Monday, August 29, 2011

Why I don't want my kids to go into Medicine...unless they really really want to

For an indeterminate number of years, I have heard people telling me that being a good doctor is a great career choice. And I have always thought so. You are respected in the community. You actually fill a need -- healing patients. People look up to you. There's always a need for good doctors. And, the biggest misconception of all -- doctors are rich.

Well, I wish all the above stated reasons are all correct. But now I believe that the situation is no longer the same. People still respect doctors, but not at the same degree. Many people see doctors on a HMO basis and do not anymore care who sees them as long as they do not have to shell out cash for it. What they do not know is HMOs do not always pay properly and on time, that's why sometimes other doctors shun them if their private practice is already packed enough.

Healing patients will always be a thrill and a satisfaction booster, whether or not there is money involved. That's why I'm still here in this career and in this country. I'm sure you know of some good doctors who look for greener pastures, jumping at the chance to get Anesthesiologist Jobs, for example, in the United States and other Western countries where the pay is perceived to be higher.

Which brings me to the last point. Not all doctors are rich. Many doctors are rich because they have successful practices, but for every successful doctor, there are many other community doctors, moonlighters, company physicians and others whose income are probably equivalent or even less than a call center agent's salary.  My husband and I earn enough for our needs, some of our wants, we scrape enough to pay our son's tuition, and that's about it.  Hopefully by next year we can afford to have both kids in school without borrowing money.  And hopefully we can finally have a place we can call our own.

Thank goodness we love our jobs, notwithstanding.  Otherwise, we would have shifted careers already, seeing that it's actually less rewarding, financially and non-financially, than people give it credit for.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Online business

My uncle used to have an online store selling computer supplies like power sources, monitors, computer video cables, and other things I can't even pronounce. :) That was in the nineties, when people were just beginning to explore the wonders of the internet. He was way ahead of his time. Imagine, working from home, using the internet to get a steady income, getting suppliers and buyers online, and everything I want to be doing right now.

He's retired right now, and his site is no longer active.  Sayang, no?  (It's a pity).  I would have loved taking over, if I knew that he wouldn't want to continue with it.  Oh well.  I have my online micro online business right now on multiply, and I'm learning a lot from it.  On second thought, I might not be very successful with his business since I'm not very good with computers.  I know I'll learn, though.

Friday, August 19, 2011

My Little Kikay

Many people associate girls with shopping and being "kikay" (I'm not sure about the translation, but I guess the closest would be "vain"). I always thought I was of a different class because I don't really shop on a regular basis and I don't apply makeup all that often. It's only lately that I've started applying some mineral makeup because other people felt I do not look professional enough, but otherwise, I'd rather go bare-faced. Well, it does have the "bonus" of making me look much younger.

Which is why I'm a bit surprised that my little 2 year old daughter is. She really is a girl much more kikay than I am. She loves changing her footwear every so often. She loves brushing or combing her hair, even if her efforts are not very effective in putting order into her hair. And she loves it when people say that she's pretty. I mean, where does she get that? I'm not a good role model for "kikayness"

Or maybe each girl has an innate sense of vanity. I do remember putting on my mom's makeup and spraying my mom's perfume when she's away. My parents, however, did a good job of saying that makeup and perfumes don't suit me. (Too good, in fact, that I'm really not used to either.)

Oh well, there's really nothing wrong with being very aware and being meticulous about how you look. I sometimes hope that I am more conscious about it. Maybe my daughter will be a better groomed person than I am.