5 Ways To Generate Blog Post Ideas

Posted: October 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

Originally posted on 101 Books:

This marks my 954th post on 101 Books.

Four years ago, I would’ve laughed if you told me I would publish that many posts on this blog. How could I possibly write 954 posts about a list of books?

But you’d be surprised at how relatively easy it is to come up with topics once you make a habit out of coming up with topics. I’ve figured out a few ways to build brainstorming into my everyday life, without taking up a chunk of time I don’t have.

That’s really helped me generate new ideas for the blog, so I thought I’d share a few of my tips with you guys. If you have a blog, maybe you might find one or two worth your time.

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A Moment: The Nurse and the Med Student

Posted: October 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

Originally posted on Whispers of a Barefoot Medical Student:

She was a professional nurse at our hospital, not much older than me, and with no time during shift-work to see her private gynaecologist, she made the scary decision to come to the hospital’s gynae-clinic (scary because she would most certainly be seen first by an inept medical student before seeing the specialist).

I had to page her when I was ready for her, and while waiting for her to arrive I went through her latest results. I saw that on the same day as her last Pap smear, she had had an HIV-test. It was her six-month follow-up test after an injury on duty.

It was a moment that reminded me how connected healthcare workers are. We work long and strange hours that cause us to neglect our own health. We expose ourselves to the flavour-of-the-season bugs. In the heat of the moment resuscitating a patient we are at high…

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I never thought that people wonder why I’m having this long term engagement with my fiancé. But after a phone call with one of the women I’ve adored so much due to her class and convictions, I am pretty sure that I’m on the right track.

What’s the problem with a long-term engagement? This is basically the fact where couples get to know each other more thoroughly, as compared to an ordinary boyfriend-girlfriend relationship. Here, commitment is well-defined. Both parties know that they were about to get married, and not just plans but a frank announcement to the world whether informal that we chose this significant person to be part of our lives forever. Bonds like that is hard to break. It’s an investment of character.

Practically speaking, my boyfriend proposed to me last July 29, 2011 on a rainy evening, just when I was about to broke up with him. I was caught off guard after seeing a man holding one ring on his hand and both chinito eyes pleading for you to stay. I couldn’t say no and I didn’t because I love him and the only reason I want to break up with him was because it’s coming all too fast and I wanted to take it slow. That was more than three years ago and we’re still engaged after announcing to our families and friends about our upcoming wedding — the day to die for.

Why? Basically, my fiancé was ready already. All it takes was my “Yes” and the seriousness that goes along with it, the budget and the over-all details of a perfect wedding. But back then, I was only in love and building a family for me requires stability. Back then, I knew that before even tying the knot, I have to let him know where I’m standing at.

I was a medical student during that time, a scholar supported initially by my alma mater and all my relatives. I was their pride and at that time, I couldn’t afford to let them down. During those times when I’m still trying to earn my degree, being married is a downside for my never-ending goals to study and pursue my dreams as a doctor. I had to take it one step at a time.

I was not in a rush because I’m a dreamer and a family-oriented woman (blame that to my zodiac sign). Coming from a family where I’m treated as a princess, the unica hija, I wanted to sustain that for the family that I am planning to have without even relying to my parents. I still wanted to be the independent “me” without even begging for anyone to buy the things I want or relying from my parent’s wealth. I just wanted to do more and I wanted to have every right to do what I want, married or not.

So in other words, I was the one holding back because I have dreams, not only for my future but also for my family – my parents, my brothers, my relatives. Being the eldest, I wanted to do more than just bring food on the table. I wanted to put my family on a safer zone before even leaving them for another family — the one I’ll be building with my fiancé. And I’m not going to depend those desires and obligations to my future husband.

I’ll say we’re taking it one step at a time. Put God as the center of our relationship. Know our priorities. Settle our individual goals first. Prepare for our dream wedding. The list is on and keeping the romance in spite of quite a long-term engagement, that is something.

