Trekking Down Memory Lane

Sunday, May 14, 2017

So I am tasked to transfer my husband's photos. Oh not much.... just more than 2000+ photos. So while I sit on the edge of the bed looking at the thousand photos, I am brought back into the past. When my kids were still tiny human beings, smiling, giggling, wondering at the smallest details about life.

How time flew so fast. Watching the kids transform before my eyes all over again, and seeing my mother smiling, ahhh the beauty of life.

To all the mothers', soon-to-be mothers... HAPPY MOTHERS' DAY!!!

The Quest for Fruits

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Every once in a while I get to attend trainings, special trainings not offered by DOH. And these are the kinds of trainings I dare not miss. No offense to the lead agency in health, but sometines there are great health related trainings not offered by them.

So here I am, in a land far far away from home, trying my best to learn as much as I can, improve myself, as much as I can, sow and reap the best fruits of hard work.

But in every place that I go to, I always look for fruits to chew on. Especially now that my cardiologist has strictly advised for weight loss. He then adds the word #tawidgutom which I recite in my head every day. Oh it's not easy, I tell you. Any woman who is ovulating would tell it to you straight. But then again, at the end of the day, it's still about losing weight.

So back to my dilemna. 

I find myself searching for a fruit. I went out last night with a friend to look for some fruits to bite my teeth on. Went inside two shops, but to no avail. Did you know that some 7-eleven branches carry fruits? But not on this part of the world I suppose.

It's a good thing they offered banana during the breakfast and dinner. Still if you think about it, something that grows from a tree, seem to be scarce on this part. And yet fish, meat, eggs, pork were readily available during meal time. There seems to be something wrong here.

Can't wait to go home and munch my apples. Paging hubby dear, buy me fruits wen I get home.


Saturday, April 1, 2017

December is the cancer prevention month. I know I'm very very late. But I think everyday is cancer prevention day, don't you think?

This was the decoration DDH had last December 2016. I just thought I'd like to share it with you guys.

e-Buddhism: How Your Finger Shape Determines Your Personality ...

Friday, March 31, 2017

Have you seen this? Try to read this and probably you'll find some of the description fits you.

e-Buddhism: How Your Finger Shape Determines Your Personality ...: You can tell a lot about a person just by looking at the shape of their fingers, did you know that? It may sound a bit silly and even stupi...

Vacation with the Kids

Thursday, March 30, 2017

When you have vacation and the kids in one sentence, expect for horrible stories you would want to forget about. They say these are the best times to travel because you get discounts in tickets especially for those below 2 years old. Some would also say that you need not bring them along because they will not understand and they will not recall everything. And there are those who'd tell you that they (the kids) don't deserve to get to go anywhere because they haven't earned it yet. For those of you who have no kids yet, let me tell you this: there is no rule, or way or code that tells you how to bring your kids up.  I don't know how we did it, maybe it's what we saw with our own parents. But my kids are growing up healthy and good, I guess we're doing it right.

At night, I wonder why I keep doing the same thing over and over again and nag in my head how tiring it was to travel with kids. And yet on the next year, we plan for another place to go with the kids. I recall moments when I have had too much of everything that I tend to yell at them. I recall of the long hours in the plane while my kids are cranky and tired and just kept shouting and crying in the plane. I remember when M was much younger, how much he hated seatbelts that he'd find a way to get out of it. He got creative with seat belts  over time.

The things we must do to have that almost perfect family picture :)

I believe there are things in life that we could not teach them. There are some things in life that are better experienced than just by reading them in books. And there are things in life that make them more mature than other kids because of what they saw, and heard, and learned and realized on their own. As I have previously mentioned, M got creative with seatbelts. He used to just slide down past his seatbelt all the way to the floor of the plane so that he can get out of it. He likes watching the clouds and used to stand by his window just gazing at it. K waits for the food to be served. We usually flew with Ceb Pac, she knows there's food coming and she knows which one to buy. R and K usually fights for the window. Overtime, they tend to request for their own luggages, their own space for their own things.

We get to know the kids better. What they like best. And what things will they most likely try. It tested us as parents, as husband and wife, as partners and as friends. It taught us a lot of things, patience, kindness and love.

The sights and sounds of being in the place, cannot be disregarded. As they say, "to see is to believe." I'd like to add, "to see is to feel and to believe."

