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.

 

Nostalgia (my 29th)

 

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I dunno if i have already shared this photo her in nostalgia.  But since it’s spring time in many parts of the world today I’d like to share this.  This is my favorite spring photo.  Taken in spring 2004 at the Chinese Botanical Garden in Shijiazhuang City.

I am glad i was taken a happy smile here but during this time I was sad because I was missing someone terribly.

Nostalgia (my 28th)

 

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This is Frank. He was one of my favorite one-on-one tutorial student in oral English. He is a manager of his own textile company which does business in Europe. He was introduced to me by his secretary, Mayra, who was one of my students in my adult class.

 

This is Myra.  She speaks English very well.  She just enrolled in my class so that she got the chance to interact with a foreigner in flesh.  =)

 

Frank’s Daughter

I think i named her Amy if not Sandra.  I already for got.

 

Anyway, we met twice a week.  We often have our meeting in big and nice restaurants.  We do free talk as our means of practicing their oral english then later, we order the food.  Aside from free food, They also pay me by the hour.

Nostalgia (my 27th)

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This is one of my “DURING SARS” photos.

I was in mainland China when SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) broke out there.  It was one of my unforgetables of that country particularly Shijiazhuang City.  We were out of work for 3 months.  Our employer , Paul, was so pathetic that he cut our contract 3 months before it was to expire and then he also did not pay us those months.  Good thing China food is very cheap we survived.  We continued staying in the apartment until the end of the contract because we won’t go back to our home country.  Liza (the cute girl in white beside me) and I agreed that we really won’t be going back to the Philippines for two reasons:

1.  We don’t have enough money saved that will support us if we have to reapply from the home country.

2.  We don’t like the thought of being quarantined in Manila.  Though we were not sick but am sure we will be quarantined because we would be flying in from Beijing or HK.

3.  We were positive we could find work in other schools of which our employer did not ever imagined that we could do it.

4.  SARS is not a reason for us to be sent back to the home country because we were not sick (though we had cough those times but no fever) and there was no circular that foreigners must leave the country.

Well then, Liza and I did not leave and just as we were allowed to go out, we went to the PSB or Police Security Bureau (an office that will issue a residence visa/working visa/ and or business visa and in just a few days, I had a call that a school would like to hire me.  Of course I was accepted.

I gained weight so much during the SARS   period because no work but we eat 3 times a day and if possibly we were not allowed to go out.  But you can see locals doing daily exercise morning and evening.  The only little game i do those times was badminton. 😀

This photo was taken on a Saturday.  We were going on to the park on the height of spring time.   We decided to spend the Sabbath at the park.  The flowers were just so beautiful.  A neighbor, Cindy and her son went with us.  In this photo, there were 4 of us teachers, all Filipino and the others were our students.  They were the brave ones who visit us daily as they are bored in their homes too.  2 months were declared NO CLASS.  Good thing these guys were not sick of anything so they were welcome at our apartment anytime.