Laptop fixed, blog updates to come!

(Written in the air yesterday)

Hello friends!

The good news is, I have a working laptop again! The bad news is, I wasn’t able to save anything on my previous hard drive, which simply died on me. But that’s okay, I have back up copies of many files and it’s not the end of the world that I lost some of the others.

I was already behind on my blogging during the holiday season because I’m a very important person with many things to do I was busy and also lazy. And when my computer died, I felt like I hadn’t blogged for ages!

I’m currently in the air with Michael, on our way back to Brisbane. Going to try and spend a few hours writing up all my blog posts so I can post them when I have internet again! Thanks for reading, stay tuned!

3 weeks since I last posted!

Unbelievable how fast this rotation has gone by… tomorrow is already my last day in hospital… of the year. Then final exams next week!

I haven’t blogged in over three weeks, ashamed! No excuses! Although getting home late most days leaves me completely exhausted, especially after dinner when I still have to study 😦 That, and I have not done anything interesting during this rotation! Mostly focused on school, I haven’t even been taking photos regularly! Oopsies.

I’m very excited to be approaching the end of third year, which has been fantastic. I love being in the hospital, being part of a team, and the opportunity for hands on learning. Definitely excited to be finishing up this year, but a little apprehensive about next year as well, ah!

Here are a few updates:

  • So fortunate to have been a part of such an awesome medical team for this rotation. We are having a farewell lunch tomorrow… I’ll definitely be a little sad but it will be nice to see their faces next year as well 🙂
  • Final exams next Wednesday morning! It will consist of a long case and a short case. For the long case, we get 1 hour with a patient and during that hour, we must get a full history and do a full examination. This is followed by 20 minutes with two examiners where we present our case and get grilled. The short case will be a focused examination completed within 8-10 minutes, also followed by a brief summary/presentation to the examiners and being questioned. Sounds nerve wracking? It is!
  • Because real patients are used for our exams, we are banned from the hospital as of Friday. That way, newly admitted patients are kept secret 😉 And so, I’ve decided to go to the beach this weekend. Relax and do some reading under the sun… lots of reading to get through in preparation for my exams next week!
  • Will be going to my first baby shower! Mum-to-be is my lovely friend Kristen, who makes pregnancy look absolutely beautiful!
  • Then Mike and I are flying home on Sunday, November 17th at 7:45 am! We’ll be heading to the airport quite early, will we be up all night doing last minute packing? Mike will for sure. I’ll be doing my packing while procrastinating studying for exams.
  • We’ll be arriving in Vancouver on November 17th at 7:25 am and will spend a couple of days visiting my sister (studying OT at UBC) before going back to Ottawa, arriving at 11:40 pm on November 19th!
  • Yay, I’ll be home for my grandpa’s 80th birthday!
  • After many weeks of snail mail, I have finally completed my registration to write the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE)! This will be the first of 4 Canadian exams I will have to complete should I wish to train in Canada. My exam will be on February 28th in Melbourne!
  • I have a lot of studying to do… for the rest of my life.
  • But yay, home soon! And for Christmas!

200 Followers!

Wow!

I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to each and everyone of you!

Blogging is something I choose to do mainly to reflect and to record my thoughts and memories. I am humbled and happy that so many of you chose to read what I write and share in my adventures (as boring as they may be sometimes).

It is also thanks to you that I know of your blogs (as I am a bit of a hermit in the blogging community) and have found other people with similar interests. With that being said, there are also those with very different interests and have still introduced me to many new ideas and/or wonderfully interesting things!

Thank you for making WordPress blogging a much more enriching experience for me!

Cheers and much love!

Sandra

Photo Blog Update

Finally, an update on my photo blog since July 2012!

Almost 50 photos added 😀 Some will be familiar! I invite you to check them out HERE (or click in the side bar)

Thanks and have a great night!

Congratulations Little Sister!

Big congratulations to my little sister, Jenni, for being accepted into grad school!

She applied to the Master of Occupational Therapy program at 5 schools in Canada and was accepted to every one… so proud!

Come September, she will be a Thunderbird at her first choice school – University of British Columbia!

And of course, Mike and I will now be stopping over in Vancouver to visit her on the way back home this year 😛

What I’m most excited about, is after years of nagging her to have a blog of her own, and not including her humorous blog (Ain’t Nobody Got Time For This) with our cousin Janet, she finally has one! Please visit Thunderbird Time to follow her adventures in becoming an OT student and eventually an OT!

Our mom is probably already sad that our family home will soon be further dwindling down, from an original 5 to 2 – but hopefully this blog will help keep her connected to everyone back home 🙂

That online presence

Can you believe that I’ve been blogging for over 2.5 years? Crazy! Who would’ve thought?!

When I first decided to blog, there were a few people (including my mom!) who thought making my life public on the internet could be risky…

Agreed! While for the most part, being a part of the online community is extremely positive and beneficial, it can sometimes be dangerous.

