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Eye Bags, Black Under Eyes

Five chapters to study for a ten-item test. Two 3-pound books to carry along with a black rectangular bag, complete with paper and plastic receptacles, several kinds of forceps and scissors neatly wrapped in plain bond paper, properly labelled, and autoclaved. A clear plastic envelope with the plain white apron neatly folded along with a binder full of photocopied Powerpoint slides and Word reviewers formatted in bullets. Hundreds of bullets. Sometimes, a black shoulder bag for the pencil case, the make-up kit, black umbrella, wallet, and cellphone. That’s only Wednesdays to Fridays. And, twice a month, a laptop bag. At 6:45 am, gathered together for the Morning Circle, the girls wear a sleek all-white uniform, with hair neatly tied up in a bun, put in place with a handful of Michael’s gel. The guys, in a fit all-white terno, clean-shaven, with hair bushed up or parted neatly also put in place probably with that Bench Fix wax. As prayers are recited altogether, all look at the leader, one distinct feature can be seen in all the students – eyebags, black under eyes.

One body system for 6 hours. Five hundred questions to answer and to rationalize for ten hours. Mnemonics to chant until midnight. Pigging out on Happy Peanuts non-stop, sipping hot instant noodles when the clock strikes twelve, and pure black coffee every four hours for survival – for four months. After two days of carefully shading the perceived right answers, one distinct feature can be seen in all the board exam takers as they come out of the testing centers – eyebags, black under eyes.

Vital signs monitoring every 30 minutes with special consideration on the pulse pressure. Capillary blood glucose taking before meals. Insulin injection and feeding right after. Oral medications every four hours. Fluid replacement and output monitoring. Running towards the patient calling. Giving Epi shots during cardiac arrests. “I’ll call the IM, you call the Surgery. Page the orderly.” As one life is taken and the shift finally ends, one distinct feature can be seen in them – eyebags, black under eyes.

The eyebags, the black under eyes are only shallow evidences. Nurses. They give a piece of their heart to each patient; stubborn or not, difficult or easy, rich or poor, young or old, male or female, gay or lesbian. They exert effort, time, energy. Well, those are essential, anyway. But nurses offer empathy without you asking for it. Emotions, willing ears, gentle touches, simple pats on the back, and sincere smiles; you get them all for free.

To all my colleagues, Happy Nurses’ Week!

And to all of my friends and readers who are not nurses, in lieu of the said celebration and the smoldering climate, I will be giving free sponge baths. That is, if you have really nice veins that I can stab!

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Breathtaking Boracay: Parasailing

We arrived in Boracay at around 11 am. After checking in and having lunch, we immediately changed to our beach clothes and headed to our first adventure – parasailing!

We were actually lucky to have someone to guide us to sign up for cheaper adventure fees. We got package deals and such. We rode on a speedboat from the shore to the station in the middle of the sea. Okay, so our first adventure was actually riding the speedboat. Parasailing came in next. Lol!

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While waiting for our turn…
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Ugh. Look at my face! I got scared when I was buckled up because the wind already swayed me. Guess I’m that light. Can you see that big mole on my sole? Lol.?????????????????????????????????????

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Being suspended high up in the air, you get to appreciate God’s majesty and creation in a different perspective. The multihued seas, the refreshing green mountains, and the blindingly yet beautifully white sands were perfect in aerial view. And the wind, the wind that can sway us from left to right. I cannot understand how this was only a minute portion of the world when it was actually very wide. Everything is just beyond comprehension.

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Breathtaking Boracay: Puka Beach

After all our adventures in Boracay, we decided to spend our last afternoon swimming. But who could swim in a sea full of people? The main shore was jam-packed and it was also kind of mossy. So I suggested that we go swimming at Puka Beach. It is only one ride away from the main shore. You only have to call a tryke to get to there and the fare costs only P100.

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Look at the flawless sand. Oh, and there were actually lots of people too.  Most of them were foreigners enjoying the sound of the waves and the heat. We walked farther so we could enjoy a portion of the beach to ourselves.
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My sisters and my cousin having fun. The water was cold and the sand didn’t feel warm on the feet too. It’s the perfect kind of beach. ?????????????????????????????????????

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?????????????????????????????????????I could spend hours lying on the sand at Puka Beach. I wish I can spend a night there just watching the stars while playing with the sand. Some people were sunbathing while reading there too. The place is perfect if you need some time alone away from the bustling noise of the main part of the island.

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Lakawon Island, Cadiz Viejo

One day, we thought of taking selfies so we travelled to Cadiz Viejo just to do that. Kidding.
Yet again, I experienced another paradise with my friends.
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We went to Lakawon Island in Cadiz Viejo. It’s a 2-hour bus ride from Bacolod City to the bus terminal in Cadiz City. From there, we took the tricycle to Cadiz Viejo for an hour. Yes, it is quite far but you are guaranteed fresh air, cool breeze, clean sea, and privacy that’s perfect for a short R and R.

Sad to say, the island was also affected by the supertyphoon last November. Some of the cottages were torn down, the electricity hasn’t been restored, and there was still no food available to be sold to the tourists. But you know, it’s all good.

That’s how tiny the island is.
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The first thing that we did was….
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To take pictures of our own feet. Haha.
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If you ask me, I still prefer Guimaras over Lakawon just because it is closer to home and traveling there doesn’t take that long. But if you’re aiming for solitude, this is the place to be.
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My friends and I were only there for a short while but we truly enjoyed the sun and the sand. With Uno cards, some chips, water, and our cellphones, as long as we’re with each other, it’s always a good time.

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Iloilo City: Giligan’s

I’ve been meaning to try dining at Giligan’s in Smallville so for a welcome dinner with our balikbayan friend, Hannah, we decided to try it there.
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I love their interiors. I love the ambience. It exudes warmth and is definitely perfect for intimate dinner dates.
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Mango shake. Grilled bangus. Cordon Bleu. Spicy Chicken Wings. Pork Humba.
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Everything was delectable. My friends and I enjoyed the food. The waiters were also attentive to our needs. However, they don’t accept credit card payments… yet.

Because I loved it there, I went back for another dinner date with a couple of highschool classmates.
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We had P99 meals with unlimited rice. That’s grilled pork, lechon kawali, and their famous sisig. We also added a plate of garlic fried chicken.
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I was with two future doctors. Good thing my nose didn’t bleed. Visit Giligan’s beside Amico’s pizza, just near the entrance of Smallville.

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