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happy new year again, the Chinese one this time :)

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

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Happy Chinese New Year! it is the year of the Ox and since there are 12 signs in the Chinese zodiac, that means if you are turning 12, 24, 36, 48, etc this year, you are an Ox. I’m a Rooster and just like your astrological sign, your Chinese zodiac animal is supposed to be able to describe you and give you a horoscope. There are many fun websites (like www.chinesezodiac.com) that describe your Chinese animal. Here’s what is said about me, the Rooster:

…the Rooster symbolizes such character traits as confidence, pompousness and motivation.
…loyal, trustworthy individuals who are blunt when it comes to offering their opinions.
…are extremely sociable and prefer being the center of attention, always bragging about themselves and their accomplishments. They continually seek the unwavering attention of others which can be annoying.
(HAHAHA)
…extremely organized individuals as evidenced by the fact that their homes are always neat. (hmmm…)

…Overall, Roosters are active individuals and their preference to be active helps keep them in good health.
…can at times however, take on too much and when that happens, they’ll feel stressed and moody.
(Doc says stress is just pressure you can’t handle…still learning…)

…Roosters are highly motivated and hard-working; traits that enable most Roosters to have successful careers. Not surprisingly, Roosters make good actors, musicians and dancers. (see, I was meant to be a superstar!)
…Other good career choices for Roosters include: CPA, banker, dentist, insurance agent, secretary, and book keeper. Roosters also do well in the armed forces. (and therefore also as…professional triathletes.)

there are even 5 sub-categories of the 12 animals for the elements–metal, wood, fire, water, and earth–so these specific signs actually rotate in 60-year cycles. I’m a Metal Rooster (those born in lunar year 1981 and 1921).

I like this one: “The Metal Roosters can distinguish right from wrong very clearly and it doesn’t matter which direction they pursue, they always wind up going the right way. If they confront a maze, or big problem, they will immediately see a solution because of their analytical, logical way of thinking. Through their perseverance, any hurricane becomes an orderly thing of beauty, just like that!” ….so I’m heading in the right direction then….

and here is a website that will tell you what your 2009 forecast is: www.proastro.com, just punch in your birthdate.

Apparently I’m quite compatible with the Ox sign. “…if you have not yet become amorously entangled with one of these steadying creatures, you have been missing the last train to paradise.” Well hot damn! I’ve been missing the last train to paradise!!
as for my business prospects: “…as you enter the Ox year, you will notice a more favorable outcome to whatever you undertake. These positive results evolve quite naturally and will use a great deal less of your brain power and not tax your nervous system so acutely.” sooo….I’m going to get way faster! without taxing my nervous system quite so much!
Also, “Your health will remain steady in this year. With the exception of a cold or the recurrence of chronic allergies, you should sail right through unscathed.” good. no injuries.
…and…“Money is for saving.” Did you write this, Mom?

I am sure you are much more interested in what your own sign forecasts, go ahead and look!

I wish everyone good health, happiness, and prosperity in the Year of the Ox!
xo, Wongstar

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happy 2009!

Monday, January 12th, 2009

hello everybody, I just came home from a weekend in Dallas, taking my last of the prosthetics board exams. 6 whole hours of getting grilled by a panel of experts…very nerve-wracking and I had half a cup of coffee before the exam began as I thought it would help keep me alert–it started at 7am in Texas, which is 5am California time. As I’m not a regular coffee drinker, this actually caused my heart to race faster and even my first patient model was mouthing to me “RELAX!!” It wasn’t too bad and I have a strong feeling that I passed, the hardest part was staying calm and not getting so nervous you blanked out. And as the exam progressed, it did get easier as I got more relaxed and realized they weren’t testing me on anything unreasonable that I didn’t do almost every day in the clinic. Phew! Now I am just glad that it’s over and I can spend some of those studying hours training instead! and instead of packing textbooks, I can pack more clothes and food for the next training camp… ;)

I’ve got 3 more weeks at home here before flying back out to the Philippines. It’s been exciting seeing some new team members pop up on the website recently, and talking to some of them about what to expect at rookie camp. (since when did I become the go-to expert on all things rookie camp??) I’ve been packing up the care package to send to camp; don’t worry Doc, there’s no Nutella this time, although since I will be rooming with Caroline the “battery girl,” if you find any Nutella in our apartment, it’s not mine!!

Other than that, I cut off almost all my hair last week so I might have to do a blog with pictures. My 25yo cousin had chemo before I left for the last rookie camp and now that her hair is growing back, I didn’t think she should be the only one with really cute short hair! Ah, it is so much easier and I think it is going to be awesome having short hair when training somewhere hot and humid. Especially when you take 4 showers every day. hehe. :)