In what turned out to be one of my most memorable duties to date, my twelve-hour stint as intern-on-duty at PGH’s Cancer Institute is best described as intense.
The Cancer Institute (or CI), aside from housing PGH’s various Oncologic subspecialty clinics, has its upper floor devoted as a ward for both adult and pediatric patients with different cancers. As IOD we were left with usual tasks interns at our hospital are delegated with - monitoring, paperwork and procedures. But what I didn’t expect was, during the wee hours of the night, the CI ward is manned only by nurses and the IOD, i.e. there was no resident on duty at those hours. Meaning were anything to happen, we were the first line of doctors to respond to it.
Since it was my first time, the idea seemed daunting.
I am thoroughly bemused but amused as well by this gifset. I mean, what kind of guy would eat a hotdog sandwich like that? It doesn’t make sense. Ahaha.
V for “VOTED!”
And for peace and national unity as well (as cheesy as that may sound.)
(Just joining the bandwagon of Filipino voters on Instagram)
In pictures: the incredible Lego St Pancras International Station
I JUST WANT TO DROP AND CRY.
How can someone have that much Lego in their collection?
7. I love singing karaoke… on my iTunes.
Everyone who knows me also knows that at every party where a videoke machine or a Magic Sing is available, it’s almost certain I’d be holding (even hogging) the microphone. Never mind that I don’t have the best singing voice in the room; at least I can hold a tune and hold my notes and avoid the flats and the sharps at least most of the time. I love singing along pop/rock and alternative, mostly those from the great 90’s music scene, but if anyone starts even the slightest familiar of songs on the videoke, it’s almost always I’d sing along even if I wasn’t holding the mic.
But unbeknownst to even my closest friends, there are times when I’ve got nothing better to do and I just open my “Videoke Playlist” on iTunes and sing aloud as if there was no tomorrow. Of course though, before I do this I make sure I am home alone in my apartment. I’m lucky enough never to have embarrassed myself to the point when a roommate comes in and discovers me halfway through a high note just yet.
On Monday about 45 million Filipinos will go out to vote for new senators, congress representatives and local officials. And I shall be one of them.
This about to be my second time to exercise my voting rights, I am both eager and anxious, because since democracy was introduced in the Philippines our elections (from the start of campaign periods to the aftermath of election proper) have always been marred with controversy and violence.
Also, I am frustrated because almost every time most Filipinos go for the “celebrity” or the “familiar” - electing actors and news reporters and family members of political icons from whose shadows they claim recognition for themselves. And come their time to represent those who voted for them they more often fail miserably on the job, or worse, get involved in corrupt practices or political scandals.
I hope this year is different. I believe Filipinos are smarter than what’s apparent, and I hope they elect the right people on Monday.
6. Ich spreche (ein bisschen) Deutsch.
Ich denke dass es die schönste Sprache in der Welt ist. Aber ich kenne nur ein bisschen Deutsch, und so ziehe ich es vor auf Englisch zu sprechen (und schreiben).
So that just said I speak a bit of German. But given my limited knowledge of the beautiful language I’d prefer to write in English from here on instead.
I picked up my first “learning German” book when I was a kid when I saw the workbook my sister was using for her language course in college. It was from there that I started buying self-study German language books, which then led me to downloading audiobooks I listen to during my spare time. Learning the language was also the gateway for my personal fascination for all things Germany (sans perhaps the Hitler/Nazi stuff.)
But I figured that aside from my planned tour of Deutschland in the near future, I wouldn’t have much practical use for knowing Deutsch, so I also am learning a couple of local languages, namely Ilocano (my father’s native tongue) and Visayan, which I figured could help me converse more easily with future patients coming from north and south of the country.