A foodie, a traveler and an MD.
  • Day1

    Day 1 Off to the Conference

    June 7, 2017 in Singapore ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    After my morning class, I rushed back home to meet up with Rania so we could take a cab to the airport. A sudden downpour made it more difficult to get a taxi to the airport. Uber surged its price to $44 for a usual $25 one wat trip.

    Check in at Changi Terminal 3 was smooth. We did self check in. Before boarding, we had a chance to try Ippudo. Yum!

    On the way to our departure gate, we so a Pret A Manger shop, and I was pleasantly surprise.

    The flight was good and we reach Hong Kong on time. We watched Logan on the flight and we were both disappointed. We stared Beauty and the Beast but we couldn't finished the film as we touched down in Hong Kong.

    The last time we were in Hong Kong, we took the airport express, so this time we took Bus A11 and take a more scenic route.

    We arrived in Wan Chai and self check in our airbnb. We scoot immediately to Dim Dim Sum , our go to place in Hong Kong. Before the night is over, we walk around the Hong Kong Conference and Convention Centre and took pictures of Victoria harbour.
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  • Day19

    Bacolod Day 14

    April 9, 2017 in Singapore ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    On our final day, breakfast started at 8:30 in the morning.

    By 10, we were ready for the final debrief and photo-op with everyone at the ERH Village. The scholars and kids came early to bid us farewell. My students donated their personal stuff that they no longer needed. One of my students washed and cleaned her shoes so she can pass it to someone called Bombai, one of the construction workers at the Cabug site.

    We had our awarding of gifts to Mikmik, Erma and to the rest of the GK Volunteers.

    Tears of sadness and joy were overflowing from our team and our host community as we slowly departed from our home of 2 weeks. It wasn't easy to leave, I had to "drag" the team to the 3 vans that were waiting to bring us to Bacolod-Silay airport.

    After a quick transit into Manila, we embarked on our final flight back to Singapore and touched down at Changi at 11:30pm.

    Shankar and I shared a cab on our way home to the west side of Singapore. I arrived at home at around 1 in the morning with a pleasant surprise waiting for me.
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  • Day13

    Bacolod Day 13

    April 3, 2017 on the Philippines ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Lakawon island here we come!

    We started early at 6:30 (after a serious briefing with the group about rules and regulations not being respected). As the leader, I thought about cancelling the R&R (Rest and Recreation -- a term mostly used in Singapore), but I changed my mind to consider the hard work of the whole
    team.

    The pump boat ride going to the island was super bumpy, 7 persons went on the 1st boat and 30 persons on the 2nd bigger boat. After arguing with the method of getting into the boat and lack of enough life vests, we reached our destination safely.

    The hours flew by very fast and for the ride back we managed to get an ever bigger boat so our team will all be in the same boat. This ride was smoother compared to the morning boat ride.

    Off to souvenir hunting!
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  • Day12

    Bacolod Day 12

    April 2, 2017 on the Philippines ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    A lot of work to finish today: house renovation, chapel painting, farming, setting up water irrigation system and health education. Wow!

    Tonight was Singapore Night. Local and Singapore team performed for the critical audience: the kids, men and women of the ERH GK Village.

    The celebration started at 8:30pm and the scholars headed by Roy organized the programme. It was complete with prayer, the national anthem of both Philippines and Singapore, and 3 performances each from local and Singaporean students. The party ended with kids from the community having time to dance and eat snacks and a milk drink :)
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  • Day11

    Bacolod Day 11

    April 1, 2017 on the Philippines ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Today was the last day of construction at the Cabug site :)

    We conducted a health check up in the community and construction site in the morning. Our groups donated shovels, gloves, goggles (PPE) and hats to the construction workers. We got to talk to Father Javier from Spain who runs the Franciscan Church near the GK site.

    We spent the afternoon at the Negros Occidental Museum and did some quick souvenir hunting at 888 shop.
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  • Day10

    Bacolod Day 10

    March 31, 2017 on the Philippines ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    I celebrate my work anniversary with the School of Health Sciences Ngee Ann Polytechnic on the last day of March. Today, I woke up early (naturally waking up) and went for a walk
    in the community.

    The group was divided into the construction team and the orphanage team. At the Cabug site, the construction team settled into the tasks that they were most comfortable with. The other group spent time with the orphans and gave them their lunch meal (rice and tinolang manok - a kind of chicken stew). The team presented a gift to Mr. Mon and Renan at the construction site. At the orphanage, the other team gave the crib and bed frames (painted by the group) as a donation to the Holy Infant Nursery headed by Ms. Juliet.

    During the afternoon we went for a hospital visit at Corazon Locsin Montelibano Regional Hospital. With newer facilties, building and equipment, the clinic seems well prepared to handle special kids and OBGYN cases. Thanks to Dr Gabriel Hinolan, the Chief Nurse, the 4 medical interns and the staff that made our visit and tour memorable.
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  • Day10

    Bacolod Day 9

    March 31, 2017 on the Philippines ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    Construction and health check-up (blood pressure check and fasting blood sugar) are the activities for today.

    I started some workers on metoprolol 50 mg. For those who are currently on medication, I had to increase their dosage. The blood sugar of Mr. Shankar was very high, so less rice intake
    please :)

    The afternoon was spent at Riverside College (Nursing School). We had a tour of the nursing skills lab, chemistry lab, med tech lab, operating room and delivery room. Mrs. Juliet Villanueva (Sir Butch's wife), clinical instructor Jay (33 years with the nursing school) and younger nurse lecturer Jay (who have been to Singapore for Zouk Out) guided us in our tour of the school facilities.

    One group went to hardware store and the rest of the group practiced for their cultural performance on Sunday.
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  • Day8

    Bacolod Day 8

    March 29, 2017 on the Philippines ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Day 8 was a day of fun and recreation.

    We spent the day at Campuestohan, a highland resort with a wave pool, a zip line, a rope course, horse back riding, and sky biking.

    We went to view the sunset at The Ruins with our tour guide Mar telling the history of the burned mansion.

    Off to building homes again tomorrow!
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  • Day7

    Bacolod Day 7

    March 28, 2017 on the Philippines ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    It's been a week!

    Today, Adila's group started early as they prepared sandwiches for the orphans. We reached the Holy Infant Nursery and met Ms. Juliet, the directress of the orphanage.

    Our group interacted with the 23 kids at the nursery, whose ages ranged from 1-7 years old.

    We spent the whole day in the nursery and our task included feeding, nursing, playing with the kids, and even assisting the kids as they "passed motion" or defecated.

    It was heart-wrenching to find out how some of the orphans journeyed before reaching the nursery. One of the 2 year-old-boys was abandoned in the wet market and luckily someone brought him to the orphanage. Many more kids came from similar situations, I hope their young memories will not remember how they were abandoned but how they were rescued and loved at the nursery. I hope that through adoption, some of them get a family and a home.

    A whole day of fun nevertheless with these orphan (foundling) kids.
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  • Day6

    Bacolod Day 6

    March 27, 2017 on the Philippines ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    We had a whole day of construction at the Cabug site.

    In the afternoon, my students did a health check-up. The workers were so excited that they abandoned their work for an hour to queue up for their BP to be taken. Ten of the 32 workers had high blood pressure and were given medical advice and put on further monitoring for the next 3 days.

    The other group of students continued the house painting of the "green" house.

    The evening was devoted to Tagalog and Illongo classes. The GK student scholars volunteered to teach my students. They are Roy, Pepoy, Grace, Nice and Charish. The class ended with a song called "Tuloy Parin" (Still Go On).

    Off to Orphanage!
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