Fortunately, a lot of troubles can be avoided if you simply…

These are my personal rules:

  • Scam – If it sounds too good to be true, it’s too good to be true. And never give away your personal details online – simple!
  • Harassment – I’m sure you’ve all heard of certain YouTubers being harassed so badly, it has ruined their lives. While I do feel sorry for them, it’s often because they decided to do or say something really stupid without thinking of the consequences.
  • Invasion of privacy – If you don’t want people knowing about certain personal details – then don’t ever post them publicly.
  • Stalker/theft – Don’t let the things you post identify and make you a target of crime. Don’t flash your wads of cash, don’t show off your colletions of pricey items, don’t post videos of ‘house/neighbourhood tours’, etc.
  • Future-biting-in-the-ass – Don’t post anything you know you will come back to haunt you!

While I have followed these rules from the day I started blogging. I cannot say it has been easy, especially the future-biting-in-the-ass rule – that one is always hard.

I know… everybody’s different. Even though I thoroughly enjoy many people’s honest-without-restraint blogs/vlogs – I always find myself needing to hold back. Before every post, I always ask myself, is this appropriate according to my standards? Especially as someone pursuing medicine, I now think, “Would I be happy if a future colleague or patient came across this?”

Yesterday, I read a post on our class group page on Facebook. It has since been taken down, but I’ve paraphrased it below. The bolded words are those he actually used:

To the guy on the stairs shitting himself before the ethics exam, I have your cheapie (insert brand) sunglasses. I was thinking of just keeping them for myself but I figured I should at least let you fight me for them.

Additionally, there was no “haha” or “lol” to imply that he was joking or being sarcastic. To me, rude and disrespectful. I actually thought, “What an asshole!” And unfortunately, if I ever meet him in the future… this will be the first thing that comes to mind. I could be uptight, but I do think that’s a lack of professionalism. We shouldn’t be calling out fellow colleagues (or anyone and in a public forum no less) for worrying about exams or owning cheap stuff in that way – or even at all. A simple, “To the guy studying on the stairs before ethics exam, I have your sunglasses. We can meet up” would’ve sufficed!

Perhaps he deleted the post himself after realizing how he came across or perhaps an admin thought it was inappropriate and deleted it for him. Either way…

Unfortunately, there is no undo button on the internet. You can get rid of it, but chances are it’s been copied, people have seen it and people have talked about it.

It’s all been said before, but you never know who will be seeing what you post online – family, friends, (future) employers, clients, etc. It can be hard to control reactions and actions in real-time, in real-person, but not online! Take advantage of that!

My online presence plays a big role in my life and fortunately, I’m satisfied with it. 😀

What are your thoughts?

Introducing a blogger and a friend :)

This is long overdue (and I’m sorry dear!) but I would like to thank my lovely friend and fellow blogger… let’s call her ‘S‘. That way, she can maintain her online anonymity 😉

Thank you for a number of reasons!

1) For being one of my oldest and closest friends. We met back in grade 7-8 and became closer throughout high school. She’s been there through thick and thin and is one of the few high school friends I still keep in touch with. For that I am grateful. We rarely see each other, but when we do, nothing has changed and things pick up where we left them. Friends like her are hard to come by, I’m sure you know the feeling!

2) For having a blog! Being on the other side of the world, it’s often extremely hard to keep in touch with friends – her blog allows me to stay up to date with what’s going on in her life. Can you believe, she’s the only friend I have who blogs? I’ve grown to love blogging as a tool to record my thoughts and memories. But it also kills 2 birds with one stone. I can blog on my own schedule and those who are interested can check up on me whenever they feel like it. That’s why I wish more of my friends blogged – so I can stalk you guys! 😀

3) For her awesome shout out to me and Elle! You are such an amazing and strong woman, thank you again my dear! Like her, I feel like I don’t praise other bloggers enough. I’m terrible but I will try to be less of a silent troll reader!

S has 2 blogs, check them out!

Her first is Love Lost in a Hail of Gunfire. Mostly laid back, many of her posts on this blog share mini life updates, her current interests in music and tv, as well as her own art pieces.

More recently, she started a second blog – Perception Overload. This one will serve as a platform for her more serious posts that will definitely be thought provoking!

 

Versatile Blogger Award

A long overdue thank you to Edward from Echwalu Photography for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award 2012. Yay!

Here are the steps for receiving this award:

  1. Name the blogger who awarded you this fantastic award
  2. List 7 random facts about yourself
  3. Award 15 other bloggers this award
  4. Enjoy!

7 random facts about myself:

  1. I’m turning 25 (quarter century, woo hoo!) next week, and my family is in Australia to celebrate with me! Not only that, my mom will be turning 50 next month and our family will be together to celebrate her birthday as well.
  2. I am so easily startled but love sneaking up and scaring the daylights out of other people. I want a black morph suit.
  3. I started blogging in January of 2010 without expectations of following through, but here I am! And so glad too! Now I have at least 2 years of memories to look back on in in the future.
  4. I buy postcards with much enthusiasm but always fail to actually mail them out to family and friends…
  5. I will neglect everything to finish reading a good novel. One of my favourite authors is Michael Palmer.
  6. I love taking pictures but hated lugging around my DSLR during everyday life. I now own a point and shoot (Canon S95) and take it with me wherever I go so I don’t miss out on photo taking opportunities.
  7. I like buying my groceries online and having them delivered to my house – thank you Coles!

