If you somehow had the chance, would you do your life over? Thirtysomething Mike O'Donnell would. Then one mysteriously magical moment, Mike gets his chance. He's suddenly back at Hayden High where he's the star of the basketball team, a total hottie and a classmate to his own teenage kids... which gives Mike a chance to go from not-so-good dad to a really cool friend.Zac Efron ("Hairspray", the "High School Musical" movies) and Matthew Perry ("Friends") are "17 Again" and fabulously funny as the younger and older Mike in a good-time time-warp comedy that proves the best year of your life is the one you're living right now.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
PickJack.com is a half social networking site and half online quiz circus which pays its members to answer and write quizzes on the site which in turn get answered and rated also by other members. I see what you're thinking. How?
First, you have to open a Paypal account (a must for every internet superminimicropreneur). After this you are now open to the busy bustling world of PTCs, blogvertisments and insanity.
Second, you have to REGISTER at PickJack and answer 20 questions correctly to be able to post your own question. Answering, posting, rating and commenting will earn you points which can earn you dollars. Be warned that we're talking about cents here at first but since you're only picking between A, B, C and D, it's not a bad deal. Plus if you really put your fingers into it, members have proven that they do actually earn from doing so.
It's not what I would recommend to busy people and people with jobs, school or reviews because it may seem like a waste of time. But if you're like me for the past months, stuck on the computer, staring blankly at my Facebook homepage and wondering what on earth to do now, then this may be a nice change for you.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
So without further ado, here are my...
TOP 10 WAYS TO PASS THE NURSING BOARD EXAM
(WARNING: Follow at your own risk.)
This is one of the mistakes that I did back in college. I didn't cut classes (Okay, maybe once, but only for the afternoon lecture), I listened, I took notes, I aced the tests but I feel as if I didn't get everything that I could with the review because half the time, I was thinking that I'll enroll in a review center this summer anyways so all of this will be repeated. I'll get this topic later on. But our summer was hectic with case completion duties, Graduation and Pinning Ceremonies and with the bunch load of information pushing each other out of the way into my brain, things were pretty much chaotic and I found myself thinking far too many times while studying that I should have studied listened more and texted on my phone less.
9. Pick a Review Center that suits you. (non-compulsory)
It's true that enrolling in a review center is not needed to pass the boards. However, doing so really gives you direction in what, when and how you should review a certain topic, where to focus on, test taking strategies and green hilarious sex jokes you can only get from their discussions. Ha!
8. Throw away those books.
90% of reviewing population: Are you serious??
Me: Very. Okay, you don't have to throw them, just keep them in a dark desolate place where they belong. During the rigorous review sessions of two months before the board exam, I never cracked a book open, because I find them complicated, long and utterly boring. Instead, I concentrated on bullet type reviewers, outlines and summaries of those Valium induced texts. On the day of the exam, I knew I did the right thing. It was a waste of time reading the longer version with too many words than reading the gist of the entire thing. Less time and effort.
7. Give up the internet or whatever addictions you may have for 2 months.
It's only for two months people. I figured I'd rather sacrifice for 2 months than to live in regret and depression for the rest of my life. I can surf the net and play all the FB games I could until I get so sick of it after the boards. For me failing is not an option and if my life becomes ruined because, of all things, Facebook, then I'll never be able to live with myself. So, even though I just signed up for the world's most addicting site, I promptly clicked on that logout link and didn't visit it again until after the exam. And I was right, I grew so sick of the games after playing them everyday for two months that I made this site just to escape the sickening farm and pet madness.
6. Learn how to guess correctly.
Even if you have a nursing encyclopedia for a brain, there will be items (lots of it) where you will have to scratch your head in exasperation and guess. It's either you guess basing on related existing knowledge or you guess with nothing. Both you will experience during the exam. Learn to feel the page, use your intuition, channel Madam Auring and see invisible glowing letters of faith in taking the exam. And don't forget the ini-mini-mini-moe rule.
5. Take notes. Forget that you and that big guy called Xerox/Photocopier ever met.
It's a fact. Your brain will retain more if you listen, read, write and speak while reviewing. Without the physical act of writing, you'll end up getting all hazy visioned and end up falling asleep. In high school it may be cool to sneak a nap while the teacher's droning away, but in reviews it falls into the "WTH are you thinking??" box.
4. Know how to shade.
At the day of the board exam when we were asked by the examiners to fill the personal information page, the examinee in front of me turned around and asked me how to shade the little rectangular boxes filling the sacred oslo papers that holds our future a.k.a the PRC scantron board paper things. I was shocked. I couldn't formulate a verbal answer so, with a dumbstruck face, I just did an up and down motion with my hand while holding my pencil. I mean what on earth was she thinking taking the Mother of All Tests without even practicing how to shade at least a single tricky box. She could have perfected the test but if shaded all wrong then those correct answers won't be translated to points and those points won't be translated to a name in the passer's list.
