1. Hi. May entrance exam ba sa UPCM? Or interview lang?
Hello! :D UPCM’s med application process is made up of 2 parts. First you submit the requirements needed and they screen you mostly on grades (dapat summa/magna/cum level) and NMAT score (95 and above). Then they release a list of those qualified (around 200 students) for interview. The second part is the interview process then they trim it down to the final qualifiers for admission (around 160 students including INTARMED passers). They have no exams unlike PLM and UST. I hope this helped!
2. Hey ate Carla. :) I just read your blog about SLCM! Gosh that’s also my dream school. Just wanna ask if what are the factors to get a scholarship? Is it more of the family income or more of the academic performance?
Hi!!! :)))) Well it is also my dream school but sadly I’m turning it down because I passed without a scholarship (boohoo :<). Anyway I hope it won’t happen to you so read up and follow my piece of advice (lol haha) - bother A LOT about your GWA/grades and NMAT score. They don’t really care what school you’re from or what your social status is but you have to be running for LATIN HONORS (1.75 - 1.00 for UP standards) in order to get that scholarship AND if you ever pass w/ a scholarship and you decided already to go to SLCM, reserve your slot ASAP (though there’s a 20K reservation fee) because I have friends who delayed reserving and missed out on the scholarship slots. This year, 109 students are eligible with scholarships but only 60 slots are available! So hurry and reserve right away. There that’s reality - GRADES GRADES GRADES! So make sure that before applying to ANY MED SCHOOL you have good grades! :)))) I hope I didn’t scare you but I just wanted for you to not regret anything unlike me right now (boohoo again :<)… :D
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Being a pure-bred Manila girl, going to UP Diliman is always a big deal for me. These past few weeks, I’ve been travelling to and from for thesis so I took advantage and tried out some places.
The relaxing univ vibe in UPD. I still regret not applying here and going to UPM instead. Tsss but oh well, true-blue Manila girl nga ang peg ko!
Last time I visited, I decided to have lunch in Trinoma! But since I cannot decide where and what to eat, I ended up having desserts instead at Cupcakes by Sonja!!! Yup, that’s me. Whenever I don’t know where to eat I just choose a sweet shop. Oh, I also blogged about Cupcakes by Sonja’s (CBS) biggest rival, Vanilla Cupcake Bakery (I think they recently got a renovation courtesy of Heima)… You see, even if CBS is the mother of all cupcakes here in the country, there are still a lot of new cupcake stores being opened but I tell you, their red velvet is still the best.
Although I’ve heard a lot of good things about this cupcakery, it was my first time to ever try one so I had a hard time choosing what to get!
Waaaahhhh there was just so many and all seem to be delicious that choosing 2 is a tedious task. I wanted to buy a box but I’ll be commuting by train soooo you know, I did not risk eating smashed cupcakes!
The cupcakery is good for to-go orders since it was pretty small and the chairs and tables (which are pretty too) are outside in front of Cinnabon. But inside, you can feel the ‘cafe’ vibe because of the chalkboards and jars and the oh-so dainty lighting!
More treaaats yayyyy~ definitely yummy to look at. What more if you eat them?
LOVE is everywhere… and I love everything about the store! The food, the decorations…
Beautiful wall decor just in time for Valentine’s.
See? The store is tres chic! Complete with tulips and bell jars huhu I want one for myself :(((( plus the tiles my golly!
The cupcakes are big too so you can share it with a friend! That way you can order and taste a lot!!! :)))
Here’s what I finally got for myself!
Of course I tried out their best seller - the RED VELVET VIXEN (Php 85.00)
Really yummy, I must say! The frosting was heavenly and the cake is moist and not grainy… And oh, check out the very beautiful and dainty coaster (?) or whatever it is called placed under the cupcake!
Another must-try is the CHOCO CREAM PIE (Php 110.00). Not so sweet but definitely for the sweet tooth. You get it? Haha! It is just perfect! Plus it can be for sharing since it is quite bigger than the usual cupcake.
