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Doc Gelo,

the Multi-Awarded Filipino Blogger of

Beyond Toxicity @,


was one of the nominees as

New Media Personality in UAE’s The Filipino Times Awards 2017.

He was the recipient of Best Expat Blog Awards

for two consecutive years –

2013 and 2012 from Ministry of Tourism Malaysia,

along with other online citations, features and interviews.

DSCF0113                     Finalist, New Media Personality of the Year, The Filipino Times Awards, 2017.

BEST EXPAT BLOG AWARD MITBCA 2013                 Doc Gelo & son, Gabby with Minister of Tourism Malaysia,  Dato’ Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen.

Doc Gelo and his son, Gabby with the honorable & dynamic Minister of Tourism Malaysia, Dato’ Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen (the beautiful lady-Minister in light blue gown) at the 2012 Malaysia International Tourism Bloggers Awards, Saloma Theater, Kuala Lumpur, May 8, 2012


The blogger, Doc Gelo is a licensed Filipino General Physician. He worked as a Medical Lecturer in diverse and multi-cultural medical schools in Penang, Malaysia and in Quezon City and Manila in the Philippines for more than 9 years, and has been currently working as a Clinical Advisor in an International Medical Insurance company in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

He has been documenting his love and passion for travel, culture, heritage, people and food on this humble blog since May 8, 2007.  To date, he has traveled to the following countries :

  1. Argentina
  2. Armenia
  3. Austria
  4. Bolivia
  5. Brasil
  6. Brunei Darussalam
  7. Czech Republic
  8. Estonia
  9. Finland
  10. France
  11. Georgia
  12. Hong Kong
  13. Hungary
  14. India
  15. Iran
  16. Italy
  17. Japan
  18. Jordan
  19. Kenya
  20. Latvia
  21. Malaysia
  22. Malta
  23. Morocco
  24. Nepal
  25. New Zealand
  26. Peru
  27. Philippines
  28. Russia
  29. Singapore
  30. Slovak Republic
  31. Thailand
  32. Turkey
  33. United Arab Emirates
  34. United States of America
  35. Vatican City
  36. Vietnam

He authored 2 published travel photobooks, #travelmemories and People.Places.Memories. which are both available worldwide via Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other online bookstores.

Doc Gelo loves traveling, taking photos, chasing winter and sipping tea or coffee.

Follow his Instagram accounts :  @iamdocgelo  and @gelothebear

Doc Gelo with his Malaysian pre-medical students (2013).

I am proud to be a blogger and this is my virtual home.

Welcome and enjoy the posts!



  1. gezzely gezzely

    hey docgelo,it’s me again,i think aside from reading my bible,i wl have fun reading evrything that’s inside ur BLOG..SUPER GALING KA TALAGA,..

  2. jorty jorty

    hey doc, luckwatchero here. na-add na kita sa blogroll ko. hehe!

    • Thanks, Luckwatchero!
      Let the fun of blog hopping begin! =)

  3. hey!! thanks for posting a comment in my blog. Silent rusher? 😀 nice
    Nakakatuwa yung blog mo. daming pics!! at natuwa ako dun sa Human calendar!! cute hehe

    sige add din kita sa blogroll ko.. I also love blog-hopping 🙂

    thanks for dropping by again in my blog. Hipon coming Back 😀

    – odelaho of TMR

  4. nice blog, i enjoy reading yours 🙂

  5. RJ RJ

    Talagang pinakilala niyo po, Doc ang sarili niyo rito. Nice!

    [Nakarating dito galing sa BertN Travels.

    • Salamat RJ! Bisita ka araw-araw sa blog ko, pwede po, libre!
      I’ll link you.

  6. marvintangca marvintangca

    docgelo… nakakamiz po kau sna makita ku kau ulit..promse magiging isang registered nurse din aq… magaaral aq ng mabuti.. at higit sa lhat d q kakalimutan lhat ng mga naituro nyu sa akin… thx you so much doc… ur the best teacher ive ever had… sna naalala nyu pa po aq thxU po ingat po palagi godbless..

  7. Lynne Lynne

    Hi Docgelo,

    I stumble on your site when I googled “talangkanin” recipe. I have to search for that talangka or crab fat sa oriental store here in Wisconsin. I really would want to try the recipe you’ve shared though you said it’s rich.

    I look forward to hearing that you have finally made it to Paris and other great cities in Europe. Europe is my personal favorite as it offers so much great history in the world! When you make it there, you make it everywhere!

    Best wishes to you and your family!


