In this phase there is none but the usual
Same lights, same blacks that we face.
Flat tones creep! But persistently not keep...
Come and let the hues back in. 

The Light Rekindled

In the past days, we have witnessed the suffering, crucifixion, and death of our Lord Jesus. Now we are here to celebrate His Resurrection.  So before anything else, let me greet all of you a HAPPY EASTER! :)

Celebrating holy week has become a tradition for many of us. Some may have contemplated on their life, searched for peace and guidance from above; Others may have had their own penitence to show their devotion for Jesus. For me, this year's celebration was about encounters, gratitude, and prayer. 

I've gone through the past days having sudden encounters with people whom I may have known for quite a time or momentarily spent time with. If I have to share something out of those encounters, these would be the following:

Of Feeling Pain 

Pain, as they say, is the great teacher of life. Pain, no matter how disgusting it can feel, is something that we should be looking forward to. It's not as easy as looking forward to spending a trip to Boracay nor expecting a gift for your birthday nonetheless. It's something that you have to be ready for, geared up.

In my case, it was not easy to ignore or even control the feeling of pain. It made me feel down for a while. But sooner or later, I understood.... In some ways, pain ceases once you understand.

It is in understanding that we get to realize the situation in a way different from the initial reaction. What happened beforehand? What was it that made you feel pain? How did you act on it? What can you do now? All those times I thought I was at the losing side, but no  I was just making myself think that way for it was more convenient to think that way. Little did I know that I also had my shortcomings. Late did I realize that I wasn't doing my part.

It is true, then, that life would be dull without pain... for it was through the experience of it that caused me to act on my life. Without us realizing it, pain has that kind of impact on who we are in the end. It was the encounter of pain that made me learn... and for that I am thankful.

Of Expressing Love 

Love can be expressed in so many forms. It can be you being physically present for your loved ones on special occasions, taking care of the sick, sharing your toys to kids, cooking for your siblings, studying and getting good grades for your parents, spending a night with your other half, making other people laugh, or simply the act of saying I love you. :)

Love is like the fuel of our existence. It can be a simple text message, a phone call, a letter, or a smile. There is joy in expressing love. It makes you happy; It makes other people happy. It is, without a doubt, a wonderful experience  not only for you or others, but also for God. So as much as possible, express love while you can. :)

Of Sharing Life

The parish priest from San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish from last night's Easter Vigil Mass said something about the act of selfie... "When you make a selfie, see to it that what other people see in that picture is God. Let God radiate from YOU. Let the Spirit flow THROUGH YOU. Let yourself be the instrument of God"

Share your life with the people surrounding you. Be the instrument that God wills you to become. Let us do our share to SHARE LIFE. Radiate God from your deeds and words, through your wisdom and faith, and let us fulfill His will.

So with that, here is a selfie that I hope would brighten up your day! :) I hope that you can see God through me, and I pray that I may be guided by the Spirit so that I can see God through all of mankind. :)

In the same way, God gave His only Son to the world where He felt pain, expressed love, and shared the gift of eternal life. Isn't it the greatest gift of all?

God so loved the world that He gave His Only Son. It is this undying statement of companionship, love, protection, comfort and guidance from God that leads me to live my life in faith. He is there for us no matter what. Let's all rejoice for He is Risen! :) ♥

First Hurricane Over

Everything passed by like one big hurricane -- one that lasted for 10 months. Evidently, it had been a busy school year for me with the lack of evidence of blog updates. For 10 months, we were faced with countless study materials and exams for every subject. Lecture here, dissection there, new and fun learnings everywhere. :)

Medicine life is very humbling. One day you feel you know so much scientifically; the next day you'll realize that it is otherwise for you have so much to learn unendingly. Support system has the biggest impact among all the "important things" for you to survive med school, I suppose. Just as what our professor Dr. Vila has shared from his lectures... A student would initially have a feedforward thinking of "YES I CAN" in med school. Along the way, one may feel the pressure and have doubts or fears, eventually leading to a feedback thinking of "CAN I REALLY GET THROUGH THIS?". I believe the support system comes significant in this part. It's either you wait & HOLD BACK, or move and JUST DO IT.

From my experience, my family and close friends played the greatest role in my first year in medschool. Everything seems more bearable with them. I needed my family and friends for through them I gain strength. More than anything else, I NEEDED GOD, for He is the Prime Source of my strength. :)

The support I got from the small talks I share with the people surrounding me, my devotion to God as I journey through my Med career, the optimism and determination as I face the challenges given to me... all these have given me the PUSH I needed to move and just do it! ;)

This career I'm taking sure is tough, but I don't want to think through it as something "difficult". Rather, IT IS CHALLENGING. I guess there's no turning back. One year down, a couple of years to go!

For this summer, I wish to incorporate what I have learned from my 1st year in my everyday life. God willing, I'd want to review the past lessons that I've studied and crammed in Year One. :)) Hoping for a fruitful summer. Cheers!

My Life in 2013

Have I just blinked an eye? Coz this year sure is fast!
Here's a recap of the most memorable events in my life in 2013.

Welcomed the new year with nuclear family minus 1 sister who's abroad! :D

Spent a mini-vacay in Cebu to meet my relatives from the father side and unwind in the middle of my 4th year in college.

Otters Like No Other

I thought I was strong enough.
I thought I had full control.
I thought I knew what I wanted.
I thought I knew who I was.

But then, those stayed as mere plain thoughts.

Coz in reality, I was bounded by four walls I have built for myself... Walls that have stayed for the last four and a half years that seemed unbreakable, until I met these two -- my so-called otters.

Heading At

Right. Left. Turn. Ahead. 
What ambiguity!
Where are you heading at?

Feel the breeze, against the currents.
Oh wait, stop and listen
Where are you heading at?

Checks & Crosses.
Intersections & Parallels.
Damn who gives?!
Where are you heading at?
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