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Saturday, 3 December 2011

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stuDYING.

Can't wait for the Christmas break.

old photo from my freshman year

Monday, 10 October 2011

Wicked

The world of theater really fascinates me. I've been exposed to watching plays and musicals as a kid during field trips and school performances of high school students so I think it rubbed off on me. The story line, the spectacular props and most importantly, the massive showcase of intense talent entices me to watch. And it's really awesome that good books become Broadway Musicals. For instance, Wicked by Gregory Maguire is now a hit musical for a few years already. And it's really impossible for me as to fly to the US for this.

And then I received the news that Wicked is coming to Singapore this December. Oh, how exciting!



I'm not sure if the family could afford to go out of the country during the peak season where prices are ridiculously high. But if we could, it'd be the best birthday gift ever. *hint, hint*

Railway Talk

This is not an engineering related post. I'm just professing my approval for Singapore's railway system because this is something that we can emulate in order to have an efficient railway system. I used to be a regular passenger of our local LRT 1 but I don't ride the it that much anymore because it's always crowded, the train arrivals are late and the train runs slowly. I hope the LRTA officials can pick up something from this railway. 

The following photos are taken in two different occasions.

The train system is properly mapped so you won't get lost.
Our local LRT 2 almost has the same look of this signboard. +1 for our LRT :D
Outram Park Station. Parang mall lang.
Not yet the train door. Supposedly this is to protect the passengers
and to prevent suicide from taking place. Srsly.
May I suggest artworks to liven up the dingy atmosphere and less of the jologs ads please.
And please make the e-ads applicable for silent advertisement because it adds up to the noise pollution.
Ducklips inside the train. Note that nobody's sitting on the reserved seat for the
disabled, pregnant women, elderly and those parents with small children.

I forgot to take photos of the designations for those who are alighting and boarding the train. I seriously want to have that implemented here. It's so annoying when you can't go off the train because those who will board are blocking the way. Not to mention, when I give way to those who will get off the train, some smart ass bitch would occupy the space and block the way. It tempts me to whack her head with my book. Lol.

So yeah, if LRTA will push through on increasing the fares, they should improve their train speed and trains and then come up with kickass facilities like this. It's totally unfair to have them increase the fares while we experience terrible service that is not what we should be getting. 

Hi LRTA administrators! :)

First World Airport With Its Own Train Stop

Note: Long overdue blog entry. I was supposed to blog about this eons ago but I got busy over the remaining days of summer. I just found the word document that I made. :))

May 13, 2011

It's my first time to travel alone so I'm kind of lost when it comes to all these processes in the airport. Luckily, Charmaine came with me because she knows all the ins and outs since she already went there.

Flight was 4:40 PM and ETA is 8:00PM via AirPhil. Unfortunately, there are a lot planes on the tarmac so the take-off was slightly delayed. During the flight, I was sitting beside two young Filipino lawyers who were chatting about their much deserved break. My ears were swimming in legal jargon so I slept throughout the flight. After almost four hours, I arrived at Terminal 2 of Changi Airpot with a huge surprise: a crowded tarmac.

First glimpse of Changi

The minute I stepped in the airport, it was freaking awesome. It's so different from NAIA 3 because it is very well lighted and traveler friendly. Traveler friendly in the sense that everything has an English translation and that there are signs put up everywhere to guide everyone. Plus whatever is written on the signs is strictly implemented. I'm not surprised why Changi Airport is touted as one of the world's best airports. One of my observations, although they are accommodating, the employees do not smile that often. Hehe.


More photos after the jump!

Cinderella Gone Wrong

OK. So I mentioned about Eka calling me Cinderella. If they had known Madame Imelda Marcos (former First Lady of the Philippines), they would probably call me that. Haha! All because I wore this during the AMSEP-UMS closing ceremony:

During the Pista ng Santo Niño 2010 at school.
I don't have a full  photo of this during the closing ceremony :D
With Obed (in Kadazan costume) during the Closing Ceremony.
This is the only photo that clearly shows the dress details. :D

Arjun gave me the nickname "Cinderella Gone Wrong" because I don't have my glass slippers with me. Lol. And yes, ever since the first time I wore this Terno last year, I never wore the "glass slippers". Observe:

No glass slippers here, folks! I only have rubber slippers. Because I'm cheap like that.  Haha!

