Eventually you will be dead, but today you are not.
If someone comes along and shoots an arrow into your heart, it’s fruitless to stand there and yell at the person. It would be much better to turn your attention to the fact that there’s an arrow in your heart.
Official OTSP Cebu Tumblr!
Hello everyone! This is the official tumblr of OTSP Cebu. Expect a lot of posts about books, books, books and books! It wouldn’t only be us admins who would be posting here, we would also let our very awesome members post as well!
Will be posting stuff here soon so stay tuned!
Thanks to our awesome member, Samantha Villabert , for suggesting this!
#VTRinPH Cebu - Reading Print is Still Alive in this Generation
Thanks to National Bookstore, 3 best-selling authors came to the Philippines for 2 days of awesomeness. Of the three authors, I only knew of and read the books byRansom Riggs. However, it was still a treat to get to know Tahereh Mafi and Vaeronica Rossi.
Here’s one-third of the crowd eagerly awaiting for the authors to arrive.
What is amazing about this event is the turn out of the crowd.…
The Whole Introvert Thing - So Much Relate! (A me post)
Articles about introversion and extroversion had been circulating in my Facebook (FB) feed for quite some time now and I have been reading them for the laughs. I would check out the “lists” and assess myself and then laugh off whichever ones I could relate to, which is actually most of what are on the lists. Plus, it’s a great (or not so great) trip down memory lane too. This article by The…
27 April 2014
Thank you Ransom Riggs, Tahereh Mafi, and Veronica Rossi for taking the time to come all the way here to the Philippines to meet your fans! Thank you National Bookstore for making this possible!
Hey Ransom! See you tomorrow!
Hey Cebuanos and people in Cebu, Philippines! The event’s finally tomorrow! Who’s excited??!?!? Clearly not me. :p
Tahereh Mafi, Ransom Riggs, and Veronica Rossi are all coming for a book signing event and are in fact already here in the Philippines today! People in Manila are probably already enjoying them already. Tomorrow they come to Cebu and I’ve been waiting for the day to arrive…
What are you, really, when you look beyond all images and ideas about yourself, when you look absolutely directly, right here and right now, when you stand completely within yourself and look underneath the mind, underneath the ideas, underneath the images? Are you willing to enter that space, the place that casts no image, no idea? Are you really willing and ready to be that free and open?
My Yellow Brick Road
As I stood in the bookstore amid all those books I coveted, I started missing the world that had welcomed me with open arms. I wanted to pick one book up and immerse myself in it.
In that moment I heard Dorothy whisper to me “not yet” and I saw Detective Jane Rizzoli, Dr. Maura Isles, Detective Kate Beckett, and Lisbeth Salander all shaking their heads smiling at me their eyes telling me…
Dear BIR, go hunt down the lawyers too. If you dare.
Dear Mr. Aquino,
You may not remember me but we’ve met before. I can actually name at least 3 times that we’ve met. The first time was when your mum was in the hospital, God rest her soul. You were obviously occupied then. The next time we met, you were running for president then. It was 2010 and I was graduating from my pediatric residency. I remember part of your speech then where you encouraged us to stay in the Philippines, be good doctors here, serve the people. You asked us to prevent any more brain drain than what the Philippines was already experiencing. Help build the country, you said.
Well, you’re the president now, it’s been 4 years since that day and I’ve held up my end of the deal. I’ve voted, I’ve been vocal about my opinions and my wishes for the country. I’ve stayed, when I could have left, I’ve treated the patients, I’ve done my best. I’ve put the welfare of others before my own and my family’s and I have given blood, sweat, and tears in the service of my fellowmen. I have done my civic duty and I have been involved. Most of all, I have helped bankroll the many activities this country has been doing because I have paid my taxes properly, in full and on time. A quick perusal of my tax history should tell you this. And in return for all that, I am still characterized as a cheat and a tax evader, a burden to the people.
Never mind that I hardly make enough to pay off all my expenses. I’m a young pediatrician, considered lucky by many standards, and I’m not one to waste money. Yet I still am just barely able to make ends meet. When I pay my taxes, I’m not sure if I’ll have enough left over for rent. Or for gas. Or to pay off my vaccines. Or will I be able to save money at all. In my line of work, we don’t get retirement benefits. We either save up and build a nest egg or work until we drop dead. But I still pay my taxes. Never mind if a patient who hadn’t paid before decided to pay all in one go. I swallow and take a deep breath, knowing that that receipt I’ll issue could make or break my month. I still issue a receipt and pay my taxes. Because that’s what good citizens do.
So when I open the newspaper and I see that people have siphoned off billions of pesos of my hard earned money, it makes me angry. When their children use it for a million-dollar birthday party to be with Justin Bieber, it makes me furious. How many children in the hospital could that party have saved? How many people could that have housed and fed? How many vaccines could it have bought? How many farmers helped? It makes me sick to my stomach.
AND THEN, this ad comes along. I’ve known that BIR has issues with the medical community. I don’t know if it’s some unspoken angst you all have for the vaccinations we’ve given you as children or it’s because of your belief that you won’t ever get sick and have no need for physicians. But this was downright insulting. To portray physicians as a burden, to make a sweeping statement through this ad that physicians evade taxes and therefore are burdens, is not only irresponsible, but is reprehensible. Whilst I will not dispute that not all doctors can say this but I for one pay my taxes properly.
I still pay taxes but always with a heavy heart. And you sir, have not kept up your part of the deal. I’m not asking for protection, I can handle it. But because of the continued attacks on my profession, I am now seriously thinking of giving up the practice here in Manila and moving somewhere else (I think I hear London calling). Good luck with the doctors that are left behind. The numbers applying to medical school are getting smaller, and those that do graduate will not want to stay around if this is what they’re looking forward do.
These awesome science and math inspired cutting boards can be found at Elysium Woodworks!
Cooking is just carefully-applied, delicious chemistry, so you might as well use as much science as possible when you’re in the kitchen!
"Me Time" - My Instagram Died… and Stuff
It’s been so long since I’ve writing anything on here! *sigh*
It’s become pretty hectic on school work, being in the last leg of the school year and all, that I haven’t really found some “me time”. I badly need some me time so what little I have, which is…