06/27/19

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Yesterday I was at the hospital to have my blood extracted and I was sitting next to this little girl, around 6 years old, which I assumed had cancer with her bloated stomach, bald head and a mask around her face. She was going to have her labs checked as well and the MedTech was going on about her WBCs (which further confirmed my suspicion that she may have cancer).

The little girl looked so happy still, she didn’t even cry when she went inside and got her blood extracted. She was smiling despite everything. And looking at this cute little girl, she reminded me about how much I wanted to be a pediatric oncologist back when I was still studying my pre-med.

I remember during my interview with the Dean of the College of Medicine, he asked me what specialty I was veering towards since I didn’t write it down on the short essay on my med application. I told him I wasn’t sure yet but I might take up a Masters in Hospital Administration. Having said that, he asked me again what specialty I had in mind aside from taking up a masters.

“Endocrinology” I quipped, “…or Oncology” I continued. I don’t really like telling people how much I want to be an Oncologist because most would tell me that my heart is too weak for it; I would only cry every time I lose a patient to cancer. But you know what, I don’t care because I want to be part of their journey. I want to be there for these people suffering from this incurable disease.

I have lost someone to cancer; five relatives have come and gone. I know what it feels like to have a family member going through all of it. It’s sad, it’s crazy, it’s deafening. But something about being an Oncologist, a Pediatric one to be exact, has me daydreaming and wanting to be a doctor more than I ever did before.

Hey, it still might change. I’m still a first year and first years have so much hope for the future. We’ll really just have to wait and see!

PS. Picture is so unrelated to my sentiments but I really don’t know what to put 😂

With love,
Beyscapades

 

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That dream.

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When I look at this picture, I can’t help but ask “Really? That fast?”

 

After I passed the board exam in August, I went on this journey of self-love. I wanted to have fun, explore the outdoors and go on countless adventures. What prompt me to go on this journey was not only for my wanderlust but also for my staggering mental health at that time. I was… not myself, I guess. I didn’t even know the exact reasons as to why I felt like 2018 was such a heavy load that all I ever did was cry and be disappointed. That despite graduating and passing the boards, I still felt empty.  I didn’t know, maybe I was just tired of everything and I wanted to breathe.

 

To tell you the truth, I wasn’t forced to study Physical Therapy, it was my freewill, but after five years I just had a lot of what ifs, mostly about my other hobbies; hobbies which I pursued for the past couple of months. I love the arts as much as I loved to wallow in medical books (not even sarcastic). Poetry was definitely my niche at that time since they were short, concise but powerful in ways that could portray so many emotions in just one stanza. The more I got stuck in the paramedical life, the more I longed to do other things aside from it; photography, filmography, blogging and baking. So I asked if I could take a break before I proceed to another life-long commitment.  Fortunately, my mom let me but of course It took a lot of rationalizing and reasoning out.

 

Medicine may be four years but it doesn’t stop there. After Med, there’s a post-graduate internship before you can even take the boards. After that you can either be a general practitioner or have your residency, in which most people do. And that, is another 4-6 years of your life. See?

 

Since I was a little, my path has been planned out. All my life I was surrounded by a bunch of doctors/people from the medical field. To be a doctor was the ultimate goal for my family (Lolas would remind you even). It honestly is still my dream but I guess before I dove into it, I just needed space to be creative. I wanted to keep myself sane and ready for the next chapter of my life and that is why I am here.

 

Two months left before this girl is back to studying her ass off for her dream.

How about you guys? How’s your dream?

 

With love,

Beyscapades

 

 

 

 

Espresso Martini for brunch.

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I knew I was not getting into just a coffee binge when I visited my friend Nico’s coffee shop in Ormoc City. I was quite hungover from the night before since I went out drinking with my friends and I was running on just 3 hours of sleep when I went aboard Ocean Jet for my three hour trip. As the boat docked and I got down, my stomach started rumbling, time check: it was 10am and I need to eat asap. It was quite hard to find a tricycle that knew where Unit 1A was, and I tried my best to explain the directions as instructed by my friend.
 
