I missed reading. 

I missed flipping those crisp pages one by one as I eagerly anticipate the succeeding piece of the story. I missed having a voyage on my own when those grand scenes and characters come to life inside my mind. I missed having the pocket thesaurus beside me every time I slip into one of those intricate words, believing the author was challenging or, rather, encouraging me to read more.

I just can’t remember the last time I felt miserable because finishing an entire book would also mean the end of the breath-taking adventure. 

Hi po upcat 2014 passer po ako sa LB mahirap po ba magdorm? At saan po kayo nagdodorm? Salamat po!!! Kailangan ko lang po talaga ng tulong hehe
Anonymous

Hello freshie! Nung una, sa One Silangan ako (tabi ng landbank). 4 kami dun sa 5th floor. Tapos ngayong Senior year lang ako lumipat sa Mangoville Apartelle (Demarces), mag-isa lang ako dun sa room since kailangan ng magsipag hehe. charlotte.

Una, ano ang budget mo? Iconsider mo din kung okay lang sayo na madami kayo sa isang room or would you rather live on your own? Then yung location. Inside or outside campus? Pakilala ka na lang sakin so I could suggest dorm/apartments na pwede sayo. :)

Hindi naman po distinct yan. :) Madami din pong schools na ganyan ang gamit sa graduation eh.
Anonymous

OO NGA EH. LATELY KO NA LANG DIN NALAMAN YUN SORRY HUHUHU. <///3

boocaca:

Mas maganda pa rin talaga kapag ggraduate kang nakasablay imbes na toga. Mas distinct. Mas unique. UP na UP. \m/

SA WAKAS. SASABLAY NA DIN AKO.

boocaca:

Mas maganda pa rin talaga kapag ggraduate kang nakasablay imbes na toga. Mas distinct. Mas unique. UP na UP. \m/

SA WAKAS. SASABLAY NA DIN AKO.

travelgurrl:

Dear Mr. Aquino,
You may not remember me but we’ve met before.  I can actually name at least 3 times that we’ve met.  The first time was when your mum was in the hospital, God rest her soul.  You were obviously occupied then.  The next time we met, you were running for president then.  It was 2010 and I was graduating from my pediatric residency.  I remember part of your speech then where you encouraged us to stay in the Philippines, be good doctors here, serve the people.  You asked us to prevent any more brain drain than what the Philippines was already experiencing.  Help build the country, you said.
Well, you’re the president now, it’s been 4 years since that day and I’ve held up my end of the deal.  I’ve voted, I’ve been vocal about my opinions and my wishes for the country.  I’ve stayed, when I could have left, I’ve treated the patients, I’ve done my best.  I’ve put the welfare of others before my own and my family’s and I have given blood, sweat, and tears in the service of my fellowmen.  I have done my civic duty and I have been involved.  Most of all, I have helped bankroll the many activities this country has been doing because I have paid my taxes properly, in full and on time.  A quick perusal of my tax history should tell you this.  And in return for all that, I am still characterized as a cheat and a tax evader, a burden to the people.
Never mind that I hardly make enough to pay off all my expenses.  I’m a young pediatrician, considered lucky by many standards, and I’m not one to waste money.  Yet I still am just barely able to make ends meet.  When I pay my taxes, I’m not sure if I’ll have enough left over for rent.  Or for gas.  Or to pay off my vaccines.  Or will I be able to save money at all.  In my line of work, we don’t get retirement benefits.  We either save up and build a nest egg or work until we drop dead.  But I still pay my taxes.  Never mind if a patient who hadn’t paid before decided to pay all in one go.  I swallow and take a deep breath, knowing that that receipt I’ll issue could make or break my month.  I still issue a receipt and pay my taxes.  Because that’s what good citizens do.
So when I open the newspaper and I see that people have siphoned off billions of pesos of my hard earned money, it makes me angry.  When their children use it for a million-dollar birthday party to be with Justin Bieber, it makes me furious.  How many children in the hospital could that party have saved?  How many people could that have housed and fed?  How many vaccines could it have bought?  How many farmers helped?  It makes me sick to my stomach.
AND THEN, this ad comes along.  I’ve known that BIR has issues with the medical community.  I don’t know if it’s some unspoken angst you all have for the vaccinations we’ve given you as children or it’s because of your belief that you won’t ever get sick and have no need for physicians. But this was downright insulting.  To portray physicians as a burden, to make a sweeping statement through this ad that physicians evade taxes and therefore are burdens, is not only irresponsible, but is reprehensible.  Whilst I will not dispute that not all doctors can say this but I for one pay my taxes properly.
I still pay taxes but always with a heavy heart.  And you sir, have not kept up your part of the deal.  I’m not asking for protection, I can handle it.  But because of the continued attacks on my profession, I am now seriously thinking of giving up the practice here in Manila and moving somewhere else (I think I hear London calling).  Good luck with the doctors that are left behind.  The numbers applying to medical school are getting smaller, and those that do graduate will not want to stay around if this is what they’re looking forward do.
Good luck.

travelgurrl:

Dear Mr. Aquino,

You may not remember me but we’ve met before.  I can actually name at least 3 times that we’ve met.  The first time was when your mum was in the hospital, God rest her soul.  You were obviously occupied then.  The next time we met, you were running for president then.  It was 2010 and I was graduating from my pediatric residency.  I remember part of your speech then where you encouraged us to stay in the Philippines, be good doctors here, serve the people.  You asked us to prevent any more brain drain than what the Philippines was already experiencing.  Help build the country, you said.

