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It’s six in the morning here in the Philippines and I am wide awake since 4AM. My circadian rhythm is already screwed up to begin with, and this weather isn’t helping. I woke up because our pets were whining, they were scared of the lightning and thunder I suppose? Anyway, they woke my parents up, then my parents woke me up with their offer of coffee. Anyway, it wasn’t so bad. I enjoyed the coffee.

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While drinking my coffee, I checked my Twitter feed and someone replied regarding my question on where I can watch tVN’s new Korean TV series: Criminal Minds. It’s a Korean version of the American show of the same title. So, I ended watching the first episode and I am sold. It’s pretty good. I heard the ratings are good too in South Korea. Most of the Korean shows that are known internationally are romance, drama, and the historical ones. I think this show gives a different flavor to the Korean audience that’s why the ratings are pretty solid. I just hope that it will continue.

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I don’t know much about the actors in this show. I know that Lee Joon Gi did a lot of historical dramas, I have watched Moon Chae Won in The Good Doctor, and that’s it. I don’t know the other actors at all, but they were all good. I’ll definitely continue watching this show.

You can watch the Criminal Minds Korean trailer here.

I hope you all have a good day ahead!

Novel

Trying and failing to be “zen”

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I am currently waiting for my decision letter from the Nursing and Midwifery Council in UK. My application is added on the queue on the 6th of July. According to the NMC website, the assessment process will take 40-70 working days. It’s going to be a long wait.

I left my job in April and I decided not to be in the workforce for a while because I needed the break after a six- year long career overseas. I try to be productive by studying as often as I could to prepare for the OSCE. Anyway, this morning, I was looking for some planning and documentation samples online and I stumbled upon a forum that discusses their experience with regard to the assessment process with the NMC. Most of the time, I avoid looking at such forums because I don’t want to worry about things that aren’t happening yet or probably wont happen to me at all, but today, I was weak. I got sucked into this vortex of fears and worries about delays and resubmission of documents. I read the forum for an hour. It’s pretty scary. I’m trying to get my “zen” back, but the “horror” stories are still fresh in my mind. So, here I am trying to distract myself by blogging.

If you are a UKRN or an aspiring UKRN, I’d love to hear some positive experience working in the UK or with the whole registration process. Please leave a message on the comment box! Thank you.

Have a great day ahead!

Thor: Ragnarok Official Trailer

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I wanted to post something relevant today, but, I just have nothing to say. I haven’t done anything these past few weeks but study. I’m still waaaay behind my reading challenge in Goodreads and I still haven’t seen Spiderman: Homecoming. I haven’t even seen Wonderwoman yet. I’ll probably just wait for the DVD.

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So many exciting stuff came out during the San Diego Comic Con this year. I don’t have a bucket list (yet), if I do, going to the SDCC will be one of them. I’m a huge Marvel fan, and I think meeting other fans and the stars on comic con will be really cool. Anyway, I watched the Thor: Ragnarok official trailer and it looks so good. I am excited to see the film on November.

Watch the trailer here.

 

Attention: Nurses who wants to work in Saudi Arabia

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This is posted today at the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties Facebook Page.

For all Nurses:

Saudi Commission for Health Specialties in partnership with Pearson Vue announcing for the increased question-examination items from 100 to 150 items in 3 -hour period.
Result of the examination will be released after 3 days which will be determined using the range percentile scores.

These photos are also posted on the said page which shows the new format of the Prometric Test Result for SCFHS.

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Photo Credits: Saudi Commission for Health Specialties

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Photo Credits: Saudi Commission for Health Specialties

What’s the difference from the old SCFHS Prometric test? Well, I took my Prometric test in September 2011 and since then I haven’t noticed the changes that occurred while I was working in Saudi. Anyway, in 2011 the number of items in the exam was 70 and you can get the result as soon as you finished the test (You can finish the test in an hour or so). The print out will say if you passed or failed. The exam fee in 2011 was $90. Today, I checked the Pearson Vue site for the SCFHS certification Testing and it says that starting from July 1, 2017, all SCFHS exam fees will be adjusted. I don’t know for sure how much it is but if you are interested in taking the exam, you can contact Pearson Vue here.

