May 1, 2017

Just like the past month, April flew by fast. I didn’t realize that May is just around the corner until I looked at my calendar to check how long it has been since I last had my braces adjusted. I have big things to be thankful for this month. I don’t know what I did to receive everything on this gratitude list but I promise to make good use of them.

Remember what I wrote for last month’s list? I submitted an entry for KKDay PH’s online contest and I was chosen to be one of their Top 6 finalists to win a trip to Taiwan with Camie! To determine the winner, all our Instagram usernames were written on strips of paper and Camie will chose a random one. The raffle gods hate me because I’m really unlucky when it comes to random draws so I didn’t win. But I’m still thankful to be chosen as part of the Top 6 out of all the entries they received! It means that they appreciated the effort I put in and liked the collage that I made.

spent more than a week in Japan and it was amazing! Our trip pushed through without a hitch and I’m so thankful for that. I got to explore a bit of Kyoto and Nagoya, and a whole lot of Tokyo. It’s seriously one of the best trips that I’ve ever taken and I will forever be grateful for being given this opportunity to fly to one of the best cities in the world. Expect more Japan-related blog posts in the coming weeks! I’ve already written two. 😛 [RELATED: Japan: An Unexpected Trip | Japan: Nagoya and Kyoto]

I’m going to my dream med school! I was on a train to Gion, Kyoto with my cousin when I received a message that I was part of the Third List of accepted applicants in UERMMMCI. Naturally, I wanted to see it for myself so I quickly went to the school’s official site and checked, and IT’S REALLY TRUE. I couldn’t scream so I just crushed my cousin with a happy hug because I’m finally attending a school that is my first choice! At that moment, it didn’t matter to me anymore that I have just been broken up with two months ago because I was on a vacation in Japan and I got accepted to the school that I wanted to go to. I literally have no words to describe how happy and thankful I felt during that moment. My eyes still well up with happy tears whenever I remember that moment.

Also, I’m now officially a med student because I just enrolled a week ago and even though my tuition fee got me #shookt, it felt right. For the first time, I felt that I was doing something that I was supposed to be doing. It just clicked into place and I was hit with the realization that I’m really on my way to becoming who I want to be.

My diet and workouts paid off because I lost 2kg before I flew out to Japan. I was really surprised because all I did was cut down on carbs but it’s already a start. I’m pretty sure though that I gained the 2kg back with all the food I consumed while I were on a vacation but it means a lot to me that I can lose weight with proper diet and minimal exercise. I just have to be disciplined with my food intake and remember to keep being active rather than be sedentary. My abs can wait but I will continue shedding off the excess fats.

Okay, so this list isn’t a lot in terms of quantity but it is a lot in terms of how much it all means to me. It made me realize that storms really do just pass by us, and that there will always be a rainbow after each catastrophe. It sounds cliche but it’s really true. Bad things may be happening to you now but great things are waiting for you on the other side — you just have to make it through. 🙂 How was your month? <3

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  • Reply Kim May 1, 2017 at 6:39 am

    Pia, I’m so happy for you!!! Really! I remember reading posts from you about wanting to go to Japan badly and being so nervous about med school and here you are!!! Dream come true stories are the stories I love reading best. Hope to read more of these soon from you. For now, bask in your blessings & triumphs! And good luck with med school ❤

    • Reply Pia May 1, 2017 at 6:47 am

      Thank you, Kim! <3 I will forever be grateful for all the good things that happened (and are still happening) to me. I hope med school will be good to me! 😀

  • Reply Rossaine May 1, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    Congratulations on getting accepted and for officially being a med student! you’re so close to being who you want to be, just continue fighting!!!

    • Reply Pia May 2, 2017 at 3:22 am

      Thank you so much, Rossaine! <3

  • Reply Eena May 3, 2017 at 12:50 am

    Congratulations on being accepted into med school, especially your dream school. That must be such a HUGE accomplishment. You go, girl!

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    • Reply Pia May 3, 2017 at 12:28 pm

      Thank you so much, Eena! Yes, it’s one of my biggest accomplishments yet. <3

  • Reply Shenna May 3, 2017 at 5:00 am

    Congraaaats to your new adventure as a med student. I know that it would be hard to balance life as a med student and a blogger at the same time. Keep up with all the efforts. As I read your post, I realized that I also have so many things to be grateful for. Keep on hustling Pia! 🙃

    • Reply Pia May 3, 2017 at 12:30 pm

      Thanks, Shenna! I like writing this gratitude posts because it allows me to not overlook my small victories or accomplishments. 🙂

  • Reply Annick May 14, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Hi Piaaaaa 😄
    I secretly follow you blog and I love what you’ve done with it. I’m happy and excited for you on your journey as a med student. I look forward to see your future posts about it 😊


    • Reply Pia May 14, 2017 at 1:28 pm

      Hi, Annick! Thank you for reading my blogs. <3 I'm also super excited with what's in store for me! 😀

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