Napa Valley


Love Story by Erich Segal

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

I was told that this was an old book. A very beautiful story. They remained friends even after they got married. They helped each other grow. Truly wonderful and truly heartbreaking too. I was crying and couldn't make myself sleep.

Looking for the 2nd part of this book.

Random Conversation with M

Sunday, March 26, 2017

I was arranging bills, putting them in an envelope while glancing on the TV with "The Mummy" on. 

M was playing with his transformer robot.

M: mommy can we watch superman?

Me: (pretending not to hear him.)

M: Mommy can we watch superman pwease... pwease pwease...

Me: lets brush your teeth first. (With a firm voice)

M: ok... and then, we'll watch superman.

Me: (moving my head in disbelief)

Sometimes this boy can really surprise me. One day we could barely understand what he was saying or what he wanted. These days, he surprises everyone with how he presents his case and I can be a slave to his wit. 

A Reminder of the Past

Sunday, March 19, 2017

It's 2AM and I find myself still wide awake. No kids or husband to help me fall asleep this time, at least for tonight or this early. Although it's a bit hazy to look at the screen but I am awake. To kill the time and hopefully be in slumber, I try to watch movies, in this case a TV series. I just finished watching Elementary and now I'm into House.

There is so much going on in health that sometimes you tend to lose the other side of being a doctor. I always found myself treating patients, catching babies, suturing, all sorts of dirty work. But there is also the other side of it... administrative.  And sometimes it consumes the whole of your being. Whilst being consumed, you tend to forget things... dosages, maintenance formula for IV fluids during hydration, and other stuff.

House or House MD if you wanna google it was part of our reviewer in taking the board exam. Back when the TV series started, it was the height of my medical education. Every week, a new case was on. We'd make a silly bet that the case would come out in our exams. Well some of it did.

It's reminiscent of my younger years (ouch). But it's also reminiscent of why I went into medicine. And not the administrative dealings that goes with it. Treating people, connecting with people, solving the puzzle of illnesses. The rationale of having big medical books in order to understand the human body, and not human politics. Sometimes, I just wanna concentrate on treating people... and not treating the system.

Well... back to House MD!

Hotel Lotions

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Sometimes when I leave the house I tend to forget to put on some lotion. Seems like I'm always in a hurry. Hubby would wait on me by the door. If eyes could speak, he would be saying, "Are you ready to go?" :)

Every time we stay in a hotel, hubby likes to keep the vanity kits. Except for the hotel soap which I always use to wash my hands, everything else, we keep. Since we bring our own soap and shampoo, we never use the hotel kits. It was only until a few months ago that I realized how convenient these things are, especially hotel lotions. 

Since I wash my hands a couple of times a day, my hands tend to get dry. Traveling a lot also makes my skin dry. This is where this thing comes in handy. I can just put on some lotion even when we're traveling. Really really convenient. 

So the next time you stay in the hotel, check out their vanity kits. 

Blue Sky and Grass

Friday, March 3, 2017

A few more watercolor paintings I've done. Had to do it twice just to try to have the feel of working with watercolor. As in the title, this is Blue sky and grass.

Getting the Hang of It

Thursday, March 2, 2017

I would love to do watercolor painting. I've stocked up on a few paints but I've always had second thoughts about it. Somehow, it is very difficult to control.

Just sharing a few strokes that I did. It's a start. I'm liking it though. The more I'm making, the more I'm liking it. These were done about two to three weeks back. Paper is from Monologue journal for mix media.

Few initial strokes. just getting the hang of it.

Bouquet of Roses with some tiny blue flowers

Trying to do some clouds, sea and sand.

M's Painting

Saturday, February 11, 2017

He saw me doing some watercolor painting and joined in. I decided to let him drew in my journal so that I can treasure it for a long time. 

Children with Autism And Not Autistic Children

Friday, January 20, 2017

It is easy to say that you know about autism and that you are now aware of autism, but to brand them as "Autistic Children" is nevertheless unforgivable and ignorant. Autism has continued to mystify people but that doesn't mean that doctors and other health workers are doing nothing. More is done today than ever. With the increasing number of cases identified, it would mean that Autism Spectrum Disorder has been studied more.

It pains me to read people branding them as "autistic person" or "retarded person". Even journalist use the term. It goes to show you have not read well enough to talk about the subject matter. 

