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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Lessons from Hector and the Search for Happiness

When you're sad, any topic that concerns happiness draws your attention.  I guess it's you're personal attempt to help yourself to be happy.

I was particularly withdrawn to this book, "Hector and the Search for Happiness", but it was really expensive, for a small book! P599!! Luckily I saw someone online that sells the preloved book, so I got one for P150.  Superb isn't it?

You may say that I'm way behind, since I think this was already popular in 2010 and a movie was made out of it in 2014 due to its popularity.

There may be spoilers in this post, so don't read further if you're the type who hasn't read it yet and plan to read it in the future.

I just thought I would like to place the happiness lessons here for future reference to remind me about happiness.

Here were the Happiness Lessons of Hector
Lesson no. 1 Making comparisons can spoil your happiness.
Lesson no. 2: Happiness often comes when least expected.
Lesson no. 3: Many people see happiness only in their future.
Lesson no. 4: Many people think that happiness comes from having more power or more money.
Lesson no. 5: Sometimes happiness is not knowing the whole story.
Lesson no. 6: Happiness is a long walk in beautiful, unfamiliar mountains.
Lesson no. 7: It’s a mistake to think that happiness is the goal.
Lesson no. 8: Happiness is being with the people you love.
Lesson no. 8b: Unhappiness is being separated from the people you love.
Lesson no. 9: Happiness is knowing your family lacks for nothing.
Lesson no. 10: Happiness is doing a job you love.
Lesson no. 11: Happiness is having a home and a garden of your own.
Lesson no. 12: It’s harder to be happy in a country run by bad people.
Lesson no. 13: Happiness is feeling useful to others.
Lesson no. 14: Happiness is to be loved for exactly who you are.
Observation: People are kinder to a child who smiles (very important).
Lesson no. 15: Happiness often comes when you truly feel alive.
Lesson no. 16: Happiness is knowing how to celebrate.
Lesson no. 17: Happiness is caring about the happiness of those you love.
Lesson no. 18: Happiness could be the freedom to love more than woman at the same time. (later, hector omits this lesson from his list)
Lesson no. 19: The sun and the sea make everybody happy.
Lesson no. 20: Happiness is a certain way of seeing things.
Lesson no. 21: Rivalry poisons happiness.
Lesson no. 22: Women care more than men about making other happy.
Lesson no. 23: Happiness means making sure that those around you are happy.
  • Be very attentive towards others.
  • Take time to observe the beauty of the world.
One of my favorite quotes was: People whose glass is always half full are clearly happier than those whose glass is always half empty.

and we have to remember to ask ourselves:

  1. Think about the difference between the life you have and the life you wish you had.
  2. Think about the difference between your life as it is now and the best period of your life in the past.
  3. Think about the difference between what you have and what others have.
I'm just posting these here for my future reference 😆
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Monday, December 5, 2016

Doctor's Guide to Organizing an Appreciation Party

Whenever doctors have an event, we're challenged to do some event planning, which is not our forte, well, that's why we're doctors and not event planners... But we are usually on a tight budget, so we can't hire an event planner to make our lives easier and oftentimes, we have to choice but to do the organizing ourselves.

This is a resident's guide, since I'm still a resident and I would like to share what I've learned in becoming one of the organizing committee in a mini Appreciation Night.

Disclaimer: Things written here are product of collaboration of all the ideas of residents and consultants and not all of my own...

Two important things in any event are: MONEY & TIME, and more often than not, we don't have much of both. We'll just do what we can with what we have.
  • Token - This is the most important thing, if you're going to honor somebody. Give something that he will cherish and keep to remember this special day.
    • e.g. Pictures, Scrapbook, Photoalbum, Coffee Table Book, Tribute video, Video testimonials, a thing that has a lot of memories attached to it
    • In our case, a coffee table book and an AVP of testimonials of his students were given to him

  • Program - Think of how the program during the event will go, do you want a theme? a general idea on how it will go?
    • e.g. A general theme of "through the decades" was done in our case
    • Program details may include, welcoming remarks, playing of the video testimonial, awarding ceremony, wine toast, closing remarks, party after etc.

  • Entertainment - This will depend on your budget, should you hire a professional singer? a professional band? a musician? a professional host? a comedian? or if you don't have a budget, a performance to be performed by the residents or consultants

  • Venue - You should go check your venue, and take note of how big the place is, what food are they offering, sound system, mic, speakers, parking, etc.

  • Food - This will depend on your budget, what type of food, what cuisine is available? Alcohol?
  • Giveaway - if your budget will permit, it will be nice to give a giveaway as a souvenir to the guests.  Think of something that is useful to the guests, so that there won't be any waste of resources.
    • e.g. Customized USB card, customized t-shirt, customized jacket, customized top etc.

