And just like that, we’re getting closer to the end of the year and with that, the end of the first semester!
I just wanted to post this one here because I truly appreciate each and every single “night-outs” I had for the past four months (I still honestly drank a little too much). But, who says Med students are too busy to drink and party? We’re done with yet again another block (Goodbye Block 3!). It was a great 6 weeks and I honestly loved Block 3 and tomorrow it’ll be the first case synthesis for Block 4 which is the official start of our second sem!
Yes! I know. We’re starting Block 4 right off the bat and I don’t personally understand it as well but you know, there are a lot of things that we don’t understand in Med school and starting Block 4 right away is one of those things. Haha.
I can’t wait for our most-awaited Christmas Break/Sem break! My brain’s honestly on vacation mode already but I still have an exam on the 9th and my brain’s got to hustle one last time.
2019 is indeed such a great year so far and I wish and hope that December will not disappoint. There’s going to be a lot of things that will be happening this month so I am pretty excited. Can’t wait for everything to go down!
My name is Beafleur Elaina Cui and I am a first year Medicine student at Cebu Doctors’ University. After passing the Physical Therapy boards back in August 2018, I felt burnt out and lost. I didn’t want to proceed to Medschool, “just cause”. So for a year, I went on a journey of self-love and self discovery and I am so glad I did. Because now my soul and my heart is ready to conquer whatever challenges come my way.
Growing up from a family of doctors, I’ve always wanted to be just like them. Honestly, I wasn’t forced to study Medicine just because it was the family’s badge. I wanted to study Medicine because I want to be able to be a part of people’s journeys; I want to be there to guide them, give the appropriate medical advice & treatment and be their helping hand in their times of need. I think being a doctor embodies everything that I want to become as a person in the next five to ten years; responsible, caring, smart among others. And with that being said, I want to be a pediatric oncologist. Cancer runs in my blood and yes, it sucks to have the cancer gene. But what draws me to focus on pediatrics is my love for children and entertaining small beautiful humans all still full of hope and light. Cancer sucks no matter how old it hits you but for these babies; who’ve only just been in this Earth for a couple of years, who haven’t seen the worsts yet, to have this incurable disease is just deafening. I want to fight their battles with them and be an instrument of healing.
I think what I dream to achieve someday aligns with what my school, CDU-CM, visualizes for the future. I believe being in this institution would help be become a happy & well-rounded doctor bringing light to the kids that I will hopefully be treating in my plight to becoming a pediatric oncologist. I have not doubted CDU’s capabilities of honing an individual to be the best that they can be because even my parents– my role models– studied and graduated from this very university that I am enrolled in. Truly, CDU CARES.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
I have been experimenting with Adobe Lightroom for quite a while now and no, not the mobile version. I have been using my Sony a6000 for my photos and videos. I bought it in 2017, when I traded my gopro Hero 4 for something more… mirrorless. I figured that the waterproof camera wasn’t meant for me and I bought this hybrid of a camera instead (it’s a crossover between a digital camera and a DSLR). I was gearing towards the a5100 at the time since it was cheaper but with a lack of a viewfinder, my heart beat towards the a6000 plus there were so many good reviews (watched a lot of YouTube comparisons) and recommendations (Thanks Kuya Leonel and Dylan).
I’m not the best at portraits. I never liked taking them but I guess we all go out of our comfort zones and try to explore something new once in a while. This was at Gateway in Cubao. We have just hopped off our Grab when I said, “Pose ka muna. Saglit lang” and my friend, Niel, did. We were both just laughing while he was trying his best to strike an angle that befit his personality when two of other friends quipped we had to go somewhere else. Despite it being brief, I think I managed to get a decent shot out of it.
I am a cool-tone kinda girl and I like editing in blues and pinks rather than the usual teal and orange that everybody has been putting out lately. Though I have no hate towards the masses because I know that everyone has their own unique taste, I just like the Brandon Woelfel vibes better and it kinda suits my personality as well.
I spent seven incredible days in Siargao just this month of September and as a foodie, I know I can never leave Siargao without going to restos/cafés and munching down on whatever it is that the establishment has to offer.
