PMA National Orientation and Leadership Seminar

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Last weekend, I was blessed to attend the Philippine Medical Association's National Orientation and Leadership Seminar. Mind you, I used the word "blessed" because first off, the 9:05 am Cebu Pacific flight was cancelled due to problems with the aircraft. We almost, almost decided not to attend. But since we were with some doctor friends, we decided to go anyway. And thank God we did. And thank God the flight landed safely. Well with the delay in our flight, I came in late. 

The first day was an orientation of the structure of Philippine Medical Association (PMA), which for new officers are very very informative. There are now 119th Component Societies and Davao Occidental Medical Society is the newest component society (woohoo!!!). Well being a new society comes with much work. 

The second day was more informative as we had great speakers to end the seminar. First off, let me just say that the President, Dr. Minerva Calimag is a techie. She has done a lot of techie stuff for the love of education and mind you, she's very active in facebook too.

We also had Atty. Marc Fabian Castrodes who spoke on Excellence in Motivational Leadership. A very inspiring speaker. He had so many to share, info on good books to read like "Drive" and "The Power of Habit". Maybe I'll try looking for his books as well, he said he wrote books too. And he is from Davao.

And of course, no seminars would be complete without the photo-op. Here with officers of other component societies of Southeastern Mindanao with our governor, Dr. Maria Lourdes G. Monteverde who is seated on the farthest left.

M's First Day in School

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

First day of school is always so intense for small kids. I had those times when I was younger. So when my two older daughters started school, it wasn't new to me that they'd be having a hard time in  the beginning.

So here comes my little boy, the bunso. For starters, he's very active, does what he wants, says what he thinks, fights for what he wants. Before classes began, we started talking to him about school, and he would always say, "No school." When we bought his shoes, we struggled to keep him still to try out the sizes. And to all the pairs of shoes we chose, he would always so, "no." But we had to settle for something.

First day came and I was bracing for the inevitable. He squirmed and cried and wanted to go home. I left him for a while because I didn't want him clinging on to me but I had to go back to school 'cuz he didn't wanna go inside the room without me. Lo and behold, he slept the remainder of the school hours ;)

Patience is a virtue, I always say. It takes practice and familiarity to keep him in school. With a very active boy, I know this is only the tip of the iceberg.