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June 2nd, 2006

09:18 am: Quick Hello
Hi Everyone!  It's seems like forever since I last updated.  Since then, I've been to Bangkok, Nantou (about two hours from Taipei, where Steven's mom is originally from), and back to Taipei yesterday.  Phew...it's been a journey.  

I don't even know where to start describing all of the things that I've seen, Thailand is truly amazing.  I can see why people love it there so much.  My stomach finally gave up in Thailand on Sunday (I was doing surprising well too!) and Thursday night was my first real meal in four days.  Crazy, huh?  All in all, definitely worth it.  Note to self: don't go back during May, one of the hottest months of the year in Thailand!  

I was originally planning to blog every day just a little bit, but internet access has been somewhat limited so I've fallen behind and we leave tomorrow!  So, I'm going to write out what we did each day to help me jog my memory for future posts about the trip.  I'm also adding in food because this is asia, it's all about the food! 

Saturday, May 20th
Left Austin at noon with a layover at LAX on the way to Taipei. 

Sunday, May 21st
Arrived at Taipei at 10 PM. 

Monday, May 22nd
Breakfast: Taiwanese breakfast hamburger (my fav!)
Chiang Kai Shek Memorial
Steven's elementary school
Lunch: home with grandpa and grandma
Taipei 101
DaVinci Code
Dinner: Taipei 101
Snack: Mr. Donut

Tuesday, May 23th
Breakfast: Mr. Donut with pineapple
Lunch: Soupy dumpling place, dessert at mango ice place (best halo-halo EVER)
National Palace Museum
Dinner: Night market - stinky tofu (yes, it really is stinky), rice with pork sauce, and oyster with eggs

Wednesday, May 24th
Breakfast: hamburger and fresh lychees (yum) and rice ball and bread and ...
Saw the new condo Steven's parents are building
Lunch: "pick you own plate" cuisine on a street in front of a temple - small squid with eyes intact, bamboo, duck, asparagus
Attempted to go to gold museum, but didn't quite make it there, but ended up on "old street" where we ate taro root balls over shaved ice and I got a stamp with my Chinese name (which I will now be using to sign-off on workpapers...hehe).  
Dinner: all you can eat Japanese buffet (puts Todai to shame)

Thursday, May 25th
Breakfast: traditional Taiwanese breakfast
Lunch: Chinese western food place with Uncle and animal print Aunt
Pottery, bought LOTS of plates...still thinking of how to get them back to the US
Dinner: tofu street where we had four dishes of guess what, tofu!
2nd largest ferris wheel
Visited Chris and Jessica's godparent's house

Friday, May 26th
Breakfast: hamburger
Left for Thailand and arrived around lunch time.  
Lunch: plane and Chinese food in Thailand
Four faced Buddha
Fed a baby elephant
Souvenir shopping
Dinner: Noodles

Saturday, May 27th
Breakfast: fruit
Grand Palace with emerald Buddha
Lunch: side street near Thammasat University...extremely "local"
Snack: Swensen's
Wat Pho with the lying Buddha
Wat Arun
2 hour Thai massage (true heaven!)
Dinner: Crab restaurant

Sunday, May 28th
Breakfast: Noodles on the street
Floating market
Lunch: resort attached to a Cobra Show
Royal teak carvers
Pottery makers
Bought bonsai on the side of the road
Wat _____________ on hill top with good view of the country side
Tried to watch the bats flying from the bat colony, but didn't want to wait an hour.  
Dinner: Pad Thai (very orange super sweet pad thai)

Monday, May 29th
Breakfast: soupy rice
Lunch: Nong Nooch Gardens
Chinese wat - saw terra cotta soldiers from emperor's grave, Chinese emperor's chair
gold Buddha on the face of the mountain
Thai cultural show and elephant show
Pattaya Beach with the female "escorts" and old white men
Dinner: really bad Subway sandwhich (stomach gone)
Dessert: Mango sorbet from Haagen Daaz

Tuesday, May 30th
Breakfast: fruit
Went to US Embassy to do some paperwork but didn't work
Lunch: KFC at the airport
Left Thailand to come back to Taipei.  Drove directly to Nantou from the airport.  
Dinner: Steven's favorite noodles

