2017 Wrap-Up

I would like to wrap-up my 2017 in few photos and few words (1545 exactly). lols!

January 

The new months started alright.  Work was alright and pressure was within limits.  Though I can remember the late nights booking for the AMCI Managers & Admin Korea trip scheduled for June 2017.

February 

The 65th anniversary of the hospital had its kick-off this month.   All the weekends from this month April was packed with activities attended by all workers – young and old!

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This was the venue of the kick-off. Our guests of the afternoon was the President of the SPUC, Elder Edwin C. Gulfan and our beloved Iligan City Mayor, Honorable Celso Regencia.

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I cannot forget this colorful decoration.  After the kick-off, group presentations were held at the back lawn of the Annex Building.

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Blessing the new hospital vehicle, a Montero, was also done this month.

The first wedding I attended for this year also happened on a February.  Rey & Swyt’s wedding in Butuan City.

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Rey & Swyt were married at Tamarind Church in Butuan City.

March

The month of March was SHINE – Sharing Hope, Health and Happiness to Neighborhoods Everywhere  Future Leaders Bootcamp held Saddle Ridge Camp, Dahilayan, Bukidnon.  If my memory serves me right, the training was attended by the 3rd and 4th batch of future leaders.

April

One major thing that happened during this month was the gala night.  The culmination of the 65th Anniversary celebration.
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The gala was held at Frosty Bites Garden Hall. It was a night where the workers came to attend looking so dashing and elegant in their evening wear.

May

The highlight for this month was my official trip to Manila.  My first errand was for our Hemo water analysis at East Avenue Medical Center – NLRC.   It is during this kind of trip that whoever goest to NLRC for the water analysis, he or she carries an icebox that make you look like you are selling some iced water or ice candy. lols!

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My 2nd & 3rd day in Manila was spent submitting korean visa application at the Korean Embassy in Taguig.   I applied for more than sixty persons.  I scheduled it for a day only, but time ran out for me, so I had to come back the next day for the remaining applications.

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The embassy as seen from across the street as I was waiting for a taxi to bring me to BGC where I would take a BGC bus that will drop me at the last stop (Telus building) and then it would be an easy walk down Ayala avenue.

The visa releasing schedule was after 3 days and after 5 days that was why I stayed in Manila for more than a week.  After the release of visa for the the first batch of applications, I had a Korean food treat. lols! It was a late lunch because visa releasing starts at 1:30 in the afternoon.

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The happy look after checking all passports of the first batch got the Korean visa.  Hindi halata na gutom. lols!

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I know that the weekend would be a drag as I do not have any errand to do. So I woke up early Saturday morning and caught a bus for Baguio City.  Geared with an overnight bag, a dslr , a phone,and selfie stick, I was so happy to begin my adventure.

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Together with the stuff mentioned above is a “thick face” to approach other tourists to take a photo of me. lols! I had lots of photos taken, 90% selfie lols! and the rest were kindly requested. (More details of this Baguio trip will be lar lar in my Travel Tails 2017 post.)

May was also a month to remember for AMCians because it was this month that the President Rodrigo Duterte visited the wounded soldiers as a result of the war in Marawi.

June

After the visa released, June came so fast.  Laag makes the days fly by so quickly.  As in super dali jud then the day came when the Korea Benchmarking time has to begin.  The groups left the Philippines via Mactan International Airport and Ninoy Aquino International Airport.  The day were the same but the flight time are different.  I joined the group that left Philippines (via Cebu) the last but kind of the big group.

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Flying the Philippine skies.

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Touchdown at Incheon Airport, South Korea.

A group stayed for 4 days, the most 5 days, and a few 6 days.  We were not accommodated in one flight due to the fluctuation of prices during the booking period.

Here’s us, Sabbath afternoon, a quick sight-seeing at Sahmyook University.

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photo credit: Edison

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photo credit: Edison

More about this in my later post – Travel Tales 2017.

July

One thing I cannot forget this month was — I turned 45!

