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 Northhampton, 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 batchmates 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.

The next day we had breakfast at Mcdonalds 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 wracking. I dont
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 habit is the key!
Have a great day ahead everyone!


I Passed!

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Today I finally got the result of my OSCE and I made it! Thank God I passed! I couldn’t have done it without His guidance. Thank you Lord, Jesus Christ! Thank you St. Joseph, my patron saint. To my family and friends, thanks for your support and prayers, I love you all! 😭❤

Morning Reflections

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Good morning! I woke up at 2:00 am today. No matter how bad I want to get back to sleep, i couldn’t. I browsed Twitter and read some emails until 5:00 am, had coffee and started writing this blog. While sipping my coffee earlier, it made me reflect about what happened to me these past months. I mentioned on my previous posts that I left a 6 -year nursing career in Saudi Arabia and currently preparing for a new challenge else where. Guess what, I just got my visa yesterday and I’ll be travelling to the UK soon. Looking back, it wasn’t an easy process to get hired and get to this point where I am flying to London and be able to practice my profession there. It makes me smile remembering those days in Riyadh where I’m so bored with the routine and find my escape on hundreds of books. I will definitely continue reading once I’m settled in the UK. Right now though, I had to reduce my Goodreads reading challenge from 100 to 60 books. Anyway, I just find it amazing that things are working really well right now and I hope that this good fortune will continue. I am incredibly grateful to all the people who supported me all through out my application, specially to my family who have been patient and took care of me when I am going insane while studying for my exams. Exams aren’t really over though, going to the UK is just the beginning. I still have OSCE’s coming up, but I promise to maintain my positive outlook on any challenges ahead.

Above all, I’m grateful to the Lord for always guiding me and giving me strength when I needed it. For protecting me and loving me despite my flaws. Thank you so much.

I originally planned to blog about the entire visa application process, but I had to get this out of my head first. I’ll be posting about it shortly.



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!


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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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.


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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Good day!!! How was your weekend? It’s a long weekend here in the Philippines so, many people are still sleeping in or on their vacation. I just got back from a three-week holiday myself. I am excited to tell you the places I visited with my family. Before I do that though, I would just like to send a shout out to my wonderful sister. Hello Ate Melissa! Thank you so much for my new Kindle Paperwhite. I’m in love with my new reader!

My Aunt and my cousin arrived in the Philippines on August 3 from the UK, we traveled to La Union that night. La Union is our second home here in the Philippines. It is a province in Region I in which both my parents came from. They were born and raised there. My father did not join us on this trip because we have pets at home and there’s no one else who can look after them. Anyway, it was a 6-7 hour trip from Manila to La Union. We arrived in San Juan, La Union on the 4th of August. Our first week in La Union was kind of a blur. We often go to the beach and eat local food that we all missed. However, the highlight of the week was Andrea’s (my cousin) first communion at St. Joseph Church in Quirino, Bacnotan, La Union. My cousin is supposed to attend a week long seminar, but, my cousin was an over achiever, she already memorized all the prayers and learned the lectures earlier (she goes to a Catholic school), so, she didn’t have to do the seminar. She had her first Communion the following day after her Confession. This is big deal for every Catholics, so, we had a small party for Andrea after her first communion.

Me and Andrea at the beach!


St. Joseph Church at Quirino, Bacnotan


Andrea’s First Communion

On our second week, my Aunt Teresa decided to travel back to Manila so that we can visit some sites they’ve been planning to check out. They opted to stay in our house in Rizal, which is good because we have unlimited internet access in our house, unlike in our place in La Union when you can barely get a signal. Anyway, we had lunch at Barrio Fiesta in Ali Mall ( One of my favorite restaurants in Cubao) then we visited The Venice Grand Canal Mall in Taguig. We used Grab taxi, which made the travel more convenient and comfortable. After that, we went to the Art in Island in Cubao, we hired a Grab Taxi again. The driver was quite funny, he made our travel interesting despite the traffic.


Our last week in La Union was all about food and swimming. My goodness, we went to the beach almost everyday. However, the only day I got sunburned was when we went swimming at the Puerto de San Juan Theme Park. We also went Grape picking at Bauang, La Union, and on the same day, we visited the Poro Point Baywalk. My cousin, Rose Ann brought us at Kahuna Beach Resort and Spa where we had dinner. The view was magnificent. On the 19th of August, my uncle celebrated his 60th birthday. It was an advance party because his actual birthday was on the 22nd. We had so much fun, and we went home with full bellies. The food was amazing.

That sums up my three-week vacation. I hope everyone had a great weekend.


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



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:


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.


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