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Traveling By Foot: Reflections

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Conozco is a Spanish term for knowing. Conozco Pablo literally means "I know Pablo." Through my blogposts, one will understand my personal and social perspective. In the past two years of blogging, I have already written exactly 200 posts by now. There are several themes revolving around life, emotions, relationships, social issues and travel. Those topics maybe irrelevant from each other, but all articles are deeply associated with my experiences and from where I come from. Not long ago, I was struggling for a decent future and even with supporting my family's needs. I strongly believed that through doing good in school, I would be successful in life through hardwork and determination. From that dream I had and to where I stand now, I could say the distance I traveled was quite long enough. It took a lot of effort, luck and guts, but I am happy on what I have become - imperfect, changing for the better but satisfied. If I could make an analogy of my life in the

Working Like a Robot

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Work is an integral part of one's life. It actually constitutes about a third of our day-to-day activities. This is the social norm. People work to earn and perhaps fulfill social obligations in a macrocosmic perspective. However, personally, there exists a variety of reasons why people work. These reasons become constant motivation to attain a good work morale that keeps one working at an extreme intensity and frequency. Thus, there exists in this world, people working like as if they are robots or workaholics. I can say I am one of them, and this will be the focus of this blogpost. Workload is relative . The level of difficulty and complexity of tasks varies from person to another. And through time, the perception of workload also changes in an individual. A difficult task before could be done with ease after some time, and even combination of seemingly impossible challenging tasks becomes manageable with time. On the other hand, work hours are also subjective. When w

Twenty Twenty-One

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How do we summarize the year 2021? It is quite complicated as it seems, especially who works as a nurse in the middle of the pandemic. However, I will attempt to summarize into three parts: work, personal and general reflection. This will be the focus of this blogpost. TWENTY highlights of my work situation. 1. Alpha variant . The year started with long bout with Corona virus at work.  2. Beta variant . Yes we were hit the British variant as well.  3. Delta variant . It was very sporadic, but nevertheless, I felt less the brunt of the delta variant at work. But from time to time, some of my colleagues are affected. 4. Omicron variant . Well, as of this writing, we are hearing some cases at work. Hopefully, the situation will not get worse. 5. End . Yes, I ceased to work at a nursing home where I had a tenured part-time work. 6. Start . I started anew with night shift tenured work in one of Oslo's most modern health facility. 7. Reduced . Given that I began anew at one

The Day That Changed It All: Sendong

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Dawn of 17th of December 2011. That was ten years ago. I fell asleep around 1 o'clock in the morning after a five-hour bus travel from my hometown Butuan to the island metropolis of Cagayan de Oro. It was an unusual travel. Roads were blocked by gushing waters, falling trees and long queues of vehicles going to the city. I was not so alarmed because weather disturbance was not uncommon. The intensity is well-quite expected, but it has been raining continuously for hours. The day before I had last lecture in the university before the Christmas vacation. It was raining, and a little bit cold. Nothing unusual. In the middle of my morning lecture, I received a text message. There was a change of plans. I will sleep on a hotel near the city center instead of the hotel nearby the river. I guess they decided it to be that way, because I was expected to arrive around midnight. Just like before I had a full day of lecture until 5 pm, then I take the first bus I get. That simple

Same Person: Just Two Years Apart

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Few days ago, I have browsed some of the notes that I have written several years ago. I have come across with an interesting note I wrote 8th of December 2019, two years ago. Quite interestingly, I started writing along the lines I wrote then. I realized the change that happened during that span of time. This is the content of this blogpost. The red one were written last 8th of December 2019. The blue one were written today, 10th of December 2021.   It took awhile before I woke up. It was a long journey before I realized everything. In the last few days, everything seems vague and foggy. I never expected everything became clear and concrete in the last few months. I was not prepared for the last blast. I never expected I was strong enough to withstand all of it. It was hard and mind-blowing. It was easy afterall. It was quite logical. One can never force lies to be facts. It made me think the amount of time wasted. I think I wasted time a bit. I acknowledge that. Is this really what li

To Whom will I Say Sorry

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I am quite aware of the fact that there are two great criticisms people throw at me since then: I always fail to say thank you and sorry. The first one is perhaps one of the reasons I created this blogpost so I could permanently thank everyone who helped me. It does not necessarily mean that me failing to thank someone is tantamount to saying I am ungrateful. I am thankful, but I simply just forget to express it explicitly. However, saying sorry remains to be one of my weakness. I just can't easily say sorry without making an argument for not being sorry. I admit, couple of times, I would want to say sorry, but logic and words always dilute my intention to say sorry. So on this blogpost, I would like to enumerate those situations I am deeply sorry. Winter 2019-2020 Quite recently yes. Very few knows about this, but yes, I made a couple of mistakes that influences some of my mistakes today. I was trying to please people, while I was not certain what I really want. I was

