The ABC to Get Enough ZZZs

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Cebu: The Queen City of the South (Philippines)

I am a nurse who loves to travel every chance I get. I go to places for ultimate de-stressing and unwinding. On this blog post, I’ll be sharing my photos on one of my favorite places to go to – Cebu.

Cebu is the Philippine’s Queen City of the South. This province is part of the Visayas Region, which is mid-part of the Philippine Archipelago.

It was 2009 when I first visited Cebu. I had a chance to be off work for a week and booked a flight with friends to unwind.

My friends and I went to the different historical places, beaches, restaurants, souvenir shops,etc. This was the most memorable thing we did…

The Sky Experience!!!

(Skywalk and Edge Coaster Thrill)

Skywalking is best done at night to have a great view of the city lights and sky line. We walked at the edge (fiber glass floor) of the 38th level of Crown Regency Hotel in Cebu City.

I was just making mini-steps at first but when I already conquered my fear after a few minutes, I was already hopping ’till we finished.

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My second visit in this beautiful province was last November 2011. Here are my shots that highlighted my trip.

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Dried Seafood
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Magellan’s Cross
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Words cannot really describe how it is to be in this place. I can assure you, however, that it is worth your holiday.

Just posted some of my photos I took during the trip, to encapsulate the well-spent vacation I had in Cebu.

Mashup!

I wonder who started mashups? I really like listening to artists who come up with this creative music mixes.

Here are the great mashups I’ve heard so far. Sharing them via YouTube videos. Hope you’ll like them as much as I did. Enjoy!

Call Me Maybe/Payphone

Boys/Boyfriend

You Drive Me Crazy/Crazy

Nothin On You/My Love/Rocketeer

Rumor Has It/Someone Like You

Fly/I Believe I Can Fly

 

Hope you can share you favorite mashups as well. 🙂

Feel free to comment on this post and please, do tell me what’s on your playlist.

Sagada (Lomography Edition)

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Taken with Lomography Fisheye No.2 with Fujifilm Neg ISO 100

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Lomography Fisheye 2, Fujifilm ISO 100

 

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Sumaging Cave
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The Joy and Perils of Being a Nurse

It took me four years in college (for the BS Nursing degree) and a board exam to be a licensed nurse. The training doesn’t end there,though. I had to spend more bucks and time for training and additional licenses (Intravenous Therapy License, First Aid, Basic Adult Life Support,  and Advanced Cardiac Life Support) to get a job related to my profession. Sucks huh?

I remember when I was in highschool when we took an exam to determine which course to pursue in college. I excelled in Science then. My first choice wasn’t Nursing but Psychology. During my first two years, my grades in Science subjects weren’t good. Isn’t it ironic?! It was when I started the internship in hospitals when I learned to like my course.  I enjoyed staying at the hospitals, taking care of strangers. I was eager to do more nursing interventions as I learn some every time I encounter a new case (illness). I was a sucker of ‘care’. I did our group case studies myself, presented each case with enthusiasm and everyone in the group gets the credit – I didn’t mind. I was that dedicated to learn.

I had a month to review for the board exam and luckily I passed. Learning didn’t stop there. I had my first job at a big company as a clinic nurse (assigned to their client’s corporate clinics). That was when I felt that my learning stopped. I wasn’t able to practice what I have learned during my hospital internship. I was merely dispensing medicines requested by employees coming in and out of the clinic – people who refused to be given health teachings, people who thought they ‘knew’ better in treating themselves. I felt that I was useless. But I tried to love my job. I did love taking care of my patients esp those needing daily blood pressure monitoring, nebulization, wound dressing, first aid treatments. Months passed by and more cases that needed further management occurred in those offices (uncontrolled hypertension, pregnancy related bleeding, chest pains, frequent anxiety/panic attacks) and that the clinic supplies and facilities weren’t enough since we were just a primary/basic/immediate care unit. I had to refer patients to hospitals. I had lapses. Those were the times when I felt so incompetent or let’s just say that a nurse with only two hands cannot accommodate patients presenting ’emergency case’ symptoms all at the same time. I knew I had to do triage or prioritization. But people there were so hard to deal with. They demanded to be attended immediately even if they were only asking for a band aid (seriously). There was this incident that I fell short. I did my best to save 3 lives. I was alone and had more than 10 patients in the clinic, 3 of them were needing emergency treatment at a hospital. I will never forget that. It brought out the soft side of me that shouldn’t be shown when at work. I felt like an idiot that time. The ambulance didn’t respond to my call immediately and came in so late. I even tried to be an advocate to those employees. It took all the guts in me to write a letter, as a nurse, to request for a more solid emergency response team for their company (my company’s client). Turned out, I was the one who seemed ‘bad’. They covered their asses with my face. That time, I hated being a nurse. I hated my job. I hated feeling for those employees who badly needed good health care system. I hated myself for stepping up for them. I felt bad, so bad that I had to request for a leave of absence, and eventually, left the company for good. I was a coward.

