June 25, 2018, 1:30 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.03401 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.5072 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02524 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03345 Aruba Florin
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07111 Brazilian Real
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1 Philippine Peso = 1.28053 Bhutan Ngultrum
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1 Philippine Peso = 376.17437 Belarus Ruble
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.02493 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01856 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 11.99061 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12218 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 54.75385 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 10.57591 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01879 Cuban Peso
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.41526 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.33615 Djibouti Franc
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.92728 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.1963 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25225 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33484 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.51146 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01612 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03918 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01416 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01417 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08979 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.87956 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 169.07178 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14072 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.87599 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14741 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.44878 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11882 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.24803 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.23224 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 264.43067 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06764 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.27568 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.24728 Iraqi Dinar
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1 Philippine Peso = 20.86622 Korean Won
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.01541 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.38595 Kazakhstan Tenge
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.3177 Moldovan Leu
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1 Philippine Peso = 25.98647 Myanmar Kyat
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.15183 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.67042 Mauritania Ougulya
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.29256 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 13.4053 Malawi Kwacha
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.25239 Namibian Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 2.03401 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02719 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00723 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01879 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06134 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0609 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.06966 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 106.55769 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06839 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07509 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.18236 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 15.96073 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07046 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1479 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25235 Seychelles Rupee
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.02551 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01417 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.41725 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 149.94363 Sierra Leone Leone
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1 Philippine Peso = 394.98309 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16441 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 9.67644 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25202 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.61856 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04882 Tunisian Dinar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.08786 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12682 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.56924 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 42.63435 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.49267 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 72.51597 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01879 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59451 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 147.50094 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 1499.4363 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 430.10147 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.07159 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0488 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.56614 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05073 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.56614 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.92165 Pacific Franc
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1 Philippine Peso = 6.80008 Zimbabwe dollar

One word for the wise

In grade school, our teachers – some of whom were American nuns –  would often tell us: “One word for the wise is enough.” It was a tongue-in-cheek admonition, actually. It meant that if you had to be warned more than once, then you’re not too bright. (Read: you’re pathetic; pitifully stupid.) And it also meant that if you had to be told more than once before you’d obey or listen, then get ready for a life of misery! You’re going to have to learn things the hard way. 

As the adage goes: The harder the nut to crack, the bigger the hammer  is needed. 

Well, I was reminded of that saying recently. You see, quite a number of my friends have been getting sick – mainly from overwork, stress, fatigue, going to the office even if they’re sick, engaging in strenuous activities beyond their physical-mental capacities, and (horror of horrors) not taking their maintenance meds because they’re making tipid. (I don’t know if that ought to make me laugh or cry.) 

Some, on the other hand, are simply in denial about their age -- can’t accept the fact that they’re not 16 anymore but 60. So they’re not slowing down by pacing themselves. They’re too embarrassed to even admit they’re human; that they can actually get sick like the rest of us ordinary mortals.

You may be one of those people who are ultra defensive when it comes to their health. Meaning, you tend to play down your illnesses or health issues. And you never really want to talk about what’s physically wrong with you since you think it’s going to be perceived as weakness.

Many times, people don’t want others to know that they’re sick because they want to zealously protect their reputation of being healthy, fit, and strong. 

Well, I remember those times when we had to rush my mom to the ER because she was diabetic and didn’t take her insulin shots, or ate too many grapes and mangoes, or stressed herself out again. It was always panic time when we brought her to the hospital. Eventually she’d have to be confined after every ER episode. Our bill would often hit six figures every time she was hospitalized. 

To add to our anxiety, my mom was too old to have medical insurance, so we just kind of rolled with the punches. Thank goodness we had set aside a fund for her medical needs -- long before she needed it. (Something we highly recommend, by the way, to those who have aging parents. Prepare for it, and spare yourself the agony of having to scrounge around for money whenever your aging parents are hospitalized!) 

My mom’s six-figure hospital bills were always alarming and heart-stopping for my husband and I because I’m an only child. I have no siblings who’d split the bill with me, or take turns taking care of my mom in the hospital. Take note: If you have family members who can alternate with you making bantay in the hospital, consider yourself blessed!  

Well, one day, something quite fortuitous happened from out of the blue. You see, there was this one doctor who paid my mom a memorable visit, one fine morning. He was already quite, quite frustrated with my mom who never listened to his advice,  or heeded his warnings about the things she shouldn’t eat because she was diabetic. 

The doctor stared at my mom for a few minutes without saying a thing. It seemed like an eternity! It seemed to me like he was trying very, very hard to control himself from scolding her. And was probably weighing his thoughts and words.  

Finally, he spoke. He leaned over and said something to my mom, very up close and personal. Very in-her-face. I cannot forget what happened next. 

He looked at my mom straight in the eye and told her, “Lola. Sana namasyal ka nalang sa Europe instead of spending your money in this hospital. Sayang naman, Lola. Sana nag-Europe ka nalang!” 

And with that, he quickly turned around and left. He didn’t say another word to my incorrigible mom. 

End Result: after her doctor had left, my mom looked at me. She was very quiet. Looked really sad. Perplexed. And quite forlorn. Which was so unlike my mom who was usually opinionated, stubborn, and feisty. 

Wonder of wonders, after that close encounter with her doctor, she started taking her insulin shots religiously. She actually asked her caregivers to give her less sweets. And scolded them if they forgot to let her take her medicines. 

For a while, my mom went traveling again. Asia, she said, was interesting. Although her favorites were always New York and Paris. But still, it was like she got a new lease on life! 

Indeed. One word for the wise is enough. That one word from her doctor finally sank in! 

My mom died at the ripe, old age of 92. She was reading her Bible and Harry Potter for years. No dialysis. No paralysis. No amputations. No blindness or deafness. No heart attacks. No major strokes. She was never bedridden so she never had bedsores. Her eyesight was better than mine after I had her eyes operated on for lens implants. She could read and watch TV without eyeglasses. Amazing. 

I guess, at just the right time, she finally learned that “One word for the wise is enough.”  

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