You see, being married is not just about love. It’s being both physically, mentally, financially, spiritually prepared for a lifetime commitment. It’s what I learned from my parents happily married for more than 25 years and it’s what I’ll bring forward to our very own version of “married life” when that day comes.

As the saying goes:

“Save the best for last.”

And with this being said, I’m just thankful and happy for God blessed me with a man who’s willing to wait, no matter how long. I found an almost perfect guy with some lame imperfections.

I love you, Marvin, for everything that you are and for everything that you’re not.

Random Thoughts by Doctor Shei

Last Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 3:35 PM, the much-awaited baby in the family was born. First daughter of my brother, Mike, and his wife, my sissy Rose Ann, our little princess was obviously the new light of our family.

Born within the walls of my alma mater, guided and supported by my colleagues, we prayed so hard for her to be delivered normally. My mother’s prayers were answered as she went out perfectly fine at 2.9kgs, healthy looking and with a sweet cry.

Coming from a family where I am the unica hija, having a niece is a dream come true. With that dream however comes the most critical part of what our first baby girl’s name will be.

The couple went out for names such as Athena or Sophia, inspired by the hit movie of KathNiel. But my mom, the most excited human being on earth during those times, was obsessing that the child be named after her as “Jacqueline” and Rose Ann’s mother “Rose”. So initially, I thought we’ll call her Jacqueline Rose, but on the very last minute of registering her birth certificate, she changed it to Jacklyn Rose as advised by my Pedia aunt.

While my mother seems to have the last say for the baby’s name, we’re still deliberating over her nickname in which we found a few suggestions from JR, J-Ann, Jack, JM, Athena, Ateng, until we arrived with the link of her name to Jack and Rose of Titanic.

In one of the cutest conversations from the four girls of Abitria family starring with Mommy, me, Sissy and the Baby (because I figured she was listening), we were deliberating of the perfect nickname for our little princess. We started off with Titanic and had a few laughs after realizing that her name was actually from its two main characters.

My mom was a bit serious in asking Sissy about the first movie they’ve watched together (with my brother) and after thinking so hard, she said it was Corazon (Ang Unang Aswang), a horror-suspense Tagalog movie starred by Erich Gonzales. Funny as it may sound but from Corazon, we translated it to her English version “Love”. But rather than using Love which was already too popular as a nickname, we changed it to Heart in connection with Titanic’s Heart of the Ocean.

Adding up to that, my mother always say “Wala akong pera. Puso meron.”

Truly, Baby Heart was born out of love from her parents, blessed by God and adored by people around her.

So that’s how our little princess was baptized with our holy water at home this October 15, 2014 named as Jacklyn Rose, nicknamed as Heart.❤️

Welcome to the Outside World, Baby Heart!💖



It was during the cold nights of December that I got to experience Papulex as my facial wash on my sleepless nights as an intern on duty. At times like this, it is almost impossible to stick to a beauty product that will help you from having any pimples or worse, acne, into appearing especially when you need to always look neat and clean in front of your clients.

Thanks to my dear sister and co-intern, Doc Cathy, who shared me to use Papulex, made especially for acne prone skin, that I realized that anything is possible.

Papulex is actually a cleansing gel rather than a foaming cleanser enriched with the following ingredients like Aqua, Decyl Glucoside, Glycerin and Citric Acid, that gives you an instant glow after wash, plus the benefits of clearing blemishes away and purifying your skin. It makes your skin firmer and gives off a fresher vibe as well.

Recommended by my dermatologist, I never had the chance to immediately buy this product before because it’s quite expensive as compared to other local brands we are familiar of. But after using this product, and even trying other facial wash (including Kojic soap), I figured that it’s worth every cent.

Papulex is the revolutionized version of the facial wash that we used as part of our beauty regimen to wash off dirt and impurities. It is a soap free cleansing gel, that has a thick consistency and bubbles immediately with rubbing and minimal water.

This facial brand was actually made in France and marketed internationally including Singapore, Philippines, Australia, Hong Kong and Malaysia. Manufactured by Sinclair Pharma France, it is one of the imported brands made locally available in Watson’s nationwide.

