Head Games, Single Moms, and Fatty Fries

Angel is still out of the country, and Manuel is going crazy. Thank goodness for mental games that are entertaining and help maintain one's sanity...

The Dalai Lama Personality Test is short: it only has four questions. It asks you to order your preference of animals, assign adjectives to certain animals or objects, assign colors to people you know, and state your favorite number and day of the week. Try it and see how well you know (or don't know) yourself.

Anyway, I attended an orientation program at our company, in preparation for Community Service at a home for single mothers in Quezon City. One of the "psych" tests was to describe or assign an adjective to each of the following:

+ Sun
+ Sea waves
+ Forest
+ Coffee

Go ahead, try it. I'll give the interpretation later on.

Actually, it's more fun to do it in a group because you'll get to see the reaction of your friends. Hmmm... come to think of it, I'll just share the interpretation tomorrow.

Here are some answers given by my fellow orientation-mates:

+ Sun - warm
+ Sea waves - tranquil
+ Forest - final frontier
+ Coffee - 3 in 1 (a brand name of a popular coffee product in the Philippines)

The test and group laughter helped ease some of the shock we were treated to when the speaker mentioned a few statistics concerning single mothers. Here are a few stats for 1994 (Philippines):

+ 18% of 2.5 million women (ages 15 - 27 years) are single or unmarried mothers

+ Around 15 million women (ages 15 - 19 years) give birth annually

I'll be meeting some of these women in the future (as part of our corporate community service program). The module the organizers assigned to me is Parenting. *Ulp* Wish me luck.

Ack. All this talk about women, pregnancies, motherhood, and parenting make me miss Angel even more. Add to that an available cable TV and some 'tato chips and... Voila! I'm slowly turning into a Pinoy example of how America is making you fat.

Uh-oh. Better hide those evil chips before Adi gets a whiff of them. He loves Jollibee fries so much, I get nervous whenever we find ourselves in a mall. You'd get nervous, too, if you knew why Mcdonald's fries taste so good.

That's it for now. Take care of your hearts, minds and bodies, folks!

(...Well at least try, ok?)

[By Angelica Viloria | Tuesday, August 28, 2001]

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