Ahmad Sampang ibnu Hajiri, MD

A Personal blog by a Tausug medical student (now a doctor!) from Sulu and the stories that inspired him.
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Assalamu Alaykum! (Peace be upon you all!)

It's already the end of March. And I almost forgot that this month is among the most anticipated months in every year that comes: The month were we see hopeful faces go "marching" during graduations as they celebrate the end of their journey in that particular part of their lives. (I wonder if "March" got its name from that, and if it is, wonder how this particular month was called before that? haha). I was reminded by these thoughts when I went to attend a High school graduation in North Fairview. It was an unplanned activity, yet it was something worth reflecting about as it made  me remember things as well.

Looking at the young hopeful graduates that day, it reminded me of myself and my fellow graduates years and years back. I could feel their excitement, hear their loud cheers, see that hopeful gaze upon the future, looking forward to a new chapter in their life that will unfold. An end, and a new beginning.

"This is not the end, but actually a new beginning for us" I heard the Class Valedictorian proudly addressed her fellow graduates. It was a statement that we have heard over and over again in these kinds of occasions. Even I myself have uttered those words a few times back then. We can already call it a universal cliché if you want. But didn't those words run true for everyone?

Everything must end (except the Endless, Almighty of course). And in every ending, comes a new beginning. When our mothers gave birth to us, her labor ended and our new life began. In every year that ended, there comes a new 365 days to look forward to. In every single day that ends, another day begins as well. We finish high school and begin our college life; after years of study, we will finish college and begin another chapter of our lives. Even every book that has end, there will always come a new book to open. Even death, that we could already consider the end of all, is actually a new beginning as well: A new beginning for the bereft family to start a new life without that beloved one. And most importantly, a new beginning for that soul, a new journey towards meeting his Most Merciful Creator. 

An End. A New Beginning. Two opposite things that can not exist without the other; a continuous cycle in our life that defines the roads we take, the story we live, the journey we strive to live by.


On a more cheerful side of the story, let me congratulate all the graduates this year (just like a politician haha) Congratulations! May your new beginnings be a wonderful experience for all of you!

(No photos, I failed to bring my camera that day)

Salam Kasilasa,
Anakiluh


Assalamu Alaykum!

For the 12th week of the year 2015, here are the things that happened:

The Exam last Wednesday was O-kay, I think. Well it was not that easy, there were essay questions that requires some knowledge of the subject matter. We were provided with enough time for our reading materials anyway, so if we failed to learn those concepts, its on us. (Oh I miss answering essay questions after 3 years of multiple-choice scantron type exams haha). The recall-type MCQ ones are tricky as well. Huh, what's new with our exams anyway.

Our Urban Community Medicine Rotation finally ended with our Final Reporting last Friday. It was not-the-usual all clinico-pathological presentation that we had in other rotations. Rather, it was more of a collation of 'creative' outputs from the four groups under ComMed for the last 2 weeks. Most of the group (actually all four of them) had video presentations (from laugh-your-ass-out funny videos to tear-jerking-MMK-style ones). One group even made us participate in their "Defend your egg" game outside Paz Mendoza as part of their report. Really, this one ranks among THE best presentation of reports I have ever attended to! haha!

And so my LO-ship in ComMed officially ended as well. ^_^ Alhamdulillah! It was another wonderful learning experience. I know I had a lot of lapses back then, but I hope my blockmates would forgive me for those. I can give them free pandesal if they want. haahaa.

Finally over!
The awesome Class 2017 Block 6 with the ever-energetic consultants of Community Medicine, Dr. Lopao Medina, Dr. Edelina Dela Paz and Dr. Gene Nisperos after our Final report presentations.
(Photo grabbed from Dr. Medina's FB page, with permissions)


The Cover slide of my group's report



Our last day in the community with our ever supportive Barangay Kagawad for Health Ms Sonia Dumdum (in white) and BCPC Secretary Mel Estardo.

We also tried those skateboards the kids in Brgy 736 always love to play

It's pretty small, had to keep your balance while trying not to fall.
That kid in white was teaching me how to do it. Awkward.
I am not really sure if this is really a skateboard or there's another name for these small plastic ones.

"THIS is how you do it" says the expert.
Ikaw na.

Okay let me try again...

"Success!"

(Ah Nope! You should notice that this is a STATIONARY NON-MOVING Skateboard! LOL)
#Cheater #Mapagkunwari

I love this quote in our last slide  ^_^ It so happened to be the topic of our group: "Child Protection".
I took the photo and did the editing as well.

Book of the week: "Beginnings, Middles and Ends" by Nancy Kress. A wonderful all-in-one book about fiction writing, from the best way to begin your story, developing the middle of it, and ending it with a wallop (as she say it). Been reading this for some weeks now and I really enjoy the things she teaches. I have learned my mistakes in writing and now I know how to better improve them when I start writing them again. I am already getting fired up in writing my next novel/short story ^_^

book read about fiction writing
When I'm in the mood to read... A wonderful book about Fiction writing

Movie of the week: Nada. Haven't watched any movie the past few weeks (except those shown by (Pirated) DVD sellers along the streets of Pedro Gil ^_^ But I think I would love to watch this soon:

Dreamwork's "Home"


(It's really weird listening to Jim Parson/Sheldon Cooper in an alien character. haha)
Coming soon on theaters March 27

TV Series of the week: PERCEPTION, Season 3
I started watching this last weekend. Yup, I started in Season 3, because that was the only copy my good friend was able to provide me with haha. But it was still an awesome watch.