Price starts at PhP700 as a minimum, but is subject to change. Enclosed in a 150 mL container, the product could last for two months with minimal use which I found reasonable enough.

I bought mine from the clinic, after realizing its worth from spending a lot in buying beauty products online.

It’s a relief to finally stick to a daily cleanser that is gentle on your skin but at the same time protects you from breakouts. I’m glad to find my new best friend for facial wash and that is Papulex. Try it for yourself and see the difference.

***Disclaimer: This is a personal blog review of the product, not meant to advertise or sell. It is merely based on the author’s experience upon using it. Thank you.

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I was a medical student. I was frustrated. We were in Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) having our dinner with my sisters from med school. And we ended up having this awesome pose of “What if I’m mad?” and he was like “Oh my. Here we go again.” Haha.


He was on his off from working at the bank. He was frustrated. We were celebrating my father’s construction company’s Christmas Party with my family and my dad’s employees. And we ended up having this amazing pose of “What if he’s mad?” and I was like “So? You’re mad? Then what?” Hahaha.

This is so throwback but I love this, literally!

Rumor Has It. ^_^

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Currently, I’m reading a book entitled “What Makes A Winner” written by Whit Criswell, and it is actually a combination of inspiring ideas and principles adapted from the Bible for business and life. For me, it’s more of a “wake-up call book” to call my attention of what I’ve been focusing on with my life and I must commend the author for publishing a book which is worth reading for.


Being smart and quite a perfectionist before never gave me a chance to have a lot of real friends. When I was young, I thought it was my problem to be always “misunderstood”, perhaps because I was a bit more tactful and opinionated at a lot of things, and sometimes I was so naive that when I tend to praise people, it comes as something fake or with a hidden agenda. But honestly, it was just a pure compliment that I’m giving to them because I was brought up with the kind of world where you don’t expect people to appreciate you for everything. And I thought that people needs that — an honest compliment, a praise, a commendation or even a thank you. 

As I grow up, I realized that I never have to blame myself for what other people may think of me, but I should always be aware of my actions and my words. The thing is, when I’m not doing anything wrong in my conscience, then there’s nothing to be worried about. Worry, as I’ve learned, is a deal-breaker. I may have been clueless of who my real friends are when I was a growing adolescent, but as I aged and matured, I learned that you cannot please everyone and true friends will be willing to stay with you no matter how many stones people will throw at you.

I’ve been learning that for the past 27 years, and one favorite quote I learned from my MDS sister was “At my age, I already establish the people who stay in my life and the people who will just be passing through”. I finally understood what it meant having to face all kinds of adversity, that yes, in our daily lives, we will meet different types of people with various circumstances, but it will only be up to our choice whether we let them be a blessing to us or a lesson.

The best thing that you have to be wary about is how deep you know yourself as a person. I often ask myself if what I’m doing is worth for my growth as an individual. Will the 10-year older me be happy with the actions of my present me? I re-evaluate often as far as I can to see how I am changing as a person. Will that be even for the better or only for the worse? As to what we have believed that change is inevitable, adapting to it is a must.

Hence, upon facing difficulties, I’ve started anew by letting go of the negative things in my life and realized that there are so much good in this world to begin with. I made this Tumblr account where I kept on posting random things about life and the world as people may have understood it, and upon glancing back to all what I’ve posted, I was happy that my blog is that other part of myself which brings out the good in me. It was like an intangible friend whose words and advices, and photos reflect so much beauty in a person. The life, the dreams, the daily advice – all existed in my blog.

And if I was just another reader, I would have thought that the blogger was indeed an incredible human being who had so much going on with her life, that regardless of her struggles in life, she was that person who’s willing to be a light to others. That’s how I see her blog. That’s how I see my blog. And that’s how I wanted to keep it – good vibes and all.