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Then Robinsons opened to the public, feeling fortunate to witness the event. I also had the chance to see Daniel M up close 😀

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Daniel Matsunaga up close – a bit of an arm length away:

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And it was this month, my phone was stolen.  It got stolen while taking a jeepney ride from Robinson’s Place (opening event) to the center of the city.

Eat Iligan (2nd year), organized by Iligan Bloggers Society, Inc, also took place this month.

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August | September

These months were filled with holidays that later on we feel bored not going to work. lols! But one thing made the September exciting was we made a weekend trip of the Red Team (Mt. Kanchenjunga) to Alindahaw Lakewood Resort.

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It was a refreshing getaway in spite of the long distance travel. It would have been more fun if all the team members went with the trip.

The second wedding event I attended this year was of Lai and Josiah. Held at Mahogany Gardens. It was a nice and intimate wedding ceremony with family and few close friends.

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October

My October started with a 5-days Writing seminar at SPUC.

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It was then followed by the 2nd batch of in-campus SHINE Future Leaders Training.

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3 days of the end week of the month was spent on a quick trip to Zamboanguita, Negros Occ because one of our fellow worker (Uncle Bebe Candelario Davad) died.  We spent the last night vigil there as well we attended the Burial services.

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A quick trip to the beach before going up at the host’s house for lunch
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A pose for remembrance with the immediate family of the bereaved together with our accommodation host (Mrs. Gozo & Dolores)

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Another thing to note during this month was the wedding of  DOTS stars!   But at the of the month, the events reminded me of the movie A Wedding and a Funeral, because on October 30, a good Korean actor, Kim Joo Hyuk died at the age of 45 due to a vehicular accident.

November

November at work was kind of busy. Busy planning for the year-end program as well as in the preparation for the TUV-SUD audit.

December

This month was full of excitement for the hospital workers.  The Lord gave bountiful blessings to AMCI this year thus the Administration decided to surprise the workers with more financial blessings this year compared to the previous years. Thus, our year-end celebration’s theme is #SalamatAMCI2017. We owe all our blessings to the Lord so all our praises and thanks to Him.

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The door prizes thrilled everyone.  The longing of winning the grand prizes glued our butt to our seats until the end of the program.

December 17 was an important date for Meloy and Rex because it was their wedding day. I was chosen as one of the Peer Sponsors on their wedding day (the 3rd wedding i attended this year).
The wedding was held at AMCC campus church and the reception was held at Frosty Bites Garden Hall. The crowd was a mix of AMCI friends and MVC friends.

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Photo credit: Rona Guillena

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Confessions:

Personally, 2017 was a struggle. I am so thankful I survived!  There are 3 days more to go before 2017 totally says goodbye, but I am positive that this year shall pass and I will still be standing with an “okey” look.  Thank you Lord for every new day that has come to me.  It gave me hope to live for the next day.

I became so crazy with Korean dramas this year(sounds bad) but in a a way it helped me in dealing the (sad) monster inside me because the movies helped me make a good laugh as well as gave me a good reason to cry.  At some point, I become an irresponsible fan (happy about break-ups and irresponsible comments) but when a celebrity dies, I came to realize that for them to live happy, I have to accept whatever choices they make.

I cried for Kim Joo Hyuk’s death much more for the death of Kim Jonghyun.

Kim Woo Bin’s illness made me really sad for him and his career that from time to time I check YT for updates.  I look forward to his come back.

Lovelife for real is still zero.  Don’t wonder why.  Somehow I wish 2018 will be a kinder one for me when it comes to love found not love lost. lols!

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So this is 2017 in the personal and work life of Sunshinelene.

I wish everyone of you a prosperous and happy new year 2018!

Disclaimer:  Photos used in this post are mine (watermarked & non)
unless otherwise by someone below the photo.