Well, you’re the president now, it’s been 4 years since that day and I’ve held up my end of the deal.  I’ve voted, I’ve been vocal about my opinions and my wishes for the country.  I’ve stayed, when I could have left, I’ve treated the patients, I’ve done my best.  I’ve put the welfare of others before my own and my family’s and I have given blood, sweat, and tears in the service of my fellowmen.  I have done my civic duty and I have been involved.  Most of all, I have helped bankroll the many activities this country has been doing because I have paid my taxes properly, in full and on time.  A quick perusal of my tax history should tell you this.  And in return for all that, I am still characterized as a cheat and a tax evader, a burden to the people.

Never mind that I hardly make enough to pay off all my expenses.  I’m a young pediatrician, considered lucky by many standards, and I’m not one to waste money.  Yet I still am just barely able to make ends meet.  When I pay my taxes, I’m not sure if I’ll have enough left over for rent.  Or for gas.  Or to pay off my vaccines.  Or will I be able to save money at all.  In my line of work, we don’t get retirement benefits.  We either save up and build a nest egg or work until we drop dead.  But I still pay my taxes.  Never mind if a patient who hadn’t paid before decided to pay all in one go.  I swallow and take a deep breath, knowing that that receipt I’ll issue could make or break my month.  I still issue a receipt and pay my taxes.  Because that’s what good citizens do.

So when I open the newspaper and I see that people have siphoned off billions of pesos of my hard earned money, it makes me angry.  When their children use it for a million-dollar birthday party to be with Justin Bieber, it makes me furious.  How many children in the hospital could that party have saved?  How many people could that have housed and fed?  How many vaccines could it have bought?  How many farmers helped?  It makes me sick to my stomach.

AND THEN, this ad comes along.  I’ve known that BIR has issues with the medical community.  I don’t know if it’s some unspoken angst you all have for the vaccinations we’ve given you as children or it’s because of your belief that you won’t ever get sick and have no need for physicians. But this was downright insulting.  To portray physicians as a burden, to make a sweeping statement through this ad that physicians evade taxes and therefore are burdens, is not only irresponsible, but is reprehensible.  Whilst I will not dispute that not all doctors can say this but I for one pay my taxes properly.

I still pay taxes but always with a heavy heart.  And you sir, have not kept up your part of the deal.  I’m not asking for protection, I can handle it.  But because of the continued attacks on my profession, I am now seriously thinking of giving up the practice here in Manila and moving somewhere else (I think I hear London calling).  Good luck with the doctors that are left behind.  The numbers applying to medical school are getting smaller, and those that do graduate will not want to stay around if this is what they’re looking forward do.

Good luck.

buhayumaasa:

It is sad how ladies see starvation as a sign of hope in achieving a beautiful body. Collarbones. Thigh gaps. Everything which today’s people define as sexy. It has enslaved them, slowly killing them. We have plenty of time to be dead — where eating would not be necessary. Why not savor the perks…

PAG TUMAAS PA TALAGA KURYENTE NAMEN, EWAN KO NA LANG
Backreading

Hahahaha. Kainis. Natatawa pa din ako sa mga pinagsusulat ko dati. Baliw lang. Wala eh. May pasok na bukas kaya nasipagan magbackread. No long holidays anymorezzzz. T_T So I’m just gonna cry here, eat some popcorn and think and look at the homeworks I haven’t started.

We earned 1650php from singing carols in our village! Di mapapantayan tong experience na to. 

That American boy who yelled &#8220;patawad!&#8221; when we have not even started singing. 
Those flattering moments that boosted our confidence to sing our hearts out. 
Those co-carolers, whom we considered as &#8216;fans&#8217;, who gave us &#8216;bonus&#8217; coins and some who asked for our FB names and contact numbers, ganda namin dun. 
Those eager children who strode outside their homes just to listen to our carols. 

Thank you! Sulit na sulit ang paglalakad namin ng malayo, at may dala pang mabigat na gitara. Partida, dalawa lang talaga kami. Haha. Lavet. 

Merry Christmas to everyone!

We earned 1650php from singing carols in our village! Di mapapantayan tong experience na to.

That American boy who yelled “patawad!” when we have not even started singing.
Those flattering moments that boosted our confidence to sing our hearts out.
Those co-carolers, whom we considered as ‘fans’, who gave us ‘bonus’ coins and some who asked for our FB names and contact numbers, ganda namin dun.
Those eager children who strode outside their homes just to listen to our carols.

Thank you! Sulit na sulit ang paglalakad namin ng malayo, at may dala pang mabigat na gitara. Partida, dalawa lang talaga kami. Haha. Lavet.

Merry Christmas to everyone!

THE HOBBIT!

Who’s up for the premiere screening of THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG at SM CALAMBA CINEMA 1 on December 12, 2013 (Thursday)? Ticket is inclusive of food and drinks!

TA me for ticket reservations!