My view of the cupcakery from my seat in the island! :) Cute whisks used as chandelier! I must say I’m definitely coming back the soonest! And I’ll make sure that I won’t be commuting so I can get a box of assorted cupcakes!!! I heart heart heart the cupcakes and I hope if you haven’t tried them yet, do!!! :D
CUPCAKES BY SONJA
Finally I got the chance to post this! It’s been so intense lately with thesis, acads, org stuff and the mere idea of just having a month and so before graduation! You know I’ve been just used to UP Manila and right now the future is still unclear for me. Yes, I’ll be taking medicine for sure but where, that’s one reason for me to be keeping my fingers crossed!
So last January we went to Mt. Pulag (PHOTODIARY) and it is not a leisure trip but a field trip meaning, FIELD WORK! So we have to present an output and here’s our Pulag Exhibit entitled FERNOGRAPHY: MOSS MASAYA SA PULAG! hahaha
The GINA ITUUUUU jeepney to Pulag! Inspired by the cray-cray monster jeep ride and the Manay Gina’s ‘resto’-slash-‘comfort room’! I am really amazed by my batch mates’ creativity!
A photo op with the jeep with Kuya Dan our tour coordinator from Arcobaleno Trailoutours!!! :)
Tadaaaa~ We present you our exhibit of the flora of Pulag! It has been beyond amazeballs to see a wide assortment of these elusive plants!
Selfie »»> Ceremonial rites. That’s just how we are! #vain
Selfie with Nay Rubs! :’)))))))))))) Nay, thanks for being a very awesome professor/friend/second mother to all of us! You always tell us that you love us and now we tell you that we so so so love you too! Imagine, 4 years with Ma’am Rubite (I had 7 classes with her!!!) and then next year huhuhuhu, but you’ll always hold a special spot in our hearts Nay Rubs! - Bio Batch 2014 >:)<
Props to the max! They even brought a tent! :)
Theeeeeere! Finally I posted this!!!
1. From: Cheridan Collado: Good day, fellow Iska! Cheri pala, UPB Bio din. I’ve read your blog, and like you I’m aspiring to be a doctor, too. As I observed, batchmates tayo. Hihi. But I see you’re gonna be graduating na this March/April (Congratz! Ako kasi di pa. :((. Anyway, I just want to know (aside from St. Luke’s and UP) saan ka pa nag-apply or mag-aaply for med? Saan ka na rin na-interview? Huhu. I feel kasi na approachable ka naman kaya I emailed you. I hope I’m not being bothersome. Tsaka pala, I’m not fond of commenting/asking directly sa blogs (hiya ako, haha), I just read kaya I resorted to email. (At andami ko nang sinabi. Hohoho.) Hope to hear from you. Hehe. God bless sa acads and stuffs!
Hello fellow Iska! Aside from UPCM and St. Luke’s, I also applied for PLM-CM! You know how expensive a medical education could be so I’m banking on these two only - PLM because I am applying as a Manila resident and St. Luke’s hopefully as a scholar… I already had my interview in both schools and also the PLM-MCAT which is the exam for admission. I’ll be blogging about my PLM experience soon (plus tips for med interview and the exam hopefully maalala ko pa) but after thesis na lang (huhu I hope we can finish this soon) and when my acads is relatively light. Konting kembot na lang yan and I’m sure ga-graduate ka rin, masaya naman sa Bio kaya hindi mo na yun mapapansin! Thanks for reading my blog and if you have other questions, just email me! Hope I helped you! >:)<
2. Hi Ate. I’ve always been a fan of your blog and I happen to see your post just now about Flagrant Foul. I read it too. I hope you don’t mind me disagreeing with you. Kasi sa simula lang yung ‘strong - athletic’ type personality nung female lead. When you get into the later chapters, you’ll see she’s not that strong. I suggest you keep up with it kasi I do and just like the first novel, it gets me hooked up to. More blessings, Ate Carla!
