Rural Service Project- Last Summer's Memories 4/15/2008 05:08:00 AM

I'm re-posting here my blog originally titled "Doctor In the Kitchen" for TBR 5 since it's exactly what I was up to last summer!
I wasn't officially part of the recent Rural Service Project in Sitio Ibo, Brgy. Pondol, Balamban , Cebu until the penultimate minute.... When I was asked to make room in my schedule to be part of the Rurals, my first reaction was "Ok......" When I was asked to take care of the kitchen, my reaction was "Hey wait a minute!..." Then I was also asked to take charge of the finances so I said "This is the job I really hate!!!!" Yet, I still went to the rurals....Now what was I thinking? My first rural service project was in the summer of '98 in Kibawe, Bukidnon. I enjoyed the experienced immensely, never mind the inconveniences. It's not only work but there was also a lot of "laag" galore! Friendships were formed too! Since then, I have been helping out in the rurals as my schedule would permit. April 2007 in Balamban also marked my first as a licensed physician....and my first as being totally in-charge of the kitchen...Incidentally, this also happened to have the most number of shall we say...."incidences"... The van got bumped into, the faucet had to be replaced, allergy attacks, toad invasion of the sleeping quarters, visits from the "tuko"(gecko) ..... ....And here's generalized view of my kitchen woes: perennially changed schedules, stored smelly garbage, dogs on the prowl, lack of time management, spoiled meat, leaking water dispenser, no refrigerator!, late food deliveries, "delivery multicab" a no show, "delivery tricycle" going around in circles, surpluses and unexpected expenditures, undercooked rice, overpriced fruits..... ...But nothing, absolutely nothing can top the fire from the leaking rubber hose connecting the gas tank to the stove.... and getting 1st degree flash burns while I was supervising 3 high schoolers! Will I ever volunteer to take part of the rurals again? Of course! My catering service is BOOMING!!!! These are my realizations: Guardian angels exist! The damage to property and person from the fire could have been worse... We would have made headlines burning down the whole school! My profession is still much needed in so many out of the way places. The work of the home is something imbued with dignity...and inspite of all the difficulties that came my way during this rural service project, I have fallen in love with this work.... and perhaps in the not so far off future, i can dedicate my time and effort to it. "Omnia in bonum" -> "All for the good", as St. Josemaria would say. This eventful 6 days of work and fun, difficulties and successes surely proves this point!

4 other thoughts:

Ness said...

Hi JA,

thank you very much for joining TBR5th edition!

Please copy and paste the TBR logo (you can right click and copy it from my weblog or from boneMD's weblog) in your post or in your side bar. So that the readers who will come to your website will know immediately mao ni imo entry to the TBR.

OK ra?

Salamat again!

MerryCherry, MD said...

Wow, the topped it off -- fire coming from the gas hose? 1st degree burn? But you sound like you enjoyed that summer.

Have fun this time and be safe. :0

Btw, please join the TBR 6th ed: Philippine Healthcare System. Details here.

Will link you up when I get a faster internet connection :)

Ness said...


TBR5 is up and TBR6 has a theme already too

MerryCherry, MD said...

Hi J.A.

I was sure I left a comment on this post but not anymore. Hahaha.

Kindly join the 6th ed of The Blog Rounds. Theme: Philippine Healthcare System. Details on my blog -- :)