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Good and affordable action camera

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Hi everyone!!! June has been amazing so far. My cousin and I went to Harry Potter Studio tour in Watford on the 16th and I had so much fun. I’ll post some of the pictures and video later. This post is mostly about the new action camera I bought for this trip.

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I initially wanted to buy a GoPro but my budget wont allow me to get one. I searched the internet for an alternative, so, I ended up with the Apeman A80 camera. It’s surprisingly good for only 68 pounds! The packaging is nice, it comes with a box full of gears that you usually buy separately if you buy a GoPro. I had to buy a memory card and selfie stick but its still less than 100 pounds in total. It also comes with two rechargeable batteries. You can buy a charging dock for your batteries separately and its around 11-12 pounds. If you don’t want to buy one, that’s alright, you can charge the camera via USB. It usually takes 3 hours to fully charge the battery.

Here’s a link to the raw video sample: Raw.

I’m not a huge fan of the still photos due to the fish eye effect, however, its not too bad for a a camera this cheap. Here are some samples:

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I love this camera despite its flaws. I never worry if I accidentally drop it in the river Thames or lose it because it did not cost me lots of money. Also, it’s cute and tiny that it can fit in a small bag. It wont take a lot of space in your luggage if you are travelling. This camera comes highly recommended due to affordability. Quality wise, it doesn’t suck.

Thanks for dropping by!

Novel

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A quick trip to Oxford

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This happened last month… I was in Aylesbury at my Aunt’s house and the day was really nice. So, we made a decision to visit Oxford. All I can say is that it’s really beautiful. I’d love to go back in the summer.

 

My UK application timeline.

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Hello London! Photo by: Novel Sanchez

Hi guys!

How are you all doing? I’ve been getting good questions lately regarding my UK application experience, so, I figured I should share my application timeline:

April 12, 2017 – I left Saudi Arabia. Before leaving the country for good, I was already determined to go to the UK. I have emailed several agencies in the Philippines and I asked what are the requirements. I made sure that I have the following documents before I left KSA: Certificate of Good Standing, Police Clearance, Letter of Recommendations, and Certificate of No Objection.

May 1, 2017 – Invited for an interview with the King’s College Hospital recruitment team at Omanfil Manpower Agency in Manila. We had a calculation exam the previous day and I passed the interview on the first of May. FYI: At the time, you can only secure an interview if you have taken the UKVI/IELTS exam or you’re already booked to take the exam. I had to book my exam as soon as possible to be interviewed, haha.

May 6, 2017 – I took the UKVI exam. 13 days later, the result came out and I passed! I immediately signed up at the NMC website to book my CBT.

June 6, 2017 – I took the CBT exam in Makati and got the result in the afternoon. I luckily passed.

July 6, 2017 – It took me a while to complete all the documents needed so that I could move on to the next step in the portal. College docs, PRC docs, medical exam, my bar coded forms for my references had to be sent in Riyadh… I’m lucky I was able to finish it all in a month’s time. All my documents were received and I finally entered the queue on the 6th of July.

August 30, 2017 – I got a feedback and was asked to resubmit a document. Apparently I needed a letter of declaration from the translator. Since, I already know that I wont get it from the translator I paid in Saudi Arabia. I had to go to the National Center for Muslim Filipinos to translate my documents all over again. I paid extra cash for a declaration letter. They bled me dry guys. I had to pay though, otherwise my application will be delayed.

August 31, 2017 – I re-uploaded the scanned documents in the portal.

September 6, 2017 – I finally got a decision letter from the NMC! Yay!!!

September 8, 2017 – I had an early PDOS because I had to go for a two week vacation in La Union. Having fun while waiting for the Certificate of Sponsorship.

October 4, 2017 – COS arrived! *happy dance*

October 11, 2017 – Visa Appointment!

October 12, 2017 – Re-medical, apparently the medical exam is only valid for 3 mos… I am already broke…jk.

October 30, 2017 – PDOS 2!!! Refund guys, I got a refund for my UKVI and IOM. They gave us our tickets as well. Exciting!

November 2, 2017 – Flight to London! Yay!

November 6, 2017 – Induction at King’s College Hospital.

