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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Face Value

Times have definitely changed since my grandparents' times. In those days, Tsinoys deal with each other based on "sin yong" (trustworthiness). You can buy things on credit with just a verbal promise of a future payment in lieu of a contract. That's because in those times, people really value their "sin yong" because they know that once trust is broken, it's difficult to rebuild.

Nowadays, we can't work that way. People just don't have the sames about honoring verbal promises. And since loans nowadays may be for non-emergency things like boats and RVs (like the ones offered by goodsamfinancecenter.com), you should really put everything down on your contract, because people just don't value sin yong as much as our grandfathers did.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sick :(

I'm sick. :(

Timing is so bad because I have a deadline today for my first writing assignment for my new freelance job. With a headache and muscle pains, I'm finding it pretty hard to think. I don't have an appetite either (so I no longer have to look through fat burner reviews, chances are I'd lose weight naturally).

Oh well, the show must go on. I'm almost done anyway, just needs a bit of tweaking.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Additional Job

I just got myself a new freelance writing job and I'm so excited about it! Not only will it give me some extra income, but it's also an opportunity for me to be able to lend my voice to the things I want to educate the general population with, like the common diseases that cause morbidity and mortality to what the best wrinkle cream is.

I already have a whole month's list of assignments and I'm excited about each and every one of them. I hope I will be able to meet expectations -- both mine and my editor's. I just really have to try my best!

Proms

Last week, we had dinner at my grandma's house in celebration of Chinese New Year. One of my aunts was talking about the proms nowadays (since her daughter will soon be attending one) and reminiscing about the time that she had hers. It made think of the proms I attended. In my time, dates were assigned. Not much choices in clothes, makeup and blackhead removal care of mom. Pretty boring when compared to the proms nowadays, actually. Now there are more choices for gowns and dresses. Girls get made up by professionals. And get actual dates and not people assigned to them. And moms as excited as their daughters. (And maybe dads more nervous about their princesses? :P)

My other aunt said that while girls now only had to worry about getting a date and how they would look, her worry that time was actually going to the prom, since she had strict traditional Chinese parents and was an only girl. During her prom, her date was her brother. Hmmm, I guess that makes my prom just a little bit better, but not much.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Thank God For Grandmas!

I am a working mom and a multitasker -- I'm a doctor with an active practice, a blogger, a part time student, a microentrepreneur and a lot more. I owe it to the fact that I have a great support system. My husband is supportive of my efforts. I have nannies for my kids who take care of their needs when I need to do something.

But nannies are still not family. When both my husband and I need to be out, it's my mom who takes care of supervising my kids. Yes, the nannies do most of the actual work -- diaper changing, feeding etc. because I don't want mom having to do all the grunt work -- when hubby and I are not around, but it's my mom who watches over them -- the kids and the nannies. This is where the trust factor comes in. While mom and I might not agree on everything, she is probably the person I'd trust the most when it comes to taking care of my kids. Especially now that I have some issues with the nannies (good thing I didn't break out in stress or I'd have to look for the best acne face wash, which I don't have the time to do just now, with all the things piling up on my to-do list...).

So, yeah, I'd have to thank my mom for being there for me. And I'd echo what she tells my brother and sister-in-law, that is to have kids now when she still has the energy to help take care of them!

Looking back, that's what happened when we were small. My mom was also a working mother, and the fact that she has complete confidence in leaving us at home when she worked or had to go abroad was in no small measure due to the fact that her mother (my grandmother) was around when she couldn't be.

Will I be able to do the same -- take care of my grandkids -- when the time comes? I certainly hope so.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Another Career

My husband are I were talking about how it's sometimes so exhausting and so stressful to be doctors. While we love what we do, sometimes it's so frustrating! You get to see cases where there's practically nothing else to do. And, despite what most people think, we don't really earn as much as what everybody else expects, that on top of overhead. Of course, there are the good things -- patients getting better, an operation gone well, patients respecting you because you took good care of them -- and in most cases these do compensate for those times when the frustrations just take over.

