3 Reasons I’ve Been Away (And Why I’m Holding A Giveaway)

Monday, June 08, 2015 Stef dela Cruz, MD 6 Comments

I committed a mortal sin in blogging – that is, I stopped. I know what’s about to happen: Google will probably hate me a little and my blog won’t be given as many relevance points as it deserves.

I apologize. I’ve been rather, um, busy.

vacation meme

I know it’s not an excuse. Which is why I’d like to make it up to you by holding a giveaway. (More on that later.)

There are many other bloggers out there who have two day jobs but still manage to update their blogs at least twice a week. Wow. How they do that remains a mystery to a procrastinator (and overfunctioner) like me.


The Negligent Blogger, a.k.a. Yours Truly

I maintain – or am supposed to maintain – three websites, including this one. The second website is a tech blog, which I co-founded with my techie brother. The third is still under renovation. It’s a personal-turned-lifestyle blog called Life and Fever.

I also contribute to Manila Bulletin and several other magazines and websites. Of course, I’m not going to complain about the workload. I choose to see my crazy schedule as a happy problem.

But enough excuses! I’m back and I’m blogging again. Let me show you what I’ve been up to lately, just so you know why I’ve been remiss with duties as a blogger.


What’s Been Keeping This Blogger Busy Lately

It’s one in the morning and I’m supposed to be sleeping. I have a 7AM meeting, which means I have to be up in four hours! But if I put this off for another few days, I’m afraid I might never be able to catch up with you anymore!

Ergo, this rather personal post about what’s been keeping me busy lately. Here’s a rundown of updates for you.


1. I am now a member of UST Medical Alumni Association’s Culture Change Committee!


Look at my brand new USTMAA membership card! It’s so fancy, isn’t it? If you graduated from UST med school, contact USTMAA and apply for lifetime membership now to get this really awesome ID!

But what on earth does being part of such a committee entail? Good question – and a rather hard one, too! Let’s just say that Thomasian doctors, such as myself, know that it’s time for change.

It was rather unfortunate that around the time the culture change movement was being launched, about one out of every three post-graduate interns (fresh med school graduates undergoing training) in UST decided to back out and pursue their internship elsewhere.

Here’s putting things in perspective: Imagine if a third of your newest employees decided to abandon ship. What does that say about your company? Does that mean you have disloyal employees? Does that mean you have a company not worth staying loyal to?

Those are even tougher questions to answer than, “What is culture change?” Answering the culture change question requires answering all these tough questions, too.


2. I have a new column!

I hate travelling. Apart from the fact that I’ve been on a plane just twice in my entire lifetime, both of which happened just this year, I also have motion sickness. It’s therefore ironic that I’m now a columnist for Experience Travel & Living!

Stef dela Cruz travel column

My column is called The Reluctant Traveler, MD. It can’t get any more appropriate than that!

In case you’re wondering why I even deserve space in a travel website despite my aversion to travel, here is my explanation.


3. I have [another] new column!

Yes, it’s definitely my year! It’s the year of the sheep, after all, and I was born during such a year!

This time, my column is about cats and it will be published in print by Animal Scene Magazine this August. (August happens to be my birth month! Oh, is this serendipity or what?)

Sunday Park Day

Hello to my friends over at Cat Care Philippines and the #SundayParkDay gang! (In case you’re looking for my cat, he’s in the brown bag beside me. Hiding. As usual.)

I happen to be the happy human slave of a grumpy, treacherous, self-important cat named Merlin. I can’t wait to tell you about him and the many other cats I’ve met in the past.


What You’ve Been Waiting For: The Comeback Giveaway!

I also happened to think of a really “punny” name for my column. Do you think you can guess what the name of my column is?

Stef dela Cruz cat column

Leave a comment with your guess before July 30 – if you’re the first to get it right, I’m giving you a copy of the August issue, plus two dog bowls for your furry friends!

You have nothing to lose by guessing! Let’s all have fun! I’m in the mood to celebrate, now that I’m back. So, what are you waiting for?

If you’re a cat person, give it a try. Limit your guesses to five – let’s give other people a chance to guess, too! Let’s see how creative your titles are and how good you are at making cat puns. Let me start by saying, “Thank meow for joining!”

Stef dela CruzAbout the blogger
Stef dela Cruz is a vegan doctor and writer. She received the 2013 Award for Health Media from the Department of Health. She is the editor of The Manila Bulletin's Animal Scene Magazine. Get in touch if you want to invite her as a speaker!