It's a story of a Professor of Neurology in Chicago who helps the FBI in solving bizarre cases. He IS brilliant like House, MD brilliant... And here's the big twist: He is a Schizophrenic! He will have some bouts of visual psychosis every now and then: His imaginary best-friend who always gives him advises, a random imaginary anesthesiologist who will just pop-out from nowhere and tell him what he need (or not need). Sometimes they do make things more complicated for him and sometimes they actually help him solve the case! Awesome!

I stopped at episode 4. I am still a student alright, have to get back to my studies as well LOL. But then again, I will try catching up with the latest episodes online...



Halal Place of the week: None :( Haven't had the time to visit any new Halal place this week. Will work on this this weekend, in sha Allah.


It's Finally up Alhamdulillah!

Here are the blessed souls who will now have the chance to get into the next batch of "Doktor para sa Bayan" (UPCM Class 2020 for AY 2015-16):

FEMALE
ACMA, KATHLEEN ANN LUENGAS
ADOLFO, JOYCE ANN LLARINAS
ALFABETO, MARY FRANCINE BAÑAS
ALFONSO, PIA GABRIELLE ISIDRO
ALGODON, SHELA MARIE LLENARESAS
AMILHASAN, FATIMAH SADAIN
ANGELES, GRACE ELYSSE DELOS REYES
ARANCON, ANNE KAY COLLEEN VESTAL
ARANDIA, LOUISE KAYE GACUTNO
ARMADA, GLADYS LARISSA VENDICIO
BABISTA, FRANCINE LOREEN A. B. MAGHUYOP
BANAAG, DANAH ARANDA
BASILIO, PATRICIA ANNE SAMSON
BAUTISTA, HOPE LANIKA MANALO
BENITEZ, DANA LEE MACASAET
BERMUDEZ, REGINA MAREE JAPITANA
BUNGA, ARIANNE MAE PALER
BUNGABONG, SHARMAINE SOLIVIO
CAISIDO, CHARMAINE RAY RAMOS
CAMPOSANO, JESSA MAE TEJEDOR
CARAMPEL, AJINA CABANGON
CARGANDO, DEBEI CAPADA
CHAMMAG, CLARISSE PIZARRO
CHAVEZ, VERONICA PAGE DEL CASTILLO
CHEONG, AMANDA MARIE ACUÑA
CHITO, HANNAH TULIPAT
CHUMACERA, KRISTINE BARIT
CINCO, TANYA KATHERINE RANARIO
CODEN, CHRISTELLE JAE DE CLARO
COLLADO, CHERIDAN INTERINO
COLOBONG, THEA ROJEN CIENCIA
COMBATE, LOUISE NICOLE NARANJILLA
CONCEPCION, DANIELLE JANN MANIO
CONSTANTINO, ANA BEATRICE DE VERA
CU, MARIA VICTORIA VALENZONA
CUA, SHARMAINE JESSELYN NGO
DAGURO, SAMANTHA JOY VALIENTE
DE GUZMAN, LOUISE MARIELLE GABRIEL
DE LEON, NATHALEA VENTURA
DELA CRUZ, JANINE MARRIAH GAYOSA
DELA TORRE, ALYANNA MAE TABANGAY
DIAZ, CLARENCE AIRA TABUNAR
DINOPOL, CHRISTINE ALEXIS SICOP
EDMILAO, CHRISTINE JOY REBLE
ELEFANTE, PAMELA DENISE VITALIANO
EUSEBIO, MARIA EMILIA RUTH VALDEZ
FERNANDEZ, JIEREEN ESPIRITU
FLORENDO, GERSHEENA LAYLAY
FORTES, MONICA KRYZELLE BUERANO
GARCES, APRIL RAE OBREGON
GARCIA, ROZELLE BELLO
GELERA, MARIEL GRACE MERIDA
GO, CHARMAINE ANNETH CHU
GO, KATHLYN FERNANDEZ
GOTAUCO, MARISHA DUMBRIGUE
GUECO, MAICA JEANEVA LUMBA
GUEVARRA, EILLEN JAYNE REYES
GUINTO, MARIA ANGELICA TAGAYUNA
GUTIERREZ, CARISSA CASANOVA
