Friday, March 29, 2013

And the baby has arrived :)

Last March 28, 2013, we welcomed a new addition into our family.  Victoria Lumina Vertulfo-Atillo or Baby Yuna was born into this world, a few days before her father's birthday.

To my brother Lucky and my sister-in-law, China... you have been blessed to be parents.  This is a new chapter in your life, be prepared for sleepless nights, diaper changes and singing lullabies.  This also means looking forward to your baby's milestones and making so many happy memories that you would always look back to from time to time.

I won't promise you both that the road would be easy, it can be tough, it can be frustrating, stressful sometimes, but I can assure you that every time  you look into your child and see her smile or give you a hug,   you would know that all the sacrifices would be worth it.

" A Baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bank roll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten and the future worth living for". - Unknown

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Death of a Dream

I have not been able to post anything on my blog for the past couple of days.  I don't have any excuse as it was my decision to go into a "blogging hiatus".  

A headline I read on a newspaper has caught my attention and has been bothering me ever since   "UP Student kills self over tuition", and beside that headline was a photo of  Kristel Tejada, 16 years old, freshman Behavioral Science student of UP Manila.  It saddened me to realize that while there are other students who would take their studies for granted, one would choose to end her life because her dreams of getting a college education was taken away from her.

News of her tragic death caused various protests among student leaders and militant groups, and has caused grief even to those who do not know her.  The university where she was enrolled has been criticized for their "no late payment policy" which was said to be the reason why she was forced to file a leave of absence for failure to pay for her tuition fees.  Her application for a student loan has also been denied because it was the middle of the semester.  These unfortunate circumstances must have pushed her to the edge and so decided to take away her life.  Ironically, days after her death, the said policy has been lifted but sadly it was too late for Kristel.

As much as I understand how important it is for any institution to have policies and guidelines, in my opinion being forced to take a leave from your classes over failure to pay for one's tuition is cruel and unfair.  For a person who has high hopes and dreams of getting a college degree to someday provide a better future for herself and her family, being deprived of the right to education must have been to painful to bear.

One columnist for a local newspaper wrote about Kristel's death, and on her article it seems to me that she was pointing out how the parents were in a way responsible for the death because of their financial situation and being unable to provide enough for the family.  I mean don't you think that is a bit unfair?  From what I've read, the parents even went as far as begging to the school officials, to no avail.  Yes, losing a job is a reality that we all should prepare for, but losing a child is something that we as parents will never be prepared for.  Not in this lifetime, not ever!

Quoting from the article, "The education of every child is the responsibility of the parent, not the state."  Yes I agree, but I think that it is also the state's obligation to make sure that those less privileged be given the equal opportunity to get a good college education, and that getting a good education would not just be a dream, but a reality.  Something they can look forward to and hope for.  I guess that is why we have state colleges and universities, so those students with limited finances or those coming from low income families can also enjoy the right to a good education.

Kristel's death is a tragic story.  But I hope that her death would not be in vain.  The university where she was enrolled are now looking into reforms in their enrollment policy.  Hopefully, the government would start to regulate tuition fee increases, and allocate more budgets for education.

I hope that your story, would not just be "another story".  I really hope that something good would come out of this tragedy, and that the lessons that your death taught us would not be forgotten,  May your soul rest in peace...

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Day 9: Write about one of your biggest accomplishments in life.

Passing the Physician's Licensure Examination is one of my biggest accomplishments in life.  Graduating from med school and seeing the title M.D. attached after your name is an honor in itself, but to have survived the board exams is something else.  As much as I am grateful to have passed the boards, honestly it is a phase in my life I don't want to go back to.  Imagine studying for 12 subjects and taking the exams for 2 consecutive weekends.  On my part, I would say prayers and luck were a big factor.

I am a doctor by profession, but currently I am unable to practice for personal reasons.  Although I am working in an area where my medical expertise is required, it's different compared to when you are in an actual hospital setting.  But whether I am working in an office or just being a plain house wife, in my heart I am and will always be a  doctor.

With my proud father, during my oath taking at the Waterfront Hotel in Lahug

Monday, March 18, 2013

Day 8: Post a picture of something that you recently bought

The items that I bought recently were not for me, but for my niece.  I found these cute booties with a heart shaped smiley on top and a floral baby jumpsuit with a matching cap.  I also included a baby organizer that can hold diapers, feeding bottles, and other baby essentials.

Shopping for baby stuff is fun, and I think I would be doing more in the coming weeks, especially when the baby arrives! :)

Obviously an excited aunt!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Day 7: 3 Biggest Pet Peeves

I am the type of person that normally does not get annoyed that easily.  But I do have a few pet peeves of my own, but let me share 3 since that is what the challenge asks for :)

- People in uniform who make their position an excuse to get away with anything.