Ooooh cool! Now I have some push to keep up with the story! Hindi pa naman siya removed from my Wattpad Library eh! I enjoyed Overtime kasi and it was sort of different from Flagrant Foul at first that’s why I didn’t continue! Anyway, your comment is much appreciated! And thank you also for reading my blog! Huhu I didn’t know people aside from my barakada read this! I appreciate it so much! >:)<
I agree. The plot is quite twisted for Flagrant Foul compared to Overtime. Kaya siguro naho-hook na rin ako dito. U may not agree but i think it proves how good catchingfifa is as a writer. Ang galing mag-twist ng story eh. First tatawa-tawa ka kay Kiefer and Von then mamaya lumuluha na for Via and Jeron. Ngayon ang dami kong iyak for brandy. Thanks idol.
Now that just made me more interested! Alam ko yang mga iyak na ganyan! haha Jeric Fortuna fan fics always make me cry buckets! I don’t know why pero the plot for him is always melodramatic! Catchingfifa is a good writer - that I agree with you! :D I follow her nga on twitter eh! HAHA After thesis maybe I’ll find time to read flagrant foul again! :)
Hi ate. Ako po yung nag Tumblr Ask sayo about Flagrant Foul. I hope you get to blog about it when you get back to reading it. I really want to know your thoughts about it kasi. I’m too happy to know that one of my favorite blogers also reads the work of one of my favorite writers. Thank you so much ate Carla.
Awww you’re so sweet! >:)< And sure I’ll blog about some of the stories I’m reading na din! Kailangan ko maging extra motivated sa mga acad shiz ko esp. thesis just so I can blog! I have a lot of pending drafts na! :))) Again, thanks for reading and asking! :D
3. How do you find Overtime? How about Flagrant Foul? If I’m not mistaken, it’s written by the same author.
Overtime is a really good Wattpad story if you are the type who likes dreamy and far-from reality ones. I mean I enjoyed it because of the thought of having brothers like Nico Salva & Chris Tiu! HAHA plus that her boyfie is Jeron. Imagine if that would happen in real life to any girl! Meanwhile, Flagrant Foul is still on progress but I am not keeping up with it because I do not like the ‘strong, athletic’ female lead for Wattpad stories. I like independent ones but the fighter-type…uhm not really. The writing style is brilliant for both stories and Catchingfifa (the writer) is one of the few Filipino Wattpad users who writes with the proper grammar so her novels don’t make me flinch. If you like a Jeron Teng fan fic you can try these completed ones: Even Before and Why Are We Still Friends?. If you like a Jeric Teng fan fic read The King Tiger and His Tigress (not yet completed but it is my fave among all the ones I’ve read so far), Queen Tiger (omg this is nice too!) and there are those which I liked but are still not yet updated for months!!! Anyway thanks for reading my blog and for taking the time to ask! :))))
4. Hi po Ate Carla. Ask ko lang po sana kung may uniform sa UPM?
None!!! :))) You’re free as a bird!
5. If a Pre-med student from another university (a sophomore, perhaps) transfers to UP Manila for a different pre-med course, if ever she gets accepted, will she be accepted as a Sophomore or a Freshman? Thank you!
Hi! :) In Biology, we accept transferees (from other universities) and shiftees (from other UP Manila courses); I just don’t know with the white colleges (e.g. Nursing, Physical Therapy, Public Health, Pharm…) I think it depends upon the course… but if ever you get admitted you will be an irregular student (and you get a separate adviser from the department who will help you). It really depends upon the subjects that would be credited from your previous course and school. The more units, the higher the chance that you won’t get delayed! I know someone from UPD who had a lot of units credited so he got to join his actual batch in UPM. Meanwhile I know some who got delayed for a year or so. I suggest you drop by the college admissions office to check your files! :) Thank you and hope you get in! :D
6. Hi, I am Ranjan from India. I suddenly found your profile while going through the mystery and history of Oblation Run. As you are a student of the University of the Philippines-Manila, may I ask you to post some photos of the Oblation Run to your page?