 

MMA Batch 1990 Mini Meet-Up

There was a call for a mini meet-up a week before the date of meeting.  It’s been awhile that us classmates from Iligan and Cagayan de Oro and somewhere in between had been together.  Though the guys from cdo often meet-up when they could. Mas ubay ubay man pud gud sila didto. 🙂 But Clyde and family were home for a vacation from Australia, so we met and spent time with each other.

Anyways, we had the get together at a new resort in Libertad called C Resort. Thanks to Jun Dy for introducing to us the place.  It was nice. The pool was an eyes candy.

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I have an eye for bursting colors so I took a lot of photos of the pool from the cabana where we lanay. Pools were suppose to be a place for swimming, but we preferred to lanay up there than enjoy the water and the sun down there. I start to think that maybe because of our age. lols! Nah they were just so busy catching up with each other.

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The place is amidst nature so it was a perfect place to unwind.  To me, Mr. Sun was just so harsh that time that I don’t wanna leave the place with roof. Init jud kaayo para nako.  I kept thinking of the cool waters of Timoga. ha ha ha

Anyways, after some hours of almost “endless chika” ay catching up diay, we went out of the cabana to take pictures together.

It’s good to be together in times like this.  I can feel that we still act and laugh like high school bunch, but it’s good.  I think if we don’t have a regular meet-up, we could drift apart since almost all of us have different jobs and different priorities.  If we don’t agree to meet then pwede na mag limutay.  Sound sad. But nah some guys in the batch are very active – so we will still meet-up from time to time.  Even if none from abroad comes home, we would still meet up.

Here are some of our group photos:

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Attendance checked:
Melody, Cristine, Lucille, Fermel, Ervin, Clyde, Eun Ae, Nelson, Meriam, Christina, Ariel.
That baby is the first apo of the batch.

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So this is all for now! Until the next time, which is soon. 🙂

Venue: C-Resort @ Libertad, Misamis Oriental
Resort entrance:  100.00
Pool fee: 200.00
Cabana’s fee: 1650.00

Trending News: Lee Min Ho & Suzy Bae’s Break-up

Warning: All thoughts written here are my personal opinion.

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It seems I do not know what to do when I saw the breaking news on Youtube. As an avid Lee Min Ho fan since Boys Over Flowers, this news got me happy and excited.

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If there is one thing that LMH did and made me mum of the issue — it is his real life girlfriend.  As a fan, and I know I am not alone in this, I just don’t think SB is the one for him.  If I base it on news, it was really LMH who fell hard on SB.  Maybe SB had that kind of charm that LMH didn’t find it any of his female friends or anyone in linked to him.  So now, I do not have to worry about this, because their relationship is over! lols!

Part of my crazy heart and mind reaction was my happiness. I was all smiles and blushing. At a moment I feel sorry for being so happy over a relationship that is over.  I wanted to scream and do the giggling happiness dance.  I wish my friend Genevieve, a fan who is also crazy over LMH was in the office at that moment I read the news.  I could just imagine our screams.  Lols!

The Minshin fans clubs are now having a party for sure.  Really, I was so excited that I immediately status what I felt tagging someone who also will go gaga over the news. lols!

I clicked on the news on ABS-CBN I was amazed to see that 99% of the comment were relieved of the news. Kind of sad for their fans because their relationship lasted for 2 years. But me, i’ve been praying that LMH can realize that SB is not really for him.  I know he loves her dearly as he lavishly do things for her.  But one of life’s reality is some good things don’t last long if not forever.

You may be wondering why I became gaga with the news.  You might think it’s me head over head in love with LMH. No!  I am his fan and I love him as an actor and I am happy for all his achievements in his career and life.  I do not have an inclination to wish that I will be in a relationship (for real) with him. lols!  But if we are of the same age, then maybe I would fall in love with him in a romantic way. ha ha ha

Now the reason why I am happy with his breakup with Suzy, it is because I ship Lee Min Ho and Park Shin Hae, his co-star in the drama The Heirs.