Write something as if you are talking to yourself. As Whit Criswell explains in his book “My self-talk influences my self esteem. We are constantly talking to ourselves unconsciously.” What we write will always be a reflection of what we are – heart and soul.

As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the real person.

Proverbs 27:19

I learned that being an optimist is seeing that from the hundreds of people I’ve encountered in my life, there was about ¾ of them who’ll always see me as an inspiration, a beautiful person inside out, someone that people would look up to. And rather than focusing on all the negatives, I am starting with what makes my life positive, continuing to be better every day and preparing my soul for the big day when I’ll have a chance to face the Lord and tell Him how I made my journey worthwhile.

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by Doctor Shei



My favorite subjects were Science and English but my mom made me bleed just to learn the vowels and the consonants of the English alphabet when I was four.

I must say, I suffered learning the language but I owe it to my mom that I come to love it.

English has always been a part of me, that I was pushed to spelling quiz bees and essay writing contests since elementary and that I was literally devoted into buying notebooks and black pens when I was twelve.

On my first year high, I dedicated my time with writing and reading books authored by Sidney Sheldon and I was amused with how words can deliberately make you feel incredibly intense and happy and shocked at the same time.

On my second year high, I was the only person who claims that my talent was into reciting the poems I wrote, those of which I’ve longed forgotten, that my professor noted of and made me the envy of many by letting me in to our school paper. I was hailed as the youngest editor and my subordinates were my seniors.

I regret it for I kept most of the envelopes of literary works with me. I regret it that I didn’t approve all of the things I’ve read from my fellow students. I regret that I didn’t give them the time to shine because being an editor at that time was my toughest job.

I failed Filipino subject for a while simply because I was more inclined with my second language. It went on for me in college and I thought English was just a favorite. I was surprisingly caught up into a debate team with the absence of my classmate back in fourth year high and was forced to write a script for The Iliad.

I made the best out of me back in high school as a writer, rather than as a speaker, that I ended up starting my blog in Friendster and blogspot, both of which are corrupted now because of password forgetfulness and lost connection. I wrote scripts and stories in my high school career, both ficitional and classroom-related stories (the conversations I usually hear from my friends at the back).

My first job was actually into typing and editing materials. My second job was into writing scripts for events and memorandums. My third job was into listening and talking to foreign people. Without English, I wouldn’t have passed any of the three.

During depressing times, rather than going out and making my life far more miserable than I felt back then, I ventured into blogging and letting all the emotions out. It’s “just” to share people things that you would have told yourself. I made myself a friend upon reading the things I’ve wrote and finally understood what I am a capable of.

The spark that Sidney Sheldon gave me, the crying times I had just to learn English, and the comfort of writing with my own chosen language were the things that made me what I am now.

I realized that being in love with what made you bleed in the first place was the keystone into bringing yourself to new dimensions. My talent was merely a talent until I’ve decided to use them, and there, I found myself writing again, reading again and listening to myself as I spoke of my favorite subject.


Advice: The things you like, share and post will always be a reflection of your thoughts and a gateway of your emotions. Bring out what’s positive in you and people will follow you for it.

Random Thoughts by Doctor Shei

“i am born to conquer, to lead, to rule and yet, i choose to be conquered, to serve and to follow.”

  • I got this from a Personality Test site: http://www.quizbox.com/personality which is actually a helpful tool to explore yourself a little deeper. Why don’t you try it out for yourself?  Read ahead to know more of me.

♫Something To Share♫

(*Got this from a Personality Test*.. Really Nice and So True! Love it!♥)

♦Your view on yourself:

You are down-to-earth and people like you because you are so straightforward. You are an efficient problem solver because you will listen to both sides of an argument before making a decision that usually appeals to both parties.

♦The type of girlfriend/boyfriend you are looking for:

You are a true romantic. When you are in love, you will do anything and everything to keep your love true.

♦Your readiness to commit to a relationship:

You are ready to commit as soon as you meet the right person. And you believe you will pretty much know as soon as you might that person.

