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  • Amazing Alumna/Alumnae/Alumni

    Bestie Dianne messaged me a few months ago to ask for a list of professional and academic credentials of Smoketh. Dianne and Smoketh went to the same high school decades ago, and Dianne wanted to nominate Smoketh as this year’s… Read More ›

  • Slump!

    Been on a reading/watch/writing slump recently, which makes me wonder how I’ve been spending all that time. To be fair, the clinics have been getting busier, and I’m starting to reconsider my 4-day clinic week. But I will try to… Read More ›

  • Come Back, Marcus!

    Aurelius Lucius, my barber, had abandoned me and transferred to another branch of Bruno’s last year after 6 years of cutting my hair. Since then the valiant Marcus Cornelius took over, and he does such a fantastic job of making… Read More ›

  • Hoarse

    As I am endorsing my chemotherapy orders to Andrea, our chemo nurse, she tells me that my voice sounds sad. I ask her what the hell she means (while I try to reflect if I am sad) and she quickly… Read More ›

  • No Plans!

    The last time I went to Baguio was in 2017, when our residency batchmate Miss Greece announced a week prior that we were invited to her wedding, and that some of us were part of the entourage. Nobody, not even… Read More ›

  • Going Down Slowly

    It’s the weekend, and I happily realize that after months of abject toxicity I finally have a full weekend with no in-hospital patients to rounds. So I can probably plan something–who am I kidding, what I mean is I can… Read More ›

  • Stuff of Nightmares

    The Toys R’Us guy happily tells me that there are still a couple of Huggy Wuggy’s left, and that they are running out of stocks fast! So apparently it’s a thing. My niece had asked for it for her birthday,… Read More ›

  • Worthy Calories

    “It would be WORTH IT!” I was repeatedly told, but by the time we arrived at Vieux Chalet I had already suffered from Shaken Baby Syndrome from all the lubaks on the road. Luckily, the food was as fantastic as… Read More ›

  • Gentrified Camping

    I first heard of the word “glamping” in the summer of 2019, and I initially thought that it was a play on the word clamping. Like an activity that involves clamping something–or someone–with a twist. So it turned out to… Read More ›

  • Pro-duce

    Didn’t schedule a lot of chemo this morning, as I had 6 outpatient consults on my list. I prefer not to pack my clinic schedule with too many patients, to avoid rushing and missing important details. Still, I imagined that… Read More ›

  • Blech!

    My mother wanted to watch the upcoming concert of Regine and Sharon, so I tried to book 2 tickets for her and my sister via the Ticketworld website. When I clicked the pay button, I was informed that there was… Read More ›

  • Ruminate, Contemplate, Meditate!

    I’ve been getting more and more heartless. And remorseless… in throwing things away! Everyday if I find something that I don’t want in the house, I happily, cathartically dispose of it! I used to have some kind of 2 year… Read More ›

  • They Alive, Dammit!

    Was watching the Netflix documentary Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey, and was preparing myself to doze off after the first few minutes (or switch back to watching old Justice League Unlimited episodes) but the presentation was surprisingly fast-paced and gripping… Read More ›

  • Pretentious Twat!

    That is, me sitting near the controls, looking all smug, holding a bowling ball. But in fairness to me, I did take bowling as my college in PE… over 20 years ago! Duckpin bowling was one of the most difficult… Read More ›

  • Overarching Theme!

    So I had asked my sister to organize a family swimming event for the summer, given that the wet season seems to be coming in earlier than usual. My only rule during the booking and preparations is that I don’t… Read More ›

  • Relapse

    See, you buy one action figure after years of abstinence and you slip back into the addiction. It’s like getting a taste of ice cream after having resisted for months, and then deciding to have ice cream for dessert for… Read More ›

  • Crestfallennesses

    I usually love the rain, but the rapid flip-flop of the blazing sun and torrential rains in recent weeks have been driving me bonkers. After a haircut and a massage c/o my loyal barber I went around a bit, and… Read More ›

  • Outatime!

    Went to the mall to fulfill my duty as a shopping enabler. Smoketh has been contemplating on getting airpods, and as a good friend I was there to tell her all the good things about the product, punctuating the rigmarole… Read More ›

  • Food Manifestations!

    I love how patients correctly assume that I eat so little, that they start throwing all sorts of food at me. In this particular clinic day: A set of Denny’s enough to feed 5 people (some steak, some chicken with… Read More ›

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