HASHIMOTO, LOUISE SEIKO VILLANUEVA
HERBOSA, MARIA INEZ BANSON
IMPERIAL, RAIZA ELMIRA SANTIAGO
JACINTO, JUSTINE APRIL CADIZ
JUAN LOA, MIA DOMINI PAPILOTA
KIMURA, MICHIKO GONZALES
LAHOZ, ANGELI CARINA
LAPEÑA, MARY ELIZABETH ANNE TANGHAL
LAPINID, GENEVIEVE MARIE DE VEYRA
LEE, KIMBERLY TRICIA WEE
LEGASPI, JULIENNE BLAISE CABALLERO
LIM, IZZA FELINE GUPANA
LIM, SONDRA MONINA SISON
LOMITAO, JEZYL ANTONETTE VILLAMAYOR
LOPEZ, JAIMEE ANN BENAVIDEZ
LUZON, PAULINE ADRINETH DIMAYUGA
MACAPADO, ALLYNNA-HANEEFA ACRAMAN
MAGLAQUI, MONIQUE LOUISE LUPISAN
MALLARI MARIA KATERINA BARZAL
MANAPIL, NASHELLE RAE HERNANDEZ
MARFORI, PAULA ANGELA NAZAREA
MATEO, FEMINA MARGARET BALTAR
MENDOZA, KAORI
MENDOZA, PATRICIA GUTAY
MILANTE, ERIKA ZAIRA LINZO
MIRANDA, ROSA LINDA BALTAZAR
MORIN, LESLIE ALLISON ABELLA
MUÑOZ, BETEENA RAE MONTAÑO
NAMORO, MICHELLE NADINE ALCID
NEBRIJA, JAEL KEI LUBRICA
NICOLAS, SHIELA CRES LIBUNAO
NOVERO, JENNIFER LOU CALINAO
OLPOC, PAULINE CLEO ADAL
OPONDA, CECILLE VIENNE LAM
ORDOÑA, ANA MARGARITA CULIAT
ORETA, AMANDA DANIELLE GATCHALIAN
PAASA, MARIE ANJANETTE BALANAY
PALMA, NATHALIA RODRIGO
PALOMA, APRIL JERALDINE ABLAZA
PASCUA, MYRA ELIZABETH RAQUIÑO
PEREZ, MA. ISABELA AREVALO
PONCE, YSABELLA VENIECE JIMENEZ
QUERUBIN, LINDFONN EUNICE FUENTES
QUION, ELLEN MAE CELESTIAL
QUIZ, JAN YNAV TAVARRO
RABANG, SHAIRA IGNACIO
RAZO, CHRISTINE MAE PARAISO
RENDON, RHOSELA VI CONEJOS
RIEGO DE DIOS, MA. PATRICIA REYES
RIEGO DE DIOS, MARIA BEATRICE CALIMBAS
ROBERTO, LUGIENOR LUCILLE DELOS REYES
ROSAS, FRANCESCA YSABEL DELA CRUZ
ROSITA, CAMILLE ANDREA SILVA
RUMBAOA, MA KATARINA ANGELI RAMEL
SALCES, MARIALE YASMIN JANDAYAN
SALES, JAN ATHEA MAY TADEO
SALVADOR, SHARMAINE ANNE SAN JOSE
SALVADORA, CAMILLE AGNES BIBARES
SANTOCILES, CAMILLE SEGUMALIAN
SANTOS, CHARITY JOYCE RIVAS
SANTOS, FELICE MARIE TRANCE
SEVERINO, MARY ELISE LOYOLA
SIMONIO, STELLA CARMELLE LEGAYADA
SOLIDUM, JEA GIEZL NIEDO
STA. MARIA JANINE MAY VALERA
SUFFICIENCIA, MA. ENA LAMBOSO
SUZUKI, MICHELLE AQUINO
SY, CHANTAL MARIE SAPADEN
TABAJONDA, ALYSSA JANELLE FABRICANTE
TABETA, CHRISTINE JOY LAITAN
TABLADA, SHARMAINE DEL ROSARIO
TABLANTE, KAROL INA GUEVARA
TAN , ZIARA CARMELLI GALANG
TAN, CLARISSE NICOLE DOROMAL
TAN, JERICA ERIN CONDINO
TEVES, REMEDIOS IMMARIE MADRIÑAN
TIAM-LEE, JOYCE GILLIAN AYROSO
TIANGCO, PAULINE MARIE PADILLA
TIRADOR, ANNA KATHARINA LEBRILLA
TOLENTINO, INNAH MARRIAH VILLAJIN
TORRES, KATRYNA MAY ANN TEJERO
UY, TIFFANY GRACE CHENG
VAÑO, OLANA NAZARENO
VILLACORTA, NOELLE FIDELIS DE LUNA
VILLANUEVA, PAOLINE NICOLE PATRON
VILLANUEVA, PATRICIA NADINE TUMANENG
VISTA, FRANCES EVANGELINE SANTOS
YANGKONG, RAQUEL ANNE AGATO
YAP, PATRICIA DANIELLE DE GUZMAN
YNZON, CHRISTINE DANIELLE DE GUZMAN
YU, ANN KASHMER DEGUITO
YUNGCO, MARGARETTA RAE TAGALOG