Heads up, if you are going to Siargao, the price of the food is quite pricey. A lot of places offer food that starts at around PHP 200 to as much as PHP 500-PHP 1000 depending on what you are ordering. My tip is to book a hostel/homestay with a kitchen so in that way you can cook your own meals and not spend PHP 200 every time you eat breakfast, lunch or dinner and just decide on which days you want to splurge and eat out. In our case, out of the seven days, we probably splurged on one meal per day and the rest of the meals we had at the homestay where we were staying at.
Note: Some of the things I’m gonna list below, I don’t have a flatly to show just because we went there at night and the lighting is not that great so I might just insert their link or their Instagram.
I guess I just really needed a clean slate and what better way to do it than making a new instagram account. Well, basically, it’s not a new account. This was my account when I used to sell my old books for a good cause (I gave half the profit to charity). So yeah, it was such a hard task unfollowing and following everyone back again just so that I could filter out the audiences that I wanted for this one.
Basically, this account is for my travels + foodblogs + PreMed hype. What makes it different from other blogs? Well, the medical content that will be incorporated along with all of my wandering and my foodtripping. It’s a bunch of random things from the three that I hope will come together as an organized masterpiece.
I hope you guys support me and follow this account and I hope to be blogging and instagramming a thousand more words and a thousand more pictures to share with all of you guys.
Have you ever wondered what it felt like to actually get a hogwarts letter and find out that you’re not actually a muggle but instead a fckn cool ass wizard who’ll eventually fall in love with a red head and have the one who killed Voldemort as your bestfriend? Yes! Hermione reference, in case you didn’t get that. As we ventured into this amazing sight just two hours from Paris, I couldn’t help but squeal in my head because it looks so much like the wizarding world of Harry Potter. I actually felt like it was my first day of magic school! </p>
So, here are nine tips to guide you through this one of a kind castle in France:
1. Bus to Mont St. Michael. We docked at Cherbroug, France via MS KONINGSDAM. We travelled approximately three hours together with the rest of the Holland America Line guests (which were mostly old people btw). This was the only tour that we booked on board and this was priced at $165 per person. It is quite expensive but I think the experience plus the bus plus the tourguide was worth the money.
2. Shuttle to the castle. Our bus dropped us off not directly at Mont St. Michel but what seemed like a kilometer away. A long bridge sits between the mainland and the castle itselft. There’s a shuttle service that will transport guests to and from that is free of charge. Although, the entrance ticket costs 17 Euros so I guess it comes with the fee.
3. Stroll to the gates. Apparently, they still don’t drop you off at the entrance gate so people are advised to walk. It’s a short distance plus you get to have a full picture of the site from top to bottom.
4. Brick by boring brick. Walking Tour! Yes, the only means of transportation inside is to walk with your two feet. Ramps and stairs are present but in different entrances. Since we were a big group and the main entrance (with the stairs) was quite busy with tourists, our guide opted for the ramps instead.
5. Red and Yellow. The tapestries were in this color! Ring a bell? Definitely screams Gryffindor! Aaand have you seen the coat of arms? It’s basically a replica!
6. Diagon Alley. If it were a bit dimmer, this street would look so much like the one in Harry Potter. I would want to buy a Nimbus 2000 on one of the gift shops please.
7. Dining Hall inside the castle. If it were a bit bigger and could fit four houses, then it would have been the perfect fit for Harry Potter. Sometimes I wonder if maybe J.K. rowling visited this castle and was like… “This should be my inspiration for Hogwarts”
8. Crepes. When in France, one must never leave without having a serving of crepes. At the “Diagon Alley” (Yes, I’m calling it that), we bought pasalubong at one of the stalls and stopped by a creperie. There are a lot of creperies in Mont St. Michel so no need to fuss. I had a basic Caramel Crepe that was light and fluffy and had the right sweetness to it. Delish!
9. Buy a Snow Globe. I bought a snowglobe that had the castle perched on the middle. I also bought a bunch of postcards for myself and for my friends. The castle is just so picturesque that my mom also bought a painting so that she could hang it in her office.
10. GOT theme song on repeat. I know I said it’s basically like HOGWARTS but you must admit it’s kinda like King’s Landing too from the brick walls to the high towers. I bet even saw Tyrion Lannister. Lol. The whole time we were roaming around, the infamous themesong kept on playing in my head. Hogwarts plus Game of Thrones? Probably going to be a blockbuster!