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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Hospital Review: Brokenshire And Davao Medical School Foundation

Brokenshire Hospital


Davao City, Philippines-- For my father's hospital stay, we chose Brokenshire Hospital because it has its own dialysis center, unlike Davao Medical School Foundation (DMSFH) where we needed to book for dialysis session outside DMSFH. However, Brokenshire doesn’t have medical/surgical instruments for TURP (Trans-Urethral Resection of the Prostate). The said instruments are only available at DMSFH, Davao Doctors Hospital (DDH) and San Pedro Hospital (SPH). Hence, my father's urologist had to borrow TURP instruments from a certain hospital.

Why didn’t we choose DDH or SPH?

First of all DDH is very expensive. After all, it's the leading hospital here in Davao and has state-of-the-art technology. My father stayed there two years ago and we had a hard time while staying there because "every move that we made was placed into our bill," if you know what I mean.

SPH, on the other hand, has "overcharging issue," according to my sister's friends.

How about DMC?

Nah. It's cheaper but…

Brokenshire Vs DMSFH

I didn’t join the entourage during my father's first day of admission. But when I visited him, I prefer DMSFH than Brokenshire.

Private Room:

Brokenshire doesn’t have fridge and water dispenser inside the room. The bathroom was not to my liking but bearable. The second room was okay because it has "watcher's bed."

In the Philippines, almost all patients have a "watcher" during their stay in the hospital. Watcher's duty is to take care of the patient's needs, like assist him or her when he or she wants to go to the bathroom, help him or her while eating, et cetera. Unlike in the U.S. where nurse-to-patient ratio is 1:1, most of the pearl of the orient's hospitals (Philippine hospitals) failed to provide adequate number of nurses on duty, so they have 1:5-10 ratio.

In general, DMSF's room is cleaner (but without watcher's bed) than Brokenshire.

Nurses on Duty:

They both have friendly and competent nurses. That's why Filipino nurses are in-demand abroad.

Free WiFi:

DMSFH has rooms with free WiFi (only those located at the ground floor). Brokenshire doesn’t have any.

Coffee Corner:

Brokenshire has its own coffee shop, while DMSFH has Coffee Dream (open until 5pm). Both of them are expensive (lol).

Accessibility and Parking Space:

They are both accessible but DMSFH has better parking space.

Whew! It seems like DMSFH is winning the battle, huh? But no…

Hospital Bill:

With the same or almost the same number of days, Brokenshire is cheaper. For instance, we paid PHP xx,xxx at Brokenshire while DMSFH has additional x in it. Go figure.

Birthday Cake Red RibbonSince recession is affecting all of us, I think Brokenshire is better (if we talk of money issue) than DMSFH.

Happy Birthday

Fortunately, my father got out of the hospital before my mother's birthday. Belated happy birthday, Mama Carrie.






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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Last And Final Season Of Prison Break: No More Breaking Out Of Prison

Last and Final Season of Prison Break

Davao City, Philippines-- I saw him going inside, running outside, and outsmarting everyone, including his mother, whom he thought she died of a certain illness. I expected a happy ending but I never thought it would end up that way of the last and final season of Prison Break.

I enjoyed every episode of Prison Break. It's not about Michael Scofield but it's all about Wentworth Miller. Although some scenes were unbelievable, that he can always outwit everyone, but Prison Break per se never failed to impress me.

Scylla
Generally, the last and final season of Prison Break focused on the thing called Scylla. What is Scylla? In Greek mythology, she's the princess of Migara, according to Wikipedia. But Scylla in Prison Break is an electronic device which contains pertinent information about The Company's way of retrieving the Sun Energy for whatever purpose it might bring. It would make The Company (the company who brought Lincoln Burrows to prison or generally, the same company who made Prison Break interesting and intriguing) as the most powerful group who can control the entire world.

The last and final few episodes of Prison Break were absorbing and thought-provoking that it made me want to stop doing certain responsibilities, so I could continue watching Prison Break up to the last episode.