MALE
ACOS, ROY LUISTER CARESUSA
ADORNA, CEDRICK GUTIERREZ
AGNER, ARVIN DOMINIC GEONZON
AGULLANA, CLEMENZAR MOULIC
ALBAO, DOMINIC SARAU
ALCANTARA, LOUIE LORENZO MENDOZA
ALEJANDRE, ALBERTO CARLOS TACUYCUY
ALJIBE, MIGUEL SANDINO OLAGUER
ALMANZA, JOHN RAPHAEL TABIRAD
ALMEDA, KEVIN BALIWAG
ALONDAY, SALVADOR PIO HANDUGAN
AURELIO, GIAN CARLO BALANZA
BALANA, AARON JOHN TAN
BALBOSA, JOVITO SAN JUAN
BANSUELA, JASON CUEVAS
BARSABAL, MARC LHAREN MALANA
BAUTISTA, MARIO LORENZO LEE
BISDA, JUAN CARLO TAN
CALO, NIÑO VINCENT DAQUIPIL
CAMAGAY, JOSE MARIA CARLOS DELA CUESTA
CAMPO, JOHN THADDEUS NERI
CAÑETE, GIAN PAOLO MAGPANTAY
CAPINPIN, BERNARD KEAN MAPPALA
CAYANONG, EDMUND JOHN BELTRAN
CHAN, JAN LUIS ANTON CHUA
CRUZ, RAFAEL ANGELO SANTOS
CUNANAN, AUG INNO PELAYO
DE GUZMAN, JARVEY ROBERT SUAVERDEZ
DELA ROSA, JARED GABRIEL LOPEZ
DIZON, GIO PHILIP MUÑOZ
ESPINUEVA, REY DANIEL BALATBAT
EVIDOR, FREDERICK MICHAEL RESURRECCION
FANDIÑOLA, CHELSEA KAMILLE FERNANDEZ
FERNANDEZ, REYMART RESOSO
FERRER, JOSE LORENZO MANIEGO
GENUINO, VIRGILIO CLEMENTE FLORES
GERON, ERWIN GERARD PURUGGANAN
GIRASOL, MARK JOHN GUZMAN
GLIPO, CESAR EMMANUEL RODRIGUEZ
GOTICO, ISRAEL MILANES
GRECIA, LORDOM RENO CLAUD
GRISOLA, MARK ANDRE CABALES
GUIAMANO, FAIZAL DANSECO
HERNANDEZ, RALPH BRYAN BAUTISTA
JOSE, REGALADO ISAGANI LEGASPI
JOSON, JOSIAH JUAN ALFONSO MARAÑON
KHO, MARKYN JARED NGO
KHU, KEVIN KRISTOFFER LACDO-O
KO, PAUL KENNY LIM
LADERA, JONATHAN PAUL TOLENTINO
LAMSIN, LLENON MARS SAMORANOS
LAPIDES, JOMEL GARCIA
LEE, JETHRO TOLEDO
LIBRE, FRANCIS LAUDEMIR BUAC
LIBUNAO, JOSEPH CONRAD MORILLA
LINTAO, RYAN CRISTIAN VERGARA
LOBITANA, NEFREN JOY AZURIN
LOZANO, PATRICK NICOLO MARI GUIAO
MACINAS, IAN DANIEL NAGUIT
MAGABO, MARK LESTER VILLANUEVA
MAGNO, JOSE LEANDRO YUZON
MANALASTAS TRISTAN DIAZ
MANALAYSAY, ADOLFO III LADIGNON
MARANAN, JUSTIN BRYAN DINGLASAN
MARQUEZ, DELVIN EDWARDS AUSAN
MASCARIÑAS, JUDE IMMANUEL PEÑARANDA
MENDOZA JR, MANUEL VACARIO
MENDOZA, KIM IVAN RAMOS
MIJARES, JUSTIN PAUL MIDORANDA
MILAY, LEO DILIG
MIRHAN, JOHN LORENZ GO
MOLINA, JOHN KENNETH QUADRA
MURILLO, GILBERT GUY DELA SERNA
NEW, DEAN XAVIER CABANES
NGO, LESTER LLOYD VINZ CUA
OAFERINA, EUSEBIO MC LEO ESTANISLAO
OBILLOS, JOSE FERNANDO MARTIN ONGKINGCO
ORANTE, KRISTIAN LEONARD ORAP
ORLINO, JAN AREL SOLOMON
PACLIBARE, IAN PHILIP PETIL
PE BENITO, MARTIN EMMANUEL
PEPITO, VEINCENT CHRISTIAN FILIPINO
PEREZ, PAUL MIGUEL PEÑA
POLLO, BRIAN ANDRICH LA VALLE
PURISIMA, DIO MARK ANGELO LICUP
QUE, GERARD CLINTON LEE
QUI, MARTIN DANIEL CO
QUIBOD, BART DAVID AZUCENA
RAMOS, JOSE LUMINOSO PERALTA
RAVIDAS, LLOYD LYLE OCADO
REYES, JEREMIAH VALENCIA
REYES, YVES IRA ANTOLIN
RODRIGUEZ, GERWIN JOHN DIOLA
RODRIGUEZ, JOMAR NICKO
RUBIO, ERVIN JASPER SANTISTEBAN
RUBIO, FRINZ MOEY GAUNES
SALVADOR, PAUL BENEDICT UY
SAN JUAN, RAMUEL AGUSTIN
SAN PEDRO, MANUEL VICTOR BAILON
SANTIAGO, JOSE MANUEL SILVA
SANTOS, LUIS YSMAEL GUDEZ
SESE, KEVIN RIGOR
SESE, LANCE VINCENT CABURIAN
SILVERIO, CLYDE ESCUYOS
SIRILAN, KYM YVES TAN
TAN, NICHOLAS ROBERT CRISOSTOMO
TAN, RANDELL KELVIN CO
TE, ADRIEL VINCENT BAÑAGA
TEH, RANDALL SIDNEY TAN
TEVES, ADRIAN EMMANUEL DIAGO
TINIO, KARL ADRIAN FERIA
TOLIMAO, LE-JI YUTIS
TUNGUPON, MOHAMMAD ZEID MUSTAPHIA
UBALDO, VICTOR CESAR INCIONG
URGEL, ROMEO GIAN VINCENT MALIWAT
UYGEN, GLENN PATRICK MONTALBO
VALEZA, JOHN RUBEN CAMANO
VILLACASTIN, INO PAUL RACHO
VILLAVICENCIO, REINER DE GUZMAN
VIRATA, ARTHUR GREGORY NAPAO
YU, KEVIN RYAN TING
YU, MARLON ISAAC SOSA
ZARATE, KENNETH BRYAN PARROTINA

Congratulations and Goodluck with the interview! ^_^

Sunday. Sunny with some streaks of clouds up high.

