Hello 2018!

Hey there! 2017 just ended and I think I need to make an “obligatory-goodbye-2017-blog-post” blog post. Haha.

Just like everyone else, my 2017 was a roller coaster ride! There were exciting ups and lonesome downs, I met a lot of interesting people and I lost some too, I built bridges more than I burned (figuratively speaking, of course), and I was able to conquer some of my fear (like flying cockroaches or enrolling to a class under a very terror professor). The bottomline is that my version of 2017 is all about courage and perseverance!

To be honest, I am actually looking forward to 2018 because I know my life will change this year. I would want to declare and claim that my version of 2018 will be about growth. But the other side of me thinks that my 2018 will just be a continuation of my 2017, which is purely about courage and perseverance. But then again, who am I to control everything, right? It’s not like I can do that. If there’s one thing that I learned over the years, that is the whole concept of fate. No matter how much I want to control everything, none of it (or maybe some of it) will work out the way I envisioned it. Haha.

As much as I want to post here my 2018 wishlist, I think I will just reserve it on my year-end blog post. Haha. To date, I only have two things in my mind that I’ve been itching to cross-out from my bucket list/wishlist. I know in my heart I will cross those two items out in my list this year. Haha. (*laughs nervously*)

Some of us bid goodbye to 2017 with a sigh of relief because one of the worst years of one’s life has finally ended, or maybe some, if not, most of us bid goodbye to 2017 with smile in their faces and joy in their hearts because 2017 was their best year so far. Wherever your stand and whatever your status is, I wish all of you an awesome 2018! On to more adventures, discoveries, self-fulfillment, learnings, and achievement we go! I hope this year will be your best year too! The best of luck to all of us.

Types of Pregnancy Tests that you may want to try.

If you have been trying to conceive, you are understandably anxious to test for a pregnancy as early as possible. Medical professionals advise that it is best to wait a week after a missed period to test in order to get an accurate pregnancy result.


However, there are certain tests that you can take that could detect pregnancy as soon as days after conception, but even those are not 100% accurate. In fact, most manufacturers recommend that home pregnancy tests are to be taken two times.


Below listed are the types of pregnancy tests that will determine whether you are pregnant or not.


Over The Counter Pregnancy Tests

Over the counter pregnancy tests are the most convenient type of pregnancy test. There are a variety types and they are urine based.  If you are unsure of which brand to buy, talk to the pharmacist to help you make the decision. Some brands may help you find out whether you are pregnant quite soon after conception, but they are more costly.  Only you can make that determination about what test is right for you. Patients can run these tests by themselves. The over the counter pregnancy kit contains with a stick as well as a urine cup.


The way it is done is quite easy.  All you have to do is pee in the cup, and then submerge the stick into the urine for a specific amount of time. The kit’s instruction booklet will clearly state the instructions. However, if the conventional way makes you uncomfortable, you can also make the determination by putting the stick in the streaming urine while you are going to the bathroom.


The stick will determine the presence of the hCG pregnancy hormone (human chorionic gonadotropin hormone), which is the indicator of an early sign of pregnancy.


Homemade Pregnancy Tests

Even though over the counter pregnancy tests are more accurate than these homemade ones, they have been used since ancient times and are still known to be accurate. If anything homemade strikes your fancy, you can try these natural pregnancy tests if you suspect that you are pregnant.


The Dandelion Leave Recipe

This test consists of using dandelion leaves by taking and removing them from the stem of the dandelion. Afterwards, take the leaves and place them on a piece of plastic wrap. After that place it on the ground and be sure they are not directly under sunlight. Then after that is set, urinate on the leaves or urinate in a cup and pour it on them. Be sure they are saturated and leave it for 10 minutes. If red blisters form on the leaves, it is a sign that pregnancy has been achieved.


The Pine Sol Method

You can also use pine sol in order to detect a pregnancy. When you think of pine sol, you are going to understandably think about a cleaning product. However, it can also be used as a homemade pregnancy test.  Go get some Pine Sol, and mix it with some of your urine. Watch for any immediate changes in color because that may be a sign that you are pregnant.



In order to use bleach to test whether you are pregnant or not, take some bleach and put it in a cup, and then urinate in it. It is best to urinate in another cup and pour it onto the bleach instead of peeing in the bleach filled cup because you don’t want to take a risk with splashing any of it on your very sensitive area! Either way mix it up.


