Monday, March 31, 2008

Fish Gadget

Indeed this is a very cool and attractive way to ask readers to subscribe to your blog by asking them to feed the fish (try clicking the space where they swim) and so they feed on your feedburner. And I have decorated my sidebar with it.

I first discovered it from an entrecard buddy who placed an ad in my blog and also I made a bid on his blog for project wonderful - his site link is -
find out other interesting stuff on his blog.

This fish gadget is available here
so check it out and enjoy and make use of it.

fun fun gadget...

Subscribe in a reader

Twitter Flattery

well i ought to post this...

I am so flattered to be followed by one of my fave authors.

Here was the email:

Twitter to me
show details 3:37 PM (51 minutes ago)

Hi, peterahon.

Paulo Coelho (paulocoelho) is now following your updates on Twitter.

Check out Paulo Coelho's profile here:

You may follow Paulo Coelho as well by clicking on the "follow" button.


so folks common, that's the link to follow and be followed by one of the greatest authors living today - MR. PAULO COELHO !

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Twitter: driving blog readers, death of a former colleague, discovering my followers

...yeah indeed ages since my last post, after that long pause for commercial, ahem... well I have several stuff written in their draft form and so they are stale news and updates, ugh... getting caught up with the busy-ness of the prep work for the May 18 Commemorative Events here in Gwangju...

driving blog readers

So, what am I up to lately - hehehe, sweet-grin-twit-on-my-face, driving folks and re-discovering twitter...

I signed up for twitxr for my foto blog appearing on the side bar, I removed twitter since it can cross post with twitter. Then I found out lately that there is now twitpic to post pictures as well . I have tried it but have yet to put the widget in my other blogs.

Visitors to my blog are reported by the ever trustworthy feedjit. I am able to monitor those who come to my blog with from twitter and the country they came from.

death of colleague+

I added several Filipinos in my account and one guy recognized me, and he acquainted himself that we belong to the same NGO network. Of course I recognized him. But I was shocked by the news that I got from one of his feeds. He twitted this:

dungkal Our Board member, Danny Gatche, has just passed away :( So sad that this had to happen amidst our organizational problems.

peterahon my dear twitterfolks-followers id like 2 ask 4 your fave original twitter quote uv posted here 4 me 2 include in my list of fave n blog tnx Came this first reply:

fingertalks @peterahon : here's my fave twitter post

" Twitter is the extension of my memories, a sounding board, a prototype of human ear when no one seems available to hear my heart out"

Well, probing more about the author I came across a nice poem from this section of her blog it definitely voices out the same enthusiasm for which I created my blog 5 years ago.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Dealing with credit cards bad credit

Let's pause (and I will post) for some commercial....

One of my good friend is complaining to me about her predicament with her credit cards bad credit. She have not just one credit card but several credit cards with bad credits.

It has been her practice to withdraw money from one credit card to pay loan to another, thus, the loan interest compounds and she was not able to juggle her funds properly so she ended up with a bad record, real credit cards bad credit.

It is causing her lots of anxiety since the credit cards bad credit is now skyrocketing to hundred thousand of pesos. She is so problematic on how to pay all her loans.

Unfortunately services to address this credit cards bad credit is not widely available back in the country unlike other countries. Desperate she would whine that in good times when she was in good standing with these credit card companies they would offer her their services and promos. These days with her credit cards bad credit status she would receive irate and threatening calls from these credit card companies.

It really takes a lot of financial sensibilities and not a wanton spending habit to deal with credit cards bad credit.

Check out BADCREDITOFFERS.COM to ease yourself with your debts.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

WARNING! Organ traffickers new modus operandi - Abducting and killing Filipino kids

(image source -

I am not an alarmist. And I don't definitely want my blog appear like a tabloid. I write this entry to raise my concern on the welfare and future of Filipino children with this current criminal acts of organ traffickers.

As I was browsing the internet I came across a blog entry about the sitaution in the Philippines where children are being abducted. And the worst thing is that they are being killed and their organs are taken to be sold to the international market.

These criminals are without heart and soul to do their kind of trade. This is the vilest of all crimes - abducting children, murdering them and selling their organs. Who are those people involved aside from the kidnappers; people on the medical field - doctors maybe, nurses even; their financier and traders.

These criminals who prey on innocent children for their economic gain are the new ASWANG (ghoul), unlike Faust who sold his soul to the devil, these people are devoid of soul.

This must be stopped!

Alert your family members and relatives about his modus operandi of kidnapping and organ trafficking.

Talk to your children properly about this - do not cause them fear and panic but make them aware of this issue so that they can be forewarned and be more obedient to your instructions.

Report to the police and authorities if you observe/see uncommon activities related to this crime.

Link to blogs about these abduction incidents:

(this link has an enclosed police report of missing children in Batangas)
(blog where I first got the information)

Friday, March 07, 2008

You've got new funds! Smorty ad works!