Award 15 other bloggers this award

I’ve been very lucky to accumulate a number of blog followers over the past little while, which is great because it also leads me back to their blogs. I now follow a number of bloggers, a few of whom I’d like to nominate for the Versatile Blogger Award 2012!

  1. Petra’s 365 photographs – Love her photo a day postings!
  2. Nonoy Manga – A 17yo Filipino high school student with lots of talent and gems to share in this one!
  3. Griffin’s Grub – Food, food, food! Love his detailed posts and willingness to share with people!
  4. Photosteam – A graphic designer with many amazing pictures. I especially like the ones of his travels!
  5. Capture the Captivating – She’s definitely captured some great photos! And love the artwork she sometimes posts!
  6. pawsforamoment – A blend of writing and animals – a lot of nice articles dealing with the current world of animals!
  7. The Better Man Project – Evan regularly records the life lessons he learns on a daily basis while trying to be the better man – very inspirational!
  8. Short stories from life – Manoj spins fantastic tales from his life – always a pleasure reading them.

Thank you everyone for your support ❤ I hope you will enjoy checking out the blogs above! Have a nice day!

[Related post: One Lovely Blog Award]

One Lovely Blog Award

I’ve been awarded the One Lovely Blog Award, yay! How exciting, my first blog award 😀

Here are the steps for receiving this award:

  1. Name the blogger who awarded you this fantastic award
  2. List 7 random facts about yourself
  3. Award 15 other bloggers this award
  4. Enjoy!

Thank you ‘Charm‘ from all that charms for choosing my photoblog ‘Nguy Photography’ – I am flattered! Please visit her site and check out her lovely pictures!

7 random facts about myself:

  1. In 2008, I donated my hair towards making wigs for cancer patients. Since then, I have never been patient enough to grow out my hair again. It has been over 7 months since my last hair cut… I’m finally doing it! Hopefully by the end of this winter, my hair will be long enough to donate again.
  2. I have final exams June 12-15, 2012 – followed by 1 week of vacation. Guess where I’m going?! Singapore! So excited. For a $200 return ticket – who could pass up that opportunity?
  3. I cherish surprise hugs
  4. I was born and raised in Canada. Going to Australia for med school was my first time away from home. How things have changed but one thing will never change – I miss my family and friends, lots! Can’t wait for my mom and siblings to visit in July 2012!
  5. I love chocolate. LOVE
  6. 2 things I need to use daily: a tongue scraper and q-tips
  7. I have been working on a piece of art for 2 years – I am that much of a procrastinator, how terrible is that?

Unfortunately, I do not follow enough blogs to award 15 other bloggers. Instead I would like to pass this award on to 5 others:

  • Echwalu from Echwalu Photography – A Ugandan photographer. Although his captions are rarely over a paragraph in length, his pictures are truly worth a thousand words.
  • Michael from Life Voyage Photoblog – Inspiring to see his daily dedication to photography – I especially enjoy his iPodography and iPadography series.
  • sdazzle from rantings of a loon – I discovered his blog through his ‘Freshly Pressed’ post Silent Death-Alzheimer’s Disease story-1988. He has amazing photos with equally great writings.
  • Jennifer from Savory Simple – She never fails to inspire with her recipes and her amazing accompanying photos – I always want to try everything she’s posted!
  • Kari from Outside Air – Posts well written, great blogs that are a treat to read!

Thank you again! I hope you will enjoy checking out the blogs I’ve mentioned above 🙂

Welcome and Thank You

Long overdue but nevertheless:

Welcome new readers and thank you!

Over the past weeks, I have started adding tags to my posts which surprisingly, has caused a huge increase in ‘stranger-traffic’ (visits from people I don’t know) to my blog. Many of you have ‘liked’ my posts and some of you have even subscribed to my blog… I feel so special!

So thank you so much for your time! And it’s also great because I get to visit many of your blogs as well. We have similar interests but I never would’ve discovered your blog if you hadn’t visited! ^_^

Have an awesome day!

New blog look!

Well… what do you think?

I was tired of the old template and decided it was time for a change.

Love the easy to see dates and the dark background. Sadly, I no longer have customized headers 😦 Oh well! Also cleaned up the sidebar to make it more compact and less busy.

Hope you like it too!

I’m going to try something new

After many months of titling my blog entries with “Begin thought in title…” and followed by “… end thought in post” format, I’m going to make a change.

My entry titles will now contain complete ideas and give proper indication to what the content will be. Hopefully most people will prefer this method more! 🙂