3. Look, write and listen everyday. Read every night.
Now, I've never been the kind of A Type Personality person who would study everyday, prepare for every quiz and recites until my arm go all cyanotic. But for the board exam, I turned my back on every studying principle I believed in. (Ex. Listen to class but studying at home is for nerds. Homework is best done the night before. Studying for an exam is best done...never. Etc. etc.) It's hard studying again after going home after you've been studying for a day already, but it did pay off in the end. All your sacrifices will pay off in the end... Hopefully.
2. Answer bunch loads of practice test questions.
Review center will attest to this one. Answering tons of practice questions not only makes you remember things better but improve your guessing skills, which is very very important as I've mentioned. It's like hitting all the birds with one stone. Ain't that grand?
1. Relax and believe in a Higher Being.
No matter how much you don't believe in God, Allah or the Virgin Mary manifesting in a taco, the sudden burst of spirituality and religious fervor among board exam takers are a common, if not inevitable, occurrence. You will visit the every church that you can as if they're the 7 wonders of the world, light numerous candles (1 candle for each test point) and will go and kneel with bowed heads in front of St. Jude Thaddeus's altar. You'll do everything that you can to bathe in holy water together with all your test paraphernalia especially the week/day before the exam because you feel unholy and idiotic without it and your pencil, eraser and sharpener is infested with Satan, Lucifer and various bad spirits and will eventually fail you. Don't worry, all of this is normal, and amusing to reminisce after passing the exam. :)
So that's my take on being an influential and helpful
Welcome to the Unemployment World. Hoooorah!
Really, it's hilarious if not useful. Sites like these take into account the reality that most pictures on social networking sites are edited, healed and cropped to perfection. However, I don't think it sends the message that all of us are fakes, posers and imposters (I know they all mean the same, I just want to go all thesaurus on you). It's just that technology is so advanced nowadays that it's so tempting to use it even for the vain cause of looking more presentable at least in primary photos, which almost all your friends and the whole world will get to see. If it makes you happy and a bit more confident, at least in the world wide web, then hey, brush those imperfections away.
So I tried this site and it really works. Aside from the residual flaws the computer can't seem to identify and the inkling feeling that it just makes your picture more yellow, the picture kind of did look better than the original one. You can switch viewing the treated picture and the original with the tabs available.
I thinks it's perfect for those people who don't know how to use Adobe Photoshop or just too lazy to manually erase those hormone induced flecks. Maybe you don't have the time or the program's not available. This is the site for you.
There's no registration required, all you have to do is click on the CLICK HERE sign, upload your picture and wait for a few seconds and that's it. I tried it with a candid mobile phone snapshot and it looked great after being treated. However, I also tried it with a formal ID picture I had scanned before for my resumes and the white background turned all yellow. So I guess it only works for those vain angled driven self portraits we young people today have mastered taking.
You can try it for your self here at http://www.pictreat.com.
Monday, August 24, 2009
They are the top nursing review centers in the Philippines reviewing and producing thousands of registered nurses yearly. They may all look enticing and innocent enough, all having figures and pictures to boast to the world, but if you don't know what you're getting into, don't spend thousands of pesos on them yet. Do your research. More so, listen to reviewees who have actually experienced what it's like reviewing in the said centers. Look at the passing rate and the subscript commonly associated with them.
I don't know everything about these review centers. I've only attended one (Pentagon) and I will share my thoughts on them later. FEU-IN also has an In-House Review Program mostly made up of SRG reviewers so I can also share my experiences from that. Other comments are from my personal view of the center and what my friends have said about them.
MERGE REVIEW (Multi-Educational Review Group Experts Inc.)
I'll confess, I know little about this review center. Not a lot of people from my batch mates went here to review for the board exam. But I've scouted via the net almost all of the review centers available in Manila before and I've read pretty disappointing comments from their past reviewees. From what I've read, Trinity University of Asia is the only good thing with MERGE because non-Trinity reviewees achieve a much less passing rate. A batch mate also commented that the reviews are deathly boring and she happily transferred to Pentagon for the critical and final coaching phase.
CBRC (Carl Balita Review Center)
I cannot stress out how much I hate his face plastered all over the Ubelt. Come on, narcissistic much? And it's not like he's cover boy material, face brimming with charisma and bus loads of sex appeal. Argh. Okay, so enough about his looks. Is it worth reviewing there? Again, I don't know much about this review center besides the fact that they have tons of "freebies" (bags, lanyard etc.) which, I hate to burst your bubble, isn't free at all. You paid for it, believe me.
With regards to the actual review, I've heard testimonials which said that the discussions are okay and Carl Balita, himself, is actually pretty good. Oh, but since his center is obviously not a one man show, the other reviewers' sessions I've heard are not as good, a bit boring, which my batch mate sometimes walked out on without finishing the class.
R.A. GAPUZ REVIEW CENTER
I have no prejudices against Gapuz even though they were the main review center at the middle of the June 2006 Nursing Licensure Exam Leakage. I think he looks kind and quite fatherly to his students and he doesn't stick his face on his tarpaulins. One thing I can't understand though is what the heck does Boy Abunda have to do with nursing?
