Lost in the Suburbs or so I Think

I may not have that many friends in total, but the number of friends that I do have, I feel are the most real and closest friends I can ever have.

Most of my close friends are from my college days and my post graduate days in medical school. Just yesterday, I finally got to catch up with my closest friend, my brother, in medical school, and obviously, fellow physician, Doc Joed.

This was a long time coming as we have made plans to hang out for months on end, but things happened to make us cancel it all the time.

He is my brother in medical school as we both we from B.S. Biology (though different universities), and we share the same passion for research (experimental more than descriptive), and finally, the 1st letter of our surnames are close to each other in the alphabet that we usually land in the same group for the 4-5 years we were in medical school (5 years if we include post graduate internship), thus it is no surprise we are close like brothers.

Such is life in that planned activities never push through, but spontaneous plans seem to push through by way of sheer adrenaline, hence, when we just decided to hang out in the country’s capital just to roam around the city and malls, we made it happen albeit the gloomy skies that opened up and rained pretty heavy.

Braving the rain, we arrived at our stop, SM North EDSA…

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Yes, I look like a mess.

After lunch, we decided to shop around; as usual, my number 1 priority in shopping would be for my hobbies… action figures, PC parts, etc. The least of my priorities was shopping for new attire, which was Doc Joed’s main priority apparently. Needless to say, he bought a lot of new clothes and such, then with out really thinking much, I bought some clothes too that I found were nice… something you don’t here me say everyday, “I bought new clothes”, as I seldom really do so; I let my mom or sisters take care of that for me as they know my fashion style (or the lack thereof).

After looking around some more the mall, we had the chance to hang out and catch up with one of over very 1st residents that took good care of us and taught us well during our clerkship days, Doc Anna!

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Next was perusing the mall again and also its neighboring mall, Trinoma, looking for at everything and anything we may actually purchase; not to be outdone by my brother, I was on the hunt for a Logitech Driving Force Shifter to add to my ever growing passion of Sim Racing (we can’t have him just spending alone now would we?) and to pair it with my Logitech G920 Driving Force Wheel and Pedals.

Having bought the things we want, fairly satisfied going around the malls, and having caught up with everything that needs to be caught up, we decided it is time to head back home.

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The humble haul: some clothes from Perry Ellis and a Logitech Driving Force Shifter

Honestly didn’t get nearly all the things I was planning to get in this trip, but what matters to me was that I got to see my former mentor/resident, Doc Anna, and finally got to hang out with my bro, Doc Joed. Things like just talking about anything under the sun without having to pretend you’re someone else makes it quite liberating especially in this world right now where you have to think twice what you say (I usually don’t care about thinking twice anyways) lest you want to insult someone.

Looking forward to another hangout/trip like this in the near future; a geek like me, though truly an introspective and less outgoing, should consider seeing more of the world… helps to de-stress…

Anyways, I will most likely make another post about the Logitech Driving Force Shifter just to give my thoughts on it. I will no longer be reviewing my peripherals as in dept as I used to as it is now time consuming and I don’t have the luxury of time since I need to prepare for USMLE and I still have jobs as a physician to give more of my time to.

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Getting knee deep into racing simulators

Alright then!

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Random

There was once a meme about how a child’s punishments such as being home early, getting into bed early, etc, are now actually an adult’s idea of rewards, and I simply scoffed at it. Thinking I will still find those more of punishments, but as I gotten older, in turns out, that meme is true; I know find having to sleep early, staying at home for the weekends, etc, more satisfying.

However, for those rare occasions where I do go out and invite some buddies to hang out with me as well, I find myself longing to be back home as fast as I can to either be in front of my PC to play games, read some ebooks, or simply tune in YouTube and lay on my bed as the sandman visits me and I end up waking up to a PC still running and I am right back where I left off the day prior – that is browsing the net or playing games.

I used to think it would be much more fun just being out and about elsewhere other than home, and at a health standpoint, I guess it is; I get to walk and have a bit of an exercise here and there. But as I gotten older, I find it more of a chore. Have I become so sheltered that I will only go out if I need some school supplies, have to go to work, have to go to he bank, or the like. Heck, even if I know I need to buy something, I prefer looking at online shops where I have little to no interaction with other people as I shop.

I know it is strange that I am becoming more sheltered than I ever was especially that my career begs me to be very sociable; don’t get me wrong, I am very sociable kind of guy. I can easily make friends and such. But given the choice, I am still an introvert appreciating my own company more than anything else. I like being alone with my thoughts more, but I still have an open mind enough to accept other’s opinions if forced to be hanging with others.

I guess this is also in tune to when I was younger and my preference to playing by myself. This may explain as to why I am more satisfied being at home in my room alone with my thoughts and creativity. Why I prefer playing single player games to avoid the complexity of socializing. Maybe why I rather shop online than have a face to face conversation/transaction.

This isn’t healthy so to speak, I should be more outgoing, but as for now, I will stay as an introvert as much as I can cos I am more comfortable that way. I will interact and be sociable only if need be. But until then, when I feel more outgoing, my walls that surround me in my room will keep my secrets.

Okay, I won’t even read this over again to edit or try to make so much sense into this post, I will just post it and well… it is a random post with sort of a random theme. I was just typing as I think. Take this with a grain of salt.

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