Hello Ranjan! Wow, I never thought non-Filipinos would be interested with the Oblation Run! :) I have already written a blog post regarding the ritual dance of the brave by the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity complete with pictures! You can click this LINK to check it! Thank you and I hope you can give your feedback with the Disqus below the blog post!
Got a question for me? You can ask anything under the sun through this ASK LINK and I’ll try my best to answer! :D
My Disqus account is finally working already and I’d appreciate it if you guys ask through Disqus but TumblrAsk is also okay! :))) Anyway, I decided to make a separate blog post regarding the National Medical Admission Test which is also the most read entry in my blog (yay! thanks guys!). I will be updating this every now and then with new answers to new questions so don’t hesitate and just click on this ASK LINK.
A PERENNIAL QUESTION: Where to get online NMAT Reviewers?
Click on this DROPBOX LINK for my personal review materials!
So here are some of the questions asked…
1. hi Carla! I really appreciate your blog and your answers to everyone who posted questions. that’s why I’m also encouraged to ask. I just want to know some of the sites where you got some of the NMAT reviewers which helped you in preparing for the exam. I’m planning to take this April 2014. Many thanks and God bless your good heart.
Helloooo! It’s nice to know that people appreciate my blog! ^^ Anyway, I did not really depend on online sites for reviewers when I studied for NMAT. All I studied were the CEM questionnaire (w/ answer key) that they’ll send you through email to acknowledge your registration, MSA reviewers I borrowed from a friend and photocopy of review center materials also from friends. I’m looking for the soft copy of some reviewer files and I’ll post a dropbox link maybe by tonight so you guys can access them! I hope I helped! :)))
2. Where can I get practice tests for NMAT? Can I purchase it online or what?
Aside from the one that CEM will send you through email after registration, you can buy MSA Reviewers in National Bookstore. You can also download materials (usually for SATs) online for free.
3. Hello, I was reading your blog and got your ID from there. i had some doubts so i thought to mail you. I am Prakhar Srivastava an indian and i am pursing my B.Sc Biology from Virgen Milagrosa Univeristy Foundation, San carlos, Pangasinan. I had Following queries regarding the NMAT please help me sort it out:
Hi Prakhar! Google’s really interesting haha! Anyway, let’s answer your queries:
1. The NMAT result is a requirement for ALL medical schools in the Philippines although IT IS NOT THE ONLY EXAM that you have to take depending on which med school you are applying for. Example, in the University of Santo Tomas (UST), they still conduct an exam which is more on the Psych or Personality side. Another med school is Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) which still has another set of exam called the PLM-MCAT.
2. Regarding foreign students, I believe they do accept applicants. I also think that the requirements are pretty similar with the Filipinos. You might want to check this LINK and this LINK for more info regarding their admission process.
3. You can never go wrong with MSA Reviewers - I used it for when I applied for Manila Science High School, UPCAT, and NMAT! The NMAT is patterned after the reviewer that CEM will send you after you’ve registered and paid, so I suggest you try on answering those. You can also try enrolling in a review center to boost your confidence although it is not necessary for you to pass. Just study hard!
4. If the MCAT you’re referring to is the med exam for foreign med schools, I heard that it is on a whole new level! NMAT is basic stuff. I always say that the questions gauge if you have common sense and whether you retained the key ideas from your college subjects! MCAT is very difficult said my senior who took it to qualify for National University of Singapore. Just work with the reviewers I mentioned in #3. :)
5. Medical school is NOT cheap. But medical education here in the Philippines is RELATIVELY CHEAPER than abroad. The fees also vary depending on the school you’re applying for. Here are some of the fees for the first year that I know of:
- UST : Php 140,000 per sem
- UP College of Medicine : Php 70,000 per sem
- Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health : Php 120,000 per sem
- PLM College of Medicine : Php 60,000
- University of the East MMMC : Php 110,000 per sem
There are schools that offer scholarships depending on financial ability and honors upon graduating.