Some Twists
The appearance of Michael's mom, Christina Scofield, added more spice to the already delicious and well-cooked TV show (except for some faulty editing). Plus, the other characters made a comeback, not to add another burden to Michael but to redeem their shortcomings, such as Paul Kellerman and C-Note. And then of course, the pregnant Sara Tancredi (who looks like Bianca Araneta, don't you think?). In addition to the exciting news about Sara's pregnancy, the revelation about the two brothers created more buzz to my ears. Why do you think Michael has green eyes while Lincoln has blue eyes? How about their IQs? Their different temperaments? These are just among the other things you should look forward to on the last and final episodes of Prison Break.

Advantages and Disadvantages
Undoubtedly, this TV show produced a different genre to the followers. However, there can be a lot of disadvantages while watching Prison Break. Apart from the moral lessons it brought to its audience, you'd surely be hooked on it and never want to take your eyes off Michael Scofield/Wentworth Miller.

Last and Final Season of Prison Break
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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Roti Mum: The Best Coffee Bun In Singapore Is Now In Davao



Hmmm… the delicious taste of a coffee bun. Bun, by the way, is a small bread roll and oftentimes sweetened. Roti Mum, the best coffee bun in Singapore, has filled the stomachs of Filipinos. Recently, it has opened its way to Davao and I had the chance to have a taste of the best coffee bun … in the Philippines. Also, Roti Mum has been acclaimed by the Sunday Times Singapore as the best coffee bun.

Outside and Inside
A smell of a coffee and a taste of a sweet bread… that's Roti Mum's best coffee bun. The outside part of the coffee bun is crispy enough to make a sound when you make a small bite. The soft part inside offers an enticing taste that makes you crave for more.

Avoid Take-Outs
My babe's friend suggested avoiding take-outs when you buy any of the Roti Mum's products. This is probably to preserve and enjoy the freshness of the coffee buns while they're still hot. Although, we ordered something for take-out, we still love the mouthwatering flavor of the coffee bun even when it's no longer fresh from the oven.

Hey, don't worry if you're on a low-fat diet because coffee bun of Roti Mum is less oily, ergo, healthier, so it's best for you as well.

Roti Mum's Davao Branch is located at SM Davao.

Happy Mother's Day
Happy Mother's Day to all mothers out there… especially to my mom.

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Monday, May 04, 2009

A Review Of Davao City Water District Website

Davao City Water District Website


Water is essential to us. We can live without electricity but without water? I don’t think we can survive.

I think two weeks ago, it was announced over Maayong Buntag Mindanao (Good Morning Mindanao) that Davao Water District (DCWD) would undergo pipe replacements in some parts of Davao City. The announcement was made two days prior to the said activity of DCWD, giving affected residents a chance to prepare. Unfortunately, the place where I live was affected with the mentioned repair and water interruption for 8 hours was experienced.

Right after the announcement, I checked on the DCWD's website to have clear information about the schedule of water interruption. However, Davao City Water District's official site is not updated with Water Interruption details. But I can always call their landline number at 221-9400.

It was/is frustrating to know that DCWD website doesn’t have up-to-date information about water interruption. What if I wasn’t watching the morning show that time? ... Not fond of listening to the radio. Then I would end up scratching my head almost choking after having a big bite of pizza only to find out there's no water to drink (although we have cold water inside the fridge).

Davao City Water District Website

Davao City Water District's website is filled with information about the company. You can read about the history of DCWD, Mission and Vision, Officers and ways to contact them. I haven’t tried using its contact support yet.

Water Statistics

Then the site also has water statistics of which I don’t understand (hehe). I have yet to try the importance of the water rates posted on the site as well. It seems a little too complicated for me to handle since there are no details about the computation.

Water Analysis

But with Water Analysis part, I think I may have something to discuss with my sister since I have wide knowledge about Microbiology thingy. They also have information about their collection centers, which I'm already aware of. And if you want to join their contests, like oratorical and poster making contests, you can download the entry forms. Oh, wait! The entry forms were for last year's competition.

Biddings

About the Biddings part, well, I don’t find it essential, at least for me (lol).

Interactive Maps

They also have Interactive Maps wherein it provides a simple map highlighting their collection centers.

RTC

If you click on the RTC (The Regional Training Center) tab of the Davao City Water District website, another window will appear showing the "Advanced Policymakers' Seminar." However, the main menus don’t have any content… yet. I hope to see the Gallery menu.

Oh, I think they also removed the water-flowing sound I used to hear every time I open Davao City Water District's website. Overall though, it's an interesting site. But it would be more informative if they'll update the Water Interruption page.

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