Note to self: The next time I wear that costume, I should bring along jelly slippers because it looks like glass from afar. :P

AMSEP Closing Presentation - Philippines

This is a part of our closing presentation during the AMSEP-Malaysia for Indonesia and Philippines last September 5, 2011. Credits to Mel Caraan for this slideshow presentation. :)


See, it's really memorable that it's so hard to forget. :D

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Kaya Nyo 'To?

I'm fond of anything weird and unique. And here is Kuya Pok and his funky footwear combination.

Contrasting color due to different shoes involved

O, kaya nyo bang lumabas na magkaiba ang shoes ninyo? Haha! Syempre ako hindi. Only Pok can do that. :)

I Love Rubi Shoes

Whenever I go to the mall, I never fail to look at shoes. A lot of people ask why do I like shoes. The answer is simple: 


Nah, just kidding! :)
I think that shoes are the only things in my closet that don't make me look fat. Haha! And during our tough times, I never had a chance to buy new shoes. So probably I'm making up for it or something.

Anyway, my previous posts about Malaysia reminded me of Rubi Shoes. I fell in love with that store when I went to Ion Mall in Singapore. That's the first time I've ever entered this haven for shoe addicts. Naturally, I bought something...on sale. Lol.

I cannot forget how thrilled I am when I saw a Cotton On store in 1Borneo. I literally squealed with delight because even if it's Cotton On, I know that they sell shoes because Rubi Shoes is a sister company of Cotton On, an Australian company. It's like I died and went to shoe heaven, especially when I saw this sign:

Universiti Malaysia Sabah

If I'm a student here, I'd probably brag about how awesome my campus is. Since they just acquired the new building for the Allied Medical Sciences, I would also brag about how great my assigned building is.

Observe:



Where I've Been, What I've Seen and Done

Now let's proceed to the sights and sounds of Kota Kinabalu. I made another slide show to compress the space so this wouldn't look lengthy. Lol.


  • Monsopiad Cultural Village - This shows you just how rich the culture of the Kadazan people is. They will showcase their dance and music. Prepare to be amazed by the sounds that they make: OOOOO-EEEEEE! Mel likes to imitate that sound. Haha! Another thing to look forward to is the House of Skulls which shows you the personal collection of skulls of the greatest head hunter ever, Monsopiad. Trivia: Monsopiad's 6th generation of descendants built this village.
  • Pulau Mamutik, Pulau Manukan and Pulau Sapi - We went island hopping in these islands. My personal favorite is Pulau Mamutik because it has lots of trees and there isn't much infrastructures so the natural beauty of the island is preserved. Basically all the islands look the same but you just have to pick the one that suits your mood. By the way, the corals there are amazing so grab your snorkel from the Abang and snorkel your way to one of the most well preserved corals I've ever seen.
  • Sunset View at Suriah Sabah
  • Lok Kawi Wildlife Park - Saw lots of cute animals like the Sun Bear, Asian Tiger, Proboscis Monkey, and the Orangutan. I was amazed by how huge this place is. Not to mention that the animals look healthy, the cages are clean and that the facilities are well maintained.
  • 1Borneo - My favorite mall. Haha!
  • Larry and Vince's Farmstay - One of my most favorite places ever. If you're the outdoor lover, this place is for you. We did a lot of trekking in the jungle, playing native games, fishing, hill climbing, owling, and eating (I just had to say that). There are lots of things to do here and you'll never get bored.
  • UMS Campus - The word "huge" is an understatement. And I have to agree when a lot of people say that UMS is the most beautiful campus in Malaysia because it is.
  • Tun Mustapha Tower - One of the best known landmarks of Kota Kinabalu. It is the tallest building in Sabah, and the second tallest in Borneo. And I found out from Wing Hoh that it was built in 1977. Look how modern it is!
  • Floating Mosque - It looks beautiful especially at night when the lights are on. 
  • Pu Toh Tze Chinese Buddhist Temple - Same with the Bell Church in Baguio, only a lot bigger.
  • Atkinson Clock Tower - A memorial to Francis George Atkinson found at Signal Hill Road.
  • Tanjung Aru Beach - The place to chillax. There are a lot of hawker stalls and open-air seafood restaurants here.