But, we're looking into alternative careers in addition to our profession. We're aware that being doctors mean that we make a living out of our "presence". If we do not go to work today, not only don't we earn, we even lose out because we still have to pay for overhead. Take last week. My daughter had to be hospitalized and I had to stay with her. No clinics for me = No earnings. Plus we have to worry about paying the hospital bill. No paid vacations for us. But as we love our professions, we're looking into businesses and/or additional careers that we can do IN ADDITION to being doctors.

For example, I actually earn a little bit from my writing and blogging. I'm excited because I got a freelance writing job. I'm telling my husband that he could also try it out. He's interested, but he says he simply does not know what he can write about. I pointed out that he has interests and knowledge in fields that I don't, for example, cars. He could perhaps write about cars, maybe get a job reviewing cars later on, give readers info on where to get hard-to-get Ferrari parts and where to get a good mechanic, that sort of thing. I don't know, it feels like something that could be right up his alley. This he could he on his non clinic hours. He's thinking about it. I hope he'll do it! :)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Chinese New Year 2010

Today is Chinese New Year!

Every year, we celebrate Chinese New Year's Eve with dinner at my grandma's house. This year was no exception. It's a potluck dinner and everybody was supposed to bring a dish. The food was plentiful -- which is ideal for a Chinese New Year's celebration. There was gumbo, sotanghon (there's got to be noodles!), pata tim (braised pork), vegetable pie (a really large one!), fried chicken, a huge paella, shrimp salad, cheesecake and another cake (calamansi something -- sorry forgot the real name). All that made everybody forget about the need to look for a top diet pill the next day. LOL. Nobody remembered to take pictures too! Boo. And it's my daughter's first Chinese New Year too. :(

Of course, Chinese New Year's Eve would not be complete without the elders handing out ang pao's (red envelopes with money inside) for the children and unmarried adults. Yey for my son and daughter.

Later, we're going to the temple. We're supposed to wear new clothes, preferably red, to celebrate the New Year.

Here's hoping that we will have a prosperous Year of the Tiger ahead of us!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Thoughts In The Hospital

Getting sick here in the Philippines is certainly no picnic, even if you're a doctor yourself. Good health care with adequate facilities also mean that you need to shell out money.

We're feeling the crunch right now, since the little girl got admitted last Friday evening. She's much better now. However, we are looking at a big hospital expense, not to mention lost income from my not being able to hold clinic. While we know that we won't be able to afford a vacation rental Hawaii, a local trip this summer would be something to look forward to. But now, I'm afraid we may not be able to aspire for even that.

Well, in the end, as long as the family is together, happy and healthy, I guess everything else is secondary. Hoping that we'll be able to go home soon!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Amazing Technology

I am truly amazed at today's gadgets! Back in the early nineties, cellular phones were HUGE and expensive. Even the plans that were available were expensive. They won't fit into a handbag. My dad used one of those phones because he was a businessman and he was always on the go. Now, they are so small and so inexpensive, almost everyone I know has one. I actually use 2 -- one for my patients and family, another for my online business.

Same goes for games. We had our Game and Watch by Nintendo back when we were small, but these feature only one game per unit. Of course, at that time, people think you're cool if you brought along one of those (but teachers at my school used to confiscate them). Now there's PSP, XBox, and Nintendo Wii. Me? I don't have any of those. I don't even have time to update this blog or to read the books I bought last Christmas! LOL. I just content myself with the games on facebook.

Even TVs have undergone huge changes. When I was small, TVs were black and white, had a cover that could be locked and looked like this huge cabinet. Later on, colored TVs became "in". Now, you have LCD TVs and plasma TVs. I wonder what they will think of next.

I feel old. :P

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

New Horizons

This week is turning out to be very busy. I've started as a reliever for one of my former "bosses". It's scary -- venturing out again, risking overhead -- but exciting. Like a new adventure. I'd like to believe that this may be the start of something big.

I'm also keeping my fingers crossed about another family "project". You see, we're thinking of opening a small store at one of the top shopping centers, which happen to be near our home. We're thinking of selling RTW clothes, baby and kid's needs, maternity and nursing clothes, and some of our organic products, for starters. Then we'll see how things go. Maybe add products later, like shoes (the mbt certainly looks interesting).

2010 is starting out to be an exciting year. Keeping our fingers crossed that things are getting better.