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Friday, February 10, 2017

Chasing The Sunset in Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental

By On 5:55:00 PM

Each one of us has its own favorite part of the day and most people choose sunrise over sunset. They prefer sunrise because it signifies a new beginning and gives you a fresh start of your day. Some people find sunset very depressing because it depicts the end and a good bye. In Psychiatry, there are people who suffer from Sunset Syndrome which describes the onset of confusion and agitation that generally affects people with dementia or cognitive impairment that usually strikes around sunset.  So this really adds on how sunsets can be an ugly news to other people. But for me, the aesthetic experience of watching a sunset simply gives me comfort and hits a lot of pleasure centers in my brain. It is a joy that I couldn't explain. It is like a poem that is written on the skies but I could never recite. 

In almost three years of going to different places, I realized that I've been constantly chasing sunsets for so long. And I never get tired of it because the euphoria that it brings to me is different. When we say we chased the sunset is that we literally stepped up on the gas and increased the speed so that we would be able to catch it. 

We were already on the last part of our two day trip with my boyfriend and it was a long ride from Sipalay to Dumaguete City, 172.7 km to be exact. Since I don't know how to maneuver an automobile vehicle, my task was to keep my driver-slash-boyfriend awake all the way. It was supposed to be a 4 hour trip but there was a heavy rain somewhere in Hinoba-an,os we have to slow down a little bit. I thought it was going to be that way all through out the trip but good thing it stopped after 10 minutes.

One thing I like about roadtrips is that you get to have an impromptu karaoke session and unlimited soundtrip. Worthy and senseless conversations are also included. 

It was in Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental when we started to chase the sunset. My boyfriend knows me well because he was the one to remind me about it. We used to do this when we are heading back to our hotel during the long day tour we have in a certain place. The first time we did this was during our Siquijor trip. We thought we were able to make it because it was quarter to 5 PM that time and we could still see the sun high above our heads. But when we reached to the viewing deck of our resort we checked in, it already faded beyond the clouds and horizon. 

It was a long stretch between Sta. Catalina and next town Siaton, 42 kms to be exact. And for almost an hour, you'll get to enjoy the scenery by the window. One thing you can't find in concrete jungles of big cities, is the tranquil and soothing vibe that a rural place can bring. 

We parked and took the chance to see this God-made beauty before we headed back to Dumaguete. 

Unlike other sunsets you see in various photographs, what we had was a unique one. There were no gradient colors that painted the sky. It was only a huge ball of fire that slowly descending through the horizon, its as if gravity was the one responsible of it. When in fact, it was just the earth rotating on its axis and revolving around the sun.

I hope I will witness more and chase more sunsets in the near future just like how I chase my dreams on becoming a successful doctor. And I would love to do it with my significant other :)

Sunday, January 1, 2017

How do you make your New Year's Resolution?

By On 10:56:00 PM

New Year's resolution is a common tradition that most people list during the start of year to resolve 
their undesired habits. If you go through the dictionary, the word resolution it is defined as a firm decision to do something.

The first month of the year is  January. This is considered as the month of deep reflection. It is named after a Roman god, Janus. Janus has two heads that face in opposite direction. One looks back to the year departed while the other one looks forward to the new year ahead. As the New Year is celebrated, we look back at the year behind us, bemoaning our regrets, reflecting on our mistakes and celebrating our success. And then we make well-meaning resolutions basing from our reflections in the past year and hope for the best.

Here are some ways on how you should be making your New Year's Resolution.

1. Don't confuse New Year's Resolution and Goals.

A lot of people are making the New Year's Resolution in a wrong perspective. When you say, "My New Year's Resolutions is to be fit and healthy", you are pertaining for your goal this year. It should be something that you are going to do like, "I will only eat one cup of rice per meal" or "I will spend 30 minutes of jogging everyday". It should be an action plan. Goal is different. It is something that you are aiming for.

2. Write them down.

No matter how you have failed your previous resolutions, do not be discourage. Your resolution should realistic and not so pretty ambitious because you might not able to stick to it. It should be something that will break your bad habit and an action plan to achieve your goal. Place it on your wall, refrigerator on your desk to remind you that you are up to something for this year.

3. Give your self a reward.

If you notice that you are on the right track then give your self a reward. This is to avoid burning out because as the months go by, temptations and challenges are getting closer and closer most especially if it is already approaching the end of the year. If your goals was to get fit, then give yourself a cheat day. If your goal is to get good grades then treat yourself a day for movies. You don't have to be hard on your self.

