Citrix Of Mibre

IMG_0110

That’s his real name. Son of Brix of Tomski & Samantha of SGE II. But I call him Taco. Short for Taquito. Aside from being Mexican in origin, the fur is fawn like a taco shell hence the name.

My family loves pets. Any kind. I remember that we kept a mynah in our porch but we had a hard time teaching it words to repeat. Haha. Me and my siblings were still too young then that dad had to sell it. I think. We also raised a carp for several years, initially the size of a penny until it grew like a plate then died, probably cos of old age. Other animals that we had as far as I can remember were rabbits, hamsters and a monkey named Sharon. Currently we have a persian cat named Rain and several shih-tzus sheltered in the province. My mom and my sister are the ultra animal lovers, like they can literally kiss the dogs.

A month ago, I decided to get my own puppy. And by “get my own” means that I acquired it using my own money and gonna raise it in my own expense. I initially thought of bringing one of our shih-tzus, EmEm here in QC but I’ve seen how to handle her kind of breed; super ultra high-maintenance… so I did a little research and found a compatible dog for me, a chihuahua.

So why did I get a puppy? I‘ve read before, like a long long time ago in a modest blog that if you are able to raise or maintain an aquarium, you might as well be able to handle a relationship/family and the stressors. I know, right? It sounds too ridiculous to compare handling a fish/aquarium and a real life relationship and situations. I was like, “What kind of shit-nitz this author is talking about???” but eventually I got the author’s point, raising a fish/s or maintaining an aquarium for that matter is a no joke (really, not at all), it requires ultra extra efforts. I know cos I’ve also tried. Haha. The fish died just so you know. So before even getting an aquarium per se, everything must be planned; the type of fish to raise, the water, the contents, the accessories. The water has to be properly prepared, cleaned and maintained in a strict manner; temperature, pH, salt content, sun exposure, etc. An aquarium owner should be very scrupulous or the fish/s will die; or as that blog author and now I compare it with a relationship if not being handled well, it will not last.

I’m still wanting a fish to keep but for now, I am laying and focusing my extra time raising Taco. I am emulating the concept of maintaining a fish aquarium to raising a dog. I believe there’s not much of a difference. Raising a dog is not at all easy hoo-ba-loo voila-done especially the type of Taco’s breed cos they’re very sensitive to a lot of diseases, violence and traumatic handling. He will already turn 5months on February 18 and so far, I think I’m doing a pretty good job being like his dad. LOL. He’s getting fat big fast. I bet his vaccination schedule is more updated than mine and I reckon I’ve raised him too attached to me though, is that a bad thing? Cos he can’t sleep if not in my bed beside me or if ever I’m not at home beside anyone else.

So far, one of the important lessons I’ve learned while raising Taco is that everything beautiful is hardwork. There is no easy way. Do you want money? Work hard for it. D’you want a good and lasting  relationship? Work hard for it. Do you want to raise good kids? Work hard for it.

The 10 Essentials

1. Best fitting denim trousers

uniqlo pants

I invest on really good trousers. I have pants that’s been worn for a decade already and still my favorites. Trousers that suit you best will not actually depend on the brand/s that I may suggest cos male human forms aren’t totally the same in the general population. So my advice is to really scout your "own" brand. But for a lanky guy like me, I like the denims of Uniqlo, Levi’s, Guess and local brands such as Bench & F&H. When I say best fitting denim pants, it’s something that’s easy to wear, usually slim/straight cut that enhances improves your best lower-part assets and can be worn with just plain white tee or can be emergency-shifted to semi-casual cases easily topped by a coat. You will never go wrong wearing them all day everyday. But I also dig the corduroy types and depend much on brands such as Levi’s, Gap and Old Navy.

2. Bidet

Bidet is like your toothbrush used the other way around. And I still don’t get why some households don’t have this simple equipment beside their comfort thrones. I believe too that it’s one of the greatest inventions. Ever. I cannot contend though that usual Filipinos would use “tabo” and that it is still very available but why not shift to an easily extendable washer? It’s more hygienic than “tabo” too cos those dippers are also being used alternately by some in taking a bath.

3. A pair of suit

One must have a pair of suit that’s always ready in their closet. Cos you will never know when you’ll be needing them. And the need usually happens in short notice! Did you notice? Hahaha. Although, I’m not saying that it should be an expensive kind. But definitely it should be something tailor-fitted. It should be done exactly just for you; in your form & structure. Please, not an RTW. You know why? You know why? Cos a suit should be you. It should fold and crease into your delicate angles and curves. And those are unique to each and every individual. So get a pair of suit JUST FOR YOU.

4. Wet wipes

Wet wipes orrrr better yet are the baby wipes. It’s the most useful toiletry. No debate on that! You can clean any part your body hygienically even if you’re not in the confines of your home. Why do I prefer baby wipes than the regular wet wipes? Cos it’s more likely for manufacturers of baby wipes to not use or put any harsh chemicals in wipes used for babies. So technically, if it’s safe for use to the delicate skin of babies, it’s safe for use as wipes even on your face.

