Sunday, March 30, 2008

ent grand duty

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Saturday, March 29, 2008


mark and a drop of sunshine
ailen taray
leigh and mark
maylynn's silhouette
buboy's reflection
mark pondering
mark pondering more
verle's clerkship shoes
ailen's contentment
mark's enlightenment

Saturday, March 22, 2008

spectacular cathedrals & churches

From : MSN TravelNotre Dame de Paris (Paris)During the 19th century, Notre Dame de Paris was in such a state of disrepair that city planners considered tearing it down. Novelist Victor Hugo, an admirer of the French Gothic structure, wrote “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” to help draw attention to the cathedral’s plight. Success of the book sparked renewed interest in the building and led to a fundraising campaign that financed the cathedral’s 1845 restoration.St. Patrick’s Cathedral (New York City)Designed by noted architect James Renwick Jr. in the Gothic Revival style, this New York City cathedral is built of white marble and has an altar designed by Tiffany & Co. The cathedral’s hallmark spires rise 330 feet from the ground. Construction on St. Patrick’s began in 1858; work was halted during the Civil War, resumed in 1865 and was completed in 1878. When the building was dedicated in 1879, its huge proportions dominated the midtown Manhattan of that era.

Hagia Sophia (Istanbul, Turkey)Famous for its massive dome, the Hagia Sophia is widely considered the best example of Byzantine architecture. It was the largest cathedral in the world for almost 1,000 years until the completion of Spain’s Seville Cathedral in 1520. Originally built as a church between 532 and 537 A.D., Hagia Sophia later became a patriarchal basilica, then a mosque, and is now a museum with rich interior details, including intricate mosaics and marble floor decorations and pillars.
Westminster Abbey (London)Traditionally the place of coronation and burial for the English monarchy, the Collegiate Church of St. Peter, Westminster, more commonly known as Westminster Abbey, is a mostly Gothic-style church located to the west of the Houses of Parliament. In 1998, Queen Elizabeth II unveiled statues of 10 20th-century Christian martyrs from around the world who are depicted above the abbey’s Great West Door; among those honored is Nobel Prize-winner the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
St. Mark’s Basilica (Venice, Italy)A prime example of Byzantine architecture, St. Mark’s Basilica is one of Venice’s most famous churches, prominently located on the city’s central St. Mark’s Square. Opulent in design, and boasting gilded Byzantine mosaics, the building once regarded as a status symbol of Venetian wealth and power earned the nickname Chiesa d’Oro (Church of Gold) beginning in the 11th century. Since 1807, the cathedral has been the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice.
St. Isaac’s Cathedral (St. Petersburg, Russia)Built in the traditional Russian-Byzantine style, featuring a Greek-cross floor plan with a large central dome and four smaller domes, this church is the largest cathedral in St. Petersburg. It is located on St. Isaac’s Square and is dedicated to St. Isaac of Dalmatia, a patron saint of Peter the Great. Designed by French architect Auguste de Montferrand, the cathedral was built over four decades, from 1818 to 1858. During World War II, the cathedral’s impressive gold dome was painted gray to be less conspicuous to enemy aircraft.
Seville Cathedral (Seville, Spain)The largest of all Roman Catholic cathedrals, the Seville Cathedral is the world’s largest Medieval Gothic religious building, in terms of both area and volume, and possesses what is considered to be the largest main altarpiece in the Christian world. Sitting on land previously occupied by the Almohad Mosque, the cathedral was built to demonstrate Seville’s wealth and boasts a lavishly decorated interior, much of it adorned with gold. The cathedral houses a large collection of religious jewelry and paintings as well as the tomb of Christopher Columbus.St. Peter’s Basilica (Rome)Located within Vatican City in Rome, St. Peter’s Basilica is often regarded as one of Christianity’s holiest sites. In Catholic tradition, it is the burial site of St. Peter, one of the twelve Apostles who was, later, the first bishop of Rome. St. Peter’s is famous as a place of pilgrimage, as well as for its liturgical functions. During the 16th century, artist Michelangelo worked extensively on the building and designed its Campidoglio. In December 2007, a red chalk drawing for the basilica’s dome, Michelangelo’s last known sketch, was discovered in the Vatican archives.Washington National Cathedral (Washington, D.C.)Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this Episcopal church, officially named the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, and designated by the U.S. Congress as the nondenominational National House of Prayer, is the sixth-largest cathedral in the world and second-largest in the U.S. In 2007, the building was ranked third on the “List of America’s Favorite Architecture” by the American Institute of Architects.
NB: I've omitted some entries.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

