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Dona Nobis Pacem 2011

World peace is one my dreams. I always wish that someday, people will just set aside their differences and live in harmony forever. I know that it’s still possible.

Today, thousands of blogs, FB and twitter accounts from across the world will be showing off their peace globes to show support to the global peace movement dubbed “Blogblast for Peace”. Blogs will flag the title “Dona Nobis Pacem”, meaning “Grant Us Peace”. Check out founder Mimi Lenox’ site for the details. This is my 2011 contribution and support.

Peace be with all of you!


Check out my previous peace globe entries:

Dona Nobis Pacem (2010)

Dona Nobis Pacem (2009)

Dona Nobis Pacem (2008)


My Grand Prix Video

Before I went to my night shift last October 30, I was able to watch the practice race of Formula 1 Grand Prix Race at the Yas Marina Circuit. I was trying to upload this on youtube the next day, but my upload failed many times so I had to wait till I get home in Al Ain to reupload it. Here it is:


The Grand Prix Experience: Bye, Yas Island!

Yas-IslandLast night was the seventh night shift, and eventually became our last working day at the field hospital in Yas Island. Working seven nights straight was a record for me. Not much work as expected though. There were no more major activities happening in the island. The Formula 1 race had ended the other afternoon, and the last of the concert series was held the other night.

We were on our way back to the hotel morning after the night shift, when our night nurse supervisor, Helen received a call that instead of only the back up staff would go home today, everyone would be finishing their Yas Island adventure today. Our 10-day job would be cut short of 3 shifts. It felt sad coz we were enjoying our stay. But on the other hand, thinking that there’s not much patients in the island now that there’s not much activities here, I supposed we really had to go back in our respective hospitals and continue our lives there.

The night after the Finals race last November 1, people had started leaving the island and most started checking out of the hotels. The following morning, more guests were seen packed up to leave. And today, Yas Island has started to become a ghost town.

I wonder what life is here during the times when there are no major activities in the island. The place is still under major construction. Lots of buildings, roads and fly overs are still being built. I saw an area just behind the Yas Marina Circuit being constructed as a themepark. They plan to make it as the biggest theme park in the world. The rollercoaster ride was already in place and the loops were quite high. Another building still under construction is the Ferrari World, planned to be home of Ferrari cars. A huge golf course just opposite the racing circuit is also being constructed.

IMG_3599I see Yas Island to be an amazing place to visit in the next five years. With all these plans laid out, the island will surely be a great destination. I will surely come back in the future to check out to see the changes they will make here.

I checked out from the hotel around 10am and our group was picked up by our hospital shuttle bus around 12noon. Home by 0245pm. The brief stint at Yas Island had ended, but the great experience will surely be one of my most unforgettable.


The Grand Prix Experience: Sixth Night Shift



The sixth night shift here at the field hospital went well as the previous shifts. We were expecting to receive more patients last night because yesterday was the big day here at Yas Island. The Finals race of the Formula 1 Grand Prix was held late afternoon so celebrations were expected, with lots of eating and drinking. Aerosmith also performed at the concert arena last night and we expected concert-related cases especially since a wild audience was expected to attend. 

Thank God the night was benign, and nothing major happened. The supposedly big and heavy night came out to be just one of those nights. None of the disasters we were preparing for occurred. 

I heard that we might start packing up early to go back home since all the major activities and events in the island are finished. Too bad, I’m getting used to the good life at the hotel 🙂


After having our breakfast at the hotel, some of my new friends here decided to go for a walk towards the Yas Hotel. It is the only hotel sitting inside a formula 1 race track. Some of my friends have been there and they also said that it’s beautiful inside. So we decided to have a look.

Unfortunately, the security stopped us at the gate and we were told that we are not allowed to get in for some security measures. We were told to come back tomorrow instead, when security level will go down. We were given caps each though.

On our way back to the hotel, my friend Ate Judith and I got left behind by four others because we were busy taking pictures along the way. As we were crossing the street, we had to stop at a traffic light. I noticed a red pick up that was not moving despite the green light.

ilawsWhen the red light opened, the pedestrian were allowed to cross. As we passed by the red pick up, I noticed that the driver’s head was like looking downwards. I thought maybe he’s using his cellphone. But some gut feeling told me there’s something wrong. So I kept on looking back at the vehicle even if we had walked some fifty meters from the street.

We were almost at the hotel lobby when I realized that the vehicle hasn’t moved at all at two more green lights, and the other vehicles just kept passing by. I decided to come back, handed over the stuff I were holding to Ate Judith, and ran towards the pick up.

When I reached the car, the driver was not moving at all. I tried to tap on the window, and tried to open his door but he wasn’t just responding. I was thinking that maybe this driver had a heart attack in the middle of the road, or a hypoglycemic episode while driving.

