Monday, December 15, 2008

Simbang Gabi And My Back Pain

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Posted on Monday, December 15, 2008

SalonpasToday marked the fourth day of my terrible back pain. I really thought the massage that I had last Saturday will help ease the pain or even make it flew. Yesterday, I was feeling okay and the pain was bearable. When I woke up this morning, the pain level was still okay so I skipped drinking my pain killers since I don't want to immune myself with these medications. I only applied the ointment prescribed by the doctor here in Singapore.

When I arrived in the office, I was surprised that my computer, desk and other stuffs are missing. I was on sick leave last Friday by the way. I was informed by my Indonesian office mate that our things are placed in the other room since during the weekend, renovation was made. Thank God, he was able to help me carry my PC and other things. I felt so helpless with this back pain. The whole day I was in pain. The pain level was more than 10 even I took the pain killers during lunch break. I was close to tears after work when I went to the pharmacy to buy some Salonpas. It just surprised me that after I bought the Salonpas, the pain level was more than 15. Our mind definitely knows how to suppress pain. When I arrived home, I washed my back and placed four Salonpas pads on my back. Right now, I'm feeling better. I just hope tomorrow, it would be gone.

Simbang GabiAnyway, here in Singapore, the Filipino Christmas tradition of Simbang Gabi (Misa de Gallo) started tonight at Church of Saint Anthony of Padua in Woodlands. I was supposed to attend the Simbang Gabi with my room mate but I was in so much pain that I have to skip it.

Simbang Gabi or Misa de Gallo is the start of the Filipino Christmas celebration. Simbang Gabi in the Philippines starts on the 16th of December and the mass begins as early as 4 in the morning, while in Singapore it starts at 8 P.M. Simbang Gabi is a 9-day mass or called the Novena. Filipinos usually wish for something on the 9th day of the Simbang Gabi and have to complete the 9-day mass for their wish to come true.

Here is the schedule of the Simbang Gabi here in Singapore courtesy of pinoysg.com.

December 15, Monday
Thou shall have no other gods before me
CHURCH OF SAINT ANTHONY OF PADUA
25 Woodlands Avenue 1
Contact Persons: FRANCIS CEPE / TONY ODIADA
Tel no. 94761255 / 91052930
Bus no. 912/912E (Berth 12) from Woodlands
Interchange, alight at 5th Bus Stop

December 16, Tuesday
Thou shall not make unto thee any graven image
CHURCH OF OUR LADY STAR OF THE SEA
10 Yishun Street 22
Contact Persons: LORENA LIM / VIVAN ONGPAUCO
Tel no. 97414646 / 93226438
Bus no. 804, alight at 2nd bus stop

December 17, Wednesday
Thou shall not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain
CHURCH OF THE IMMACULATE HEARTOF MARY
24 Highland Road
Contact Person: PAULINE OLINDANG
Tel no. 97510262 / 62887841
Bus no. 24, 60, 70, 76, 103, 136, 147, 156 and 317
NEL @ Kovan

December 18, Thursday
Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy
CHURCH OF CHRIST THE KING
2221 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8
Contact Persons: VING RIMANDO / ALLAN SATO /
ROBERT MENDOZA
Tel no. 92278043 / 96548467 / 93853396
Bus no. 22, 24, 135, 159, 162 and 853

December 19, Friday
Honor thy father and thy mother
NOVENA CHURCH
300 Thomson Road
Contact Persons: REY ESTABILLO / SARAH LACANO
Tel no. 90863457 / 90762186
Bus no. 54, 143, 162, 167 and 851

December 20, Saturday
Thou shall not kill
CHURCH OF SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI
200 Boon Lay Avenue
Contact Persons: YOLLY LIGON / ALDA VICTORIANO
Tel no. 94876534 / 81893796
Bus no. 99, 174, 198, 240 and 502

December 21, Sunday
Thou shall not commit adultery
CHURCH OF SAINT MICHAEL
17 Saint Michael’s Road
Contact Person: FR. ANGEL LUCIANO, CICM
Tel no. 63920592
Bus no. 13, 23, 26, 31, 61, 64, 65, 66, 107, 125, 133,
147, 853, 857 and 985. NEL @ Boon Keng – Exit A

December 22, Monday
Thou shall not steal
CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY
20 Tampines Street 11
Contact Persons: ZAP / MARIE SAPIERA
Tel no. 82881025 / 94783985
Bus no. 8, 17, 18, 28, 34, 39, 59, 292 and 518
Tampines MRT walk towards Simei (2nd crossing)

December 23, Tuesday
Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor
CHURCH OF OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL SUCCOUR
31 Siglap Hill
Contact Person: LYN RIVERA
Tel no. 96569968
Bus no. 2, 7, 24, 25, 26, 28, 30, 32, 33 and 854

December 24, Wednesday
Thou shall not covet
CHURCH OF SAINTS PETER AND PAUL
225A Queen Street
Contact Person: JENNY ARANCON
Tel no. 62563163
Bus no. 7, 14, 16, 36, 106, 111, 131, 162, 167,
171, 401, 502, 518, 700/700A and 857

Eucharistic Celebrations start at 8:00pm (7:00pm on Dec. 24). Fellowship will follow soon afterwards
FR. ANGEL LUCIANO, CICM - is the officiating priest.

Photo courtesy of panoramio.com

4 Responses to “Simbang Gabi And My Back Pain”

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December 19, 2008 at 10:42 AM

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Denis said...
March 2, 2009 at 3:24 PM

salonpas has been my friend since a wise man told me its very effective


pehpot said...
March 5, 2009 at 5:43 PM

Salonpas works wonder.. you can also try hot compress.. put some hot water and salt on a bottle and gently roll on the painful area..

Make or Break


Sherry said...
March 6, 2009 at 8:02 PM

I have seen this brand here but I never try as I not sure if it is good.


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