1. You have no one to rely on but yourself.

  2. Sleep is a necessity.

  3. You deserve to chill after stressful exam weeks.

  4. Reward yourself every now and then. That is, if you’ve accomplished your expectations.

  5. Never be afraid to reach out to new people and befriend them.

  6. Don’t hesitate to ask questions. You’re in a new environment you’re unfamiliar with. That doesn’t mean you know nothing.

  7. Sometimes, things can get a little out of hand and it’s okay to vent out because of frustrations and pressure.

  8. Always motivate yourself why you have to have that diploma.

  9. Time management is the key to success.

  10. There are times when you wake up slothy and you can’t help but cram. Sure, just as long as you’ve mastered the art of cramming.

  11. Never. Give. Up. just because you had a bad grade. As long as you graduate in your craft, you’ll make it in the future. That’s why you have to trust yourself and try to be as optimistic as you can.


It’s been two years since I got my High school diploma.

My high school life in The Philippines was the whole definition of fun, excitement and nostalgia. Literally, the best! Sure, there were dramas here and there but it was mostly full of smiles, laughter, and genuine happiness. I cannot stress enough how it made a huge impact in my life and I will surely treasure those memories forever.

No, I am not hung up with High school anymore though I was sentimental at first. It all felt surreal that I can never go back to that life again. I even thought that I am never gonna get through everything that was simultaneously happening back then. Of course I was wrong because college came.

High school was all fun and I sure will give everything just to feel those special moments back again. Though those four years were all about impulsive childishness and crazy antics, I also picked up a few lessons here and there.

1. You do not have to go with the tide. It’s okay if you don’t have the trendy things or if you’re not in the cool group.

2. Know your worth and never rush in entering a relationship. Never let infatuation make you gullible. You might end up regretting.

3. Always have fun in everything that you do but you have to keep your priorities in-check especially when exams are around the corner.

4. Always choose the right people to hang with. It doesn’t matter if you have little friends. What matters most is you know you always have them even if you went separate ways after High school. Less drama, more memories to cherish.

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Is it just me or is time passing by too fast? The year is about to end and oh boy I’m not that ready for 2017 just yet. Though I must say I’m pretty pumped for Christmas. I have narrowed down my worth buying and favorite things this year. Don’t worry, they’re not expensive because I’m in a college budget so I hope this’ll help one way or another

1. Blotting paper

I have a combination and acne-prone skin type. That means I breakout often and I get oily in my T-zone and have dry patches in my upper lip and in the sides of my nose. It gets annoying when I feel greasier and shinier than a delicious pizza so I usually blot twice a day.

NYX Fresh Face Blotting Paper has a salicylic acid which is good for acne-prone skin and it lasts for a few hours.
Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets: the oil-control lasts longer and is $2 cheaper than the NYX one.


2. Moisturizers

It is important to moisturize the face after you wash your face. These are the moisturizers that worked wonders for me.

GNC Aloe Vera Moisturizing Cream, which is good for the skin’s pH balance.
GNC Vitamin C Moisturizing Cream lightens hyperpigmentation. It costs $1.99 each and it does its job considering how cheap the price is.


3. Lip products

I cannot go out without lip tints or else I’d look like a dead person.

TONY MOLY Delight Tony Tint—I love all three shades and for $9 a pack, it’s a good deal. However, it doesn’t last long because I eat a lot and it really dries your lips. I put lip moisturizer before I apply the tint.
Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips—I use this when I don’t feel like putting the lip stains on. It has a rosy pink tint and it moisturizes the lips as well. $3 and worth buying!!
NIVEA Smoothness Lip Care SPF 15—I put this on before the lip stains, when my lips are dry and before I sleep.

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We all know that at some point in our medical school journey, we have to go through Anatomy & Physiology painstakingly and must pass it. It’s that one subject you wish exams and complicated terms doesn’t exist. No matter how hard we try to avoid it, we just can’t because it’s a requirement for our medical field majors and we have to deal with it-no matter how and what it takes. #riplives

Thankfully, I didn’t have to retake my Ana-physio class. I somehow got through it after two terms of complete love-hate relationship with the subject. I’m not in any means bragging but I’d like you to take this as a motivation that even a lazy-slothy-procrastinatey person like me passed the subject with a high-grade. That means you too can do it! I’ve enlisted a few pointers that helped me passed the subject. I hope this helps! Good luck!

p.s. like I said, I’m not smart nor studious. I admit that I am a very lazy person that can easily be distracted and crams a lot. In bisaya, we call ourselves gahot.

1. Know your instructor and their teaching methods.

Personally, it is a big factor that you like your instructor. If you’re school allows you to pick your professor, ask your friends-those who already took the class-who the best professor is. Ask them what is their way of teaching. Do they conduct quizzes? Is it a summative test? Is it a portioned test? Are there homeworks? Are there extra-credits and drop grades? Do they understand the discussion?

Think about what kind of pace you want for your class to be. We all have different preferences and it’s better when you are comfortable with the instructor’s teaching mechanism.

2. It’s all about repetitive studying.

Anatomy and Physiology is all about repetitive self-study. I don’t usually understand what the instructor is discussing; that happens when my eyes are focused on my professor but my mind is wandering and thinking about random things that aren’t even related to the topic we are on. The only way I can successfully understand a topic is through reading it over and over while trying to picture out what I’m reading.

My professor told us that it takes about two days for you to forget what you understood or heard in the discussion. I also re-read everything 3-6 times before fully understanding the topic. It’s best to take a few minutes away from social media and read everything you discussed within two days after the discussion. When I’m not my usual lazy self, I repetitively read it before sleeping until I fall asleep or my slothy self is back again.  Continue reading