The Sylvia Manor
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I started my nursing degree in 2013 with the intention of going abroad in my 2nd year to do a placement.. and now I'm sat here actually writing about it, weird!
I leave on Saturday to start my 4 week placement in the Western Visayas Medical Centre, Iloilo. Having worked in NHS hospitals on various placements here in the UK for over a year now I'm ready to go ...
... with that idea yet – I haven’t been in the country long enough to get a sense of what ‘feels’ right and what’s best to avoid. Im sure you are all relieved that I didn’t take up the offer as I know some of you were horrified when I took up someone’s offer in Africa ;) . The group then ask me why I didn’t go into the city centre and I go ‘huh? Im not in the city?’. Nup….. Im told to jump on a jeepney ...
... and is the largest city in the Western Visayas. While a very large city - 17th largest in the Philippines - the feel upon arrival is very different from Cebu, Davao or Manila. The airport is located about 20 minutes outside the city and is surrounded by sugar cane fields, so the typical feeling of overcrowding and fast pace is missing here. Sugar cane has been the main crop in this area for many, many generations. We have the pleasure of traveling from ...
... a security guard. Every security guard has a gun. The security guards at the banks not only have a handgun, but they also have a rifle. However, every security guard we encountered was more than helpful when we asked them what were probably seemingly stupid questions. The security guards in Starbucks for example, are more than helpful as they will open the door for you, find a table for you, and will even clean up after you when you've done your ...
... the trees their home, and very soon we were walking along the path directly underneath them. There were absolutely thousands of them flying around (in the daytime!) and resting upside down in the trees. It was a great sight to see as they are really quite large creatures..and very noisy! We ambled along a little bit more just watching these incredible creatures until we found the entrance to the waterfalls. Here we managed to get a close up view of these winged beasts as there were ...