Even up to our review days, I've received tons of texts about the supposedly "5 points sure na" bullets which on the day of the board exam were nothing but useless saved messages occupying my cellphone memory. On a negative note, 2 of my 3 friends/acquaintances who reviewed there failed the board exam. I don't know what happened because those two were the kind of people who I thought would make it and at the day of the exam, they seem not at all frazzled , almost bordering on confident (based on their text messages since we all have different test taking centers). Don't ask me what happened, I have no idea.
Moral Lesson: Never rely on leakage promises. They always end bad and if you somehow managed to pass, I fear for the lives you are going to handle with your own incompetent hands.
SRG (Sultan Review Group)
I have a lot of experiences with SRG. Those reviewers they front line in their advertisements and websites were our reviewers for the In-House Review. They are fantastic, I must say. They will keep you engaged and active through out the 8-hour sessions. So why didn't I enroll here and instead went to Pentagon? Well, there are lots of reasons.
First, I hated the fact that they treat each lecture as Shameless Promotion Day. Especially at the last day of their assigned topics. One would wear a SRG shirt, one would say their catch phrase "Come and Follow Me..." over and over and over again and the other would bash, insult and blurt out unprofessional things defaming other review centers. I mean, if people really want to go and enroll at the center they will, if they don't they won't. These reviewers don't have to treat each person who doesn't enroll at SRG as an idiotic moron who will never pass the board exam because they've made the fatal mistake of not joining with them.
Second, as exemplary as the main reviewers may seem, its useless if they're not the ones who will be teaching your class. SRG has 25+ Reviewers in its system and there is no guarantee that those front liners you see in the ads are actually the ones reviewing you. Majority of my classmates confessed on going home and cutting classes because the lecturer that was assigned to their block was a comatose inducing machine.
There is the 2 week Final Coaching however, which I've heard is fun for everybody. Their statistics are also great which is a huge plus.
THE ROYAL PENTAGON REVIEW SPECIALISTS INC.
Now, I'm a proud Pentagonian so forgive me if this part becomes a bit biased but I'll try not to be. I just felt the need to alleviate everybody's fears and misconceptions about the Review Giant a.k.a. Pentagon.
Most review centers target Pentagon (obscurely of course) in their "Why-You-Should-Enroll-With-Us" Speech by stating highly misguided comments on how there are review centers with way to many students in one area, how it's hot and noisy, how you can't hear the reviewer because of all the chaos and pandemonium if you might.
Now, here's my rebuttal. In the social context, it's common knowledge that those who are at the bottom of the steps target the ones on top. The trick is, do not believe them because these are the insecure ones trying to benefit from associating their names with the most popular. With that out, let me tell you first hand, that Pentagon's style is an auditorium type review. It is expected that there are hundreds of reviewers in a single venue. But, the air conditioner works fine, the sound system's fantastic. You can hear everything even though people around you happens to talk (which rarely happens because reviewees become more serious as the countdown to the big day lessens in number).
Better yet, the 5 main brilliant reviewers that you enrolled for will definitely be the ones teaching you how to pass the board exam. Add 3 more guest reviewers for minor subjects like CD, Funda and Burns etc. and it's not a bad deal because you know you're going to get what you signed up for.
I really believe that Pentagon has the BEST reviewers in all the centers, hands down. They can keep hundreds and thousands (Final Coaching Week) of short attention spanned youngsters interested in even the most hated and boring topics of Nursing. Problem is, if you're easily distracted with crowds and is the kind of person who wants the reviewer right in his/her face, this review center is not for you.
In the end, it all boils down to WHAT YOU DO with the knowledge and strategies your chosen review center imparted on you. Notes and textbooks won't do you any good if they're not read and tucked in safely in that squishy stuff on your head.
Guess what that is and put it to work.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
It features a shiny new layout, minus the clutter, the unbelievably small font and the swirly green stuff. I think it looks cleaner, fresher and more eye friendly than my previous template.
If you comment right now, I'll throw in a couple of new widgets and a money making bar that will probably generate $.0001 per month. Ah forget it, I already did that.
The point is (wait, there's a point?), I want this piece of the web to be more professional looking than my previous ones. Obama knows I've had kilos and tons of blogs before but never did I try to write sensible posts than scribble a rant of what happened that day or even worse, copy a bulletin quiz from Friendster and repost it in my blog.
I'll really try to keep this one alive because it's prettier and has more pictures in it. Ha.
Sorry for the Valium induced post, it's late in the evening and my neurons are tired. Hopefully tomorrow they'll be all happy and doing the cartwheels again. For now, they're off to dreamland.
From this moment on, all expressions using the word GOD, LORD or any other religious references, I will replace with the name OBAMA.
Ex. "Oh my Obama!" and "For the love of Obama".
Because it's funnier that way. At least to me.
