Grateful Project Day 181: Unexpected Present

We’ve been waiting for a box that R sent last March. At first, she said it would arrive in 35 days. In it were some things we ordered online. It’s been more than two months already and the box hasn’t arrived. Upon checking, she was told that there was some build-up of traffic at the port which was causing the delay. At long last, the box arrived. We gathered all the things we were waiting for. On top of the things we ordered, R and P had sent me an unexpected and lovely gift! What a beautiful way to start the week!

Grateful Project Day 180: Yummy Donuts

Because of work, my husband and I end up having lunch late on Sundays. It’s closer to dinner time by the time we finish. We’re used to it by now. That doesn’t mean we don’t get hungry. So when a patient handed me a box of J.Co donuts, I was tempted to have one for a snack.


Thank you for that sweet and delicious snack!

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Grateful Project Day 179: A New Burger Place To Try Out

We heard that a new burger place opened in the Atrium of SM Megamall. Triple Os opened their doors to Philippine burger-lovers in the latter part of June 2014. We went there for lunch today.

I was surprised to find very few people in the store for a Saturday lunch. Many restaurants have queues on their first few months. At that point, we were just glad we didn’t have to wait long to give our orders. The kids had the Original Burger with Cheese and my husband and I ordered the Bacon Cheddar Burger.


The sandwiches were delicious, but the burger patties were dry and bland. I liked the bacon and the thick-cut fries. I would have liked to try their chicken sandwich too, but I figured I would try their burger first. Prices are expensive, considering it is a fast-food joint. While the food tastes good, I feel it is not worth the hefty price tag. I may consider eating there again, but not often.

Grateful Project Day 178: Clean Drinking Water

Water is a very important part of our lives. Everyone needs water to exist. It is a universal need. It is so basic that we don’t even think much about it. However,  it is a sad fact of life that there are still many people who do not have access to clean drinking water. I was talking to a woman earlier today. She lives in the city, with all her siblings, their children and grandchildren. She says the water that comes out of their faucet is brownish. But they cannot afford to buy clean drinking water. They boil the water when they can (which isn’t very often, as that would mean spending more for fuel) and prioritize the young children. It is no wonder, then, that they are prone to diseases. It is unfortunate that the government is not able to provide something so basic like water to all its citizens.

Grateful Project Day 177: Getting Home Before The Rains Came

I had a class this morning. My husband and I had agreed to meet up for lunch after our morning activities. It had been cloudy all morning but the rain didn’t fall. After lunch, I went home ahead as he still had work. The sky was getting dark and I wanted to get home as soon as possible. I was afraid that if the rains fell, I would get caught in the traffic. Fortunately for me, things went my way. The wait for the van going home did not take long and the ride was short. As soon as I got home, the rains began. I am grateful that I got home before the rains fell.

Grateful Project Day 176: Teaching

Now that the kids are bigger and they spend more time in school, I have more time on my hands. So I’ve decided to increase my teaching activities this school year. I volunteered for some sessions this week with first year medical students. It is a refreshing experience to be with aspiring doctors just starting on their journey. They are excited and eager to learn. They see things from a different perspective. It is not very often that I get the chance to interact with young adults like them. And I am grateful to be given this chance to share what I know and to learn alongside them.

Grateful Project Day 175: A Supportive Class Adviser

Like I mentioned in an earlier post, I volunteered to be a class parent officer in my son’s class. In my capacity as secretary, I deal a lot with the class adviser. This year, I am excited to work with our new class adviser. We met her after the orientation last week. She seems nice – strict, but nice. We’ve had some exchange of e-mails this past week and it seems that she is very eager to take on her new wards. I look forward to working with her this coming school year.

Grateful Project Day 173: Referral from a Colleague

One of the patients I saw today was an elderly woman. She said she was referred by her daughter whom I had seen the week before. Apparently, her daughter was satisfied with the service we provided in our clinic and thus referred her mother to me. The mother mentioned later that her daughter was a doctor. Today, I am very grateful for that vote of confidence that doctor gave me. She did not identify herself as a doctor when I saw her. But sending her mom to me was a sign that I had done her some good.

Grateful Project Day 172: Delicious Snacks

The kids went to their parkour lessons again today. Their workout today was more intense than their previous sessions. In the past, they would finish in about an hour and a half. But today, they went more than two hours. That’s two hours of running, jumping, falling, moving all over the place. I figured they would be very hungry afterwards, but I did not bring anything to eat for snack. Fortunately, the gym was near a marketplace. I walked around and saw a stall selling “turon” and “banana-cue”.

turonThese are native snacks that are commonly sold in market stalls. “Turon” is made up of sliced sweet plantain bananas wrapped in spring roll wrapper and fried with sugar. “Banana-cue” is made up of whole sweet plantain bananas cooked with brown sugar and skewered on a barbecue stick. They are very affordable, delicious and available just about everywhere. I got some “turon” and a few sticks of “banana-cue” for our afternoon snack. The kids wolfed them down to the last bite. Really delicious!

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