The café had glass walls and an eco-friendly feel to it. I went inside and settled in the corner facing the road. I ordered Nico’s recommendations, Kimchi Fried Rice and wait for it… Espresso Martini. I honestly was reading it when I just realized that Martini meant it had alcohol as an ingredient. But I guess, I’m really the adventurous type, because even if I could still feel the Jim Bean that I drank the night before gurgling in my stomach, I ordered it… with a shot of Patron (Tequila). Wow, I know. That’s one hell of an alcoholic beverage.
 
As soon as that espresso martini arrived at my table, I could smell the strong aroma of alcohol. Should I still drink it? I asked myself trying to weigh the pros and cons. But I paid 190 pesos for my coffee, I should definitely take a sip, at least. As soon as the liquid went down my throat I could feel my brain buzz, phew! You know what it tastes like? ALCOHOL! With a bit of coffee. Think of Bailey’s but with a lot more kick to it. Imagine drinking this one for brunch and venturing on a six-hour van ride home to Eastern Samar.
 
As the fried rice was served, I hoped that it would managed my current digestive system situation. And thank goodness, that Kimchi Fried Rice was divine which one should definitely try at Unit1A. It was a mass of orange-ish colored rice, some veggies and pork cutlets topped with a sunny side up all wrapped in savory and salty goodness. It was a perfect brunch on a bright mid morning in Ormoc City. As I chowed down and thought of the ways that I could further gulp that half-finished espresso martini smiling at me at the side of my main course, I could actually feel the alcohol settle in and let the coffee take over. My mood suddenly changed from this day-drinking lady who probably didn’t have anything else going on with her life to this person who is ready to conquer the world and whatnot. It was much like an encounter with Jager and Redbull but this time around I could remember everything.
 
After I finished eating, I made sure I savored my first time at Unit1A… like staying for their fast internet connection (haha). But the cool and minimalistic vibe that Nico had on his café was definitely hangout worthy.
 
So go check out Unit 1A when you happen to be in Ormoc City! Plus, I just tried their COLD BREW and it was the best one, so far!
 
PS. Unit1A’s Espresso Martini is vodka-based but the owner (Nico) gave me a shot of Patron instead lol
PPS. Nico’s cold brew is also available at Quality Bread Bakeshop and Cafen at Primark Tacloban! So if you don’t want to travel 2 hours to Ormoc, Primark has it for you and its just as good!
 
Check out Unit 1A’s page here
Unit 1a Bakery and Café
Instagram @unit1a
 
With love,
Beyscapades
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Appreciation Post 04/12

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My heart beams for the people who message me how much I have influenced them, through writing, vlogging or incorporating small ecofriendly habits to their routine. It warms my heart to know that I am not alone and that someone reads/watches the content that I have been putting out here on my blog and on my YouTube channel; that the time and effort that invest on it is somehow worth it.

I started this page two years ago for my poetries and my food recipes. Now, 6 months since reviving this page it has became a haven more than just for poetry and food but for travel and lifestyle as well. I don’t even post recipes here anymore though I think soon I would want to make smoothie bowls again if time permits. But I am overwhelmed by the (almost) 600 lovely and beautiful people that follow this blog. And even to the minute 68 subscribers on YouTube is more than enough for me to continue this passion that I have been pursuing for this so-called “gap year” that I am having.

Please know that I appreciate each and every one of you and I am excited to create more and more content for Crazy lazy travels, baby! In the months to come!

 

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BYOB!

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BYOB REVOLUTION!
(Bring Your Own Bottle)
 
Did you know?
According to the Earthly, Humans buy about 1,000,000 plastic bottles per minute in total.
 
Imagine having 1 million plastic bottles polluting our lands every day, 7 million every week, 31 million every month and 365 every year. These plastic bottles live on the Earth for 400 years before they decompose. YES, FOUR HUNDRED YEARS and if your mentality is, “aaah it’s fine I’m probably dead by then” then do you want your great great great great great grandchildren to live in a world full of rotting plastics and acrid pollution? If the answer is No and you are indeed a compassionate person, then it’s always a great idea to bring a reusable water bottle to every one of your trips.
 
It honestly saves you money and you help preserve the environment. Most restaurants and coffee shops will actually refill your water for FREE so you don’t have to buy a plastic water bottle every single time you feel thirsty.
 