Over Two Years of Intermittent Fasting

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Perhaps you heard about intermittent fasting before, but have you really understood how it could work? Well, it is simple as alternately being in a long fasting state with a periods when one is allowed to eat. It may sound difficult. I could say it is both easy and challenging, given that I have engaged myself into intermittent fasting almost daily for over two years now. In this blogpost, I will share my personal experience about intermittent fasting. 1. It is not a diet. It is not a diet, wherein one starves out oneself to attain weight loss. That is not the primary purpose of intermittent fasting, rather it is inducing sufficient stress to the body to be in a healthy "survival mode." One could actually eat whatever one likes during the non-fasting period. However, the first thing I noticed when I started fasting is that I got full easily during the first meal, such that I eat a little thereafter. So instead of eating three full meals, I gradually reduced it two

What We Choose

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Is life a result of mere chance, destiny or a result of our choices? The answer to this question depends on where we are in our lives. Not too long ago, I am huge follower of the belief of co-creating of our destiny. We move on and decide what to do in our lives, but in general, the path is just partially within our control. Destiny is somehow a vague, predetermined path we can deviate from time to time but nonetheless, we go back to it one way or another.  Perhaps, believing on destiny maybe not be illogical at all, but I have changed the way I interpret this. On how I shifted away from this perspective will be discussed on this blogpost. We choose our unique fa├žade We present ourselves uniquely to the world. The people surrounding are accustomed to a set of values and patterns of actions associated with us. This constitutes our identity directed towards others. However, at times, the exterior is incongruent to what really is inside, our real identity - the person we know

Self-Confidence: Reasons Why it is low?

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Life is such a rollercoaster. Likewise, our ability to accept and trust our skills and abilities fluctuate from time to time. The confidence directed towards ourselves depends on a variety of factors, but sometimes we neglect to be objective to what are the major reasons why at times, our self-confidence is at all-time low. These primary influences will be discussed in this blogpost. Overly-stressing and mediocre experiences The inability to handle things within our capacity is a common reason. Some people force themselves way too much their limits, and such expectations are quite ambitious considering previous experiences. Ofcourse, individuals end up being frustrated, and some even give up - a telltale sign that one is developing self-confidence. However, the opposite is equally dangerous. Putting oneself in a playsafe environment will not stimulate growth and creativity, and thus people will be blinded to what they can actually do and achieve, as well as recognize what makes themsel

Ten Things that Shocked me Most in Norway?

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Working and living in Norway for over 8 years now have been both rewarding and challenging for me. There are several times that I have questioned myself whether Norway is indeed the right place for me to live, and always I have come up with a positive answer. Nonetheless, this does not guarantee that there are some aspects of the Norwegian society, tradition and culture that shocked me up to this date. This is the focus of this blogpost. 1. Flat organizations This is the most striking feature of most organizations in Norway. The organizational structures are relatively flat, meaning hierarchy is almost just a concept, than reality. The employees can literally ask questions to their superiors. Politicians are somehow accessible. There are bureaucratic problems, but in general, communication for top-level managers and the usual employees is open. This highlights that Norwegians value the concept of teamwork among employees to attain its goals, rather than blindly following top-down instr

9 years, 9 months, 9 days ago

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April 9, 2011 – July 25, 2012 This is the third installment of the throwback series on this blogpost starting from April 2011 to July 2012. Interestingly, this will showcase how the distant past influences the present time. This also emphasized the personal development I underwent as influenced by the situation in the world and my surrounding. Today December 17, 2020 is the ninth anniversary of the Typhoon Washi or Sendong. What was happening in the world? Hosni Mubarak has been ousted but protests continue. Meanwhile, protests in Syria   and Libya escalate.   Libya's leader Gaddafi was killed. This is part of the Arab Spring affecting several countries. Al-Qaeda’s Osama Bin Laden was killed during an American military operation in Pakistan. While, in China pursues a crackdown on dissent over labour camps, as Chinese economy grew faster and faster. China continues political pressure in Inner Mongolia and Tibet, as Dalai Lama relinquishes his political and administrative power