If the mixture fizzes or frothy, then there is a chance that you are pregnant.


Again keep in mind that none of these homemade tests are 100% accurate, as they can be used as a guide. If you want to find out if you are pregnant once and for all, then you will really need to go to the clinic.


Clinical Blood Pregnancy Tests

Some women prefer not to bother with taking a home pregnancy urine test, and don’t believe in any kind of homemade pregnancy test, and go right to the clinic to get tested instead. The fact of the matter is that blood tests to detect pregnancy are more accurate and reliable. That is because they are performed by trained professionals, and are blood sample based. This form of pregnancy assessment is built on the determination of the presence of the hCG pregnancy hormone.


In fact, blood based tests held in clinics have many advantages and many women know this. As a matter of fact they can be done within a week of possible conception because some of the hCG levels can be detected by then. They also give very accurate identification of hCG, which in turn gives correct evaluation of a woman’s fertility.


This particular blood pregnancy test is called the Qualitative hCG blood test, which checks to see if there is any hCG being produced. In other words, this test will tell you whether you are pregnant or not.


Once pregnancy is confirmed then you will continue to have more pregnancy tests called the Quantitative hCG blood test. This particular test measures the hCG levels in the blood.

Through this test, there is the ability to determine whether there are any complications or problems in pregnancy by evaluating hCG levels. If levels are increasing too slowly, then there may be an indication that the pregnancy could end in a miscarriage. If levels are increasing too quickly, then this can be an indication of twins, or perhaps complications with the embryo such as Down Syndrome.


You will have to go through additional tests throughout the pregnancy, especially during the first trimester by your OBGYN.


Complete Blood Count (CBC)

In fact this is the initial blood test recommended during the first trimester of pregnancy. A CBC test helps in determining whether or not a pregnant woman has enough hemoglobin. This is one of the main components needed for supporting pregnancy. Not to mention anemia can be tested this way which must be avoided. This test also checks for Rh factors, screen for hepatitis B, antibodies to rubella and chickenpox, and possible birth defects.


Sexually Transmitted Disease Test

This particular blood test is recommended for checking if the woman has HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis as these STD’s can potentially harm the unborn child.


PAP Smear

This test determines if there is presence of cancer cells in the cervix or potential risk for developing one.


Blood Pressure

Taking a pregnant woman’s blood pressure is a standard test to make sure the blood pressure remains within normal values during the pregnancy. High blood pressure level can interfere with the growth and development of the fetus.


Urine Tests

There are many urine tests that are done during early pregnancy and they check for a protein and/or sugar presence. The presence of protein can indicate possible signs of preeclampsia, and the presence of too much sugar can indicate gestational diabetes.  There are also going to be blood and bacteria test for checking urinary tract infections.



An early ultrasound, approximately 8-10 weeks into pregnancy, is used for the determination of the age, the rate of growth, heart rate, the position of the baby, and whether a woman is carrying multiples. Another ultrasound is done around 20 weeks to determine the health, growth and even gender of bab, if so desired.


There are additional pregnancy tests in unique circumstances as well. However, if you suspect you are pregnant, there are many ways to find out whether to buy a home test from the pharmacy. You can also make your own or just go to the clinic to get a clear answer.


Once a pregnancy has been confirmed, then you will go for additional tests to monitor the pregnancy. That being said, a test to show whether you are pregnant or not is just the start of many once there is a confirmation.

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Hey there! As I said in my previous post, I’m currently trying out this new mobile application that helps you earn little by little, and all you have to do is to unlock the homescreen of your phone. So, this is what I experienced so far…


PeraSwipe and its beauty

Name of the mobile application is Peraswipe. This app is readily available in your Google Play Store (so yeah, it’s for Android Users only!). One thing that I liked in Peraswipe is that the user interface of this app is very user-friendly. I personally think the developers of this app put extra effort in making and maintaining this app to be dummy-proof. Haha. 🙂

Another thing that I liked about it is that the app will not take up so much of your phone’s memory, and it does not require high level of battery usage. Sure, it takes up space in your phone’s memory, and it uses power from your phone battery, but not that much to the point it will cause lag to your phone.