So there I hope I somehow answered your questions regarding NMAT and medicine! Thanks for dropping by my blog and for asking! :D
- Medical schools have a cut off NMAT score. For example UP and St. Luke’s doesn’t accept those with a score below 90. I am not familiar with all of the cut-offs so you can do your own research about that. :D
- You don’t need UPCAT for med. It is an entrance test for those who want to study their undegrad in the University of the Philippines.
- Review Centers offer refresher courses on different subjects. Some have specific curriculum for NMAT. You can search online for review centers nearest your place and those whose schedules fit your free time. In Manila, famous centers are PICS and BRAINS. It is not a requirement though. My friends and I did not enroll in one.
- You can refer to this link and this link and this link based on the performance in the past medical board exams.
- In my opinion your college GWA is the most important factor when applying in med schools aside from NMAT. UP only looks at your grades to see if you’re up for an interview since almost everyone who applies there have 95 and above NMAT results. Having Latin Honors is also helpful! I don’t know what you can do to pull up your GWA but at least try applying to a medical school and see for yourself if it’s enough.
Hi! :) If you’re applying for med school the NMAT result they accept is the November/December of the previous year, the March/April and November/December of the current year. People usually take it a school year before graduating and that is very advisable since the results come after 15 days and it will be a hassle for those applying in med schools that has an early deadline, usually December 20-ish. Some schools accept ‘to follows’ but I don’t think UPCM does. Anyhoooo, just take it the summer after your junior year!!! Good luck on NMAT and prepare well since I now realize after 2 med interviews that it is the top measure to be accepted! :)))
5. From bittersweetchances: Hello ate, nabasa ko po yung post mo about sa NMAT. Medyo matagal na po yung post na yun hehe. Tatanong ko lang po sana kung saan yung test center this april 6 sa Manila. Hindi po kasi namin alam eh. baka mawala po kami. Hehe
Hi! I’ve been asking the juniors in our school na rin regarding the venue and we think that the April 2014 test will still be held at the University of Sto. Tomas (UST). CEM will email you around 2nd week of March for room and building assignments so just wait for it! Meanwhile, here are some links regarding the venue: UST, UST Map and DIRECTIONS going there. If you have further questions just hit up the ask button! :))) And thanks for reading my post! :D Good luck on the NMAT! >:)<
Ate bale secondtime ko na po ito. Ang hirap po kasi ng NMAT sa totoo lang. Hehe! Kasi wala po kaming mga subjects na bio sa Nursing po kaya medyo nahihirapan po kami ng mga kaklase ko. Kailangan po ba kaming magreview center?
I know you’re really anxious about NMAT and getting a high grade and believe me when I say that I was also like that! Aside from the pressure brought by my batch mates there’s also this pressure since I need to get to a good medical school. It is just MIND OVER MATTER. If you put your heart into it I know you can do it! If you show much dedication towards studying you’ll get a high score. As I would often say, MASTER the tricks in answering the first part. As much as possible aim for perfection at that part. The second part, you should know them by heart. The concepts there are basic that I’m sure you already took up in high school or general electives in college! Nursing is a very good pre-med although my friends say it sucks when it comes to NMAT preparation. Just study and if you think you need to enroll in a review center then go lang. If you can afford one without breaking the bank then enroll in one. It will give you the confidence you need. But at the end of the day, if you really like to be a doctor then you’re willing to push yourself to do your best! Good luck!!! :)))
6. From Deborah Gabrielle Torres <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hello ate carla! Im gab. The other day i was googling for some tips for the nmat and i happened to stumble upon your blog and the entry about the nmat. I just wanted to ask how hard the nmat was? Im really nervous because im on my 2nd year taking up medical technology in the province and i already feel like im gonna fail the nmat. I heard its super hard to have a high percentile rank and I have no inborn intelligence whatsoever :-( i wanna pass it so bad because i also dream of getting into ust fms. I mean for you im sure it was super easy cos youre a UP student. Sorry po kung fc ako. Im just so desperate for advice. Hehehe