Unfortunately, we weren't able to go to Mt Kinabalu because it's still far from where we are staying. Although I wanted to go there, I'll just have to save it for my next trip. I just don't know when. Haha!

Food Trip in Malaysia

Well, any trip is not complete without us talking about food. I made this slide show so you can see the food that was served to us during my stay in Malaysia.


One of the most interesting things in there is the Cemented Chicken. I first heard of it during our stay at Larry and Vince's Farmstay when we passed by the kitchen. I thought the auntie was kidding when she said that it was cemented chicken. Good thing Christian said that there really is such thing as a cemented chicken. When I tasted it, it has this tangy chicken flavor with a punch of ginger. I liked it because the flavor is locked in the chicken.

Another interesting part is the last part of the slideshow which was taken at Devi's. You can see that it was recommended in lonely planet so you'll know the food they serve there is really good. We had tosai, roti canai, mee and the never ending teh tarik. It was actually my first time to try Indian food...and I loved it.

One of the places that piqued my interest is the family-run Borneo 1945 cafe. The auntie running the place is really cool because she has red hair. So cute. Anyway, we ordered nasi lemak and kasturi juice. Guys, beware of the kasturi juice because it's not the typical juice that we are accustomed to. They include the peel and the seeds so it has a very bitter flavor. And it is also my first time to taste Horlicks. I really liked it so I brought some home.

We usually have nasi ayam (chicken rice) and mee (noodles). I don't get tired of nasi ayam because it's one of my favorite foods. And it's different from the ones sold in commercial establishments here in the Philippines because majority of the nasi ayam we ate tastes like the ones in the authentic Chinese restaurants in Binondo. If you're not too sensitive, you can also eat food sold at stalls in the street. It's kinda like our street food setup.

Too bad I didn't take a photo of the giant Milo pack. I swear, there is such a thing. I noticed that Malaysians really like Milo because it's a part of their drinks section.

I wasn't able to taste everything but I would like to try unique stuff if I get to visit there in the future. So foodies, there's a lot more to discover. :)

Saturday, 8 October 2011

An Awesome Nine Day Experience

As promised, I will write about my AMSEP UMS 2011 for Indonesia and Philippines experience once I have the time. Now that I have the time, I'm going to do it in multiple entries. So I would like to begin my KK chronicles with an entry about how amazing the people of AMSEP are.


Before anything else, let me tell you guys something about AMSEP. AMSEP stands for Asian Medical Students Exchange Program, which is one of the many projects of the Asian Medical Students Association or AMSA. The AMSEP provides an opportunity to medical students from different countries to find out more about the educational methods and teaching styles of another country, aside from learning about the country's culture and tradition.

Luckily, I was given the opportunity to participate in this program, hosted by Universiti Malaysia Sabah. At first I was hesitant to join because I'm scared to miss out on the exams. But since I'm that anal retentive (Lol), I checked the schedule and we're all good. And the rest is history.

Long post ahead. You can skip reading and just look at the photos. :P

At Last!

It's freaking sem break!

Time to par...

SLEEP.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Kota Kinabalu Chronicles Teaser

May nalalaman pa akong teaser! Haha.

I desperately want to write about my trip to Kota Kinabalu but cannot actually do it because of time constraints so I'm just going to post slideshows of some photos that I have. I will make a decent travelogue on our sem break. Rly.

For now, these are the some of the photos of what we did and what you can see at Kota Kinabalu.

             

And this one too...
 

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Bye-bye Frizzy Hair

I have naturally coarse hair that really gets poufy once humidity sets in. I've tried a lot of stuff but it's either too expensive, too greasy or just didn't work at all. Fortunately, Avon launched their Advance Techniques hair care line. I love their skincare products and their make-up so I didn't hesitate trying out their newly launched hair care products, especially the Lotus Shield Anti-Frizz Treatment


I'm not surprised that it got the nod of Cosmopolitan Magazine because it really works. And the best thing is that it doesn't weigh your hair down and a single application lasts for 3 days. Here's how it works:
Say good-bye to frizz, flyaways and hair that is untamed. One application, and frizz is finished.
Like a lotus leaf repels water, our breakthrough lotus-inspired technology defies up to 97% humidity. Keeps hair smooth and well-behaved for 3 days. Bad weather is no longer the enemy.
Leave-in treatment forms a lightweight barrier that helps block out humidity to fight frizz without weighing hair down. Apply to damp hair. Dry & style as normal. For all hair types. 2 fl. oz. Complete your routine for maximum results with Frizz Control Shampoo and Conditioner.
I told my mom about it so she also tried the product sample I got from the Avon outlet in our building. We have the same hair texture so when she saw the results, she immediately bought 2 bottles. Luckily, there's a promo that when you buy a bottle of the Lotus Shield, you get a bottle of the Advance Techniques Daily Shine Shampoo for free.

