Dinner in the Dark

Today, after a day of studying pharmacology and the advanced diving course I’m taking, I came h0me at night to a power outage. Despite everything being dark, and having no electricity to cook with, nothing can stop me ever from having a good dinner. Tonight’s gonna be a candlelight dinner! So here’s what’s on the menu at Benji’s tonight:
  • Fresh
  • Heineken Regatta 2011

    This weekend, St. Maarten is holding the 31st annual Heineken Regatta, one of the largest boat races in the world. More than 300 sailboats and their participants and supporters from all over the world come to the island to compete in a series of races that last for four days on both the Dutch and French sides. The race is…

    How Do You Condense 191 Lecture Slides Onto One Sheet of Paper?

    For the past few semesters, I’ve really struggled with classes where you have tons of seemingly random facts and names to memorize… namely, med micro and pharmacology. I never figured out how to study for Pharm I last semester and even first block of Pharm II this semester, I did poorly on the exam. But for the second block, I…

    Lunch

    Lunch at Benji’s, March 3, 2011:
  • Tilapia sauteed with White Onion, Tomato, Black Pepper with Lime
  • Toast with Goat Cheese and Herbs
  • Green Avocado
  • Fried Egg with Taco Sauce
  • Salad – Cilantro, Tomato, Cucumber, Lime Juice, Black Pepper, Olive Oil
  • Navel Orange Slices
  • AUC and USMLE Step 1

    The 2010 USMLE Step 1 results statistics for AUC are out! This past year, 94% of AUC students who took the exam for the first time passed. In comparison, the average was 94% for US MD schools and 81% for US DO schools (2009 statistics). The average score for AUC jumped two points from 215 in 2009 to 217 in…

    REM Sleep Behavior Disorder

    Normally during REM sleep, the phase in which we dream our most vivid dreams, we display decreased muscle tone. Most of our muscles practically become paralyzed during this phase except for a few, namely the muscles we use to breathe, the middle ear ossicles, and the eyes, which move rapidly, giving REM sleep it’s name — Rapid Eye Movement. However,…

    Streaming Video

    I am so excited I found a new way to add streaming video to websites. This is something that can be applied to The Scope if organizations or SGA want to upload video footage to the site. Video streaming sites like YouTube often have limitations, such as the 10 minute limits on videos, limitation on quality, or strict filtration of…

    LMSA’s Spanish Workshop

    Last night I had the opportunity to attend the second Spanish workshop hosted by the Latino Medical Student Association this semester. I must say, I was impressed with the first workshop last month and I was even more impressed with the one yesterday. The workshop was very interactive and suited those of different levels of Spanish knowledge. LMSA president David…

    Got Clean!

    1. Got new host server…
    2. Got new database…
    3. Got Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)…
    4. Got Secure Shell (SSH)…
    5. Got Website Protection Scanner…
    6. Got the most updated software…
    7. Got new design…
    8. Got no more virus…
    9. Got CLEAN!
    Benji 🙂…

    Bad News Everyone…

    Virus! So as you notice, a lot of my posts here are contaminated with random links to “cialis” or “accomplia” or some other random enhancement drug. I did not put these links here. My host server confirmed that I caught a malware infestation on my domain possibly from uploading a malicious plugin, and recommended I purge and recreate my account…

    What Would You Do?

    The medical field is filled with difficult scenarios, and to someone who is encountering them for the first time, it may be difficult knowing what the best thing to do is. That is why we all take Medical Ethics to prepare ourselves for the real world in which any of these scenarios could take place (and many of these scenarios…

    AUC vs. Ross vs. SGU: Additional Factors to Consider

    Hello all, I’ve recently received a message from a prospective student asking me to elaborate on the reasons for my decisions to attend AUC as opposed to SGU or Ross. The student is deciding between Ross and AUC and wanted to know...

    Make the best of it

    Arif’s right. I chose the wrong thing to give up for my New Year’s resolution. It’s painful not to blog, to bottle up every thought that’s stored up in me. I don’t watch TV. I don’t watch movies. I don’t play any sports. I don’t even work out that much anymore.. blogging is my release. There’s just so many memories…

    Meow Meow Fetches

    I love my cat!…

    The Resolution

    It has been quite a journey so far, and now that I have completed well over a full year of medical school, I’m really starting to understand better my purpose of learning the Basic sciences, and what it means in being a doctor. I’ve learned that being a doctor is more than just being a mechanic of the body, fixing…

    SGA Logo

    Happy Holidays everyone! I am currently in Georgia visiting my family on break and having a great time. As I have some more time on my hands, I’d like to share a new logo I designed for the Student Government Association at AUC. This will be my last project as SGA Historian this semester. In the future the logo may…

    Asian in St. Maarten

    As an Asian-American, it’s understandable that I need my Asian products. Growing up at home, my family ate rice everyday. My mom grew lots of Chinese herbs and vegetables at home and nothing beats home cooking. Before coming to the island, I wondered if I had to bring my rice cooker from home. What was this island like anyway? Could…

    Expedition to Saba

    About: Known as the "Unspoiled Queen" of the Caribbean, the island of Saba is known for its majestic, natural beauty. There are no beaches. Instead, the volcanic island juts straight out of the ocean with cliffs meeting the water. Located 30 miles away from St. Maarten, it is accessible by ferry or airplane. Highlights: Hiking to the top of Mount Scenery in the clouds, Landing on the shortest commercial airstrip in the world, Strolling through the charming village of Windwardside, Diving the World-famous Pinnacle Diving, Checking out the craft work of Saban laces.

    A Difference in Lab

    It has been a bittersweet two semesters as a Head TA in anatomy lab. There were ups and downs, collaboration and conflicts amongst my team members. Despite some of the difficulties Haley, Arif, and I struggled as a team, I hope overall we made the Anatomy lab a positive, meaningful, and smooth learning experience for students.  Overall, the Head TA…

    End of an Era

    Today is the day Haley, Arif, and I step down as the Head Teaching Assistants of the Anatomy department of the past two semesters and hand over our titles to a brand new set of bright and enthusiastic students. After a whole semester of observing, training, and talking to many qualified candidates, we finally held interviews last week for the…