  • Theme - this is not necessary, but if you can do this, this is a little extra and added experience to the senses of the guests.
    • Think of themes appropriate for the age of your guests
    • Most doctors are shy, so don't think of too wild themes
    • If you can buy the props, buy for all, because you can not expect the guests to have time to buy the props / costumes
    • If you could contact the venue/restaurant, you can request the table placements, chairs, lightings, overall design to be related to your color scheme or theme
    • e.g. "Gatsby" theme in our case, hats and bowties were prepared and bought by one person to provide for all the guests

  • Pray a lot! The success of your party largely depend on your consultants! Because they're the ones who will be in charge of your budget and the success of the 'theme' will depend on all the consultant's participation.  Maraming doctor ang pasaway.
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING: Whatever happens in the end, always reward yourself for a job well done regardless of the outcome. 😃

PS: Would like to thank Wine Story (Shangri-La Mall) for accommodating us & CIBO for our food.

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Poison Ivy Cosplay

The last of the induction series as a urology resident is the body painting contest.  The theme for this year was Pinagbenga, since the event was held in the beautiful city of Baguio.  I thought of how I can make this my style, and I had to consider certian 'things'.

  1. Since I'm the only girl in the UST Urology as of the moment, I can't let those boys paint on my body?! What would my parents think???!!!
  2. I don't like paint all over my body! It's difficult to wash off.
  3. I need someone to help me in the body paint and in putting on my makeup and costume etc etc
So I decided that I want a character that will feature flowers in her costume (Of course, has to be a she, I don't want to cross dress at least for this event.) I have to incorporate body paint into the costume as well.

So I decided on POISON IVY! I searched the net and found that I really love the version of Uma Thurman.
I was particularly drawn with the glitters to tell you the truth.  

Luckily, the OR staff had a party not too long ago wherein one of the staff nurses had a made to order Poison Ivy costume. I was lucky enough that it fitted me!!!!  Then for the wig, I had to look at olx and found a Baguio-based cosplayer who happened to have a poison Ivy costume for rent.  I just rented the red wig, since I was able to borrow the costume form the nurse already. Plus she helped me with the makeup and body paint as well!

Then I thought that the green part of arms and legs will be the body painting part.  It's easier to wash off since only my arms and legs will be painted, and I will not look ill-prepared since the costume was magnificent, and... it's not too revealing (that's the most important part).

You can see how I made the Headdress, Boot Cover & Arm Band & Leg Band in these respective pages.

I think this was a success even if I didn't win any prize, since I was able to make this into something that suits my style.  Losing doesn't hurt that much (your pocket especially) when you enjoyed doing the DIYs.

Here's an overview of the other contestants of the body painting contest.

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Poison Ivy Armband & Legband Tutorial

Another part of Poison Ivy Costume DIY
You can check the Socks Boot Cover Tutorial & the Headdress Tutorial to know how I made those accessory and you can check the overall look in here

Now let's start with my very childish introduction:
Of course Uma Thurman's version of Poison Ivy Costume wouldn't be complete without the glitters!!!!

I don't have time to put on body glitter, so I decided to make an armband and legband (if that's what it's called) instead.

Green felt fabric (hard)
Paper & Pencil
Green & Gold glitters
PVA Glue
Sewing Kit

Step 1 - Measure your arm width and your leg width and cut the appropriate elastic length.  Sew the two ends together to form a ring. Draw different sizes of leaves into your paper.
Step 2 - Cut these patterns and use them as guide to cut your felt fabric shapes.  Cut many shapes using the different sizes of leaves.

Step 3 - Place some glue onto your felt fabric and pour glitters over them!!  Allow to dry
Step 4 - Glue the pieces onto the elastics.  Remember to use only drops of glue, do not glue the entire elastic and just place the leaves on top, this will harden the elastic and it will not be elastic anymore. 

And you're done!

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Poison Ivy Headdress

This is a part of Poison Ivy Cosplay tutorial series. You can check how I made the boot cover using in this page: Socks Boot Cover Tutorial
The arm band and leg band can be found here: Arm Band & Leg Band Tutorial
The overall look can be found here: Poison Ivy Cosplay

Let's first look at our inspiration for the headdress:

The version played by Uma Thurman is one of my favorite versions of Poison Ivy Costume.

Materials needed (I bought everything in Dangwa, except for pliers and glue gun):
red headband
plastic leaves
fake fabric red roses
glue gun
Fake red crystals / sequin flowers

Step 1 - Remove all the rose buds from the fake flower stem.  Remove also some small leaves from the leaf bouquet.

Step 2 - Using your hot glue, glue the roses into your red headband.
Step 3 - Wrap the wire of your crystals and sequin flowers in between the roses.

Step 4 - Glue in the plastic leaves.  

Step 5 - You're Done!!!!
Here's a picture when worn.

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