Monday Road Trip: Pagadian City

For the past month since I went to and fro in Ozamis city, it was my first time to bring a pounding heart while adding another extra miles to my road trips and travel. Only because we travelled during the night going to Pagadian City plus the stigma of traveling farther Mindanao is there. But the time we get there, the scary feeling was replaced by a safe and sound assurance like a “Yes we arrived safe!”

It totaled to about 6 hours. About 2 hours from Cagayan de Oro City to Iligan City while another 4 hours going further to Pagadian City.

Now, I should be starting to familiarize the places we pass by in going there. Here are the places I have passed below:

Kauswagan
Maigo
Kolambugan
Tubod
Aurora
Labangan

and finally, PAGADIAN CITY!

Keep posted for the different discoveries I get to find within the city!

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Running Late For Ozamis Trip

Bulua Terminal for Ozamis

Because I am the queen of slack and unpreparedness, the things I have forgotten to pack are the kind of the things that should be the top priority.

  1. Bottle of Water
  2. Heavy Snacks
  3. Pieces of Candies

Especially when you are running late for a trip, the top 3 should be packed in your bag to prevent what just had happened to me.

4:30 pm

It was this time when we were all complete and just when we were about to hop inside the bus for Ozamis, there was none to be found. We found out the last trip was just 30 min earlier, 4:00 pm. The choice we had then was to ride a bus for Iligan and find any there going to the pier for Ozamis.

Bulua Terminal for Ozamis

Unexpectedly, the bus took longer than I expected since I’d tried riding it in the past which only took 1 1/2 to 2 hours trip but it lasted up to 3 hours. Well, because I forgot to bring water I was trying to convince myself I can deal with it. I did but when the afternoon sloly turned into night, my tummy convinced me that I was hungry and Ooh neither food can’t I find any in my backpack.

7:30

Finally, we arrived hoping we stopped by for dinner but I’m guessing not since we were all in a hurry to find the right bus. So when I did find a timing, I immediately bought 3 hard boiled eggs packed in one at a vendor nearby.

Standing position inside Zamboanga Bus

The bus were full but we never had other choice but to go on or else we can’t reach the last trip for Ozamis. This means, operation standing ovation. On the other hand, I’m sensing my tummy can’t afford another minute with an empty stomach so I tried munching the hard boiled eggs. Yes, indeed! I was peeling it while standing and never did I realize I had that kind of talent. But again, damn I forgot to buy water so slowly I finished it to avoid any choking incidents. Then a passenger at my side was kind enough to share a bit space from her seat. Yipee!

8:45

Everyone standing were shouting as if it could save them time in going to the barge. And we were like fighting for the tricycle.haha

9:00

Right after we stepped on the ground, they were already running. I should have waited first for the change but P2 is not even worth it to lose a trip to Ozamis. And by the time we handed for the fare, the barge already made the last signal to go and we couldn’t afford to waste another time but RUN RUN RUN! I was out of breath when we arrived inside. Then my knees were trembling as we climbed for our seats. Gosh!

Ozamis Barge

I finished the last piece of egg as I saw a store nearby and just buy water afterwards. Seems there was no one in charge and the powdery yolks already filling my mouth as I struggingly swallow my own saliva as means of water. Gross!

When I got back to our seats, they were again standing with all the bags. I said,

What’s with the hurry!

Then the step went down and finally we landed.

What’s for dinner at almost 10:00 pm? Jollibee 1 pc chikcen, 2 rice and large coke. I expect tomorrow I’ll be laying my own eggs already. Haha!

Travel Without Prior Notice

TRAVELI woke up with my sun cellular phone dead and bat empty. Charged it and off I turned on my laptop. I expected some messages except for one thing – a message from our head.

Because until now I’m still sinking in my job as a travel nurse, part of it that I am still currently learning is the preparedness of being a traveler. To count, it’s only a matter of 3 days from now then my journey begins and I’m not even halfway ready with my things and all.

Worst is it got even way sooner because the message was all about my willingness to travel to Ozamis stat, impromtu and RIGHT NOW! It’s 11 am and I should get ready by 2-3 pm. So what would you expect but everything impromtu.

