Showing posts from June, 2019

Mother and daughter and Seoul

One thing I really enjoyed about Seoul is how the city welcomes children. It was reminiscent of Filipinos, who adore children! People smiled when they saw kids. They gave them candies and offered them treats. Consider this scene: as up-and-coming hotshot oncologist Karen cradled her daughter, the lady at a posh perfumery made both of them comfortable. The little Monay was amused.


Seoul was surprisingly enjoyable. It has a vibrant café culture, with coffee shops everywhere. The interiors look cozy, well-thought out, with electric sockets and high speed internet. My friends and I determined to come back to finish writing our research proposals or do some studying. As if we have all the money in the world! There was the daily dose of Korean barbecue. This caricature of superheroes was pattern after the store owner's face. I found it quite enjoyable to see kids having their time! It reminded me of when I was a kid once. Now that we're on the subject of kids, I got to hang out with the adorable Alessa—who'll always be Monay to her Uncle Lance. She's the daughter of Karen and Sir Alric. She burst into a song about ducks, for instance, when she saw a stream. I saw great typography, too, if you're into that kind of thing. Good thing I was able to squeeze in a few days of sight-seeing. I'll be posting some more in the next fe

Onco 2020.

via Instagram From left: Roger, Karen, Rich, Fred, and myself. Sometime soon, I'm going to write about our trip to Seoul. It was my first time to be there. We presented our research studies at the International Cancer Conference and the joint meeting with the Korean Cancer Association. I love this photo of us in Changgyeonggung Palace, minutes away from the walking tour of The Secret Garden, which would leave us exhausted in the end. This is how we look like when we take bites of donuts or pizza in between patients at the Cancer Clinic. I'm glad I got to travel with my friends. Praise God for this opportunity.

A signed copy of Cancerland

via Instagram Signed by the author, Dr. Scadden himself. Many thanks to Fred Ting for this gift! Fred represented the country as an IDEA scholar at the recently concluded American Society of Clinical Oncology conference. We are so very proud of him!

From the actual physical exam form for PGH employment

Chicken fox.

Exciting week ahead

I've just had my first cup of coffee. I woke up at 3 am today, a very early start to what I expect will be a long day.  In the darkness of early morning, with sleep already eluding me, I headed downstairs to do some academic reading. Monoclonal antibodies, targeted therapies, gene sequencing—these were theoretical things we used to dream about but are now, in a sense, standards of care for the treatment of many cancers.  I wish you an exciting week ahead. I've missed writing in this little private space.

People from poor countries can call their country "poor" and not be punished for it

via Instagram I don’t remember what RT means exactly, but former Oncology chief fellow @paulovergara wrote this, using my fountain pen, in my pocket notebook in our trip to the Chinese University Hong Kong for the master class in sarcoma (soft tissue tumors). Now, he’s an avid fountain user, a fan of the Pilot Vanishing Point series. Onward, Papau!

Sunday morning

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