Monday, April 9, 2018

The Story Behind A Smile...




Behind every smile is a story of strength...
A smile to hide the struggle and overcome the different challenges that one has to face.

When you learn to smile behind the pain, you accept that life will never be perfect,
and that once in a while you will get hurt, 
but that won't stop you from living your life to the fullest.

When you share your smile, you let people feel that no matter how hard life gets, 
they are NEVER alone.

That is why I CHOOSE to SMILE.

Because despite the hurts and disappointments that I have experienced in the past,
 life has given me more than enough reasons to smile every single day.

I smile because I am grateful.
I smile because I am at peace with myself

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Kiong Hee Huat Tsai

February 16 was declared as a National Holiday in celebration of the Chinese New Year.  So to honor the 25% of me having Chinese lineage, I bought "tikoy", and we actually had dinner at a Chinese restaurant and ordered birds nest soup because I read that it would bring good luck!

So, for those who would be welcoming the Year of the Dog, may you take a moment to look back to the events that have made an impact in your life.

Be grateful for all the good things that came your way, and at the same time reflect on the lessons learned from your bad experiences.

Be thankful for all the people who made a difference in your life.

And as we look forward to the year ahead, remember that there are no accidents in this life.

The things that happen to us is a result of the choices that we make.

So choose to be happy, choose to love, choose to forgive, choose the people you want in your life, choose to be a better person, and above all, choose to do what is right.

So let me greet everyone a belated "Kiong Hee Huat Tsai." or  “Kung Hei Fat Choi” which actually translates into "Congratulations and wishing you prosperity!”



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Monday, February 19, 2018

Psychiatric Resident Signing Off...

If I am asked to describe what it’s like to be a psychiatric resident in Sotto, I would definitely describe it as “Life Changing”...

Residency training taught me a lot of things not just in the field of psychiatry, but life in general.  It gave me the chance to help and reach out to patients with mental illness and give hope to their families. It gave me an advocacy to promote mental health and awareness.
It was during residency training that I get to meet and work with different types of people, most of whom I now consider as my friends.

What kept me going for the past four years, aside from my commitment to the training program, was because of the love and support of my family and friends. Thank you from the bottom of my heart..

Life as a psychiatric resident was like being in a roller coaster ride, it had its ups and downs... but it was definitely worth it. There was a time during my residency when I was faced with a lot of personal challenges, I remember my training officer telling me that if I would be able to overcome all the problems and difficulties I was facing at the moment, it would help me become a good psychiatrist in the future, and that is what I hope to be...

Graduating from residency is not the end, but it’s just the beginning of a whole new adventure waiting for me...

My sincere thanks to VSMMC and the Department of Psychiatry for allowing me to continue my service with the institution.  I may be signing off as a psychiatric resident, but I know that bigger and better things are yet to come...
 


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Monday, October 9, 2017

Let's Talk About Mental Health

Mental health is a topic that is seldom talked about.

The stigma and the lack of understanding about mental illness greatly affects the people suffering from these conditions, and their families as well.

It's about time that we put an end to the stigma and start talking about mental health.  If we can openly talk about other illnesses, then I don't see any problem why we can't talk about mental illness.

The stigma attached to mental illness is what's stopping people from seeking help.

It's okay to talk about depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, panic disorder,  and schizophrenia.  There is no shame in talking about these conditions, nor is there shame in suffering from them. 

October 10 is World Mental Health Day.  We all can make a difference by talking about mental heath spreading awareness, and giving hope to all those suffering from mental illness one day at a time...




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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Twenty-two to Forever...

It was in August of 1995 when I took a chance and changed my status from being "single" to being "in a relationship".

 It was a roller coaster ride of emotions, and being the hopeless romantic that I am and believing that love conquers all, I again took a leap of faith and married the same person in August of 2006.

My hubby and I have been together for 22 years and we've had our share of difficult moments , and during these challenging times what gets me through is looking beyond the heartache and remembering why I said "yes" to him on those two occasions. 

I have no regrets, because being in this relationship with gave me the opportunity to know my self better, i also got promoted from being a girlfriend, to a wife and to being a Mother, and that alone has been my life's greatest blessing.

I love you, even during the times when you are most unlovable.

Happy Anniversary my love..

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Courage, Dear Heart

Dear Heart,

     We have gone through so much over the past couple of years.

     You know my deepest secrets, and you're good at keeping them.

     You flutter with excitement whenever something good happens in my life.  You have been bruised and broken, and shared with my pain, you helped me hang on when I was on the verge of giving up. 

     You have kept me grounded during the times when I wanted to forget who I am.   You reminded me that hurting is not an excuse for me to make a fool of myself, and so I chose the high road.  

     Thank you for helping me weather the storms in my life.  A few years back, I thought I could never get out of the sadness, the emptiness, and the anger that consumed me.  I was shattered and broken, but somehow you've helped me pick up the pieces of my life again. 

     Even as I was silently hurting, you still beat for me every single day.  You reminded me of the things that matters most in my life.  

     Thank you for allowing me to feel how it is to be happy, to be sad, to be afraid, to be angry, to love, to hate and to forgive.  These emotions and more is part of what makes me human.

     Our journey is far from over.  There would still be battles to be fought, and we still have so many things ahead of us.  And as what Aslan whispered to Lucy in the book, I say to you my friend, "Courage, dear heart..." 

     There is nothing in this world that we can't face together...


         

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Sun, Sea and Me...

I have been out of the blogging sphere for a very long time.  I keep telling myself I need to go back to writing, yet when I start to sit down and try to put my feelings into words, things just go blank.  I guess I just had a lot on my plate lately, and I needed to sort things out for myself as well.

The past weekend, I had the opportunity to break away from my usual routine and head off to Daanbantayan with hubby and the kids.  I knew that I needed time away from the busy city life and from being a psychiatric resident even just for one day.  Even the thought that I had my monthly visitor didn't dampen my mood.  I was looking forward to a day at the beach, enjoying the breeze and feeling the sand in my toes.

The sea has a calming effect on me.  Did I ever mention that I grew up in our ancestral home, with the beach at the back of the house?  I remember learning how to swim by being thrown by my uncle into the water.  I would try my best to swim like a dog until I reach the foot bridge.  My brothers and I had so many happy childhood memories spent in our backyard with the sea within our reach.  

I just love the feel of the salt sea air on my skin,  I could just sit down and stare into the ocean until the sun sets and the day is over.  I guess we all need time to escape from the worries of everyday life and just live our life the best way we know how.  That one day spent at the beach has helped me recharge and put a lot of things in perspective.  It made me realize that no matter how busy we all get, we must never sacrifice the things that we all hold close to our hearts.  Somehow, I finally decided to slowly go back into doing the things I used to do... Taking small steps one day at a time...









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Saturday, February 27, 2016

On painful memories...

Each of us have had our own share of painful memories.  But every person would have different ways of coping with them.  I used to harbor those painful memories in my heart, keeping them locked inside... But those painful memories have their way of eating you up and so I decided to drive them away...

I've realized though that the harder you try to forget a painful memory, the more it comes back to haunt you. So it's wiser to stop trying to forget  them.  I somehow learned to live with all the painful memories.  I have come to accept that I may have been hurt, but it does not mean that I can't be happy again.  A painful memory can turn into something beautiful if we only learn to find the meaning behind them.

So for now, learn to live with whatever painful memory it is that you have, but do not ever let the pain kill the person that you are.  Strive to be happy and live each day as if it were your last.

Above all, make new happy memories that you can  look back to.   If you have more happy memories in your heart, there would be no place for the painful memories to hurt you..



 


 

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