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Binge – Watched: Hospital Ship (Korean Drama)

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I was bored the other day and I decided to watch a new Korean Drama on my VIU app. The last Korean medical drama I watched was The Good Doctor which I enjoyed so much. FYI, The Good Doctor is now being produced by Sony Pictures TV and ABC Studios starring Freddie Highmore. Anyway, I was looking for a good medical drama and came across Hospital Ship. I just loved it! I finished it in one day. It’s a mini-series (each episode lasts for only 30 minutes) and currently have 16 episodes. It’s still an ongoing series which you can watch online or via the viu app.

So, what is a hospital ship? It is what it actually is. A ship that boards medical professionals and they serve people who live in remote islands in a country. They provide medical and dental services as well as medicines. I have no idea if we have one in the Philippines. Anyway, in Korea, they also have small islands that doesn’t have access to health care so, a Hospital Ship is what they use to reach these islands. However, in this drama, not many Public Health doctors like to work in the hospital ship. So, when Public Health doctors enlists in the military, their posts are being raffled. Two “unlucky” doctors (Traditional Korean Medicine Doctor and a Dentist) picked the hospital ship during the raffle. Once they got there, they found out that one Internal Medicine doctor volunteered himself to work at the ship, which baffled the other two.

On one of their “emergencies” in the hospital ship, they had an appendecitis case that immediately needs an appendectomy. Unfortunately, the hospital ship is not equipped to perform surgeries because they don’t have the equipments needed and most of all, they don’t have a surgeon. Cue the protagonist who was hired to be a part of the Hospital Ship team. She is an extremely able surgeon but was kicked out from the prestigious hospital she used to work for due to a matter that she refuse to disclose. She performed the surgery successfully with very little resources.

I was immediately hooked by the premise. After graduating from nursing school, it was very difficult to look for a nursing job and I briefly entertained the idea of working in a ship as a nurse first-aider. It was only for 5 minutes, but I realized i can’t do it because I don’t know how to swim and I might get sea sick. LOL. I think it takes a lot of guts and skills to work on a Hospital Ship.

The actors in this show is commendable for being able to portray the medical professionals really well. Ha Ji Won, who portrays the protaganist, went to a lot trainings to be able to learn how to become a believable surgeon on screen. Also, the ridicule that the Traditional Korean Doctor receives was on point. In the last medical center I worked in, they also provide traditional treatments like Accupuncture and to this day, I still have doubts about the medical benefits of the said treatment.

Overall, Hospital Ship is a pretty good medical drama. It focuses on the patient care and their rights, hospital politics, scarcity of funds and resources, as well as the daily struggles of the medical professionals. There isn’t any romance YET, I think that’s something we can look forward for on the next episode.

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KSA Files: SCFHS Certificate of Good Standing

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Hi everyone! I just got back from a week-long vacation and I’m stuck at home today because I’m sick. Anyway, I want to be productive today so, I will be writing about how to get a SCFHS Certificate of Good Standing.

If you are going to apply for a job overseas, whether its a GCC country or somewhere else, it is likely that they will ask a copy of your Certificate of Good Standing. So here’s how you get one:

First, go to the SCFHS website. Then, click e-services.

Next, click Additional e-services list.

Then, click Registration.

A list will appear, just click on Request a certificate of good standing.

Then, fill out all the information the system asks. First, it will ask for your registration number. This is the number that appears in your registration certificate and ID. Example: 11RN1234567 Make sure you type it without spaces or hyphen.

Click next. The system will ask for your e-mail address and mobile number. Make sure you write the correct e-mail address because once paid, the SCFHS will send your Certificate of Good Standing on your e-mail address.

After typing your email address, and valid KSA mobile number, click Next. On the new page, there will be a drop down box, Select Good Standing and then choose Add Service. Click Next. On the next page, click Confirm.

Upon confirmation, the invoice will appear on the screen. You may or may not print it, it’s really up to you. However, you NEED to keep the Account Number. You will need it to pay for the certificate. You can pay it on any ATM that accepts SADAD payments. The cost of the SCFHS Certificate of Good Standing is 300.00 SR. I paid via NCB, it’s actually very easy. On the ATM, choose SADAD payments, then look for SCFHS payments (there are a lot of government agencies and we hit the next button plenty of times, make sure you keep your eyes glued to the monitor). Lastly, the machine will ask for the Account Number.

