The year that was.. 2012!
Never really had the chance to bid a proper goodbye to 2012. I have to say it was the best year, so far. Most people would say that too, but for a fresh grad out of the most difficult college in UP Manila, I dare say, the appreciation is incomparable. The flashback i’ll make is going backwards, so here goes.
Nothing much happened in December. I was in complete isolation up in my room to study for the boards.
In terms of my career, this is what I am most proud of so far. I was part of the “Country Situational Analysis of Antimicrobial Resistance in the Philippines” as a research assistant. I had the privilege of attending TWG meetings in DOH, as well as meet with the AMR team of WHO Western Pacific Region at their office in UN, with my bosses. I am speechless by how well Prof. RLS and Dean Pena treated me as a subordinate. It was truly an honor to work with them.
*not in the picture: Jade Biyo, RPh
Dr. Lilen Sarol - Med Mico Dept Head - CPH; team leader
Dr. Adelwissa Ortega - CPH
Dr. Imelda Pena - Dean CP
Prof. Eric Salenga - Pharmacy Dept. Head - CP
Diane Aninon, RPh,
Cristy Mendoza, RPh
Jade Biyo, RPh
Nerissa Funtanares, RPh
It was really an impulsive decision to have said yes to my cousin who booked the trip. It really felt the whole thing was inappropriate given the boards coming up. Nevertheless, i have to say that every out of the country trip is such an amazing experience. I really loved SG. KL was more like of Manila. I think Makati is way better. I am still looking forward to come back to SG for the theme parks. Legoland is nearer in SG vs. KL. I will be back in Malaysia to visit Genting.
Meet Physician’s Desk Reference Team Manila. From June till the 1st week of October, i worked as Drug Information Specialist/Medical Coder in PDR at PBCom, Makati. We are a team composed of RN, RPh, and MDs that maintains the Index-Concise-LCU Database. It was surprising to meet 2 alumni from the team, Constancio Castro (aka Xian Lim, or so they say) and Kim Escoto. I was the one who referred Benjamin Arcaira. IIt was my cousin Ate My who encouraged me to apply for this work. :)
2012 2nd International Conference on Environment and BioScience
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
There was not even a 1 month gap between SG-KL and Cambodia trip. It was my first oral presentation abroad, and was such a big accomplishment on my end, although I must say it was not very much different in what we do in CP very often. We landed in Siem Reap, visited the Angkor Complex. To be able to visit all of the temples, a person must spend 3 days. But then again, if youre not so much of a history enthusiast, or a photographer with a really nice cam, one day is enough. We also tried the Khmer Traditional Massage wherein they concentrate more on your feet and legs. It was definitely great!
The trip was initially conceived for Batch 05 peeps. However, due to heavy rain, the PNR was cancelled and no plane was available (i think). Most of them cancelled, so what’s left of us were Jade, Cristy, Kokey, Jayvee, Jing and our host, Neri. I had sooo much fun in Bulusan lake where we spent about 2 hrs of Kayaking.
Citius, Altius, Fortius! 12th Asian Conference on Clinical Pharmacy
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, HK, SAR, China
My first abroad trip was in HK. I soooo love HK. Getting to HK after grad was a very amazing and timely experience. Of course, the theme of the park is saying dream high and all of these things will come true if you will only believe it. And of course, ACCP is a conference I have come to love. It updates you on what is happening in the pharmacy profession around the globe. It makes you aspire more for your country. It gives you several realizations about what more you can do to improve our situation in the Philippines. Thanks to our chubby guide Jayvee who toured us around the different tourist spots. :)
sobrang daming abnoy pics dito. It was my first time in Pagudpod. They have an amazing and beautiful beach!
Of course, i wouldnt forget my random dates with all of the people dear to my heart.
*TBC.. some entries are yet to be filled.