Friday, April 20, 2012

My Insights on our Leadership Training

Just last month, some employees were invited to join the "Leadership Training" conducted by Mr. Bob Hackett (current CBT and EHR team manager).  For the 3 years that I have been with the company, this is the first time such training was held in our office and I am grateful to be part of that event.  For the few sessions that we had, I learned so many things that I could apply not just in the work place, but in my everyday life as well. 

I used to think that the people we call leaders are the ones that are on top, but I realized that each and everyone of us is a leader in our own way.   A good leader is someone who motivates others to achieve a common goal, someone who is committed, leads by example, someone who is not afraid to take responsibility, someone who sees the good in others and inspires others to be the best.  

So whether you are just an ordinary employee, you may have been or you can be a leader in other aspects of your life.  As an EMR physician, it is my goal to help our clients be more organized in documenting their visit notes, and as a mother, I inspire my kids to be responsible, disciplined and respectful towards others, that is why I try my best to be a good example to them because I believe that they are a reflection of myself.

So continue to believe in your dreams or goals, follow that dream and do your best to achieve that goal, this might inspire others to share the same vision with you, and along the way, you just might find that leader inside of you.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

A Surprise from a Friend

A few weeks back, I received a wonderful surprise from a friend. She sent me a package and I was so excited to see what was inside.  I was like a kid opening up a present and I squealed with delight when I saw the Starbucks planner and the Organix Moroccan oil that I had been wanting to buy but could not find one in Cebu. 

Thank you Rizza for the gift.  I love the Argan oil, it helped smoothen my hair and I always bring the planner with me and I use it to doodle and write anything that goes through my head.  I'm planning to get you and the baby a little something, especially since I was not able to attend the baby shower.  Who knows, I might just surprise you by delivering the gifts myself.  I'm looking forward to seeing you and the baby soon!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Why I Enjoy Being An EMR Physician

Last February, I celebrated my 3rd year working as an EMR Physician.  Three years, imagine that.  A thought crossed my mind, if I continued with my residency training, I would have graduated by now.  I would probably be a junior consultant in a hospital, put up a clinic with my batch mates in medical school or go into further training and specialize in a specific field of practice.  But then, I have always believed that we make our choices in life, and whatever happens as a result of the choice that we made is something that we have to accept and live with.  No looking back.  No regrets.  

So rather than the "what ifs" I want to start counting the reasons why working as an EMR physician for the past 3 years has been worth the stress, lack of sleep and toxicity of working on the graveyard shift.

- I get to work with other employees in our US and India office.  I get to interact with a diverse group of individuals with different cultures and beliefs, yet we all have a common goal and that is to give quality service to all our clients.

- I am exposed to the health care system in the US, be familiar with their office flow and learn from the doctors that I am directly working with.

- I improved my communication skills and in the process gained more confidence in interacting with others, learned to adapt to different situations, developed an ability to cope with pressures in the work place and turn them into opportunities to learn and grow as a person.

- I was able to spend time with my kids, watched them achieve every milestone in their development and create memories we would always remember.  These are things that I don't want to miss out because my kids are only young once.  I want to be there for them as long as they need me.

- There may be other things that I could think of, but I guess if there is one thing I love about working in this company is being with people who eventually become part of your circle of friends.  Being part of a team that I consider my family, because I get to spend a lot of time with them.  Being around a wonderful group of individuals, each special in his or her own way.  There is never a dull moment and Work is much fun with these people around.

I guess that's the reason why I still look forward to work each day.  Why despite of issues or stress in the workplace, I can smile and say that staying is still worth it,

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Our Easter Weekend Get-away

It was a last minute decision to head out somewhere for Easter Sunday.  Personally, It's no big deal whether we spend it at home, in the mall or go on a vacation.  What really matters to me is to spend the day with my family.  However my husband pretty much insisted that I look for a resort where we could spend the weekend and he had a budget set aside for that trip.  I knew I'd have a hard time looking since majority of the hotels and resorts were booked for Holy Week.  

Finally, after spending hours surfing the Internet and calling up every resort that was within the budget, I found one that still had a family suite available.  It was a water park resort in Danao City, about an hours drive from Cebu.  We initially wanted a resort that both had a pool and a beach, but I was not lucky enough to find one.  Most of the resorts were booked weeks before the Lenten season.

We arrived at the resort at about 2 in the afternoon.  I knew in an instant that the place was packed because we had a hard time looking for a parking space.  At the front desk, I had to wait for my turn because there were also other guests checking in.  After filling up the form, we were brought to our room which was spacious enough.  It had a queen size bed and 2 double beds, a small ref and a TV.  The bathroom was huge enough to fit a family of 4 in the shower all at the same time!  

The kids wanted to go to the kiddie pool which was at the Water park area, but knowing that the place was jam packed, we told them we'd go check it after dinner that evening when most of the guests not staying in the resort have left.  We settled for the pool outside our room, and I spent hours soaking in the sun watching my kids enjoy and making sure to apply sun block every now and then.  Dinner was fun, we set up a table near the pool and as promised we went to see the water park as soon as the kids finished eating.  We went straight to the kiddie pool and stayed there for about an hour before we decided to call it a night and head back to our room.

On Day 2, I rented a table inside the water park because it would be more convenient for us instead of going back to our room which was about 5 minutes walk from the main resort.  As early as 9 in the morning the kids were splashing away and enjoying the kiddie slide.  We also had fun going around their "lazy river" pool and I personally enjoyed the shooting waters coming out of the statues since the strong current had a massaging effect especially on my back.  Everyone had a good time, and the kids were heartbroken to find out we would be going home. Andre asked me if we would be coming back, and I told him there are other places that we have yet to discover.  Summer is just beginning and there would be more adventures waiting for us.  He smiled and said, "Okay let's go home na, and thank you Mommy, Andre was happy swimming in the pool, next time we'll go to the beach naman"...

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Family Traditions

I was born into a family of traditions.  I grew up to weekend family get together's, Sunday was considered "family day" so we would all go to church and dine out together, praying the rosary, celebrating Christmas and New Year, and observing the Lenten season.

Being away from home, I miss being part of these traditions. Now that I have a family of my own, I also want to create our "own family traditions" that I could pass on to my kids.  During the Holy Week, I try to observe some of the things we used to do back home.  I remember doing the following with my family and remembering them makes me homesick again...

- We would do the Visita Iglesia or visit 7 different churches on Holy Thursday.
- On Good Friday I remember that mama would wake us up early and we would drive to Anibong for the Way of the Cross.  In the afternoon, papa and my brothers would attend the procession in Sto. Niño church.
- We would usually head out to mama's hometown during Black Saturday, and I remember there would always be "suso" or "kuhol"  cooked in coconut milk, and "biko".
- Easter Sunday was celebrated by going to the beach, but when we got older there are times when we would just dine out or we would go out on a road trip, papa would drive us and it would always be a bonding moment for the family.

Holy week may mean vacation or relaxation time for some people,  for others it is a time of recollection, a time to look back at how we lived our life, and repent for the wrong things we have done.  For me, it is a time to reflect, a time for sacrifices, and a time to pray and remind ourselves how Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins.  This season also reminds me of the importance of keeping traditions alive and how meaningful it is if we do it together as a family.

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