Part 1: Panama In A Week – Medical Mission


Read this first to understand this post: Packing for Panama

Next Post: Part 2 – Sightseeing, budget, honest thoughts, and more pics!

This was the longest week I have ever experienced. It took us a day to get to Panama despite living in Florida. Group traveling and saving money meant taking the road that was less traveled by. I have spent a few nights and long hours in airports before, but this was by far the most uncomfortable 10 hour layover in Colombia. However, we did finally make it to Chitre, Panama. Continue reading “Part 1: Panama In A Week – Medical Mission”

Packing for Panama

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What I’ll be doing…

This is my second time out of the U.S., and my first time in Central America! I’m going to Panama in a few days with the University of South Florida (USF), the organization I’m going with is International Health Student Collaborative (IHSC) that are made up of medical, pharmacy, public health, and physical therapy students. USF has many organizations that visits Panama throughout the year, and they set up volunteer clinics at rural communities that do not have access to health care. The residents can come for free, and we provide screenings, wellness care, education, and donations. I’ll be volunteering for 4 days, and will have 2 days for sightseeing. I’m excited! Continue reading “Packing for Panama”

Put A Bird On It

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The title is extremely cliche, and I watched Portlandia to prepare for my trip to Portland, OR. Portlandia does not truly represent Portland, but I now understand some of the social context that Portlandia showcases.

In May 2016, my BF and I decided to take a trip to Portland to visit his old college roommate. His name is Chris. Chris is a marketing/business entrepreneur, and looks for opportunities to make a living while being completely independent and being his own boss. He takes short cuts, sometimes lazy, sometimes a little obnoxious, but I admire his competitiveness, initiative, risk-taking, and commitment to relocating. He has two sides: the jokster and the professional. I remember days when he opened a minor short-lived threading business, when he created perfumes, and how he tried to refurbish phones and sell them. Few will ever get to know the real Chris, and I got to see both sides. Continue reading “Put A Bird On It”

What is Public Health?

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A little background: 14, 18, 22

In high school I was the studious and well-rounded girl, and graduated at the top 10% of my class. High school is one of the most lame rite of passage any person has to take, and therefore, I hated high school. I hated missing class, I didn’t party, I didn’t like the kids too much, and I wasn’t interested in any of the guys. I wished I spent more time in high school developing skills and taking college courses.

In college I learned a lot, became more open minded, tried new things, and embraced new ideas. I became smarter, took chances, was more resourceful, and learned to be more efficient. I’m fortunate that my parents didn’t have to pay a dime towards college tuition, nor did I take out any loans. Scholarship and financial aid funded my college expenses, and left over money was used for personal expenses, my study abroad, and savings toward grad school. I also graduated in the top 10% as well. I know, bragging rights.

At 18, I didn’t know what I wanted to do, and put down nursing as my major. I decided not to apply to the nursing program, and switched to public health and minor in business administration. After my bachelor’s degree, I was in full panic mode because I had no idea what was next. Luckily, I got a job and worked for about a year and I happily left that job. I knew I wanted to go back to school, and a Master’s degree was in my line of sight.

So what is public health? Continue reading “What is Public Health?”

Stuck In A Cycle

Running Around on Campus. Red for Luck.

In my previous post, I talked about trying to maintain communications with friends. I want to have the door open for friends to reach out to, even if haven’t talked or seen each other in awhile. I’m not good at reaching out to my friends, but I try. There are times when I feel disconnected, and we have nothing in common anymore with my friend(s). We don’t need to have common interests to be friends, but the follow up questions becomes small talk. I still have fun, and it’s great catching up, but who knows when we’ll meet up again. My boyfriend think it’s because I’m maturing, care less about trivial things, focused on other matters, and because we’re at all different points in our lives. Where is my best friend? Like Blair and Serena’s friendship without the cattiness and competition. Continue reading “Stuck In A Cycle”

ISO: Kindred Spirits

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Starting the semester off right! Written notes over typed notes

I saw La La Land twice, and the emotional impact was still the same. My boyfriend enjoyed it too like I knew he would. I’m constantly humming the songs. I had a nice and long winter break, and I’m ready to start the New Year! Last Christmas in 2015, I wasn’t in my typical spirited mood, and I attribute it to my antipathy for my first job. It is really a difference to my happiness after leaving that job. So whenever I give advice, I always note the importance of enjoying your job and the people, take the chance to constantly be looking for opportunities, and leave a job if it truly makes you unhappy. Now I create my own hours, I’m part of a team, and get to work on my own goals too! Continue reading “ISO: Kindred Spirits”

La La Land

rs-248320-emma-stone-ryan-goseling-la-la-land-sing-dance-trailer1I finally saw La La Land last night. I’ve been waiting for months because it was a limited release. I limited my search about this movie so that I didn’t spoil myself, and I only listened to 1-2 songs from the album so that I can enjoy the movie seeing and hearing everything for the first time. I have never been so in love with a movie, and I don’t normally go to movies, but this movie warranted my box office support with a big screen for my eyes to imbibe. It was visually appealing, and my heart pounded at every fanciful turn, tap, and spin. I love the music in this movie because it was so pleasing and romantic. Although the story line is simple, but the execution was beautiful and creative. I like how it was an original movie, the color palette was soft and bright, and the costumes especially for Mia. I’m not too much of a fan for musicals, but this movie didn’t have the flashiness of a typical musical (when I say typical I mean Hairspray and Grease), but it didn’t feel like a musical when I was watching it which I liked. Continue reading “La La Land”