This is the US variant. The Asian variant does not come  in a shampoo and conditioner combo.

So I immediately bought its conditioner and used it the next day. And boy, it did work. My hair became more manageable with a noticeable frizz reduction. And what I love most about is that you won't need to iron your hair too much in order to achieve straight hair. I discovered it during my preparation for our Med Night while I was ironing my hair. The heat setting is at its lowest but my hair managed to get straight in just a single pass of the iron and my straightening brush, pictured on the top of this photo:


For just Php 350 for the 60 ml Lotus Shield, Php 175 for the 200 ml Daily Shine Shampoo, and Php 195 for the 200 ml Daily Shine Conditioner, it's not so bad. I don't mind spending on something that works. Isn't it obvious that I love this product so much that I'm blogging about it? Lol.

Lotus Shield photo from the Avon website

Let’s Now Talk about the Silence of My Father’s Love and His Noisy Daughter

While I was browsing my Facebook home page, I saw a link posted by my friend, Sasa. It contained this video:


I swear my eyes filled with tears. Even if he’s a total kill joy, I love my Daddy so much that I wouldn’t feel ashamed of him. You see, in the video, there were kids who were making fun of the daughter because of her father being a deaf-mute. At eto naming gagang anak, ikinakahiya ang tatay niya. Ang swerte nga niya dahil hinahatid siya ng tatay nya sa school, samantalang ako hindi kasi laging nasa abroad ang tatay ko para magtrabaho. HELLO! Anyway, the daughter goes off to pick a fight with the bully. But alas, her efforts were in vain because the teasing happened again. Fast forward. And then she tries to kill herself.

If it was in my terms, I would’ve punched that bully right in the face just to teach her a lesson. Kiber kung ma-office. Haha!

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Murrrrrrrr!


I luff you Hikosen Cara. <3


Aaand, my sister found a shop at Bugis Junction. Yay!

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Cry Me A River in Mild, Moderate, Severe

Kapag umuulan, lagi akong late gawa nito:


Ok. Fine. I’m starting to become tardy because I’m too tired to wake up early. I won’t explain anymore because it is worthy of another blog entry.

Anyway, floodwaters in Taft are very unpredictable. All you have to do is cry and then it’ll flood up instantly. Ok, I take that back because I just exaggerated. But really, it floods up easily in our area that’s why when it starts to rain, I’m freaking out. That’s because I’m afraid of leptospirosis and I’m afraid of stepping on something that came out of a person’s colon.  If ever I encounter any of those when I traverse the disgusting floodwater, I will cry you guys a tidal wave. Leptospirosis can kill you quickly so be careful when you have a wound in your foot. As for the former colonic content, it can cause other diseases that could also kill you in the long run.


Kthxbye.

Princess!

During the summer vacation, my brother’s friend, RR, left his cat with us for safekeeping when he went home to Cebu. Being the cat freaks that we are, we were thrilled to take care of Mowy. It’s a new experience for us to be taking care of a bred cat. Mowy is a dollface Himalayan cat and she loves to eat Whiskas Junior and Fancy Feast.


At first, we thought that she is not fun to play with because she does not purr and is too delicate. But as she made alliances with Chiyo and Evil Kitty, she wasn’t as delicate as she looks. Mowy is the only cat I know that does not know how to jump up and down with a sharp precision. She only learned to jump after watching Chiyo and Evil Kitty. It is also interesting to note that Mowy likes to chew on bones! She is also fond of snuggling beside us on our beds.



So in just a month, I learned to love Mowy. She’s our Kitty Princess.

My heart broke when it was time to send her back to RR. And it devastated me when I found out that Mowy is missing after a few weeks since we returned her. The building security did not find any trace of Mowy. We all think that she was stolen when she jumped to the neighbor’s balcony.


