Being an Artist in the Midst of Global Pandemic: Kris shares his experience with Amex Essentials.

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Celebrating International Nurses’ Day

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Nurses are the heart of health care.


Donna Wilk Cardillo

Kris and I being nurses share the same passion of ministering to other people in need through our profession. We both see nursing not only as a job but also a calling to bless the lives of our patients through care and compassion.

It is not easy to be nurse. The emotional challenges on top of shift work can be overwhelming. We get to see so many tragic situations and even deal with hazards that can put our own health at risk. Nevertheless our love for this sworn profession surpasses all of those challenges. In fact, it has become the foundation of our strength and resilience.

Today, as we celebrate International Nurse’s Day, we would like to thank everyone who remembers us especially on this difficult situation we are in. We hope that you will not get tired of praying for us earnestly and may we become good examples of unconditional love just like what Jesus did in the cross.

God bless everyone and we salute every nurse around the world!

When God puts you in the position to Give

The effect of the Corona virus is felt throughout the whole world in almost every aspect of our lives. Many people lost their means for income and some of them have lost their jobs. In the Philippines, majority of these people are low income workers. Some of them have not received any help complicated by inaccessibility of transportation and lack of budget from the government.

Kris and I have been supporting some kids of these families in a remote area in Bohol, Philippines for a few years. God has been very gracious to us and blessed us with a good job abroad that we wanted to share our blessings to these families that needs our help most especially at this time of hardship.

My Mama, Papa and younger sister, along with Pastor Zac have been instruments to reaching out to these families.

I am sharing this post to remind us to check on our neighbours, friends, families and even strangers who are in need and give with all our heart as the Lord has blessed us. There is no help big or small as long as we give with gladness.

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God hasn’t forgotten those in need. In fact Proverbs 14:31 says whoever is kind to the poor honours God.

Always remember that the Lord says in 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 He loves a cheerful giver. Therefore we should give with a heart of gratitude. In this way we are able to help our fellow brothers and sisters and at the same time we are able to worship God through our heart of service.

When birds are better at doing Social Distancing

Kris and I have potted plants and flowers in our tiny balcony where birds do come and visit once in a while. We sometimes put our leftover fruits and give them to the passing birds to feed. In Australia, Lorikeet birds are everywhere. They are adored for their vibrant colours and and beauty. This particular Lorikeet frequently visits us ever since when we offered it water and bird food during the hot summer when there were bushfires around country. It is such a joy to have them around especially in this challenging season of isolation and social distancing.

Speaking of social distancing, this has been imposed in most counties around the world to stop the spread of this deadly virus. I think some birds are way ahead compared to some us in practicing this. And here’s a video to prove my point:

I think when you are being kind and mindful to these tiny beings, they remember your deed and now they keep coming back. Getting visits from them every now and then is very entertaining. Sometimes I reflect and envy their freedom. We humans are kept at home while they are free to fly wherever they want to go.

I guess this is an important reminder that we are all a part of the circle of life. No matter how small, big, or whatever kind of living being, we all live in the same planet and we all have part to play that could make an impact to everyone.

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Here’s the full video if you are keen to watch:

Handwashing Technique

Hi everyone, as we all know the world is facing a tremendous challenge amid the global spread of corona virus.

It’s hard to fight an unseen enemy. The Coronavirus or COVID-19 has affected hundreds of thousands of people. Our lives will never be the same again especially for those who are unwell, those whose jobs and business were jeopardised, and those who lost their loved ones due to this pandemic virus.

Kris and I, being nurses, are advocates of good health. Good handwashing is an old but one of the best ways to lessen the spread of diseases. Today we are sharing a video on how to wash our hands properly. On top of this, we encourage everyone to be diligent in their daily hygiene and to constantly spray or wipe disinfectants to the commonly touched household furnitures/fixtures such as doorknobs, tables, the tap handle and everything that we constantly use.

We hope and pray that you are all safe. Remember to check in on your families, friends and neighbours. Share kindness to those in need such as food and perhaps rolls of toilet paper if you have more than enough.

God bless and take care.

Toilet Paper Craze in Australia

“Too – late Paper”

There were viral videos circulating in the news and in Facebook where people are seen fighting in the Supermarket just to get a pack of toilet paper rolls recently… People are panicking and hoarding toilet papers due to coronavirus scare which leaves other shoppers with none. So, I went to investigate if the news I was seeing in TV is real.

It is indeed!

But why toilet paper? Why not over canned goods or food? I don’t understand at all.

To the hoarders/shoppers out there, please be considerate to the needs of other people especially to those who need it most such as our elderlies and people with physical disabilities.

As an alternative, we can always get back to the basic of using soap and water which is the best way to clean ourselves.

Always remember to clean your hands effectively for at least 20 seconds to stop the spread of harmful viruses and bacterias.

Australia is literally on fire!

Yesterday, I asked someone how was their New Year and have they spent it at home. She said they lost their house by the fire and have to live on a camper van with a sick child. For a moment I was speechless and the only word that came from my mouth was ” Sorry”. I felt the pain in an instant. It felt surreal. That encounter made me reflect on the lives and properties lost by the bushfires.

Australia has been battling the worst bushfires ever that has claimed the lives of thousands of animals, killed residents and firefighters, burnt houses and farms leaving a number of people without their homes to stay this new year.

I have seen news updates in facebook, television news. I have seen a weird looking brown sky and a sun looking like a giant orange fireball reflecting the large fires happening around New South Wales.

Kris and I just moved to Australia last year and haven’t experienced summer in this country yet. We’ve heard that it can really get super hot as 45 degrees.

Why do bushfires happen in Australia?

There are plenty of reasons but the topmost one I could think of (and have heard) is the extremely hot weather. Australia is about as big as United States of America but majority of the land is dry and uninhabited. Fires in dried grasslands may start naturally by lightning strikes. Australia has also got lots of Eucalyptus trees (that provide food for the Koalas) that can be a very good source of oil and can burn fast. The wind may cause the fires to spread quickly in any direction.

There is no way we can stop bushfires from happening but a lot of people think it has gotten worse than ever.

Does global climate change have to do with this?

I think it has created a significant difference to what we are experiencing right now. Not only in Australia but in Amazon and Indonesia. It’s all over the world.

What can we do to help?

Here is a link that provides direct help to the families and communities affected. You can donate online and can make a difference wherever you are.

https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au

For those living in dry areas please spare a bucket of water as a refreshment for our wild animals.

Thanks for your help everyone. Remember to say a prayer for our brave firefighters, people battling the fires in the frontline, families, koalas, kangaroos and the wildlife.

Much love from the land down under.

Kris and Aileen