Wednesday, May 31st
Breakfast: bread/noodles
Lunch: Japanese restaurant with big golden sushi boat and icees
Played pool in a bowling alley owned by Steven's dad's best friend.  
Dinner: at home with grandma - bamboo soup and sticky rice because of the holiday

Thursday, June 1st 
Breakfast: noodles and cold circles and meat circles
Went to Steven's grandfather's hometown 
Lunch: Hakku restaurant
Back to Taipei.
Got new sunglasses and regular glasses
Dinner: Cantonese
Night market for shopping

Friday, June 2nd 
Breakfast: hamburger (since we're back in Taipei) and rice balls
Need to pack plates

Saturday, June 3rd 
Need to pick up glasses. 
Leaving at 6:45 PM, arriving Austin at 11 PM.  

Yea, we've been busy.  I've only got a day left to shop!  Woohoo! 

Current Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Current Mood: relaxedrelaxed
Current Music: computer humming

May 24th, 2006

12:50 am: Day 2
We were definitely less busy yesterday then we were our first day, we might have overdone it that first day!

We were to lunch at a dumpling place. When you bite into the dumpling,it's soupy inside so you have to be really careful eating them. They were really good. Afterwards, we went to eat mango shaved ice, it was the BEST halo-halo I've ever had...sooooo good!

After lunch, we went to the National Palace Museum. The museum is carved into the side of a granite mountain, it's very pretty. A lot of the museum was being renovated, but I did get to see a couple of cool things. We saw a lot of pottery, which made me think of the Nicholas Sparks book I finished reading a couple of months back, Three Weeks with My Brother. Basically, Nicholas Sparks and his brother, Micah, took a tour around the world. On their tour, they stopped in various countries and went to tons of museums. Nicholas commented on how all of the local tour guides got so excited over pots and that's what we saw, a lot of pots. It's ridiculous how old some of the pots were and what was really interesting was that a lot of these pots look like things you can in the local grocery stores here. Nothing has changed since 500 B.C. Ridiculous, huh? Some of the pots had what looked like price tags on them. I think it was a conspiracy, the pots we were looking at were really pots from grocery stores!

Gotta run...will finish updating later.

Current Location: Taipei, Taiwan

May 23rd, 2006

07:11 am: More on the first day
Taipei 101 was really cool.  Not only is it the world's tallest building, it also has the world's fastest elevators.  We got to the top in exactly 37 seconds.  We even got to see one of the three building's dampers.  A damper is a huge sphere that keeps the building from swaying from the wind and also steadies the building during earthquakes.  Taiwan is made from two plates of earth colliding so Taiwan is prone to earthquakes as opposed to the Philippines that was made by volcanos.  Hehe...feels like a history lesson.   

We went up to the observatory deck and got to see Taipei with a bird's eye view.  We did the whole audio tour thing, but it was kind of hard to see the buildings in the distance probably because it was about to rain.  The city is huge and the mountains in the background were very pretty.  

The shopping here is ridiculous.  Taipei 101 had gucci, louis vutton, and fendi...oh my!  It was fun walking into a couple of stores, but there was no way I could afford anything.  And the makeup counters...there were oodles of them.  What was also really cool about the high end department stores was seeing all of the international name brands.  There was a lot that I didn't even recognize.  We also went to the Shing Kuan Mitsukoshi department stores (all four of them within two blocks of each other) by Taipei 101.  Again, the ridiculousness...four huge deparment stores, we're talking over 6 stories high, all within two blocks of each other AND selling exactly the same thing.  Is there really that much demand?  I remember moving to Austin and being the snob I was, upset that we didn't have an Armani Exchange!  We also went to the biggest bookstore I have ever been to, this place was so big, it had an Aveda hair salon in it!  What's also not very surprising, is that there's Starbuck's everywhere here.  Go global economy.   

The donut place, Mr. Donut, turned out to be awesome.  Who knew that the Japanese knew anything about donuts?  I, of course, got a strawberry donut, which was just okay, but Steven got this really spongy almost chewy donut that was so good that we ended up buying six more on the way home!  Yum.   

After all the window shopping, we were so tired that we decided to catch a movie just so that we could sit in the air conditioning for bit!  We ended up watching The Da Vinci Code.  It wasn't as bad as I was expecting.  Doesn't say much, does it?  Overall, I thought that the movie was good, but I also thought that Tom Hanks was mismatched for the role of Robert Langdon.  When I read the book, Tom Hanks was not the man I was picturing, but I think that they did a great job casting Sofie.  She had a great French accent and was very pretty, I pictured her with more red hair though.  I think that the movie followed the book fairly well, or at least what I remember of the book.  All of the key elements that I remember showed up in the movie at least.   