    • Hello Ms. Lynne,
      Thanks for dropping by my blog. Glad to have someone from Wisconsin visiting my site. You’re welcome to view my other posts ofcourse. Good luck on your cooking of Talangkanin!
      You’ll like as we did.
      With regards to my ultimate wish to travel and explore Europe, I’ll have the rest of my years ahead to do that, (wishful thinking) for now I’ll fly there in my dreams, LOL.

  8. crisiboy crisiboy

    thanks so much docgelo for dropping by my blog..hope you can come back anytime.

  9. alex lopez alex lopez

    super galing mo tlga doc

    sna mging ganyan din ako

    successful na

    tour-tour nlng he he he

    give me advise doc…

    i appreciate ur lecture

    take care doc gelo

  10. ian ian

    mabuhay ang mga guro, mabuhay ang mga doktor, mabuhay ang mga doktor na guro, mabuhay ang mga doktor na guro na tumatahak ng sariling landas =]

    interesting blog you have here, doc =] lovely family as well! all the best =]

    • welcome to my site and thanks doc ian for your kind words. 😀

    • i’ve added your site to my links. salamat yellow bells for visiting my blog. 😀

  11. Doc, galing ng site mo. Sa isang buwan o linggo lang ata ang dami niyo ng napupuntahan at nakakainan.

    Ang ganda ng family niyo doc at adventurous pa kayong tatlo. Hehe. Sana sa future ganyan din maging family ko, buo at masaya.

    • salamat, akrebley! God bless you too! 😀

  12. Iya em.di. Iya em.di.

    Doc Gelo,
    isa din akong nangangarap na maging doktor. BS PSych for my PreMEd. dahil po sa blogsite na ito.. yung mga dreams ko parang di imposibleng maabot. salamat sa inspirasyon.

  13. Z Z

    bookmarked.thanks, doc:-)

  14. doc, gling mo nman. you have a lovely family too. god bless and more poswer to you second home your blog. palink nman dito pa mag shoot up din ang mga visitors ko. 🙂

  15. doc, gling mo nman. you have a lovely family too. god bless and more power to your second home your blog. palink nman dito pa mag shoot up din ang mga visitors ko. 🙂

  16. hehehe ngayon ko lng nakita reply mo, added na pala ko sa bloglinks mo. sorry!thanks po ulit

  17. sub sub

    your blog is very very inspiring doc. exudes much positivity and gratefulness. offered life in different perspective and i love reading these. ill be a frequent visitor here (hope im welcome) keep it up doc!

  18. cute ni Gabby ever!
    your blog is really inspiring. and wait, it reminds me, kelangan ko na din ng about me page.. Ü

  19. pogi pala ni doc gelo… hehehehe! thanks for visiting my blog. isasali na kita sa blog roll ko! cheers!

    • ehem, thank you, orman, hehehe. i’ll take it as a compliment despite you’re wearing corrective lenses, i assume. LOL! i’ve linked your site too in my blogroll. will frequent your site from now on. thanks! 🙂

  20. lmm@acms lmm@acms

    Hi Gello, love your site… just gave my initials 😉 dont want to leave too much footprint in the net… ;P i bookmarked your blog.. hope to read more entries.. You guys take care.. I have so much faith in all of you, few decades from now i like to see most of you on top of the food chain…with all your dedication and passion……. its imminent 😉

    • hello lmm,
      you don’t have any idea how grateful i am and i guess the rest of us pinoy MDs here in penang to you for everything you’ve done and will be doing for us. see you soon here! stay safe and i mean safe, ok? hahaha 🙂
      ..thanks for swinging into my blog and leaving a comment. ikain mo muna kaming lahat ng porkie dyan! 🙂

      • lmm@acms lmm@acms

        Honestly, the pleasure is mine….. This project has been the most rewarding so far… and without the doubt illuminating…. everyone of you has touch my soul in so many ways, the distance and sacrifices that all of you are willing to go thru because of family has been my inspiration in every actions/decisions i made/make……..

        all of you made “Love” palpable and tangible…. I sense it when im around all of you….. It has humbled me and strengthen my faith on Humanity….. Im so lucky to have this chance to get to know each one of you…

        and i believe i should be saying thanks……. For the trust….. that’s hard to come by.

        • that’s so sweet!
          rest assured that i will do my best at work and will show my worth for the position. i can’t thank you and the rest of the admin enough for the opportunity.
          this one’s really a huge blessing not only monetary but the experience is priceless. thank you so much. 🙂

  21. jing jing

    Hi docgelo1 I’m not a blogger yet but would love to be one someday. Anyhow,nice family you have! I jst enjoy reading your blogs in all of your travels. I’m here in the US and planning to have a vacation in 2012. I would love to go places aside from just visiting my hometown Vigan…maybe I can use your expertise and will ask you certain places that I would love to visit…in Pinas, I would love to visit Asia, I would like to visit Singapore again with family this time and perhaps Hongkong? Any suggestion for a place that’s worthwhile to visit? Thanks!