WITHOUT LOOKING LIKE A TRANSIT VIRGIN
9. Know which way the ticket goes in the slot. Nothing says "This is my first time riding the LRT" more than committing the embarrassing mistake of getting stuck behind the revolving metal thing of doom. This time, you CANNOT blame the machine.
8. Wear earphones. It makes you look cooler.
7. Do NOT run like there's no tomorrow to save yourself a seat, especially when you're from Santolan or Recto station where there's no one on the train yet. Instead, learn how to walk fast, keep your eyes on the prize and sit like a princess.
6. Bring in food and beverages, then sneak a bite or two while looking out for the roaming security guard. Smile sheepishly when you get caught.
5. Sleep. Or feign sleeping. It makes you look like you're not constantly watching whether it's time to get off the train. Even if you are.
4. Do not hold on to the train's safety hand rails at all times. Regular commuters know how to balance.
3. Regular LRT commuters also know how to stagger and fall gracefully whenever the train does its trademark sudden stop between stations. Do NOT panic when this happens. There is no bomb threat. You are not going to die. Normally, a slow train in front of the one you're riding is just making everybody late.
2. Time will come you will have actually memorized the list of stations in proper order and the "Next station, Araneta-Center Cubao. Ang susunod na istasyon ay Araneta-Center Cubao..." monologue of that disembodied woman on the train. Do not recite them with a friend to show off this amazing talent you've acquired. It's tacky. It's annoying. And it only means that you're an excited college freshman commuting by yourself for probably the first time in your life.
and the No.1 Tip on how to ride LRT2 without looking like a transit virgin is...
1. For the love of Obama and all things sacred, NEVER ever, and I mean EVHUR block the escalators when you're riding on it, especially during morning rush hours and when you can clearly hear the presence of a train waiting on the above platform. Seasoned LRT commuters know by heart that people are almost always in a hurry to board the train and have experienced themselves how irritating those people who stand side by side and block the path completely making you miss the train altogether. Don't say I didn't warn you when all of a sudden somebody squeezes in between you and your friend banging you on the chest or something.
Hell hath no fury to commuters in a hurry. Remember that.
For those who didn't get it. This thing is actually a joke.
But an effective list jokes nonetheless. :)
Friday, August 21, 2009
But never, ever did I expect to watch such a genius of a musical, a show so enjoyable and funny it has attracted 350,000 plus viewers and counting on youtube barely 1 month after being uploaded.
This fan musical is produced and performed solely for the personal, non-commercial enjoyment of ourselves and other Harry Potter fans. It is in no way sponsored, approved, endorsed by or affiliated with J.K. Rowling or Warner Bros. or any of their affiliates.
The show was written and produced in early 2009 by a bunch of college kids/recent grads through a non-profit student-run theatre company. It was a free show that ran for three nights (five performances).
Now, I've read a lots and lots of Harry Potter fanfiction (and even written some of my own) and I thought I've seen the best and the worst the fandom has to offer, but I was wrong. Never have I encountered before a script so well and wittily written, songs so well composed and perfomed and characters and storyline so engaging I just have to watch it over and over again.
Who would've thought that Dumbledore shouting "What the HELL is a Hufflepuff?", Draco rolling on the floor every chance he (or she :) ) gets, a Zac "Boss" Efron poster being the final Horcruxe, Quirrel and Voldemort sharing a special relationship and the presence of another wizarding school, "Pigfarts"... on Mars, could be so addicting. Add to that the brilliant music and the clever lines they've come up with.
With almost 17,000 fans, you also can join in in the magic and visit their official Facebook page HERE. There are updates and news from the creators themselves and tons of fanart to goggle at.
Also, fans are clamoring for a A Very Potter Musical Soundtrack since the very beginning. Now, I think the StarKidPotter's group are preparing an official website for the said musical play and once it's up, I'd bet we'll have a soundtrack in our midst real soon. For the meanwhile, I've found the soundtrack uploaded in imeem.com available for listening (but not downloading).
HERE are the search results I've found for the said soundtrack.
From the above post, I'm sure you've already guessed that I'm quite addicted with this thing. I can't help it. Two of my most favorite things in pop culture HARRY POTTER + MUSIC have decided to fuse together to give me this rare treat. And yes, I'm expressing my gratitude by at least writing this squee-ish blog post about it.
And also because, it's simply TOTALLY AWESOME!
a) A Chinese cuisine
b) A gay lingo
c) The korean prime minister
d) A phenomenon which renders its victims useless and incapable of speech nor any other bodily function. Usually occurs within the time period of 6:00 - 6:30 PM.
Correct Answer: D)
The Korean Smash hit Boys Over Flowers (which we call "Jun Pyo" because it's shorter and has less potential for double meanings *wink wink*), a version of the legendary Taiwan's Meteor Garden from the Japanese Manga Series Hana Yori Dango, has captured the hearts and imagination of thousands in Asia... including my mom. Everyday, the routine holds supreme in this household that within six to six thirty in the evening, time stops for 30 minutes, all activities halted and all eyes focused on one place, the TV.
