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My New Toy


Finally got time to really cross one item out of my bucket list.

I’ve been thinking about getting a bike of my own since med school, initially out of KATAMARAN of walking everyday from FAURA to PEDRO GIL to get to class. (HAHAHA). Then the boards came, then first year surgery…the idea was eventually pushed back to the recesses of my brain.

Not until my co-resident Marc bought his own MTB last month that my lost feelings for biking resurfaced. Biking played a huge part in my childhood. I remember bringing our bikes to Himlayang Pilipino riding circles around the nitsos and lapidas.

How I wish I could re-live those moments.

Then TODAY came, when I had my day-off, with NOTHING to do. I was supposed to come home but I remembered that my WHOLE family was at Baler leaving me stuck in Manila. And being the impulsive buyer that I am, I bought a folding bike today, and all the other accessories I needed (helmet, gloves, lock), which of course took a huge chunk off my savings. Haha.

Anyway, kailangan lang SULITIN to, sayang naman. But I’m sure, basing from my first run this afternoon, IT FELT GREAT. 🙂


All In a Month

Exactly 1 month ago, I learned about one of the happiest, most thrilling, and most fulfilling news in my life: I passed the medical board exams! I’ve been writing in this blog some of my ups and downs while reviewing for the boards in hopes of laughing all about it once I learned that I eventually passed. After nearly banging your head on the wall, and crying your heart out while hearing mass EVERY SUNDAY, or even hearing mass on NON-SUNDAYS, you then hear yourself say, “It’s not so bad after all.” Seems to me that all the hard work in (trying) studying every single second from June to August, and near-crazy moments then have all been reduced now to small absurd memories.

It’s funny, and sad at the same time, how badly I wanted to treasure those feelings of self doubt and trepidation while reviewing so that I’d be able to appreciate my dream of passing better, and then, as soon as I learned about the results, to totally forget all the hardwork I’ve put myself through.

Well, maybe its just me and my forever trouble with memory (the reason why I take lots of pictures and write in this blog). Or perhaps its just a phase. I’m still in cloud nine, even after a months time. Still too ecstatic to look back and remember the nullest of the null times, and too delirious to accept the future. I feel like I’ve been in a whirlwind of events, and trying my hardest to grow and mature. And sooner than I think, I’ll be yet again earth-rocketing myself back to ground and start anew. Passing the boards was never the end. As cliche as it may sound, it was just the beginning of a new chapter.

But before I delve unto THIS NEXT CHAPTER, let me first rundown on what I’ve been up to (no good, surely, haha) for the past month.


As soon as the boards ended, the partying started. Five straight days of partying with friends, classmates, brods and sisses! Siympre palaging kaladkarin, or, taga-kaladkad, kaya laging nakakainom. Haha.

Day 1 (Sunday) – Koi Bar (wherelse!!) with Bigaten Substance Abuse Group (BSAG)
Day 2 (Monday) – Koi Bar (no kidding?!) with BSAG (again!)
Day 3 (Tuesday) – Central (wow, change of venue!) drank the BadTrip pitcher, kasi badtrip kami nito, after hearing about the EFFIN’ FALSE ALARM. Hay nako.
Day 4 (Wednesday) – Guess where? Koi Bar! This was the night the results came out! with brods and sisses on the 2nd floor and BSAG sa labas
Day 5 (Thursday) – I forget. Hehe. But I think this is at Koi with brods. haha
Day 6 – And on the 6th Day, I rested, went home at QC and slept. The party animal needs some shut eye afterall.
Day 7 (Saturday) – another party, this time birthday & celebration party by Miya @ Limbo Bar, Fort

Miya's Party @ Limbo


So what was I doing just before the results came out? I spent the whole afternoon with the Disc Doctors, our class’ Ultimate Frisbee Team, who gets to play only by the command of our punong matres Sonny. Haha. 🙂 We knew that the results would come out anytime that evening, so we hurriedly ate dinner together at Shakey’s Katipunan for us to get home in time for THE RESULTS. Well, we didn’t expect that the results would come out THAT EARLY!!! Binky called Myx at around 6:50 PM telling him that the results were out and that he passed! Myx then asked Binky to check our names too as everyone were all frantically screaming-crying-texting anyone we knew who could also check. I, on the other hand, had my Macbook ready, connected it to the net…and *tried* to check. Myx called out each of us in alphabetical order…then I heard it: “Ge! PASOK KA!!!” as if I won in a noon-time game show. I felt numbness…then hot flushes…then PURE ECSTASY. I never felt that kind of happiness and relief ever in my life! All I can muster to tell myself was: Thank you Lord.  Myx then proceeded the “roll call” and as they say…the rest was history.

Sonny & Alric battling it out on the field!

Never have I imagined that I’d be spending that evening with the rest of my classmates. Since the board review started, everyone were already thinking where would they spend THE NIGHT. Some would opt to just be by themselves, turn off their phones, and just wait the next morning for the barrage of Congratulations! and You made it! Some saw their night as spending it with family. The most excited ones would like to do a vigil and wait for the list to come out on the net. Well, I initially saw that night to be spent at my home in QC, asking my sister to check it for me…if I got in, then we’ll all be happy at home! If I didn’t then at least I’d be safe from all the judgement, since I’m with my family. Who knew that Shakey’s Katipunan would be forever etched in the hearts of the 13 of us who found out that we passed the single most important exam in our medical career! Thank you to the Mojos & Dip, and the Chicken and Pizza. And also, thank you to the Top 5  JP Esteban for the gracious treat!!! It was a major major celebration for you! 😀

The 13 Disc Doctors who wrote history at Shakeys Katipunan


Celebratory Cake from Chocolate Kiss! Yum!

