Archive for May, 2007

24
May
07

REALITY BITES

I’D JUST WANT TO SHOUT OUT THAT  I’M NOT OMNIPOTENT AND I HAVE MY FLAWS AND SHORTCOMINGS.  IT’S A CLICHE TO SAY THAT TO ERR IS HUMAN, BUT IT’S TRUE. WHO’S PERFECT ANYWAY ?  ANYONE WHO THINKS HE’S PERFECT DESERVES A MONUMENT, A MEMORIAL, OR  A CATHEDRAL.

TO MOCK A PERSON’S LIMITATION DIRECTLY WITH STRONG IMPLICATIONS AND BEYOND REASONS IS FAR FROM BEING ETHICAL. ACTUALLY, TO SAY THAT IT IS UNETHICAL IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT.

      

23
May
07

IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER

Receiving recognition from others is healthy. It makes us satisfy Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs – which includes self esteem. With utmost humility, I always get some good praises from students. Being an instructor of Medical Surgical Nursing in a college which is located somewhere in the middle of Quezon City and Manila for 3 years now, improved me to become a better person. It’s a fulfilling job. I get to influence young minds, encourage them to challenge themselves and exert more to the best of their abilities. In return, few of them despise me, ofcourse no one can please everybody but more often than not, majority of them appreciated my efforts. I’d like to believe that their high regards to my job are sincere and true.

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I did not pursue my medical training into specializing in a particular field for some reasons. Practical-wise, it’s not that rewarding. But given a chance to have financial stability, i would still pursue it in no time. For now, I am just an ordinary doctor who did not go into residency training (yet). But nevertheless, the MD that comes after my surname still attracts respect from others, again giving myself a boost.

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But it’s not that being a doctor or an educator satisfy me the most. But rather being a simple father to my son gratifies me to the highest hierarchy in the pyramid of Maslow. Being a dad gives me the opportunity to raise a life, mold him into a person who is God-fearing and equipped with moral values. The greatest challenge that I have as a parent, which I share with my wife, is to raise Gabby (and our future children) as better as he (they) can be. We’re not dreaming of having children of superior human beings, but just to be content with healthy, and happy kid(s).       

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I may not be the best mentor to my students. I may not be a good doctor  or a good husband. Neither I am a diligent son nor a dutiful brother  but I’m trying my best to be a better dad to my son Gabby. I am thankful for good comments and high regards from students, colleagues, and some patients before but what is more important to me than those is to see Gabby smile and to hear him say he loves his Tatay-doc.

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                          ADVANCE HAPPY FATHERS’ DAY TO ALL DADS.

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22
May
07

TEST-TAKING TIPS

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I’m a bit okay now. Moving on, here’s a list of  test-taking tips for my former students and reviewees who are about to take the local and foreign nursing boards. These tips were sourced from a review book of Rinehart, Sloan and Hurd.

1. TAKE DEEP BREATHS AND IMAGINE YOURSELF STUDYING IN YOUR FAVORITE LOCATION. -Take small item with you that you have had with you during your study time.

2. READ THE QUESTIONS AND ALL ANSWERS CAREFULLY. -Don’t jump to conclusions too quickly.

3. LOOK FOR KEYWORDS. -Avoid answers that include the word ALWAYS, NEVER, ALL, EVERY, ONLY, MUST, NO, EXCEPT, or NONE.

4. WATCH FOR SPECIFIC DETAILS. -Avoid vague answers. Look for adjectives and adverbs.

5. ELIMINATE ANSWERS THAT ARE CLEARLY WRONG OR INCORRECT. -Eliminating any incorrect answers increases the probability of selecting the correct answer by 25%.

6. LOOK  FOR INFORMATION GIVEN WITHIN THE ANSWERS.

7. LOOK FOR THE SAME OR SIMILAR WORDING IN THE QUESTION AND THE ANSWERS.

8. WATCH FOR GRAMMATICAL INCONSISTENCIES. -Subjects and verbs should agree, meaning singular subject, singular verb, or plural subject, plural verb. If the question is an incomplete sentence, the correct answer should complete the question in a grammatically correct manner.

9. DON’T READ INTO QUESTIONS.  -Reading into the question can create errors in judgment. If the question asks for an immediate response or PRIORITIZATION of action, choose the answers that is CRITICAL to the life and safety of the client.

10. MAKE AN EDUCATED GUESS. -If you’re unsure after carefully reading the question and all the answers, choose the answer with the most information.

21
May
07

DYSPHORIC

I know it is ironic.