Once paid, you will receive your Certificate of Good Standing within 24 hrs. It will be in PDF form and will be sent to you via email. The certificate is electronically generated and is already in English. No need for English translations unlike the Saudi Police Clearance and the SCFHS Registration Certificate. *More info about this papers on the next blog post*

If you find any incorrect information on your certificate you can contact the SCFHS and they can investigate the problem for you. They will fix the inaccuracies and send you an updated certificate. you can contact them on the following channels:

Call center: 920019393

E-mail: care@scfhs.org

Hope this helps!

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The Pearson Vue NMC computer based test (CBT)

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How does one prepare for the Pearson Vue NMC computer based test (CBT)?

Fear of the unknown.

In my experience, after a brief relief and elation from passing the IELTS test, I felt a different kind of fear and panic in preparation for the NMC computer based test (CBT). Compared to the IELTS, there are very few information you can get online regarding the CBT and that usually causes the panic for test takers. When you go to the NMC site, there is a “blueprint” that the Nursing and Midwifery Council encourages CBT takers to read and study. Also, some people on the internet advised to read the Royal Marsden Manual. I found a small comfort in that, but when I downloaded the files and opened them, the fear took over the comfort I felt. It’s lengthy and it also have lots of links to other sites. Who has the time to read all of that?

Calm the f down.

Breathe in, breathe out. Relax. After that, figure out a time table that will enable you to read the blueprints, the links, and the entire Royal Marsden Manual. In my case, I only had two weeks to prepare. If you are planning to take the exam too, make sure you have enough time to study. The exam is worth One Hundred and Thirty pounds, if you don’t want your money wasted, you have to study.

Know your enemy.

One of the requirements before you take the NMC CBT is the IELTS score. Once you go to the NMC site to register for the CBT, they will ask you to put in some information regarding your IELTS. Then, they will send you an email if you are eligible to take the exam. The email will direct you to the Pearson Vue wesite. Book and pay for the exam, and make sure to read the Candidate Information Booklet. This contains all the necessary information regarding the exam. Knowing what’s going to happen will lessen your anxiety. The booklet will tell you the do’s and don’ts as well as what you should expect on your exam day.

Plan.

I created a two-week review guide that allowed me to read almost all of my study materials. I divided the Royal Marsden Manual by chapter and tried to read them according to my time table or until my brain is fried. Seriously. I read the Blueprints first, then the Manual, and I checked out the links last. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to read all of them because of time constraints. Time is your friend, you have to use them wisely. Again, when booking your exam, make sure you have ample time to study.

Read. Read. Read.

Aside from the the NMC Blueprint and the Royal Marsden Manual, try to look for other review sources such as the NMC Site, NHS, RCN, etc. These sources are available online. Comprehension is important when you read the review materials. If you come to a point that you cannot absorb anything that you read, you have to stop. You are just wasting your time. You need to clear your mind a little bit, and try to make learning fun. I used flash cards to help me remember some stuff. Also, don’t read on a place where your bed is visible, because you’ll likely end up reading in your bed and eventually, fall asleep. In my experience, I find reading at the early hours of the morning more conducive for learning than on the middle of the day. Read as much as you can.

Pray.

Regardless of your religion, pray anyway. It will bring you comfort and peace when you take the exam.

If you are an aspiring UKRN like me, I wish you luck on your exam! You can do this!

For more information, visit the Pearson Vue for NMC site here.

Puerto de San Juan Resort @ San Juan, La Union (Video)

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Check out my latest video edit. I created the video using the FilmoraGo app.

This was on my last trip to La Union in August 2017. We had so much fun in the water and it felt like we privately rented the entire theme park. We brought some food and drinks, my aunt had to pay extra charge for that. Despite the extra charge, we all had a blast. The food was great, the pool was fun and the company was amazing. I did regret staying under the sun for too long. I had sunburn and I’m too tan now.

Just my stuff

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What’s up guys!?! I’m sooooo bored. I should be studying, but, nahhh. I am just not in the mood. I need a distraction and here I am, blogging. Again.

I added a new tab on the blog menu entitled “New Things”, it’s all about stuff that I recently acquired. To start off, I want to show you the new notebook I got from Papemelroti. I’ve always loved Papemelroti because of their cute and unique designs. Plus, they are locally made and 100% recycled. They have all kinds of items that are perfect for giveaways and gifts. My personal favorite are their yearly planner. I got a notebook this time because I have lots of things to jot down lately. They celebrated their 50th anniversary last month, congratulations Papemelroti!