Sa jejemon na nagnakaw kay Mowy, ibalik mo na siya. Plz.

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Being Toxic Is Not an Excuse for Being an Asshole

Each one of us has really stressful moments that would make us want to drink Motolite Battery Fluid in order to keep up with the flow of the activities. And there are moments that we get irritable with the people around us, which is totally understandable under certain circumstances, i.e. nag-iinarte ang group member kapag inutusan. I give consideration for people who are irritable in stressful situations but for people who lash out on others for no apparent reason as their form of stress release, that’s another story.

Let me now tell you the story of this member of the Vagina Squad, whom I’d like to refer to as Stress Drilon.

My group mates are peacefully having our rotation at the Vagina Squad Headquarters, doing history-taking and the tasks required for 3rd year students. They have this patient who seems to have a complicated case and the Vagina Squad is having a mini-conference because they are thinking of an appropriate diagnosis. Stress Drilon handles this patient so she’s probably at her wit’s end because has to come up with something really good. Not only that, she has other patients on the other side of the Headquarters. Crap. Stressful nga!

But seriously, I don’t give a shit so I didn’t know what she was doing because we’re minding our own business.

Until 30 minutes before five PM, she was throwing a hissy fit after a conversation with her colleague. She was bitching about doing everything, from assessing and referring patients that she shouldn’t even be handling. We didn’t pay attention to her because one of us is really keen on interviewing the patient that just came in.

“O sige, ako na rin ang mag-i-ER!!!” She practically yelled, then she looks at us. We still ignored her.

“Lahat ba kayo duty dito sa ER? Kayong mga third year?” Stress Drilon asked shrilly. We say yes.

“Hanggang anong oras kayo dito?” She said in a really loud voice, that’s dangerously close to a shout.

“Five po.” Then she looks at the clock with a sharp gaze that can slice a rice grain into half.

“Umuwi na kayo kasi natotoxic kami” Stress Drilon said in a high-pitched cackle and shooed us away…in front of the patients. The patients looked dumbfounded while they were looking at us.

And I was like, WHAT THE FUCK?! I was so pissed that my left eyebrow skyrocketed to the ceiling and gave Stress Drilon a really evil look. I got even more pissed when I saw my group mate put away his clipboard because he can’t interview the patient anymore, which means that he can’t make his written output. I really wanted to answer back but realized that I would be making a scene and that shouldn’t waste my time on an ethically challenged moron so I left with my classmates. And besides, that patient interview is another job added for her. Bahala kang ma-toxic diyan.

I didn’t even look back because I might have second thoughts in just keeping mum. Gaahd, it took a lot of willpower for me to hold back the urge to give her a lecture on the Code of Ethics and a thing or two about Paulthenics*. Lol.

I mean, seriously, we have every right to practice there because WE FUCKING PAID FOR IT. She took away the opportunity of my group mate to do his task and that I cannot tolerate. And even if her day is so toxic and her stress levels are as high as the gas prices, it DOES NOT give her the liberty to treat people that way. Like, I care kung toxic ka, because all of us are. In the first place, we were not bothering her because we did not even interview and touch her patients so it is not justifiable that she treat us rudely. Secondly, we are all professionals so we don’t deserve that kind of behavior from her. Toxicity is not an excuse for rudeness.

I will not question the school where she came from because it depends on the person if they can live up to what they learned there. One thing I know for sure is that I don’t want to be like her, unethical, rude and unprofessional. I may be a bitch most of the time but I know how to treat people with respect. This person probably does not even know the meaning of the word “respect”.

What a pity. Tsk!

*A subject offered in all St. Paul colleges that teach students on manners and how to deal with people.

I Could’ve Taken You Back But…

YOU STILL HAVE A LOADED GOD COMPLEX.

Sorry. Evoking pity will not work this time.

1/7

I would try to blog once a week because I feel I don’t have a life. Lol. I could probably do it since I need a release from all this tension. Third year is pretty hard for me because all I do is do a lot of catch up with all the reading. One lecture takes 3 whole chapters so finishing it all in one night is a really impossible feat.

Simply put, I need to bitch back. Haha!