We then had dinner in the food court of Taipei 101.  Steven claims that all of the restaurants had different food, but a lot of it looked really similar to me with the untrained eye.  The place was so big that I felt like I was in one of those cartoons where I'm running/walking along and the background circulates.  Nevertheless, the food was good.  I got shrimp tempura with fried rice covered by an egg.  Yum.   

On the way home, we picked up my first cup of authentic Taiwanese milk tea.  Double yum.   

I forgot to mention that yesterday we also walked by Steven's school.  You know, I don't even think that I've even shown Steven my elementary school.  It's funny how that works.  :)   

Now for some background stuff: 
We're staying in the building that Steven's grandparents and parents live in.  It's located really close to the main subway station here and near 228 Peace Park.  It's a good location because it's very close to a lot of stuff.  There's lots of restaurants around.  Our room is really cool, instead of a normal door that swings open, we've got sliding door, think Japanese tea room.  The floor is raised and all wood.  It's very cool.   

The subway stations here are very new and very clean.  They even have flat panel tvs to watch while you wait.  It's nothing like the crappy subway stations of New York!  They are very similar to the subway stations in Singapore, or of what I remember of them at least.  They have waiting lines drawn on the ground and they are angled so that the people exiting the subways can get off before the other people get on, ingenius really.  It probably works so well because the people here follow the lines too!  There's also lights on the ground that blink when a train is about to approach, it's very convenient.   

Plans for the day: 
Apparently nothing in the city opens until 11 A.M, so we're hanging out until then.  We're planning to check out the National Palace Museum.  It sounds cool enough.  I think we're planning to hit one of the fabled night markets tonight.  This city seems to be more geared to the night.  It's no wonder Steven is the way he is! 

Current Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Current Mood: awakeawake

May 22nd, 2006

12:50 pm: We're Here!

We landed in Taipei last night (Sunday) around 9:45.  The trip wasn't bad at all.  We left Austin at 12 noon on Saturday, arrived in LA, our lay over was about 4 hours long and then our plane went directly to Taipei from LA.  We left LA around 5 PM on Saturday and got here around 9:45 on Sunday.  Crazy, huh?  

Fun stuff from the plane:
1. Finished reading Night by Elie Weisel.  It was an excellent book.  I remember the other English class read it during our Senior year in high school and I've always wanted to read it since. 
2. Started knitting a purse.  I've already messed up a couple of times, but it's been a long time since I knitted, so no worries.  
3. Watched Rumor Has It with Jennifer Aniston.  Definitely not worth watching again!  It was a movie about nothing.  I need to stop watching Jennifer Aniston movies...apparently Nanny McPhee was much better.  I knew I should have gone with Collin Firth! 
4. Watched Last Holiday with Queen Latifah.  It was okay, again, definitely not worth watching again. 

This morning we went to the Chian Kai Shek memorial.  It was very cool.  It's weird seeing all of the "real" Asian architecture and not just the fake pagoda in Japan at Epcot!  I have to admit though, Epcot does a great job replicating the real thing. 

Steven's family has a book for their family tree, and I made the book!  Woohoo!  Go me! 

It's crazy because we're fairly close to the Philippines and my parents are there right now.  I would love to hit a beach in Cebu, but I guess that I'll have to wait until next year at the family reunion.  Steven's cuz Edward is getting married next May in Taiwan, so we'll probably end up spending a few days in Taiwan for the wedding and then a few days in the Philippines for the reunion.  I'm hoping to finally catch Hawaii on the way back, but I might be beached out by then.  Oh well, I've got a year to plan!  

Time to go shopping!  We're heading to Taipei 101, the tallest building in the world.  Should be fun.  Apparently there's a Japanese donut shop there...yum...donut..let's see if it compares to Shipley's! 

