I AM A NURSE

and i am lost

My journey started in 2006. At the age of 17 – just came out of high school I decided to pursue a career that seems to be promising during that time. 

Nursing.

As a filipino this career believed to be a ticket into the global employment arena since it was a booming industry.

Entering University is one of the best years of my life. Being surrounded by likeminded people sparks excitement on achieving the goals that you’ve been dreaming of. Although nursing is not my first choice as a career, it seems to be promising and grew to love the field overtime.

Then came 2010, almost all Filipino’s in my generation took up same course as I am, we ended up polluting the industry. Oversupply of nurses was evidenced by hospitals taking advantage on RN’s by requiring to take a “training course”-where they need to pay Php 10,000 or more just to practice their profession without the guarantee of being hired in the end.

Due to my eagerness to practice the profession, I made sure to find a hospital that will not take advantage or milk more money out of me. I found a public hospital where I can work but without salary- they call it “volunteer nurse”. I Just told myself that, at least I could help somehow, especially with my less fortunate countrymen.

After three months, I decided to find any job that will pay me because your girl here need to eat and pay for her rent.  Luck seems to be on my side when I got a contractual job as a company nurse, where my love/hate relationship with nursing started.

After the contract, I decided to seek greener pasture outside the country and decided to work in a factory in Taiwan, but I got back home just after a month because of health reasons. I discovered that I have vasculitis. I did everything that I could to find a job suited for me since I can no longer stand for a long period of time without triggering the disease.

I worked as a secretary, try my luck in pageantry and try again in hospitals but seems no luck. And then I had an opportunity to go back to school and study again. I took Master in Public Health as I had this vision on working in the government and serving those who are in need. But that vision remained a vision since I belong in the country where politics matter to be able to secure a permanent job in the government.

Almost gave up, but then again giving up is NOT even a choice. I was fortunate to be tapped by a friend to try applying in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia since it is easier to get in the country even if you don’t have a lot of experience in the nursing field. 

Fast forward to today, almost 10 years later. I am here writing this piece, unemployed and do not know what to do next. I can’t seem to find my niche, I felt that I’m just going back and fort and not really seeing any growth at all. Lots of questions running in my mind; Is there any time left to change career? Can I allow myself to go back to ground zero again? Or, am I just sabotaging myself? 

Are you really for me? Or is it time to move on? Tell me.

Nursing.

How does a long distance relationship survive?

Surviving the distance

My husband and I met during our college days. We’ve been together for 12 years now and I can say that most of those years, we spent them apart. He works overseas, and I am here in the Philippines, with our daughter. What really keeps us strong is our faith and genuine love for each other.

I always tell myself that this is only temporary. One day, this distance will no longer exist because we will be together, every waking hour of our lives. I just have to trust him and ask for God’s guidance, that he may be faithful to me all the time.

Sometimes, I envy others on social media who always post something about their husbands, who always go out of town with their family. I can only do that few times in a year.

Keep communication line open

Good thing about this generation are the unlimited ways on how to communicate with your loved ones abroad. There is facebook, messenger, Skype, WhatsApp, and the like. We communicate on a daily basis, especially now that our daughter always look forward for her daddy’s video call.

I know a lot of people can relate to us, and now can answer the question, “How do you survive the distance?”

Flat Shoes for Women

Best flat shoes for Women

Every individual women always need a pair of shoes. no matter what is the occasions maybe a pair of flats have a special place in women’s heart Best flat shoes for Women.

Here, we will tell you which shoes will give you the best value for you money. We will go through brand after brand and we will give you our humble opinion on what shoes we think are Best flat shoes for Women ( Let’s face it, flats are insanely comfortable Flat Shoes for Women. and if it were up to us, we would wear them every day, right?)

-The Skechers Performance Women’s Go Walk 3 Slip-on Walking Shoe pair was defenitely made for walking Flat Shoes for Women. It has Resalytr comfort foam midsole with flexible outsole with GO impulse sensor. alk about a lot of technology crammed into a single shoe! this shoe is literally a godsend.

Timberland Pro Women’s Renova Professional also comes with exclusive anti-fatigue Technology that offers all day standing comfort leg and back support and superior back absorption. Wearing these shoes for up to twelve hours straight will not change your opinion about this shoe, because it is very breathable, and its cushion even nearly molds to the shape of your foot – no pain, fatigue, or aching whatsoever!

