Monday, March 31, 2014

How Does Boxing Cause Brain Damage

Like any full-contact sport, boxing carried with it an increased risk of injury. According to allpro every fighter knows that to step into the ring is to place themselves in harm's way, it has not been until recently that medical professionals have begun to realize just how seriously seemingly mundane injuries such as a concussion truly are. Doing all you can to protect yourself, knowing when and where to seek appropriate care and possessing a better understanding of how boxing can lead to a traumatic brain injury are all important issues that every fighter would do well to take seriously.  

Concussion, Contusion and Other Forms of Brain Injury

The brain is a sensitive organ; even though it is protected by the skull, kinetic impact to the head can result in any number of serious or even life-threatening injuries. A cerebral contusion is the term used to describe bruising of the brain tissue and small tears in the blood vessels supplying it. A concussion is a general term that is used to describe a mild traumatic brain or head injury. While cerebral contusions are frequently suffered alongside other more serious injuries and repeat concussions may result in long-term damage, any head injury has the potential to cause significant harm and should be treated seriously.

Keeping Yourself Safe

Avoiding a head injury is not always a simple task for boxers. Taking steps to protect yourself can make a considerable difference in your efforts to reduce the risk of injury every time you step into the ring. Practicing or sparring without the right protective gear can find you at greater risk of being hurt or suffering from the effects of repeated seemingly minor injuries in the days to come. When it comes to fighting bare headed, being able to spot the signs of a serious injury and knowing when to stop the fight or seek medical attention can make a life-saving difference.

Seeking Professional Care

Treating or even diagnosing a brain injury can be all but impossible outside of a hospital or other medical facility. When you consider that slow cerebral bleeding can result in a life-threatening situation days after the initial injury, you can begin to see the importance of seeking prompt and effective medical attention. Ring side first-aid may be enough when it comes to muscle sprains and injuries to your body, but when it comes to being able to identify and treat a head injury it always pays to seek out the highest level of care possible. Failing to spot the signs of a concussion or failing to arrange for a formal medical assessment on the toll past fights may have already taken on your brain would be a mistake.

Reducing the Risk of Serious or Long-Term Injury

A few basic precautions and the knowledge needed to identify and address potentially serious problems can go a long way. Boxers who do not fully understand the ways that repeated injury can put their long-term health at risk are making a very serious mistake. Repeated or severe trauma to the head can result in many different forms of brain damage and injury. Taking steps to protect yourself or knowing when it is time to seek medical attention are never concerns that boxers can afford to discount. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

OMF Lit Presents...

If you're looking for an activity this Lenten season and is looking forward to hear the words of God from a well known author and pastor, you may want to consider attending this event:

How did you feel while reading the Book of Revelation? Some would say they felt fear, dread, and terror. Others say they felt joy, anticipation, and longing.

The Book of Revelation is not just about the Last Days. Best-selling author Pastor William Girao speaks about how we can recover the ultimate message of the last book of the Bible. Join us on April 12, 2014, from 10AM - 12 PM at the OMF Lit Bookshop in Boni for his talk.

We encourage pastors, small group leaders and youth leaders to attend this talk to give you a different perspective as you lead the people in studying the Word of God.

To register, please email

Friday, March 14, 2014

Music and Live Bands

It's been a year since the last time I've visited Sam's! This is a well known pizza house in our city which has been a favorite venue for get together and parties.  What makes Sam's interesting are the live bands who perform nightly.  In fact, aside form the best tasting pizzas and fried chicken, the awesome live bands keep me coming back to this place.  I normally visit the place with my family but when I was till working in the Philippines, I used to go there with my office mates especially on special occasions. 

It's quite interesting that live bands play alternately with Acoustic singers and this left you with an option. This restaurant is often full of customers who are looking for fun and entertainment.  The place is a bit dark and not really conducive to a warm conversation as it's quite noisy because of the crowd and loud music. However, the fact that it is quite dark inside made the place appeared to be more romantic is also being patronized by couples and lovers.  I wonder if they are using cheap dimmer switch from guitar center. 

I really wish that I could go back here with hubby and the kids when he gets back home for a vacation next month.  It would be nice to watch my favorite band again.  I hope they are still there when we get to visit the place soon.  But apart from the good music and grate foods, what I missed more is the time that we could be complete as a family.  This happens on rare occasions only so I'm really looking forward to one great night at Sam's. 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Apartelle or Hotel?

We are planning to go for a short vacation in Baguio next month in time for hubby's arrival. He will be on home leave for 2 months and this vacation has been a long time plan.  I am now scouting for an affordable yet comfortable accommodation in Baguio.  Some friends say it would be nice to book in an apartelle as it is like a home by itself with a mini kitchenette and all that basic amenities in the house not to mention it's affordable rates which will be good especially if you are traveling in group.  On the other hand, my sons says it would more convenient to be billeted in a hotel with a complimentary breakfast and with all other important facilities like a business center, a restaurant and free wifi access.   So I am now caught between the two options, an apartelle or a hotel family room?