Hi Gab! :) Yay, thanks for taking the time to read my blog entry. Huhu, sorry I replied just only now :(
Grabe, hindi naman porket UP nadalian agad, I mean it was mostly because of the course I’m taking. Biology major kasi ako so it was like the NMAT is made for us. We have covered almost everything in the exam and I think the school where you came from doesn’t really matter.It’s mostly the course. I have a friend from DLSU who’s a Biochemistry major na naka 99+ din and I have a friend from UP naman na 89 pero Political Science major. Actually lahat naman talaga tayo kakabahan kasi it is a milestone in life na way para ma-reach mo yung dreams mo, in your case sa UST-FMS. Saan ko ba siya maicocompare? USTET maybe? Halos similar kasi ng test types with USTET hindi lang subject proficiency… may mga skills part pa like yung part one. At first, I expected it to be hard (I’m a very pessimistic person na paranoid pa) but many people assured me na it was okay as long as I study and prepare well for it. If you’re not confident with the knowledge you have, try applying sa mga review centers though I’m telling you they are expensive. One reason na din yun kaya I studied by myself. MSA reviewers plus yung ibibigay ng CEM na sample test lang okay na yun eh :) If you read my blog entry mostly yun na ung tips ko :D sagad na yun pati type ng pencil nilagay ko na haha :))) don’t worry too much… pero advise ko lang get ‘safety schools’ I actually didn’t apply sa UST due to financial constraints and the level of difficulty of getting in. 85% kasi ng ina-accept nila ay graduates ng UST. So ayun… if you have questions pa and clarifications just email me :D okaaaay lang talaga! :) Sorry talaga ngayon lang! Happy Holidays! :D
Aww thank you for taking the time to reply! And sorry din kung ngayon lang ako nakapag pasalamat ate :) just wanted to ask which parts nung nmat ka nahirapan and which parts ka nadalian?
Shoot, I saw your reply just now :((( I don’t regularly check my gmail account eh. You can try reach me through email@example.com if you have more questions though! That, I check daily! :)
Anyway, as far as my poor memory can recall and judging from my NMAT results breakdown which you can see here. I really sucked with the mathematics-related parts i.e: physics, inductive reasoning, chemistry. Halo kasing computation although basic lang naman and theoretical yung mga yun eh. :( And nadalian naman ako sa Biology (I have no choice since that is my major haha) and Verbal (since I’m inclined with language and I love reading!!!). And oh, I enjoyed the Perceptual Acuity!!!
Just give it your best shot - study and prepare well for it!
Again, thanks for reading my blog and hopefully *cross-fingers* I can make you want medicine more as I write down my med school application journey and soon (hopefully this starting June) my new life as a medical student!
Enjoy your undergrad years!!!
7. hi, Carla! i happen to run across your blog since im searching for NMAT sched 2014. ive already visited thair home page but no sched has been posted. is the registration for April already finished? i have no idea with this entrance test and i hope u can help. :)
Hello! Based from experience since I took it last summer, the schedule will be posted just a month before the date of the exam. So if your target is on April I think you better get started on studying already and just wait through their site for the schedule. They will be posting it there for sure. I guess you can check again by the end of the month. Good luck with the NMAT and feel free to ask if you have other questions! :D
He/She replied this:
Thanks, Carla! that was a big help. I finished my premed 8 years ago and ive finally decided to pursue it. ive no contact with my friends who are doctors now and most of them are working overseas… i’ll have to download review materials, etc., but tips from you is greatly appreciated. xoxo
8. Hi po ate carla, magtatanong lang po sana ako about sa NMAT. Di ko po kasi gaanong binasa ung blog mo about dun. Nagreview center po ba kayo para dun? Madali lang po ung test?
