Foreword: though the content in this post is not directly related to Yi’s collection of thoughts, the purpose of this post is directly inspired by hers. I have had quite a number of small personal topics that I want to post but the content is too thin to make individual post for each of them. This pattern is a good solution.
Oh! Before we start, I would like to express my eternal gratitude to my friends and readers who had been such a huge support for this blog during its time in the Aniblog Tourney. Let me assure you that you words and your votes mean so much more than just numbers in the polls!
Mini-post 1: Makurokurosuke stethoscope and another challenging phase in my medical career
Maybe the main purpose of this whole post is to show you this but I won’t admit that. Anyway, some of you must have already known that I recently graduated from med school. From this month onward, I am participating in the Internal Medicine residency program. The training takes three years but at least I am paid. I’m aiming for Rheumatology Fellowship program after this.
As the new phase began, I bought myself new stethoscope, an irrationally expensive black edition cardiology stethoscope, to be exact. For the decoration of the stethoscope, I have to be extra careful. I wanted to decorate it with something anime-related to express my anime fandom and to ease my mind from work. But it could not be too extravagant lest it might ruin my smart, calm, intelligent and reliable image (I possess none of the said qualities but I am supposed to look like I do o_o). I ransacked my stash; Doraemon doll…too big and fluffy, Taiga figure…too distracting, Goku figure…where did I get it from? I never liked him to begin with. OMG! A dead end!
Then I saw it, a black round object hidden in the shadow in the corner of the stash; Makurokurosuke. It was black and cute but it was not too conspicuous. It would not destroy my image and it simultaneously, subtly displayed my anime fan identity; perfection! I put it on my stethoscope and I couldn’t help admiring the outcome. It was as if they were made for each other! I later asked a few of my coworkers if they recognized my Makurokurosuke and predictably they didn’t know it but said it was cool and not too outstanding. I kind of felt sorry for my RL friends; I could never imagine a life without any knowledge of Totoro anime. Talk about tragedy.
Mini-post 2: Introducing my very serious side blog project
Just like many other bloggers, I try to keep the content of my blog relevant or at least related to anime/manga. But bloggers are also writers and often enough, I feel the urge to write about something else that relates to other aspects of me that is not anime. So I set up another blog as my side project (this is nothing new, everyone around here has side blogs like Yi, Glo, Koji Oe, Chikorita157 for example). Actually, I started it last year but hadn’t updated it at all.
This time I intend to keep it at least sluggishly active. My side blog is called RheumatoDiary. Most of the contents are related to medical topics, Rheumatology and other work experience. Of course, some personal rants can also be expected. You can take a look and you can even throw me some health-related questions if you want but I doubt my side blog will be interesting to anyone but myself. Plus, I am not obligated to update it regularly or frequently. I’ll do that when I want. After all, Canne’s anime review blog is and will always be my primary blog.
Mini-post 3: Fighting my caffeine addiction; I am going bankrupt!
Well, that was an exaggeration. It wasn’t an addiction since having a cup of coffee never created negative effect on my life/work. In fact, coffee was one of the major things that contributed to my success today. A good part of my studies happened in quiet coffee shops. Nice blended coffee always helped me concentrate and improved my mood. But nowadays, I think I am having too much coffee per day. There were some days that I had up to 3 or 4 Frappe; in the morning, after lunch, before dinner and before I went to bed. That was crazy! What really got me to think about fixing this habit is the shocking amount of money I spent on coffee each day (I often bought expensive coffee). Yes, I paid for coffee more than I paid for my food and even gasoline! I am trying to reduce my coffee intake right now but it is not going so well. If you have any suggestion, don’t hesitate to tell me.
A collection of mini-post part 1 ends here; part 2 will mostly be about the Aniblog Tourney. I am waiting for the tourney to reach its final stage before I publish the post so that will be sometime around the semi-finals, I guess.