I tried to signal Ate Judith to call for help coz there were nobody near me. I also tried waving at the hotel entrance where some security officers are stationed. I got the help I needed and more tapping was made on the car’s window. Only then the driver woke up! He must’ve slept on the steering wheel!

The officers pointed the driver to park at the side of the hotel, where he would probably be questioned. I was then told that I could leave.

The guy must’ve drank a lot last night during the big celebration after the race. Hmm… driving with hang over is also dangerous.

So there goes my short story. I was never thanked, but happy that I did what I have to do nevertheless.


The Grand Prix Experience: Sebastian Vettel Wins!

SebastianI did not go to the circuit to watch the Formula 1 Finals this afternoon. I fear I may not be able to come out of the crowd in time for the night shift, so I just decided to watch it on tv. It’s better though, coz I was able to see all angles, all parts of the circuit, while hearing the actual loud car sounds by my hotel window.

Sebatian Vettel of Red Bull won the F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix! He was also the winner at the F1 Japan Grand Prix this year. Mabrook!


The Grand Prix Experience: Fifth Night Shift

trick_or_treatTRICK OR TREAT?!

I was waiting at the hotel lobby for our shuttle service to pick us up and bring us to the tent field hospital, when this fairly young and pretty lady came to me smiling. I wondered if she was just to ask directions, but her smile was something. I was with the group who were all wearing scrubs.

Lady:  Hey, are you guys up for the halloween party? Nice costume! Nice gimmick! Where is this party happening?

Me:  Uhm… Sorry, but we’re real doctors and nurses. And we’re going to a real hospital…

Lady:  Oh, I’m sorry… it’s halloween aand I thought you guys were going to a hospital-themed costume party…




early morning night staff snap


It was another fairly quiet night. I was expecting concert-related cases today coz I thought, Aerosmith was performing at the Concert Arena. But I found out that he’ll only be performing tonight.

Last night was an Arabic band called King of Leonne. I hope I spelled that correctly. But it was a fairly quiet night and none of those collapsing patients coming from the concert came. Hmmm, the audience must’ve behaved. Or was it a classical concert? Sorry, I don’t know the performers and I don’t know their genre.



Our tent field hospital behind me. Working here has been fun so far.


The ambulances are on standby for any untoward events.


Ughh… ambigat…  Kayanin ko to…


Hmmm… andaming bacteria!


Hmmm… let’s give that patients some antibiotics…


An ICU inside a tent?! Yup, I’m not kidding…


A snap with Val at the operating theater. Yup, we can also do emergency surgeries here inside rtghe tent. We have 3 operating tables. Amazing, huh!


The heroes of Yellow zone.


With our night nurse supervisor, Helen. Rudy, Me and Ate Judith of Al Ain Hospital.


Whew, that was a tough night shift! Glad to be back at the hotel. Now, if I could just park my Porsche somewhere so I could start having my breakfast.



After having our breakfast in the hotel, my friends decided to have a walk at the race tracks again. Still in our scrubs, we took photos of the photographic space on our way to the Yas Marina Circuit, where the first-ever Formula 1 Grand Prix Race in Abu Dhabi will be held this afternoon for the Finals Race. Since we might not be able to make it at the race, a quick snaps-taking would be great before the crowd starts coming in.


At the breakfast buffet of Assymetri Restaurant, with new friends.




Waiting for friends at Fast Track Bar. Not a drink on a morning please…


My collection of Porches, Ferraris, and Lamborghinis.


My home for 10days at the Yas Island – Raddison Blu Hotel. We were told before taking this job here that we will be housed in a 5-star hotel. I found out from the internet that Raddison Blu is just 4-star! Should I complain? Hahahahaha!


The newly-constructed yas Marina Circuit. In afew hours, the Formula 1 drivers will compete here for the Finals race to decide the champion.



At the bleacher with the nurses of the tent hospital.


The Official Formula 1 team Merchandise store inside Yas Marina Circuit. A red cap costed 400 dhs (about 5-6,000 pesos). No Thanks. A lot of people are hungry because of the typhoons back home.


I was here. Yas Marina Circuit at Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.


The Grand Prix Experience: Fourth Night Shift

IMG_3499The fourth night shift at the tent field hospital went out quiet also. We had a fewpatients who came from the concerts, but the rest were not really complicated cases, nothing major. I was not sure about the name of the band who performed last night, but I heard they were an Arabic band.

I met some more new nurses who joined our team for the first time. Apparently, they were pulled out from the hospitals where they were working, and were made to come here in the island. The authorities here are really expecting the worst case scenario, so they were adding up more staff, to make up with the additional beds that were set up.

kimeAt this time of writing, the qualifying race of Formula 1 is being held and I could hear the buzzing sounds of the cars from my hotel window. I am not planning to watch the race live now, coz I really need to catch up on my sleep. Anyways, I opened the tv and the race is being shown live at Abu Dhabi Sports Channel. Now,  I could here the cars live from the tv, and live from my window. Isn’t that cool?!