After having a weekend of celebrations of LIFE, – attending a god daughter’s birthday-costume party, a baptism for another god son and a homecoming of a friend, after visiting another friend in a hospital after her delivery which was bringing LIFE literally, I suddenly felt gloomy. Allow me to emphasize that it’s not related to those events that we attended, but it was basically me. Whenever life’s hassles come on to me and hit my senses, it can suddenly change my mood from simple bliss to mushy depression.

Who in the whole wide world doesn’t have any problem ? It’s a part of LIFE, i know. It comes and goes. And part of LIVING is to know how to face life’s trials, to learn how to  find solutions to those challenges. But it is also human nature to feel depressed, anxious, dysphoric sometimes.

And so i dwell in the state of dysphoria today. Perhaps after a nap, or a little prayer, i’ll feel everything’s better again. 

 

20
May
07

L A T E R

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How could you come with me
when you knew all along that you had to go
How could you watch me sleep so close to you
pretending not to know
How could you memorize my name
and forget who i am
How could you think you’re still the same
believing i can

Chorus:

It’s too late to start pretending
It’s too late for a new beginning
Later than the sunset, later than the rain
Later than I never to love you again

How could you ask for more with an innocent smile
trusting me to stay
How could you close the door and leave me here
supposing i’m ok
How could you breakdown my disguise
and uncover my fears
How could you look into my eyes
ignoring my tears

( Repeat Chorus )

18
May
07

TRAVELING

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As I’m blogging this, my parents and my brother with his wife and kids are in Hong Kong for a 4-day-vacation. They left yesterday morning for a much needed break especially for my mom and my sibling who are working God-knows-how. My wife, my son and I ( and my other brothers – I’ve 3 brothers) did not join them not only because we’re (that include my mom) on a tight budget these days but also for the fact that we were just in Hong Kong few months ago. We already had photos with Disneyland’s royalties. But ofcourse it would be happier if we could have join the trip with them to complete the casting.

Who doesn’t love traveling ? Probably only people who are agoraphobic, anti-social or suffering from autism or whathaveyou, may see it as a no essential part of life. But not for me.  Traveling is always FUN and exciting.  Regardless of where your feet will lead you, here or abroad, near or far, I always find myself enjoying every minute of it.  It doesn’t only gives one a chance of seeing other places , but to literally experience the moment of being in other places away from hassles of daily life.

My ultimate dream besides having continuous blessings of health and happiness, safety of /for my family ( and ofcourse WORLD PEACE ! ) is to get a chance to travel the globe. By how, i don’t know yet. Whether it’s by chance (Okay, I know that I may not have it if I will not bet a peso in Lotto) or by gratifying myself and my family someday – YEARS from now, it will be probably the most satisfying earthly craving of a lifetime. Would’nt you want to have your photos taken at most monuments and fountains standing around the world?  Especially in countries in Europe where everywhere is a photo-op.

In my 30 years of existence, I have been fortunate to travel ( for leisure, less the bragging ) in few countries abroad. From Hong Kong in 1998, to US tour in 2000 in California (Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Fresno) to Las Vegas, to Bangkok, Thailand, Brunei Darussalam (had an overnight stay as a "stop over" to NZ but got a chance to have a half-day city tour of Bendar Seri Begawan), to 45-minute-airport-stay in Brisbane,Australia (again, as a "stop over" during flight to NZ) to a  7-week-stay in Auckland, New Zealand in April – June of 2005. And the last trip was in Hong Kong again, New Year’s day of 2007. In every travel, I keep souvenirs – simple things like boarding pass, tickets, branded tissue paper of different establishments, photos and picture frames with name of the place ofcourse, and as an influence of my wife, we collect snow globes and fridge magnets from every places we’ve been to.

Locally, I have been to Ilocos Norte and Sur ( from Pagudpud, Laoag, Paoay, Baccara, Sarat, Batac, Vigan, Candon ), La Union, Baguio, Subic, Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, Tiaong in Quezon. And in Cebu (twice for accompanying mom’s work before), Roxas City in Capiz ( recently for my own work) in the Visayas and Cagayan de Oro and Davao in the southern parts of the country.

I may not have traveled or toured that much yet compared to others who have all the money in the world to spend, or I may not have boarded a luxury cruise ship yet  to one destination to another, but heck, I enjoyed all of those few travels I had to the fullest and still keep the experience intact as good as new in my memory bank. 

Till my next travel… SIGH.

18
May
07

BEAUTIFUL IN MY EYES

by : JOSHUA KADISON

You’re my peace of mind in this crazy world.
You’re everything I’ve tried to find, your love is a pearl.
You’re my Mona Lisa, you’re my rainbow skies,
and my only prayer is that you realize
you’ll always be beautiful in my eyes.

