August 22, 2014


I always thought college was when you get your shit together but really all your shit hits the fan and you find yourself alone with a pizza at 3 am wishing there was an instruction manual for life

"…wishing there was an instruction manual for life."
Spot on.

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August 22, 2014

These are some of the photos I took during our trip to Ilocos last summer. I was on full introvert mode then, and I discovered that this place up north is perfect for people like me— just not in the summer.
I have to visit this place during the Christmas season.

August 16, 2014

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June 29, 2014

Tell your parents/ grandparents or anyone you know who wears dentures to please, please remove them before sleeping.

I present to you one of our ENT cases where we had to remove the denture from an elderly man’s trachea (airway!!!). He said he had the denture for more than 20 years. It just so happened that one night, he forgot to take it off before sleeping. The metal hook (if you look closely at the xray, you’ll notice it) snapped, and he swallowed it!

Now, there can be two paths for the swallowed denture. It could go straight to the esophagus, or to the airway. And you guys know how fatal it could possibly be for this patient’s case.

It was amazing that it did not cause him to choke to death. Heck, he was even able to chatter away prior to induction. But still, something worse could have occured.

This sort of thing actually happens! We’ve had cases of toddlers/ children who swallow coins.

Cases like these are totally preventable. So, let’s not let it happen to any of our loved ones.

April 29, 2014

Jenny Han, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Jenny Han, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

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April 26, 2014
"People do not seem to realise that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character."

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson (via psych-facts)

April 26, 2014
You are my next stop.

You are my next stop.

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April 25, 2014
I recognized my second year in PGH by visiting Booksale. As luck would have it, I finally found a copy of The Secret Garden! The best part of it is that it was only P20. Yay! :)

I recognized my second year in PGH by visiting Booksale. As luck would have it, I finally found a copy of The Secret Garden! The best part of it is that it was only P20. Yay! :)

April 25, 2014

I’m damaged in a way that no one will ever fully comprehend. It amazes me how I still manage to get through a day. Most of the time, it’s because I am surrounded by people who try to understand even a small portion of who I am. For that, I am eternally grateful.

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April 19, 2014

So, I assisted this consultant surgeon one time. I’ve actually assisted him twice before, but he didn’t remember me. Nevertheless, he asked for my name and a little about my background.

Some surgeons are like that. They control the conversation, they put everyone at ease while he’s drilling a hole on the patient’s head.

The one thing I like about this particular surgeon is that he has a wealth of information regarding music. Well, at least about the bands he likes. Beach Boys was the background music that time (deliberately played because we knew he’d love it, and because he’s kind of a music snob to today’s music), so he kept on talking about them. How the band fared during his time, how they were compared to the Beatles, etc.

That went on for a while as I handed him the needed instruments. Then he turned his attention to me.

"What kind of band do you like, Ms. Marikina?"
He asked where I came from prior to the start of the surgery.

Then everyone’s attention was on me— residents’ and anesthesiologists’.

"Uhm… Eraserheads." I said that with a bit of hesitation, knowing he’d scoff at it.

And scoff he did. “What? Eraserheads? Sounds baduy to me.”

I gave a small laugh. I mean, I really don’t want to argue with someone who hasn’t experienced the Eheads’ music.

"Well, have you even heard about the Carpenters?"

"Well, Sir, I know them, but I haven’t really listened to their music because I was born in 1990."

That did it. Everyone in the OR laughed. The consultant seemed a bit embarrassed and surprised that someone as young as I am is already a professional.

"Why, I was already a resident when you were born!"

Yep, I thought, it makes you feel old, doesn’t it?

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