Friday, 6 May 2011

Sakae Sushi Experience

Not a lot of people know that I like Japanese food. Probably because they know I eat anything edible and palatable (except for okra..eew!). Now, I've seen Sakae Sushi before at Robinson's Place Manila last February but never got around to checking it out until a few weeks ago.

My friend, Clarisse suddenly craved for Japanese food during our botched "Final Coaching" so we decided to head for Tokyo, Tokyo! at Rob when I remembered "that place with sushi plates on conveyor belts". So wala tuloy choice si Rexor (PEACE REX! Don't poke my eye with a chopstick :P). I almost frothed at the mouth when I saw these babies on the conveyor belt:


                        


Okay. So there aren't the exact pictures but these are what you'd see being served at the conveyor belt. But we wanted rice with toppings (donburi) so we opted to check out the menu, in which I think is very good. The ambiance of the place is very pleasant.

Let's cut to the chase. I ordered teriyaki chicken don, which i must say, is quite heavenly because the sauce is not salty, compared to those of other Japanese restaurants I've tried before. I just had to share with Cla and Rex. Not to mention, I like their soy sauce. LOL. Clarisse ordered their regular sushi platter with enough contents to send you into food coma. As for the sushi's taste, they have the best sushi I've ever tasted so far, though I'm not sure if it would please the strict standards of the Japanese Sushi Police

As for the price, you'd think it's pretty steep. But if you get to taste their stuff, you can say that it is worth it. Oh, they have 399 peso eat-all-you-can buffet that comes with free iced tea. If you don't want a serious sushi coma, you can get the sushi plates individually. The plates on the conveyor belt is color coded according to the price that ranges from 39 pesos to 99 pesos. Not bad, eh?

So I give this place a nod. I would definitely come back.
I have no pictures to show because only Clarisse took photos. Mrhrhr.

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Hindi Yan Cake

Kapag sinabing wedding gown, take it in all it's essence. Kailangan talagang magmukha siyang gown...hindi cake. Kaya wag nyong basagin ang trip ni ate kung masyadong simple ang gown niya. Mas ok na ang ganito:


..kaysa dito:

Kitams. Kaya tandaan: hindi sa lahat ng pagkakataon ay kailangan ng tone-toneladang design sa gown. Dahil pag masyadong OA ang design, chaka ang kinakalabasan. BOW.


Kate and William photo by: Fashion Police
Cake Gown by: Tacky Weddings

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Lumu-Looklet

Whenever I feel like playing around with clothes, I log on to Looklet.
It's like your closet, minus the mess. Here are some of the what I came up with:


 Halatang walang magawa. Lol.

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Cliff Diving Is The Shizz!

Thanks to our free time in the APMC Team Building and Planning, I got the opportunity to cliff dive in Tali Beach in Nasugbu, Batangas. Although I have epic FAIL moments after the dive, I must say that this experience is one big epic WIN.

GERONIMOOOOOOO!!!!!!
One epic winning experience is when Benedict took us to the caves just near the drop site. The FAIL is when I swam back, I didn't notice that I was carried by the current near the rocks. I slammed against the barnacle encrusted rock and got wounded. Not only that, as I swam nearer the bamboo ladder to climb up the rocks, I got mild leg cramps. I have to admit that I got scared so I opted not to jump again. Leg cramps is a swimmer's number one enemy. Pfft!

Anyway, if I get the chance to cliff dive again, I'd do it again. But first, I'll check the current and make sure I warm up before swimming to prevent cramps since it's a long swim from the site to the ladder. Safety should always be your priority.

Kbye! 

Stop Forced Volunteerism - Forwarded Email

ANG NARS Signature Campaign against Forced Volunteerism goes ONLINE! please refer to Instructions.doc for the details. Download links are in the comments.

This is for Nurses everywhere! Do this for Profession, do this for your families! You CAN help in your own little way.

Signature Campaign Version 1.2
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WINRAR Installer
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ANG NARS SIGNATURE CAMPAIGN AGAINST “FORCED VOLUNTEERISM”
(General Instructions)

I. RATIONALE:
“FORCED VOLUNTEERISM” is the practice of having Non-Employee Registered Nurses work in a hospital (either government or private), with similar workloads and responsibilities of employed staff, for the premise of, but not limited to: receiving Training/Volunteer Certificates, and increased chances of being hired. They are either unpaid, insufficiently paid, or the required to pay a fee to render Nursing services.