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The world will turn and the seasons will change,
and all the lessons we will learn will be beautiful and strange.
We’ll have our fill of tears, our share of sighs.
My only prayer is that you realize
you’ll always be beautiful in my eyes.

You will always be beautiful in my eyes.
And the passing years will show
that you will always grow more beautiful in my eyes
   

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When there are lines upon my face form a lifetime of smiles,
and when the time comes to embrace for one long last while,
we can laugh about how time really flies.
We won’t say goodbye ’cause true love never dies.
You’ll always be beautiful in my eyes.

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You will always be beautiful in my eyes.
And the passing years will show
that you will always grow more beautiful in my eyes.
The passing years will show that you will always grow
ever more beautiful in my eyes.

18
May
07

PICTURE ! PICTURE !

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    MY FAVORITE FAMILY PICTURES… (WITH SOME OF OUR FRIENDS)

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13
May
07

DIRTY FINGER

An ad in the newspaper says it’s okay to show a dirty finger during these days in the country and be proud of it. In our electoral process, it means one had already exercised the right to vote. I had my right index finger inked after casting my vote early this morning. In the few elections I have participated, this one’s fairly odd, in the sense that I completed the process fast and orderly which was not the case in the past. I did not see any people giving away leaflets, campaign materials on my way to the poll venue. It means, there will be less mess or garbage in the streets when the day’s activity is over. Polling precincts are not that crowded, everyone’s moves are in order. Less election-related violence in the news compared in the past. Traffic was absent, at least for today. These are just few EARLY observations. And hopefully these so called changes though little it may seem may mean that people are learning from the mistakes in the past.

Believing in the electoral process is still relative to any Pinoys. But for me, it’s always a privilege to have a DIRTY FINGER every election. It’s an exercise of human right provided by law.

IT’S  A  SOCIAL STATUS  EQUALIZER EVEN FOR A DAY.

 

13
May
07

V I R G O

General character: 
Virgos are creative, delicate, and intelligent. You love to have everything in order, but are also patient. You are very observant, which can lead you to be judgmental. Some people may think that you are a cold person, because you rarely show your emotions. You also have a lot of charm and dignity, although you may not have many friends, due to your troubles with showing your feelings. Virgos are more followers than leaders. You are always logical.

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Romantic character:
Your attraction for the opposite sex leads you into unpleasant situations at times. Opposite sex gets attracted to you for your good manners, polite language, not realizing it is a ruse. Your attraction for the opposite sex will lead you from one affair to another. This is because you like to use your creativity and imagination in the relationship. However, you better not wear your heart on your sleeve.

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Important Information on Virgoans

  • Good career choices for you are:

    Doctor
    Writer
    Nurse

    Teacher
    Psychologist
    Critic
    Public Speaker.      
       
     

  • Virgoans are prone problems with the abdomen and nervous system.
  • Your ruling planet: Mercury.
  • The Virgin is associated with Virgo.
  • Your lucky colors: green and dark brown.
  • Your lucky gemstone: sardonyx.
  • Your lucky numbers : 2, 5, 7.

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13
May
07

F O R E V E R M O R E

by :  SIDE  A

there are times when i just want to look at your face
with the stars in the night
there are times when i just want to feel your embrace
in the cold night
i just cant believe that you are mine now

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chorus:
you were just a dream that i once knew
i never thought i would be right for you
i just cant compare you with anything in this world
you’re all i need to be with forevermore

all those years ive longed to hold you in my arms
i’ve been dreaming of you
every night, i’ve been watching all the stars that fall down
wishing you would be mine
i just cant believe that you are mine now

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chorus

time and again
there are these changes that we cannot end
as sure as time keeps going on and on
my love for you will be forevermore

wishing you would be mine
i just cant believe that you are mine now

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you were just a dream that i once knew
i never thought i would be right for you
i just cant compare you with anything in this world
as endless as forever
our love will stay together
you’re all i need to be with forever more
(as endless as forever
our love will stay together)
you’re all i need
to be with forevermore…

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12
May
07

HALF CRAZY

by   Freestyle

Know I havent slept a week at all
Since you’ve been gone
And my eyes are kinda tired
From crying all night long
Know I’ve never been too good at cooking just for one
It’s so lonely here without you darling
Come back home

‘Cause I’m half crazy
Feelin’ sorry for myself
Half crazy
Worried you’d find someone else to love

Know life hasnt been much fun at all
Since you’ve been gone
And my eyes being to feel
Each time I hear a sound
I spent every minute asking myself
What went wrong
Can’t we try to talk it over baby
Come back home

