Showing posts from 2014

My Reading Year 2014


About to begin

Lila by Marilynne Robinson: a story of grace

Soaring like the eagle in the light of the eternal sun

Karl Ove Knausgaard on brothers

Laughing at politics

To be the best for my patients


My NBI Clearance experience

Roddy Doyle's The Commitments: listening to the soul of Dublin

The second paid job of my life

The first paid job of my life

Reciting the Hippocratic Oath

In which I list the books I've read, lest I forget them

Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping: suicide, adolescence, being different, losing someone

On "An Auto-Corrected Journal of Printing Properties: Selected Texts On A Contemporary, Art, and The So-called Elsewhere-Anywhere"

Chronicles of my passing (the Boards)




The Library

Surprised by life


Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies: stories that resonate with me

Prayer warriors and battling sleep

A lamentation

Mabini's 105th birthday is today

David Robertson's The Dawkins Letters: Challenging Atheist Myths

I like this pen

To help me relax

What to read in prison: James Joyce's Ulysses and 1,045 more

Chef, the fun movie I watched with an actual pastry chef-friend


On Nora Aunor and the National Artist distinction

My study companion is a kid named Theo

Old men around

La vie en rose



A. W. Tozer's The Pursuit of God: debunking the secular-sacred dichotomy

Like Daniel

Tatay's farm

Day trip to Dinalupihan, Bataan

Dune by Frank Herbert: my favorite fantasy/sci-fi thus far

Isang Lagda: Response From The Graduates

Tips for the young student

Congratulations, Dr. Sean!


Haruki Murakami's After Dark: surprised that Eri Asai hasn't died from pulmonary embolism

Sunday morning ritual

The End has come

The fake graduation that felt real and fun

Three hours before I "graduate"

Remembering Gabriel Garcia Marquez, for nobody else in the world could write like him

Sigizmund Krzhizhanokvsky's The Letter Killers Club: so meta!

A special place

Countdown: days 28 to 19

Hipster, academic, hobo

The Countdown (29 days left): Summary Rounds, and remembering my first surgery

The Countdown To The End of Med School: A Prelude

Barrel Fever by David Sedaris: short book, explosive laughing spells about Santa, sympathy, and smoking

Edward St. Aubyn's Bad News: learning about heroin addiction

Ian McEwan's On Chesil Beach: stories that wound us

Round and round the bend

Send off

The Countdown

Kate Atkinson's Case Histories: rooting for a character


Jon Bloom's Not By Sight: powerful stories for the weary Christian

We go a long way

Comfort in conversations


Your face


A quiet habitation


Happy 58th birthday, Nay!

Jesus was a busy man—and He prayed a lot

Coffee, puto bumbong, and funny words

Alice Munro's Open Secrets: eight stories in Carstairs, Canada

Juan-Wei, the first wedding in my MBB block

John Piper's When the Darkness Will Not Lift: a wonderful encouragement for the depressed

Blue Jasmine: not your typical riches-to-rags story

In shirts, shorts, and slippers: our day trip to Tagaytay

Getting the hang of it


Albert Camus' The Plague: death is an omnipresent reality

My favorite twins

Juan Pablo Villalobos' Down the Rabbit Hole: in the eyes of a clueless child

Joseph O'Neill's Netherland: playing a game of cricket in New York

My first Christmas Eve in Manila