Month: December 2020

Apex Predator What?

In 2004, after my duty as an ENT rotator, I watched the Catwoman movie featuring Halle Berry in Robinson’s Ermita. It was bad, but I kind of enjoyed it. It was at least short, it was unintentionally funny, and I… Read More ›

Aroint Thee, 2020!

Was jolted to wakefulness by a very strong Christmas earthquake. I felt like I was getting exorcised for the advanced alcoholism, pottymouthedness, and veiled blackheartedness I’ve nurtured this year. My friend Namtab Pots who lives on the top floor of… Read More ›

Still Waiting!

After attending the European Society of Medical Oncology annual convention in Madrid last October 2019, Monique organized a side trip to Rovaniemi, Finland. The trek to the mountains to see the northern lights was not really successful. Vladimir Kromov, our… Read More ›

Capsule Quest 2012

            One of my patients from Tarlac, Marco, texted to ask if he could come to the clinic. He was about to take this new chemotherapy drug, and he wanted me to personally teach him how to do it. It… Read More ›

Graceless, Poiseless

One day these frantic wang-wangs will crash into me and summarily cause decapitation. Special mention of hate to these political vehicles who feel like they own entire stretches of land, but I am not excluding ambulances. We know that even… Read More ›

The Summer of Bene Gesserritt

In the summer of 2007 my dear friend Bene Gesseritt experienced true love. A newly-boarded physician, she dashed to Boracay to work as an island doctoress and met all sorts of patients– gonorrheic Germans, kinky Koreans, alliterative Alabanians and all,… Read More ›

Festering Abortuses

Whenever I see men in power who are seemingly beyond reproach I can’t help but suspect that something must be wrong. Like there’s some disgusting secret lurking in there, beneath the well-pressed clothes and the expensive perfume and the well-combed… Read More ›

Choki-Choki, Smoketh, Joshua

Choki-Choki and Smoketh tried to have a good lunch in Tagaytay. They tried. But as they have so whined in every stop they’ve made: “Andaming tao!” Our standard for “madami” has drastically changed. Finally they found a bulalo place where… Read More ›

Tagaytay Titahan

While gorging on organic turon, organic chocolate cake, and organic sweet potatoes Smoketh was regaling us with the things she has to deal with as the training officer in a government hospital. Recently some trainee hellows under her care have… Read More ›


            Mr. Joey Santos has long been considered a “high profile” patient, not because of wealth or position, but because he has been extraordinarily compliant with all of his treatments in the past six years. Many in the hospital staff… Read More ›

The Infernal Pssssst

On our way back from UP we noted that there were already hordes of people flocking outside Quiapo church. I am reminded that my friend Ardee-kid and I used to go to Quiapo over a decade ago… to get DVD’s…. Read More ›

Cokelya Aspiratoria

While driving along Binan and drinking Coke-in-can at the same time (deadly combination), I came across a huge job wanted sign for a soon-to-open spa that says:         Wanted: Female 28-35 Years Old. No Pleasing Personality. No Experience. Hiwalay sa… Read More ›

Dredged-Up Bitternesses

I’m currently halfway through the fantastic show The Queen’s Gambit, and it dredged up horrible childhood memories. Not really too horrible, but these days one can’t be too histrionic. One of my cousins taught us chess when we were very… Read More ›