Why don’t you stop for a moment and take a picture?

Scanning through old pictures often bring out a little nostalgia in me. I’d like to think that you would share this warm and fuzzy feeling with me as well.

Whether it’s browsing through a worn out photo-book, captured memories on your photo roll, or a screenshot from the past posted on Facebook or instagram, they all bring me back to that same moment in time to what have been.

The good and the bad.

The happy and the sad.

The triumphs as well as the defeats.

They could all blend into one perfectly captured moment immortalised in one photo.

People of different walks of life may have varied opinions. Some may not be a fan of taking a million photos, in every angle possible. While others live on the hype of capturing every detail of their life on film.

We all have a right to our own opinion.

I, being part of the earlier demographics, began to realise the importance of taking photos.

Pictures could serve as a window to a past that may have been forgotten.

It may be a memory filled with laughter or it could be one filled with tears. But irregardless of what emotion it once brought us, it was still a moment we all considered worth capturing.

So take a breather from your usual schedule.

Wake up a bit earlier to see the sun rise.

Go to a new cafe with a great view.

Hang out with an old friend that you’ve missed.

And most importantly… don’t forget to take a picture.

Years from now, you’d look back on this memory with a big smile on your face.

Here was my inspiration in writing this blog.

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Here is an old photo I took about 5 years back.

It reminded me of youth and my carefree attitude. It is something I definitely yearn to go back to and live once more.

So here is my challenge to you.

1. Browse through your old photos.

2. Remember all the memories you once had in that very photo.

3. Please do share that nostalgic story/ memory on the comment box down below.

What is that memory you want to go back to?

❤️Eva

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A Crazy 21 Day Plan

Some articles posted online would point out that it takes approximately 21 days to form a habit.

In order to set this up properly, it is only but appropriate to first define what a HABIT is. According to Merriam Webster, it is defined as a settled tendency or usual manner of behaviour

A habit to eat right, a habit to rise early, a habit to simply be on time… can be cultivated in approximately 21 days.

21 days seem to be such an exact and definite number. And as a person who leans more into something more concrete, the whole “21 days” appealed greatly to me.

On the down side, this 21 day plan is not backed up by scientific study and is often a hot topic for debate among many psychologist alike.

However long this debate would be is still quite uncertain. Yet I wanted to see this in another perspective.

To me, it takes 21 days to form a habit. Whether it is a good or a bad one, either way, it still takes 21 days to form it.

3 weeks

21 days

504 hours.

So why am I hung up on this habit thing?

For the past few months, I became fixated on the idea that I must do something on repeat for at least 21 days in order for that something to be instilled in me.

Call it a motivation or a silly obsession. But believe it or not, it greatly aided me in order to achieve my set goals for the year.

So here was my check list:

1. Study on a tight schedule which starts at 7am lasting until 12 midnight for 21 days.

2. Engage in light- moderate exercise for at least 15 minutes a day for 21 days.

3. Drink milk tea everyday and get the staff to remember my name in 21 days.

SO what did I get out of this crazy 21 day plan?

Did I succeed?

Or did I falter once again?

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, did I build enough anticipation in everyone tuned in?

1. They definitely now know my name at my favourite milk tea place.

2. Finally achieved a fitter and toner body.

And most especially …

3. A license to practice medicine.

A license to heal.

A license to become a doctor.

To put it simply, childhood dream come true.

I definitely admit, it wasn’t the easiest thing I’ve done.

  • Driving back and forth just to get my daily fix of milk tea.
  • Exercising was a lot of work. But it got me up and running.
  • Studying on a 7am-12 mn schedule was probably the toughest of them all. It took a lot of self discipline in order to remain glued onto my chair with my eyes and heart deep into the books.

But looking back at the whole journey in its totality made me realise that… IT WAS DEFINITELY WORTH IT.

So what now…

I’ve checked off another great milestone out of my TO DO LIST BEFORE I DIE.

Does this 21 day journey end here?