5. A satchel or mailman/messenger bag

Photo 1-25-12 2 15 50 PM

I am a bag person. I always bring stuff with me; the must bring items. And since I have a lot of must brings, I prefer a medium sized bag that can be used casually, on the run and at work without the hassle of exchanging bags and shifting the contents from one bag to the other. Bags such as satchels and messenger bags suit that attitude and personality just like any young professional like me. :-) Need I say more?

6. A murse

A murse is a man purse. It’s not your the-only-bag. It’s a smaller bag in the bag that you always bring. LOL. But for some, it can be used as a separate bag. But I just don’t. Hahaha. Some call it their clutch bag. But clutch bag is such a 90s term. We don’t use that anymore. It’s like using the word “parlor” instead of “salon”. Haha. But murses are super helpful in containing almost all your on-the-go slash work slash duty sundries. Really.

7. Rayban

800px-RayBanWayfarer

Raybans of choice? The classic aviators and wayfarers. My facial bone structure won’t allow tiny-sporty sunnies. I don’t know why… It’s been an old dilemma but I’m now not complaining. I love those big frames to keep my eye luggage from showing.  I believe that I have the same facial form similar to Tom Cruise, noh? I love his wayfarer in the movie MI4. haha. And I follow one of the basic rules of life that is… if it doesn’t suit you –> avoid! Why essential? Sunnies are proven to protect the eyes from the damaging effects of sun and wind that irritate the eyes especially to those who are always outdoors which in the long run may eventually lead to certain ophthalmologic pathologies. And since you’ll gonna put it in your face, better choose something nice and appropriate. Personally, as I have mentioned the aviators and wayfarers of Rayban.

8. Antihistamine

In a world where people develop instant immunity and reaction into anything, it’s always prudent to always carry a “contra” in hand. Cos you will never know. I too will never know if this new food that I am going to try or eat will have some form of immunologic reaction to me, e? I am allergic to alcohol but not to all types of alcohol. I develop blemishes most especially with beer and vodka. IKR? And these are my favorite alcoholic beverages too. Haha. And as a precaution, I take medications before I drink. Orrr least I bring medication in hand just in case I start to itch and have trouble breathing. Whatever over-the-counter generics may actually do. Citirizine, loratadine, desloratadine. Avoid the ones with sedative effects though especially if you’re driving. :-)

9. Baseball cap or beanie

Why essential? Bad hair day is a vanity emergency. I am my hair and since I am the kind of person who’s always on the go, I make sure I have a baseball cap and a beanie on top of my table that’s easy to grab… Also, I put another tandem that I always keep in the car compartment. Although I don’t really have a problem wearing an unruly hair at times, it still depends on the current hair length, the current attire, and the mood. Personally, I’ve used these headgears several times already as solutions to hair problems when in a hurry, lacking time to style the hair. I also most of the time use my baseball cap when driving especially at night to give a “macho” effect so not to attract carnapers. LOL.

10. Jaquette

Topman front

A cardigan… Or a nice sweater or a jacket. Or a coat! Anything. But I really prefer a lightweight, not so thick cardigan because of the Philippine weather. I always hang one of these at the backseat. Why? Cos there are certain occasions when you need immediate temperature (especially cold) protection wherein for example, a friend spontaneously invites you to a movie and you’re already out of the house wearing just a regular tee made of meager fabric from H&M. Can you able handle the stress of watching a movie freezing? Right.

Office Ensembles, December 2011

First of all, I would like to greet my readers <if there are… actually… haha.> a very merry Christmas & a happy new year! I know it’s so delayed but I’ve been very busy in December. Last month, I still saw patients on a regular basis which is kind of unusual for a private-practicing doctor like me who would usually just take a vacay from doing clinics. I also took my first step exam for the US medical boards and I don’t want to talk about it. Yet. I technically died right then and there. LOL. & when I say I was busy, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s all about work and career, I likewise attended several partieeeees. The most remarkable were the 3 weddings in different parts of Luzon. I know right? I am already in the generation when my batchmates are getting engaged, taking their vows and eventually having kids.

Office attires for December were mostly if not all are play with layers, use of heavy fabrics and contrast between strong and dark colors because it’s the only time of the year in the Philippines when it gets really cold. Not really as cold as the winter of the northern hemispheres but it usually gets comfortably colder than usual. It’s the time when we get the chance to wrap ourselves with extra clothing and what have yous.

IMG_1806

Scrub Suit: Blue, SurgiScrub
Raglan: Blue/White, Old Navy
Stethoscope: Maroon, 3M Littmann Select

IMG_1787

Tee: Brown, collared, Armani Exchange
Belt: Black, leather, Armani Exchange
Trousers: Denim, Levi’s 514 slim straight

IMG_1816

Tee: Yellow, collared, Folded & Hung
Sweater: Brown, Dean & Trent

IMG_1866

Tee: Green, collared, Oxygen
Cardigan: Blue-gray, Folded & Hung

IMG_1944

Dress shirt: Red/Black, checked, Dean & Trent

IMG_1989

Dress Shirt: Brown-ish, plaid, Oxygen
Sweater Vest: Brown, printed, Oxygen
Medical Coal: Nikko’s Tailoring