By docgelo

docgelo travels
Docgelo Around the world!

Currently BLOGGING from DUBAI, UAE,

Beyond Toxicity @,


is 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.

DOCGELO & GABBY with Minister of Tourism Malaysia, Dato’ Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen, KL Convention Centre, March 6, 2013.

Docgelo 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

Mabuhay ang mga bloggers mula sa Pilipinas!


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 the Philippines for 9 years. He has traveled to a few countries like United Arab Emirates, where he’s presently based, Morocco, Jordan, Nepal, Japan, USA, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Thailand, Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines and the list goes on until he completes his bucket list. He documents his love for travels, culture, heritage, people and food on this humble blog that has been existing since May 8, 2007.

Doc Gelo with some of his Malaysian medical scholars.

I am a BLOGGER and this is my VIRTUAL HOME. 

Welcome and enjoy the posts!

God bless! :D



91 Responses to “*ABOUT THE BLOG & THE BLOGGER”

  1. February 14, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    please link me in your site..

    btw, im ramciv from


  2. 2 gezzely
    April 27, 2009 at 11:17 am

    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,..

  3. 3 jorty
    April 27, 2009 at 3:02 pm

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

  4. May 10, 2009 at 3:35 am

    hey!! thanks for posting a comment in my blog. Silent rusher? :D 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 :D

    – odelaho of TMR

  5. May 15, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    nice blog, i enjoy reading yours :)

  6. 7 RJ
    May 23, 2009 at 3:04 pm

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

    [Nakarating dito galing sa BertN Travels.

  7. 9 marvintangca
    May 23, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    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..

  8. 11 Lynne
    May 29, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    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!


    • May 29, 2009 at 9:24 pm

      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.

  9. 13 crisiboy
    July 2, 2009 at 4:42 am

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

  10. 14 alex lopez
    July 9, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    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

  11. August 9, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    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 =]

  12. August 16, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    docgelo ang sarap nman ng gelato, im sure mageenjoy kayo ng family dito sa Dubai pagdating sa gelato. :) paadd nman sa blogroll mo.

    more power

  13. September 22, 2009 at 11:59 am

    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.

  14. 21 Iya em.di.
    November 10, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    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.

  15. 23 Z
    December 6, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    bookmarked.thanks, doc:-)

  16. February 10, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    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. :)

  17. February 10, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    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. :)

  18. February 10, 2010 at 9:15 pm

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

  19. May 1, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    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!

  20. May 12, 2010 at 1:00 am

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

  21. July 3, 2010 at 6:06 pm

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

    • July 4, 2010 at 11:13 am

      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! :)

  22. 31 lmm@acms
    August 10, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    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 ;)

    • August 10, 2010 at 7:54 pm

      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! :)

      • 33 lmm@acms
        August 10, 2010 at 10:26 pm

        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.

        • August 11, 2010 at 5:52 am

          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. :)

  23. 35 jing
    November 11, 2010 at 11:50 am

    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!

    • November 11, 2010 at 2:02 pm

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

      • November 11, 2010 at 4:21 pm

        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.

  24. November 22, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    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!:)

  25. 40 Enna
    January 7, 2011 at 8:21 pm

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

  26. February 11, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    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

    • February 12, 2011 at 6:12 am

      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

  27. 44 metalpig
    May 16, 2011 at 2:41 am

    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! :)

  28. 45 tes
    June 14, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    It’s nice to read your blog! Inspiring!

  29. July 25, 2011 at 1:51 am

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

  30. 47 rhayn
    August 13, 2011 at 5:32 pm

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

  31. November 2, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    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!

  32. January 23, 2012 at 4:01 am

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

    • January 24, 2012 at 8:45 am

      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.

  33. February 11, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    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!

  34. March 20, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    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.

  35. 56 renzbulseco
    April 5, 2012 at 12:47 pm

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

  36. June 3, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    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!

  37. 60 Marlo Perez
    June 15, 2012 at 11:03 am

    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!

  38. October 5, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    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! :)

  39. 64 Hooi Lin
    November 21, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    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….

  40. November 23, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    hi.. I have nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award. Please accept it and see the rules at … Thank you!

  41. 67 Leslie Buna
    February 27, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    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 :)

  42. April 28, 2013 at 11:20 am

    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!

  43. August 6, 2013 at 9:48 am

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

  44. November 21, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    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

    • November 23, 2013 at 1:33 pm

      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.

  45. January 10, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    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!

  46. January 10, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    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!

  47. 77 Marts Jimeno
    January 21, 2014 at 8:43 am

    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)

  48. 79 ariane
    April 14, 2014 at 11:31 pm

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

    • April 14, 2014 at 11:33 pm

      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! :D

  49. November 8, 2014 at 7:02 am


    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

    • November 8, 2014 at 7:05 am

      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.

  50. 84 Jason
    November 22, 2014 at 4:35 pm

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

  51. 87 Joyce
    November 24, 2014 at 11:46 am

    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,

    • November 24, 2014 at 12:01 pm

      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?

    • November 27, 2014 at 8:46 pm

      Dear Joyce, please email your interview – queries to docgeloATyahooDOTcom

  52. 90 Kay
    December 3, 2014 at 4:28 pm

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

Your comments, opinions and insights are so appreciated! Kindly keep it nice, amusing and constructive. Do swing back to my blog soon! Thank you! ;)

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