I think not…

SO I’ve decided challenge this set track once more.

21 days to make an impact.

21 days to touch someone’s heart.

21 days to make someone miss me…

Is it it realistic? Is it insane? Is it worth it?

What do you want to challenge in the upcoming 21 days with me?

❤️Eva

A Glimpse Into My Story

Mindset, determination and hard work are the perfect elements to success.

We all dream to achieve success in all aspects of our lives. But everything is easier said than done. Reality is much more cruel and if you want to make something of yourself, you have to go out there and you know… DO.

Do the work.

Do make sacrifices.

Do everything in your power to achieve it.

It has been 9 years.

It has been 108 months.

It has been 39,420 days.

It has been 946,080 hours,

Since I started this crazy dream of mine. I just realised that I have been running along this steep and winding road for quite a long time now.

And alas the day has finally come! The day when I cross the finish line. It all culminated with 1,200 questions that could either make or break me.

Although the outcome is still uncertain … but what I know is this.

A good mindset is a perfect mindset.

Determination is the fuel to success.

Hard work won’t betray.

Who would have thought that a little girl who dreamt of being a princess would one day heal and save lives.

Who would have thought that the day would come when someone would address me as Doctor.

Who would have thought that I would be presented with numerous opportunities to make a change in other people’s lives.

Although I am still quite lacking.

Although I have yet to wait for my verdict.

Although I have not yet attained the full rights to proudly put an M.D. after my name.

I am still quite proud of where I am and what I have achieved.

It wasn’t an easy path. And at some point I became an emotional mess. It was definitely a rollercoaster ride filled with countless ups and downs.

So here are some highlights and tidbits of my story …

My most memorable moment would be receiving a genuine thank you from one of my patients whom now I call a friend. However simple it may sound, it can never be priced and it’s value is quite unmeasurable.

My most notable low was when I was too busy tending to other people’s parents rather than my own. Surely I would have to make similar sacrifices in the future. And most certainly I would become disappointed in myself for doing so, but it comes with the job.

Sadly it is a perspective that most people don’t see. And yes it is one of the bitter sacrifices a doctor must make.

But at the end of this day I am quite thankful for this crazy experience.

I am emotionally and mentally drained.

I am physically tired.

BUT I am so blessed to have reached this far.

As of now, I am fervently praying for a good outcome. To finally have a reaffirmation that I did well and all my hard work eventually paid off.

Be inspired like I am.

Go find your dream. Work hard to achieve it. Put all your efforts into something you could be proud of.

It is never too late to make a name for yourself. A name you could proudly call your own.

❤️Eva

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Life Choices

Waking up everyday is a blessing but what we make out of it is a choice.

If you were to choose one thing amongst the options what would it be? Answer honestly and without hesitation, the first thing that comes into mind is your final choice.

  1. Iced Americano or Hot chocolate?
  2. A day at the beach or hiking by new trails at the countryside?
  3. A casual date at a nice quaint cafe or a candle lit dinner at a Michelin star restaurant?
  4. A good book or a good movie?
  5. Living for others or living for oneself?

Choices often define a person’s aspiration, a person’s goal or a person’s inner desires.

MY ANSWERS:

  1. Hot chocolate
  2. Definitely a day at the beach
  3. A Casual date
  4. A good book
  5. Just LIVING

But as to the reasons why we make such choices is what truly defines us a person.

MY REASONS TO WHY:

1. A feel good drink that is perfect for a cold rainy day. My idea of a vacation is a cold rainy day, spent at home dressed in casual clothing with a cup of hot coco.

2. A Day at the beach brings back fond memories of my youth. Good company+mild inhibition brought about by alcohol=best summer of my life. Sun kissed skin, beach volleyball, and many Firsts. 😊

3. Casual date would be a breather from my usual hectic and rigid life. A relaxed and comfortable environment brings out the best conversations amongst people. Not to mention the fact that it is less pricey. Tough times means being practical.

