Archive for September, 2010

29
Sep
10

THOUGHTS ON PAYDAY

tina + gabby = love

Providing for my family may not be considered a JOB but it’s still my best WORK ever! :)

It’s so inspiring to have reasons for work, for everything actually…

I miss you, honey+gabby! ILOVEYOU! :)

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*photo above was taken last 30 March 2010 during Gabby’s Kindergarten graduation; my exact arrival date from Tokyo; it was the sweetest to join them back then... now, homesickness kicks in again. :(

29
Sep
10

PUTRAJAYA

23 September 2010, Thursday–My colleagues and I left our various condos in Butterworth at half hour past midnight after we’re fetched by the service bus assigned to us by the company.  We knew we’re in for another long trip!  We had our first Kuala Lumpur experience last August, that was the very first time I saw the iconic PETRONAS TWIN TOWERS ; I was honestly dead tired then but still, I was mesmerized by its beauty.

The bus that took us to KL had newer leather-covered seats with more leg room this time which provided enough comfort to our 6-hour-trip. I slept throughout the wee hours of the morning and when I woke up for a bladder break at a considerably huge bus stop complex bus stop, it was almost 6AM.

We had quick bites for breakfast, got to freshen up ; changed clothes and off we went to another couple of hour-trip.

*succeeding photos were taken while I’m curling up on my bus seat and still resisting to wake up…*

Sunrise is still glorious even when viewed on a bus…

Then few more minutes of dozing off, I saw this at my bus window…

“Located south of Kuala Lumpur, Purtajaya serves as the federal administrative center of Malaysia (Sourced via wiki).”

More shots as viewed from my bus window…

Masjid Putra or the Putra Mosque in Putrajaya Lake…majestic, isn’t it?

A roundabout with fountain…

Various government offices…

Proud display of Malaysian flag is apparently seen not only in public offices here in Putrajaya but even in private homes all over the cities…

This emerald-mirrored building reminded me of San Miguel Building in Ortigas except for its more distinct shape…

The blogger in me was a bit disappointed to have taken only few photos from my bus window.  For the second time around, I didn’t get any minute of photo-op with those gorgeous buildings and that remarkable bridge in Putrajaya but I completely understand for we came there twice for official visits and not merely for anything else.

Oh, well.

27
Sep
10

SHALL I RUN ?

Admittedly, I am a bummer. :D My wife, my family, closest friends and relatives know that I am far from being sporty and athletics is not in my vocabulary.  I prefer to curl up in bed, do a DVD marathon, munch on something to delight my palate than get out under the sun and sweat.  I may have been conducting health-teachings to patients and countless students since I got my local medical license but you may charge me guilty of not entirely practicing what I preach.

Last Saturday, when we spent the entire afternoon at Queensbay Mall in Penang Island, I spotted the concierge with some people registering for an event that made me interested.  It’s the Penang Bridge International Marathon to be held on 21 November 2010, a fun event for both serious and amateur runners…Am I ready to unleash the semi-flat-footed runner in me? *kidding* LOL! :D

I got a flyer, inquired about few details and relayed the info to my friends (a.k.a. my 4-housemates and colleagues).

FYI, Penang Bridge has an impressive length of a bit more than 42km and correct me if I’m wrong, the longest in Malaysia.  The marathon along its stretch has been an annual event perhaps to boost not only health consciousness but more so tourism itself.

Here’s the map of Penang (mainland and Island) with the bridge and the route of the run

( photos sourced via : Penang Bridge International Marathon)


The categories are : full marathon (42km in 7hour-finishing time), half-marathon (3hr-finishing time), 10km-marathon (1.5 -finishing time) and fun run(10KM -1.5 hours).  So much Ringgit (RM), freebies, and prizes are to be given away but if and when I finally decide to join (definitely with my friends; won’t do it alone for the first time), I’ll definitely do it not for the prizes but for the experience.

My friends and I as of present, are planning to join the (either 10km or) half-marathon (lakas ng loob! LOL!) but we haven’t registered yet.

Let’s see on November… so help me, God!

Will you be my cheering squad (and perhaps my prayer warriors too!) if and when I’ll run? :D

*For more details of the event, visit their website –> Penang Bridge International Marathon

Have you joined similar fun events?  Do you have any tips and pointers to share?

Note to self : Start jogging! LOL! :)

26
Sep
10

BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE!

at CBTL, Queensbay Mall, Penang Island, 25 September 2010

23 September 2010, Saturday –Weekend is the only time we get to unwind from our daily schedule and do things to keep our expats’ minds perfectly sane and  in full control of everything despite our my homesickness…

For more than 7 hours, I and my housemates (who happen to be my colleagues & friends too) enjoyed FREE wifi, electricity, working spaces and yes, even cups of iced water at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf at Queensbay Mall, Penang Island.

