Hey, Piercing Eyes

Your tears are always very silent. You mastered the art of crying and smiling. Hiding the tears inside your pocket and bringing out sunshine instead of rain.

Your pain are always embracing your bones and scraping your skin until it melt all the joy in your eyes.

Your hands are gripping the ashes of hope–never wanting to let go but always wanted to give up.

You always say, “I’m okay” when you really mean you are not.ย 

You can’t always say to the rain to go away. But you can bring raincoats to dance away the pain.

When life throws lemons, we don’t always make a lemonade. Instead, we nurse the swelling, we frame the bruises and hang it on the wall.

So let’s collect the pain and build a museum of scars.

Hey, piercing eyes.

Remember that you are a sunshine concealed in the massive cloud of sky.

If they ever treat you like a crap, pull out a napkin and wipe away the grudge.

You are meant to fly high above the galaxy and milky way.

You deserve to be loved.

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Some Days You Can’t Save Them All

One of my favorite writers, Ronnie Baticulon, has published a new book entitled, “Some Days You Can’t Save Them All.” He writes beautifully and shares his heart breaking experiences as a resident doctor in PGH.

Ever since I stumbled upon his blog, I can’t help but admire all the doctors and everyone on the medical field. Their feat is never easy. Before being in service, it costs them hundreds of hours of meticulous studying and practicing.

One of the things I learned on binge-reading his blog is something like this (non-verbatim): “Hindi mo pwedeng dayain ang pag-aaral. Kung anong matututunan mo ngayon, iaapply mo kapag doktor ka na. You owe it to your patients to study hard and give them the best kind of service in the future. Buhay kasi ng tao ang nakataya.”

And I hope every one of us can uphold the same values and perspective. Hindi man buhay ang nakataya sa field natin, there will always be stakeholders that will be affected if we fail or commit a mistake.

However, these values are not always being upheld by everyone. In reality sa medical field, hindi lahat ay may pake sa pasyente.

This in lieu of a friend who got series of therapies that doesn’t do her any good according to her orthopedic doctor.

She’s suffering from Radiculopathy due to Annular Disc Bulge among other things. Her doctor in Manila advised her for 8 sessions of therapy. She opted it be done in the province. After 8 sessions, the therapist declined to give a progress report but instead extended the session into another 10 sesh. After 18 sesh, there’s no progress, no improvement, only wasted time, wasted kidney due to meds, and finally, resources.

She was then advised by the same therapist to get a Shockwave from another hospital.ย This session has immediate relief. At last, after 4 months, she is having relief.

Or so we thought.

Because when she went back to her doctor in Manila, she was told that Shockwave won’t do her any good because her case is not just another muscle spasm. The Shockwave treatment is not addressing the root cause. It is not treating her despite the relief she is getting from it.

The orthopedic doctor expressed rage on the institution. After hearing that reaction from her doctor, I can’t help but think that her therapists did not prioritize her but is eager to prove that their treatment can do her good. I was appalled, even mad. Why would the therapist withhold the progress report and extend the session if it is evident that there is no progress at all? Why can’t they prioritize the patient?

Patients are at the mercy of the doctors. Although there is always a wide range of information in the internet explaining the medical jargon of their diagnosis, patients will always trust the doctor’s advise. Doctors can get away with the result but the patient will always suffer the complication if misdiagnosed or mistreated. Unfortunately, it is at the expense of the patient.

Some days you really can’t save them all. But I’m hoping and praying that my friend will find the strength to fight and get through this–physically, emotionally and financially. She is always in pain and I can’t describe how hard it is for her.

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Hey, Keep Livin’ and Lovin’!

Never Have I Ever

Nope, not a confession.

But an admiration.

Never have I ever seen a company leader lay down on the floor for a photo.

This is the grand opening of the second IKEA store in Dubai. All of us in Regional Service Office supported and helped out–after some photo ops, of course.

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MD of IKEA UAE standing on the left and Deputy CEO (now MD) of IKEA Sweden ย lying on the floor ๐Ÿ™‚

So we are all eyes and smiling ear to ear for this coolest photo we can ever post online.

Titles dropped, dry ironed suit ignored, this guy just went down our level and shouted through his action that we all belong to his team and was never hesitant to show his wackiness.

I really admire him for this gesture. At first, he was busy chatting with other leaders but as soon as he finished, he immediately joined us and shouted, “IKEA!”

Not everyone can pull it off. And not everyone is willing to do so. I guess that’s a short and sure way to captivate your team and give you respect. It burned the level, bridged the gap and diffused the invisible awkwardness.

I wonder how it feels like to work with him. Does the people in Sweden as excited as we are around him?