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They were still so young in that drama but they have a great friendship that they had fun doing the shoot.  It was their first work together and they both had great memories.  Fans commented that they have candid sweet moments together even though PSH always make fun of LMH.  Their tandem in The Heirs had more fans compared to LMH’ & SB as couple. lols!

Here’s a png file of one of the scenes in The Heirs. This was shoot in LA, USA.  (I <3 California shit!)   The drama was aired some years ago but if I’ll go back to LA i’ll surely buy that same kind & print of shirt. lols!

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As a happy fan, let me share some more lovely pics of this two together. They may be ad pictorials and maybe some are photoshopped, but for fandom, these are priceless images to inspire them to continually support the minshin couple and of course LMH!

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Disclaimer 1:  All images are not mine except for the screen shot of the breaking news.  I grabbed them from google 🙂

Song Joong Ki & Song Hye Kyo Tied the Knot Today

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Date: October 31, 2017
Venue: Shilla Hotel, Seoul, South Korea

Thoughts of loneliness for my departed love ones were overtaken by the thought that my favorite Korean Drama couple, Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo got wedded today.

This is my number one and only news as of today. lols!

I was already a big fan of Song Hye Kyo way back many years ago in her drama Autumn Love. She became more amazing and sweetly beautiful in the 2016 drama Descendants of the Sun.  She had a great acting chemistry with Song Joong Ki, that after the drama ended, many had DOTS hangover and wished them they become couple in real life.  Their “acting” was so real that one can easily sense, they are a couple in the drama in real life.  The BTS videos on you tube can make one feel so kilig of their chemistry.

DOTS is the first drama I watched with Soong Joong Ki and i right away liked him.  In an instant, I suddenly go gaga over him and his female lead. Bagay man gud kaayo sila!  Because of that, I did not miss watching his newest movie, Battleship Island.  The thing he worked on right after DOTS.

Both of them have no drama coming up yet.  But during the early news of their engagement, it was mentioned that Hye Kyo will retire from work.  Whatever be their plans, the millions of fans will support them!

I really wish them forever happiness, gazillion of love, and true commitment for each other.

Adventure Park @ Alindahaw Lakeview Resort

If you love taking pictures and you are checked in at Alindahaw Lakeview Resort, then you cannot stop clicking.  Our small group team went on  an overnight accommodation at the resort.  Many thought that it was not an ideal destination, thus, only few went with the group.

After traveling almost 5 hours in two types of weather – sunny and rainy, we reached the resort tired but excited.  The view and the surroundings were indeed a therapy.  It was what we needed for a weekend get-away destination.

After settling in for an hour, I decided to go down and walk around with my camera.   While others enjoyed the water swimming & kayaking, I spent time taking photos and relaxing in bed.  I have lots of photos taken but I wanna share some for you to enjoy. Somehow you will feel that you were with me there enjoying the view.

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We were accommodated at the dormitory. A cozy building built at their Adventure Park area.  They have many amenities for an adventure activity, but sad to note that they are not functioning as of now as they need still need a preventive job to ensure that they are safe to be used by their customers.  So for now, for your eyes only pa ang dating.

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I think the area is also ideal for an I-SHINE Bootcamp training site.

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If you go down on the zip line, you’ll end up at this area.

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The monkey stairs

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All these monkeys are showing off. ha ha ha

That Autumn Feel

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I saw several of these plants and their colors reminded me of a maple tree. Maple trees gave me Autumn feel. Si Gong Yoo dayon ang naa sa akong huna huna. lols

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This is not a maple leaf but the mix of colors reminded me of what Eun Tak said:

“If you catch a falling maple leaf, you’ll fell in love
with the person you are walking with.”

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This is not a maple leaf.
And I was not walking with someone
So, there no such thing as I will fell in love
during that moment.

 

 

IN PHOTOS : Lakewood Lake as Seen @ Alindahaw Resort

This weekend was spent reconnecting with nature.  The Kanchenjunga Group went out on a weekend trip to Zamboanga del Sur.

