Psych Mix: When Boy Meets Girl

Very privileged to host the talk “When Boy Meets Girl: Understanding the Dynamics of Love”. Some Psychology majors from Far Eastern University attended the said event and with some unforeseen problems, it still turned out to be a great experience. Especially that Ramon Bautista came to share his expertise on love. Kahit na alam kong puro kalokohan yung mga pinagsabi niya, he still made us happy, and kilig. hahaha

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I Live for the Little Moments

2012. THESE ARE THE MOMENTS I’M GOING TO REMEMBER.

Overnightss at The Gaurano’s

HIndi lang natin this year ginulo ang katahimikan nila pero memorable pa rin kasi minsan lang naman.
Gumawa tayo ng cover ni Eugene Domingo na “Sabaw” at sinayawan si Julia na walang malay
Nag attempt din tayong sumayaw ng kanta sa Hercules: “No chance, no way, I won’t say I’m in love.” with liftings pa.
Yung nag-usap tayo na walang matutulog
Pero habang nanonood, nakatulog si Ayra…
Nang nakadilat.

Swimming sa Antipolo

Yung galing tayong duty tapos umuulan at ang ginaw na tapos gusto pa rin magswimming.
Ginamit ang “charm” para makatawad sa cottage kasi sandali lang naman at hindi student-friendly and presyo.
Tapos ang sakit lumublob sa tubig kasi sobrang yaman ng pool na yun sa Cl.
Pagpasok sa klase, nalaman kay Ms. Em na kaya tayo nagbabalat kasi “nagdedecompose” daw tayo as a result of chlorine + heat.

Internship, syempre.

Yung mga pasyenteng nakilala at naging kaibigan natin sa clinic.
Yung feeling na hindi tayo ang weird
Ang paghahanda natin ng kendi at RC.
Ang Kwento ng “How I Met My Mother”…in the psychiatric ward.
Yung mga kanta ni Kuya Abe na walang lyrics na tumama. <OST: Narda>
Ibon yata kung lumipad
Sumakay sa jeepney, pinara ng drayber
Makita kang sakdal layaaa.

O diba dabest. Greatest Hits yun.
Basketbol kasama nina Jepoy.
Ang paghampas sakin ni Nica. <rolls eyes> natakot talaga ako dun ah.
Ang paghiyaw ni Kuya Elmer ng “Aliciaaa… YOOHOO!” (naririnig ko siya habang sinusulat ko to)
“I am AWARE of your presence!”, sabi pa niya.
Walang kasing lupit na mood swings ni Vanessa na nakakatakot.
At ang tangkad niya.
Sino ba namang di matutuwa sa tawa ni Kuya Jack na ang sarap irecord.
Lahat ng disturbances, hyperproductive speech, catatonia, delusions, hallucinations, sexual preoccupations nila na nawitness talaga natin. Parang nabuhay yung AbPsych book.
Mga hirit ni Kuya Mong.
Kissmarks mula kay Ate Ellen.
Ang bespren natin na kambal ni Izzy, si Kuya Reggie.
Pagbato ng water balloons sa clinic. Talo tayo kay Onyok, friends. Balikan nga natin.
Yung nangitim tayo sa ating “psycho-social-physical activities”
Namiss niyo rin noh? Tara, uwi tayo.

20th Birthday ko

Yung di ko alam san ako dadalin ni Tweedle Dee at Tweedle Dum.
Nakarating tayo ng BGC.
Umorder ako ng bacon… sa Brothers Burger. lol
Pinakausap sakin ni Ayra ang nanay niya at binati ako ng Happy birthday. Tapos tinanong kung birthday ko ba.
Nag concert tayo sa Timezone, BGC: Kumanta tayo sa videoke ng “I Will Survive” at damang dama ko ang lyrics lalo na yung
“I’m not that stupid little girl who’s still in love with you.”
Buhay na buhay ako noong gabing yon.