Can I add him in my Linked In Network and ask for a recommendation? Charot. Hahaha

 

3 Reasons Why I Should Not Be Your Tour Guide

1. I don’t have a sense of direction.

I easily get lost. All I know is my way from home to office and vice versa–by bus. I’m not really familiar with the outskirts of Dubai. I can only tour you within the places near the Metro Station. But the Metro is stretched along Sheikh Zayed Road (SZR) for 52km, so I guess, its not that bad. If you don’t mind getting lost, then, hop in!

2. I don’t do tourist-y stuff.

I haven’t been to tourist-y places. I don’t know how much it costs nor how long it takes to get there. But I do know the easiest way to get anywhere in Dubai: Taxi. So if money is not an issue, well, you know, I can tour you around. Plus, we can always google things.

3. I don’t know how to haggle.

I’m not really good at this. If you need some souvenirs, well, I don’t know where to get one. And don’t expect me to haggle the price low for you because I’m not really good at rejections. Haha!

These are the struggles we faced the first time my former officemates visit Dubai. They were in the wrong hands because I am also still new in the city and never had a chance yet to roam around. But they were up for the adventure so we still go around the city and explore.

Their first visit happened last September 2017 then they went back on December 2017. Yes, this post has been sitting in draft for ages.

I missed these peeps so much that I was so excited when I first heard that they are coming over. It feels like someone from home will visit. They are literally a family to me!

Since they were here for business trip, we can only sneak in during weekends. It works for me because I have work, too, on weekdays. I met them at Dubai Mall and we just roam around the mall to start. They are not first timers in Dubai. Imee and Elsa has been previously sent to Dubai already so they’re pretty much familiar of the place (a.k.a., they won’t be thrilled by Dubai Aquarium and Fountain any more, too bad. LOL!).

Though I already heard the news that Momi Els cut her hair short and they call her Jake Zyrus, it is still a shock to me when I first saw her. She used to have a long hair and they used to go together during weekend to have it rebonded. But she’s still that very pretty Momi we always have.

So we went to IBN Battuta after breakfast then head to Abu Dhabi to experience Dune Bashing. It is also my first time to experience this stuff along with them. We are all exhausted after that and went straight to the hotel to rest.

I think pumunta kami sa Gold Souq after that pero hindi ko na maalala. Tapos kinabukasan, hinatid ko na sila sa airport. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

But then again, they came back on December! Haha! This time, I’m already armed with places to go and the outskirts of Dubai. I already have suggested places to visit. I’ve done my research.

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Fast forward 2019, hindi ko na alam kung anong nangyari after their second visit. We sure had a good time! Haha! I’m posting this anyway. When I visited PH last year, I wasn’t able to see them because sobrang limited yung time. So I hope, next year, makita ko na ulit sila. Haha!

Ma! Pa! Nanalo Ko!

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Ma! Pa! Nanalo ako sa pa-raffle ng company! Perstaym na, Grand Price pa!

Company’s Year End Party. The night started young, wala pa masyadong tao nung dumating kami. Kahit na ang call time ay 530 PM. To everybody else’s defense, they are busy on the upcoming store. But that is a different story.

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Upon registration, we picked names of Hollywood actors and actresses written in a piece of paper inside the bowl. I picked Jean-Claude Van Damme.

So the highlight of the night is all the pricey prizes. And when I say pricey, I mean, PRICEY!

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PART 1: Nutribullet, Cerruti 1881, L’Occitane, Nutricook, Fujifilm Instax, Crown Line Airfyer, Bose Speaker, Samsung Watch, 500-1000 AED Gift Certificates, etc.

Alam mo ba yung L’Occitane? Ako, hindi eh. I don’t even know how to pronounce it, until that night. Haha!

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Part 2: Leather Wallet, Nespresso, Dyson Cooler, Swarovski Watch, Apple Watch, Dyson Vacuum, Microsoft Surface Go, Samsung S10, and iPhone11.

Everyone is eyeing for the grand prize of night, iPhone 11!

Sino ba namang hindi hahangaring manalo ng grand prize?!

Everyone is sure that they will get it, except me. That’s because I have a long history of NOT WINNING AT ANY RAFFLE DRAW. So this night is no different. I just hope to win but didn’t dare to get my hopes up.

So when the GM finally called the winner for the grand prize, I couldn’t believe that he actually called my code name, Van Damme! I WAS THRILLED–ECSTATIC EVEN!

Just like that, I walked away with a new phone in hand. Excited that I can now upload non-pixelated photos in IG stories and can also draft away new notes in WP. ๐Ÿ™‚

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3 out of 5 winners in Team Finance. My boss took this pic and told me earlier na may performance evaluation daw kami the next day. Joker din yung boss ko.