I've been booking all my hotel accommodations through Agoda and I am quite pleased with it's fast transaction.  The main reason I'm booking through Agoda though is because I could pay for my hotel booking using my Paypal fund and this is where I take advantage of spending my blog earnings. :)

I've seen a number of apartelles and some are considered decent and homey but maybe not as convenient as being in a hotel. Considering the price, there is a huge difference when it comes to the room rates especially if you are booking a family room.  Anyway, I'm, still doing my research until now. I still have a month to go before our planned vacation and Still have enough time to work on our itinerary, as well.   

How about you? What would you prefer?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Reviving An Old Bed

I've mentioned here a number of times that we were a victim of a great flood sometime last year and it ruined some of our furniture at home including some beds.  It's good that most of the single beds in the house are made of steel, so these were not really damaged by the flood.  The problem we had was with regards to the foams and mattresses that were submerged in flood water.  Some, we managed to save but some were totally destroyed.  My son's bed was quite a disaster as the foam was totally damaged.  Now that hubby is coming home for a vacation, we are thinking of reviving his old bed.  Repainting the bed frame would be a good idea  and we're also looking into purchasing a new foam for his bed.  In line with this plan, we're considering to get some foam sheets from Foam Factory.  It would be nice to shop for some new bed sheets, too. 

We are now starting to plan for the minor projects that we have to do at home this summer as hubby will be with us for the entire summer and I guess it would be a lot easier doing things in his presence.  I am now slowly coming up with the list of the things that we have to do and part of the plans were already discussed with hubby so he won't be shocked with a long list of projects that we have in mind now. (lol)

Hopefully, everything will be done as scheduled.

Situations Where You Can Benefit from a Bear Coat

Face it: sometimes it is hard to stand out from the crowd. You could be struggling to be seen during a casting call for Survivor, want to stand out when meeting the next Bachelorette, or you may just want to entertain yourself while making a run to the new Taco Bell. You could dye your hair pink and orange, but that has been done a million times before. Or you could purchase and don your new bear coat to get the attention of those you most desperately want it from, whether it is the unsuspecting diners at Taco Bell, the producers of the next reality TV show, or the leading lady from the newest season of the Bachelorette. While these three scenarios may not be on your bucket list, read on to learn about a few situations where your new fur coat will come in handy.

Sports Arenas

If you are a lover of all sports, especially football, soccer, ice hockey, or any other sport which could be held outdoors during the chilly fall and winter months, you can definitely use one of these fur coats. Not only will you have the opportunity to stand out among all of the other cookie cutter fans, you will be able to stay toasty warm while doing so. You can even easily hold a team pennant in your paws while you are cheering for your favorite team. As a bonus, no one will think you are weird when you roar loudly when a point is scored, something that happened even before the furry coat.

Winter Climate

You don’t have to just wear your new fur coat to garner attention. While attention is a given with this lifelike, sharp-toothed, fuzzy garment, it also has another function, which is to keep you warm. Yes! Just as the brown bear is able to comfortably sleep the winter away because of his fur coat, you too can weather the cold temperatures of the season while being insulated in your fur coat. Oh, and you may just brighten up an otherwise dreary overcast winter day as you walk down the sidewalk sporting your new bear coat.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Creamy Lasagna


For the longest time, I am at awe on how some Moms prepared best tasting lasagnas.  This is one of my favorites and I used to order this whenever I dine at any Greenwhich branch.  I really love their creamy lasagna, it tastes heavenly!  I promised myself that I will try to make the best lasagna ever and I've been scouting from some recipes online.  The latest I got was from  I noticed that recipes consist of some ingredients that's quite hard to find in supermarkets, so I continue to search for more recipes and I settled for this one from

  • 9 lasagna noodles
  • 1-1/4 pounds Ground Italian Sausage
  • 3/4 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (one 28 ounces, one 15 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley, divided
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 3/4 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 carton (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
  • 4 cups (16 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Cook noodles according to package directions; drain. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, cook sausage, beef and onion over medium heat 8-10 minutes or until meat is no longer pink, breaking up meat into crumbles. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain.
  2. Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste, water, sugar, 3 tablespoons parsley, basil, fennel, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. In a small bowl, mix egg, ricotta cheese, and remaining parsley and salt.
  4. Preheat oven to 375°. Spread 2 cups meat sauce into an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish. Layer with three noodles and a third of the ricotta mixture. Sprinkle with 1 cup mozzarella cheese and 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese. Repeat layers twice. Top with remaining meat sauce and cheeses (dish will be full).
  5. Bake, covered, 25 minutes. Bake, uncovered, 25 minutes longer or until bubbly. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.Yield: 12 servings.

I am quite excited to try my own version of lasagna especially that school break is fast approaching.  I have to prepare more new recipes at home so we could enjoy our "food trip" especially that hubby is coming home for a vacation soon. 

Wish me luck!

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