The show centers around high school cliches, romantic cliches, cliches about rich people and all the stuff that makes TV interesting. The Flower Four (F4), a super rich gay, I'm sorry, GUY group of bullies with haircut phobias terrorize Shinwa High until the commoner Jan Di enters the scene and somehow managed to make F4 leader's Jun Pyo fall in love with her.
Cue in various love triangle, square, pentagon, octagon dramas, family problems of the rich and famous, a cat-eyed dictator mother, a tour scene in Macao (probably sponsored by the Macao Tourism Board), a forced marriage arc, a maid-master fetish episode and finally a partial amnesia finale bomb and you've got yourself a one entertaining series.
Click HERE to revisit the good old days 10 minutes at a time (maximum youtube upload video duration) or to watch the finale in all its 4 years later beach-y glory.
Oops, spoiler. Ha.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I felt goosebumps every time realization strikes in that this could be the final time our batch will be all in one roof. Though massive our size, our memories will always have the same buildings, places, teachers and motivators which has helped us achieve what we are today. And even though it's impossible for anyone to know everyone personally, family is what we'll always be.
Top 5 Quotable Quotes Heard at the June 2009 Oath Taking Ceremony
#5 "I think that's enough.... to stuff all the hospitals in the Philippines." A BON member was tasked to introduce each school present in the convention center. When FEU was called, all 1,300+ board passers stood up, clapped and cheered (loudly) for our Alma Mater, way longer and noisier than any other schools called. When we heard the first part of the statement, we all thought that we were being reprimanded for being too unruly and disorderly for the supposed to be sanctimonious (a.k.a boring) ceremony. Every tamaraw in the hall exhaled a sigh of relief after realizing that the board member was just casually commenting on how many we were. Whew!
#4 "Sila ba yung honor guards na tumayo sa libing ni Cory?" said my friend looking at the Colour Cadets (or whatever they're called) standing at the back of the hall. We were in line to take pictures with them when she suddenly blurted out this amusing observation. Turns out, they were just officers from Adamson University.
#3 "Ui (enter friend's name here)! PICTURE!!"
#2 "Gutom nako..."
and the No.1 Quotable Quote heard at the June 2009 Oath Taking Ceremony is...
#1 "ASAN KAYO???"
How I wish we could all do this over again. Though the program only lasted for more or less 3 hours long, I know that the memories of it all will last forever. :)
Saturday, August 15, 2009
In short, none of it is real. And none of it will ever be.
Those 400,000 coins I earned from planting and harvesting crops in Farm Town, I will never be able to use to buy an actual house and lot nor even a piece of chewed gum. My limited edition guitars and pricey couture pet dresses will never pull themselves out of the monitor to add themselves in my real life instrument collection and wardrobe.
In summary, I've wasted an entire two months of my life doing absolutely nothing worth doing. I think my brain finally realized that its neurons are slowly dying from non-stimulation. So before that Armageddon happens, I'm going stop wasting time on these stupid games and get on with my life.
So goodbye Toffee Nut, my loyal alien in Pet Society. I've successfully put you on top of the ladder with that smart hack I saw on youtube.com. I will still visit you every week at least because those new items in the stores are just too darn irresistible. I hope one of my friends will clean you and feed you and hug you from time to time.
Farewell, KetchupnFries, my hardworking farmer in Farm Town. I've bought you a nice farm house and loads of animals for you to play with. I'm not going to make you plant crops anymore because I don't want to feel obliged to log in because they will go to waste if not harvested on time. That will defeat the whole purpose of this Facebook detox program.
Bye, my Restaurant City, a game so boring I can't believe I stuck with you for so long just because PlayFish made you but then never updated you at all so that kinda sucked. Let your doors be barred with a chair and a plant forever, eternally keeping my popularity at 41.
Last but not the least, so long to these apps that have taken too much of my life already, you venomous snakes of boredom (also known as my bookmarks tab in FB):
- Pet Society
- Restaurant City
- Farm Town
- Roller Coaster Kingdom
- The mood weather report
- Friends for Sale
- Barn Buddy
- Animal Ranch
- Top Restaurant
- Country Story
- Crazy Planets
- SuperPoke! Friends
- Brain Buddies
- How Fast Can You Type A-Z?
- Typing Maniac
- UNO Beta
- Text Twist
- Sorority Life
- MindJOlt Games
- Word Challenge
- Who Has The Biggest Brain?
- Make a Quiz!
Real Life, Here. I. Come.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
N.L.E. BOARD PASSER
9. If you're not unemployed, then you work as a call center agent and/or have jobs completely unrelated to the course you struggled to survive in for four years.
8. You know the pathognomonic sign for Kawasaki's Disease.
7. You've written the letters/words VS:, RR, HR, BP, Temp, IVF at least hundreds of times in the past 2 years.
6. You have tons of illegal materials including but not limited to reviewers/questionnaires/pirated cd-roms stashed somewhere in the dark corners of your cabinet.