FORCED VOLUNTEERISM prevents Nurses from being hired because Nursing Plantilla Positions are filled up by Volunteers. According to the International Council of Nurses’(ICN) November 2010 Asia Nursing Workforce Forum, Training and Volunteer certificates do NOT count as work experience, and WON'T be recognized abroad. Therefore, ANG NARS believes that is practice is exploitative to Nurses’ Human and Professional Rights, and should be abolished.

II. GOAL:
To petition the President of the Philippines, Benigno S. Aquino III, to stop FORCED VOLUNTEERISM in all hospitals and Local Government Units, in order for Nurses to get equal opportunity to work, and for the hospitals to be aware that Registered Nurses are supposed to be treated with dignity, and be provided with “Tamang Trabaho, Tamang Sweldo, Tamang Solusyon”.

III. GENERAL OBJECTIVE:
To organize the Signature Campaign as a tool to appeal to the Philippine Government to eradicate FORCED Volunteerism in all hospitals, and stop perpetuating this twisted concept of “Volunteerism”.

IV. SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES:
To gather 1 Million signatures from various concerned groups and citizens.
To form a committee that will spearhead the Signature Campaign.
To strengthen the ANG NARS Membership Campaign in order to organize ANG NARS SATELLITE OFFICES (ANSO), and gain regional support and coordination.

V. TARGET PARTICIPANTS:
Nursing Students, Nursing Graduates, Nurses’ families and friends (general public, high-school aged and above).

VI. TARGET NUMBER: 1 MILLION Signatures
500,000 signatures to be gathered in the NCR
Remaining numbers to be gathered through the Regional Networks

VII. TARGET DATES:
First half of 2011 - Petition letter to be given to Pres. Benigno Aquino prior to his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 2011.

Please return all forms as soon as you can, so that we can collate the results ASAP. We wish to reduce the instance of back-log when counting the signatures, especially when near July 2011.

VIII. Forms:
ANG NARS retains the intellectual rights to all these forms; please do not alter them in any way. Any suggestions to adapt the language into any local dialect must first be approved by your local ANG NARS Satellite Office (ANSO). All ANSOs must first endorse changes to the ANG NARS National Office(ANNO) before changes are approved. (Please refer below for contact details to the ANNO; if no ANSO exists in your area, please endorse directly to the ANNO)

1) Primer:
May be mass-produced to be disseminated amongst the public, not just to Nurses. The Signature Campaign is also an Awareness Campaign, and we invite our young Nurses to include their parents, who normally are the ones who push them to do FORCED Volunteerism.

2) Signature Campaign Forms:
The “Address” written, may be a general address (we only need the city/ town/ brgy, etc.), and not the complete address of the signatory.
Every form must have Page 1 in front; Page 2 may be replicated according to need.
Both pages are to be printed in an 8.5” x 13” (LONG) bond paper.
Please complete a page before writing on the next page to facilitate ease of counting.

ANG NARS is also advocates for ZERO Waste, we do not want to use more paper than we need.

IX. Submission:
All forms are to be submitted to: 09158124287; 4480826
Unit 208, #385 GJ Bldg., Quezon Ave, Q.C.

Please take care of the forms, use ink whenever possible, avoid erasures, and ask people to write legibly. We cannot pass the forms to the President if they are not legible or of good condition.

Actual signature forms are preferable to digital scans. If you are unable to pass forms either personally or by snail mail, please e-mail your unaltered, high-resolution scans to: stopforcedvolunteerism@yahoo.com

**ANG NARS aims to protect Nurse's rights and will never reveal your identity.


TAMANG TRABAHO!
TAMANG SUWELDO!
TAMANG SOLUSYON!


Prepared by:
NARS Leah Samaco- Paquiz, RN, RT, MAN, MPH, Ed.D.
NARS Carlo
(Feb 2011)

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

February 27, 2011: Taal Volcano Trek

While my Ate Richie was here on vacation, we set out to Talisay, Batangas to visit the smallest volcano in the world, Taal Volcano. From Sta. Rosa, Laguna, we drove to Tagaytay to reach Talisay. We weren't aware that you can access Talisay at the Star Tollway. Pfft! However, that is where the adventure began. :D But you should be careful because the road from Tagaytay is pretty steep.