     The reason why this is the first on my list is because I had a first hand experience in a grocery store of something I want to call as an "abuse of power".  We were waiting in line at the counter, when this man suddenly barged in and said that he had to go in before us because he was just buying ice.  It would have been okay if he asked us nicely, but the tone of his voice and the way he said it irritated me.  My husband then told the man that he better ask those person behind us since it was not just us in line but a few other people, and there was even a woman who had ice on her grocery cart but was patiently waiting for her turn. We all had the shock of our lives when the man started shouting at us and said that he was a police officer!  I mean so what if you are, it does not give you the right to be rude!  He ended up having his way in the end, no point in reasoning with someone who clearly was intoxicated!  I know that this was just an unfortunate incident, and there are still police officers out there who stay true to their oath which is "to serve and to protect".

- People who are into themselves

     When you are talking to someone, and that person has  nothing to talk about but himself, it is not just annoying, but it can be pretty boring too!

- Drivers who don't acknowledge what Road Courtesy means.

      I guess I feel more of frustration rather than annoyance when I start to think about drivers who tend to be inconsiderate on the road.  Drivers who don't use their signal lights, drivers who don't give way to other drivers causing heavy traffic, drivers who speed up rather than slow down in pedestrian lanes.  When you are driving, you have to consider that it's not just you on the road, but a whole lot of other cars and pedestrians too.  We might just avoid accidents and other road mishaps if we try to think that way.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Day 6: Would you rather be Rich or Healthy?

I thought that this question was going to be an easy one, but I found myself staring at my keyboard for at least a minute before I actually got to start typing...

Who doesn't want to be rich?  There are so many things that you can do if you had the money, right?  You can travel, go shopping, or buy whatever stuff you like. If you were rich and would want to share your blessings, you can donate to charitable institutions, send kids to school, or even have your own charity to help the less fortunate.

I would be a hypocrite if I say I don't want to be rich.  But between being rich and being healthy, I choose to be healthy.  Money can buy you anything, except for good health.  But being healthy is a wealth in itself.  As long as I am healthy, I would be able to enjoy my life with my loved ones, accomplish things, do whatever it is that I want to do and live a full and rich life. ♥

Friday, March 8, 2013

Day 5: If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

"This is a crazy world we live in."  I hear that all the time.  It's scary that in this present time, violence is pretty much all over the place.  Crimes against women and children. wars among nations, in schools there are stories of bullying, and abuse in all its forms can even occur at home.

If I could rid the world of one thing, it would be Violence.  I hope that someday, we would all live in a world where violence does not exist, and we can all feel safe again...

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Day 4: Post a picture of something that made your day special

I love surprises, I guess everybody does.  And today at work, I had my share of surprises waiting for me.  The macaroons where from my friend at work and the chopsticks was a gift from a  friend who just got back from his Bangkok trip.  This truly made my day special.  Thank God for thoughtful friends :)

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Day 3: The Last Movie I Saw in Theaters

"Fee-fi-fo-fum.  Ask not whence the thunder comes.  For between heaven and Earth is a perilous place. Home to a fearsome and giant race."

A verse from the movie Jack the Giant Slayer.  This was the last movie I saw with my husband and the kids over the weekend.  The story was based on the fairy tale "Jack and the Beanstalk".  

The story line was predictable, but the digital effects was good.  It was a fun movie in general and we all enjoyed watching the giants, except for my little girl who was a bit grossed out, especially during the scene where Ewan McGregor was about to be baked. :)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Day 2: One piece of advice to a newborn child

- My only advice probably is to just enjoy every single moment of your existence :)

Enjoying life and all it's wonders,

Monday, March 4, 2013

Day 1: Write Your Goals for the Month

My goals for this month is a combination of things that I want to do and things that I need to do.  So here goes:

- To complete my 30 day Blog Challenge.
- Find an exercise plan that would work for me and stick to it.  (For now running is off the list because of pain on my left knee.)
- Eat healthy = More greens
- Start looking for summer activities or workshops for the kids.
- No soft-drinks on weekdays :(
- No late night eating spree or midnight snacks!
- Go back to reading Medical books at least a chapter a day.

That would be my list for now.  Pretty much realistic but it can be tough, especially when it comes to goals directed at controlling the appetite because sadly, the urge to eat never goes away :(

Praying for self-control,

Friday, March 1, 2013

My 30 Days Blog Challenge

Two days from now I would be starting my 30 Days Blog Challenge.

The goal is to be able to write a blog everyday for the next 30 days.  But I am having doubts if I can do  the "writing everyday" thing, so I may need to take baby steps and for now make sure that at least I get to post a blog entry every other day and complete the items on the list.

I would be sharing my thoughts or views on certain topics, talk about some of my favorite stuff, answer questions or post some photos and tell the story behind it.

I hope that this challenge would help me improve as a blogger, because sometimes I tend to run out of things to write about or I get caught up in so many things that I miss out on posting on my blog for days or even weeks at the most.  

So let's see how it goes...

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