5. You've tried every game/quiz/poll/gift-giving app known to mankind on Facebook in the past 2 months.
4. Sometime this past year, you have had defended with your life a long brown envelope containing your (half/fully signed) OR/DR case forms and other requirements. You would have gladly surrendered your cellphone and wallet in exchange for the safe return of your beloved files.
3. Speaking of wallets, you now have in it that piece of laminated pink cut-out cartolina with your 1x1 picture and complete name which you ever so carefully wrote yourself. You boast to all humanity your PNA card.
2. You've experienced the sights, sounds and SMELLS the Land of the Lines, also known as PRC (Main/Ever Branch) at least twice in your life.
and the No.1 Sign you're a recent BSN graduate / NLE board passer...
1. You are reading this list because you've got nothing else better to do.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
I'll admit, it felt so refreshing playing again after some time. Playing the piano (well, technically it's a keyboard but I almost never put the other sounds into use because I'm a classically trained pianist and mixing techno beats into my pieces were never my thing) almost always makes me feel sort of beautiful and talented even though I know there are tons of people better than I am in manipulating musical keys.
So, there I was, my hands feeling all foreign and out of place. I played Canon in C for warm up like I always do (I don't know why when I should always start with my scales). After a few bars I got lost so I switched to its (key of) D counterpart. Again after a few seconds I forgot what came next.
Frustration was what eventually came next. Pieces that I worked so hard on learning (by notes) and memorizing were now lost in my subconsciousness. I still have the music sheets, but still, playing from the sheets and from memory are two very different experiences. One's very tiring and complicated while the other's quite enjoyable. Guess which is which.
Anyways, long story short, I got out my copies and starting to re-remember (because I've forgotten and relearned them so many times) those pieces that I love and will always love. Some of them I'll list here, starting with the piano version of Numb by Linkin Park.
As crowded as the notes may seem on the page, in reality, it's not that complicated. My left hand only has 4 task. To repeat arpeggios of D, Bb, C and F, respectively. To those who don't know the original song, it actually can sound boring because it's so repetitive. But what I especially like about this piece is that it gives the listeners an impression that you're one heck of a piano player because you played a whole rock song with only your 10 fingers.
My warm up piece, Canon in C, from the Korean smash hit movie My Sassy Girl is one and will always be one of my favorites. My inspiration in learning it came from this scene (see video above) from the said movie where the lead guy discovers that his brutal and sadistang girl friend can actually play the piano. Again, piano, to me has always been the greatest, most romantic instrument ever invented. Cue in the Rose Ceremony and the wisely placed audience and you've got a kilig scene ready for the hopeless romantics.
Last but not the least is the heartbreaking and haunting theme of Buffy the Vampire Slayer entitled Close Your Eyes by Christophe Beck. It's the ultimate Buffy and Angel love theme first played in the background in Buffy's Season 2 Ender where she has to kill the love of her life to save the world. Well, it's a lot cheesier when I put it that way but believe me, the show's much much better and after years of being cancelled, fans are still rallying for a reunion show, spin-off, cartoon etc. Even I can't still get over it.
This piece, unlike the others, just gets better and better whenever I play or hear it. Sometimes, when I study a piece, no matter now much I liked it in the beginning, once I practice it over and over again, eventually, I grow sick of it and lose interest. Close Your Eyes is definitely not in that category.
With forgotten themes and songs now slowly inkling their way back into my consciousness, the search for the next piece is on. Hopefully I can study as much as possible while I'm on "useless mode" here at home with a college degree but a non-existent career. Ha.
1. A large group of musicians whose members play a variety of different instruments
2. Also called: (orchestra pit) the space, in front of or under the stage, reserved for musicians in a theatre [Greek: the space in the theatre for the chorus]
Viewing; seeing; observation
[Greek -skopiā, from skopein, to see.]
I was trying to think of a blog name that would cover the two opposite genres' of Music and Nursing that is my life. Frighteningly enough, the first name that I thought of was Vital Symphony, a twist on a nursing task that us students could well have a Master's Degree on, Vital Signs or most commonly known as VS.
But after a day, I can't think of the name without cringing so I decided to change it into something less corny and more incomprehensible. I didn't know where to start at first then my mind wandered in to medical terminologies, most specifically Operating Room procedures where terms just sounds cooler no matter what it means. Colostomy, Nephrectomy... Laparoscopy... Endoscopy...
Then the orchestra part came in by the presence of this quote:
“For better or worse, you must play your own little instrument in the orchestra of life”
Hence, the birth of ORCHESTROSCOPY, a small dot in the gigantic universe of the world wide web that will chronicle this blogger's appetite for writing and posting highly unconnected things including nursing, music, job hunts, poetry, food, piano pieces, opinions, made-up recipes, reviews and random daily experiences.
“Every person is important. It doesn't matter whether you play the violin, the flute, the cello, or the drums, you're still part of the orchestra.” - source unknown
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
2 packs of Honey Graham Crackers, both crushed and not...