To reach the volcano, you must travel by boat. There are actually a lot of boat rentals within the area. Originally, we were supposed to rent a boat in Taal Yacht Club but there had been slight problems with our pick-up truck so we opted to rent in a nearby cooperative that is recognized by the Talisay Tourism Office for only P1,500 pesos. Those guys have an ID to prove it. And I'm happy to say that the comfort room in the terminal is really clean.

Me, Christopher and Charmaine on the way to the boat

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Chiyo

Our cat, Chiyo is one crazy ball of energy. Whenever I see his pupils dilate into big round orbs, I already know that trouble is looming..and a sounding crash coming after that.

I notice that this cat likes to stay inside hollow places like cardboard boxes, open bags and plastic bags. 

Exhibit A:



Exhibit B:

If we're living in the US, Animal Welfare would probably go after us. No Chiyo!!!

*I don't get the second photo. It auto-rotated. Gah.

I Stepped on Shit on the Way to the Final Exams

Since I was sucked into a vortex of schoolwork torture and that everything school-related is still fresh, allow me to verbalize my repressed feelings about the tumultuous school year that was.

When people use the word "difficult" to describe second year in med school, if you have been through that, you know that it is an understatement. Especially when it comes to the final exams. The last few weeks is the phase where majority of us get cranky and emotional with an occasional upsurge of tempers (mine included). As what was previously noted, the freaking transcriptions are still a major issue. I let the "boastful" tagline pass because it was a source of  amusement for me anyway. But what I cannot tolerate is that these low lives had to result to personal attacks towards me. What made me really angry is that the person said that I didn't deserve to be promoted to the second year. It's kind of superficial but that was really the last straw for the insults. I was like, "Tangina, di ka lang mabigyan ng trans para kang mamamatay. Di bale sana kung major subject pero Legal Med na may 36 units lang ang ipinuputok ng buchi mo. Try mo kayang pumasok para magkaron ka ng aaralin". For starters, I have made my point clear in points 1-3 so let me add a few more with regards to my Legal Med transcriptions:
  • My Legal Medicine notes is an EXCLUSIVE TRANSCRIPTION for my friends. If you're reading something thicker than your ancient Batch 2010 transcription, you'd know what that means. If not, let me spell it out for you: it is not for you.
  • In connection to being an exclusive transcription, I fucking made it so it is my prerogative to give it out to certain people who know how to ask me personally. I easily give it out, especially when they had been generous enough to give us a copy of their own transcriptions. All I ask is that you ask permission from me. Respeto na lang sa nagpakahirap gumawa. But because others are still saying nasty things even if they got my trans, sorry dahil pang-word format ka lang. Yun nga lang may epic failure na nangyari dahil diyan. Lol.
  • I will never upload it on class 4shared so don't expect to get it there. See first bullet for a logical explanation. I only upload transcriptions I made for Pathology and Lab Diagnosis in which I am willing to share because I have references to that.
  • Pag nakakuha ka naman ng Legal Med trans ko in any way, magpasalamat ka naman.
  • At sa susunod na babanat ka that I don't deserve to be in second year, siguraduhin mo lang na mas mataas ang grades mo kaysa sa akin nang hindi gumagamit ng samplex.
Pucha, wala na. Ang yabang na. LMAO.

Another unforgettable figure is what I'd like to refer to as the BSS Whore. My Facebook wall was flooded by angry status updates from my classmates regarding a vacation day wasted because of a classmate who went straight to the dean to give us all a headache ask for a final exam in BSS without considering other people in class. As expected, I was pissed off because I have already made plans for that day and that it took me three weeks to convince Fuuma Ley Ar to have the make-up exam after the finals so my classmates can focus. Thanks to that asswipe, he/she/it made life a little more complicated for my 4 classmates taking the make up exam, oral revalida style. All I can say is that that person is so selfish because we were not given regard on what we want. Grr!

Enough said.

I don't want negative vibes anymore because I already released it here. Excuse me now for I have to remove this shit from my shoes.

Right

And I'm back.

I haven't written here for so long so I guess I'll have to flood you with some random rants and whatnot that I have accumulated over the past months while I was busy in school.