    • hi jing!
      your message made me smile.
      i’ll get back to it after 2 hours *have to attend work first* hehehe

      • i like your hometown and plan to revisit vigan someday too.
        i’m not an expert in travel but only loves traveling; who doesn’t?
        i and my family had visited boracay for 3 days only last year and we enjoyed it so much. it’s one of our most memorable vacation ever.
        of course we’ve also been to auckland, new zealand, brunei, bangkok, hongkong and i myself without them have been to tokyo and US too but only to east coast (san francisco, san diego, las vegas and LA)…

        my friends and i are also planning to go to singapore soon or perhaps explore other parts of malaysia.

        my unsolicited advice is wherever you go or wherever you’ll spend your vacation, do not forget to create your own adventure! have fun and share the experience with your love ones.

  22. I loved reading your About Me Page, because I can somehow see myself in you. I’m not a physician, but I am also in the medical field – a nurse who also happens to love to eat, travel and blog. I’m family oriented as well and I also hope to become an educator one day. The best of blessings to you, doc Gelo. You have a wonderful family. I super enjoyed back reading your posts!:)

    • you don’t have any idea how your comment made my day, meedge.
      thank you for those sweet words and thank you for reading my posts.
      cheers! 😀

  23. Enna Enna

    i find your blog truuuuullllly delicious Sir, 😀 i was only looking for sushi pictures then yours pop out, it is amazing! 😀 i’m learning a lot. my craving grew from JUST SUSHI.MORE MORE MORE. 😀 continue sharing your experiences and knowledge Sir. 😀 God Bless!

    • thanks, enna! commenters and readers like you inspire me more to live my passion for this virtual hobby.

  24. Dear Dr. Gelo,

    We are creating a site for world-class physicians. You can view the site at:
    Physician Nexus offers immeasurable benefits to physicians such as collaboration with other fellow physicians, career opportunities, curbside consults and referrals. It is ready for launch soon.

    To help us ensure that the site have a vast of vital information, we are looking for leading Filipino physicians like you to work with us 5 hours a week.

    You are to be an online forum moderator for your specialty. The forum moderator will be reponsible for determining, on a monthly basis, the 5 most important questions that emerge within that speciality that month. This will generally revolve around approval of new healthcare services approvals, whether new (1) medications (2) procedures (3) devices (4) surgical techniques, or (5) diagnostic tests (imaging or lab).

    By way of example, we might be interested to know if drug eluting stents are perceived superior to non-drug eluting stents for patients with coronary artery occulsions. Other examples would include immediate physician feedback on techniques like LASIK surgery. The goal of the moderator is to determine “the most important 5 questions of the month”, and to stimulate, and organize, the dialogue that ensues. This will require weekly polling of regulatory approval websites, like the US FDA, to see what is new. It will also entail reviewing the peer-reviewed literature and medical professional news of the specialty.

    Imagine being able to engage and connect with world-class physicians and boost your earnings and reputation at the same time!

    Please send us email to if you are interested. Please include your recent curriculum vitae, including professional and academic affiliations with major universities and medical centers. Include prior publications, research experience, and other evidence of thought leadership, and at least 3 professional references (US physician references are a strong plus).


    Omar Baig

    • Dear Omar Baig,

      Thank you for considering me for the post. I will think it over and will email you the soonest possible time.

      Maraming Salamat,
      Dr. Angelo Nino Santos

  25. metalpig metalpig

    Great blog doc! I like the way how you arranged the photos with the story, para na rin akong nagtra-travel… heheheh

    Mabuhay and keep up the good work! 🙂

  26. tes tes

    It’s nice to read your blog! Inspiring!

  27. wow.
    i think i was one of your students before. =)
    glad to have bumped into your blog.

  28. rhayn rhayn

    nice blog,sir…thank u for sharing your experiences, inspiring ^_^

  29. Greetings Doc Gelo! Learned about you from a friend of yours and was greatly astounded reading your blog…well, that was after I broke down in tears reading about you. Weird talaga at bakit naman ako naiyak sa profile mo. Maybe its because I finally found the person and the blog that I truly can learn a lot from, and what’s extra great about it is that Pinoy na Pinoy ka! I am so to say a new fan of yours and I have not read all your blogs yet but I will definitely follow you from now on. More power to you!