Invest in a sturdy insulated water bottle such as this one. This has a hook so I can latch them on top of my backpack and five months in, this bottle’s still here to stay (I lost my old one, I left it on the plane lol)
 
So BYOB!
Saves money, saves Mother Earth, keeps you hydrated!
 
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Sunsets.

I know when the sun sets

You’ll tell me you love me

When no one’s looking and what’s left is

Our bodies etched between what ifs and regrets

I know when you stare

Those eyes will haunt me till I sleep

When your touch has left marks everywhere

Like secrets we never can keep

I know when you smile

It’ll be too late for me to step back

It’s a whirlwind, it’s a blackhole

Itching past the blinds before they turn black

I know when the morning comes

We wouldn’t even speak

Who am I and who are you

We’re two people unlikely to meet

I know when you leave

I’d feel numb to my core

You were bad, you were good

And here we are wanting more

self-love, self-exploration & self-growth.

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I wanted to post something more personal but I couldn’t find the article that I was writing yesterday.

I guess these past three months have been months of self-love, self-exploration and self-growth. I learned so much about myself and about the dilemmas that I have been dealing with repeatedly. But now I am slowly realizing all of these bad and toxic traits plus the toxic people who were in my life and I am working on being a better version of myself.

Peeking through is still the girl who loved everyone too much she forgot to love herself though now she’s trying to understand that she doesn’t need validation from others to know her worth.

I am looking forward to better months ahead. I know 2019 will be filled with a lot of opportunities to grow more and be more especially when I enter another chapter of schooling this August.

I am indeed overwhelmed be everything that has happened so far and I regret nothing that has happened in the past because I believe that those bitter(and not so bitter) circumstances are what brought me here today.

WIth love,
Beyscapades
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Lost Boys of Samar.

Just a few days after my trip to Siargao, before my tan even roamed my hometown, I was up on my feet again for another adventure. But this time, I was exploring my province with some of the most chill and adventurous people.

I didn’t really expect to have fun as much as I did. When my friend invited me to join them I was rather hesitant because I only knew two people from the group, my friend included. But I was YOLO-ing since I passed my board exams last August and I quipped at myself, “why not”. And I am glad I decided to join.

I felt like there was an instant connection with everyone, exchanging names and aspirations here and there. We bonded over our love for nature — the sea, the trees, the sky. We all had one thing in common, our wanderlust, and we all couldn’t wait to see and explore the beauty of Eastern Samar.

I am local. I have lived here for half of my life, was taught the language Waray and spoke it with confidence but I have never really ventured much along the coast of Eastern Samar. I was sent to Cebu for college and I would come home during the breaks but I was going to the same places over and over again that I didn’t really think that there were so many more spots to visit outside of Borongan City.

This time around, we didn’t even set foot in the capital city. We went to the smaller municipalities, all boasting with the most picturesque views. Balangkayan, Llorente, Hernani, we all roamed through those three municipalities, basking in the sun, getting tanner every day. And with these people being the guides you never thought you’d have, it was the one of the most enjoyable road trips ever.

 

 

Creating content.

I like working with and being surrounded by content creators.

Hey guys, I have been busy being here and there and everywhere and I am so excited for the videos and the blog posts that will be coming out soon as soon as I finish editing them. I am so grateful to be creating content and I will surely miss it when I go on a hiatus on August.

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A few days ago, my friend Janel (@janeylalala, @shuttersmileback) and I went to Hilangagan Beach here in Borongan City, Eastern Samar and I invited my friend Alren (@alrenberonio) to come and film with us.

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Go watch our Hilangagan video up on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Anc71Z9LQ_U

Check out Alren Beronio Photography & Films for video and photo services.

With love,
Beyscapades
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Empanadas!

We have been product testing!

I have been experimenting with different kinds of fillings for our baked empanadas. These right here are Tuna Empanadas (Original Recipe by my Auntie Mabel). The crust is buttery, crispy and everything that you would ever want from a pie crust. I honestly think it tastes like a Danish cookie. Making the dough does take a lot of effort (arm exercise, included) but it’s so worth it!

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I didn’t take a picture of the mini apple pies that I also made but those were also drool-worthy. Better than the ones at McDonald’s for sure.

Anyway, get these Tuna Empanadas at Cafe Stellar!
PS. We only make 25 pcs a day so if you want to order a big batch, please let us know.

With love,
Beyscapades
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