So ads at Smorty works! Great, fantastic!

I just received today an email from Smorty while creating a new blog about SPAM e-mails, check the link here:

Finally real money from the internet. I was getting a bit anxious when the ad for several days has not been accepted and there were other pending ads in my dashboard waiting to be written about. Although like other bloggers there seems to be a limit to the ad that could be promoted. I read in the forum a concern of one of the bloggers who blog about animals said she could not write in her blog an ad about hair. For me since it is a personal blog and not a niche blog, so I can write an ad blog on anything. But of course I have my limits too, like for example I am not interested to write an adblog about casinos.

Well I would consider writing ad blogs as a writing prompts to flex my creativity or skills in writing. So more good ads to blog SMORTY !

Here goes the good news received from my email box, the amount is undisclosed
(for security reasons heheheh!), for sure I am not yet listed as Smorty's top earners, so you ought to check that out :

You've got new funds!

Dear Pedro Rahon,

Smorty Blog Advertising just sent you money with PayPal.

Smorty Blog Advertising is a Verified buyer.

To complete this payment, you must accept or deny it within 30 days. If you do not accept or deny this payment within 30 days, it will be canceled and the funds will be returned to Smorty Blog Advertising's account.

Please be aware that your payment can still be reversed, (e.g. if it is subject to a chargeback), even after you have posted the item to your buyer. Complying with PayPal's protection programs and following the trading guidelines, in our Security Centre helps to protect you from things like chargebacks.

Thanks to SMORTY!

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Fernando Zamora, political cartoonist

An editorial cartoon definitely makes newspaper reading more interesting. Especially if it is well executed it could grossly depicts situations and conditions or subtly suggests through symbols and hidden meanings. I do like visual arts and appreciate a great deal artists and other creative people. So when I was asked if my blog could be added to an artist's blog roll, indeed for me that is such a big honor and privilege. There are different kinds of artists and Mr. Fernando C. Zamora is one of those that I admire because he creates art that capture reality, social issues and other concerns that encourages and inspires an individual to understand and make a stand.

Below is a citation of his work which he keeps at the bottom of his blog (very humble indeed).

My congratulations to SSD editorial cartoonist Fernando Zamora. If a picture is worth a thousand words – which it usually is then I am humbled by the cartoon. No column or two can depict more succinctly the story that the cartoon wove between the lines of the caricatures. ‘What isthere between Advincula and Mahipus? I can hazard a guess, but I would be denying the readers the pleasure of conjecture.’ And what is the story? The story is that Councilor Diosdado Mahipus wants the city council to look into investigate – the ins and out of the Barangay Integrated Development Program or BIDP, specially the manner in which the funds released for the program was spent.

(A point of propriety; a matter of meanings by Rene Espleta Bartolo, Sun-Star Davao Columnist)

To read more about him you can check his blogsite with this link:

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Nursing is apolitical?

My sister will be graduating from her nursing course this coming April 2008. The family is indeed happy for her and I am too. I left my NGO work of 10 years to become a member of the family’s trade that of being a migrant worker, an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW). Tatay (father) used to be a seaman. Two of my brothers followed his foot steps.And most of our relatives are also migrant workers. I joined them for more than six years now.

I thought of writing this blog entry as dedication to my sister and to all other brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers and other family members who have supported or supporting a nursing student to take a second look, a further or even a forward looking look on the nursing profession.

I just realized that the number of nursing students and graduates must really reflect the million OFWs. For in my sister’s case she has 3 married brothers who are OFW and a newly US-immigrated married brother supporting her studies. And add to that, a maternal uncle who is a migrant worker in Saudi Arabia whom the family depend for emergency loans. And in worst cases when finance is short mother would go to our cousins and other relatives for help.

It is said that in Africa it takes a community to raise a child. In the Philippines, it takes the whole family clan to support a nursing student. Well it might be the same for other courses with the commercialization of education, but nursing is so popular and lucrative that it is making the educational landscape of the Philippines as a nursing school for global nurses.

I learned that even some mainland-Chinese nursing students are doing their training here in the Philippines. What used to be vocational or technical schools have now been accredited to run their own nursing programs. Exclusive catholic schools for women are now also into this business. Most of the state universities in the regions have nursing as one of the most competitive courses. Night classes and Saturday classes are very in-demand for professionals wanting a career change to become nurses.

A Japanese friend, then, doing a research for her fellowship study pointed out to me that the health care in the region is deteriorating. Most of the provincial health centers and hospitals that have been all along ill-equipped are now facing far bigger challenge with most of its health workers leaving to work abroad. I could surmise that some of their licensed doctors have to take nursing again for them to get jobs abroad easier. Or some of those trained health workers take further training as physical therapist which is also very viable job.