Last night is just an overwhelming display of generous grace. That feeling that I don’t deserve it, but was given it anyway. Anyhow, I thank the Lord for more than the gift, but His grace.

UPDATE: Putting my father in the caption and title because he thought I am only referring to my mother. So ayun, nagtatampo siya. Little did he know that nakikimillenial lang ako kaya ganyan ang caption. I think, una kong nakita yan kay Ben&Ben. Ang funny minsan ng parentals but we love them nonetheless. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

Hey There

Father and Son

A few days ago, a blogger friend asked (na itatago ko na lang sa pangalang, Aysa), “balita sayo?” and further nudged, “nagsusulat ka pa ba?

Ayun, napabuklat ulit tuloy ako ng WP (pero after 3 days pa).

And when I did, I missed them. I missed reading their blog, their life, their stories. Stalking and commenting on their posts, replying back to theirs, following new bloggers and finding out later that many of them unfollowed by page (but I don’t keep track anyway so, whatevs). Some still have their own domain and some have podcasts already. Legit bloggers and nakakaproud sabihin that I’ve known these people kahit most of them eh hindi ko pa namimeet in person. It’s nice to read again and see how my friends online were doing. And it nudged me to write something as well.

Maraming ganap. Lahat nga pala ng rant ko dito a few years ago ay nalagpasan ko na. May trabaho na ako, may maayos na visa. Nakapagbakasyon na rin ako sa Pinas at marami pang iba.

Pero parang hindi pa rin ako kuntento. Ang hirap noh?

Kapag naiisip kong magsulat at kating-kati akong ilagay sa mundo ang nararamdaman ko, napipigilan ako ng pixelated photo upload (yung photo na dinownload ko from Whatsapp, pixelated na kapag inupload ko sa IG).

Walang FB, walang IG, walang WP. I lost the urge to post away details of my life. But I still have that urge to accomplish more, to connect, reconnect and to do something worth my time.

It felt empty, actually.ย May trabaho naman at kumikita ng sapat para sa pangangailangan. Pero parang may kulang.

Ikaw ba, paano mo ‘to nilalabanan? Tips naman diyan! ๐Ÿ™‚

PS: Salamat nga pala kay Aysa sa paggising sa natutulog kong diwa. Visit her blog and be blown away by her thoughts. Lodi ko talaga siya eh. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

Sunset at The Beach JBR

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Usual weekend: playing cards, movies, and excessive eating

To add some color to our usual weekend, Lai and I decided to go to the beach and see the sunset. The most accessible beach in our area is in JBR where we do not need any taxi nor hop in another bus but just the metro.

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Just in time for the sunset.

If you are in Dubai, you can go down at DAMAC Properties Metro Station (36), then transfer to Dubai Marina Tram Station and go down at Jumeirah Beach Resort 02.

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Photo grabbed at discover-dubai.ae

As of today’s writing, it costs us 7.50 AED for the train ride from our place to JBR. The Beach is open at 10AM and requires NO entrance fee but using some amenities (like shower) needs payment. You are free to swim only up to sunset but the beach is up until 11PM on weekdays (Sun-Wed) and 1AM on weekends (Thu-Sat). Not sure if they will allow you to roam around after such time.

We had a good 30 minute swim after some photo ops. They won’t allow you to swim after sunset. With all the sand in your feet and who-knows-where after swimming, finding a shower is a challenge. Didn’t know that we have to pay for shower facility usage. Walking around the park in swimsuit top with an overgrown belly is not really comfortable. We paid 5AED each for a limited use of shower, just enough to wash away the sand in our body. We opt to properly clean ourselves at home.

After cleaning up, we ate roasted chicken and kubos we brought from home. Yep, we brought our own food because the price in The Beach is usually expensive. We ain’t no tourist plus the fact the we we’re Ilocanosย love packed lunch. Haha!

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Roasted Chicken with Kubos. Pretty much the closest photo I can find on the net. Kubos is the flat bread. Wrap the chicken, raw veggies, and fries inside then dip it in the hummus. (Photo grabbed from webstagram.pro).

A few more snaps on our way back to the Tram and off we go! In this place, there are a lot of “instagrammable” stuff. You’ll enjoy not just the beach but the resort as well. Definitely, we will go back and experience the rest of it in full daylight. Better to put that comfortable shoes on because we will walk A LOT! That’s what I like about Dubai, there are beautiful facilities that your eyes can feast on and enjoy with your friends with NO charge at all.

PS: Most of the photos were shot by Lai. We opt to use her phone for convenience. Also, I don’t have the leisure to edit the photos except for Vivid Filter pre-set in photo editor.