I was on my way to attend a meeting. And I have with me the usual things I bring: my ever-so-compact backpack containing all my notebooks, books and my camera as well, my laptop on the other bag, and two big plastics of grilled chicken and chicken siopao which my colleagues asked me to buy. I was lucky enough to get the last seat on a public utility van then. And as I try to fit in all my stuffs in that small remaining space, while saying my apologies to the other commuters inside, I imagined how my image of being so untidy and unorganized came out into the open once again. Oh well, this is me and I am pretty good with it. ^_^

As the vehicle starting working its way to the next city where our meeting will be held, I looked out the window and--well, what else am I supposed to do but look out and observe everything that is to see until they disappear into thin dots of nothingness? Upon reaching the "Quezon City Welcome Rotunda"--the landmark of the city ext to Manila, and which by the way was just recently renovated--I saw some street kids playing under the shade on that monolith. They wear ragged and dirty shirts and their toys were nothing but stones and bottles and some other debris that we all consider as trash. Yet the worries and sadness were absent from their faces. They were all laughing joyfully together, ignorant of the saddening situation the society around them actually portray.

We live in supposedly prosperous cities where the rich see no ends to their problems.
They live in an imaginary bliss where their problems are forgotten even for a short while.

These were the thought roaming around my ever-so-clattered mind when the vehicle swiveled then made a sharp turn. And then an endless array of trees met my eyes. Rows upon rows of luscious green landscapes.

Suddenly I found myself smiling. 

I could imagine my companions inside that cramped vehicle, if only they saw me smiling by myself, looking at all those wonderful living wonders of green trees... they might call me crazy already haha. I was just too amazed because you can seldom see good trees in Manila City.

It made me smile, made me feel more comfortable, made me feel at ease. These are simple things in life that we usually miss, those that we usually ignore in our busy life. True indeed were the words of one of our professors (have you noticed? I have been talking about my professors' "quotable quotes" the past few days haha)

She said:

"The natural elements surrounding us: the trees, the rivers, the sea, the mountains, are a wonderful source 'Good and Positive Energy'. Just being around them re-energizes us, makes us more at peace. In contrast we see these buildings and infrastructures everyday, dead, un-alive. And we would even cut down those trees just to give way to these skyscrapers. And we wonder why everyday seems shorter now and a lot more tiring."

I don't know if that statement above made sense to you, but it did to me.
We should always have some time to go out and feel the nature. REAL NATURAL surroundings
that are lacking in our stressful lives. Give them importance, those simple things in life that can make us smile somehow.

Salam kasilasa,
AIMD

(yup no good resoution again ^_^) 



You walked in the busy streets of Manila and you saw a young child lying asleep on a dirty alley by the side of the road, with an empty plastic cup on his one hand and the other, empty-handed (dirty, rugged) begging for at least a coin from your purse. You never heard him ask for money, you did not have to look at his sleeping eyes, for at first glance you felt some pity on him. You stopped and checked your pocket or your purse full of extra coins. Maybe you can spare some money for him, so that he can buy some bread to get by. Maybe will give more than you thought you can. After all, you can easily find money from your salaries, or your personal businesses, or your monthly stipends.

The next day on that same road, you saw him again, on that same location, wearing the same ragged, unkempt shirt. This time he had with him a younger child with him, crying. This time your heart was crushed two-fold. How could this happen? How could their parents leave them here? You cannot fathom the hardship that these kids undergo every single day without food, without shelter, without money, without the love and care of their parents. And just like what you did last time, you approached them with a smile, maybe brought some piece of foods for them to share, and you drop some coins in that same white, empty plastic cup in their hands. They looked at you with a smile of thankfulness. And you felt pleased and disturbed at the same time. You were pleased to be able to do something, but you were disappointment that you could only do so much.

The third day came, and the same scene met your eyes. At times he is with his younger sibling, at times he is alone. You might still feel sad and pitiful to them, you might still give a few coin with a willing heart.

The fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh came. Still, you look at him with longing eyes. At times you would give, at times you forgot to bring some coins. Days and days past, and then you became more used to this. You thought to yourself that what you are doing is just useless: A pathetic attempt to solve a big problem. Like you were doing nothing at all, like all those coins you dropped just disappeared into thin air. You thought even how much you give, they will still return to that rickety place to ask for more alms. And so you eventually became less pitiful of them.

Then the day came that you became more distant. You will even get the trouble of going the other side of the road just to avoid seeing him, just to avoid him. And soon, unconsciously, you got used to this. And later on you will just ignore him even if you pass right where they are sitting, looking at you with those longing eyes, asking for that same kindness you gave the first day you met him. You just look forward not even looking at him, every single day.