Current Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Current Mood: excitedexcited

April 17th, 2006

09:50 pm: Rash of Rudeness
I don't know what it is, but I've encountered quite a few instances of rudeness lately at work.  What is with everyone?  Is it so painful to be courteous to your co-workers?  If a client is rude, for the most part, I can understand that, but people at the firm being rude is a whole different story.  Seriously, what's the point?  We have to work together, why be rude?   Supposedly the reason why the Austin office is so great is because of the people, now with this rudeness streak, I have to say that I have to think again about that.  Grrrrr....

Current Location: computer
Current Mood: pissed offpissed off
Current Music: Gwen Stefani and Eve

April 14th, 2006

05:48 pm: Not too shabby of a week
The Black Eyed Peas concert rocked!  Steven and I fit in perfectly with the masses of 14 year olds.  :)  No, really, we really had a good time.  The concert was at the Verizon Amphitheatre out in Selma, near San Antonio.  So they kept on screaming "San Anontio, Texas," which I really didn't get into because obviously, I have to ties to San Antonio!  At the end, they sang "San Antonio" for 10 minutes straight, now that was annoying.  The concert felt like a big house party, people dancing in the rows, them dancing on stage, it was a lot of fun.  I wonder how Fergie got into the band with 3 guys, it's an interesting mix and she's has an interesting voice.  A guy I work with said that they've sold out, apparently he went to go see them before they were big and they're just not the same, but he said that he met Will I Am a couple of times and that he's cool.  I screamed the loudest when the Flip guy started rapping, although, he's not very good looking.  :) 

On Monday, we picked out cheaper options for the house which was also very fun.  I think we're doing a final sign-off on Wednesday, I need to email her back.  She's not the friendliest, but I am satisfied with what we've picked.  We orignally wanted darker more "grown up" colors throughout the house, but when she laid everything out, everything was light except for the kitchen cabinets and granite!  Oh well...we tried.  :) 

Thursday was no good.  I'm trying my hardest to get this one job I'm working on done before the end of the month, and I just don't know.  There's one area I don't understand and trying to understand it and it's driving me crazy.  I just want it to be done.  I could seriously go on and on about my frustrations with this job...

But I won't, not when it's Good Friday...

One good thing that happened on Thursday is that we got tickets to ACL.  The lineup isn't out yet, so the tickets were only $90, not bad, huh?  Thanks Lydia for buying them!  I haven't been before, but one of my clients is managed by the people who put on ACL, so I feel like I have to go this year in order to fully understand my client (wink wink).  Do you think this qualifies as a business expense? 

We're leaving for H-Town tonight.  Should be a fun weekend.  Maria and RJ will also be in town.  We're bringing the pups with us to meet Chuy.  Hopefully Button won't be too jealous and hopefully Carrie won't pounce on Chuy! 

To be consistent, three things to be thankful for:
1. Steven.  Steven.  Steven.  Steven.  Steven. 
2. Good team to work with out at TMA, it makes all the difference. 
3. No longer working 55+ hour weeks...very thankful...

Current Location: Game Room
Current Mood: chipperchipper
Current Music: Grown Up Christmas List - Michael Buble

April 9th, 2006

06:23 pm: Weekend
We spent the morning at the Mighty Texas Dog Walk that supports the Texas Hearing and Service Dogs. The dog walk is dual purpose: it raises money and we try to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest dog walk. We had the record up until a few years ago and then Great Britain took it from us two years ago. When we walked last year, we didn't beat them, and I doubt that we did this year, but it still was fun. Those of you who know me know that one of my favorite things in the world is to look at dogs and I definitely was not disappointed this weekend! You can tell what Austin's favorite breeds are: chihuahuas, daushounds, boxers and labs. We saw a few great danes, they were so pretty! The only reason why I wouldn't want such a big dog is because the bigger they are, the shorter their life span is and I just couldn't handle that. Carrie and Button were really good on the walk. Carrie only once snapped at another dog. The funny thing about Button was that we had her on the gentle leader and the only other dogs on the gentle leader were 50+ pound dogs! Button just pulls so much for her size and it really is better for her feet.

We got home and Steven changed the oil in my car, which I really needed. We then went to Discount Tire and got new tires for my car. My car has officially had its spring cleaning. The tires are awesome and my car is now driving smoother than ever.

