College of Law — At Last!

For those who had followed my journey from college years, graduation, passing the Philippine nurse licensure exam, until when I finally get to practice as a nurse, they would be witnesses on how much I’d do anything just to pursue law studies.

I had always been honest that I didn’t like taking-up B.S. Nursing, and that my study of the course — given the hurdles of maintaining a good standing and scholar status — had been painstaking four years ago. Even so, I managed to finish the course due to the will of my parents and my desire not to fail them. During such time, I had not been able to do the things I liked because I’m scared to be kicked out from my university — Yes, my alma mater eliminates students who cannot “keep up” because we really don’t pay much, so they’re kind of strict with the grades.  I guess I had done some ranting about this in the very first post I wrote for this blog site.

Luckily through the years, I came to love the discipline my parents [gravely] pushed me into entering. Now, I work as a National Program Officer for Male Involvement for Safe Motherhood, through NSV (no-scalpel vasectomy), in one of United Nation Populations Fund’s implementing partners in the Philppines — the Cooperative Movement for Encouraging NSV (CMEN). I owe to nursing all the pleasant things I experience now, aside from the fact that the CMEN had opened wonderful opportunities for me as a person. Don’t worry, I’ll catch up as I’d write a blog on that in the succeeding days…

Even with the newly found happiness brought upon by nursing, still, there’s a big part of me calling to pursue my dream of becoming a lawyer. This “calling” had been postponed a number of times, which even came to a point of becoming neglected…

Finally, after four painstaking and trying years, I made it! I feel so mighty proud…

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Even passing the Law Aptitude Examination to become qualified in the College of Law was never easy at all. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting this “triumph” because I had no time reviewing for the entrance test due to my hectic schedule at work back then. That’s why after getting that you-qualify-to-the-college-of-law call, I couldn’t help but shout for joy!

Later, I will be enrolling to pay for my tuition fee. It’s actually the first step of reaching my lawyer-dream…

And also the very first to others I have yet to take…

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 ♥

My Thoughts on Health Blogging

As mentioned in my previous posts, I also maintain another blog site at Blogger/Blogspot platform. That site serves as the repository of my original articles and other written works I’ve created in the past three years – until present. I periodically update it with new articles, should the need for sharing pertinent information arises.

One of the articles I’ve come up is all about health blogging. I actually made the said blog post/article a while ago, while trying to lull myself to sleep. I suddenly thought about how much difference it can make if health professionals would give health blogging a try.

You may read the article by clicking here.

Whether you are a medical doctor, an allied health professional, or a reader who’s into health and wellness, I would love to know your insight about my proposition.

If you are someone who’s in the health profession or field, do you think setting up a credible health blog will make a difference?

♥ TINA ♥

What’s Up Doc? by Dr. John Cenica

I have this fondness of sending Facebook friend requests to people who belong within my network, regardless of whether I know them personally or not. Last Tuesday, I stumbled upon the profile of an esteemed cosmetic surgeon to the stars, named Dr. John Cenica.

Dr. John Cenica, the founder of the Jancen Cosmetics Surgery, was very friendly and accommodating. I happen to see his profile in the right panel of my facebook dashboard, among friends suggestions within the network I belong into. So, I decided to add him up. To be honest, I was not expecting his response at all. However, among all the suggested friends that I added up, it was so ironic that he was the one who responded promptly. Someone as “big time” as him… Gee, I can never imagine! We had a little chat over Facebook, up to the point when he called me up for almost thirty minutes or so over the phone, in order to share with me a meaningful and productive discussion.

And finally, last Thursday, I got the opportunity to meet Dr. Cenica, personally. You wouldn’t imagine how “starstruck” I was. Lol. Despite of the recognition he receives, Dr. John Cenica (or Doc Jancen) never let things get into his head. You know from the very start that he’s a down-to-earth person. Fame and success were never an issue for him.

One of the things that we have discussed, during our brief meeting at the Robinson’s Place Manila, was about the co-hosting stint that he would like to assign to me in the coming weeks. Doctor Jancen happens to be the host of one of Global News Network’s (GNN) morning-shift and all-time favorite shows,  called “WHAT’S UP DOC?”

And today was the realization of such “assignment”.

This morning, upon arriving at the GNN studio (at Makati) at about ten o’ clock, I touched down the realms of mass communication without apt equipment and orientation. However, with the help of Dr. Cenica, I was able to make my way through the entire segment – safe and sound. Hahahaha! The topic we discussed and presented in the show was everything about BODY DYSMORPHIC DISORDER, a category of mental health condition that falls under somatoform disorders.

