am gonna be jubilant about!) Yahoo! One of my nice, Polish colleague, Urzula, gave it to me because she bought a new one and needs to dispose the old one. I am so thankful because it’s like new (used less than a year though). My roommate and I were planning to buy a new one next month (after we get our salaries) but I guess we have our lucky shoes on! The cheapest washing machine here is 3000 NKr (that is 24,000Php) and we got one for free! We had been handwashing our clothes for the last 2 weeks since we moved in here and it’s a great relief! (Think about ruining our delicate hands and saving us from back and shoulder pains).. Thanks again Urzula!!

And finally, before I end my blog, my roommate, Myra, came out of the bathroom.. and it’s definitely BAD HAIR DAY for her! she used Rejoice (shampoo from the Philippines) rather than the DAX shampoo we use at work, and we love so much that we decided to bring home a bottle (hehehe we are sooo evil). Her hair is long and with beautiful locks of curl but when I saw her,no doubt that…. hmmm oh well… Here’s what she looked like..

I was bit weirded out because the first thing she said to me, ” My hair’s dead!”. Technically, the external hair is dead but when I looked at her, huuwwaaww! hehehehe Anyway, she just cursed the shampoo and said she will, from now on, shampoo her hair only with Norwegian shampoo! hahaha 

After a long wait, we finally moved in to our new apartment in Moss… it’s a small, dainty, humble abode, fitting for us, who are beginning their careers and have a very tight budget to begin with.. The satisfaction I felt that day was beyond description… Just imagine, instead of travelling for 2 hours from Oslo to Moss when taking the train and bus- everyday!- we are living now just 5 minutes away from our work. Plus we can wake up a little bit late, instead of 4:30 am! Oh, the convenience!

This is the start of a new beginning.. paying for the rent, food, elctricity, expenses, etc… I am so excited! A new phase awaits me!

I was on my way to work this early morning and waiting for the 6:27 am train to Moss, as a stared outside the window, around 6:22am, there, I saw for the first time… Snow flakes falling from the sky!! SNOW! O.M.G.. my childhood dream has come true! I was so excited! Imagine this, while everyone on the train station walked briskly and oblivious to what had just happened, I, the first timer, stood there in the middle of the crowd, amazed and fixated to one  single thought, It’s snowing! hehehe I almost missed the train… Almost!because I was so busy savoring every minute and second of it.

 I am feeling all Christmas-y! hehehe but hey it’s just Oct 29, too early! Darn! Anyway, the feeling is just so awesome and calming at the same time..  

Here’s the pic of my very first snowfall here in Norway..

I saw a TV show (btw, we had just our cable connection! yahoo!) that talked about stress eating this morning. The premise here is that when one is stressed out, he or she copes up with it by eating. So a person eats even not being physiologically hungry.

 Food, actually, can alter your mood. They set off emotional and chemical reactions in your body that can temporarily make you feel calm or powerful. When your stress meter goes up, food can have a relaxing effect on someone, but this is only for a short time. It also brings many problems, starting with excessive weight gain. Stress eating is often followed by painful self-judgment that can actually drive you to reach for more food. You feel guilty, mad at yourself and believe something’s wrong with you, when actually there is none.

So being so stressed out for the past couple of weeks, i realized that I had started to pig out more and more… that eventhough I have just ate 1-2 hours ago, when i see food, i just can’t stop the urge and just reach out for them. Unfortunately, I have gained 1 kilo already after 3 months and that is no good news! So this must be the stress eating which had been quite a popular term nowadays in our health and figure conscious society. :P I am quite alarmed for the fact that I cannot afford to gain weight and store so much fat after finding out that I have higher than normal level of cholesterol despite being only 25 years old and with normal BMI (body mass index).

So anyway, this is taken from workplaceblues.com and tells about strategies that will help to decrease stress eating. I am looking forward to apply these to myself and perhaps, as early as now, I can deal with stress eating.. —

However, there are ways to break that cycle and stop eating to feed emotional hunger.

1. Challenge old beliefs, especially the idea that willpower alone can solve weight problems.

2. Forget common diet advice of avoiding favorite foods. A little chocolate may help fight stress, since it helps release endorphin neurotransmitters, nature’s morphine. Excessive stress depletes neurotransmitters that help regulate emotions. However, using food to alter your moods won’t make the reason for your stress disappear.

3. It can boost the action of those feel-good neurotransmitters. Anything from a walk around the block to a gym workout will help lessen the effects of stress, while helping your body be and feel healthier. Exercise is essential to any weight loss program. You don’t need an expansive exercise program - just start moving.

 4. Don’t deprive yourself of food, which often leads to binge eating. Instead, eat what you want and toss out guilt. Develop your own food strategy by making choices. You’ll be more likely to reduce the quantity and not go overboard. Want a favorite dessert? Balance that choice with a healthier entree.

5. Do a stress inventory when you find yourself eating more, or not eating at all. Symptoms of excessive stress include: aching back or shoulders, procrastination, clenched hands, impatience, rapid heart beat, shortness of breath, trouble sleeping or sleeping too much, depression and anxiety. By tuning in to your physical and behavioral reactions, it’s easier to face stress-causing problems head-on.