While we were getting the tires changed on my car, Steven and I went to the Austin Cup. The Austin Cup is a charitable event where local technology companies get together and bowl in a tournament to raise money for child abuse victims. There was a whole bunch of our clients there and I ran into Maya from Active Power. We hosted the children's lanes. Basically, the parents bowled from 11 AM to 4 PM and the children could also bowl in the children designated lanes. We helped the kids get shoes and helped them bowl if they needed it. It was so much fun! There were people there doing face art and a balloon guy. He made me a longhorn holding a red rose and wrote "2006 National Champions." It was so cool! He was such a talented balloon guy! He even made a monkey in a palm tree for one of the kids! I also got to hang out with Chris, Kat, and Felicia. Nancy and Andy were there for a bit and Felicia's hubby Keith showed up too. Fun stuff.

We went to Thai Passion for dinner. Little spicy, but good. We walked around downtown for a bit too. Austin is very pretty at night and you could feel the excitement of a Saturday night in the air. It was gorgeous outside too. A cold front came in Saturday morning and cooled off the day.

I had an awesome Saturday and now it's Sunday. I've got a bit of work to do and then we're headed to the Black Eyed Peas concert tonight. Woohoo! Lots of booty shaking will be going on. :)

Current Location: kitchen table
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: vacuum cleaner

April 7th, 2006

02:59 am: New Perspective
I've been in a totally toxic mood lately, and I'm ready to turn it around. I need for things to change.

I just finished reading a fabulous book, "Three Weeks with my Brother," by Nicholas Sparks, the guy who wrote The Notebook and Message in a Bottle. It was a memoir of his life and this fabulous trip that he took with his brother where they traveled around the world in three weeks. In one of his childhood flashbacks, he talked about his mother. One of the things that his mother would ask him and his brother and sister every night was to tell her three things that the other two siblings did that day that were nice. Here's my twist, I'll just list things that are going well in my life and hopefully if I focus on the good things, I won't dwell on the bad. So here goes:

1. Steven is doing really well at work. I am very proud of him.
2. I am currently at a client known for being a good client. This is exactly what I need right now. No more yelling controllers on a tirad sounds good to me.
3. We have plans to participate in the Mighty Texas Dog Walk on Saturday. This will be the first fun thing I do all year, literally, all year.

Steven just pointed out that my remarks weren't very positive...I'm trying here...

Other fun/exciting things:
We got pricing back for the options that we selected for our new house. :) Let's just say that we are making a third trip back out to the design center to select more standard versus upgraded options. Those options can really add up! Who knew that a shower with body jets would cost $1K? But me being excited to take a shower every single day: priceless. One of the things that we liked about the floorplan that we selected was that we didn't have to add much to the house to make it perfect...guess again. :) There are certainly things that we don't need, like the stained wood on all of the first floor, or the 20x20 tile laid out on the diagonal, but it sure would be nice. I just can't wait to watch them start building and we can go out and take pictures every weekend! It'd be great if they could finish in 4 months! I'm so excited!

Speaking of new houses, congratulations goes out to Stacey and Richard on the purchase of their first new home together! I am super excited for both of them. They picked a great floorplan with a rotunda and sun room. I can't wait to see the finished product! Hopefully, their buying a house won't affect Stacey sewing us drapes for our house! :) I'm just sad that we couldn't be neighbors!

Heather said that she'd bring Natalie out to meet us for lunch next week. I think it's great that Heather is getting to take Natalie out more and more. I should post some pictures, Natalie is the cutest! You can just tell that Heather is having a great time dressing that baby, she's so cute!

Still working on creating a myspace page for the PPA class of 2003. I think it'd be a cool way to keep in touch with everyone. People are slowly starting to leave the firms and this seems like the best way to track everyone.

I bought the new Debbie Stoller book - the Happy Hooker. Yep, you guessed right a book about crocheting! My lola taught me how to crochet when I was a kid, so it's kind of neat trying to re-teach myself. Let's just say that I've got a long way to go to make her proud. W :) There's so many pretty things that you can crochet, but you guessed it, I'm going to start with a cochet scarf! Woohoo! If only I lived up north!

The most exciting news of all is that we booked our trip to Taiwan for the last week in May and the first week in June. We leave on a Saturday from Austin and return two weeks after. What's also cool is that we booked a weekend trip to Bangkok to see Steven's aunt and uncle. We leave that following Saturday and fly back to Taiwan on that Wednesday, I think. I can't wait for a vacation, I'm sure we'll have a wonderful time. I should probably look up things to do in Bangkok. A weekend probably won't be enough time, but I definitely want to see the golden Buddha that is laying on her side. I'd also love to see the temples. Any other suggestions Emili?