4. Reading and immersing myself in the thoughts of others makes me realise the value of individuality. Everyone is different. Everyone has a voice. A new insight is always a great learning.

5. Life is a blessing but living is choice. Life is short so I’ll make the most out of it. Being in the medical field gives me a daily awakening to my own humanity. Everything is simply borrowed time.

While on duty, I came across 2 people of different walks of life.

  • A 70 year old who came in for severe stomach pain with a mass in her abdomen. The patient was told that there was a big possibility that it could be cancer. The surgery went well and the biopsy showed that the tumor was actually benign and it meant no cancer. A second chance life
  • A 16 year old who also came in for sudden and severe stomach pain. It was also decided that he should undergo surgery. The surgery went well however the biopsy showed stage 4 cancer. Borrowed limited time.

We may all make the same choices in life but our reasons for doing so will certainly be different.

Each and everyone has their own colour and shade. Sharing our thoughts to one another is like painting a beautiful picture together.

Let us make art that heals.

In our fast paced lives, we take everything for granted, even the simple choices that we make.

We disregard the fact that everything we do is a choice. Most importantly we forget the reasons why we choose to do so.

So let’s stop and think.

Answer the five simple questions and as to the reason why you chose to do so … it will surprise you.

  • *BONUS QUESTION*: As to which circumstance above will give you a better opportunity as to living your life to the fullest?
    • A second chance at life or borrowed limited time?

    What are your thoughts? Can’t wait to hear from you. Please do share down below.

    ❤️Eva

    Life Choices

    Waking up everyday is a blessing but what we make out of it is a choice.

    If you were to choose one thing amongst the options what would it be? Answer honestly and without hesitation, the first thing that comes into mind is your final choice.

    1. Iced Americano or Hot chocolate?
    2. A day at the beach or hiking by new trails at the countryside?
    3. A casual date at a nice quaint cafe or a candle lit dinner at a Michelin star restaurant?
    4. A good book or a good movie?
    5. Living for others or living for oneself?

    Choices often define a person’s aspiration, a person’s goal or a person’s inner desires.

    MY ANSWERS:

    1. Hot chocolate
    2. Definitely a day at the beach
    3. A Casual date
    4. A good book
    5. Just LIVING

    But as to the reasons why we make such choices is what truly defines us a person.

    MY REASONS TO WHY:

    1. A feel good drink that is perfect for a cold rainy day. My idea of a vacation is a cold rainy day, spent at home dressed in casual clothing with a cup of hot coco.

    2. A Day at the beach brings back fond memories of my youth. Good company+mild inhibition brought about by alcohol=best summer of my life. Sun kissed skin, beach volleyball, and many Firsts. 😊

    3. Casual date would be a breather from my usual hectic and rigid life. A relaxed and comfortable environment brings out the best conversations amongst people. Not to mention the fact that it is less pricey. Tough times means being practical.

    4. Reading and immersing myself in the thoughts of others makes me realise the value of individuality. Everyone is different. Everyone has a voice. A new insight is always a great learning.

    5. Life is a blessing but living is choice. Life is short so I’ll make the most out of it. Being in the medical field gives me a daily awakening to my own humanity. Everything is simply borrowed time.

    While on duty, I came across 2 people of different walks of life.

    • A 70 year old who came in for severe stomach pain with a mass in her abdomen. The patient was told that there was a big possibility that it could be cancer. The surgery went well and the biopsy showed that the tumor was actually benign and it meant no cancer. A second chance life
    • A 16 year old who also came in for sudden and severe stomach pain. It was also decided that he should undergo surgery. The surgery went well however the biopsy showed stage 4 cancer. Borrowed limited time.

    We may all make the same choices in life but our reasons for doing so will certainly be different.

    Each and everyone has their own colour and shade. Sharing our thoughts to one another is like painting a beautiful picture together.

    Let us make art that heals.

    In our fast paced lives, we take everything for granted, even the simple choices that we make.

