Monday, May 30, 2016

Nanay and Tatay, at 32

MY parents celebrate their 32nd year of marriage today. I can’t imagine growing up without them. I haven’t seen two people more in love.
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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Hello from the other side

AS ONE of the resident monitors for Learning Unit V (also known as med school's Third Year), I had the job of helping to oversee the OSCE—a battery of exams composed of eight or ten stations where students are expected to do physical exams for various organ systems, write clinical impressions, and do so with the flair of having practiced the routines for ten years. Each station was manned by a different department; Internal Medicine had two stations, which I took part in.
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Friday, May 27, 2016

Subic na Subic lumayo

IT WAS as if nobody cared. Nobody—except for a few people who had the patience to read the intermittent barrage of group SMS's—really knew where we were going. "Sa Batangas?"

"Hindi, sa Subic daw."

"Akala ko sa Bohol."

The date was sealed nevertheless—we were going out of town, somewhere far from the city, with the hope of being able to catch up on sleep as well as with each other. As if, given the daily hilarious lunchtime conversations we have at the callroom, we needed catching up at all.

But sleep we did. Inside the coaster, driven by an old, gracious man who was too careful that we should not figure into any accident, we were lulled to sleep. What were we dreaming of? Definitely not the last minute SAPOD referral for a fake emergency case, or the mechanically ventilated patient at the ICU whose diagnosis we weren't too sure of. Maybe we were thinking of the beach and the sand and what awaited us after the road trip.

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Election Day

Maong reads Tolstoy on a weekend. His Kindle looks used.  I like it.

THE COUNTRY celebrates democracy today as she elects a new president. The streets are clear of traffic. The malls are devoid of people. The coffee shop where I'm at resembles a library in its silence. I like it. I just want to lounge around and read a good book—but I have reports to finish and materials to study.


Nanay at 60


We are our mother’s sons, says Manong Ralph, after reviewing a short video I took using my phone, our mother being the subject. We have the same expressions—how we wrinkle our eyes to prove a point, or how we moan “uhuh” when we agree with the other person but not a hundred percent, or how we hunch our backs after narrating a story. This is how we torment her: by making her uncomfortable with the virtual reality of her existence; by making her hear herself and the high-pitched tone of her voice; and by warning her that the said video will be posted on this blog—a website her friends from all over the world apparently visit, or so they had confessed during their high school reunion last year.
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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Welcome to the UP College of Medicine, Class 2021!

Congrats, UPCM accepted applicants
Book at a hipster bookstore in Tiong Baru, Singapore. 

CONGRATULATIONS to the accepted applicants for the University of the Philippines College of Medicine Academic Year 2016-2017! You can see the list here.

What I wrote for the incoming freshmen probably still rings true today.