November 13, 2017 – My first day at Surgical Assessment Unit.

January 23, 2018 – OSCE day at the Northampton University

January 25, 2018 – OSCE passer! *cue tears of joy* I then paid my registration fee.

January 26, 2018 – UKRN! Finally got my pin from the NMC.

The entire application is not easy. It will take time, effort and a lot of money too. Don’t be discouraged though, if you really want to go to the UK, I’m sure you can endure and surpass all of this hurdles too! The process may be longer or shorter for others, it really varies. So, if you feel like sharing your UK application timeline…share away! Post it in the comment section.

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Have a great day ahead!

Run: Day 1

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Hello guys!

I started running today because my cousin is insisting that I go swim with her sometime. I am completely out of shape and I will look terrible in a suit. I feel bad not to grant my little cousin’s wish though, so, here I am trying to make an effort.

I woke up early and had a light breakfast. I changed into my running clothes and started my walk/run at the park around 7:30. I didnt realize how wide the Ruskin Park is until I started this exercise project. I finished my walk/run after an hour. Since I’m a beginner, I am doing the walk then run style so that I wont over exert myself on my first run. Atleast that’s what I’ve learned from researching online. I will gradually reduce my walk time and increase my run/jog time in the next few days.

I will probably run in the afternoon tomorrow because I am working tonight… night shift! Yay… not really. Well, I hope you guys have a productive day ahead!

Novel

Winter fun

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Despite the cold weather, me and my room mate went out to have fun at the park near our flat.

I woke up with snow outside my window…Looks like another snowy day in London. 🌨️

Stay safe everyone!

Cold Snap in the UK

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Good day!

We are currently experiencing a cold snap in the United Kingdom, the tabloids are calling it the “Beast from the East”. The weather is quite deceiving, the sun is out but it’s so freaking cold. I’m glad its my off, I can just lie down in my bed and read a book. A good cup of tea would be nice too, hmmmm …maybe later.

I woke up with a sharp pain on my leg, it was 4:30 in the morning. I had a very busy Monday at work so, I expected my leg to hurt. I had a long soak in the bath to relax my muscles and made sure to elevate my leg when I slept. Despite the prevention, I still woke up hurting. On the brighter side, the Ibuprofen Gel worked. I purchased that in Poundland for just a pound. So, if you are a nurse or an aspiring one, back and leg pains are in your future. You can prevent this by maintaining good body mechanics at work (kudos to those who do, I always forget!), and exercising. I do neither, LOL, so, don’t be like me!

I just felt like writing because my internet works really well during the day, haha. Feel free to ask questions regarding UK applications, etc… I’ll answer as soon as I can.

Stay safe everyone!

Let’s not talk about OSCE

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I signed a confidentiality clause prior to taking the exam so I am not allowed to share what happened during my OSCE, so, I can only share the details before the exam.
Me and my room mates went to Northampton the day before the exam and it was cold and gloomy. We were all nervous but we tried to put our brave faces on. When you’re in Northampton, you are not allowed to discuss the exam at all, so we avoided talking about it in public. We did some practice on our hotel but it was just a quick memory drill. We didn’t go out of hotel until dinner at Nando’s with our batch mates who are also taking the exam and were staying at the Ibis hotel. We checked in at Travelodge. If you are taking the exam at Northampton, these are the affordable hotels near the innovation centre. After dinner, we went back to our rooms and slept.

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The next day we had breakfast at Mcdonald’s and my roommates went to the exam centre afterwards because their schedule was earlier than mine. I
went back to the hotel, showered and prepared for OSCE and checked out of
the hotel a few hours later. I went to the exam centre early, so, I was asked if I would be agreeable to take the exam earlier than planned. I agreed…And the rest is history.
All I can say is that the entire experience is nerve wrecking. I don’t want to go through it again. It was a stressful week for all of us and I’m just glad that’s over. Not everyone were fortunate enough to pass the OSCE. Some will do a partial re-sit and others will do a full re-sit. I wish them all good luck.

For the nurses who are still in the early process of their application to the UK, prepare yourself as early as possible. If you have a Royal Marsden Manual, try to read it whenever you have the time. Early preparation and good study habits is the key!
Have a great day ahead everyone!

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