Had a three-hour conversation with my best friend. Spent a lot of time, laughs, stories, and several glasses of water. One of my best times! Looking forward to more of these kind of dinners with my other friends as well.
It’s good to be back here and write about A LOT. Now that I’m only finishing my Doctor of Pharmacy clerkship (I only have a week to go before I say good-bye to it), I wanted to share a lot of things that have happened in 2014 until today.
- Growth. For the past year, I knew I grew more as a young man – in thoughts, actions, words, and in how I view my life. I transferred to a small group in the church I am attending to, and I have two mentors who are currently guiding and helping me. Now, I also have a lot of people who know me inside-out, and I can just be honest and truthful to them. I thank God for these people since they see what’s right and wrong with me, and they always put me closer to God. They’re my Proverbs 18:24.
- Eman and Nico are my mentors in biblical manhood and maturity. I frequently update them on what’s happening to me almost every week.
- Avan, Jerico, Jed, Joshua, Michael, Dadan and Miko are my prayer shield. I always send them my prayer requests (if I have some). Jerico (Echo) is my closest friend. Jed is my younger brother(in Christ)
- Gilbert is my best friend. He’s the one who always reminds me to pray and to just be thankful to God for every day. He’s one of the people I can just be honest and confident.
- Family. My family found out that I am already a Christian, and I think they can’t do anything about it. Hahaha. I’m already sold-out to my faith and I think they see God’s work in me, so they can’t really complain about anything. The family is great as usual, we are in good terms and I just pray that my parents will continue to persevere, and that God would always bless them.
- PharmD. In a few days, I will be ending my clerkship and officially bear the Pharm.D. title. Its been a tiring 1500 hours of clerkship (500 Community and 1000 Hospital), and I learned a lot about the Pharmacy profession. I know I was not really a great student but I know I really learned new things about drugs and how a community pharmacy and hospital pharmacy works. I learned how to deal with a lot of people – from patients to my preceptors and the staff. Its a great experience I will bring to my work and to the people that I will impart my knowledge to. I’ll be finishing my clerkship on March 24th, celebrating with some of my friends when I get out of the hospital. I know, I’m excited to step out and say “it is finished!”
- Leadership. Something I had difficulty with. Leading people. It was really difficult to deal with my classmates. My class is a diverse group of ladies and gentlemen who came from different walks of life, personalities, and mindsets. I never thought I’d survive as the head of my batch. It was all because of God’s grace that made me finish this year still as their leader. Dealing with them needed me a lot of grace and prayers! Conflicts were there, gossip, dealing with priorities…I may not be a perfect leader but I know I have served my class well.
- People. I will never forget the people whom I met this year. A lot of amazing men and women. But there will always be people who will stick with you through thick and thin. I would really like to honor the people who have been with me in prayer for the whole year, and my gratitude will always be with the Lord, who gave them for a reason – to be with me in my walk in life as a Christian.
- Jed – thank you for being the younger brother I never had. God’s overflowing joy through you is so radiant and evident.
- Echo – thank you for being one of the people I can be confident and open with.
- Every Nation Campus Mendiola – thank you for the opportunity to encourage the next generation of young men and women. It is always an honor to be an elder brother for these guys. Props to Luigi, Joshua, Alfred, Michael, Jhunie, Pat, Renzo, Lee Hann, Jomnel…and to the ladies!
- The VG – Eman, Miko, Hiro, Nico, Bryan, Karlo, Aldrin, EJ, Jat (and the new members), it is a blessing to have shared lives with you guys.
- Eman, Nico – your lives are encouraging. Though our conversations may always be short, they were always full of wisdom and grace. Thank you for always reminding me to look to God, never forgetting His love and His Word.
- Avan, Tristan – My 1 Samuel 20:17,23.
- Gilbert – my best friend. You are an answered prayer.
That’s it for this post. There’s something I want to write, but I need to reorganize my thoughts again.
If you could wake up tomorrow and be fluent in any language you don’t currently speak, which would it be? Why? What’s the first thing you do with your new linguistic skills?
Aside from English, I’d want to be fluent in Spanish. I always dream of going to Spain, Peru and Brazil, aside from from pursuing my career in New Zealand (please, please, please). I can’t really say I’m perfectly fluent in English, but I can say I’m equally fluent in English than the Filipino language. It would be better if I’d learn another language, since I can use it to communicate more with people around the world.
At first, I thought of Mandarin Chinese, but I got reminded of going to Brazil one day. But first, I need to finish my studies and pursue my Pharmacy career in New Zealand, if all permits.
Who are your neighbors? Are you friends with them, barely say hi, or avoid them altogether? Tell us a story — real or invented — about the people on the other side of your wall (or street, or farm, or… you get the point).
In the condominium unit where I’m living right now, I don’t really know who my neighbors are. Well, I do see some of them, and frequently ride the elevator with them going down. There was one neighbor who was creepy. One time, he was walking along the hallway when I threw our garbage, and stopped near the door of our unit. What freaked me out was what he was wearing – he was wearing a very short-short shorts that his boner was easily seen. Talk about not wearing underwear and wearing that kind of shorts.
I don’t really say hi to them, but I do have friends living on the other floors of the condominium.
When was the last time you were embarrassed? How do you react to embarrassment?
It was around my senior high when I joined a contest. When I was coming down from the stage, I slipped a little, but the whole crowd just literally laughed at me even though I didn’t fall off and tripped completely. It was one of the most horrible events in my life, and it happened to me in a silly costume and was in a contest I never even thought I would join. It was very humiliating that I never told my parents about it.
I went home with a brown paper bag on my head, went to my room and cried for hours. I hardly ate for that night and my companions in the dormitory knew I was hurt. For two weeks, I kept quiet and did not even bother to talk to anyone until I moved on from that incident.
From that day, I thought to myself, I would never want to appear in a stage again, unless it’s an awarding ceremony or it would be myself holding a lecture. It was the worst experience I had. After around eight years now, it is still one fresh memory I can never forget. All the details are still in – the people who laughed, how I slipped, how I cried so hard.
But through that experience, I realized it’s never good to please people, because they will always disappoint and hurt you.
And I’m more careful now when going down from a stage, or even just a staircase. Reminds me of that situation.
“Make memories: cherish your moments with people you love, forget the hard times. Nothing will happen if you keep dwelling in your painful past.”
It is quite a slap on my face if I get to read that message. I want to be happy and share love to the people whom I want to share my life with, and not dwelling on what happened before.
Making new friends was kinda hard for me, but someone helped me to get through the day with quite a number of people, since I’m not really fond of gatherings. I easily get lost in the crowd and always have the urge to just disappear and vanish unnoticed, but today was different. I can say I got through the day with interacting with quite a lot of people.
The message also reminds me to always look on the brighter side of things. Focusing on the negative side would tend to bring about a gloomy or demotivated attitude.
Forget the past. Cherish the moment. Look forward to what’s going to happen.