Friday, July 23, 2010

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Don't we just live busy lives?

The past few days have been extraordinarily hectic, so let me bore you with details on how my week has gone.

Research Contest
On top of two exams, I had the privilege of representing my group in the RIDO Research Competition last Tuesday. Our study, Molecular Studies on A(H1N1): In Silico Analysis of Spatial-Temporal Evolution and Oseltamivir Resistance, and In Vitro Multiplex PCR Assay Development, placed third. It was an undeserved achievement, really, and I'm overwhelmed at yet another chance given to our group to share what we've discovered. Like I said, it wasn't an occasion for pride but a celebration of God's grace to our team.

Until now I can't get over at my classmates' show of support, having prayed for and encouraged me throughout the preparation period. I'm also indebted to Dr. Frank Heralde, our adviser, for the valuable insights on going about my talk. I also didn't expect Dr. Belen Dofitas, our group mentor, to show up! During the awarding, she looked so proud of us, and as our prize, she promised to treat us to a massage/spa session. Sadly our schedules didn't permit us to go, but there will always be a next time.

End Times
On Wednesday, we in Agape Christian Medical Fellowship started with the End Times Series, a six-week long study on Biblical prophecies about the end of the world. It was a blessing to see some classmates attend despite the looming exams. We were all encouraged with God's Word. If you study in the University of the Philippines Manila, do join us. We meet at Paz Mendoza Building, first floor, at the College of Medicine at 5:30 pm on Wednesdays.

My affair with coffee
Because I was feeling drowsy yesterday afternoon—and if you've been a student once in your life, you should know that sleep is never compatible with cramming—I had to resort to drug-induced alertness. The last time I sipped coffee was more than a year ago. Anyway, I bought an ice cold Nescafe coffee in can, gulped it as I walked home, and anticipated throbbing palpitations which thankfully never came. That kept me on my toes for at least five hours. The effect subsided eventually, and that gave me at least three hours of shut-eye. I had to drink another can at 3 am. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.

And as I write this, having just eaten chocolate parfait in Chocolate Spoon with friends to celebrate the end of a tough week, I'm feeling it all coming back to me now: the sleepiness and stress, and the life-lessons and laughter that have come by the side.

6 comments:

  1. Sometimes I wish I could be so busy; to live such a busy life that I don't have time t think before I go to sleep at night.

    But I guess it would be better if I could have a chocolate parfait after each tough week. There is a lot to be grateful for.

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  2. Congrats to RG03! :) I doubt the win was undeserved. :)

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  3. dyan naman nagiging masarap ang rest... pag pagod na pagod ka pero alam mong sa kabila ng lahat productive ka at may pinatutunguhan ang ginagawa mo ;)

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  4. Glenda: it's funny how sometimes we wish we had nothing to do because we have loads to do (like when there's school), or that we wish for the opposite thing because we've been bumming around (like during summer).

    Laureen: thank you!

    Jay: Totoo. Basta nakikita mo 'yung purpose, gaganahan ka.

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  5. congrats with the win! :) super deserved lance.

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