Christmases and New Years have always been the same through the years: the happy holiday shopping, jolly people everywhere, yummy food here and there, fireworks, and the gory news next day. Because of this, our nurses and doctors can’t enjoy the holidays just like any of us. They are ‘on floor’ all throughout the time while the rest of us enjoy the holidays. They are ready in doctors’ or nursing uniforms, waiting for the worst.

In some hospice, administrators will also try to make a little variation in respect to the holidays by simply allowing lighter apparel. Some allows their personnel to use the nursing scrub top only while others will go as far as ordering a new set of hospital uniform scrubs.

Some professional medical practitioners also allow their profession to jive with the holiday by getting new custom pairs of medical scrubs. This way, even with the worry of having another gory emergency rooms after the holidays, they too have their own little way of sharing the happy season with the rest of us!

iBlog5Better late than never! I’m going to iBlog5 blogging summit on May 9, 2009. That’s on Saturday and since we have work that day, but with the event directly relevant to our line of work, we are excused for the quota. Isn’t that great? Being paid doing what you want and love to do? I don’t remember the exact number of participant was when I registered but I am surely on the first hundred. The summit is designed for only 300 participants so I am among those early birds in the registration poll. And if things turn out right, I will be receiving a freebie from the organizers and sponsors of the event.

My officemates and I agreed to meet at a rendezvous where transportation to the event will be easy to find. From there, we will be meeting the rest of the party at the venue but we have decided to come real early. The schedule of talks will be as follows:

Morning session:

* 9:00 – 9:15 Invocation, National Anthem, Welcoming Remarks
* 9:20 – 9:40 Blogging 101 (Micaela Rodriguez & AJ Matela)
* 9:45 – 10:05 Photo Blogging 101 (Faith Salazar and Fritz Tentativa)
* 10:10 – 10:25 Break
* 10:30 to 10:50 Video Blogging 101 (Azrael Coladilla and Kring Elenzano)
* 10:55 – 11:15 Mobile Blogging 101 (Edwin “Ka Edong” Soriano)
* 11:20 – 11:40 Do’s and Don’ts of Blogging 101 (Benj Espina and Juned Sonido)
* 11:45 – 12:05 Blog Promotion & Traffic Generation Strategies 101 (Winston Almendras and Coy Caballes)
* 12:10 – 1:00 Lunch break

Afternoon session:

* 1:00 – 1:20 Legal issues in Blogging (Atty. JJ Disini)
* 1:30 – 2:15 Preparing Bloggers for the 2010 Elections
– COMELEC on Blogging & Bloggers (Dir. James Jimenez, COMELEC-EID Director)
– Citizen Journalism for the 2010 Elections (Oliver Robillo, NAMFREL Chairman – Davao City)
– The Bloggers Election Handbook project release (Janette Toral)
* 2:30 – 3:30 Blog Advertising Situation in the Philippines (Mannix Pabalan – AyosDito, Kristine Mandigma – Philippine Online Chronicles, Laszlo Lim, Business Development Head – Yehey, Jayvee Fernandez and Eric Ramirez)
* 4:00 – 4:15 Break
* 4:15 – 4:45 Blogging to the Next Level (Fitz Villafuerte
and Anton Diaz)
* 4:55 Raffle & Group picture taking

7:00 pm onwards After-Event Party