So this is the homepage of the app


This is how your homescreen will look like once the app is switched on.

Do not forget to:

  1. Swipe LEFT if you want to unlock your phone and proceed with using your phone normally
  2. Swipe RIGHT if you want to go to the website of the ad placed in your homescreen

Now that you know the basics, let’s try if the app actually works as per the developer’s promised cellphone load rewards.



IT WORKS!! Yay!! I tried redeeming Php10.00 first, and I received it immediately!


I recommend this app to the following:

    • Reason: for every swipe you make, you are entitled to receive 1 point (per swipe) or 3 points (per swipe), depending on the ad placed on your homescreen, you need an internet connection so that the points you will earn will be recorded to our PeraSwipe account. If you swipe WITHOUT THE INTERNET CONNECTION, chances are you will not receive the points you’re supposed to earn for the ad placed in your homescreen.
  2. Those who do not mind putting extra effort to unlock their phones
    • Reason: This is because you need to swipe two times (rather the typical/usual one-time swipe) to unlock your phone.
  3. Those who do not mind having an ad in the homescreen of their phone
    • Reason: Once activated, ads will DEFINITELY show in you phone’s homescreen.


Got questions? Here are some links that may help you:

Website: www.peraswipe.com
Facebook Page: www.fb.com/peraswipe
Google Play Store Link: https://goo.gl/KnFjgL


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Get rewards through PERA SWIPE!

PERA SWIPE for Android is now available on Google Play Store! The app’s grand opening on June 1, 2017 has brought excitement to users and curious netizens alike. As it gains more popularity, the app has made its PERA PALS rich by offering mobile gift certificates, prizes, points, bonuses and mobile load.

Being known as the text and social media capital of the world, the Philippines has its fair share of smartphone users. PERA SWIPE gives users the opportunity to earn points by redefining the use and purpose of the lock screen. Since its soft launch (open beta) on April 16, PERA SWIPE has already been reaching out to a wider audience, with over 100,000 users, PERA SWIPE has been rewarding more people. With its cute characters: Peragon, Perabbit, Peragle, Peraffe, Perasus, PERA SWIPE is totally compatible with the Filipino’s family-friendly culture. When a user earns points, he can upgrade these characters and get more benefits.

Swiping right just allows you to unlock your phone, meanwhile, swiping left brings you to a landing page; either website or social media. Users can earn points in three ways:

  1. First, by swiping left or right.
    • Get +1 point from every swipe.
    • Get +3 points for up to 4 times every hour.
    • Get more points from lock screen events and app installs.
    • Swipe and scroll up and down on your PERA SWIPE lock screen 100 times a day and get 30 bonus points the next day.
    • Earn up to 200+ points every day by just swiping!
  2. Second, joining events and contests conducted by PERA SWIPE.
    • Follow PERA SWIPE’s events and announcements in the app or on their Facebook page ( www.fb.com/peraswipe ) to join contests and win exciting prizes from Gift Certificates to Smartphones and even flight tickets!
  3. Lastly, inviting friends to install PERA SWIPE.
    • Earn 500 points from referring friends. The more friends you invite, the more points you can get.

Use my code: “IAMJEN” upon signing up to earn 500 points instantly!

Install PERA SWIPE from Play Store now! ( https://goo.gl/KnFjgL )


PERA SWIPE is a lock screen rewards app created by Mobino Inc. PERA SWIPE aims to bring added value to content and promotions by rewarding users with points that can be redeemed for prepaid mobile load, Sodexo Mobile Pass and other prizes (more prizes in the future). Postpaid subscribers are very much welcome to use the app since the load prizes can be sent to others as a gift or they can save up points for Sodexo Mobile Passes.

PERA SWIPE displays various promotions and interesting articles offering different points on users’ lock screens. Users will be able to earn points by swiping left or right on their PERA SWIPE lock screens. Swiping right allows the user to unlock their smartphone, while swiping left on special promotions will direct the user to the promoter’s website, social media page or other URLs.

PERA SWIPE load redemption supports Globe, Smart and Sun networks. (SUN temporary unavailable as SUN is upgrading their real-time load API.)

PERA SWIPE is only available for Android users and can be downloaded via Google Play Store.


Get to know more about Pera Swipe through the following links:

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