He is there, yet you do not see him.

He asks for help, yet you can’t hear him.

He nudges at you asking for coins, you repel him and tried to ignore him.

And now even if you see him every day, you get used to this situation like it is just a normal scenario in your daily life. You are no longer bothered by their situation, in fact you are more bothered of their existence. Hoping that one day they will be taken care of by the government and you will not see them anymore.
Really? Isn’t this a common scenario we undergo now every single day? At first we see the real problem, the existence of poverty in our society and we try to help them in any way we can. Then days passed and we ultimately changed. We get used to poverty and we can no longer see them as a big problem that they really are. And as we lost the ability to pay attention to them, together with it we fail to find proper solutions as well. No wonder we cannot end this problem in poverty. Who else cares now? We are all sensitized to living our comfortable life already. Why care for them?

As Dr. Lopao Medina told us in his lecture:

“This should at least bother us.”

For if not, how do we expect to address these social problems that exist every day around us, but we just can’t see them because why? Because we already got too used to them. We have to go out once again and open up our eyes and minds once again. Look at things as how we did it the FIRST TIME we saw them. Keep that passion and mercy in your heart, that nudging thought in your mind, that horrible sense of feeling that keeps you bothered. They may feel uneasy for us… because they are supposed to be that way! It is through those “bothered” feelings that we find the necessity and impulse to do something. And one way or the other, in sha Allah, we can… WE CAN MAKE A CHANGE.

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Side trip: During one of our lectures in Community Medicine:

Dr. N: “Who among you still gives them coins?” (referring to the street kids asking for money)

None of us raised a hand.

Dr. N: “See? No one among you now have that passion.”

Me: “But sir, we cannot tell what they will use those money for.”

Dr. N: “Would it matter? Would it matter to you if they use them to buy food? You never know that was the only way they can get money.”

“No, I am not saying that you should always give them money. Of course scams are still prevalent. But then how can you tell right? How can you tell if they are actually telling the truth, that they needed money to go home, to find food for their children? The thought here is that we should never ignore them. Really, ask yourself, if you give a single peso, would it matter?

Maybe for you it won’t. But to them, it does.”

WOULD IT MATTER? WOULD IT REALLY MATTER TO ME? What is a Five Peso to me compared to them? Maybe a couple of coins that can almost mean nothing to me could be the life-saver to them.

I thought: “Won’t they get used to asking for money?”

And the voice in my head answered: “They are already used to poverty. And we are already used to seeing them like that. The problem is not just about the situation that they are there asking money, and you are here giving or not. The problem is the system that brought them there, and the poor way of providing inappropriate solutions that lead to this complicated situation you both are in.”


Poverty is a complicated meshwork brought about by inequities and improper management of resources to the general population. It is a problem that actually affects us all. A society could be defined by how they treat and take care of those who have nothing. Do the rich and powerful give them resources and opportunities? Or do they exploit their beings and just ignore them to rot? 




THoughts of the Week (TOTW) # 11

What happened this week: Started with FCH250: Community Medicine in Urban Setting, Being an LO, 24th birthday and being sick, Herbal medicine. 

In five hundred words, I would aim to share all the thoughts I had in this week. Be it in complete paragraphs or just mere thoughts that come into mind. Here are the things that wrapped up week #11 for 2015.

The Essence of Community Medicine

“Health is not just the mere absence of illness but a complete state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being.” –Alma Ata declaration of Primary Health Care (1978)

“Public health is everyone’s business”, “health is an inalienable human right”, “The ultimate goal of community medicine is to ensure equitable health for all” are just among the concepts being bombarded to us since our freshie days. And here we are again, refreshing those ideals, engraving them once again in our hearts.

Community medicine has always been close to my heart. I went to Medschool with the purpose of someday somehow be able to serve the far-flung areas in Sulu who never had the chance to even see a real doctor. Now that I am here, how many times have I forgotten those ideals that I had during my first day in medschool? 

And so I hope my two week rotation in Community Medicine with bring all those back to me ^_^ I never really lost them. They were simply "covered" up by all those bio-medical shiz for the past months in ICC.

Going to Singalong all in one Jeepney ride! 

Meet and greet with Dr. Raduvan (not Dra. Duvan! haha) at Fabella Health Center

Scouting the Estero de Paco that separates Brgy 734 from Brgy. 736 (our barangay)

Seems things are pretty peaceful here. 




Liaison Officer, again.

Being a Liaison Officer (LO) is pretty challenging in whatever field of rotation you may choose to be an LO of. I have already experienced being an LO for the whole class for a single course (BDI: Biopsychosocial Dimensions of Illness) which comprises not one, but 5 departments including: Pathology, Microbiology, Parasitology, Psychiatry and Family Medicine. It was exhausting alright, yet fulfilling. A kind of challenge that one must experience once in a while.

This week I embark on another challenge to be an LO for our 2-week rotation in Community Medicine. I thought it would be easier compared to last year where I have to handle five departments and collect papers and evals (evaluation forms) from 158 students (now I only have to deal with one department and 20 evals! Yeay!). The Pros: you get to meet amazing professors and exchange numbers and email adds with them. The cons: you have to think about every schedule, every activity, every paper assignment, every deadline, every day for the next two weeks. Oh well, been there, done that. So what’s wrong in doing it again right?