It has been a very interesting segment because such condition was linked to cosmetic surgery, while tackling other relevant medical and psychiatric approaches and concepts in between.

It was literally FUN, FUN, FUN. The conversational presentation of the said topic was so enjoyable, we didn’t even notice that we only had three minutes left in the show to bid our audience good bye. How time flies so fast when you’re having a great time!

After the show, I was surprised on how much everyone appreciated my hosting skills. I am very happy to hear the director’s, as well as the doctors’, positive comments; however, I still recognize the need to fortify such act. That’s why, I finally decided to join their upcoming shows and be Dr. Jancen’s apprentice. Hahaha!

It’s more fun to be a nurse, singer, blogger, songwriter, and HOST. I’m wondering what activity will I try doing next?

We’ll see…

And oh, for those who weren’t able to watch today’s episode of “What’s Up Doc?” – fret no more! It will be replayed tomorrow morning at 12NN. I hope you guys can all tune in at Destiny Cable’s GNN channel.

Then if you do see me, tell me what your thoughts are…

Will I pass being your morning show host? :)

♥ TINA ♥

Tina’s Prayer for Her Sanity – A Plea for Answers

Dear Lord,

I am now staring in front of my netbook screen, thinking how life could have been if things were a little different. I was just thinking how I would have become had I not agreed to succumb to matters that periled me seven years ago….

Please don’t get me wrong. I am absolutely thankful with whatever I have right now. Who would complain on enjoyable set of friends, cool band mates, remarkable job opportunities, and protective family. Truly, I am grateful to all these things you have bestowed upon me. Not everyone can experience all of them at the same time. And I couldn’t ask for more. But sometimes, there are issues that I feel are not yet resolved and dwelt upon. That there are various aspects in my life that need to be clarified, settled, or let go if necessary…

Writing this letter to you takes a lot of courage because I don’t even know if you’d care to read at all. Nonetheless, I better do this. For the love of sanity…

You see, I am having some difficulties in terms of my music. Not that I complain about it. I can never ask for anything more than a lovely voice and inclination to creating prodigious melodies, from which you’ve already given me. However, with the type of progress that I have right now, I have to admit it’s kind of disturbing. I know for a fact that you have always known that I want to do music for the rest of my life. No matter what endeavour it might be, you know I’d create songs and engage to musical attempts in a heartbeat. But will I ever get rewarded?

On the other side other than my creative predisposition, you know better that I also wanted to become a lawyer. In fact, you’ve always known that I’d be very determined to undertake the path to such field. Though I am not quite sure, I am pretty confident that you have given me the means and capabilities to become one. But why have I been led to a different track?

Oops, by the way. I am not ranting about the things you’ve given me beyond my control. I don’t blame anyone, even my parents, when my right to choose for my own future was jeopardized. More so, I don’t express disgust of them being so manipulative of my decisions in terms of my college course and future. I am lucky to have my parents around. And I owe you for that. I also don’t complain for discrimination and musical indifferences. I know for sure that you all gave me this to become a much better person.

But sometimes God, it’s so much devastating that I end up staring at blank space drifting away. I engage to oblivion daydreaming as I attempt to shield myself off from chaos and distraction. And yeah, PAIN. It hurts so much dear Lord that I don’t have the power to know if my sacrifices are worth it or if I’d ever end up to be the person that I want to be.

And people don’t understand. Just because you equipped me with the means to become tough, that they don’t know that I’m also a weak duckling inside; that I need nurturing, reassurance, and comfort; that I am a human too just like them.
That I am vulnerable… And now, my soul is tattered and torn.

Do I ever get to reach that little faint star I’m trying to achieve?

It’s funny how I want an answer yet don’t want to hear about it.

For now, I just want people to understand me. See me in a macro-perspective. Those people I love and care the most.

Family.

Friends.

Band mates.

Pets. (yeah, Cookie and Chuckie.)

Axle.

I pray that they understand how a terrible wreck I am right now and it’s not my fault.

I was just trying to deal, compensate, and sustain. And in the past seven years of bearing, this has what become of me.

God, I know there’s no point of doing this. I think writing this letter is useless because I should be getting ready for my upcoming interview instead. However, I felt compelled to draft this one…

For the love of sanity.

I’ve laid out all my cards dear God. I surrender to you my game.

Thank you,

Tina