Author Archives

  • Zur-En-Arrh!

    Was planning our trip to Boracay… who am I kidding I just said (whined), “can I just pay”? The last time I was in the island was in April 2007, when Abe, Len-Len, Tin, and I worked there as general… Read More ›

  • Nadine

    I used to hold clinics Mondays-Saturdays pre-pandemic, but I’m now down to four days a week. The patient load has started getting heavier, but I have so far been able to squeeze everything in. In one of my days off… Read More ›

  • Dinner At Yuki

    Met with Paul, Maan, Lord, Park, and Jessica in Makati to discuss our writing projects. Joining us via Zoom were Isabelle who is currently in LA, John who is in Copenhagen, and Joan in London. Always fun to meet an… Read More ›

  • Oh, Barry.

    I am dangerously close to getting banned from many of my friends’ Viber groups, because I’ve been regularly screencapping and sharing a common friend’s vile socio-political commentaries to all these groups. To be fair, like most of us, I’ve also… Read More ›

  • Periodt

    Varicella Zosterina recently declared that she has been feeling dread. I asked what she was dreading: the clinics? People? Responsibilities? Monday? And she said dread, period. Or in Gen Z terms: dread, periodT. Or maybe adding T is no longer… Read More ›

  • Pills

    One lonely day in the summer of 2016 I drove to the Coffee Bean branch in front of Mary Mediatrix and drank a huge cup of ice blended sugar (with a hint of coffee). I can’t quite remember why I… Read More ›

  • Chocolate Almond Sans Rival

    My new favorite cake is Chocolate Almond Sans Rival from Conti’s. I was given a whole box by a pancreatic cancer patient, and it was great. Usually I just have my mom cut these gifts into tiny pieces to be… Read More ›

  • Pink Lanterns

    These pink lanterns welcomed us at the entrance of The Castle when we went there a few weeks ago. Joining us were Cal, Thorn, Ava, Bowzung, and Mrs. T. Of course we discussed, with as much vile judgment as we… Read More ›

  • Splat!

    Was finally able to attend this year’s internal medicine residents’ graduation. The past few years (except for the 2020/2021 when everything was online), I was either having clinic in Manila Med, or was having my scheduled March allergic rhinitis (which… Read More ›

  • What A Jagged Little Pill

    Two of my friends recently asked me if I had died, or if I had fallen off the skyway trying to avoid entitled wang-wangs, seeing that I have totally neglected this bloggeth and other forms of social media, whereas usually… Read More ›

  • The Itinerarians

    Been trying to plan a beach outing before a new variant emerges. Who am I kidding, I’m not the one planning. Were it not for the kindness of other people I would never be able to go anywhere, because I… Read More ›

  • Wind On My Face

    When I was in residency training I used to imagine how fantastic being a consultant must be, specially when I had to call one to endorse a patient. I was sweaty, stinky, and totally nanlilimahid in the middle of the… Read More ›

  • Whacking and Slicing

    My 12-year old nephew has been asking me random questions, such as: Where is London? or is England a country? or What was it like twenty years ago? I told him that twenty years ago everything was black and white…. Read More ›

  • Valentimes

    For ValentiMes, my choice of drink was red wine… with ice. I don’t care, I like it really cold and diluted, with a side dish of 1 piece of Hershey’s chocolate kiss. It’s my favorite combination, for now. Last year… Read More ›

  • Stories About Spam

    Woke up to the Facebook post of a former colleague, Drucilla Helga, comparing BBM to Jesus Christ, because both were supposedly persecuted for tax-evasion charges. Come to think of it, I didn’t really wake up to it as if I’ve… Read More ›

  • Crunchy Peanuts

    So apparently Texas Roadhouse in Rob also has an al fresco area, and it’s located on the 3rd floor so it’s super windy. It was 4 pm, I had just finished clinic in Manila Med, and we decided to have… Read More ›

  • Pods

    I finally allowed my mother to go to SNR yesterday. It was time. She hadn’t really gone out since the Omicron surge, and she had faithfully complied with my draconian measures. They arrived at SNR at around 9 am, so… Read More ›

  • Lord of the Flies

    I recently saw a videoclip of the audience in the Philippine Arena fighting over boxes of Regent cupcakes. It was fascinating. There is also a companion video of these same people happily walking down the steps of the arena, carrying… Read More ›

  • Sweet Tooth

    One of my patients, Sr. T, had just completed her radiation therapy, and she’ll soon be going to Italy to continue with her other treatments (surgery, chemo). Before leaving she gave me a rosary from the Vatican, and a locally… Read More ›

  • Petty Betrayals

    Back when we were in high school there were rumors that one of the new teachers was keeping a photo album of guys in their underwear. These boys were supposedly the teacher’s students in the school where he used to… Read More ›

Ella Thinks Aloud

A blog by Ella Mae Masamayor

sing like wildflowers

My full and kooky life as a homeschooling mommy to 2 great kids, raising a child with HLHS (Hypolastic Left Heart Syndrome), coping with depression, following Jesus, and being much too camera happy.

Eris Goes To

Food, Thoughts, and Adventure

Pinoy Penman 3.0

The continuing chronicles of Jose Dalisay Jr., aka Butch Dalisay, a Filipino collector of old fountain pens, disused PowerBooks, '50s Hamiltons, creaky cameras and typewriters, VW spare parts, poker bad beats, and desktop lint.

Lucia's Fiction

Lifestyle and Writing Tips

Life and Lemons

Life through my graded eyeglasses


A Compendium of Daily Quests, Mishaps and Sweet Escapades

Words and Coffee Writing

Navigating my writing adventures through teaching, motherhood, and cancer.

ladyveilchen writes

Nurse. Educator. Just loves life.

On the road

Life's journeys are worth sharing.


A temporary haven for my restless words

The Yearner's Park

Your one stop entertainment and lifestyle website

Roaming Redgieboy

"Live life to the fullest, and focus on the positive.." -- Matt Cameron

Br. Allen

Life as a consecrated Brother