One of our professors, Dr. Cordero, once said: 
“The LOs are the ‘matured one for the entire rotation’.  Like, they are forced to be matured for that short duration of time: always the one to start the discussion, check the attendance, get all the papers, encourage the students to be early, etc. And then that ‘maturity’ will be passed on to the next LO in the next rotation.”

And he is right ^_^

I pray that I could handle this duty well and may Allah make it easy and worthwhile for me. Ameen.




Meeting with Health workers and Barangay Kagawads: Briefing before going to ocular visits in the community

Herbal Medicine

Well, one of the exciting events this week was our “Herbal Medicine Preparation” session also known to us as the “When Medstudents go Master Chef Mode: Herbal Edition”. In less than 4 hours, we were taught how to prepare syrups, linements and ointments using three of the research-proven local herbal medicines: ginger, oregano and makabuhay.

The Competing teams:




The Secret Ingredients
The Kitchen utensils: recycled and used wisely



Master Chef mode: Time is running out! But hey, pour them gently...



The end products: Ginger linement, Oregano Cough Syrup, and Makabuhay ointment




Birthday Blues

I turned 24 this week. And I was having a very bad flu that day.

Still, Alhamdulillah for all the blessings for the past 23 years. Indeed I could talk all day just trying to enumerate all the great things that happened to me for those years and I have only One to thank for all those things: Allahu Azza wa Jal ^_^ And one of those ultimate blessings I could never ever get tired of being thankful to Him, is for giving us a wonderful mother ^_^ Alhamdulillah! I love you inah!

Here’s a trivia: Of all five of us, I was the only one who was born in our humble home. It was those times that my family was having financial problems that we cannot afford to go even to a lying-in clinic, let alone a hospital. So when I was finally excited to go out to see the world, my father was only able to bring my mom into her room and get a local midwife (Panday) and help my mom in labour. After hours of waiting, tadaaaa! And I was born!

And on that day, my mom would often gleefully share: “On that day, your ama’ (dad) and I were not able to sleep just because we finally had our first son, and we named him ‘Ahmad’”. ^_^

Alhamdulillah!

PS. I don’t usually celebrate my birthdays with cakes and balloons and parties and all. What Islam taught us is that we should be thankful to the Lord Almighty, pray and and ask forgiveness. We should remember death in every day that we become closer to it. And we should be thankful, for sooner we will be able to meet Him as well in Jannah (Heaven) in sha Allah! And with the prophet Muhammad’s (Peace be upon him) Sunnah (examples) he usually fast on the day he was born. Unfortunately I wasn't able to fast on that day because I was sick -_-

But my dear forever-mates who are so cool bought a delicious red-velvet cupcake for me (and another block-mate who had a birthday the day before mine). And of course, gifts are gifts and one should never refuse gifts given whole-heartedly by loving friends. I LOVE YOU GUYS ^_^ Cheesyness overload haha. For more years of friendship and medical madness!

Excuse my usual disheveled hairdo.
These guys are my awesome forever mates.
That Red Velvet cupcake was ~awesomely delicious!~

yumm!



Apparently, 500 words is not enough haha! ^_^

Salam Kasilasa!
-AIMD
Assalamu Alaykum! (Peace be upon you all!)

Summer is really finally here!! We can all feel it yeah? right? How I wish that I could go to school wearing my shades. Then everyone would call me crazy, so I wont haha! And while most of the universities in the country are already preparing for their final exams and graduations, we on the other hand are still just past our mid-year classes. The undergraduate courses are now fighting for their lives while swimming in floods of midterm exams. Goodluck guys! Keep swimming! haha

Life in Medschool: I am still alive!

Now updates on my life as a medical student (assume I still have one, yes). We just started our first day in FCH250: Integrated Clinical Clerkship in Community Medicine I. And guess who is the unfortunate LO (Liaison Officer)? Yes, you are talking or rather reading to him right now haha. I love working in the community, although I concede, this will surely be a totally different experience for me. A different kind of community medicine wherein we will be serving the Urban Poor instead of the Rural areas which I have been used to for the past two years. This will also be the year that we will start going on "immersion" to the urban boor communities in Manila. We were already grouped and assigned with our respective Barangays to visit for the next two weeks of rotation in this field of discipline.

Expectations? Perhaps to learn more skills and strategies in implementing quality health services to the under-served; learn more about dealing with groups of people and perhaps in sha Allah apply these learning upon my return to my dear homeland, Sulu in sha Allah! 

It is still the first day, so yeah, there are still so many things to look forward to ^_^

And so, what happened with the other "rotations" I have been? haha. After our training in pediatrics last January, we went to Radiology for two weeks then to Neurosciences and Psychiatry for another two weeks. In sha Allah I will post what I can about those time if I can ^_^ All I can say is they were all exciting and fun, I tell you. Full of learning, if only you will do your part. Have been reprimanded as well for being tardy at times -_- my bad. I will work on that bad aspect of myself yes. 

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Halal Manila Blog: Your one-stop site for anything Halal in Manila


And if you think I already had soooo many blogs under my shirt (how many already? 6? 7?), you are still wrong haha! i don't know why, but I just keep on adding more and more projects that I wanted to do before clerkship begins (that's 6 months from now! @_@ Scaaaary!) ICC year is considered the most benign of the 5 years so I have to make use of it without sacrificing my acads of course.