Performing at the concert arena tonight will be no less than AEROSMITH! Of course, I will not be able watch again, and I will be left treating concert casualties at the tent hospital tonight. Are Aerosmith fans the war freak-types? Head-bangers and stuff? Hmmm… we’ll see tonight.

Got to crash on my bed now!


The Grand Prix Experience: Watching the Practice Race

IMG_3440I woke up 330pm to get myself ready to watch real Formula 1 racing cars. I met with my friends at the hotel lobby at 4pm, then we proceeded to the Yas Marina Circuit, just across my hotel. We chose the nearest gate, Gate 13, to enter.

Security people at the circuit gates were very strict. It’s just good that our group was wearing an ID that says “OFFICIAL”  so we are able to move around with ease. We chose seats near the circuit so we could take good pictures and videos. I found out from other guests that their tickets had seat numbers on it. So we had to move from one seat to another coz we didn’t have official seats. Anyhow, when the race started, everybody went near the railings to get a closer view of the cars.

IMG_3486I learned that guests who are coming in with tickets paid so much for the seats – about 1500 dirhams for the lowest ones – or about 18k in pesos. The highest priced tickets i heard was about 250k pesos! OMG! And I’m sitting here, getting one of the best views of the track – for FREE! And I’m even paid to be here! Gosh, I’m so lucky…

By the way, I was trying to upload the videos I recorded from my camera, to youtube but, for some reasons, the site doesn’t upload it. I’ll keep trying, but for now, let me share some still shots I got. Remember that the cars were running on high speed when I took the pics.

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The Grand Prix Experience: Third Night Shift



My third night shift is over! Hooray!Only seven night shifts are remaining for me here at Yas Island where the first ever Formula One race in Abu Dhabi is being held.

Last night’s shift was busier than the previous two shifts. That was because last night was the concert night for BEYONCE KNOWLES. Thousands of people flocked to the concert venue. I was not able to watch her sing but I got to see the crowd as our service shuttle passed by the main entrance gate on our way to our tent hospital.

The day staff were able to watch part of the concert, as they went straight to the venue right after their shift. Shame, we missed that part of our stay here.

But hey, I came here for work! The action at the field hospital was something I shouldn’t miss. Our patients last night were basically coming from the audience at the concert venue. Apparently, the stores inside the venue ran out of water and soft drinks, and only beers and alcoholic beverages were left on the shelves. So some basically got dehydrated, especially those who were at the venue early in the afternoon. We received patients who collapsed, who had abdominal pains, and even neck pains!

I heard that a famous Arabic band is performing tonight after the Formula One race. I wonder when Aerosmith is performing? Tomorrow, I suppose. I haven’t checked the schedules. But it does not interest me now, coz I can’t watch concerts on these bloody night shifts.



Night staff early morning snap: Me in brown scrubs


The initial plan for our tent field hospital was a 50-bedded facility, which could treat emergency cases and could do emergency surgery (we have one operating room). This was the picture during my first night shift.

On my second night shift, the bed capacity increased by 40 – so that made the tent hospital a 90-bedded facility. It seemed we are really preparing for the worst case scenario.

IMG_3435Last night when I came in, the field hospital has become a 219-bedded unit! Wow! It’s even bigger than some of our hospitals in Bulacan! two more operating room tables were added. I heard the sheikh wanted to put up five operating rooms and to reach a 250-bed target. Gosh, we are really expecting for a major disaster here! I hope that does not happen. But anyhow, to be part of might-be one of the biggest tent hospital in the world is already an exciting idea.

I’ll see how many beds will be added on my fourth night tonight.



Daylight started to scatter to wake up Yas Island! Here’s a play of the morning sun, as it rises on the east outside the sleepy camp of the field tent hospital.




Returning to my hotel, I found this Ferraris parked in front of the hotel. I misplaced one of my Ferraris last week… could this be mine? Hmmm…


While writing this, I’m sitting by my hotel window. Even if the windows are closed, I can still hear from here some buzzing sound coming from the Formula One circuit. It’s like a housefly flying near your ears. The circuit drivers could be practicing at this time coz the race starts this afternoon.

My friends here are planning to wake up early in the afternoon to watch the race. I’ll probably wake up around 3:30pm to beat the crowd. We have to return to the hotel by 6pm to get ready for our fourth night shift. We expect a busy night tonight because there’s half-a-million people on the island at the moment all eager to be expectors of the race along the side.

So that means I have to sleep now. Bye!


The Grand Prix Experience: Military Nurse in the Field


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