Another thing I noticed from the Pearson Vue site is this:

Kindly note that healthcare professionals will first have to apply to Saudi Commission for Health Specialties. You will be able to sit for the exam once credentialing has been done and approved.

Before, you can easily book and pay the exam yourself online without needing any permission from any regulating body or organization. As of this month, prior to booking the exam, a permission to take the test must be acquired from the SCFHS. I think, this “approval” will be automatically sent to Pearson Vue and the applicant will be notified via email that he is given the permission to take the test. Once notified, the applicant can create an account on Pearson Vue to book and pay for the Prometric exam. I could be wrong though. So, if you have questions about the process, it’s best to contact the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties.

There you go. If you are reading this because you are going to take the Prometric exam soon, good luck and thank you for dropping by!

Leaving KSA? End of Contract Letter, Exit Letter and a No Objection Certificate Sample.

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Yours truly at the Riyadh Gallery.

Happy Sunday everyone! How are you doing? I woke up early today, as usual. A friend of mine asked me to write a No Objection Certificate for her because she is planning to leave Saudi Arabia soon. Previously, she also asked me to help her regarding her Exit Letter. Usually, when a contract in the country (KSA) ends and the employee no longer want to continue working for the same company, an employee is required to write an End of Contract Letter. It should be given to your employer atleast two months before your contract ends. However, if you want to leave the country before your contract ends, an exit letter may be required. Depending on your contract, fees may or may not be collected when an employee ends the working relationship.

Here is an example of a End of Contract Letter:

Date: ___________

 

Address Line 1

Address Line 2

Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia

 

To whom it may concern;

I am writing this correspondence in order to inform you of my decision to not renew my contract as a (your job title) from (your employer/company name). My final working day will be on (Month/Day/Year).

Working at (your employer/company name) has been both a rewarding and satisfying experience. I wish the best of luck and success to you and my fellow employees.

Yours respectfully,

(Your Name)

 

Here is an example of an Exit Letter:

Date: ___________

 

Address Line 1

Address Line 2

Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia

 

To whom it may concern;

I am writing this correspondence in order to notify you of my decision to end my contract as a (your job title) from (your employer/company name). I will not elaborate my reason for coming up with this decision but know that it is purely due to family matters.

Working at (your employer/company name) has been both a rewarding and satisfying experience. I wish the best of luck and success to you and my fellow employees.

Yours respectfully,

(Your Name)

A No Objection Certificate is a letter that most recruitment agencies today will ask an ex-Saudi applicant. This will act as a certificate of good standing for non-professionals. It will show that the company you worked for was satisfied with your performance and that they don’t have any complaints or legal issues against you.

In some companies, you will only need to request a COE and NOC from them and they will do it for you. However, in smaller companies, it is the employee who writes them and the manager will sign it for you. For an NOC to be valid, it should also be stamped and verified at the Chamber of Commerce for 25 SAR.

Here is an example of a No Objection Certificate:

Date:

To Whom It May Concern;

This is to certify that (Your Complete Name), Filipino citizen, and bearer of Iqama No. 0000000000, Passport No. 123456789, worked for (your employer/company name) as a (your job title) from July 2016 – July 2017.

This certificate is issued upon the request of (Your Name) for whatever purpose it may serve him/her.

As per labor rules and regulations, we have NO OBJECTION for him/her to render his/her services any where in KSA.

General Manager:

_______________________________

Signed: (Name of Signatory)

(Company Name)

I hope this helps! If you have questions or suggestions, please leave a message at the comment box.

Novel

IELTS Tips: Is it possible to get a good band score if you self study?

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First of all, I will not recommend for anyone to book their IELTS too soon. If you’re not confident about your English proficiency yet, don’t book it. However, if you are on a deadline, go ahead and do it, but make sure that you give an ample time for you to study. In my opinion, two weeks should be long enough provided that you follow a strict review schedule.

