Aura’s Corner

Inspiration From Dr. Cat Begovic

Cat Begovic, or @beautybydrcat on Instagram, is definitely one of my favorite people to follow online.

She’s a board certified plastic surgeon who likes to post informative and empowering videos for her 1.1 million followers. Yup, we all get our welcome dose of Brazilian butt lifts and labiaplasty procedures on the daily – and I don’t mind!

I never really saw myself as a surgeon, but seeing her kick ass on IG stories makes me think to myself – why the hell not?

The other day, she posted this. I almost felt as though she was talking to me specifically!

Cat Begovic

My favorite part – “Success, spotlight, glit and glam includes also being able to disappear for a while and work on your goals.”

It was just what I needed to hear. I’ve always known I made the right decision to finish my internship despite other possibilities, but I admit I still need a little reminder sometimes.

Yes, it sucks that I was left behind by my batchmates. And it sucks even more to stay in a hospital where everyone yet no one really knows you at the same time.

Nonetheless, I’ll let myself “disappear for a while to work on my goals”. There’s actually only just one. I am so, so excited.

Excuse me while I doctor.

What’s Good?

Hello! I’m now doing my Surgery rotation wherein our call time is earlier than usual at 6:15 am every day.

Despite my perpetual struggle with poor sleeping habits and alarm clocks, I actually LIKE having to go to the hospital that early. We get to do our chart rounds and patient endorsements before 8 am, and sometimes we even have time for a quick breakfast as a group before we assume our posts for the day.

Today we didn’t have that though, because after around 30 minutes of trying to book a ride to the hospital, I got a text that said classes and work in Manila have been suspended for the day due to the weather.

HHHYYEESS!! Usually it’s only the clerks who benefit from cancellation of “classes”, because interns and residents are no longer students. I’m so glad I don’t have to do anesthesia clearance today. <3

So far, so good. I have already changed back into my pajamas, finished my morning cup of coffee, watched one episode of This Is Us, and I’m now ready to post this blog update. I figured I should do more of this instead of tweeting in threads and posting “TLDR” captions on Instagram.

(I finally know what TLDR means after someone commented it on one of my posts. Umm thanks!)

How about you? What’s good?


Feeling Domesticated

Life update!

It’s been three weeks since I started my Community Medicine rotation. That means I have no overnight shifts at the hospital, and I have all my weekends off. Most days I even get to go home by lunch time!

So what have I been doing with all this free time?

I’ve been attempting to study and shoot and edit videos in advance so I can have time to study, but most of my time are actually eaten up by..


Blogging Like It’s My Business

It’s been two years since I bought this domain, with the original intention of somehow making this website my productive hobby slash profitable sideline. Well, that didn’t happen.

I’m mentioning this because I just got an email that my self-hosted blog is due for a renewal of contract in a few weeks. Mind you, that comes with a HEFTY price tag – in freaking dollars. Damn.

I also bought a new laptop in the hopes of making it another profitable investment. We’ll see!


Bloggers United 13 Manila – My First Time!

Bloggers United – At Last!

As you know, I’ve been blogging for YEARS, but this is my first time to join the biggest event for bloggers here in the Philippines. What do you know? Maybe the thirteenth time’s the charm!

Sharing with you a few pictures from my first ever Bloggers United Bazaar last June 3, 2017 at Whitespace Makati.


Five Reasons You Should Absolutely Try Glamping Now

I’d be lying if I said this is what our weekends-off from the hospital usually look like. But why not, right?

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Especially if our one and only weekend off that coincided fell right in the week of our anniversary. (We are from different hospitals and have different duty schedules huhu!) Party party!! Congrats to us besh.. I mean babe lol 🙂 High five!

[Quick story] 15 minutes before I was supposed to be let off from duty, and as Noe was already on his way to pick me up for our trip, I suddenly had to scrub in in an emergency caesarian section due to placenta previa. Unfortunately my reliever wasn’t there yet, and who am I to say no to a bleeding patient? 🙁 Of course I was just quiet about it during the whole operation, but deep inside I wanted to cry. Hahaha. Is this the life we’re getting ourselves into?

Good thing our resident doctors handled that case very well, and I was able to scrub out after an hour.

It was also raining very hard that morning, and even the resort already advised us to postpone our trip. But like what I said, our schedules hardly match, and like what he said, “there are no bad days”, so…


Despite the weather forecast, we pushed through with our road trip down south and tried glamping for the first time.

Mind you, we’ve been to legit camping trips a  few times in the past (throwback – Potipot Island, Zambales) and we both love it. But when we spotted a random Facebook post about Casa Antonio, our curiosity got the best of us and we decided to try this different kind of adventure.



Here are the top five reasons why we enjoyed our stay, and basically why you should absolutely try glamping yourself too.

1) Having someone else pitch our tent while it was raining. (I felt a little guilty about that though!) If you don’t know how to set-up your own tent, I suggest you watch the staff and learn from them so you can do it yourself next time. But if you already know how to do it anyway, you’re not missing out anymore – right?

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2) Not having to start a fire to cook our own meals. That would have been impossible given the weather! Grilling steaks and burying baked potatoes in charcoal would have been fun though, but the chicken and fish they served were so well-cooked that we couldn’t complain.

3) Waking up to the sound of ocean waves and a bright, sunny day ahead. For me, this is the BEST part about camping in general.

4) Riding an ATV for the first time! We got to enjoy different activities in the island without worrying about our things because of the camp’s security.

5) All the fun of camping, without the inconvenience. It really depends on you if you think it’s inconvenient to do the usual camping stuff or you think it’s all part of the experience. But nonetheless, it’s best to treat yourself once in a while and try a luxury experience too.


If you’re wondering, we availed of the Glamp Rock Package and we highly recommend it. It’s of course more expensive than the usual camping trips that you can DIY, but for the one of a kind experience, I think it’s worth it.

It’s not just for couples, but also for families, friends, organizations, and company outings. The day of our check-out, the Casa Antonio team was getting ready for the 56 people who were booked for the long weekend. Congrats guys!! 🙂

If you have questions, I’ll try my best to answer based on our experience and the very nifty travel guide that they emailed upon confirmation, but it’s still best to ask in their FB page instead. 🙂