Sunday, August 05, 2007

Start to Finnish

By this time next week, I should be in Finland, in the city of Tampere, to attend a 5-week course on global health sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Finnish Medical Association Duodecim. That is, of course, if my Schengen visa is released tomorrow or Tuesday. I have no doubt it will be.

I haven’t really been excited excited until this weekend. For the longest time, I had to contend with SO MANY REQUIREMENTS from the University just so I can be allowed to go on leave. It took almost a month to get an authority to travel. I think I lost not a few pounds as I shuttled from one office to another, from Padre Faura to the 8th floor of the PGH. That seemingly needless hurtling CAN dampen one’s fondness for such a trip. OR it may just make the trip more worthwhile.

(Imagine- having to get THIRTEEN department heads’ signature so as to earn the coveted signature of ONE hospital official… Hayayayay).

I am so excited about this trip to Finland, so distracted in fact that I hardly remember anything that transpired when I “participated” in Sunday mass earlier. It doesn’t help that I got more distracted by my plan on how to blog about my distraction during mass…

Which clothes to bring?

Mental note: Do not to forget my CD-R King travel universal plug adaptor!

Just a week to go!

I haven’t packed!

I haven’t even cleared out of my luggage the goodies from Indonesia I was supposed to give out to friends!

Plus I still have a full week ahead in school, until 5pm of Friday.

Hayayay.

Okay, first things first.

Breathe.

You were meant to go on this course.

Remember?

All fourth year medical students had the chance to go to Finland BUT the year you were supposed to go, the program was not offered. You thought the opportunity to attend the course was forever lost. But no, as an innovation beginning this year, they began accepting participants who were already practicing physicians. You applied, you got accepted! If that’s not a manifestation of fate- I don’t know what is.

Breathe.

Everything will fall into place. As it always has.

God’s track record is, so far, perfect in your life.

Even if you weren’t attentive during mass.

Forgive me, Father, for I have Finned.

9 comments:

  1. Wow Dr. Gomez! Congratulations! I'm excited for your forays into Finnish territory (tapos na?).

    With you being gone for 5 weeks, I was wondering if you could give me contact info for Dr. Portia, your mentor. I also desperately need to ask for your signature on a letter of support for my grant proposal. Perhaps you can leave something with Dr. Eric and he can send both his and your letters to me???

    More info on this asap, but PLEASE get back to me! Libertyr@stanford.edu

    Busy week ahead, but your help is appreciated

    Liberty

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  2. Galing naman! Enjoy your vacation! :-)

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  3. liberty: yes, i will get back to you asap re your requests =]

    aryo: vacation... let me get back to you rin kung vacation nga yun hehe 3 weeks na 8am-5pm lectures Mon-Fri isn't really my idea of a vacation- dapat may lectures rin ng Sat-Sun harhar i am ver gateful nonetheless =]

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  4. Wow! U really deserve this trip after what you have been through this past weeks. Parang napapagod ako nung binabasa ko lang regarding your ordeals to be in this trip :)

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  5. i'm sure it is worth all the "hassle" =] i'll use the trip preparation form you posted =] hope it'll help solve my packing woes hehe

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  6. Thanks for the tip about the universal plug adaptor. I should remember that next time I go abroad..

    And wow! A Finnish sojourn!

    Danikook@Multiply

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  7. dan: it's a bit bulky, about 4cmx2cmx2cm, but i'm hoping it'll do the trick and help make my trip a little less stressful hehe

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  8. Wow Ian! You are really going places! International ka na ha. Take care!

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  9. thanks, cherish! you take care as well!

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