Believe it or now, it was the first and longest time  I stayed in a coffee shop where I chanced upon talking to Gabby and Tina via Skype and got to do other stuff over the net at no expense!  *homesickness for the day remedied!*

Before having our dinner at the mall, I only had CBTL’s large Double Chocolate Iced Blended Coffee in the afternoon and the rest was for free!  I have my own broadband plug-in but who needs it in a public place where free wifi is so accessible. :D

Indeed, the best things in life are free! :D

How was your weekend? Did you get any freebies recently?

Have a great new days ahead!

24
Sep
10

TEACHING BEYOND BOOKS

Few days ago, I candidly post 2 shouts out in facebook (yes, it’s part of my limited virtual social life other than blogging & tweeting) and was impressed with the long thread it generated;  my 2 posts had 70 and 50 and still counting-comments from them.

I asked my former Medical-Surgical Nursing students about their MOST REMARKABLE EXPERIENCE/S with my class.  They may believe this or not, but I certainly miss doing lectures for them regardless whether their sections were the most stubborn or the most intelligent ones. With all my pride, I am grateful that they are now all RN and/or US-RNs, working not only locally but in different parts of the globe.

Here are some of their comments…these definitely reveal the other side of me.

I teased some of them who are now living/working in the US that they have to treat me when I get a chance to travel to their places…

I am extremely proud of my students not because they made it to my class and they’ve successfully passed local and/or foreign registration exams and are already within the same playing field, but more so of their gratitude!  No one can buy gratefulness of others. It’s a pure bliss!

Hopefully, I’ll get same opportunity in being a part of molding smart minds of our present Medical students here in Penang who by the way are mostly government scholars.

The challenge continues…

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PS : docgelo started teaching Medical-Surgical topics in the academe back in 2004; handled thousands of Nursing students in 3rd and 4th year for 10 semesters including summer classes until 2008; then he moved to a review  center for NCLEX-RN (US registration exam for foreign-grad RNs) from 2008 to 2010 before he became one of the medical university-college lecturers in Penang, Malaysia.

20
Sep
10

NURTURING MINDS

If you must know, I never planned to become a medical lecturer ergo, I consider myself as an accidental educator.  Back in 2004, I only wanted to have a decent job to raise my newborn son and support my lovely wife.  But I eventually found myself enjoying the work that has become one of my passions since then.

I may have conducted lecture series to a thousands of students in the academe and post-graduate review centers back home but my work and their volume are not as significant as the results of their efforts.  I always take pride whenever former students march down the hall during graduation rites more so when they pass their licensure exams for local and foreign employments and become successful in their own fields.  Most of them if not all, have been grateful to my humble contribution  to their studies; I always take it  as my inspiration to do more.

I have been itching to give full life to my medical and narcotic licenses in the Philippines (read: practice my profession) but what should a father prioritize? Is it his professional growth and advancement or the future of his family?  Just so you know, local medical practice isn’t as lucrative unless you are at your senior years and/or have gained profound experiences or if you’ve been blessed with hand-me-down-patients from relatives who are in the same playing fields.

Honestly, I despise people, sometimes even relatives who regret the fact that I’m working in classrooms rather than in hospitals or clinics.  How can you be so sorry for someone who’s absolutely happy and fulfilled with what he’s doing?  FYI, for as long as I keep my licenses with me in good professional standing, Medicine will forever flow in my bloodstream. :D

with one of the groups of Pre-Med students in Penang during our SGD (small group discussion) about Chromosomal Aberrations.

..Meet some of the future doctors from our university-college in Penang…

As long as opportunity presents itself, I’ll welcome everything as wonderful blessings.

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18
Sep
10

THIRTY FOUR

on my side table in my room here in penang : my life in photos

It’s my birthday today and it’s my very first away from home. :(

Update :

Drs. ronnie, j.sayao, roy, alvin, dante & anna (who took the photo) : they made my day warm and special, THANK YOU!

With only home-cooked spaghetti which was painstakingly prepared for hours to perfection by one of my housemate-friends, Alvin (salamat, sobra!) plus 3 medium tubs of sundae and some kiddie balloons, I had one of my most memorable lunches ever!

low-cost birthday meal but really heartwarming! sarap ng spaghetti, Alvin!

In the absence of my wife, Tina and our son Gabby whom I dearly miss, I felt special on my big day in the company of  my new found friends who now I consider my family here in Penang. Mushy it may sound, but I am sincerely thankful for making my very first birthday away from home, really special.

Perhaps like the others, I’ll be used to being an expat too, celebrating special occasions far from my loved ones. I know it’s part of the price we have to pay in exchange of a better future of family.

I’d like to thank everyone who greeted me here in my blog, posted messages on my facebook wall, and those who sent me e-cards.

Forgive me Lord, for my shortcomings. In any case, may those people I wronged be forgiving too.

Thank you Lord, for all the blessings and for giving me another year.  May you continue to bless my family, friends, blog buddies and relatives with better health and may You put us all in Your care always.  Amen! :D

Happy Birthday to me! :)




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