    • wow, thank you so much!
      God bless.

  30. Hi! I am tagging you on my A to Z travel. I look forward to read yours soon. Thanks!

    • thanks, mich. amazing post you got there on your blog. i am just not sure if i can do similar post but again, thank you for considering my site as one of your favorites. i am humbled.

  31. Nice knowing you through your blog, Docgelo! Andami nating similarities! Pareho din kami ng year ng kapanganakan ng wife ko (1975), both of us met in school din, I’m in the medical field din (I’m a nurse) and I tried teaching din although hindi ako nagtagal kasi I think my calling is sa bedside. Pareho tayong may isang poging anak 🙂 Pareho tayo ng theme, at blogging since 2007 🙂 Pero MAS maganda naman un blog mo, hindi ako pede ma level sa u hehe! I loooooooooooove your blog! Andami magandang posts! More power to you!

  32. Hello. I see you got a very nice blog going on here. I smiled at the phrase “life’s simple pleasures”. Everyday I make time to ponder on that and try to take note of them whenever I can. Also, I’ve been wanting to visit Penang. A friend of mine also lives there with her own family.

    • hi there, addie! thank you for those nice words. i really appreciate people dropping by here. you’re so welcome to frequent. 🙂

  33. renzbulseco renzbulseco

    Hey docgelo! Thanks for posting comments on my blog! Your life seems interesting. Ayos! Will definitely read some of your posts later. 😀

    • thanks, renz! your travel blog is fascinating as well.

  34. Hello docgelo! As a newbie in blogging, I got inspired with your blog. Hope to document my experiences the way you document all your activities in your second home. I also have this itchy feet of traveling and I want to put memories in all my travels. Thanks!

    • welcome to blogging, arvin!
      thanks for dropping by. 🙂

  35. Marlo Perez Marlo Perez

    Once again I have to thank you for such wonderful blog entries ( with very good pictures too!)..I once believed that blogging belong to the females species..I am grateful that indeed there are others ( like you) who are into blogging mostly with travels and foods ( just like me hehehehe)..keep on posting!

    • thank you.
      blogging is universal as its transcends gender, religion, culture, etc.

  36. Hi Docgelo, found your blog accidentally. I’m also based in Penang, sa island mismo. I like your blog about family, food and travels. Keep it up! 🙂

    • hey, thanks! baka makita mo ako sa kalye ng pulau pinang, pakilala na lang po kayo. salamat! 🙂

  37. Hooi Lin Hooi Lin

    Hi, I chanced upon your Blog and like it very much. The pictures are vivid and beautiful! Hope to find some time to go through what you have written….

    • thank you Hooi lin! thanks for the kind words. 🙂

  38. Leslie Buna Leslie Buna

    Omg doc, I was your student in SACi. RN napo ako ngayon 🙂 will visit Penang tomorrow! Your blog is really helpful for first time traveler 🙂

    • hey, thanks for reading the blog! 🙂
      how was your trip to penang?

  39. Wow, had to do a lot of paging down to get to leave you a comment! Congratulations on such an amazing honor! After reading your most recent post I can fully understand your awards!

    • thank you very much! your words are humbling. 🙂

  40. Congratulations on your achievements! Great site. So much to discover here and I love the photos.

  41. Doc Gelo,

    stumble upon your blog. Glad that you are enjoying life in Malaysia. Great to see you help Malaysia as a lecturer, blog and indirectly promote Malaysia. Congrats on winning your award

    • hello will, thank you for your kind words.
      i just moved back to manila last week of october 2013 after living & working in penang for 3 years.
      however, despite bad times that are inevitable, i say, i enjoyed my experience in malaysia and would not
      hesitate to come back.

  42. Hi, Doc Gelo. Never get the chance to know your blogging via WordPress until today. Interacting with you is gonna be handy from here on in.

    Great site by the way and kudos for the many awards you have!

    • hello sonny!

      thank you so much for visiting my humble blog.
      happy 2014! 🙂

  43. Hi, Doc Gelo. Never get the chance to know you’re blogging via WordPress until today. Interacting with you is gonna be handy from here on in.

    Great site by the way and kudos for the many awards you have!

  44. Marts Jimeno Marts Jimeno

    First time to visit your blog docgelo!
    Nice blog and wonderful insights..
    Now, i have another blog to read. Hehehe!

    Thanks for knowing you doc gelo.