19th Birthday ni Ayra

Yung nanood tayo ng Cinemalaya: Ang Nawawala
Pangalawang taon ng Cinemalaya na na magkasama kami ni Ayra. cheesy. ew
Lasang damo yung inorder ni Izzy na tea sa Happy Lemon
Yung akala ko si Ayra ung isusurprise nila Bea
Kasama rin pala ako sa isusurpirise. hehehe. kiligerz
At nasurprise nga ako. Parang ganito: o.O
Nagdedicate tayo ng tig-iisang kanta para sa kaibigan nating parang matanda na pero bata pa pala
OST: Call Me Maybe na kinanta ni Izzy
Panalangin-APO, na kinanta ni Jo
Minsan- Eraserheads, na dinuet ko kasama ni Ayra
Love on Top- Bea and Ayra
Hindi nawawala ang Aegis pag nag videoke.

Mga usap-usapan sa lab

Yung nahuli na natin ang kiliti ni Prof.
Nauto natin siya sa pagpostpone ng quiz o sa free cut
Aware ba kayo na nilabag na natin halos lahat ng rules sa loob ng lab?
Kumain na’t lahat, ginawa na ring salon, nag Christmas party pa don.
Tapos ung after class discussion natin. Tayo na lang maiiwan kasi masyadong nag enjoy sa topic
Oo, reproductive system at epidermal derivatives ang usapan.
Libreng waxing 101 c/o Grasya.

Mga pasyente sa CBR <kami lang ng partner ko dito syempre haha>

Mga hirit ng paborito kong pasyente.
Nireto pa ako sa mga interns don sa clinic.
Ayoko po ata sa physical therapist, sabi ko sa isip ko.
Kami na nga ung nakikisuyo, kami pa pinakain. Laking pasasalamat daw nila.
At malaki rin ang pasasalamat ko.
Kaya binabalik-balikan. :)

Mga kantsawan at Da Who segments
Mga bikitma ng da who: may mga indibidwal, meron ding grupo.
Yung grupo kaya lang naman na-da who kasi tinira nila ung mga Psych.
Masasabi ko lang sa lider: kiss you. (wholesome tayo hindi ko sasabihin ung f-word)
Tas may girlaloo na favorite natin punahin at gayahin.
Pambihira sino ba namang di makakapuna sa kanya…
Ops. atin-atin lang. <wink!>
Si Ayra syempre bida sa atin yan.
Kaya big deal nung nalamang may prospect siyang guy tas hinulaan pa ni Stargazer.
BTW Hindi ako naniwala sa lahat ng sinabi ni Stargazer. kaya ko rin gawin yun.
Tas dahil sa sobrang sikat na si Ayra at dalaga na, (nag hi-hikaw na siya ng fancy) hindi na siya si Dora.
Siya na si ARYANA.
<fancy!>

 
Sa lahat ng kalokohan natin na nagpasaya o/at nagpahamak satin
Sa lahat ng hirap na nagpatatag sa’tin
Sa lahat ng quizzes na binagsak natin
Sa lahat ng drama na nakakasuka pero hinarap natin,
Atin yun.
At nagpapasalamat ako sa mga moments na iyon. Kasi kasama ko kayo. :)
Eto, keso o, Happy New Year. :)
Fancy New Year! :))
Pisenlab,
Lisha

The Joys and Pains of Writing a Degree Paper

Writing a degree paper is the greatest thing a student could ask for. This is what I realized after the first comprehensive research I did so far. Who would not enjoy countless days of thinking what to write about then researching on related studies. Then there’s sleepless nights of editing your own paper while trying hard not to commit theft of ideas. Also, who would not enjoy calling, e-mailing and personally going to almost every hospital in Manila only to find out weeks later that they cannot grant your request? That was quite an adventure. Who would not be fond of submitting your paper to your thesis adviser, proud enough to produce a thousand words, but getting it back looking like a coloring book, only with red ink. All these while trying hard not to give in to temptations of fun social networking which takes away our focus. Can a student ask for more?

Because of being too preoccupied with finishing my research, it even came to a point where I forgot I was also human. I put aside other important things such as my basic needs- eating, sleeping, then leaving my student assistant (S.A.) hours to twenty out of a hundred. I even got a sickness I never heard of before, all because of excessive thesis-enhanced cortisol. Moreover, aside from our own personal preferences such as working styles, one must also compromise with whoever she is working with- a thesis partner. There were times where what made it hard was when stress came up not only from the research itself but because of arguments of two people working on the same thing. But of course in the end, we remember we both only want to produce a decent paper.

