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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

What summer lessons?

I'm quite at a loss on what to enroll my kid in this summer. His grades are fine. I do not really like him to undergo more academics during the summer vacation, as I believe this should be his break from them. As with most kids his age, his interests vary widely and shifts around quite a lot too. I remember when he showed an interest in banging things, my mom bought him one of those toy electronic drum sets which held his interest for only a short while. I'm thinking more of sports. Something with a team like basketball or football as he is still quite shy and doesn't really interact well with other people. A team sport would "force" him to cooperate with his peers hopefully. Hopefully, he cannot make a choice between basketball or football. Should I just choose and simply force him to go through it? Hmmmm

Sunday, February 26, 2012

My brother the music fan

My brother is a big music fan. I do enjoy music, but not to the level of my brother. He stores music in his phone and plays it whenever he can. He collects guitars, buying some he fancies and selling some of them when needed. He actually has Fender Amps in his room. When he tells me that he got a good deal for some music gadget, I guess my eyes glaze over a bit because I really don't understand them, I do not know what is supposed to be a good price for them and what's a good quality for them. He talks about certain bands that I do not know of. I do like the song selections he plays whenever I ride in the car with him, but then I'm not that particular, as long as it sounds nice I'm ok.  To each his own, I guess :).

Condo that's near or house that's far

The problem with being here in Metro Manila is the sense that it's becoming very crowded that it's really not easy finding an ideal family house with the proverbial picket fences, lawn with flowering plants and wind spinners unless you have a lot of money to burn. Which most people don't. That's why we settle for condominiums. Admittedly, the newly developed condominium projects are like selff contained cities, with gardens, walkways, playgrounds and swimming pools, but the living space is actually quite small. Or some people still to find houses BUT far away from the city, but endure the bad traffic everyday to go to school and to work.   What would YOU choose?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

To Tagaytay this summer break

My little boy is asking...nay, demanding that we go to Tagaytay this summer! He said he'd like to ride the cable car. He'd also like to ride the horse again (actually just a pony with a name like John Lloyd or Diego). Somehow I can't imagine my little boy in equestrian clothing and jumping his "horse" over fences, and that's just fine with me. I like it better than the zipline where I was scared but excited for Hubby and E while they hung suspended midair. No, I was too chicken to try it. Thank goodness E did not want to repeat the experience.

It would be good to get away from it all, so I'm really hoping we could follow E's wishes and unwind a bit in cool Tagaytay.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Medical computerization

Back when I was still training in Medical School, we had to lug around portable typewriters in order to make our charts -- admitting forms, requests for x-rays and workups, discharge summaries etc. I do see the wisdom in that, because our handwriting was so much more difficult to read when we had to write under pressure or when it's past bedtime for most people and we've been awake for more than 24 hours already. Not the best circumstances, prone to mistakes, and for the most part repetitive. It's the same patient history that we're typing over and over again. For some reason, the resident staff didn't allow any of us to use computers, even if it were just to use Microsoft word. Of course, notebook computers were even more expensive at the time, and only a few of us could afford them and could actually bring one of those plus a printer to our on-call room. It's still the typewriter, baby.

 Times have really changed. Now, all the clinics I go to use medical computers for everything -- charting, billing, queueing patients, etc. It still is not a perfect system by any stretch of the imagination, but it has certainly made a lot of aspects of patient care more organized and more easily accessible. It is, without doubt, an improvement over the old system.  I am happier with what we have right now.  Hmmm, I hope that can be applied for writing down claims for HMOs.  It's such a drag having to write the same info over and over again.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Yoga

Yoga is one of the latest fitness crazes to hit Manila (well, it's not that new, but more and more people are into it). I wish I could squeeze it into my schedule because I really think I need to do something for myself. My aunt actually teaches yoga so I've asked her about classes but it seems that at the moment I can hardly squeeze in any time at all. There are also quite a few yoga centers in the vicinity but I guess it will take a while before I learn how to do those positions and use their therabands. Well, they do say there's a time for everything and I guess yoga and me are just not meant to be together at the moment.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Dragon Year

Chinese New Year came early, and thank goodness, it finally is a holiday in the Philippines. People are talking about 2012 as it was a Year of the Dragon, which traditionally meant a "good" year. A lot of people seem to think that if they invest in something, like say buy gold bars or stocks this year, it's sure to grow since it's a lucky year.

Well, if you believe in Chinese Astrology, not everybody is lucky on a so called lucky year.  For example, dogs and dragons are "enemies", so a dog like me should expect that my luck is not that great.

But even the feng shui experts would say that in the end, we all make our own luck.  Things may be unfavorable to us, but it's how we respond to our situation that would determine how we would end up -- at the top or at the bottom.

May the New Year be a great one for you!