Wednesday, June 28, 2006


I am so


My new friends are so


I start my day

in the afternoon.

The hospital ward

is full of people

in pain,

in sad conditions.

When my day


I leave the hospital

and night has fallen.

The streets are empty.

I feel so


My heart is sad

without her.

Almost a month has passed

since we were together

but it seemed like

such a long time.

My heart is empty

without her.

I miss our days


Monday, June 26, 2006

Day one

I feel so tired. I just came from our duty in the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC). We had the 2-11 shift. Grabe ka daghan tawo ganiha, especially pag-gabii na... I wonder how the patients there are able to have sufficient rest with all those distractions...

My new batch mates are quite okay. Wala jud koy kauban sa ako group karun nga classmate nako last semester. But they're all okay. Medyo we are the silent and the behaved type. My batch mates last summer and the ones in the second semester, they were quite extroverted. My batch mates today are more introverted, pareha nako... hehe.

We will be having our duty for one whole week. That means 5 days straight, plus one day for case conference. That is the new set up for the third year level. One week duty, one week lecture. Stressful kaayo. Pero I think this will be good for us, kay mas-sustained amo experience and learning. Before, during the second semester and the summer term, we only had 1 duty per week, so dili jud continuous ang process sa learning.

A few thoughts lang regarding the ward duty:

Why do staff nurses have to talk so fast and so inaudibly when they make their endorsements? Isn't the purpose of an endorsement the communication of the patients' progress report to the nurses on the next shift? It defeats the purpose altogether if it's as if they're talking only to themselves. Are they doing it for the mere sake of having the endorsement?

And while we are on the topic of proper communication, why do most, if not all, doctors' and nurses' penmanships so annoyingly incomprehensible? What's the use of writing down your notes if other people wouldn't even be able to understand it? I thought importante jud nga maayo ang communication between the members of the health care team. I think these doctors and nurses need to take a refresher course in basic writing. I mean, mura jud og kinder 1 section 10 sila musuwat... :(

Saturday, June 24, 2006

The challenge for Christians

"Settle for nothing less than moral and spiritual greatness."

-- Karol Wojtila

San Juan

I didn't know it was St. John the Baptist's day today until my father told me so earlier this morning. We saw young people throwing water packed in plastic cellophanes at passing buses in the streets near where we live. The poor passengers closed the windows but by then they were soaking wet.

I never experienced that tradition of San Juan in my life. I realized that this thing is true not just for me but for most Filipinos, and particularly Cebuanos -- the fact that we are removed from our local religious tradition.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Today is the feast of the Sacread Heart of Jesus

Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, to Thee I consecrate and offer up my person and my life, my actions, trials, and sufferings, that my entire being may henceforth only be employed in loving, honoring and glorifying Thee. This is my irrevocable will, to belong entirely to Thee, and to do all for Thy love, renouncing with my whole heart all that can displease Thee.

I take Thee, O Sacred Heart, for the sole object of my love, the protection of my life, the pledge of my salvation, the remedy of my frailty and inconstancy, the reparation for all the defects of my life, and my secure refuge at the hour of my death. Be Thou, O Most Merciful Heart, my justification before God Thy Father, and screen me from His anger which I have so justly merited. I fear all from my own weakness and malice, but placing my entire confidence in Thee, O Heart of Love, I hope all from Thine infinite Goodness. Annihilate in me all that can displease or resist Thee. Imprint Thy pure love so deeply in my heart that I may never forget Thee or be separated from Thee.

I beseech Thee, through Thine infinite Goodness, grant that my name be engraved upon Thy Heart, for in this I place all my happiness and all my glory, to live and to die as one of Thy devoted servants.


-- St. Margaret Mary Alacoque,
from the book
Devotion To The Sacred Heart
by Fr. John Croiset, S.J

(Via EWTN)

Dead butterfly

I found this butterfly outide our house last week...

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Me, nominated?

For a blog award? Lol... Very flattering... Thanks, anyway, Talksmart. I looked at the other nominees there and all of them are more deserving than me. :)

Maternal and child health

I bought my Maternal and Child Health Nursing textbook by Pillitteri tonight. It's a two-volume book. Looks pretty intimidating... hehehe. Nakulbaan nako, especially when I remember Pangga's cousin in Davao who was reviewing for the local board. He was having difficulty with Maternal and Child Health nursing -- he gave me the impression that the subject is very difficult; guys cannot really relate well with what a woman experiences during and after pregnancy... :)

I looked at my book tonight and it just hit me... I'm gonna be a father eventually, so maternal and child health is actually very relevant for me and will actually be very useful... :)

We will probably have a quiz tomorrow. I haven't read the book yet. I spent my entire day in a Single's For Christ seminar. It was worth it, though.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Back from Davao

Finally, maka-post nako. I've been a bit busy this week kay nag-prepare mi para sa badging and capping. The ceremony took place yesterday.

I arrived last Sunday and I really enjoyed my time in Davao. It's so good to see my labidab again. I missed her a lot.

Here are some pictures:

My labidab and her best friend Henri.

A view from Henri's backyard.

This is Pangga's family's adorable little poodle, Donnie.

View from inside an eatery in Davao City. Across the street is Limso Medical Center.

Another view.

Taken from the skywalk near Victoria's Mall.

NCCC Mall in Matina(?), across Juna subdivision.

The parish church inside Juna subdivision, where we went to see a Kerygma Feast. We expected to see Bo Sanchez but he wasn't the speaker that day. It was a Bro. Arun... I forgot his last name. He was a good speaker, had a great sense of humor.

I took a shot of the church's ceiling.

A sign in a rest room in Davao City. You know you're in Davao when you hear people talk in a mixture of Bisaya and Tagalog... :)

The City Hall in downtown Davao.

Quezon Park in front of the City Hall.

The Rizal monument in Rizal Park.

I forgot the name of this church...

The Freedom Park monument.

A version of the Pieta.

Me and Pangga in the City Triangle, near the Ateneo de Davao University, her Alma Mater.

Pangga and Donnie. Hehehe... Donnie looks at the camera, the pup knows how to pose!

A view of Davao City from a pumpboat. We were on our way to the Costa Marina beach resort in Samal island.

Say cheese!

A view of Samal island.

Preparing to dock.

A view of the tampi.

The beach's entrance.

One of the things that make Costa Marina attractive is its greenery.

A parrot.

Wala ko kaila unsa ning langgama!

The beach. Notice the white sand. Pangga said this resort made controversy some time ago because of their use of the white sand, which they got from somewhere else.

A cargo ship on its way to the international sea port.


Another view of the beach. We got there at about 7 in the morning and at that time the sea water was already receding. The tide started rising at noon.

See? No more water in the background, just dry leaves... haha.

In a swing... :)

Puppy eyes hehe... :)

Waiting for the boat.

On our way home.

A magnificent view of the sky from the pumpboat. Pangga took this shot. Notice the details of the clouds. I love this shot because of the color of the sky. The sun is about to set.

I took this shot. The sky is so beautiful.

I also enjoyed the plane ride. The experience was truly surreal for me. It was only my second and third time since I was a baby, so the whole thing was new to me. It was surreal to see the houses and the islands hundreds of feet below. Everything looked so small, yet they seemed so near as well. I marvelled at the whole thing, and I was smiling widely from the airport till we landed in Davao. It was surreal to see the clouds. One time in the middle of the trip it almost as if we were riding a boat, because the clouds below us was so vast and so smooth they looked like the sea. It felt like a dream... :)

My only regret was that I forgot to bring the camera along with me... I left it in my bag, which I deposited in the cargo. I only managed to take photos on the return flight.

Leaving Davao International Airport:

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