A Pet’s Post

blogmasterpiece I know, I know. It’s high time I posted. After all that cajoling, co-ercing, and bribing (not to mention a blistering spanking that left my bare behind smarting), she finally was able to get my lazy butt out of my hallowed spot on our bed and sit in front of the computer to type in this post. Hmmm, I wonder how much she spent on those Big Macs before settling in to smack my bottom instead…

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Boy, am I glad to get a break this week. After one hectic roller coaster week of practical exams, written reports, reaction papers, simulated medical conferences, public health education presentations, and the like, I sure am glad to have some do-nothing-but-lounge-around time. Imagine having to submit not just one but *three* written reports and reaction papers every day for *five* days. Not to mention having to create and present public health education programs for three of those days.

What am I talking about? Oh, right, I forgot. This is my first post since summer eneded (looks guiltily back at her as she hovers behind, a belt looped menacingly around her hand), and some of you may have forgotten that I’m that other ‘writer’ who seems to just magically apparate (to use an HP term) every once in a while. You see, the reason for my not posting that often anymore is that I’m back to being a student! Yup, back to frequenting the library, photocopying notes, worrying over exam results…you know the drill.

But it’s a bit harder this time around though. Unlike college where the faculty just fed you with whatever they knew and you didn’t have to do anything but just listen and learn, in medical school (or at least the medical school I am enrolled in) you have to make every effort to learn on your own. It’s known as Self- Directed Learning (SDL). It’s an offshoot of the Problem Based Learning strategy that the school employs. It means that year level classes are broken down into groups of around eleven students and lessons are taught through case studies or simulated problems, hence Problem Based Learning. We only meet for around two to three hours a day and we’re off to learn on our own. I won’t go into the details of this strategy, but this I can say, It’s fun, FUN, FUN! As early as our freshman year, we get to rotate on hospitals and see patients and even help doctors come up with a diagnosis! All this while learning how to become a doctor! It’s way cool. Here are a few more pics of me and the bio crew. Same old classmates for another four years. :)

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A little over an hour ago, as I was brushing the cobwebs from my sleep fogged brain and trying to keep my mind off the pain in my bottom, as well as trying to think of something to write, I chanced upon a cache of pics taken more than three years ago. It was a surprise to see how much we’ve both changed in a short span of three years!

This is us and the rest of the AIDS gang at Chowking right after a 2am stroll in the streets of CDO. chowking1

And this is when we were booted out of the Dynasty Hotel right after the championship dinner, even when we didn’t have a place to stay (the nerve of those insipid debate organizers, hmph). dynasty11

And as a grand finale, this is our first ever pic as a couple taken off the coast of Pagadian (damn, she’s so pretty. wanted to…erhm, secret!). BOAT7

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When I first saw you, you made my heart skip, my day brighter and my *toot* bigger. You still do and forever will. I love you, my heart. SUNSET