研修医日記/医療法人社団 札幌皮膚病理診断科
Sapporo Dermatopathology Institute
May 2016: Of Golden days and Spring blooms.
First week of May was Golden week. What an opportune time for sightseeing! I was able to enjoy the beautiful parks in Sapporo, marvel at Yokoyama Taikan’s masterpieces, experience the underground walkways, and most specially, cherish the “h anami. ” Dr. Kimura was very kind to show me around Sapporo on the first day of the holidays. We went to Maruyama Park and Hokkaido Shrine (Chuo­ku), the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Odori, and Susukino. Then on the following days, went to Moerenuma Park (Higashi­ku) and Sapporo Art Park (Minami ward) with my Filipino friends.

April 2016: “ Senri no michi mo ippo kara. ”
“ Senri no michi mo ippo kara .” Laozi
I read this saying from a Kanji book my mom bought me few months before I left for Japan. This
saying in English translates to, “a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
To be far away from home can be very difficult, especially for someone like me who has never
lived away from my family (not even for college, medical school, or dermatology residency).
Although I’ve always wanted to start living independently, the idea of living alone in a foreign
country scared me a little. I did imagine how fun and exciting it would be to travel and see new
places, meet new friends, and decorate my own place, but I didn’t realize it would be quite a
challenge to start a new chapter in my life on
my own. In order to live through I have learned
the importance of having street smarts and connections. These two essentials have helped me
keep up with the daily life here in Sapporo. Knowing (a few) basic Japanese phrases or
expressions, having a good sense of direction, being perceptive and resourceful, knowing the
daily weather and how to keep warm (it gets really cold in Sapporo), and having friends (both
Filipino and international) to guide or support you all
of these come in handy, especially into
the first few weeks.
Setting out on your own can be challenging in the beginning, but to start a journey one must
learn how to brave that first step.
Margaret Mary B. Alegre, M.D.
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