1/2 can of Canned Peach, unevenly sliced
Hershey's Chocolate Syrup
Brown Chocolate Chips
White Milk Chips
2 Tetrapacks (or whatever they call it) of All Purpose Cream
3/4 can of Condensed Milk
A chocolate-happy boy friend
1. Have all your ingredients ready then realize you have no more condensed milk left.
2. Ask mom coming back home from work buy some for you.
3. Do nothing while waiting for the missing ingredient.
4. When all's A-okay, try to choose which procedure to do, from mixing the cream with the condensed milk, cutting the peach halves unevenly to obsessive-compulsively measuring the width and height of the graham crackers with the container so they fit imperfectly.
5. If choosing is impossible, do them all at the same time.
6. Finish mixing the cream and the condensed milk then put in freezer so it can achieve some sort of consistency. Or so you thought.
7. Finish unevenly slicing the peach halves with a plastic knife. Eat some.
8. Try all sorts of graham positions and determine which is best. Try out alternating patterns for each level making sure that every space is graham covered. Fully establish your OC disorder.
9. Decide that the freezer thing is both a stupid idea and a waste of time.
10. With cream mix in hand and the graham base intact, pour cream.
11. Spill cream.
12. Lay down randomly sized peach slices to your cream flooded container and create the next graham layer.
13. Repeat steps 10-12 until you run out of either a) cream mix b) graham crackers c) patience.
14. Top the last layer with crushed crackers your boy friend failed to crush and you ended up doing yourself.
15. Attempt some sort of peach abstract art. Fail.
16. Sprinkle milk/chocolate chips to cover up failure.
17. Wrestle boy friend with the chocolate syrup.
19. Watch boy friend drown your peach art with said syrup.
20. Give up and stick the whole thing in the freezer in hopes that it will develop in an edible dessert.
It turned out to be a pretty good meryenda for all of us. GRAHAM = WIN. :)
Saturday, August 8, 2009
BOARD RATING APPLICATION:
- BRING 1 VALID ID
- GO TO PRC FIFTH FLOOR (WEAR NO SLIPPERS)
- GET YOUR RATING.
PRC LICENSE APPLICATION:
- GO TO PRC
- GET OATH FORM
- FILL OUT OATH FORM
- BRING YOUR CEDULA OR BUY NEW ONE
- BRING OR BUY LONG BROWN ENVELOPE, LABEL IT WITH YOUR NAME AND PROFESSION
- HAVE YOUR OATH FORM NOTARIZED (40PHP) AND STAMPED(21PHP)
- PLACE THE ACCOMPLISHED OATH FORM AND THE CEDULA INSIDE THE ENVELOPE TOGETHER WITH:
- 2 PASSPORT SIZE COLORED PIC, WHITE BACKGROUND AND WITH NAME TAG
- 1 1X1 PIC WHITE BACKGROUND AND WITH NAME TAG
- AUG 10: AALA - ANGELES, APRIL
- AUG 11: ANGELES BRIAN - BANTIQUE
- AUG 12: BANTOG - BUNDA
- AUG 13: BUNDALIAN - CAZAR
- AUG 14: CAZCAMO - DANIELES
- AUG 17: DANIPOG - DEVELOS, MA. KRISTINE
- AUG 20: DEVELOS, MONIQUE - FABICULANAN
- AUG 21: FABRE - GAZMIN, HERSHEYS
- AUG 24: GAZMIN RON - JAPZON
- AUG 25: JARA - LIZARDO, JEREMY
- AUG 26: LIZARDO, JINKY - MANINGDING BRIAN
- AUG 27: MANIRANG BRIAN - MOLINA, IRENE
- AUG 28: MOLINA, JANELLE - PADUA, MC
- AUG 31: PAGUA, PAU - PUNZALAN KATH
- SEPT 1: PUNZALAN, KRITAL - RODRIGUEZ, KAYE
- SEPT 2: RODRIGUEZ, KIA - SARMIENTO, APPLE
- SEPT 3: SARMIENTO, APRIL - TATLONGHARI
- SEPT 4: TAVERA - VIAR
- SEPT 7: VIAñA - ZUNIGA AND A-C LATE REG
- SEPT 8: D-M LATE REG
- SEPT 9: N-Z LATE REG
- GO TO PHILIPPINE NURSES' ASSOCIATION, FT. BENITEZ ST., MALATE, MANILA STARTING JULY 29.
- PAY THE FOLLWOING AMOUNTS:
- INITIAL REGISTRATION FEE FOR PNA MEMBERSHIP: PHP 600.00
- TICKETS: PHP 350.00 - INDUCTEE
- PHP 250.00/GUEST
(NO UPDATE: JUST BRING THE DOCUMENTS FOR YOUR PRC LICENSE
APPLICATION JUST TO MAKE SURE, AND 1-2 VALID ID'S AND UR NOA AND UR BOARD RATING)
So far, the only thing left for me to do is to return to PRC and submit all the requirements. Also, to request a certificate of passing/board rating or whatever the heck it's called. I hear it's what the hospitals require and not the piece of scrap paper you get after falling in line for hours on the 5th floor of PRC.