Earlier that afternoon, Ate Mimi asked me to buy her Dayap Cake from Chocolate Kiss. Little did I know that she wanted me to buy the cake so that when I came home, they’d be the one to surprise me with the news. It was sort of anti-climactic since my mom apparently already knew that I passed earlier that afternoon and she already told everyone at the house. Well, since it was time for a big big celebration, I still went to Chocolate Kiss to buy us some cake! Dayap was not available, but hey, my favorite Devil’s Food Cake was, so…I was extremely happy!


We partied our hearts out that night at Koi. It was really time for celebration! All the hard work paid off, and now we really get to call ourselves doctors in the truest sense. The lawyers must have it worse, the waiting takes 6 months before the results come out. At least sa amin 3 days lang. Hehe.

The next morning, Jae and the rest of Medchoir 2010 went to Tagaytay to devour the lunch buffet at Sonya’s Garden. It was Jae’s birthday treat for us, and also our reunion with one of our most missed medchoir ate, Ate Joy! It was a great afternoon filled with fun, pictures, and food. A great way to spend the first day after the board results!

Oh Hey You. - Dada & Ate Joy enjoying posing for my camera.
The birthday celebrant Jae and the girls of Medchoir 2010
Ate Joy missed posing for the camera, bawal kasi sa kanila!
Trinia: One of my favorite models/talents/guinea pigs!

Trinia, my forever blockmate since 1st year med, is always ready for the camera. Kahit anong pose ipagawa ko, she’ll gladly do it. Haha. I am actually her talent manager, so if you want to book her for your weddings/photoshoots, just give me a call and we’ll talk. Hahaha.


Sorry, this is just about it for now. I had to make this two-part since I have to sleep early because pre-residency will start at 8AM today, September 19. Probably wouldn’t get to update until pre-residency is over next month. Hehe. So again, good bye for now!

Ge & Maan’s Party: MD Edition

Ge & Maan's Party: M.D. Edition Poster
Post-Boards High w/ Cupcakes!

Last Sunday, Maan & I had a joint thanksgiving party for family, friends & classmates to extend our gratitude to all those who made our becoming full-fledged doctors possible, and of course to celebrate our passing the medical boards! Booyeah! =) A great night of fun, drinks, and cupcakes!

Photo galleries of the event here & here. 🙂

Open House 2010

Just came from the MedChoir Open House this evening. About four hours off-reading/studying well spent! Hehe. Masayang makakanta uli, at makakita ng mga kaibigan, batchmates at bagong mga mukha sa choir! Hehe. 🙂

Tanders & Kids!
Basses!!! Yeah!

At siyempre, masarap na pagkain!

The Food!

Oh yes. Kahit na nag-aaral para sa boards (at punung-puno na ng backlogs), pumunta pa rin kami ng batchmates ko, haha. Adik. Bakit? Probably Kuya Mark S. said it best kanina while talking about why tanders keep on coming back:

“Probably because MedChoir changed us, and we helped change MedChoir.”

The Boardtakers with our review books!

Thank you medchoir for the past 5 years full of experiences (local or abroad!!), triumphs (and defeats! haha), fun, fotos, food and family! =) To more years of singing with you! Don’t worry, ang tanders ay parang athlete’s foot…we’ll keep coming back. 🙂

More pictures here.

This Is It

UPCM 2010 Grad Ball
This Is It: The 2010 Graduation Ball @ Hyatt Manila
Taken during our class’ graduation ball last May 20 by Dr. Gelo Manalang. I stitched the photo and edited it a bit. We can do this 2010! Let’s go for 100%!

Support the UP MedRhythmics! EUPHORIA: Medgroove and Medirhythmia 2008 on Jan 19, 5PM, UST Med Audi!

The Association of Philippine Medical Colleges – Student Network (APMC-SN) again invites us to watch and cheer for medical students battling it out on stage! Feel the euphoric atmosphere at this year’s Medgroove and Medirhythmia entitled EUPHORIA: Feel the Rush! on January 19, Saturday, 5PM at the UST Medicine Auditorium, 4/F UST-FMS.

Participating medical schools are:

Medirhythmia Chorale Competition:
1. Ateneo School of Medicien and Public Health (ASMPH Choir)
2. Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (Heralds)
3. Univesity of Santo Tomas (UST Medicine Glee Club)
4. De La Salle – HSI (Saringhimig)

Medgroove Dance Competition:
1. PLM (Medthrob)
2. University of the East – RM (Chickadees)
3. University of the Philippines (UP MedRhythmics)
4. UST (Terpsichorean Circle)
5. Far Eastern University (FEU Dance Group)

Let’s support the UP MedRhythmics, champions of MedGroove 2006, as they re-enter the competition this year!

Tickets are @ Php 50 each! You may contact Gerald of 2010 (09178102321), Tina of 2011 (09063145452) or Gian of 2011 (09227320122) for the tickets!

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