    -marts (engrmartie)

  45. ariane ariane

    Hi doc gelo!! I love reading ur blogs..hehe…nice meeting u doc.. see u 🙂

    • hello ariane! wow, salamat! hahaha! i’ll try to finish a post now, but perhaps it’ll be ready by midnight pa.

      great having you as a friend at work. naks! 😀

  46. Hi

    Very impressive blog and I came across it on

    My wife Diane and I are moving to Penang in the spring. I was recently laid off from my job and we decided to try early retirement. Moving overseas from the USA makes the most financial sense and we’ll be applying for an MM2H visa as soon as I turn age 50 (The cost of the visa is double for younger applicants). We’ve never been to Penang so it’s a big leap of faith.

    I recently started my blog about the transition from the USA and upcoming move ahead of our arrival and I’m currently scouring through expat blogs based in Malaysia and other Southeast Asian locations looking for friends, new followers, contacts, ideas and advice. Although it appears you are not currently in Malaysia. you are someone we’d like to have as a new friend. If you could check us out at I’d be honored to have you as a follower. Please share if you enjoy it.

    We look forward to following your blog
    Rob and Diane

    • Hi there! Greetings from Dubai!

      Thanks, Rob and Diane for reading my blog and for those kind words.

      My best wishes to your retirement plan to what I considered as my second home, Penang.

      It’ll be a pleasure to follow your adventures from USA to Malaysia via your blog.

      • Hi and thanks for writimg back. We look forward to sharimg your adventures and hope you do the same

  47. Jason Jason

    Amazing blog! Would be great to see China on your list… Looking forward… We might plan something together in the future! You never know 🙂

  48. Joyce Joyce

    Dear docgelo,

    My name is Joyce and I work for is a free one stop website for people preparing to move or working and living overseas. We provide a myriad of services for expatriates and we have over 2,000 articles to help and support the people moving around the world and we are now creating an interview section to help the expats with real life experiences!
    We quite enjoy your blog about living in Malaysia, it is very interesting and informative. Would it be possible to interview you to further share some of your tips and feature some of your first hand experience as an Expat and your interview will be published on our Expat Interview section as a guide for our expat readers. The questions are mainly about the day to day lifestyle of an expat. If it would be possible, could you also send some photographs that we can use?
    Of course, if you accept, we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.
    The questions are enclosed, feel free to respond freely. You can return the doc with your answers if you accept this invitation.
    Thanks in advance and do let me know if you prefer other means to conduct this interview and we would be happy to accommodate your terms.

    Best regards,

    • Hi Joyce,

      Thank you for expressing interest to interview me as an expat and I appreciate you for reading my blog. After I lived and worked in Malaysia from 2010-2013, I’m now working in Dubai, UAE.

      Kindly send your queries for interview to docgeloATyahooDOTcom and let me know what experiences you want me to share, Penang or Dubai?

    • Dear Joyce, please email your interview – queries to docgeloATyahooDOTcom

  49. Kay Kay

    Hi Doc Gelo! Like you I’m a doctor who loves to travel a lot. Your blog inspires me. Thank you. More power. 🙂

    • Hi Doc Kay,

      Thank you for visiting my blog!
      Cheers to more memorable travels!

  50. Ema Ema

    Hello Docgelo it was nice meeting you in Armenia. Done reading your blog about Tallin (officehours) 🙂 surely it was a beautiful place (as seen in your photos) and made me think to spend christmas there (Solo Again, but if you and ron have plans let me know) .. Keep it up ! God bless 🙂

    • docgelo docgelo

      Hi Ate Ema, so glad to meet you in Yerevan! We had fun that day tour! Thank you for reading my blog! Yes, Tallinn is nice and affordable too! Hope you cross via ferry to Helsinki too and/by bus to Latvia from Tallinn. I haven’t completed my blog series about my recent Baltic trip but will soon!

    • docgelo docgelo

      Hi Ate Ema, so glad to meet you in Yerevan! We had fun that day tour! Thank you for reading my blog! Yes, Tallinn is nice and affordable too! Hope you cross via ferry to Helsinki too and/by bus to Latvia from Tallinn. I haven’t completed my blog series about my recent Baltic trip but will soon!

  51. jr jr

    thanks doc for the blog. russi, here i come-june 2017. fifa 2017 offer free entry to russia for game tix holders. hopefully, will return to russia for the fifa 2018, free visa as well.

  52. Kat Kat

    It is proven I am such a newbie blogger, why this is the first time I saw your page Doc Gelo 🙁 anyways glad to see & explore your page, a truly inspiration for all new blogger like me..
    Keep inspiring!

    • docgelo docgelo

      Thank you so much!

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