How Much is a Number’s Worth?

Numbers were invented to convey a quantifiable value of something. It’s more like an indicator of how much something is worth or costs. Say for example, a 250-peso straight-cut dress is considered more expensive than a 200-peso worth of lace-embellished miniskirt dress. Apparently, there was a fifty something difference in the price, from which the former was given greater value. But then, there’s also a deficit in prize to the latter though it has more design in it.

Numbers and deficits. Both are present in the realms of nursing. But up to what extent?

Would a nurse with a high board exam rating perform better over that one who doesn’t? Is frequent mention of board exam rating really needed in gauging one’s capacity as a nurse?

And would you care to find out?

I dared to find out the answer but didn’t succeed. However, I was able to collate my thoughts and come up with my most honest answer regarding the matter.

If you’re a nurse or someone who would like how board examination scores impact a professional’s career and life, please feel free to click on my original on the topic, here.

Also, leave your comments and feel free to tell me what your thoughts are on this. ;)

♥ TINA ♥

A Caricature Out of True Friendship

Yeah, the title sounds uhm… CORNY. But the statement is true – with conviction.

Almost an hour ago, my friend Janina Santos sent me a Facebook message, asking me to check out a link. And I was sooo astounded when I saw it:

This sketch is like the most detailed I’ve ever seen of Janina’s works. She used to doodle some stuff in her notepad, back when we were still working in the same review center for nurses. But this one’s totally awesome. This sketch makes me feel proud that I have a true blue artist as a very good friend.

Janina and I met a year ago when I was competing for the 2011 Rachell Allen Image Model Search. Part of the coverage for our competition is an interview done in every candidate, which will be used as our profile descriptions on the pageant’s night. The one who (was assigned to do) did such endeavor was Janina.

Janina’s face is not a friendly one. She exudes that “the-devil-wears-Prada” attitude, which made all the image model contestants (Yes, including me!) think she’s a terror review coach, nurse manager, or something. As mentioned, I had the same impression too. I thought Janina was someone from the center I wouldn’t be very fond of.

But not all first impressions necessarily last. More so, people shouldn’t be judging a book by its cover (eh?). It turned out, Janina was the nicest and most brilliant person in Rachell Allen, which I never thought I’d prove for the rest of my life.

The hardcore English-speaking nurse and IELTS coach and program officer bombshell had become my very good and treasured friend. I love to believe that she’s my twin sister separated from me, at birth. We’re totally psychic sisters. :)

The photo above is like the most wonderful gift of friendship no one has ever given to me – until Janina came. Even though it was doodled out of boredom, I am pretty sure it was drawn from the heart.

What do you think of the drawing? Please feel free to leave your insights in the comments section below.

Thanks for dropping by!

♥ TINA ♥

Look, I’m on TV – HOSTING!

I’ve always thought it’s not possible for an ordinary nurse, like me, to be seen in national television. But because of series of events, which started to take place last year, I think mass media can also become one of the most promising undertakings for any registered nurse.

It all began when I first appeared for two episodes of one of the known morning drama shows in GMA Philippines, entitled “MAYNILA”. When I was still playing with my band my self-composed original vocal melody compositions (together with my bandmates’ collective musical arrangement) which were turned into songs, two of those original song compositions were aired and played in two individual program episodes. And if I’m not mistaken, they were played sometime in March of this year.

After the said musical endeavor, the realms of television and mass communication had been very friendly and accommodating to me. And the next thing I knew, I was already a regular co-host for a business portal cable show called, “What’s Up Doc, by Dr. John Cenica”. I can still remember how I ended up being one of the program’s hosts…

The topic we tackled in the most recent episode I’ve hosted in, with Dr. Cenica of “What’s Up Doc?”, was all about BEAUTY QUEEN SECRETS. Here are some of the photos we had that day:

Playing camerawoman. Will I pass being one? Lol.

Dr. Cenica thought I’d like to do this show with him mainly because I’ve once become a “beauty queen” (In my own rights!) myself, being the grand winner of the 2011 Rachell Allen Image Model Search. In this photo, I was LITERALLY blown away by Ms. Island Philippines’ beautiful face, height, and glamorous gait!

And since we’re talking about television hosting… Aside from personality, good facial “register” on television, and good command of English (or any type of lingua franca or vernacular language inherent to the country he lives in) – what do you think an aspiring host needs in order to succeed?

Actually, I made a list of some of the easiest tips that worked for me. Please feel free to check them out and comment on them. :)

Tell me about your thoughts on these things.

♥ TINA ♥

My Book Review Desire and Procrastinating Peeve

I have constant battle with this thing called procrastination. In most occasions, he wins. But whenever I feel the need to accomplish something bigger and of higher importance, I am very proud to say that I can battle him out.

And I guess earlier this week would be among the few days of triumph over procrastination.


Well, here’s the thing. I have this “fetish” for buying secondhand books at thrifty book shops. There’s nothing wrong with it, though. However, what pains me to think is my inability to “munch” those pages upon purchasing a novel.

I know, blame it to procrastination.

Likewise, I also encounter difficulty writing a personal review about each paperback treat I spend on (how I wish I can write a standardized and formal book review, FOR REAL).

Writing a book review is not a requisite at all. However, coming up with one gives the reader an opportunity to fully digest and synthesize the  elements of the novel – much like chewing firmly on jawbreaker burgers. Yum!

So after my match against my buddy, procrastination, I was able to write my very own book review on one of my favorite novels of all time, THE FACE IN THE MILK CARTON.

You may read how I adore the book and its authorCarolyn Cooney, here.

Hmmm… what do you think? Is the battle against procrastination worth it?

♥ TINA ♥