After Medical School

To medical students: Ever wonder what lies beyond weekly exams? This is for the uninformed us. The naked reality of what lies beyond class. 

Why We Do What We Do: Medicine Board Operations

Practicing a new tradition, medicine board ops, is synonymous to breaking the culture of hierarchy in the medical field. I don’t exactly know how it started. But one thing I know, the practice is bringing everyone together. Though we may have individual differences we have one common selfless desire – to serve. There’s not much…

We Should Be Like Dobby, The Free Elf

“That means you must not give sin a vote in the way you conduct your lives. Don’t give it the time of day. Don’t even run little errands that are connected with that old way of life. Throw yourselves wholeheartedly and full-time—remember, you’ve been raised from the dead!—into God’s way of doing things. Sin can’t…

“Ni Hao! Welcome home, darling” – Taipei

TAIPEI. I never really dreamed of visiting this relatively unpopular Asian City. But I am somehow thankful for my impulsivity in buying ticket sales that I discovered myself speechless from the quiet beauty of this humble country. Unlike the more popular destinations, I have little knowledge of what to expect from this travel. I was…

Kita Kita and Finally Found Someone 

My take on Kita Kita and Finally Found Someone as a casual movie goer: Kita Kita is good. Its amusing and refreshing. The acting is natural. But at some point i have to disagree with some of its exceptionally high praises. Because I was confused with the label of their relationship. At the end, techinically…

13 Reasons Why (You Should Take Up Medicine)

I believe I have read enough posts doing social media rounds highlighting the difficulties of medical school and training coming up with the conclusion that you shouldn’t repeat the mistake we had of choosing this career. More than enough has been said on that. So this time let me tell you differently. Let me share…

Lessons Learned, Daddy Version

My relationship with daddy is relatively unique. Even when miles apart most times of the year, we maintain a good communication. Actually good is an understatement. I constantly tell him everything. With my dad, i can be a 5 year old pabebe Geng or a 15 year old clueless and vulnerable Gel or a 25…

15 Medical School “Thrive-vival” Tips

First we lay down the difference between survive and thrive. To survive is to continue to live or simply exist on the other hand to thrive is to prosper or flourish. Of course, we wouldn’t want to just simply exist, we want to bloom wherever we are planted. Prepare It’s going to be tough. Prepare…

Lessons from Mommy

The best way to teach is to show how it is done. And my mom is one of my 2 all time favorite mentors.  From her I learned to partake in the joy of others. One of the earliest memories I had of my mom is I think when I was about 3 or 4…

South Korea in 7 Days: Tips and Tours

The highlight of Korean Tourism is Hallyu (it is a term first coined by the Chinese press in 1990s to describe the growing popularity of South Korean Culture). Most tourist spots have “kdrama significance”. Even locals engage in conversations asking if you like Kpop. They are aware that most tourists visit their country because of…

Don’t Best Friend Me

Familiar with the heartbreaking valentine commercial Jollibee gave us? We all hurt for the best friend who lovingly and willingly watched at the sidelines. Let us look at the real culprit for this story that back stabbed our emotions. When most of my guy friends call they’d start “Dude!” and I’d say “Yes bro?” They’d…

A Lesson from The PLE

Dear Medical Students, You may be gearing right now for the most feared “death march”. Probably, it hasn’t even started yet but you can’t wait for it to be over. I know. Been there done that. It was so draining and stressful that after 1st year death March (2012) I cut my near-waist length hair…