Making improvements in your life doesn't have to be limited to your New Year's resolution. Improving yourself should be an all-year even that why there are many people fail on keeping their goals long-term. It may be hard at the beginning but eventually you will be able to have a second wind in your marathon. Remember, nothing worth having comes easy.

Saturday, December 31, 2016


By On 10:53:00 PM

Looking back to all the things you've done and experience is like rereading your favorite novel. We all have a fare share of happiness, failures and success in the year 2016 but there will be always our favorite pages that we want to reminisce over and over again.

My 2016 wasn't exciting as someone who has gone to the mountains, traveled the world or went to beautiful museums. But for me it was challenging because I had to face my fears and my doubts. I learned to fly with my own wings because I want to prove to myself that I can do it. 

So bear with me as I have my quick trip down the memory lane and share with you my 12 highlights of my 2016.

Friday, December 30, 2016


By On 8:21:00 AM

Happy New Year! And this means a new planner! Choosing a planner isn't easy as one two three because when December is approaching, you've got a lot of planners to choose from. You got Starbucks, CBTL, from the online shops and a lot more! But only one has caught my interest and that is the Belle De Jour!

I've been eyeing on this since 2014 but due to insufficient funds, I only used the ordinary calendar that can be bought at any bookstore. And then 2016 came when my boyfriend gave me a BDJ planner as a gift. I was overjoyed! I was able to use some of its coupons but unfortunately, most of them can only be used in Metro Manila areas. And now 2017 is coming, I was blessed with another BDJ planner from my boyfriend. Thank you so much bubthy because I am still a Certified Bella!

The planner has its own Menstrual Tracker which is really important because you'll able to see if how many days is your cycle or if you have regular or irregular cycle. But remember that this menstrual tracker is to simply track your menstrual periods for medical purposes and it is not particularly designed for birth control.

Don't you know that putting up a Dream Board is another way of Law of Attraction. I heard a lot of successful stories about those people who put up their own dream board. You can be ambitious as you want to be. Fill this with your goals, your dreams and how you picture your self five years from now.

Here are some pages that can be found in the planner:

 2017 Goals

Attitude of Gratitude

2017 Checklist


The term ikigai comes from two Japanese words: iki - life;alive and kai - effect, result or fruit. This is a Japanese concept meaning "a reason for being". It is said in the planner that the purpose of life is to discover your ikigai that guides you to know yourself better and helps you balance your choices in life.

The planner comes with a magnetic bookmark which you can use for your pocketbooks and school books. I like the layout of the planner because it's simple and the pastel colors are not painful to my eyes. There are little inspirational notes placed on top and at the bottom of each page.

The last few pages of the planner is a Cash Flow Tracker and this is great for those who want to budget their money wisely. 

Here is the most exciting part of the planner, the Perks of a Bella Booklet. It has this sleek shiny Lifestyle Card 2017 which serves as your identification card as a Bella.

Belle de Jour Planner  would never be the same without  their coupons worth 40,000. I am glad that this time, SM Parisian is back in their list because it is one thing that they missed from 2016. If you are going to purchase this planner, it is really worth it because of its coupons. 

Your planner is your bestfriend, partner in crime, life coach and confidante! Haven't decided which planner to get? Well, BDJ is perfect for all the women out there :)

Thursday, December 29, 2016

How to Deal with A Failing Grade

By On 8:13:00 PM
*photo from: pinstopin.com

So just awhile ago, you were told that today is the releasing of grades of the subject with the highest mortality rate. When I say highest mortality rate, this means a lot of students from the previous years failed. You were also told that there will be only a certain percentage of students who can proceed to the next level and only a specific range of grades shall be deliberated at the end of the year. Don’t be discouraged my dear fellow student because as long there is still no final grade, there is still hope. Habang wala pang final grade, may pag-asa pa.

We all have our own ways in coping up with a failing grade. Some go out binge drinking like what they do when they are broken hearted while some go out and eat because they believe that when you are in pain, eat pizza. But don’t let a failing grade over power your will to continue on fighting for a better grade. Take it as a fuel of perseverance and motivation to push harder.

*photo from: collegebound.com

1. Close your eyes and breathe.
Then repeat three times, “All is well”. Again, “all is well”. Do not panic, after all we all get bad grades. You can let your tears flood your weary eyes but don’t become hysterical and start comparing your grade from others. I have done this and it made me feel worst because some of the people asked were way higher from what I got. Some may have lower than your grade but that would make you a little reliant that the grade 65 is just fine when the passing is 70. Always remember that your goal is to pass, nothing else but to pass.