With this condition, I remember the wisdom for which primary health care project was then promoted. Way back in college, one of our professors asked us to visit the exhibition of Medical Action Group (MAG) in one of Manila’s malls. MAG was promoting their primary health care project with the use of herbal medicines (no generic medicine then) and oriental medicine such as acupuncture, ventusa, etc.

So with the exodus of health workers the more reason these kind of NGO services should flourish. Although in the past when MAG trained health workers would go to remote communities and areas not served by the government they get branded as communist supporters. Some are even killed performing their Hippocratic Oath.

But I wonder if primary health care would be effective to lifestyle diseases of some prone OFW families. With affluence comes the inevitable lifestyle change that leads most often than not into some undesirable consequences and at worst unhealthy habits. So the most that a family could get from their nurse kin is financial support or some advise, not their direct help or service. They are left behind with the care of other health care professionals whom they will afford to pay at an exorbitant fees.

So who are left behind? Only those who can't bear to leave their families and are so dedicated with their profession and in serving the community they love, to them I salute you! I hope soon more of your kind will grow to attend to the need of the country and in the same way may your sacrifices and dedication be recognized fully.

Neither can anyone blame those who opt to go abroad. But how I lament especially those great minds among them who preferred the science of nursing over the science of governance. Perhaps it is the science that heals and nurture that is more appealing to them than the science of politics that corrupts its practitioners and in the process destroys a nation.

They would rather earn a hard earn and decent income abroad than amass wealth from scams and bribery or what they euphemistically call as moderate greed. Only in the Philippines is corruption likened to a sporting event, there are corruptions compared to an intramural game (small-time theft) and there are those compared to a national game (big-time-million-dollars thievery).

So in the playing field of governance the cheat, ruthless and merciless are encourage to rule the nation. And most of the bright and beautiful minds prefer not to involve and engage themselves in a cycle that has metastasized into an incurable and deadly regime. Only a grim prognosis could be considered with this present social dilemma.

As pointed out by Bloomberg's Wiliam Pesek in his commentary “People should never be an economy’s main export”, he said that when governments become dependent on remittances its politicians are not encouraged to create well-paid jobs and the local industries neglected. So they have more time to attend to their personal and vested interests and let the migrant workers earn for the government what they proudly claim as 7.5% economic growth that help stave off the impact of 7.8 % unemployment rate, ranked third highest in Asia-Pacific.

But the medical profession is witness to case histories of miracles. I have faith. Common good will prevail over a family and its cronies depraved enterprises.

I can’t blame my sister should she decide to work abroad and later on immigrate. She has different interests and priorities like any other youth of her generation. Although she's aware of my stand on issues I never saw her engaged or involved on the causes dear to me or the least join a rally.

Her college graduation is just a phase. The succeeding hurdle is passing several board exams to make her competitive in a very tough competition. But since the demand is high for her profession, finding job will not be that difficult provided she pass all those qualifying licensure exams.

The family won't still be able to claim 'nakakahinga ng maluwag' (breathing freely). Only when she's 'naghahnap-buhay' (employed) will we all be able to be more relaxed. By then I hope to get back and continue my NGO work in the country. And then ask for my sister’s help in return to sponsor me for my graduate studies. An arrangement I made with her so she will be more conscientious in her studies and my tease for her not to have any 'utang-na-loob' (sense of indebtedness) to me.

My stay here in Korea is a constant envy on how this nation was able to develop so fast. Their nurses also played a very significant role as remittance earners in the past. Koreans industriousness coupled with their strong desire for freedom and democracy where they were able to bring to prison two of their dictator-presidents (a desired Philippine scenario), indeed it is Asia’s miracle economy.

Introducing my country at UNESCO’s Cross-Cultural Awareness Program for elementary and middle schools, banana is the most familiar object they know about the Philippines (indeed, my Banana Republic country). Filipinas married to Koreans and their biracial children, the rest of us migrant workers here and other nationalities continue to make an impact in making their culture more multiculturally sensitive from its homogeneous nature. A challenge most Koreans have to deal with.

In the 1970's Tatay was then called OCW (Overseas Contract Worker), 25 years later, we, his children became OFW. Soon his youngest and only daughter will join our league of OFWs. Nothing has changed as to the economic condition of our family, we remain a struggling middle class. A reflection of the state of Philippine economy that continues to export its workforce. This practice is not sustainable and viable solution for real development, much more in allowing the continued rule of the corrupt administration of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Below are several useful resources and links I gathered from the net:

Particularly the slide presentation made by HEAD contains relevant statistics, scandals and scenarios of the profession.

PRC Result and Stat as of June 2007 (Note the number of takers versus passers and other stats)

A very active forum on nursing

Philippine Daily Inquirer's special section on nursing

( Duke University Press)
Empire of Care: Nursing and Migration in Filipino American History
by UC Berkeley Professor Catherine Ceniza Choy