Sunday, January 22, 2006


for nearly three years i've been studying in the up-pgh complex. i've been doing wardwork for almost a year. i've been given numerous maps and tours around pgh. so why do i still get lost?

maybe it's the lousy architecture. maybe it's the identical corridors. all i know is that the moment i set foot on pgh, patients gravitate toward me for directions. (they have this notion that every person wearing a white uniform or colorful scrubs knows the location of every ward, department, comfort room and office.) as a responsible future doctor, i practice a very important value: honesty. i give a sheepish smile and tell them to ask someone else.

in fact, it's much easier to admit to the patient that i don't know where ward so-and-so is. what sucks is when i, myself, don't know where i'm going and have to ask for directions. the common response is a wry smile, a glance at my nameplate, then the directions i need.

it's funny how i'm able to stuff chapters and chapters of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and histology into my head and not remember where the sports science department of pgh is. it's funny how i've been to lots of ward and have forgotten how i got there from the main gate. it's funny how i'm a medical student and don't know my way around my training hospital.

oh, and after three years, i realized only a few days ago that all odd-numbered wards are on the first floor and even-numbered ones except are on the second. when i triumphantly mentioned this to my classmate, she told me ward 14 is on the first floor. i just nodded.

i have no idea where ward 14 is.

verse for the day:
"what do you think? if a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? and if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. in the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost." [matthew 18:12-14]

Sunday, January 08, 2006

movie review

i watched my favorite book today.the lion, the witch and the wardrobe just recently came out at our side of the world, and our entire narnia-crazy family trooped down to gateway about two hours early just to catch it.

the verdict?

crush ko si peter!

now that's done and over with... i liked it. i read a few reviews that said it sucked. i don't think it was that bad at all. maganda talaga yung graphics. balita ko kay mik, the same people made the visual effects for lord of the rings. no wonder it's good. aslan was huge and furry. he also has qui-gon's voice. ;) ang cute ng beavers! goodness, they're so big, fat and furry, and they talk!!! sayang hindi sila kumanta. jadis wasn't that scary. annoying, maybe. susan is still boring. tumalino nang konti, but still boring. edmund was... edmund. geez, i can't explain it. basta magaling yung kid who played him. lucy was adorable. there's this part that she blows a raspberry at edmund kasi inaasar siya. cute. and peter... well, yun na nga. :P

of course, the book is still better than the movie. pero considering na die-hard narnia fan ako (i read the whole series 10 times over and watched the pinoy musicale twice), i found the lion the witch and the wardrobe pretty good. definitely worth the wait.

so when's the sequel coming out? :)

verse for the day:
just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him. [hebrews 9:27-28]

Sunday, January 01, 2006

my crazy christmas break

what better way to tell a story than showing pics? :)

funny christmas faces in san luis

different people, same weird faces

models? nah... just the photogenic ladies of the ncuc choir

the highlight of our new year's eve party: opening the damn wine bottle for 30 minutes using 4 different tools (3 corkscrews and a vice grip) with 4 people tugging

greeting the new year with a toast

our dinner :D

right before duking it out in gitarooman

my vacation in a nutshell *bow*

verse for the day:
for I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." [jeremiah 29:11]