Angelina Jolie had a double mastectomy and shared her story to help other women
Angelina Jolie writes:
My doctors estimated that I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman…
Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much I could. I made a decision to have a preventive double mastectomy. I started with the breasts, as my risk of breast cancer is higher than my risk of ovarian cancer, and the surgery is more complex.
… I am writing about it now because I hope that other women can benefit from my experience. Cancer is still a word that strikes fear into people’s hearts, producing a deep sense of powerlessness…
I choose not to keep my story private because there are many women who do not know that they might be living under the shadow of cancer. It is my hope that they, too, will be able to get gene tested, and that if they have a high risk they, too, will know that they have strong options.
Life comes with many challenges. The ones that should not scare us are the ones we can take on and take control of.
My Medical Choice - NYTimes
Miriam Defensor Santiago: The Problem With Elections - voters uneducated, candidates unqualified
“Let me summarize the problem with Philippine elections: Of the 50 million voters who will troop to the polls in May next year, the greater majority are not intelligent, they are not educated for voting, and the candidates they choose are not educated for serving. This problem is the result of the fact that our Constitution provides that no literacy requirement shall be imposed on voters. Furthermore, although the Constitution provides that a senator should be literate in that he should be able to read and write, the same Constitution does not require any educational attainment on the part of any candidate.”
Read the full text of the lecture by Miriam Defensor Santiago
Success relies on faith
“The notion that we should always and everywhere apportion belief to evidence in such a way that we affirm only that for which we have sufficient evidence ignores the fact that belief for beings like us subserves action. If one acted only on those beliefs for which one had sufficient evidence one would not act as one must to live well.
“When a young person believes that he or she can do such-and-such, it is almost always on the basis of insufficient evidence. And yet such belief beyond the evidence is a sine qua non of success. There are two necessary conditions of success in life: one must believe that what one proposes to do is worth doing, and one must believe that one is capable of doing it. In both cases one believes and acts on evidence that could hardly be called sufficient.”
- William Vallicella
Just discovered this! I love the concept of prepaid credit cards because it’s pretty much as good as cash and there are no interest rates and other fees to worry about.
I’ve been seeing the newly constructed and renovated EastWest bank branches, and I’m impressed by their efforts to rebrand. Looks like they’re tapping into the online market with this reloadable prepaid credit card. It’s a VISA and works anywhere in the world (including ATM withdrawals here and abroad), holds up to P100,000, just a P100 sign-up fee (just bring an ID to any EastWest branch to sign up)!
I already have a BPI prepaid credit card (MasterCard) which is very convenient, I can reload it online from my online bank account - but it has a P500 application fee, expires after 2 years, and no ATM withdrawals. Also, when I originally got it, it could only hold up to P10,000 balance— but now its website says it can hold up P50,000 if you reload it over-the-counter. I’ve been using it for shopping online / paying via Paypal / shopping on the iTunes store, and it works really well for me. :)
I’m not sure if the EastWest card has an annual fee or expiration— it just says the card replacement fee is P100.
EastWest prepaid credit card details here.
BPI prepaid credit card details here.
Also, here’s a blog post with a good summary of the various prepaid credit and cash cards in the Philippines. It’s from 2011 so some details might need updating, but it’s still a pretty helpful and comprehensive guide.
Anonymous asked: How small is small? Less than 1M? How does mutual fund work?
Yup! You may start with P5,000 or P10,000 for some funds (such as the mutual funds and UITFs at BPI and BDO). :) Check out the blogs of Investor Juan and Fitz Villafuerte for more information.