♦The seriousness of your love:

You like to flirt and behave seductively. The opposite sex finds this very attractive, and that’s why you’ll always have admirers hanging off your arms. But how serious are you about choosing someone to be in a relationship with?

You desire a love that will last forever. You are quite serious about finding this type of love, and that’s why you think carefully about the men that you meet before deciding whether you could really love them. You don’t just develop a crush on someone overnight: you look at a person’s personality and other aspects of their life before deciding to form an attachment. If a guy doesn’t meet your expectations, you would rather be alone. Your love has to be perfect. Be careful though, you could be missing out on some worthy relationships because your standards are so high.

♦Your views on education

Education is very important in life. You want to study hard and learn as much as you can.

♦The right job for you:

You have plenty of dream jobs but have little chance of doing any of them if you don’t focus on something in particular. You need to choose something and go for it to be happy and achieve success.

♦How do you view success:

You are confident that you will be successful in your chosen career and nothing will stop you from trying.

♦What are you most afraid of:

You are afraid of things that you cannot control. Sometimes you show your anger to cover up how you feel.

♦Who is your true self:

You are full of energy and confidence. You are unpredictable, with moods changing as quickly as an ocean. You might occasionally be calm and still, but never for long.

♥Kind and Gentle♥

Your kindness is your charm – you are also gentle and sweet. Everybody likes to be around people with your personality. Like a psychologist, people like to talk to you to discuss their problems because you are proper and discrete, as well as confident. You look mature and people respect you. People with this kind of character are few and far between.

♥The Mass Communicator♥

You have a cheerful personality and you are a naturally kind person. Your hidden talent isn’t really that hidden at all: you shine among a crowd. You would make an ideal news announcer, flight attendant or model – any position that would give you an opportunity to deal with plenty of people. A tip for you is to avoid getting too deeply involved in others’ personal lives – otherwise you might find yourself constantly being asked for help.

♥My Dream Guy (daw… ehem!)♥

Unlike most others, he walk on his own path. He’s creative and willing to learn about anything. Music and movies are his favorites. He’s kind to everyone. You can feel his inner beauty through his words. He’s comfortable among a circle of friends. He’s looking for someone to share his hobbies.

♥Looking To The Future♥

Your future friend: You have a big sister confidence and leadership. So you friends are mostly vulnerable and always need your help. You can’t resist helping these people and eventually you all will become good friends.

Your travel plan: In the future, you will often take overseas trips especially to modernized countries. You will get to explore Europe and North Asia like you always wanted.

Your future financial status: You are very good at saving and sometimes you are even stingy. The reason you want your teeth to grow longer is because when you can’t eat, you can save even more on food. Once your money is deposited in the bank, there’s no way that you will withdraw it out just to spend on luxuries.

The last period of your life: You can’t stand being a lonely old lady so you will spend the last days of you life being a kind loving grandparent so that the kids will love to have you around.

♥Love and Marriage♥

♦A kind of person you will be attracted to in a real life situation is those who are unbridled and free.

♦In the process of courtship, the approach that makes you feel irresistible is being straightforward, and having your partner speak directly.

♦The impression you’d like to give to your lover is stylish.

♦One reason that would make you break up with your partner is his or her being ruthless, cold-blooded or ironic.

♦The kind of relationship you’d like to build with your partner is that you care not only about the present but also the future with your partner. A long-lasting relationship that you can grow with is important.

♦Would you commit adultery? Society and morality worry you. You wouldn’t do anything wrong after marriage.

♦About marriage, you think marriage is a precious thing. Once you get married, you’ll treasure your partner very much.

♦About love, at this moment, you always thirst for love. You will do anything for it, but you don’t fall in love easily.

“ay oo nga pala, i’m using eye cream pag puyat ako, nag night out kasi kami, ikaw ba gano kadalas ka magkarun ng social life? i bet super madalang, obvious naman eh.”

