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    When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

    Can you see those special characters (   , ’) on my blog??  Well, I still don’t know how on earth they landed on every post I have here. It all happened after I upgraded to wordpress 2.2!  I’ve been asking support from BlueHost. Twenty hours has passed and still, no word from them! Aghh! Patience, patience…Two hours ago, I received an email from their support center, asking me to provide them the last 4 digits of my credit card I used to create my account.  How would I know if it’s a legitimate request? What I couldn’t understand is, why do they have to ask for my credit card when I have given them my password for my BlueHost’s control panel?? I wrote them again regarding this matter, to verify if it’s a valid request … BlueHost – “mum”, “sleeping”???

    Let’s be careful about giving out informations especially regarding our credit cards. There are a lot of phishing  attempts going around the net. I repeat, attention!!!

    Luckily, GoogleBot  came in to my rescue giving me some important links about upgrading wordpress. I don’t know him personally but he was kind enough to give me a hand. Thank you GoogleBot!

    I’m still working on this “enigma” by browsing different forums with similar problem, disactivating my plugins, etc

    Please bear with me…just ignore those               , okay?

    I’m hanging in here BlueHost!!


    I’m going to sleep now, wishing tomorrow a miracle will happen!    

     Since I’m still waiting for my web host’s support to my predicament and I’m supporting  the  trouble of editing all my posts by deleting those special characters…I’m sharing some>>>>


    Fall seven times, stand up eight.” -Japanese Proverb

    When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” -Harriet Beecher Stowe

    The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning.” -Ivy Baker Priest

    What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement – and we will make the goal.” Jerome Fleishman

    It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” – Edmund Hillary

    Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. ” M. Kathleen Casey

    If you’re going through hell, keep going.” -Winston Churchill

    If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.” – Flavia Weedn

    A bend in the road is not the end of the road… unless you fail to make the turn.” – Author Unknown

    The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.” – William Shakespeare, Othello

    I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.” – Mother Teresa

    We acquire the strength we have overcome.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known.” – Garrison Keillor

    I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.” – Jewish Proverb

    We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.” – Kenji Miyazawa

    Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are.” – Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

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    Its gaze is haunting me,  seducing me to take hold of it even for a minute and taste its presence on my palm. I feel my sweat gently caressing my skin in spite of this Monday  winter chill. Clenching my fist, clearing my throat resisting  its hypnotic voice saying: “take me”, “hold me”…and I stand there in trance!

    “May I help you?”, I heard another voice.

    “This is our latest…The PRADA Phone by LG (KE850) …

    That good looking sales agent shook me off from my trance.


    Yes, I confess. I am a shopaholic or better still a compulsive buyer. Every time I find myself in front of any store, big or small, I swear you can visually see my pupils dilate with excitement and feel my adrenalin pumping through my heart.  There is something about the latest tech & gadgets, signature clothes, shoes, bags, DVDs, books, etc that bring out the demon in me.

    Shopping is my  passion in life next to internet and people. Imagine a life without shopping ? I enjoy the buzz of shopping and looking for things. This is my real high. Yet, it’s ruining me financially and psychologically. I see a lot of stuffs I bought untouched, complete with tags and plastic. I am accumulating large quantities of unnecessary, unwanted items. Arrgghh!

    I am aware of my problem. I even ask those close to me to literally drag me away from the store whenever I have that terrible urge to buy.  It didn’t help.

    Everytime I say No to a certain product and walked out of the shop, I keep on thinking about it. It’s like an itch inside me that i need to scratch and I can’t sleep because of the itch! I need to go back to the store and  buy it. When it is finally mine, it will be stashed away in some dark corners of my cabinet and be remembered only after an obligatory clean up of my closet full of long forgotten stuffs I bought!

    Who said shopping is a breeze? It is an artform, ventured forth only by some Maniacal Human Being bent on putting some Demented Form of Punishment onto one self. ( Highs and lows like suffered by Schizos.. High when you buy, Low when the whopping VISA/Mastercard bill comes!!).

    This year, I decided to change. I wanted to be firm on my goal, I finally took hold of my pen and notebook to write down strategies and techniques to break my cycle of overspending; to gain control over my impulse  to buy.

    Now I am  tracking my spending and the relative necessity of each expenditure. I am also writing a money and shopping memoir and if possible, constructing a money dialogue to help me better understand the roots of my problem.

    My techniques are working. I see a drop on my expenses from January to February 2007.

    If you want it or not, I am going to share them with you.


    How to kick out my Compulsive Shopping Disorder

    1.  Cancel all but two credit cards. Put those out of reach–in a safe deposit box or frozen in ice.

    2.Use cash for paying. No ATMs, bring limited amount of cash.

    3.  Always carry a shopping list — and stick to it!

    4.  Avoid malls and shopping areas. Remove temptation. Cancel catalogs. Don’t shop on lunch breaks or kill time at the mall.

    5. Window shop after stores close. Feel the urge during the day? No problem, just leave  cash and credit cards behind.

    6. See SALE signs? Turn around quickly!!  Walk the other way!!!

    7. Don’t be a Net victim. Think of credit card frauds.

    8. When buying gifts for friends or relatives, make a list. And stick to it.

    9. Use mind diverting strategies — exercise, take a walk, chat with friends, read a book, listen to some music —  every time I feel the urge to shop.

    10. Create a “shopping diary.” Record purchases for a month. What time is it? Where am I? How do I feel before buying the item? What about after; Do I need the item or just want it? How much does it cost?

    11. Look for patterns. Do I shop out of insecurity? In celebration of a break up with a boring partner? Out of boredom? Write one page on each motive. Detail how overspending affects my financial security, and how life could be happier with some changes.

    12. Set a goal for saving, with an amount and a target date. For example, “I’ll save 600euro for emergencies by this  year.” By setting aside 50 euro a  month, I can meet it.


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