We're also planning a trip for the fall. I was thinking Hawaii, but I don't know how much we'd want to spend since the house will be done around that time. We could do a 7 night cruise for half the price and go to more places, but Hawaii does sound tempting and relaxing. We were also thinking about going to Hawaii next May when we go back for Edward and Sara's wedding. But, we're also planning a trip for the Philippines while we're over there. So, we should probably go this fall, but it'll be $$$. We'll see and of course I'll keep everyone updated.

Countdown to Kathy's wedding: exactly one month away! I can't wait to see the beautiful wedding unfold! I'm also looking forward to seeing the pictures that Steven will take. He's getting better and better at wedding photography. We should start a wedding photography business and I can go to the wedding just for fun! It'd give us something to do over the weekends!

Okay, that's enough goodness for now. One more day until the weekend.

Current Location: bedroom
Current Mood: draineddrained
Current Music: Carrie's collar jingling

March 26th, 2006

02:43 pm: New Favorite Song


I am unwritten, can't read my mind, I'm undefined
I'm just beginning, the pen's in my hand, ending unplanned

Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find

Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions
Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten

Oh, oh, oh

I break tradition, sometimes my tries, are outside the lines
We've been conditioned to not make mistakes, but I can't live that way

Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find

Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions
Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten

Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find

Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions
Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten
The rest is still unwritten
The rest is still unwritten

Oh, yeah, yeah

Favorite line: "We've been conditioned to not make mistakes, but I can't live that way."  I've learned this busy season that I am full of mistakes even though they expect perfection.  I can't live my life that way...

Current Mood: aggravatedaggravated
Current Music: Puddle of Mudd - Blurry

March 23rd, 2006

09:24 pm: I AM SO PROUD
Of Chu-Chew!!!

Check this out: 


Apparently Chu-Chew was in the paper with a picture and everything!  I really couldn't be happier for him and I'm super excited that he is living out his dream.  

Here's the text (in case the link disappears...):

March 22, 2006, 5:43PM
UT medical school student will head to Seattle
Joseph to pursue physical medicine, rehabilitation after graduation in May

Chronicle Correspondent

Prathap Jacob Joseph, 26, is another of the 200 students from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston who learned on March 16 where he will have his residency training.

Joseph, a former Bellaire resident, was matched to the physical medicine and rehabilitation program at the University of Washington in Seattle.

"Physical medicine and rehabilitation deals with medical conditions faced by anyone who has any kind of disability, like a spinal injury, or from suffering a stroke, or childhood developmental defects," Joseph said.

He was hoping to pursue physical medicine and rehabilitation at either Northwestern University in Chicago or the University of Washington in Seattle.

"It was a big shock because my first choice was Chicago," he said. "But the realization I'll be moving so far away from family and friends shocked me. When I got home though I had an e-mail from the program director (in Seattle) and now I'm really excited."

As a 1997 graduate of Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions, Joseph realized early on he would like a career in the medical field.

He wasn't sure, though, as to what aspect.

While studying microbiology at the University of Texas at Austin, he learned first-hand what rehabilitative medicine was all about.

"I wanted a job during senior year, and I had a friend working at a hospital," Joseph said. "They needed people to work as physical therapy technicians. That meant working with patients doing exercises. These were patients who had knee or hip replacements.

"I saw people who were in such severe pain after surgery, but with a few days of exercise they were doing so much better."

After graduating from UT and working as a lab technologist at Bellaire Medical Center, Joseph realized he missed working with patients. So he headed off to medical school.

"It's something I always thought about as a kid," Joseph said. "You'd see those TV shows like ER and Doogie Howser M.D."

Joseph still finds it hard to believe he's on his way to becoming a doctor.

"I think it means more to someone who hasn't necessarily gone through it (medical school)," Joseph said. "For us, we still have to go through residency. In my mind, I won't really feel like a doctor until I've finished my residency."

"Jacob is extremely bright and compassionate," said Dr. Ki Shin, a doctor at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center who worked with Joseph during a cancer rehabilitation rotation last month. "Those are two very important traits for a rehabilitation physician. He will do very well in the field."

Thanks Preeya for sending the article! 

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