Sarcasm aside and contrary to popular belief, there is also happiness in thesis writing. Personally, it was the data gathering process that was not only fulfilling but also a heart-warming experience for me. It was the first time I interacted with medical patients, not mental patients, and it has been great. I was happy about it because in 9 meetings, I was able to not only learn what they were going through as stroke patients, but I also felt a sense of disclosure from them in the course of the interview and some even remained as my friends. Sometimes after the administration of tests and interview, we would just stay in the clinic or at their home to simply hang out and they would joke around, keeping things light. I was very happy to know that that was already enjoyable for them that it was even them who thanked us for the interview and for keeping them company. Though that was not always the case.

There was one particular session where I doubted pursuing psychology. A patient showed an unexpected response to our last activity, which was not even included in the study. He insulted the test, laughed at the activity and even gave snide remarks about it. This response triggered a lot of questions for me for a while. It seems that there are really a lot of people who look down on psychology as a science and might even take it as a joke. Aside from that, what made me question my course was upon learning that medical (physical therapy) interns already obtain a psychosocial evaluation of the patients. That made me ask myself, what else can we offer? Can Psychology really help people or are there already other fields doing the job for us? This were just some insights I had because of that particular session. Then I remembered this was not the first time I encountered such a response. People kept on, and maybe will keep on questioning psychology or look down on it as a profession. I also think there will always be people who will ask the most vital query of all upon knowing you’re a psychology major, “Nasa-psych mo ba ako ngayon?” or “Can you read my mind?”. Yeah we get that a lot, don’t we, psych majors? But still, despite all connotations on my chosen field of interest, here I am, still open and very much interested in different reactions of people to different matters. Believe it or not, I enjoyed all these. Especially because during the latter part of the study, the patients considered us as their friends. Some of them joked a lot about how they did in the test asking, “Ano pasado ba? O may tama?”, and all of us would just laugh and I emphasized that it’s not like that. All of them thanked me and my partner, sharing that we were actually able to help them by developing an awareness of what they were feeling and also by keeping them company for a while which was for them a few hours of preventing loneliness. With that, I already felt a hint of accomplishment. I got close most especially with the patient who challenged my view on Psychology. I even called him an hour before our final defense to ask him how he was and also update him that we were about to present. I would never forget what I learned from him during our first meeting which he repeated all throughout the study. He said that a person needs STD to get better. I was confused, thinking it was about the acquired disease. Little did I know he was talking about something else, the most important thing for him to get better: Sipag. Tiyaga. Determinasyon. I was instantly amazed. The patients, or, our friends in the clinic were sincere when they wished us luck in our studies and even asked us to update them on our success. Fortunately, their blessing gave us luck and even more positive feedback.

In my attempt to contribute something to Philippine psychology, I chose to give my best in our study. And I can say I do not regret if I lost days of sleep. It was all worth it in the end. I was particularly touched when the panelists were able to feel the heart we put in our study, commenting that “We feel you put your heart in what you do. It’s evident in your paper.” I therefore conclude, STD is effective for success.

It is inevitable for a writer, in our case, thesis writers, to experience hardships throughout the writing process. However, in the end, what matters and what lasts is what one has gained from all those challenges, and what we were able to share with a small group in the society.

Bohemian Rhapsody

A SUPER LATE UPLOAD

Graduation Block Photoshoot
When It Really Happened: July 11, 2012

Okay so this was two months ago, and I am very successful at beating the purpose of my visual records here huhuhu. I swear after I finish writing my thesis, I will do my best to update my blog as much as possible! :)

This is my block, the beloved 4F3 Psychology- Clinical Division yo! We chose Bohemian Rhapsody as our theme for our group picture because most of us, the 12 disciples (of Freud) are wild and free spirits (double check op. definition of hipsters) But actually, it was my idea and I’m just glad my blockmates agreed to go with this theme. It looked good on us anyway. hahaha!

This is us setting up:

Me, Jovy and Abby

and this is me trying to look, demure? :))

The Big Four:
The Twins: Pocahontases. haha

*all photos by mwah