2. Reflect
When you go home, sit on your study desk and establish on how got that bad grade. Was it because you don’t have time management? Was it because you were too complacent on the first quizzes of your exam? Was it because your study habit wasn’t effective? Or maybe you didn’t give your best at all? Reflect if you really did understand your lessons. Once you have pointed out your flaws then it is time to jot down your plan on how you are going to surpass this subject. When you go to a battle, you don’t only bring your sword but you also come up with an action plan. This is your chance to learn from your mistakes. Maybe you’re going to make a time table so that you’ll be able to cover everything the subjects you should study. Or maybe you’ll revise your study habit to avoid yourself from burning out.

3. Study wisely.
*photo from earthsky.com
Even though how much you study hard but if you don’t know how to study wisely then almost 50% of your efforts are gone wasted. Always note which is “must know” and “good to know”. If you are listening to your professor then you’ll know which is which. Sometimes, your professor will mention the words “take note” or gives emphasis on some lines during his/her discussion.

Taking down notes is really important because this will serve you as your guide when you start studying your book. It can also give you a quick review if your professor decides to give your class a post quiz. In addition, take note of what came out in the exam and then highlight those in your print outs or book. It may give you a pain in your heart because you’ll realize how many mistakes you have committed. Well, that is alright because we all learn from mistakes. The next time you’ll encounter a parallel question, you are able to answer it correctly! Ayt?

4. Law of Attraction
Always believe in the law of attraction because this will motivates you and reminds you that you are aiming something. Place a note on your wall or on your ceiling so that every time you wake up, it is the first thing you’ll see in the morning. It should be specific like “I will pass Gynecology!” or “85% General Pathology, I will pass!” Always aim higher than the passing grade so that when you fall, you’re still within the range for passing.

5. Pray.
And of course, do not forget to pray because God will supply the strength that you need in coping up with a failing grade. Pray not because you failed but pray because you need wisdom and courage to go through this trial in your student life. Surrender everything to Him, all your efforts, your perseverance and your goals because like what the saying goes “l do my best and God will do the rest.”

Monday, December 26, 2016

MEDI-TRIVIA VOL 6: 5 Benefits of Lemon Water

By On 7:33:00 AM

Do you feel like bloated after eating one whole plate of meat and other fatty food? Do you want to lose weight effectively within just a month? Or maybe you want to do some detox for your body after binge drinking with friends?

Lemon water is what I can recommend for you. It assure you that it is proven and tested. Lemons can be a bit pricey but the benefits that you can get can't equate with the unhealthy food you've been eating.

So why lemon?

Lemon is known for its rich source of Vitamin C providing 64% of the Daily Value in a 100 g/ serving. It is also packed up with numerous phytochemicals, calcium, Vitamin A and pectin fiber. One interesting fact about lemon is that it contains more potassium than in apples and grapes. 

The most recommended time of drinking lemon water is during morning, 30 minutes before you take your breakfast and it is best served with warm water. This will fuel up the enzymes in your body and a good kick start of your day!

5 Benefits of Lemon Water

1. Aids in digestion

As I have mentioned above, lemon contains pectin fiber and this is an important element of proper digestion. It will bind to the food and toxins in your intestine to keep the waste moving through. It will also help our body absorb beneficial mineral from the food and supports healthy intestinal bacteria. Moreover, it helps us maintain healthy cholesterol levels or also known as high density lipoprotein (HDL). 

2. Boost up immune system

Because of its high content of Vitamin C, it can boost up our immune system and helps in battling against disease-causing microorganisms. That is why there are home remedies for colds and sore throat that involves lemon! It is also good for the adrenal which can help you reduce stress.

3. Helps in detoxifying impurities in the body

Lemon is great stimulant to the liver which can aid in flushing out toxins in the body. It can dissolve uric acid which is very helpful for those who suffers from rheumatism and gout. It is also known as anti-scorbutic which means a remedy that will prevent disease and assist in cleansing the system of impurities. That is why water infused with lemon can also be called as a detox water.

4. Glowing skin

Because lemon can give you a natural flush of toxins in your body, this can lead you to a healthier skin. Vitamin C plays an essential role in the synthesis of collagen for a smooth and firmer skin.

5. Healthy weight

Drinking warm lemon water in the morning can increase your metabolism because it makes your enzymes in the body more functional. Since it also contains pectin fiber, this can suppress your hunger cravings. 

Lemon water is really effective because I've done this when I wanted to lose 5 kilos. I didn't skipped meals nor deprived my self from eating rice. I am a Medical student and I need carbohydrates and sugar for my brain. I just drank lemon water every morning and jogged 2-3 times a week so that I could attain the weight that I wanted. I used to weigh 55 kilos but now I weigh 50 kilos and I have done this for almost a month only.