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  • No Pain, No Gain

    I officially hate injections! Had my pneumonia shot and DPT (diptheria, pertussis, and tetanus) cocktail yesterday, and my arms are hurting like crazy. The injection sites on both arms feel like rocks embedded in my skin, and the pain is radiating to my lower arms, my back, and my neck. Range of motion is limited. […]

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  • My Placement

    Next month, I will be starting a new chapter in my life in Gondar, Ethiopia. To some, Ethiopia is a cursed land because of the cyclical drought and famine that’s been hitting the land, while HIV and AIDS continue to ravage the Northeast African country, making it the third country with the largest number of […]

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  • The Volunteers (My WRV Batch)

    Back Row, left to right: Purey, Educator (Guyana, South America) Eric, IT Professional (Guyana, South America) Cocoy, Organic Farming Specialist (The Gambia, Africa) Carla, Trainer and Capacity Builder (Zambia, Africa) Ryan, Physical Therapist (Papua New Guinea) Middle Row : Me, Physical Therapist (Ethiopia, Africa) Nena, Pharmacist (Namibia, Africa) Ciony, Organizational Development Adviser (Bangladesh, Asia) Laura, […]

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  • What is VSO?

    Everybody’s been asking me what VSO is, and so here it is. VSO stands for Voluntary Service Overseas. It is a UK-based international development charity, which has been sending skilled volunteers to developing countries in Africa, Asia, the Carribean, Eastern Europe, and South America. Volunteers are placed to countries where their skills are most needed. […]

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  • Panic

    It’s 8:15 a.m. (Philippine time) and I just got out of bed, still feeling a little bit dizzy from the turbulent flight from Manila last night. I can barely move both my arms as they still feel numb from the four vaccine shots I had in the last two days. Today, I am scheduled for […]