Hi! :) No, I didn’t enroll in a review center since my friends who did enroll told me it wasn’t worth it and would be just a waste of time and money. They also said that the exam was pretty easy, (and I believed them that time) and that going on a review center will just give you confidence and some additional knowledge. Instead of enrolling, I studied by myself using review materials I downloaded from the internet plus the one CEM gave me when I registered. Test-wise, I can say that it was easy since almost the entire exam especially the second part was covered during my undergraduate years in UPM. You just have to prepare for it by reviewing! For the first part, you can master techniques on how to answer the questions! :) If you have some time you can read my blog post since it has tips on how to study and answer! :D
Thanks to those who asked and if you have other questions regarding NMAT or anything under the sun which you think I can answer, don’t hesitate to hit up the ASK button! I don’t bite. :D
The idea was to have a memorable report and memorable we definitely got. For our Economic Botany class, we had to report on endemic plants that are sources of fibers. Being the maarte person that I was, I persuaded my group mates to wear the products while reporting. So here we are, Group Three, in our outfits of the day! Buuuut we had so much fun and because we don’t usually wear Filipiniana, we took it up a notch and gone trippin’…
Like this swagger/gangsta/jeje pose…
Or this equally old-type of shot. Ang lakas maka-feeling Spanish!!!
Can I pass as Dalagang Pilipina na ba?
HAHA, we tried doing the pose of the people in those times - yung tipong “no look in the camera" parang ganito… PEG
Then we started with the ‘makalumang style’ of photography! I am always scared of photos of those period… PEG like this one!
But then we pushed it further and got these insteaaaad…
Oh what a fun subject Economic Botany is!
The class + Dr. Antonio Manila
I just want to share this newly-discovered treasure! Definitely my new favorite from Starbucks, the Asian Dolce Latte satisfies the bipolar in me! The Starbucks® Asian Dolce Latte is a delicious blend of premium, dark-roasted Starbucks® Espresso Roast and specially developed dolce sauce, mixed with sweet steamed milk, giving it a delightful velvety texture. The one I got is iced since it was hot that day! Since it has two parts, whenever I’d like something bitter I sip the top part and when I want something sweet, I go for the dolce sauce at the bottom! Try this drink and I swear it’ll be your staple just like me!
For our next place in Taft Challenge, we went to Crazy Katsu in Archer’s Place beside Holly’s Coffee and Bratpack!
Crazy Katsu is a small and simple restaurant that will leave you craving for more Katsu! Right now I’m craving the one I ordered which I’ll show you later.
The place has minimal furniture but it suits the whole Japanese feel because of the lovely wooden decors!
This is a compilation of their bestsellers plastered on the wall! Everything looks so yummy and they are yummy indeed!
The short and straight-to-the-point menu of Crazy Katsu. No elaborate descriptions. Basically it is ‘try at your own risk.’ haha but since I’ve searched for this place the night before I’ve pre-decided to get the Chicken Katsu!
Hey swimming buddies, I bet you’re all hungry already! Imagine - 12 laps, 15 minutes of treading and 3 dives at the first level diving board!
And finaaaally the food!
Chicken Katsu (Php 145)
Definitely I’m all praises for this one! I love the blend of flavors! The chicken is salty, the sauce is sour and the garnishing make it spicy! It is overwhelming but balanced! It could have been better if they have unlimited rice (the fattie in me huhu)!!! The servings are enough for I think 2 more cups of rice! Really generous! :)
Tonkatsu (Php 140)
This is ordered by some of my friends and they gave it a thumbs up! I should probably order this the next time I visit but I want to be loyal to my Chicken Katsu :( which is my new favorite!
Hot Tea (Php 40)
I am definitely not a tea person but with all that I ate, I guess my system needs none that night!
TEAAA TIMEEEE! :) The tea is so light and refreshing! I love how it is very affordable!
But the most interesting part of the restaurant is this beautiful wooden art piece!
I had one of the most satisfying dinner in a while! Cozy place + good food indeed!
It’s not goodbye because I’m definitely sure I’ll be coming back after this whole Taft Challenge!
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Whew! So I’m finally done with my SLCM interview and just to record this ‘big event’ of my life… I’ll be blogging on what happened!
It was a Monday. February 11 to be exact.
I have an Economic Botany class at 7:00 am and my interview schedule is not until 1:00 pm. So to calm the nerves I went to our caf (which will soon be void of concessionaires :(((( can someone stop this sorcery pls?) to grab something and practice my answers (yup it was sorta scripted haha)! Good thing my friends are all supportive of me and they decided to throw me the usual questions.
