Retaking the NMAT

I am taking the NMAT for the second time around. Don’t judge, I got a high rating last time peg at 96 percentile (taken April 2015). Now at 26 years of age and with some neuro-degeneration, I am retaking the NMAT. Simply because the medical schools I am applying for this A.Y. 2018-2019 will no longer honor my previous score. Only NMAT results obtained from the last 2 years are valid. Sigh L
Anyway, due to financial constraints and lack of strong personality (being the shy person that I am) I was not able to attend medical schooling within the two year validity period of my good score. But I believe that God has plans for me, so I was not disappointed. Every person existing in the infinite universe has his/her own perfect timing towards an end.
Now that the time for Medicine is ripe, I will be grabbing the opportunity to try my luck being admitted in Public/State Universities (my only hope for schooling). In fact I was already admitted last year at Cagayan State University but was not a…

Fr. Aquino Urges the 1st Midyear Graduates of CSU to Create an Impact

The homily session delivered by no other than Rev. Fr. Ranhillo Aquino was relevant and insightful. He gave an analogy of having a driver’s license yet being put in no good use. What you do with your license is more important than having the license per se. In like manner, having a diploma or certification is futile if not utilized for the benefit of many. Converting the paper into something beneficial to create an impact to the community, the family, or the public is a challenge to us (the graduates). For graduation according to him is not the end of the life long journey. The grades does not even matter to say the least. He stated that the word graduation was derived from the latin word gradus meaning steps or increments. Just like a ladder or probably a graduated cylinder, graduation connotes a degree of measure. The graduates are one step away from their previous circumstance. Having been imbued with the right sets of skills and knowledge to face the reality of life, graduates are…

Ayoko na sa Pharma

So ayun isa akong pharmacist, matalino may honor na grumaduate noong College sa magandang Private University, scholar pa ako mga bes. Nagtatrabaho na ako ngayon bilang isang Instructor sa isang Unibersidad sa North Luzon. Dati nagtrabaho ako bilang LabTech sa UB ng 6 na buwan bago ako nag board exam at pumasok bilang pharmacist samalaking drugstore. Nag enjoy ako ng 1.5 years sa trabaho bilang retail pharmacist. Pagkatapos noon ay nag resign ako dahil naboboring na ako sa paulit ulit na ginagawa—nagtitinda ng gamot, nagiinventory ng mga expired medicines and hinahanap yung mga nawawalang gamot—mga usual na gawain sa Pharmacy. Then, nag DOH ako. Bilang isang supervising pharmacist, iniikot ko  ang buong probinsya sa North Luzon. Lahat ng 9 na rural health units nito ay pinupuntahan ko. Nag stay ako doon ng 2 to 3 nights, kinakausap ang mga tauhan ng RHU, yung doctor, yung midwife, nagiinventory kung saan ginagamit ang mga gamot na binibigay ng gobyerno, etc. Okay naman ako sa ganong se…

Cycling through the Amazing Barangays of Tabuk City

As a novice cycling enthusiast (albeit the incomplete gear and old bicycle I used), I had the pleasure of visiting the entire 42 plus barangays of the City. From the plains of Agbannawag, the beautiful curves of Nambaran and Tuga to Masablang, the rolling hills of Bulo, Malalao and neighboring barangays, the roller coaster mountain hills of Naneng and the scenic, beautiful roads of Balong-Dilag constitutes the impressive power of the four districts of the City. Rice, corn, mango, bananas, coffee, coconuts are everywhere in the places. Wide, monstrous roads showcasing the engineering of highways greet everyone with a fresh view.  Located strategically in between mountains, the valley of Tabuk with several plateaus is truly a blessing in disguise.

The tapestry is too much of an art, intricately weaved and crafted by nature in such an impeccable way. Travelling along the neat roads provide one with euphoria that is unnerving to a novice cycler. The adventure is worth the effort and time …

The Pharmacy as a Discipline: A Homogenous Mixture of Science and Art

Pharmacy to the ordinary lay person may not seem fulfilling and promising, and in fact may even connote a negative view. To the Filipino people, pharmacist are "glorified salespeople" thinking that it does not require a 4-year BS degree to work in the exciting and varied practice of Pharmacy. The public's view of a pharmacist is a lowly profession who count pills in the counter, transacts in the cash registry and dispenses drugs, a job that does not require intellectual thinking to begin with. A job that could be done by any body trained in the corners of a drugstore (not necessarily a pharmacist) or even worse by an artificial intelligence such as advance dispensing machines.
But have you been informed that there is something more to than just dispensing? You may be surprised to know that a pharmacist can already administer vaccine  and/or participate in immunization programs, family planning activities, smoking cessation program, patient drug counselling and many more. …

Negative Emotions Pulling You Back

Your heart beats like a wild horse on a race, the spiral of negative thoughts running uncontrollably, the pressure in your chest tingling and burning in sensation. That's how you felt while in your bed, in your office, or in the train station while going to work. You recognize that it isn't heart attack or stroke to begin with; at last you become familiar with anxiety and panic attacks coming down again unexpectedly.
When the trauma of your past and guilt overthrows the positives, you become powerless, giving up all else to the dark sucker of energy and joy. That isn't a good thing but you can't do anything to even ease up somehow. You want to run, paralyzed in your comfort zone, too afraid to try out, and settle to confining yourself in a box of hopelessness, reaping away your strength and even your self-esteem. Again, this isn't a good thing. It never was, never is and never will.
You are obsessed of reaching a goal and desire in the fastest possible time. This is …

Five Reasons to Love Cycling

Since last year when I bought my own bicycle, I began loving the game. It has brought me fun and excitement like never before. I was depressed, cycling was my drug; I was cynical, cycling gave me hope; I was boring, cycling made me better; I was lonely, cycling helped me forget. This activity has made me a different person, and I love the change it gave me. So what exactly does biking do? Here are my lists on top five.
#5. Cycling brings you to the most unexpected places. I am not an adventurous type of person; I wasn’t so appreciative of nature and sceneries. But after engaging into cycling, my perspective changed. I started to notice the little details around me: the blueness of the sky, the greenness of trees and rice plantations, the freshness of the air, the wideness of the highways I traverse, the roughness of the road, the beauty of the places I never have seen. Traveling into places I’ve never been has brought me euphoria and calmness. It’s a good way to relax and enjoy.
#4. Cyc…