6. If you do much stress eating, ask your physician about stress reactive hypoglycemia. This condition can set off physical and emotional reactions, including tiredness, anxiousness and extreme hunger.

7. Learn what purpose food is serving. Stress eating is usually a response to emotional hunger. Keep a chart for two weeks to monitor your food and feelings connection. Divide it into columns noting when, where and what you eat; what precipitates eating; and your feelings during and after eating.

8. Analyze your chart for precipitating events that lead to eating. Your stress eating may be triggered when a conversation unleashes intense feelings, like being lonely, not good enough, trapped, helpless, or not in control, sometimes hours before that first bite. Trigger-situations need not be intense or with someone important. They may be over-reactions to the situation. Understanding what prompts your eating can be a key to freedom from food and weight problems.

9. Learn your core feelings - feelings connected to past trauma and loss, which may be reactivated by a current event, prompting you to reach for food as an escape. Such feelings can come from many sources - past abuse, a childhood in an unstable home, serious illness, being bullied and much more. Understanding your core feelings and their sources can help you to take action to disconnect in a healthy way, instead of using food. Professional counseling may be of benefit.

10. Find new ways to satisfy the feelings causing you to overeat. If you discover you eat because you feel trapped, explore what it will take for you to feel freedom. You may need to learn assertiveness skills, or leave an abusive relationship. Some people eat to hide anger, some to dull fear, some to mask their powerlessness. Why do you eat? What can you do to change that?

11. Overcoming stress-related eating isn’t always easy, but it is possible. Many professional counselors specialize in offering help in these areas. The bottom line is that the more you know and care for yourself, the less likely you’ll be reaching for food.

I started my volunteer work this week and I got one word.. Tiring. Walking around, back and forth the whole time is not my idea of exercise when it involves  the scorching heat of the sun.. (yup, me and my sun phobia).

Anyhow, in a couple of days there, I have learned a lot and so as my patience being tested on a regular basis. My shift covers the entire morning and afternoon. I arrive when clients get their morning care and leave when they eat dinner and dealing with elder clients has nothing luxurious attached to it. However, talking and hearing out their stories (either sane and insane patients), it was evident that each and one of them deals with hopelessness, depression and  even the lost of trust to the very institution that takes care of them. In 3 days, I have formulated more than 20 nursing diagnoses and pinpointed what needs to be changed to improve the lives of the elders. Also, if you want to practice a great deal of therapeutic communication and techniques, it’s nice to do it here because you’ll be surprised on their responses and how they respond to you and that in less than 10 minutes, you can figure out what went wrong and why they are way they are…

I am actually doing something worthwhile…. I am actually giving back something to the society… and as funny as it sounds, it kinda feels great!

Yay! After months and months of professional bum-hood, I will start volunteering in a Home for the aged in QC next week.. I don’t really mind if I won’t have any salary or undergo any formal training for this. The thought of me finally doing something related to nursing is just overwhelming.

So, I did MAJOR rummaging on my closet for my old scrub suits, hoping they’d be great for my duty. I had 2 dark blue scrubs from my student days and sadly, one needs to retire now because it’s so comfty that I use it as my “pambahay”, as it looked ratty and the fabric is just awful. Meaning, I only have 1 functional scrub suit and that won’t do if I have to volunteer M-F.

I had been looking around multiply and luckily, one of my business contacts sells scrub suits. “Apple Care is a sought-after brand of scrub suits among doctors, nurses and other health care professionals, known for providing stylish, comfortable and high-quality medical apparel and accessories.” Here, you can actually choose designs and fabrics according to your preference. It’s really nice because they offer a variety of colors and prints plus if you’re into adding “umph” to your stethoscopes and BP apps, you can also purchase covers and cuffs for them. Another thing, it’s also affordable! You can get a set( top and pants) for only 450php.

Here are some of the different scrub suit styles:

Classic Vneck top

Classic Unisex pants
Classic overlap top

Flare scrub pants

Straight cut scrub pants

Anyway, for those who have time to go shopping, I accidentally discovered a “tiangge” stall that sells scrub suits. If you pass by Padre Faura st., side of PGH, just before Robinson’s Galleria (coming from Taft Ave.) there’s a stall there that sells scrub suits for only 300php per set, plus they have also various styles, colors and prints. Hahaha This is where I actually bought mine… (of course, I go for the lowest price with good quality). Don’t be fooled because at first, from afar, they seem to sell low quality scrubs, but if you check them out and go through everything, you can find scrubs that are made of US tetoron and the fabric is not cheap looking and the stitches are well-made. I was really surprised when the vendor told me that it’s only 300php per set. I bought 2 tops (purple and light blue) and 2 pants (purple and old rose) and I got a discount on the second pair. I paid 560php for all 4 garments! Hahahaha That’s the magic of being BargainBoggart! :)

Here’s my purple scrub suit:

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