After that, a trip to my Alma Mater, Far Eastern University (Institute of Nursing) Morayta, Manila must be scheduled. I still haven't claimed my diploma and paid for the list of additional fees it will manage to extract from me beyond Graduation. This I list below:
- Good Moral Certificate - P101
- Letter of Recommendation - P101
- Transcript of Records - P700 (more or less)
- Alumni Card - P250
- AHSE Certificate - P300
- Diploma - "Free"
I hope you see the difference.
So Good Luck and God Speed Registered Nurses (especially to my beloved batchmates)! The rest of our lives are still to come.
Lately, since passing the June 2009 NLE I've been looking for hospitals that would accommodate fresh graduates like myself for various trainings, seminars and volunteer work. Unfortunately, only a handful of sites I've been to offered useful information about what I am looking for.
I did, though, found a couple of insightful blogs that helped me envision my life as an unemployed registered nurse desperate for work. The countless hospital-hopping armed with resumes and 2x2 pictures, not to mention the numerous trainings, seminars and their fees did not boost my confidence in the future but did prepare me for the worst.
Here I list those sites I've been to and other additional information in case anybody needed it.
Philippine General Hospital
Taft Avenue Manila
(Nursing Training Division can be found HERE)
St. Luke's Medical Center
279 E. Rodriguez Sr. Boulevard, Quezon City, 1112 Philippines
(632) 723-0101 | (632) 723-0301
(Not much information. Can't even find the Nursing Division Page.)
Philippine Heart Center
East Avenue, Quezon City, Philippines 1100
Tels.: (632) 925-2401 to 50
(Very informative site especially for Registered Nurses interested in trainings and seminars. Click on the link for schedules and requirements.)
* Cardiovascular Nurse Practitioner Program (CVNP)
* Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy Training (CRRT)
* Critical Care Course
* I.V. Therapy Updates
* Intravenous Therapy Training Program
* Revisiting Essential Nursing Competencies for Patient Care: A Nursing Re-entry Program
* The Fundamentals of Nursing Documentation
National Kidney and Transplant Institute
East Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City 1100, Philippines
(Another unhelpful site for new nurses. Or maybe I just didn't see the information posted somewhere.)
The Medical City
Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City, Metro Manila Philippines.
Tel. nos. (632) 635-6789, (632) 631-86-26
Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Yet another one. Maybe the only thing there is to do is to spend time, money and effort into visiting these hospitals personally. A feat I'm not looking forward on doing. )
So that's about it for the day. Those are my top hospitals including Cardinal Santos Medical Center but I couldn't find an official site for the institution. Hopefully, doors will open and contacts will come through.
I'm also considering hospitals near our house but I have to visit those personally to get information. Maybe, tertiary hospitals are not all they're psyched up to be and it would be better to stay close to home.
I'll never know 'till I try it out.
Friday, August 7, 2009
As luck (or fate) would have it. I passed the Philippine Local Nursing Licensure Exam. 32,617 out of 77,901 passed the June 2009 Licensure Examination with a national passing rate of 41.87%. And lo and behold, that 41.87% of happy happy passers included me.
I was passer # 12075. Yay!
My internal celebration didn't stop there, thankfully. Internal because people around me sort of expected that I would pass, and when I did, well, let's just say the congratulations and applause were a bit lacking in the excitement area. One of the down sides of too much expectations.
Anyways, although it seemed to me that I was the only one up in the clouds about it all I relished my achievement. More so when I received my board rating.
It was a peculiar day when we decided to go to Professional Regulation Commission and get our ratings and other requirements. Schedules were thrown out the window and expected people didn't show up while unexpected ones popped out. After saying our hello's and complaining about the PRC crowd, we smartly cheated our way into the numerous PRC lines. (Yes, cheated, and proud of it). After a surprisingly short wait, we got a hold of our ratings and woohoo, what I got was better than I expected.
In the world of mediocre line of 7's, I was praying for at least an 80 general average. What presented in front of me was a fat 82.40, 4 out f 5 tests with 80 plus grades and one angry 79 in Test II. Ugh, should have known. Community and Maternal Health. My most hated subjects have come back to haunt me.
But it was better than I expected. And I was ecstatic about that. Lesson learned: Expectations really do matter, it actually matters more than people think it does.
After our PRC trip, we decided to head on over to the Philippine Nurse's Association office in Gil Puyat. Unfortunately, at 3:30pm, it was already closed and was not accepting applicants. Tired and slightly irritated, we decided to try our luck again the next day and as a routine, schedules were not again followed but eventually, we got our neon pink PNA IDs (if you could call it that). Ok, maybe more like a cardboard with signatures and numbers on it. We still have to paste our pictures and write our names ourselves. Fun, not.
But who's complaining? What we've worked for is now right in the palm of our hands (and hopefully our PRC card real soon). What's next is this newly registered nurse's fight and flight through the jungles of the health care system.
And that's exactly what this blog is all about.
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