  1. My schedule for laundry which supposedly be today is again postponed. At least I have still enough clean clothes to bring for a two-night trip.
  2. My messy room which should be cleaned stat.
  3. My travel kit I should have planned to list more which I need to instantly come up with things to buy.
  4. I still have one last requirement to comply which is barangay clearance which thankfully I can just pass by it when going out.
  5. I am as well an online seller and good thing the meetup is scheduled for today so the money could add up to my allowance expenses and emergency cases.
  6. And the last thing, to mail my requirements.

For a duration of 2 hours, I am now at the Bulua Terminal waiting for our head and the bus as well. All geared up! Bring me to Ozamis!

Bulua Terminal

Juanted Traveler Joined CDO Bloggers Blogging 101 Workshop

cdo bloggers, blogging workshop
Sun Cellular

Sun Cellular (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Blogging has indeed facilitated flexibility to express one’s self in various forms that have never been seen or understood before. Its evolvement has broadened from provisional truths down to shared and cluttered philosophies rather the known previous reserved writings. The interaction therein between writers and readers is unmatched, spontaneous and sometimes vile. Everything contributes and heralds to a golden era of journalism.

CDO Bloggers on the other hand through Blogging Workshop 101 has invited people from all walks of life to take part in this golden era. May they be a writer or not, blogging has now broken the walls to spontaneously expose their true self made known through expression and creative write ups.

It was held at the MBOX Bussiness Center for the CDO Bloggers slash speakers, Grace Varona Maghanoy of MisOrJobs.com and Venus Mabale of inCDO.com to truly showcase the topics revolving around the basic set up of blogging—anatomy of blog, setting up and other stuffs for a head start. The floor was as well open for questions and any queries amateur bloggers can think of.

cdo bloggers, blogging workshop

One word—success it was as each and everyone in the room went home with their newly created blogs, the knowledge and of course the giveaways provided by Sun Cellular.

cdo bloggers, blogging workshop

But the very top motive of this blog post is to open another chapter in my blogging venture for a 1 year free domain and free hosting for this newly created Juanted Traveler bog courtesy of CDOPlaces.com and WOWCDO.com. Like a traveler, I wanted this blog to reach as many places and people as it can.

Travel Nurse Job Interview

Travel nurse job
Jessica Limpert working in Haiti

Jessica Limpert working in Haiti (Photo credit: wcn247)

Travel nurse jobTravel nurse job interview as I have known can indeed require a major effort. The degree of difficulty depends on the kind of role. There are actually a lot of mixes and combinations to expect in the case of the functions that often targets the rural areas dealing with strangers.

But by the time I sat carefully with the interviewer, there was no trace of pressure and difficulty. Although I can describe it as informal especially with the use of dialect, showing still an air of formality was my goal. I answered as how she introduced the question. If I was asked in a dialect, I answered with the same manner and vice versa.
By the time the proper interview started, good thing I was able to research some background regarding the company especially their advertisement of the travel nurse job circulating the net. At least it was something I could show off rather stay passive by just answering the questions.

After a couple of questions asked, the travel nurse job was further discussed despite of the brief overview my friend had shared over the phone last night. It is more on a public health work. As what anyone can expect from travel nurse jobs, public health is something that is one of its nature. At least it is something the intrepid traveler within craves for operating on the road and throughout the region, Northern Mindanao or overall Mindanao.

The fears that are expected can start with cultural shock but it is always part of it and I would gladly embrace and learn. Like how community issues work which can vary considerably in a larger area and the same goes with the facilities being equally diverse.

To deal such diversity, the most expected skill from this travel nurse job is communication. Aside from that is the talent of entertainment. Our very main function is to provide health teachings to women with reproductive health. There was an initial for that I am just not sure what the last was anyway, yes specifically family planning. I was even asked anything I can recall with it. Well, at least I have given some. And their products range from those—contraceptives, artificial and others but selling is never part of our job rather in just promotions.

So what do you think? Do I have what it takes to be a travel nurse?