-Anne Klein Sport Women’s Offered Ballet Falt Man-made with a synthetic sole, This ballet flat form Anne Klein has a heel measuring three-quarters of an inch. This Anne Klein ballet flat also scores big on fashion at very affordable prices that are definitely perfect for every woman out there.

When wearing this, walk with confidence knowing that you can move around with them all day without experiencing any pain or fatigue in your feet.

 

 

Why I Don’t Like to Visit Palawan

The only reason is…I want to stay so I can explore all the beautiful places such as these…

 

The Underground River

I grew up in this wonderful province where nature is all around and it never ceases to amaze you to witness God’s beautiful creation. Since my father discovered this place way back when I was in high school, it has been a regular destination of our family’s summer vacation and every year I never got tired of riding the boat tour inside the cave and marvel on its beauty.

As described from the UNESCO website, ” This park features a spectacular limestone karst landscape with an underground river. One of the river’s distinguishing features is that it emerges directly into the sea, and its lower portion is subject to tidal influences. “

Entrance of the Cave – January 2012

 

Long Beach in San Vicente

The long-planned vacation to San Vicente and El Nido only happened last year, as I had always been away from the country because of work. Well, it has been a very exciting and satisfying experience. San Vicente has many beautiful islands and white beaches anywhere you look, as it is not so populated yet with many tourists and facilities, you will feel closer to nature in this place. It has a 14-km long white beach on the main island but you can go on boat tours and visit other small islands and to top it all there is a beautiful waterfall in one of the islands. I love to sit on the beach during sunsets while enjoying a cup of coffee, well this place will not fail to give you that breathtaking view.

Sunset in Long Beach San Vicente – January 2019

 

El Nido

At last, my dream of visiting El Nido happened, although the weather was not so friendly in the month of January it did not hinder us to explore the beautiful islands of this famous tourist destination. And in my observation, this place has more tourists than locals, walking along the main island beach made me feel like I am not in the Philippines as it is crowded by different nationalities. Being a resident of Puerto Princesa, I was surprised that there is a part of Palawan that is more alive and busy than the main city. The nightlife in El Nido is unbelievably exciting with nice restaurants where you can have fresh seafood at an affordable price. You can also enjoy a glass of wine and shisha in some bars along the beach. But of course, the island tours are the most exciting part of the journey!

El Nido Tours – January 2019

Where to Eat in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

Planning a trip to Brunei? It is said that you know more about the culture or the people of a certain place once you have tasted their food.

As a foreigner working in Brunei for six years, I could say that Brunei offers distinct local delicacies and foods. Malay cuisine, for me, usually incorporates sweetness and spice into their dishes.

Pasar Malam / Gadong Night Market

Let’s start with the basics – street foods! Every country has its own unique street food market. Well, Brunei doesn’t disappoint. Go check out their Pasar Malam (Night Market) in Gadong. Prices may range from B$1 – $5 dollar on an average.

What to Eat: Mee Goreng (Fried Noodles) , Kuih Malaya (Folded pancakes filed usually with peanuts, raisins and margerine), Tongkeng (Barbequed Chicken Butt)

What to Drink: Iced Teh C Special, ABC

Kabin Cafe

Kabin Cafe is a hotpot and grill buffet restaurant located 5 minutes away from the airport. This restaurant is good for dining with groups. Choose a your broth – Chicken or Tom Yam and start feasting with fresh prawns and marinated cuts of beef, chicken, squid. (don’t forget your veggies, of couse!)

The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf dominates the coffee chain competition in Brunei (Sorry SB lovers). Some of their outlets serve Artisan Pizza, Pasta and Steaks alongside your favorite Ice Blended Beverages.

What to Eat: Incontro Carne Pizza, Spaghetti Carbonara, German Chicken Schnitzel

What to Drink: Swedish Berries Iced Tea, Double Chocolate Ice Blended, Caramel Macchiato

Jollibee

Feeling homesick? Our friendly bee is just a drive away. Aside from our favorite Chickenjoy, Jollibee Brunei also offers Nasi Lemak, a Malay Dish that pairs the Famous Chickenjoy with their home-made Sambal, fried anchovies, cucumber, hard-boiled egg and steamed rice cooked in coconut milk.

What to Eat: Yumburger, Chickenjoy, Mango Peach Pie

There are a lot more to mention, Bruneians also love Japanese, Korean and Chinese cuisine. I will be covering that in another blog. It is really true that Brunei is “A Kingdom of Unexpected Treasures”