Category Archives: Passion and Creativity

Got an Inkling?

Wacom has outdone itself!

This pen came straight out of my dreams. You might be curious why I’m going gaga over $200 pen. If you draw you would understand what the fuss is about. I have an ancient Wacom tablet (which is still working by the way) and I keep it because it still is better that using a mouse to work on digital images. I didn’t upgrade because although a newer one might have better

features, I never could get used to the feel of stylus on tablet. I just can’t get those strokes right, and the perennial draw and undo can kill your mood. And then there is that draw on the tablet but look at the screen. I can’t get that to work too well either. So I draw almost exclusively on paper if I can help it.

Until of course I get an Inkling. I can draw on paper with a pen (well I prefer pencil, but I can live with pen). I know Wacom is brilliant with pressure sensitivity so no worries there. And you can layer and save as vector if that’s what you please.  And it comes in this iddy biddy pen box which make it so portable which means I’m not stuck to my computer.  Now how cool is that? The Wacom Inkling is now out in the market and US retailing in the US for US$199.95.

I so love Wacom right now!

Just watch this video and tell me it isn’t to die for. Ok it isn’t. I’ll have no use for it if I’m dead. I’m just saying. I really got to have it!

Order your Wacom Inkling, now!

John H. Clarke and His Music

Nothing moves me more than the pure beautiful sound of guitar music. I’d like to present one of my favourite guitar heroes, John H. Clarke.

With Love (single)
John H. Clarke

I first heard John’s music on Youtube, and I have been fan ever since. I find his music very, what’s the word? Authentic!

Yes, that is precisely the word I’m looking for.  It’s like when he picks up his guitar and starts to play,  the music jumps up at you and you get the sense that this piece of music is woven into the moment and it will never happen this way again. And that makes the music so precious.

I don’t know John personally except by the music I hear and the videos I watch of him playing.  The dynamic energy that whirl around John, the guitar and the music is really what grips me. It’s like his fingers start to do a dance on the strings and music comes alive and it gets him going and you can feel the intensity building up and like the spirit of the music has taken over.  Then John, the guitar and the music merge into a single powerful entity.  And if you just happen be in the same frequency, it sucks you in with it and, well, it changes you somehow, like all wonderful art changes you.

The charm of his music does not lie at all in technical perfection. It comes from genuine “in-the-momentness” and the grace with which his hands persuade the guitar strings to sing.  His music is free, untamed, playful and pure. So beautiful.  It’s one of my happy places. Explore his music on Youtube the John H. Clarke Channel.

Watch John Clark perform “A Walk to the Lake”

You can also download John Clarke’s music at  Amazon

Legacy of a Filipino Hero: Dr. Fe Del Mundo

Fe Del Mundo with a Patient
Fe Del Mundo with a Patient

The life of Dr. Fe del Mundo (November 27, 1911 – August 6, 2011) is characterized by an unwavering commitment to selfless service and an untiring quest to provide quality medical care to the sick, especially among children. Her life and the way she has lived it, is her true and lasting legacy to her country.

Dr. Del Mundo’s academic achievements were quite impressive. Perhaps driven by the early deaths of 4 of her 8 siblings, she chose to pursue a career in pediatric. She earned her medical degree at the University of the Philippines (UP), graduating in 1933 as the class valedictorian, and placing third on the medical board exam for her batch.  She was offered a US scholarship by then Philippine President Manuel Quezon, which she promptly accepted. She enrolled and was unwittingly accepted into the Harvard Medical School in 1936, which at the time only accepted only male applicants, making her quite possibly the first woman accepted into this prestigious medical school. She is listed as one of the notable alumni of Harvard Medical School (HMS) where she took up 3 pediatric courses.

Her other academic achievements include, residency at the Billings Hospital (University of Chicago), before accepting a 2-year research fellowship at the Harvard Medical School Children’s Hospital in 1939. In 1940 she earned a Master’s degree in bacteriology at the Boston University School of Medicine.

She returned to the Philippines in 1941, shortly before the Japanese invasion, to begin her remarkable career as a doctor. During the war, she worked with the International Red Cross, as a volunteer to care for children detained at the internment camps at the University of Sto. Tomas (UST).  In 1943, when the Japanese authorities shut down the makeshift hospice that she set up within this interment camp, she was asked to head a children’s hospital under the city government of Manila. This hospital would later be converted to a full-care medical center to accommodate the growing casualties from the war.  It was renamed the North General Hospital (then later, the Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center).  She would remain the hospitals director until 1948.

Dr. Del Mundo joined the faculty of UST and later the Far Eastern University (FEU) while pursuing a small private practice.

Determined to raise the quality of children’s medical care, Dr. Del Mundo endeavoured to establish her own children’s hospital.  It seemed that she was so fixed on her purpose of realizing this goal that she sold her own house and much of her possession to fund this project. The Children’s Medical Center, with 100 beds, was inaugurated in 1957.  Having given up her own home, she eventually took up residence within the hospital premises where she lived for the remainder of her life.  In 1966, the hospital expanded its scope of services with the establishment of the Institute of Maternal and Child Health, the first of its kind in Asia.  Even up to the days preceding her death, she would continue to make her rounds in this hospital, on a wheel chair at age 99.

Children's Medical Center in 1957

Her astounding dedication to the medical service, has led her to conduct pioneering research on infectious diseases like dengue, polio and measles, despite the severe limitations of medical facilities at the time.  She has published over a hundred articles in several medical journals on the said topic.  She authored a pediatric textbook for use in medical schools in the Philippines.

She was a staunch advocate of public health.  Undaunted by the glaring lack of resources needed for medical care, especially in  the rural areas, Dr. Del Mundo devised innovative ways not only to deliver medical services, but also to make accessible health education that would encourage health-enhancing practices and disease prevention. She was even said to have devised an incubator made from bamboo for use in rural areas that did not have electrical power.

Dr. Fe Del Mundo’s life spanning nearly a century was dedicated almost entirely to the service of her countrymen.  She is a woman whose life is so inspiring, so remarkably bold and purposeful that it is only befitting that the honour of Bayani (Hero) be bestowed upon her by the country she has served so relentlessly until her death.  She has set the standards for service so high that it would be difficult for anyone to surpass it.

It is my intention in writing this, that Filipinos everywhere will come to know this awesome human being, a fellow Filipino, a modern-day hero, and perhaps be so inspired to serve their country with the same dedication and fortitude. This country needs more heroes like her, to strive for excellence in their own respective fields of service, putting aside personal gain to serve their country as all true Filipinos must.

Fe Del Mundo
Fe Del Mundo (1911-2011)

Dr. Fe Del Mundo, your life and legacy has made our country’s heritage richer and our nation nobler.  I am truly thankful for the greatness you inspire. God bless you!

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Order books by Fe Del Mundo:
Primary Maternal and Neonatal Health : A Global Concern