Glimpse of the Future?

It still amazes me how, despite the big difference between the practice of OB-GYN and Plastic Surgery, we could still end up managing the same patient. Hahaha.

We’re both on duty today. Maan’s the 1st OOD (Obstetrician on duty) admitting all charity OB-GYN patients under her care, and I’m the Burn ROD (Resident on duty) seeing all charity referrals to the burn service.

On a previous instagram post, I jokingly suggested that the only time Maan and I could treat a patient together is when she refers to me for wound closure of her CS patients. Hahaha. I never thought that managing a pregnant woman with burns is also a possibility.ย So, when Maan called me up this morning, the last thing that I thought I would hear from her was a referral.

Jackpot. Pregnant patient + Scald burns.

It’s funny how we were discussing this very same topic lengthily just last week! Because of the recent mortality in the burn unit [A 28 week pregnant woman with 30% burns from a blast injury (sumabog ang LPG, tsk tsk) who also delivered her preterm child while in the burn unit!],ย I was asked to report about the management of burns in a pregnant woman in our weekly conference.

While preparing for my report, I told Maan how little literature there was about this topic. The most recent one I found was written in 1998! Sabi ko pa noon sa kanya, maybe we could co-author a research paper about this ‘pag medyo libre na kami. Interesting kasi and at least parehong malapit sa puso naming dalawa.

Little did I know that today, there was this patient we’d see together.

A glimpse of the future perhaps? ๐Ÿ™‚

100 Days to Go!

So many things (STILL!!!) to do, so little time!! Haha. In service exams pa, and finishing our research requirements. Kaya yan! #puso

Welcome to Toxicity & Beyond!

Welcome to Ge & Maan’s home in the web!

Toxicity and Beyond is a joint blog byย Gerald Abesamis andย Maan de Castro.

Ge and Maan are both Filipino doctors working at the Philippines’ largest tertiary hospital, the UP-Philippine General Hospital. They are on their fourth year of residency training — Ge as a soon to be Plastic Surgeon, and Maan as a soon to be Obstetrician-Gynecologist.

They have been together since May 2004 and recently got married last December!

They both love to eat, travel and do fun things together, and in this blog is where they want to keep and share all their experiences and memories together, all throughout toxicity and beyond.

Birthday Surprise

Note:ย This post was previously published at Ge’s Blog:ย The Surgeon’s Logbookย last September 27, 2009.

I always liked spontaneous, spur of the moment things. Planning in order to get somewhere or figuring out how to get there was never really my thing. This is especially true for out-of-town trips. Probably because of the high chances of it getting cancelled if you plan in advance? Or the drum up before the trip becoming so huge that the trip may not turn out as planned = disappointment and frustration.

Spontaneity = no expectations = maximum enjoyment. ๐Ÿ˜€

This is what I had in mind in one of my post-duty days from the Med ER. While walking home, coming from a relatively benign duty as an IM Intern at the ER, an idea suddenly popped into my head (I always had these bursts of ideas, especially on my post-duty days, while walking through the length of Spine Unit to Rob Towers):

I want to go out of Manila, now.

A quick text to Maan, exchanges consisting of deciding whether to go to Subic (and go to Zoobic!), Clark (and shop for PX goods? haha), Batangas (a quick day-trip to a beach), a quick phone reservation, finally got me decided (factoring in cost + weather + circumstance) I wanted to go to Tagaytay. ๐Ÿ™‚

Tagaytay is special for us. Not only is it near their place in Sta Rosa, but that is where we’ve spent most of the milestones in our 5 years together. A lunch at Josephines (haha), dinner at the Cliffhouse, lunch at Taj, coffee at Starbucks and Java Jazz. Minsan nakakasawa na din, but we make it a point that we do something or go somewhere new when we go there. It’s a near respite place for us where we can forget about hospital life and just be us.

So a quick drive up to the ridge via the newly renovated SLEX (can I just say na sobrang lawak na niya?! sana maayos na agad yung Skyway, para wala na gaanong sagabal, hehe) took us about an hour just in time for lunch.

She didn’t know where we were going. :]

We drove until we passed by Bag of Beans, which sort of suggests we were heading straight to Batangas, until I finally turned right at a sign which read “Antonio’s”

Tapestry at Antonio's Tagaytay

Beautiful tapestry at Antonio’s Tagaytay

Happy birthday!

Happy birthday!

We both love traveling and eating, as obvious as it may seem (HAHAHA), and often tried documenting all of our travel and food exploits in a joint blog, which of course, never transpired (yet?). And I haven’t even gave her a birthday present yet. So I thought, why not spend one of my free Sunday post-duty days with her in Tagaytay and eat at a resto where she wanted us to eat at but couldn’t because the price was soaring high? Bakit naman hindi, birthday naman. ๐Ÿ˜€

So I treated her to Antonio’s, one of the best restaurants in the Philippines according to her favorite travel/food blogger Anton of Anton Blogs. I once assisted my sister for wedding which had its reception there and I fell in love with the place. It was a retro 50’s house converted into a restaurant. The food was exceptionally great! Gusto ko din naman maexperience nya yun. =D


Bread slice as appetizer

Fresh Tagaytay Greens

Fresh Tagaytay greens with Arugula, Maan’s favorite!

They had set meals there, ranging from 1,300 to 14,000!!! Haha. Siyempre dun kami sa low-end. The waiter was offering us the Porterhouse Steak, haha. Di ko kinaya ang tag. Haha. Maan had fried duck, I had crispy lamb. Both came with house salad, soup and dessert. We also ordered Strawberry Balsalmic juice which was the best strawberry juice I ever tasted! Everything was perfect! The lamb was so soft, and the sweet coating melts in your mouth like there’s no tomorrow! The mashed potato in the duck was heavenly with just the right amounts of cream and salt, it was baked potato cut into slices and stacked altogther and cut into a square. SARAP! ๐Ÿ™‚ We had cream puff with ice cream and i forgot what she had for dessert. Then it started raining hard, so the cool tagaytay breeze became much coooooler! =D We were supposed to go and visit Calaruega but since it started to rain, we postponed it for another trip.

Crispy Lamb Ribs, sarap!

Crispy Lamb Ribs, sarap!

Fried Duck Leg

Fried Duck Leg


Sarap to the bone!

Cream Puff ala Antonio's

Cream Puff ala Antonio’s

This was some buttery dessert, but I forgot the name. Haha

This was some buttery dessert, but I forgot the name. Haha

Simot sarap! Up to the last drop! :)

Simot sarap! Up to the last drop! ๐Ÿ™‚

Funds were running low after the lunch treat so we decided to just go home and spend the rest of the day in Manila. But what’s an adventure without a sidetrip? We were supposed to take a shortcut back to Manila via Amadeo, Cavite. I guess I missed a turn or two, so we eventually got into the eskinitas of General Trias. Hehehe! After much ado about heading straight and hoping to find the Aguinaldo Highway, we finally reached Kawit and saw a marker pointing to Aguinaldo Shrine. We turned, passed by the shrine and found our way to SM Bacoor and back to Coastal Road.

At the end of the day I was so tired, but I was so happy that I did spend it with Maan even if I was post-duty. I slept the rest of the day and woke up the following morning thinking that I everything was just a dream.

But it wasn’t. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy birthday Maan! =D

Ge surprised Maan for her 24th birthday to a lunch at Antonio's Tagaytay

Ge surprised Maan for her 24th birthday to a lunch at Antonio’s Tagaytay


*This post was previously published at Ge’s Blog: The Surgeon’s Logbook last September 27, 2009.