‘Cause I’m half crazy
Feelin’ sorry for myself
Half crazy
Worried you’d find someone else to love
But baby there is no-one else
Half crazy
For everything you saying
Half crazy
No one else could love you like I do

‘Cause I’m half crazy
Feelin’ sorry for myself
Half crazy
Worried you’d find someone else to love
But baby there is no-one else
Half crazy
For everything you saying
Half crazy
No one else could ever love you
No one else could ever be

Half crazy
Feeling sorry for myself
And I’m worried you’ll find someone else
Feeling sorry for myself
Half crazy

09
May
07

ANECDOTE OF A FORMER STUDENT

by : ANGELO  SANTOS,  MD

The author pens few portions of his student life.

" Everything happens for a reason."

More than a decade ago, I took up my college course without any reason in mind. Just like many students back then, all I knew was that I have to take a college course to land in a good job later on. I first thought of being a visual artist in advertising company would be cool, but fate did not lead me to it. After passing a not-so-difficult entrance exam in a university, I enrolled BS Biology. I found myself memorizing scientific names and studying various fields of living science. I must say no one forced me to enroll in a pre-med course so i didn’t have a choice but to give my best in all college tasks that I went through (with my friends whom i keep until now) in order not to put money, time and effort to waste

When it came to my senses that a BS Biology graduate would have chances of becoming a researcher, a teacher, a medical representative, and of course a doctor, I chose to become the latter. At that time, my only reason was to follow the footsteps of my relatives here and abroad who are all accomplished physicians. Thinking that I may have the same life they had then (and now) I opted to further my studies in becoming like my relatives.

And so I blazed through my med school years. Amidst those many thick medical and surgical books, experience still is the best teacher.  In med school I learned that one has to compete with himself and not with others. It was survival of the fittest. Most of the time I thought I had studied much for a plating but turned out to be that my best was always not good enough. But I did not quit. Thinking then that my day will also come. And so it did. Fast-tracking through life, I became a licensed doctor.

I already had a family with a son to raise before passing the medical boards. Because of this, I needed to work for a living and so I applied and was hired as a lecturer of Medical Surgical Nursing. Although I know that being a teacher is one of the options of my courses I finished, not even in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine of becoming one. But probably fate has its own reason.

I always pray that someday my students, reviewees and my child(ren) can be with me in the same "playground". At best, be God-fearing and professionals too. 

Teaching is very fulfilling as treating patients. Being a doctor may be influential and rewarding just like being an educator.  I am a doctor and an educator. But what is rather more fulfilling, influential and satisfying  is being a father to my kid and a husband and a bestfriend to my wife.

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09
May
07

LOVE MY NAME !

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08
May
07

ROXAS CITY, C A P I Z …makisaya, biyahe tayo !

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The local flight I had last April 20 – 22, 2007 was not actually for leisure but work. I was sent by my office to Roxas City to conduct Medical Surgical NCLEX review.  My flight was delayed making my stay at the boarding area of the airport a little longer. There I saw some celebrities who are also patiently waiting for their own flights. The  basketball teams of San Miguel and Sta Lucia were there waiting for their flight to Tacloban. Then came Team Goma, headed by the wannabe senator and his entourage for a provincial campaign. 

I departed Manila at half hour past noon. The flight via Cebu Pacific was ok, took only 45 minutes to get to Capiz. From the airport I was fetched by the review center coordinator & a reviewee who were both pleasant & accomodating. We went for a late lunch by the shoreline. It was a feast of mouthwatering seafoods you can think of – soup of clams, buttered prawns, grilled tanigue, oysters and pork barbeque. What a way to welcome a manileno.  Then they brought me to Roxas Midtown hotel, a newly built, small but clean, and cozy hotel. Few minutes after check-in, I found myself conducting the first part of the review at the office. The reception of the people (staff & reviewees) from Roxas City was overwhelming. They were warm, interactive with the review & hospitable in every sense of the word.

The whole trip was far from what I had expected. I enjoyed it so much. Besides sharing a bit of my knowledge to local nurses is already fulfilling job, the fact of being in a new place, meeting people & eating good food is even more. I have never eaten that much seafoods with bare hands before – crabs, prawns, clams, fresh & dried fish, grilled or buttered or cooked in soup..hmmm, yummy!!! Now I know why Roxas is known as Seafood Capital of the country. Not to forget the mangoes from Guimaras which were the sweetest I have ever tasted..

I went back to Manila by April 22, Sunday afternoon.

By the way, i did not see any flying half-bodied night creature there as most locals believe. hehehe…




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