Anyway. What's this new blog I am talking about? It's known as HALAL MANILA! 
It is NOT a new blog per say. It started years ago by a dedicated Muslim sister with the intention of helping those Muslims in Manila looking for Halal restaurants serving authentic Halal foods. I have been following this blog for some time until when it went into hibernation last 2013. And after discovering that there were actually so many Halal places in Manila, I decided to inform them about this. At first I was tinking about creating A NEW BLOG (would you believe that? Me!? ike I have all the time in the world? haha) but then decided against it. And instead of creating a new one and have aseparate blog, why not just collaborate and put all our efforts together?

And Alhamdulillah! I was able to contact the admin and she replied with great enthusiasm as I have ^_^ Alhamdulillah! And so my HALAL HUNTING begun.

So, if you know any Halal place is Manila or even in Quezon City, please do not hesitate to inform us! Just click the Halal Manila logo above (ha! you thought it was just there to be an image huh?). Click it and you will be redirected to the blog. ^_^

In sha Allah we will update the blog once in a while.

That's it for now. 
Salam Kasilasa!

Anakiluh, MD (Mainit Dong! Summer na!)


PSS!

The list for the qualified interviewees for UP College of Medicine Class 2020 is now up! Too bad I have to wait for the college to release the official list yet (I cannot use the pubmats by other orgs I am not affiliated to haha) Anyway, Congratulations to all those who made it to the shortlist... Goodluck on the interviews! My room mate is actually one of them! haha Grats Nino!







Assalamu Alaykum!

Last night was a night of color and diversity! A night of exciting cultures, wonderful melodious songs and breath-taking performances by--take this--high school students from around the world! I still can't believe that is part of their "school project"! @_@

The International Festival of Language and Culture (IFLC) is an annual event sponsored by the Cultural Center of Turkey with the aim of promoting the unity in diversity among different languages and cultures around the world. 

This year is the 13th IFLC and it was held in Resorts World Manila. And guess what? I was able to attend that event together with some brothers FOR FREE! Awesome! (Thank you Dr. Abdul Hamet for the tickets! ^_^)

Among the countries that sent their representatives were: Kazakhstan, Romania, Georgia, Germany, Afghanistan, Albania, Madagascar. USA, Indonesia, Tanzania and Philippines.

Now don't blame me for being too excited... this was the very first time I could enter in a... okay enough with that one haha. Now with the show:

What welcomed us after entering the theater: hundreds of expectant audiences!.


High School students, alumni, professors, businessmen, professionals, CEOs, International delegates, name them all.

The hosts look familiar... hmmm
(It's Mrs.Mariel Padilla, wife of bro Abdul-Aziz "Robin" Padilla. The other one is a student from ICAD I think.

Mandatory Selfie. #Fail

Some Philippine Dance Troupe presenting a colorful Mindanaon dance ^_^

I don't know the name of this Filipino dance... they make use of some wooden benches

And this is where they took the audience into a breath-taking performance. Just imagine the lady up there jumping from one bench to another while the guy in red holding her and trying to balance. awesome.

Another breath-taking performance with the Tinikling. Failed to take photos of the speed-jumps, had to focus watching them ^_^
 Now for the International performers:

A young girl from a country somewhere in Eastern Europe (Georgia? sorry, I did not hear her country  being mentioned haha)

From the screen: ; I could only remember one thing with this photo. And I know Assassin's Creed players would know ^_^ *Juno everyone?*

They wave the colorful flags of the different participating countries


A performance where all countries were represented

"Birit Queen" from Philippines

A very cute girl from Albania I think

Cool guy from Afghanistan, he did sing well.

Another cute performer from Romania!

Was amazed by this young girl singing, representing Madagascar

madagascar singer
And look at those colorful background!

toelrance turkey zamboanga
Kids from Filipino-Turkish Tolerance School (from Zamboanga) dancing a Turkish dance. They were really cute and they performed the dance rather in an impressive way for kids

From Indonesia

indonesia singer
A young girl singing an Indonesian song with her Peacock costume ^_^

Another one from Philippines but she's singing  a Turkish song and she is so fluent in it! Amazing @_@

I really like this guy from Tanzania. His performance was full of Energy!

tajikistan performer
And it was good that he was the last performer. Look at the crowds going crazy with his dance moves!

And then the Final and ultimate performance of all the children representing all the participating countries. Even the host (the one in red) was among the main singers! Define "Colorful"


Saying Goodbye and thank you for all the support. *slow clap* it was really an amazing performance

And the brothers with Dr. Abdelhamet (center)

Yeah, you see me right there.

And look who else was there! It's Engr. Amerhussin, my "Big Bro" when I was in MSU marawi ^_^ It was really great to see him there. (Photo from Habagat Farrales. thanks bro!)


It was indeed a wonderful opportunity to witness and discover the different cultures and languages around the world, and realize that somewhere somehow, we still have hopes for the children of tomorrow midst the depressing recent issue of indifference, apathy and discrimination that our "adult" leaders.

After all even if we are all different in cultures and language, we all have one dream: Peace. 

Hope I could attend the 14th IFLC next year ^_^


(To know more about IFLC checkout their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/intflc)


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