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  • Ridges

    Haven’t had a good night’s sleep the entire week. Either my patients would get admitted in the middle of the night, or patients who were already admitted would deteriorate or be in pain. Some of the specialists decided to go… Read More ›

  • Long Way Up

    I was asking Armando G. if he thinks there is some new nefarious way that the COVID virus is getting transmitted, since we’ve all been covering our faces with all sorts of things (masks, respirators, mini-buttplugs) and the darn numbers… Read More ›

  • Alicia and Darkin

    With the summer heat and the heightened anxiety levels it’s starting to feel like March 2020 anyway, so what better way to complement this deja vu than by doing another spring cleaning and nostalgifying with re-discovered remnants of the past!… Read More ›

  • Afternoon Tea

    While enjoying delicious afternoon tea in UCC Clockwork like a tita-in-training I managed to eavesdrop on a bevy of bonafide titas sitting at the next table. I usually feel a twinge of guilt whenever I eavesdrop, but this time there… Read More ›

  • Vacillating Sentimentality

    To celebrate the final season of the X-Files in 2002 (before I even thought there was the possibility of a poorly executed revival 14 years later), I made a giant collage from all the old posters and magazines I’ve been… Read More ›

  • Street Ghost

    To our surprise we were the only customers at Nikko’s Tailoring that afternoon. We decided to just walk-in, and were told that in a week we would be getting our smock gowns. Pre-pandemic it would usually take 3 months, but… Read More ›

  • Dilemma Dimella

    Early this month I’ve decided to list all the things I needed to renew, and before I knew it was staring at a very long, infuriating list. Government ID’s, accreditations, car registrations, insurances, taxes, etc. It’s enough to drive somebody… Read More ›

  • Rockwell After 18 Years

    Recently had lunch with Lord Fernandez and Jessica Zafra in Wildflour Rockwell. The last time I was in Rockwell was in 2003, and for some reason I expected it to be exactly the same as it was 18 years ago,… Read More ›

  • Choose Your Own Death

    We wandered along Intramuros last Sunday foolishly imagining that we would hear crickets in the dead of night, only to discover hordes of people milling around. We passed by the cathedrals and got all judgmental on how nobody was observing… Read More ›

  • Sneeredeth

    Re-activated my Twitter account this morning, having been notified that in a few days it would be deleted. Apparently you only have thirty days to complete your drama, after which Twitter won’t indulge it any longer and cast you out… Read More ›

  • WWE Ruminations

    In the late 80’s until about 1996 my brother and I really got into the World Wrestling Federation (now World Wrestling Entertainment). Most people would consider these years to be the peak popularity of the WWF, with Yokozuna, Bret “The… Read More ›

  • Flossy

    Had another risk-taking breakthrough today: I went to the dentist. Throughout the lockdown I’ve become very compliant with flossing and avoided biting on very hard food that might accidentally cause tooth damage, out of fear that I would need to… Read More ›

  • Linamnaming

    I was playing Paula Cole’s classic 1997 album This Fire on the drive to Paranaque. We were looking for Linamnam MNL, a small home-based restaurant serving an 11-course tasting menu, which was given glowing recommendations by Rollypolyoly and Wakicaboose, …. Read More ›

  • Choco Chicken

    I was able to renew my PRC ID last week after a few almost-mishaps, and just yesterday got my drivers’ license ID… after I’ve renewed it back in 2017! Such successful government office transactions give me immense joy. Avoiding scenarios… Read More ›

  • Afternoon Isaw

    A few days ago we decided to visit Oar House, our favorite pub during residency and hellowship, located somewhere in Malate. It is quite small, and by 8pm it is usually full of doctors drinking, laughing, and whining. Ergo, not… Read More ›

  • Caro and Chrizly

    (A lost tale from over ten years ago during residency) Senior consultant Dr. Angelito Caro, with his authoritative heft and characteristic scowl, towered mightily over me at the nurse’s station. It was the morning after my 24-hour duty in the… Read More ›

  • Clarizzie’s Syndrome’s Theory

    I decided to watch A History of Swear Words in Netflix while doing a very lazy session on the elliptical. The first episode is about the etymology of the word FUCK. Back in 1998 my college friend Timmy, a self-proclaimed… Read More ›

  • The New Scarlet Letter

    Got to eat again in Su Zhou, a chinese restaurant in Malate. The last time we ate there was over a year ago. It got closed for renovation sometime in February, then the lockdown caught up to it. The restaurant… Read More ›

  • Six Degrees of Separation

    The recent White House siege reminds me of something out of the tv series Homeland and its cousin 24. I could have said that it reminds me of that battle between Wonder Woman and Punk Rock Cheetah, but the less… Read More ›

  • Fortress of Mold-titude

    Was able to spend a few days in my fortress of solitude in Lipa, which is a stone’s throw away from the hospital where I have the bulk of my practice. I decided to purchase it a few years ago… Read More ›


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