~Miss Bluetears

This was a comment from a 26-year-old mother of 1 child, G1P0, with an initials of J.S.A. as a reply to me when I called the attention of her darkening eyebags. I must admit, I should have ignored it instead, but sometimes, you have to give those bashers a taste of their own mockery. Again, if we want honesty then let’s just be honest with ourselves.

This article was not meant to offend her more, but rather to ponder with the thoughts of night life or social life for me as a medical student, a doctor-on-duty and an aspiring physician.

Well, to be honest, I don’t have a night life if it means to drink all night or to go out everyday with your friends late at night and drink until you get sober. No, I wasn’t brought up that way.

The kind of night life I have were actually of occasional drinking sessions with my colleagues (interns and batchmates) where I get to eat all their food while they spend their time drinking all those tequila and vodka.

The kind of night life I have were the ones I spend with seeing different types of people – old and young, employees and unemployed, the sick and the attention-seeker, while asking the favorite question of “What is your reason for consult?” and to add up with “How I can help you?”.

There’s this one particular episode when I was the only Medicine intern in the ER while my partner was busy finishing our daily census. A 22-year-old female patient came in, lethargic and was under the influence of alcohol. Astounded upon seeing her, her relative informed that she had a history of “Hypokalemia” and was ordering me to give her a dose of KCl (Potassium Chloride).

She happened to be on a drinking session on the wee hours around 2AM while during that time, I was half-asleep, waiting if any toxic patients would come in. Yes, I lack sleep and that was particularly the very reason why I was surprised.

Being the captain-of-the-ship that time in the ER, I had no choice but to take command. The first thing I had in mind after taking the history and physical examination was to conduct laboratory work-ups first. Noted that she had a history of Hypokalemia will not be enough to support that her underlying condition as of that moment was what her relative is claiming. So, to cut it short, I requested all the labs needed including Serum Electrolytes, Hgt and ECG, and waited for the results.

I informed the relatives that I cannot give them the KCl that they were requesting because I had a suspicion that it was more of the alcohol that causes her to get a little drowsy rather than her acclaimed electrolyte imbalance. I also went up to see my senior from the ICU to inform him how I go about in facing that patient, and my laboratory work-ups happened to be correct.

True enough, when the results came, everything was normal. And after like 30 minutes, the patient was suddenly okay and was surprisingly cooperative (Initially, she was irritated, cursing me and ordering me to give her KCl).

So there, after she got all her senses into places, I get to tell her if she was a responsible mother (because she was also G1P0 and she was forcing me earlier to give the drug so that they can go back home and tend to her child’s needs), she wouldn’t have been in that drinking session at all. She wouldn’t have leave her child and worry afterwards while shouting to all nurses and to me because she’s in the hospital.

I advised her like a teacher to her student, in a most professional and comforting way, in a way that people would want to listen rather than to smack your face. And thank God, she nodded and apologized to me for what she had done earlier, and I smiled back.

That’s practically one of my unforgettable experiences as a medical intern. That was like 7 months ago and the very highlights of the story was still fresh in my memory because if I will only follow without thinking then I would not have managed that patient properly.

So there you have it. We spoke of night life and social life. And I was thinking, if I was not doing my job, patients coming in to ER due to vehicular accidents, sudden seizure attacks and the like would not have been treated properly. In conjunction with that, if you tend to spend your every night with drinking sessions and your so-called night life, then perhaps you would have been a doctor’s patient. Someone like me, even if half-asleep, hopefully will manage you properly.


So this picture of mine was a from-duty status. And as you can see, my hair was a bit curly because later that night, I was on braids, courtesy of my clerk while we were enjoying eating our snacks.

Night life and social life,we do have that but there’s always a time for everything. Sometimes, we need to make sacrifices for the greater good and for a bigger future, for our dreams, for the doctors.

Our job may have been toxic and challenging but we enjoy it. It’s up to you whether you’ll enjoy what you have and make use of your time wisely.

For insulting what we do, thank you. Just remember, when you were hospitalized and when you delivered your baby, that doctor who attended to you was also sacrificing a night of her life to save you.

Random Thoughts by Doctor Shei