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Next, I got my new glasses the other day. It cost me an arm and a leg, just kidding. It was a lot more expensive than what I was expecting but, I like it. Honestly though, I made a mistake when I purchased the frame. I immediately started trying them on without checking the price! The sales lady was very helpful and even told me that there’s still a 20% discount, that should’ve been a warning sign. However, I forgot to ask the price until the last moment when they are asking me for a deposit. I paid it upfront though. I always get my eyeglasses from Good Vision Optical and all of my eye wear from their shop lasted for years. I just needed a new pair because I lost the last one while I was in La Union. The beach washed it away. My cousin accidentally knocked my frames out of my face while I was minding her in the beach. She had a lot of fun in the water, it’s just my luck that it happened when the waves reached us. It happened so fast, one moment everything was clear and then bam! My glasses fell off and it was gone. So sad. I’m legally blind, so, I can’t really go out without one. Luckily, I have a spare one (also from Good Vision Optical), but I decided to get an upgrade. It’s been more than a year since I had the lenses changed, the doctor advised me to get a new one before leaving the country again. So, I figured it’s time to get a new pair.

Lastly, I got a new bag pack! I will be travelling back to La Union this weekend and we might do some hiking. My cousin wants to see the falls somewhere in San Gabriel, La union. I hope it doesn’t rain so we can experience that. Well, I am dreading the hike but, I do like to see the falls. I am in no condition to hike. LOL. Anyway, I got the bag at SM Cubao for half the price. They were on sale, lucky me! It’s a Jellybeans bag. I really need it because my old bag is dilapidated, the zippers are falling off. It’s original price 499.75 PHP, I got it for 249.00 PHP. It’s a good deal.

So, there you go! I will try to post some of the free books I got from Amazon. It will be on a separate post but will be under the “New Things” category.

TBR: Midnight Labyrinth by Elizabeth Hunter

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Synopsis:

He’s one human caught in a tangled maze of theft, politics, magic, and blood.
 In other words, it’s just another night.


Benjamin Vecchio escaped a chaotic childhood and grew to adulthood under the protection and training of one of the Elemental world’s most feared vampire assassins. He’s traveled the world and battled immortal enemies.

But everyone has to go home sometime.

New York means new opportunities and allies for Ben and his vampire partner, Tenzin. It also means new politics and new threats. Their antiquities business is taking off, and their client list is growing. When Ben is challenged to find a painting lost since the second world war, he jumps at the chance. This job will keep him closer to home, but it might just land him in hot water with the insular clan of earth vampires who run Manhattan.

Tenzin knew the painting would be trouble before she laid eyes on it, but she can’t deny the challenge intrigues her. Human laws mean little to a vampire with a few millennia behind her, and Tenzin misses the rush of taking what isn’t hers.

But nothing is more dangerous than a human with half the story, and Ben and Tenzin might end up risking their reputations and their lives before they escape the Midnight Labyrinth.

MIDNIGHT LABYRINTH is the first book in an all new contemporary fantasy series by Elizabeth Hunter, author of the Elemental Mysteries and the Irin Chronicles.

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Midnight Labyrinth is my most anticipated book of this year. I have always been an Elizabeth Hunter fan and I read everything she writes. The elemental series is my favorite and I can’t even remember how many times I’ve re read it. Anyway, yesterday Ms. Hunter released the first chapter of the book on her website and I am stoked. You guys, I’ve been waiting for BENZIN for years! I am grateful for the novellas Ms. Hunter fed us fans these past few years, but a full length novel… *cue tears* Wait, this is a full length novel right? Right?!? Well, It does say “An Elemental Legacy Novel” so… yeah. *happy dance*

Read Midnight Labyrinth Chapter One here.

For those who are new to the Elemental series, Ms. Hunter assures everyone that you need not to read the previous Elemental Legacy books (I highly recommend to read the entire series though). Midnight Labyrinth is a stand-alone novel.

Midnight Labyrinth is now available for pre-order, here are the links:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vTuXtN

iBooks: http://apple.co/2gyESmr

B&N: http://bit.ly/2vAHyGM

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2vALPtX

Smashwords: http://bit.ly/2esTdN7

The book will be available on the 7th of November. (Just two days before my birthday! It would be awesome to receive this book on my birthday, haha!)

Add Midnight Labyrinth on your goodreads TBR here.

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