I’ve been doing a marathon of Grey’s Anatomy these past few weeks. I’ve realized that things like that really happen. You can never take out a challenge in any field you’re in. Well, it is a fact that in my profession, we deal with lives. And dealing with lives isn’t something to be just taken for granted. I know this is a gift. There may be a pressure or risk (a lot of it actually) of negligence or malpractice due to clouded decisions and misjudgment at times but, I’ve realized that it’s part of the job. So long as I continue what I aim to do, more than the professional oath I took, I’m gonna be in good path. I may not get to practice what I  learned doing in the hospital setting, but I chose this career path and I’m going to continue this. I plan to enroll on grad school for Master in Occupational Health. I know no good paying job is easy. I must take pride that in my small ways, I get to save lives. I’m proud to be in the medical field. Amidst all these, I’m proud to be a Registered Nurse.

Almost

A month ago, I received an email from a certain company informing me that they need a Web Content Writer. I won’t be mentioning the name of the company anymore (as they’ve already cleared on their website that their database was hacked, and that the email sent out was just a scam.)

The email indicated the scope of the job they were offering, the salary, which was apparently 13000-14000 starting pay, and the qualifications needed.

(Yes, no currency was mentioned on the email which made it kinda weird. And the email seemed informal, as it would’ve been business type.)

Good thing I had no time to send an email to apply for the said position. They asked for an article about ‘Information Security and Technology’. Here’s my sample article:

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, Myspace, Google +, Friendster, Plurk, Word Press, Blogspot – these are fad especially among teens nowadays. With the use of our data-capable mobile phones, pc tablets, netbooks, desktop computers, internet-capable televisions, everyone can have an access to the internet. How easy it is to connect anytime and anywhere we want to when Telecommunications Company even offer promos of unlimited bytes to access using our mobile phones and other portable gadgets. We connect on the internet via GPRS, EDGE, WIFI, broadband, DSL, 3G, and 4G. Companies have developed several operating systems to choose from: Apple, Android, Windows, Linux, and even Blackberry have developed their own. 

Globalization has developed over the years and has continued to improve the quality of life.

Everyone can access any piece of information over the net. Gone are the days when we send letters through snail mails. Choices of browsers, search engines, social networking sites, online journals, video blogs, micro sites and instant messengers are laid for everyone’s use.  Technology made human’s life easy and instant.

Every bits and bytes of information can be seen and shared on the internet. From articles, pictures, to videos and clips – everything has become accessible on the web. Everything is just a click on the web. With the easy upload and download of information, how can we assure information security? Information security is still at the gray area. Market has made available a lot of computer anti-virus and anti-spamming software however, hacking has been rampant ever since.

In the world of online writers and bloggers, plagiarism has also been considered theft in the form of copying web content without giving proper credit. Whether it is a document or media file posted on the different websites and social networking media, how can we assure that every information we give and get are safe?

 Technology is very convenient nowadays. The question is how secure are we in acquiring information and sharing our own files on the internet? Is it enough to install anti-virus, anti-spamming, and firewall software on our gadgets? Is it enough to put a copy write note or logo on every article or media file we post?

Everything instant comes with a risk. Information security will depend on us. It is a responsibility sub-labeled in technology. We, humans, have a complete control on technology. We must not let technology control us. Information security therefore can be defined or summarized in this simple statement – “Think before you click.”