Some include: “Why St. Luke’s?” , “What are your extra-curricular activities?” , “How do you spend your free time?” , “Why should we accept you?” , “What can you offer us?” , “How do you manage stress?”
Yup so for almost two hours I just prepared for the interview. I also kept on thinking on how I’ll go there since SLCM is in Quezon City pa and I study in Manila! Of course I’ll commute but how? Jeepney? Nah, it’ll make me dizzy and smell like I’ve spent my morning in the polluted streets of Manila. Taxi? I’d like to but I bet it’ll be expensive. Jeep fare going there is only Php 11.00 and riding a taxi would be a hundred times more. UV Express but then it’ll take me forever to wait for one heading to Cubao. So at 11 am with almost only 2 hours to go, panic took over and I hailed a cab. I changed my clothes and put on make-up in school already so all I had to do was slip on my heels and fix my hair. Good decision I chose to take a cab. The usual an hour or so travel was cut to just 30 minutes! So I arrived at 11:30 in heels and paid just Php 150. I think it was worth it.
I went to the guard to log in and headed to the library at 7th floor. Since I’ve been to SLCM’s open house last November/December, I was not surprised any more to see the above par library! I mean they have a cafe at the entrance of the library and free wifi without password! Th atmosphere is really conducive for learning that’s why there were a lot of students hanging out. And the students… they all look so gorgeous in the white medicine uniform. I can imagine myself at this institution, I swear. #feeler but seriously I want to study in SLCM.
I have batchmates also scheduled at the same time so it was a relief to wait with someone and share the jitters with! So we were placed in a holding room and we have to wait for our turn! Now here goes the start of my interview…
While we were waiting, I was losing hope since the others were being given the scholarship form I’m not. :( I badly wanted to study under scholarship and if the first step of getting a paper was far from reality what more is my chance on getting one? So I sulked in bitterness and remorse and self-pity… haha kidding but I was sad.
After about 20 minutes of waiting, the secretary called me in. I went inside the room, shook the hand of the Doctor and introduced myself. He asked me again my full name because apparently the paperwork in his files is not mine!!! Imagine my panic!!! Haha he said that in as much as he wanted to interview me he couldn’t since the questions will be coming from the files. So the secretary apologized and said to just wait for my turn.
After about 5 minutes, she came back and guess what??? With paper works for the scholarship!!! Waaaah, I was so happy but of course I didn’t show it much. I know it isn’t a guarantee but still I had a chance. I got my faith and hope back.
Then she called me again and off I went to face one of the most momentous times of my career! HAHA :)))
I won’t be sharing much because I forgot most of it and the interview process is still going on but I it was alriiiiiight. People usually get interviewed for just 5 minutes and it took me 20 minutes! The doctor who interviewed me was Dr. Laya - the SLCM Academic Head and St. Luke’s Hospital Dept. of Radiology Head. He was so nice and we had a few laughs and sharing of personal stories! We covered the usual questions - interests, extra-curricular, why SLCM, the scholarship thingy, my dreams, my community work, why be a doctor, research, the situation of Philippine medicine… I feel so convinced that I belong there. My ideals are similar with their dreams. If only I get a scholarship. If only!!! What touched me was when he said that he wanted to see me in the front row come next school year. (If only you know how badly I want to!)
Basically that was my interview and a whole lot more! My friends were asked regarding their NMATs, grades… even love life! HAHA :D We were done by 3pm and there were snacks! :))))
I’m now crossing my fingers since I heard that they will be releasing the results around first week of March! I hope I get in with scholarship but if ever I won’t make the cut… haha we’ll cross the bridge when we get there na lang muna. But do pray for me! *fingers crossed*
It’s the season of love and the UP BIOMAS in partnership with Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity decided to show it through a blood drive to help out the PGH Blood Bank! Read up and see how it is done! There’s also a video of ME!!! Yup I myself donated and I took a video of it so you can have an idea on how it’s done!