Monday, November 20, 2006

tinotopak ata ako

meaning... i have a case of temporary insanity. it's not bad, mind you. temporary insanity helped me finish a very long, boring and confusing microbiology paper in half a day. it also helped me breeze through an even more confusing paper on abdominal bleeding. we were required to answered two questions, but i did all four by mistake. i even had enough insanity left to read about constipation for a small-group discussion.

how strange. i'm actually doing lots of med stuff without complaining. am i *gasp* enjoying studying?!

i think i should have more bouts of temporary insanity.

verse for the day:
i can do everything through Him who gives me strength. [philippians 3:13]

Thursday, November 09, 2006


[noun] the study of parasites, their hosts and the relationship between them. that's how wikipedia defines it. parasitology also happens to be my mom's field of study. my mom is a lot of things. first of all, she's a mom. she's also a doctor, a researcher, a writer, and a teacher. and this afternoon, i became her student in our parasitology class.

it's a weird feeling. it's hard to listen to a lecture on protozoans when the lecturer just happens to be your mother. you can't look at her because your eyes might meet. you slump in your chair, praying that she won't call you to answer her mind-boggling question. you cringe when she introduces herself to your entire class as your mother. thank goodness her next lecture will be a year from now.

more on parasitology: we have an exam next week that is very similar to an egg hunt. we look for eggs, tell the consultants what kind of eggs we find, and get points if we get it right. the catch? we look for eggs in human feces. yuck. if you have no idea what "feces" means, i suggest you look it up. it is the most and only appropriate word i can think of. needless to say, i am NOT looking forward to this exam.

honestly, how one can love parasitology is beyond me.

verse for the day:
Jesus replied, "what is impossible with human beings is possible with God." [luke 18:27]

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

back to the grind

after three weeks of heaven, i wake up one morning and realize it's time to go back to manila, back to grumpy consultants, and back to disease and death.

the schedule for the present sem was given last week, but most of us did not bother to examine it until only this morning. the up college of medicine has never been known for going easy on its students. they gave us two-hour lectureS and preceptorials (meaning wards, demonstrations, return-demonstrations and discussions). with our minds still fuzzy from lack of use, we were force-fed with an endless sea of med-related information.

it is now november 7 - more than 24 hours after my vacation. it took me this long to realize that i had just said "goodbye" to my last semestral break.

i want to go home.

verse for the day:
but seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. each day has enough trouble of its own. [matthew 6:33-34]

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

konting panakot (konti lang)

uiiiiiii... new layout! tell me what you think, 'kay?

at the height of the downpour this evening in qc, my dad, mik and i were in the family room enjoying some quality time with the internet when suddenly... i heard three or four knocks coming from outside. we all heard them. even my mom, who was upstairs, heard them. i knew those knocks came from nearby because they were loud, clear knocks. i looked outside the window, but there was no one. our hyperactive dogs - impossible to keep quiet when anyone shows up at our house - weren't making a single sound. hmmmm...

could it be a ghost? do ghosts knock? don't their hands just go through solid walls? haha. i wish it was a ghost. then, i wouldn't have to worry about some stranger climbing our fence and knocking on our window.

anyway... to my lola, who's reading my blog from her computer in heaven: happy birthday!

verse for the day:
i remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. i well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. yet this i call to mind and therefore i have hope: because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. i say to myself, "the Lord is my portion; therefore i will wait for Him." [lamentations 3: 19-24]