To start of, you need to assess your strength and weaknesses. Do practice tests online. There are plenty of free youtube videos that provides listening practice tests. For reading and writing practices, you can check out blogs like ieltsliz.com or engvid.com, they have plenty of practice tests you can try. For speaking, try to speak for 4 minutes non-stop about a certain topic. Make sure that you record it. You can later listen to it and check for mistakes and how you can improve it.

After doing practice tests, evaluate the results. Which section did you find difficult? In my case, I find it challenging to write two essays within one hour. Also, I found out that I use a lot of fillers when I speak non-stop and my vocabulary is between average to above average. Initially, prior to doing the practice tests, I thought I wouldn’t have any problems regarding the listening and reading sections of IELTS because I am an avid reader and I watch a lot of BBC documentaries. However, It made me a little bit nervous when I stumbled upon True/False/Not Given questions in the reading section during the practice tests. I find them confusing. The matching type questions can also be tricky and time consuming. With the listening practice tests, my only problem is my lack of focus. My mind tend to drift away while listening to the recording.

After finding out my weaknesses, I planned a study calendar to help overcome them. Create a review calendar that you can use as a guide everyday. I followed the guide for two weeks, studying for 8-10 hours a day. I know it’s a little bit inconvenient specially for those who are working full time. In my case, I already resigned from my Nursing job that’s why I have the time to study.  So, it’s important to make a review guide that fits your schedule. My calendar is filled with subjects that I need to focus on such as practice writing and speaking. I also scheduled mock tests that mimics the actual test. The mock tests helped me improve my writing under time pressure.

Many people opt to go to a review center prior to taking the IELTS. That’s a pretty good way to prepare for the exam too albeit a little expensive. The advantage of going to a review center than self studying is that there are mentors who can correct your mistakes. If you self study, you have to figure out what’s the problem and fix it yourself. Again, if you are not confident doing it on your own, go ahead and sign up for review sessions at your local IELTS review center.

It is possible to get a good band score even if you self study. You just need to be well disciplined in following your review schedule and must be willing to sacrifice your time for studying.

If you have more UKVI IELTS questions and suggestions, please leave a message at the comment box.

Have a great day ahead!

Novel

IELTS, NMC CBT, UK Application

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It’s been a while… I know! I’ve been busy. I left Saudi Arabia for good on April 12 2017. Before leaving Riyadh, my last two months in the Kingdom was hectic. I never had the time to blog or read books. I’m at work for 12 hours straight, and when I’m home, I always sleep in. Anyway, I finally have time to blog today. Hello!

So, I arrived in Manila on April 13th and I’ve been busy since then. Weird right? I’m supposed to be resting after ending a 6 year nursing career overseas, but I decided to take my IELTS exam as soon as I can. At first, my plan was to take the exam two or three months later. However, I received an email from an agency I applied to that there will be an interview for a nursing position bound to UK. They also informed me that they will include me on the interview list IF I book my UKVI/IELTS. I was like, “Okay then, I don’t have anything else to do anyway.” Then I booked the earliest available schedule… Honestly, I don’t know what I was thinking. I only gave myself two weeks to prepare for the exam. Luckily, I got the band score I needed and immediately registered at the Nursing Midwifery Council. I received the approval to take the exam at Pearson Vue and I booked another exam. Again, I made an insane decision to take the exam two weeks later. I studied 12 hours a day for two weeks. Crazy right? Fortunately, I got the result on the same day and I passed.

To complete my registration at NMC, I need to submit some documents and forms to them and I have to wait for the assessment period which could take up to 70 days. I just completed all the forms and I’m currently waiting for them to confirm that they have received my documents. I hope they receive everything by next week.

So, that’s what I’ve been doing these past few weeks. Now that I have time, I’m trying to catch up on my Goodreads Reading Challenge and I’m considering writing a fan fiction.

Wishing you all a great weekend,

Novel

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