The Beauty of Travelling

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Yes I know what's going through your mind. You're probably thinking about the packing, the expenses, the need to wake up early to go sightseeing. Well yes you have to do all that of course. That's a given fact. How else would you change your clothes. Well you could buy new stuff if you like and just leave everything at home, but again, that would be more expensive.

What I would be telling you is the beauty of it. Strip off the expenses, the work done before the actual travel, the planning.... we'll deal more on why you have to travel. Yes you can read all the books in the world about places and culture. You can scan them on the web. There's probably some pictures on the net. But let me tell you... to actually be in the place, to actually feel the moment, to actually have your senses working because you are there, it's a whole different experience. To be able to talk to the locals, to be able to try their local food, to be told what not to do, ahhhh... that's more than what money can buy.

Yes there's the occasional problems at the airport, the need to bring extra clothes in your carry-on luggage, but when you get to your destination, you will be building memories of your own. And no amount of photos can take what's been printed on your mind. Photos are there to capture moments. But the personal growth, mind, body and soul, it's a growth that only the experience can teach you.

Allow yourself the chance to taste, see and feel other places. Allow yourself the chance to grow. Allow yourself to talk to other people from different race and culture. After all, we are all humans. We all have the need to connect and interact. Give into that need and I can assure you, growth unlike any other. 


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Let me present to you my latest addition, the Visconti Rembrant. I forgot the name of the shop in Italy (oh please forgive me), but the lady was so helpful. She allowed me to dip the pen, and other pens I tried, in ink. When you're buying pens like this, you have to try writing with them. You have to find that smooth glide so that you won't have any difficutly in writing. And it should not be heavy on your hand, otherwise, you'll get tired and would not want to use the pen at all.

Well what can I say more, I think the beauty of the pen speakes for itself.

The Best Apple Pencil Case

Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Apple Pencil, for me, is thus far the best stylus (electric/bluetooth connectivity) for me. Maybe because it is perfectly made to partner with the ipad Pro. I've tried connecting it with the ipad mini to no avail.

So how do you store the apple pencil? I have the 12.9" ipad pro. I love it. I can draw with it. The screen is big, I don't have difficulty reading my emails, my books, my pages, keynote and numbers. The downside, it's way to heavy to carry around just about anywhere. So I look for computer bags that would fit it. Problem solve. But what about the pencil?

There are a lot of straps with carry case for pencils, bags that lets you put the pencil bare (without the box that it came with). But I don't like it. I see the pencil as a sensitive item that gets destroyed easily once it's not properly stored. Here is a photo of the pencil inside the box.

Here is what's inside.

Looks sensitive right? I have been looking around for cases to carry this sensitive thing. But so far, the best one is the box that it came with. Hard, sturdy, doesn't flatten when inside my bag.

I know, I know, there are a lot of sleeves for the pencil. I chose not to buy them because the pencil won't fit inside the box if it has a sleeve. So I let it be.

Will there be an ipad mini pro? I'm hoping there would be.

After You by Jojo Moyes

Monday, January 2, 2017

I've told you before about the book "Me Before You" by Jojo Moyes and how I could not put it down. Well here is another book by the same author entitled "After You". This tells of the events that followed. I was skeptical at first to read this, thinking it might not be as good as the first book I read. But this is still a good one. If you're the type who wonders what happened next, go ahead and try this one.

As for me, although this is a good one, I like the first book. But then again, we have different take on things. Go ahead and try this one out.


Mighty Scotch Tape

At a young age, M had a possessive quality with his toys. He has plenty of toys but there were those that he really liked to play with. But like all things, they break. And when that happens, he cries.... a lot... with a face that can move your soul to bits and pieces. 

So it is during these times that we happen to show him the power of fixing things with the most handy of all items in the house... the scotch tape. I'm sure almost all, if not all, of you have this lying around in your homes. We were able to fix Godzilla's tail several times, transformer's hands several times, affix the sword to some other toys so that he wouldn't have to keep putting it. 

And as he grew older, he himself would ask for the mighty sctoch tape. Doesn't cry on all broken things. He now knows there's a solution to everything.

Happy New Year!

Happy new year to everyone. Beaches were full during the holidays. Almost everyone at home is sick. We took a detour and stayed close to home. We hope you had a blast celebrating the new year.

Let me say au revoir to 2016 who has been full of surprises, disappointments, heartaches and lessons in life. Will 2017 be more difficult? Oh me oh my!