A convoy of 4 vehicles happily left Iligan City, excited to spend the Sabbath morning at Pagadian Center then later to proceed to Lakewood, Zamboanga del Sur.

This is not my first time but still the picturesque view amazes me.

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The last time I came here was in 2014 during the AMCI Strategic Planning.  The place where we stayed was not yet up during that time.  This time, tourists can have the choice of being accommodated in a dormitory type accommodation.

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They have 3 houses for the dormitory type accommodation and it can accommodate up to 24 persons.  Though one has to walk up a bit (200 meters up) from the main area, but still it was okey.

If the visitor will have a hard time to make that walk, they can bring their vehicle up to the Adventure area gate and disembark from there.  Then the walk up 30 steps to the door of the dorm.

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Each dorm has its corresponding kitchen.  So the group can cook rice in an electric cooker and they can also conveniently grilled their meats.  The water supply was not a problem.

There are two rates in the dormitory accommodation.  Php 450 for a no free breakfast and no towel accommodation and Php 650 per head an accommodation with free breakfast and a towel.

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It was raining hard while traveling from Pagadian to the resort.  Fortunately, it stopped when we arrived in the site.  But after a couple of hours, it rained again!

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The view of the lake is so breathtaking.  Viewing it from different viewing angles inside the resort, the balcony view was not inferior.

In spite of the rainy afternoon, we caught a glimpse of the sunset mode. It was not a dramatic mixture of color, but it was enough to sigh a thankful praise to the Lord for giving us the opportunity to reconnect with nature, a pause of our hectic city life.

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Sunset means a day has ended and another day is nigh.

At the end of this day, I have so much to thank the Lord:

The protection and care during our travel,
The time spent at Pagadian Central Church,
The yummy FREE lunch,
The beautiful Lakewood place.

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Fan Girling | Uncontrollably Fond

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Uncontrollably Fond (Hangul: 함부로 애틋하게; RR: Hamburo Aeteuthage) is a South Korean television series starring Kim Woo-bin and Bae Suzy.  It aired every Wednesdays and Thursdays on KBS2 at 21:55 from July 6 to September 8, 2016.

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Uncontrollably Fond was one of my happy pills this past long weekend.  It is a story about two young people who got separated in high school because of circumstances, but managed to bump into each other years later, at a time when the guy Shin Joon Young, played by Kim Woo Bin, discovered that he got only 3 months to live and decided mission to find the woman he cannot forget.  On the the other hand, the lady, portrayed by Suzy Bae was not willing to be reconnected with him.

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This is my first drama starring Kim Woo Bin and Suzy.  I was so curious of Kim Woo Bin the past weeks because that he was diagnosed with nasopharangeal cancer.

Some of my unforgetable points and comments of this drama:

—- Joon Young died, while sleeping on the shoulder of Noh Eul. – his death was not so overly dramatic.  Although moments before he died were worth noting:  His mom’s visit,  he send off his mom at the bus stop, they took selfie together

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—–Kim Woo Bin was great in this drama.  I can see he was so passionate in his act especially in the last 2 episodes — the tear-jerker episodes. You did well, Woo Bin in spite the low rating from your country

—–Suzy did well but not so well. I rate her acting 5/10 although I think if the director gave the lead male and female more happy moments or episodes (less dramatic shoutings and ungirly-like tantrums) then maybe I would also fell in love with her in this drama.

—–The change (from negative to admiration) of attitude from Ji Tae toward Joon Young was impressive.  He portrayed well as a second lead male.

—–Shooting locations.  I will travel to South Korea in the future and might visit that Island where Shin Joon Young wanted hid from Noh Eul. But his original plan was to bring the girl that he loved in this place, but because Noh Eul like someone else, Joon Young then just went there alone.

If you like melodramatic, romantic series, then Uncontrollably Fond is for you.  Watch it with tissue box with you, especially the last 2 episodes.

The drama was shoot from November 2015 to April 2016, so here are seasonal moments that became my favorite.

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Images source: Internet.