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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

A Writing Experience with StoryMash

Who says creative writing is the easiest form of writing? Would you dare take the challenge?

I first heard of storymash.com through an article of a friend. Since I enjoy writing fiction stories, I had been eager to check out the site.

StoryMash unlike Triond only publishes creative writings - short fiction stories, novels, screenplays and new creative writing forms. They pay a contributor for every chapter they make (in Storymash a chapter refers to the content). The payment methods are through PayPal and check in U.S. dollars. Like other writing sites, a chapter also earns by page views.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Medical Mission Volunteer Benefits

Medical missions are something to wait for. While it is actually intended for the poor, the middle class and even the rich people can also benefit from its services. Locals may admire volunteer doctors, nurses, dentists and other health professionals for their free service, but is it really free? What can these people gain as volunteers for a medical mission?

Medical missions are common in developing countries. These are generally organized by Catholics or Christians. While there are international groups such as the American Leprosy Missions and the CMMB’s Medical Volunteer Program, there are also the local groups. In the Philippines, the most recognized medical mission groups are the St. Charles Borromeo Philipine Medical Mission and H.O.P.E Foundation International.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Is Albendazole 400mg Safe for my 4 year old?

In the Philippines, the month of November has been declared as Filariasis Treatment Month. Residents, especially children two years old and above are advised to participate in the program. However, although most people are grateful for the free medicines, there are still some reluctant to use the preventive drugs for their children. These parents are worried about the side effects. One resident has even found the idea of giving a 400mg albendazole tablet for her 4 year old child alarming.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Simply Photo: A Visit to Somewhere

Once, I did wonder if swimming is possible here...

A dapo???

Walking in silence ... No snake here!!

I miss our own ....!

This one, I remember taking a sip at its sweet nectar. How? Secret!

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Wednesday Thought: To Heed An Angel's Call

A whisper from within is a calling of the conscience. And as mortals, it is our decision to listen.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

On Choosing The Perfect Job: Knowing Your Own Standards

Big companies are usually picky in selecting staffs. While small industries are satisfied in hiring applicants considering their good personality, health and their eagerness to work, huge establishments hire applicants from high quality standards. The prospects qualifications are reviewed carefully. They are screened down through a series of examinations. And two to three interviews are always necessary before finally being hired.

Looking for work with giant and popular companies may be intimidating but if you got what it takes, you should also be choosy. The following can be helpful in making you decide:

  • Institution Stability
An established company means that it has been on the business for years or decades. One can be sure of its integrity. It would be a real pride in working for a popular institution and more to that, desirable number of benefits and promotions are also something to look forward to.

Never the less, stable institution may require great expectations from you. You may have to work harder with extra hours. Having quality with family or loved ones may be narrowed down. And definitely, if you won’t be up to it, your health could be at risk.

  • The Salary
Big companies usually give big salaries, but not all of them. Of course, they have some guidelines to follow. Often, job seekers are misled by big sums of pay. Most of them do not consider that taxes and most benefits (particularly, those unnecessary) are also deducted from the payroll.

  • Work Location
A close work place is cheaper and convenient. It can also be beneficial to health, since you will be more relaxed without much traveling.

  • The Schedule
Long hours of work can be hazardous to health and family. A half or an hour daily break is refreshing. It will help the mind refocus. A day off from job at least once a week is also important, not only for rest and recreation, but more importantly for some quality time with loved ones. 

It’s All Up to You

What matters to you most? Is it money or your health? Is it your career or family?

People needs and wants vary. Most would choose to devote on a job, working hard night and day. If it’s for the money or career growth, they have accepted the consequences behind their decision. They would find a way to make up with their families and they will know how to take care of themselves.

Your quality job depends on how will you like them to be. Career opportunities may be misleading. Large figures maybe attractive but you may not like the policies behind it.

Analyze your job offers. A wrong employment for you is a waste of time and effort. Bear in mind that any job comfortable and enjoyable for you, means not working at all.

(c) Phoenix Montoya @ May 15, 2009

*This article is also published at Bukisa and Wikinut

Monday, June 4, 2012

Ladders and Passageways Dream Interpretation: Are These Bad?

A friend of mine used to dream about a big and old scary house. In her dream, the house was actually hers. The house was really big and appeared seemingly more spacious because of its lack of furniture. She had this dream on two to four occasions – always the same gloomy house.

What’s disturbing about it, was her always on a run from someone. She would end up on a small room or a kitchen and from there; she would find a secret passageway – a ladder leading down. She would endlessly climb down into the bottom, then up again into a different passageway. She would get tire at one time, only to discover that she had lost herself in the maze of tunnels and ladders.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Friday Question: Delayed Anaphylactic Shock

Anaphylaxis or anaphylactic shock can be the most serious type of allergic reaction. But, can it be possible that it can be delayed?

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