    We disregard the fact that everything we do is a choice. Most importantly we forget the reasons why we choose to do so.

    So let’s stop and think.

    Answer the five simple questions and as to the reason why you chose to do so … it will surprise you.

  • *BONUS QUESTION*: As to which circumstance above will give you a better opportunity as to living your life to the fullest?
    • A second chance at life or borrowed limited time?

    What are your thoughts? Can’t wait to hear from you. Please do share down below.

    ❤️Eva

    Story of One: The First Meeting

    Prologue:

    What if you were given 365 chances to fall love.

    Would you fall at the first attempt?

    Or would you make 364 more mistakes before realizing that it was real the very first time around?

    Chapter one: Day 1/365

    We both stood with our backs against the wall amidst the scorching warm summer heat. Many faces surrounded us. Some were familiar and some were new.

    What stood out amongst all the faces were the friendly smiles shared with one other as a new person came into the room. It brought comfort, a ritual that stood out among the many firsts.

    The atmosphere around us was likened to that of a first day at preschool. Where a child stands uneasily by the door refusing to the let go of their mother’s hand that provided the warmth and the security.

    There was tension. How could there not be? Being in a room filled with strangers is not the easiest thing to do on one’s first day.

    We finally said our greetings. Our hi and hellos were left standing in the air. Things didn’t have to be complicated and as simple as that we became friends.

    He was dressed in smart clothing that was formal enough to impress yet comfortable enough to wear in the weather.

    He had an easy going smile which showed his aloof nature that balanced well enough with his slightly guarded demeanor. His stance however had enough air to show his confidence baring the tiniest hint of arrogance.

    The atmosphere wasn’t as melodramatic as to those in the movies. Time didn’t stand still for us nor was there an audience gawking with entertainment.

    It was basically what you would expect in room crowded with people, a mixture of chit chat varying from one group to another.

    What happened next seemed like a blur. From the moment we took our respective seats, to the formalities being said and various orientations given. It all happened too fast. To sum things up, we were all off to a good start.

    We, being to him and I, finally started working at the same institution from that moment on. On a brighter note, having been assigned to the same group, was a close proximity I welcomed with a smile.

    Things suddenly made a turn and for some unsure reason, I began to fidget. A rare occurrence that totally clashed with my usual persona.

    There was something about him that intrigued me. Was it his haughty nature that I wanted to get to know better? Or was it simply his outstanding looks that attracted me the most.

    Despite all the uncertainties, there was one thing I was quite sure of. It was going to be one hell of a year and surely our paths would cross more often than not.

    We all gathered in one table, Him, I and the rest of the group. Another round of formal introductions were done which by now was taken half heartedly. This was the nth introduction of the day. What was all the rush in getting to know each other?

    Standing up after having just been seated for mere minutes meant one thing, we were done for the day. Gathering all our things, we all headed towards our exit.

    If I said walking side by side with him was easy, I would probably be lying. His towering height was a mismatch to my petite frame. It took approximately 3 quick strides to match his own, a struggle of mine which he clearly saw in amusement.

    He laughed. I laughed. It was something we definitely needed to get used to.

    We exchanged basic questions and said all the answers to them in order to share a polite conversation.

    How old was he? 27

    How old was I? 25

    His interest? Obviously basketball

    My weakness? Dancing

    And as to why he wanted to become a doctor. . . Well that was something worth left hanging.

    We eventually parted ways with his back towards me. A back I would see everyday for the rest of the year.

    Would he stop in his tracks and turn his back for a chance at one more goodbye? …

    I smiled to myself. It was definitely something worth getting used to.

    Many thoughts were now swirling in my head. Was it love at first sight or merely crazy thoughts brought about by infatuation.

    Did he really turn back?


    So this is a new project I just started out. It is entitled: The Story of One. Every week, I would be posting a new chapter or a new snippet that would eventually build up to one whole story. With regards to the content, it could vary with regards to your comments.

    So please do feel free to write anything in the comment box.

