Thursday, March 5, 2009

About Me

Updated 30 November 2009.


1. I'm a born again, evangelical Christian. I believe that man is a sinner, and that Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation. I believe in the inerrancy, sufficiency, and supremacy of Scripture in all matters pertaining to faith, life, and holiness.

2. Before I took up Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, I was an English major. Call it a leap into the void, but I'm glad it turned out for the better. Now I'm now a first-year medical student at the UP College of Medicine where I study a moldy, obese cadaver I lovingly call Big Bertha.

3. I was born and raised in Koronadal City, South Cotabato, where the stars shine more brightly.

4. Once in high school, I traveled from South Cotabato to Baguio. Alone.

5. I grab every opportunity of talking to wise, old, godly people. I often wish I were older. Then, I'd make wiser decisions, formulate sounder judgments, and give better advice.

6. I have two other brothers; I'm the second-born. Ralph (whom I call Manong, the Tagalog equivalent of the less personal "kuya") is a law student. Our youngest, Sean, is taking up dentistry. We have the same nose shape—although mine is arguably wider.

7. I can't study with music in the background, save for a few songs on my playlist. My favorite songs include In Christ Alone (Travis Cottrell), O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go, Before The Throne Of God Above, and Great Is Thy Faithfulness—mostly old hymns that capture timeless truths about and unwavering devotion to the Lord. I'd love to have these sung in my funeral.

8. Julio at Julia (Kambal ng Tadhana) is—and always will be—my favorite cartoon show. I can even sing the opening song.

9. I have a knack for languages. But ask me point-blank what 36 minus 12 is, and it may take me a while before I give a decent answer. Which is not to say I hate math: I love calculus, not arithmetic.

10. I walk. Really fast.

11. I read a lot. If I don't like the book—or if it's hard reading for me—I'd start with a new one. But I always finish what I started. To have truly read a book is to have read it from cover to cover.

12. It takes a while before I'd get mad, and when I do, it takes a really short time for the anger to simmer.

13. Looks can be deceiving because, although I look emaciated, I devour at least two cups of rice in one sitting. Food has never tasted this good.

14. Contrary to popular belief, I wasn't a sweet child. I was a bully. I kicked my cousin while we were climbing the slide. She got convulsions thereafter. I got away with what I did because I was able to convince her that it was her fault, not mine.

15. In class, I talk to my seatmate to keep myself awake.

16. I like photography, writing, and looking for and at interesting websites.

17. It unnerves me to hear a dangling question left unanswered in thin air.

18. People think I look like my father, my mother, my brothers, Boy Abunda, and Mahatma Gandhi.

19. I'm amazed at how the brain works. It's a wonderful area of research. I used to work on neural cell cultures where I grew brain cells on plastic plates. I killed a lot of mice in the process.

20. My vocabulary expands when I'm nervous. If I start using big words, it's a sign that I'm grappling for right words to say. Or, I may not be sure of what I'm talking about.

21. I take criticism—no matter how small—to heart, and I'm thankful for the people who sincerely offer them, even during times when they're uncalled for.

22. My favorite passage is Galatians 2:20: “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. And the life I live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”

23. For me, prolonged idleness is harder to bear than a jampacked schedule.

24. I use Linux Ubuntu which is, by far, a gazillion times better than Windows. No viruses and absolutely free.

25. The fear of the Lord and humility are two characteristics that I admire and draw me most to a person. I pray that God grant me more of these, too.