I remember how I would always drop by 7eleven before heading off to PGH to buy asado siopao, my usual breakfast, that would help me get through for the first half of my shift. And then I would start brisk-walking and taking short cuts within UP Manila alleys, til I reach the dietary. Looking back, my punctuality (by punctual I mean arriving before the time; it could be 20 minutes or 30 seconds before 7:30 early ) was one of my biggest accomplishments. I was never called late.
I remember BAYANIHAN, its long lines during lunch time, the delicious meals that are worth lining for. I remember how I used to sleep on the sofa while writing cases at midnight. I was undeniably a sleeper, especially when left alone in a cozy room so I always choose uncomfortable places to work (but still end up sleeping anyway). I remember my first case paper for SURGERY was crappy. It was a miracle surviving my practicum without a laptop. Thanks to 24/7 computer shops, kind/laptop-lending classmates, and my fast handwriting skills. I remember how i used to listen to Oceans to get by, as well as Already Home, and weirdly, Waterbed and Youth (maybe because they were all on the same playlist). Whenever I would hear these songs now, they would always take me back to PGH days. I remember how I was able to overcome some of my medical fears and surprisingly turned them into reviving my old dreams. I remember when I get so exhausted I will go to the nursery, just look at the newborns for a while and breathe with them, then all will be somehow bearable again. Hospital Dietetics Field Practice was indeed life changing.