    I will be updating on a regular, weekly basis and that would fall on a Saturday.

    Can’t wait to hear from you.

    ❤️ Eva

    © 2018 Eva Gamallo

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    Loving Like There Is No Tomorrow

  • HAVE YOU EVER:
    • Have you ever loved someone that your heart was so full, you felt that it could burst any moment?
      Have you ever came across a person, whom you dreamt of spending the rest of your life with?
      Have you ever dreamt of living like a Princess, with a Prince Charming by your side, and having a Happily Ever After?

    Will your “HAVE YOU EVERs” remain just a fantasy? Is there even the tiniest possibility for it to… maybe, someday, hopefully, become a reality?

    For one type of species this is their reality. That once they find their partner, they become one and with that a happily ever after. To them, forever is their reality.

    SOME WOULD :

    • Probably be skeptical at this point.
    • Probably have numerous doubts by now.
    • Probably have laughed out loud as to the ridiculousness of this idea.

    A happily ever after at this age and time? Is it even possible?

    What if I told you that eternal love existed? Would you believe me?

    Have you ever came across of the Eternal Honeymooners?

    According to studies it has been said that once these creatures find their partners, they mate for life.

    To brings things in a more romantic perspective it is said that once they find their love, they become one. And once their end comes, they find solace in it and die in each other’s arms.

    It is the epitome of each and everyone’s romantic fantasies. However it is not shared by humans per se but by parasities, worms to be specific.

    SCHISTOSOMA.

    Kingdom: Animalia

    Phylum: Platyhelminthes

    Class: Trematoda

    Order: Diplostomida

    Family: Schistosomatidae

    Genus: Schistosoma

    Species: S. japonicu

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    Schistosomes are blood fluke parasites commonly found in the regions of China, Philippines, Sri Lanka Asia and Lindu Lake.

    These worms are infamous for causing chronic disease, like Katayama fever, liver fibrosis, liver cirrhosis, liver portal hypertension, splenomegaly, and ascites.

    In short it can cause serious problems in the body and without treatment it can kill.

    Gory details aside, this blog isn’t about its morphology and pathophysiology.

    What amazes me up to this moment is the beauty of their life cycle. The simple fact that, they are one with each other for life.

    This is what sets this parasite apart from its counterparts. A unique and defining characteristic that even differentiates itself from humans.

    I am not degrading the human species by comparing us to some lower lifeform that even unheard by most people.

    What I’m trying to drive at is this.

    We have many goals and aspirations. We dream to live a certain kind of life with a certain type of person we call ideal.

    Despite the complexities that our mind sets for us, our deepest desires are simple. Simple enough that it can be examplified by creatures that can’t be seen by the naked eye.

    It is to find eternal love.

    But reality turned sour and made love into a complicated mess. Love now has to meet certain expectations and standards.

    I do admit that I’ve set my standards quite high.

    Fall in love by 30, have a family by 35 and live a happily ever after.

    Is this even feasible?

    I felt the need to secure my future first before giving into the silly fantasies that love could offer. I felt the need to find someone driven, with a good education,with a good family and with the capabilities to provide well.

    In order to live a good life in this fast paced society, one has to be ideal.

    Most definitely!

    But remember love doesn’t stem from what is ideal. It comes from the simplest things that life has to offer.

    Love isn’t something we create but rather a choice we make.

    Just fight for what you deem worthy. It may not be eternal but it can be lasting.

    Till death do as part

    I know this post is quite a cliche. But every since I learned about the schistosomes and their life cycle back in school, I began to dream.

    That maybe there is such thing called a lasting love. Maybe if you look hard enough, with open eyes and an open heart it could be real. Maybe if you fight tooth and limb, it could last.

    When I go to sleep tonight, I dream to love, to love like Schistosomes.

    Do you share this dream of mine? Have you experienced this kind of love? What did you do to keep it growing?

    ❤️ Eva

    © 2018 Eva Gamallo

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