A clinical advisor in the UAE, Dr. Angelo Nino Santos, fondly called ‘Doc Gelo’, did not only find love in medicine. Aside from having an extremely challenging and cerebral work at the NOW Health International, an international medical insurance company, he also found love in blogging and snapping travel photos.
As a clinical advisor, his job includes medical review and pre-authorization from outpatients treatment and diagnostics to inpatient medical and surgical admissions. He also coordinates with different medical providers across Europe, Middle East and Africa region, and sometimes in Asia, Australia, and the Pacific, South and North America as well.
He arrived in Dubai in 2014 with a goal to earn a better and lucrative salary and enjoy numerous benefits that he believes he will never receive in the Philippines. “Secondly, to enjoy countless opportunities such as traveling to destinations that were only in my bucket list years ago, and to appreciate different cultures and expose my palates to various cuisines have been all parts of the rewards of working in a foreign land,” he added.
A licensed general physician in the Philippines, Santos is an experienced medical educator for 10 years in both the Philippines and in Malaysia, and a clinical advisor and insurance specialist in the UAE for six years now.
“I reckon being a part of the academic lives and successes of my former Filipino nursing students in the Philippines and in Malaysia as my greatest career achievement,” he said.
Travel blogging, photography
Santos, even before working abroad, has already been traveling to various countries. To date, he has been to 54 countries on five continents and has been travel blogging at Beyond Toxicity at www.docgelo.com for 13 years now.
With zero knowledge about photography, and equipped only with a small mirrorless camera, his travel photos have been featured and published on print in various magazines, including the Suitcase Magazine in London, and Illustrado Magazine in Dubai. “I find an unexplainable euphoria when I take photos of rooftops, skyline, and horizon from a great vantage point, from church towers, and rooftop bars,” he said.
Santos has self-published his books three times already to showcase his travel photos in different media. His first travel photobook #TravelMemories was published and copyrighted in the USA, the second book People, Places, and Memories was published in Singapore. His most recent hardbound travel coffee table book Departures that highlights travel photos from the first 50 countries he has been to was published and distributed by Central Books in the Philippines.
Dubai as a second home
“Dubai has been my second home for six years now and staying with the same company for the same number of years means I love what I am doing, and I care about my job. Working in Dubai enables me to provide for myself here, and to support financially my parents and a brother back home,” he added.
With the pandemic that affected millions of people, Santos said it taught him to live for the day and never worry for the future.
“Honestly I don’t have concrete plans yet on when I will leave UAE, or where would I go after. I’ll cross the bridge when I get there. Perhaps, I will transfer to another country where a permanent visa is possible to be granted for migrant workers,” he said.
Santos lives for the following pointers in life:
- Work and save, but never forget to enjoy your weekend or days off, and annual leave. We owe ourselves a pat on the back and a treat.
- Happiness is an inside job. Always try to be happy or find joy even amidst challenges and struggles.
- Keep the faith stronger and hopes burning inside us.
- Always be positive and think of ways and means to better our lives.
- Never settle for mediocrity and
- Always be proud of being a Filipino!
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