Thoughts of an Intern

Image

This post you’re reading was supposed to be posted before November 11, 2013, the most anticipated date for me and my batch mates, Medical Technology interns ready to face the challenges of an actual workplace. But due to some unwanted circumstances, I was not able to express my thoughts and feeling about internship. My first week which I survived (thank God!) went on and good enough, I have the luxury of time and technology right now since today’s my off. Plus, I passed my first shifting exam  (thank God again!) so it’s a good reason to post this now. 

Well, let me start by saying that I can’t still believe the fact that I’m already a 4th year intern. It seemed like it was only yesterday when I was still in my habitue, the library; fervently burning my eyebrows to end up with satisfactory grades. Or I was wearing my PE uniform every Tuesday. Or I was having lunch with my lil’ sis under that tall tree beside the LC building. Indeed, time flies so fast as the drip-drop of water from a leaking faucet.

Initially, I never expected to reach internship because I thought it was too far; that Jesus’ coming would happen before it arrives. But I was wrong. To think of being an intern in a very prestigious hospital in the city, it’s scary. With the strict implementation of rules and regulations, I was really concerned of how well I’d perform. It’s just natural for a person who’s always late in rising up or addicted to FB to feel this way. And it really hit me that it was time for a change of lifestyle. Less FB (as much as possible) and waking up at 4 am so I won’t end up with hundreds of extensions. I could not do these makeovers on my own so asking for God’s help really paved the way for me to be confident and worry-free.

And so far, I’m the only intern who still doesn’t have extensions and I want to keep it that way. There should be no room for recklessness or carelessness for me. Seeing how my parents sacrifice of their time and energy to help me in this whole process, I’m returning the favor by doing my best never to give them extra reasons to have more wrinkles on their foreheads. I just thank God right now that He’s guiding me and I can feel Him leading the way. I know His plans for me with regards my internship are really for the best of things so I’ll keep the faith burning.

This one-of-a-kind experience is a great opportunity for me to improve my skills in the laboratory, to apply my knowledge to use and to meet different kinds of people. It’s a total improvement for all aspects of my life as daily, I’m meeting new challenges and tests. And with the new friends I made and stuff I’ve learned and will learn, it’s going to be a fun journey. This internship- I’ll make the most of it; for God’s glory, for the good of others and myself. This intern is not gonna be the same after the 5 memorable and tiring months. This is it!

 

Advertisements

GLASSHEART: An Album Review

Leona Lewis, being one of the most stunning singers in this generation, is one of my favorite female singers. For me, she is indeed the perfect epitome of an artist naturally blessed by God with an angelic voice and at the same time, knows how to use it with poise and grace like a ballerina. No wonder why she won the third series of the UK X-Factor in 2006. Too bad, however, she’s not that well-known compared to other mainstream artists who use auto tune and are not even comparable to her talent.

I first came to like Leona more with her second album, Echo which was released in November 2. I also got to know some of her songs from her debut album, Spirit such as Better in Time which is my favorite. As for her recent album (her third), Glassheart, I could say nothing more but praises for it is generally dynamic, emotional and engaging. It turns out to be my favorite album of hers in the present time. Unlike the former ones, I have to say that this one is better because there is variety- there are unexpectedly upbeat songs which is quite unusual from Leona yet she sticks to her style in some songs which never fail to capture the listener’s ear. With this balance, the average fan would be surprised yet the newness can be something they would love; the onlookers would have to become fans since the ear candy is irresistible. But in addition, Leona Lewis sounds brokenhearted throughout the course of the album rendering songs which appeal to a lot of people around the world experiencing the same emotions and feelings. With her “Glassheart”, she is shown as someone vulnerable: a character which anyone, whatever gender or age, can relate to. So dear reader, that you may be convinced even more to listen to Glassheart, here’s a specific review of the said album’s 12 songs:

  1. Trouble– The album starts with a dramatic entrance. In this song, Leona’s voice starts hush and as the song plays on, it transforms into its ever powerful prowess. The background music with the drums somehow contributes to the intensity of the song reflected in the song’s message and Leona’s effortless voice.
  2. Un Love Me– The second song is typically a ‘Leona Lewis’ song. But there’s something about it that is so catchy. I don’t know if it’s the melody or the lyrics especially where Leona pleads her lover, “I’m begging you to ‘unlove’ me” that really captivates me the most. This pop ballad deserves the HEART LOGO (meaning this is something to look forward to in this album).
  3. Lovebird– It’s just right that Leona released this song as her second record. With its simple yet memorable tune plus the catchy lyrics such as “Song so pretty, Dum Dum Diddy”, Leona sings out loud just like a beautiful nightingale . The music video for this masterpiece is as striking as the song itself. Indeed this song is meant to have a HEART LOGO!
  4. Come Alive– This song is something fresh from Leona. It reminds me of a Rihanna type of techno pop song made for the club/disco yet unique in its own right. But unlike Riri, her take on the song is emphatic and her voice is remarkably powerful. Another thing that  distinguishes her style from the Barbadian singer is the essence of the song being not provocative.
  5. Fireflies– This song is the cutest one in the album. With its cuddly piano backdrop, it almost sounds like a lullaby. Yet it builds up and turns into an empowering ballad with lyrics that you won’t forget.You could imagine a swarm of fireflies increasing from a few ones to thousands with this powerhouse track! A HEART LOGO for this song, please!!
  6. I to You– Leona’s glassheart seems to show differently beginning in this song. I can’t help but compare this to Adele’s ballads. With its somehow eerie sound, it emphasizes the dark lyrics: “What am I to you?…. Don’t kill me now…”
  7. Shake You Up– Old pop beat style and with excellent harmony, Leona shows more of her brokenness through this song. But there is a twist expressed in this song which leads to angst and bitterness. Indeed, bittersweet!
  8. Stop the Clocks– Leona expresses her desire to stop time and stay with her lover in this song of exquisite melody which can linger in your head. (A LSS is not bad for this song. Hehe…) This ballad comes with a HEART LOGO!
  9. Favorite Scar– Ironic would be the best adjective to describe this ballad. It has a cute style which is very addictive especially the “lalala…”. But it is about a very complicated relationship: indeed a pretty messed up one! This song can be a sure favorite of people who can relate to such a situation. A HEART LOGO for a favorite!
  10. When It Hurts– This song ‘Echoes’ the style of most of her songs in her sophomore album. Deeply pained, this song shows the deepest expression of Leoan’s glassheart. A ballad which is worth remembering has a HEART LOGO.
  11. Glassheart– Finally! The highlight of the album would be no other than the title track. With its bombastic nature, both in lyrics and in tune, this song surely exemplifies the theme of the album and putting it as the second-to-the-last song is not a bad move. This upbeat song must be released and it should put Leona back to the dance charts. The acoustic version is spectacular too.
  12. Fingerprint– Leona’s decent voice suits the beauty of this inspiring ballad. With very meaningful lyrics, she delivers the message right across impeccably. I just like that part with the octaves. Instead of a HEART LOGO, the title of this song would serve as the logo.

So there you go, guys! I hope you enjoyed reading my first ever album review. I encourage you to find Glassheart and have a great listening experience. I assure you, whatever your emotional status, you can relate to most songs since I firmly believe everyone has a ‘glassheart.’  And thank God, Leona speaks up for us through this album which I rate 5 STARS! I enjoyed the album and consider it a great musical treat.  I was uplifted and inspired by it. On this note, I end up with the lyrics of Fingerprint, “There could only be one…” Yes, there could only be one Leona Lewis!!

Jacket

Jacket

Being a songwriter, it’s a big challenge to write songs. Not all the time can you come up with the the lyrics or the tune quickly. There are times when you are not inspired at all to compose. But there are one of those times when the opposite happens and you come up with a beauty.

Here’s Jacket. To listen to it, lease do click the underlined word Jacket at the topmost part of this page. This is a song about genuine love to someone who means a lot to your life- it could be a family member, a friend and mostly your wife/girlfriend, etc. It speaks of you being his/her jacket during the storms of life… Thank God for helping me write a song with a beautiful melody and a message mostly anyone can relate to.

Here are the lyrics if you end up liking the song:

Every time it rains

I can always see you cold

And whenever the weather’s changed

You still try to hold on

To yourself though you are weak

And it seems that you have leaks

In the roof of your life

When the weather’s cool

And you don’t know what to do

You feel like a fool

You’re so confused too

But don’t worry

You won’t be sorry

‘Cause I’ll be there for you.

CHORUS:

I’ll be your jacket when it rains

I’ll be there for you in times of pain

Don’t worry ’bout anything else

Let’s do this for ourselves

I’ll be there to keep you warm

Be your shelter in the storm

Baby just don’t forget

That I’ll be your jacket

Of ta storm is coming

Just hold on to me babe

‘Cause we know where we’re going

We can stand the rain

Don’t let go, just hold on

‘Cause I know we can stay long

We’ll stay strong

Repeat CHORUS

No matter the weather

We just have to carry on

‘Cause even though it’s hard

You and I will never part

Repeat CHORUS

I’ll be your jacket

I’ll be your jacket

THE MASOCHIST’S PLEA

Oh! What pain is this, what pain is this?

That fills the heart of a masochist

Great despair and loneliness

Irrevocable reign of brokenness

Rendezvous of turmoil and grief

With honest deceit and playful mischief

Loose hold of me, this I say “Please!”

For all these feelings I want to release.

 

Ouch! It hurts so much, it hurts so much

My happy spirit has been crushed

It cuts like a knife and sting like a bee

It feels as if I’ve fallen on my knees

I am bound to melodious melancholy

Like an anchor rooted deep in the bed of sea

So save me from this place so hushed

Where flood of tears are very lush.

 

No! Don’t let me fall, don’t let me fall

Drowning am I with a heavy soul\

Suspend me on the skies os high

For I may stumble into the depths that lie

Just give me wings so I can fly

Into the clouds of true freedom above

And that will be the reason why

I’ll soar like a beautiful dove

From this place of darkness full I’d exclaim, “Alas, goodbye!”

 

Ah! here I am, here I am

Shining in glorious triumph

Free at last, wrenched no more

I’m ready again to walk by life’s bounty shores

My spirits rejoice, my mind at peace and my heart overjoyed

Because after a long journey I finally reach the door

Beyond lies endless emancipation in store

And supreme love stripped to its core

Welcomes me, a masochist, a masochist no more.

Image