derma grand duty

derma rotation grand duty and also a celebration of us passing our respective grand oral revalidas. the derma residents were really kind to us and dra. gene reyes-marquez deserves mention. she's our clerk's monitor. she made it to the hospital early so she can discuss the cases we see in the OPD. i guess the thing i really learned in this rotation is how to describe the lesions. i bet verle won't forget this rotation, she got acne vulgaris as her clinical case in her oral revalida!


jen with iya's SPAGHETTI

derma clerks with residents sans me

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kaye's revalida

the night before kaye's revalida, steff treated at sicilian pizza. reunited ;-)

baccalaureate mass

universitas sancti thomae
facultas medicinae et chirurgiae
batch 2008
chris, verle, kaye & steff
ust quadricentennial logo
passing out of the portal of the old university
symbolic of how rizal and the other great thomasians passed through it
doctors at last!
congratualtions tribong irregreg!

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photo credit : steff

Saturday, March 15, 2008


The Lofoten Headland’s next-door neighbour is the Maelstrom – Moskstraumen – renowned as one of the world’s strongest tidal currents in open waters. It flows between the island of Moskenes√łya in the north, and some islets just north of the uninhabited island of Mosken in the south. The strait is about 4-5 kilometres across and 40-60 metres deep, and is considerably shallower than the surrounding sea. The tide fills up the Vestfjord twice a day, and the difference in height between high and low tides can be up to 4 metres. Midway between high and low tide, the current changes direction, and this is when the whirlpools begin to appear, with speeds of up to 6 knots.

Nothing else in Lofoten has been so prolifically described – and exaggerated upon – in so many languages. In 1539, Olaus Magnus’ "Carta Marina" was published – complete with an illustration of a terrifying Maelstrom. In 1555, his work on the Nordic people’s history came out in Rome. The Maelstrom is here described as an ocean vortex that runs up and down the sea every day, devouring great ships and spewing them up again! In 1591 the district bailiff wrote, " ... When the Maelstrom is at its peak, then you can see the sky and the sun through the waves and breakers, because they roll in as high as mountains." Similar impassioned descriptions of the Maelstrom can also be found in later accounts. The Norwegian clergyman and poet Petter Dass, the American author Edgar Allan Poe and the French author Jules Verne, are all in the same league. These authors describe the furious force of the Maelstrom, and Jules Verne also describes it as the world’s most dangerous stretch of sea. They write of a current that howls, that rumbles like a buffalo herd on the prairie, that drags ships under, smashing them to smithereens against the sea bed. They describe great whales bellowing as they submit to the Maelstrom’s vortices, while on land, the houses shudder at their foundations! The inhabitants of the outer coast villages of Hell and Refsvika lived nearest to the Maelstrom. They were annoyed at these exaggerations. They themselves had first and foremost treated the forces of the Maelstrom with respect – adapting their work and travels to it in a natural manner. Yet even so, it took its toll among the inhabitants.

Its ferocity was indeed a powerful experience. From the land, it was exciting and entertaining to watch, and the locals gladly climbed a fair way up the mountainsides to get a better view of it.

Today they say, "The Maelstrom, ah yes, that was our television when we were kids." Despite all the delirious descriptions of "the Great Maelstrom," the people of the outer coast regarded it as a gold mine – full of shoals of shiny fish.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

august rush

incredible movie. it's about an orphan with a heavenly musical gift. his parents, a young irish rockstar and a julliard cellist met and shared a single night of love. they were separated by circumstances and the mommy thought she had lost her baby. 11 years later, the boy came looking for them... the best part, hearing the musical numbers.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

plog no. 5

yes! ready for valentines!

sigh... this is the OPD in my dreams... empty
heavenly light shine upon empty OPD seats
my tribe! miko, maylynn and me!
valentine's day at moa
kinilaw na tanigue

self portrait
qwerty, the typewritter is a medical clerk's friend
ysabel nurse's station
ysabel, leigh, mark in the neurology ampitheatre