Veterinary Internship

(Tradução para o Português no fim da página)

Today I met death… Again.

In case you haven’t followed, I started my veterinary medical internship last week (Jan 24). In Brazil you can start your internships as early as from the 3rd semester in college (however, there are many limitations on what you can and cannot do as an intern) and since I’m about to start my fourth semester, here I go.

I'm an intern at an emergency clinic, therefore, me and the other interns must wear those scrubs all the time. I like it though. Faço estágio numa clínica de emergências, então o pijama cirúrgico é obrigatório como "uniforme".

I’m an intern at an emergency clinic, therefore, me and the other interns must wear those scrubs all the time. I like it though. / Faço estágio numa clínica de emergências, então o pijama cirúrgico é obrigatório como “uniforme”.

My first day was crazy, awkward and awesome at the same time! I was feeling veeeeeeeeery insecure at the beginning, but the other interns, doctors and technicians were all so patient and nice to me and I learned a lot from them. And every time I go there I come back home with another huge package of freshly acquired knowledge and experience.

However, sometimes it can get tough and psychologically stressful. And like I said, “today I met death again” and it was much closer than I wished. We’ve putted a puppy to sleep – she was a llittle stray dog brought by a kind gentleman who saw her dying on the streets and tried to help. Unfortunately, she had the Canine Distemper Virus at a very advanced stage and there was nothing left to do… but that. I wasn’t the one to do the procedures, but I held her and patted her until she stopped breathing. It was a very sad moment, for everyone.

Despite these kind of things being routine in veterinary medicine, it’s still definitely difficult to me because, although I don’t want to see any living creature to suffer, I don’t think I have the right to decided when it’s their time “to go”.

I’m not sure how I’m going to deal with it in the future (though I’m pretty sure there will come a day when I’ll have to), I just hope I can find a good way to cope with. As of the moment, I just wish that baby is at the rainbow bridge now, having all the fun and caring that was denied to her in Earth. Rest in peace, little one.

(Portuguese translation below)

Hoje eu me encontrei com a morte… De novo.

Caso vocês não tenham acompanhado, eu comecei meu estágio em clinica médica e cirúrgica de medicina veterinária semana passada (dia 24 de Fevereiro). No Brasil, você pode começar a estagiar desde o terceiro período de faculdade (embora haja muitas limitações quanto ao que você pode ou não fazer) e já que vou iniciar meu quarto período este ano, aqui vou eu!

Meu primeiro dia foi uma loucura – foi estranho e incrível ao mesmo tempo. Eu estava muuuuuito insegura no começo, mas os outros estagiários, bem como os médicos e auxiliares foram todos muito pacientes e gentis comigo e me ensinaram bastante coisa. E todos os dias que volto de lá, venho com uma bagagem enorme de novos conhecimentos e experiências.

Entretanto, às vezes as coisas podem ser difíceis e, como eu disse, “hoje eu me encontrei com a morte de novo”. E foi muito mais próximo do que eu gostaria – nós botamos uma filhotinha para dormir. Era uma cadelinha de rua, trazida por um bondoso senhor que a encontrou nas ruas e tentou ajudar. Infelizmente, ela tinha Cinomose em estagio avançado e não havia mais nada a ser feito. Não fui eu quem realizou o procedimento em si, mas eu a segurei e acariciei até que ela parasse de respirar. Foi um momento muito triste, para todos.

Apesar de coisas assim serem rotineiras na medicina veterinária, é ainda muito difícil para mim lidar com esse tipo de situação porquê, embora eu não queira ver nenhuma criatura sofrer, eu não me vejo no direito de decidir quando é a hora certa de “deixar partir”. Entendem?

Eu ainda não sei bem como vou lidar com isso no futuro (embora eu saiba que eventualmente eu vou precisar dar um jeito), eu só espero que eu consiga encontrar uma boa forma de enfrentamento. Por hora, tudo que desejo é que aquela bebezinha esteja agora na ponte do arco-iris, recebendo todo o cuidado e carinho que lhe foram negados na Terra. Descanse em paz, pequenina.

LINE I ♥ Coffee

I ♥ Coffee is an iOS/Android Coffee Shop simulation game developed by PATI Studio and powered by LINE Corp. It’s similar to other restaurant/bakery management games, however it’s far more complex than most of them. Definitely the best one I’ve played so far (and I played lots of them).

LINE I ♥ Coffee

LINE I ♥ Coffee

You start the game running a small coffee shop. You’ll have a few coffee recipes and only 1 employee. Then you must complete several quests, roast your own beans, upgrade your old recipes and learn new ones as well. You’ll also be able to expand your shop, hire more employees (and keep them happy), advertise your business, take special guests orders, fulfill achievements and have an unthinkable amount of decoration options.

LINE I Coffee additionally has nice multiplayer features, where you can add both your LINE friends and/or you I Love Coffee only friends*. You can help them doing their quests, exchanging items and visit their shops. It also provides in-app purchases but they are completely optional. It’s not a pay-to-win kind of game!

This is my current shop

This is my own current shop

Wether you’re a hardcore or a more casual player, this game will certainly entertain you for several hours everyday. And If you wanna add me as your I Love Coffee neighbour my LINE ID is “gvermehren”. See you there!

And if you’re looking for tips and tricks for this game, I’d recommend this blog:


*You’ll need a LINE account to fully enjoy multiplayer features

Ps: the first time you login into the game there will be a huge update, I’d recommend to turn off the auto lock on your device until it’s fully loaded. But don’t worry, it’s only for this first update, next time it’s gonna be pretty much normal and quick.


Hi everyone, how was your holidays? I hope you’re all having a terrific new year! And if you’re looking for a good anime series to start watching in 2016 I recommend “Erased“, currently being streamed by Crunchyroll (Yeah, I know. Felipe is turning me into an anime person).

This is how a Kiwi usually looks like when cutted in half

This is how a Kiwi usually looks like when cutted in half

As for me, right now I’m trying to get rid of the few pounds I gained during Christmas, New Year and birthday (it was last week, January 3) celebrations. You see I have this genetic tendency to obesity so I gotta keep my weight in track all the time. However, it’s harder than usual during holidays because of delicious food (specially cakes).

Lucky me, I can lose weight almost as fast as I gain it. I usually cut my calories intake, avoid certain types of food and keep doing my daily exercises. But since I’m a huge sweet tooth I can’t live happily without sugar. That’s why yesterday I went to the supermarket to buy sweet fruits and guess what? I realized I am totally retarded (lol)! Why, you ask? Well, I simply adore Kiwis, but I never saw it for sale anywhere. I thought maybe it was because some fruits are hard to find around here in Manaus and Kiwi was one of them but last night I found out that I had no clue how a Kiwi looked like inside its shell… -_-

Fortunately, this time I read the small tags under the shelves and discovered I could have always bought so many Kiwis before (if only I had read the tags), it has always been there, in my face! And it’s not even as expensive as many other fruits that aren’t regularly farmed here (like strawberries, strawberries are really expensive in Manaus).

...And this is how it looks inside its shell. Who would have known, right?

…And this is how it looks inside its shell. Who would have known, right?

So I bought some Kiwis and other fruits and discovered I’m a professional Kiwi peeler! All you have to do is cut it in two halves and, with the help of a spoon, gently separate the pulp from the shell.

Kiwis are wonderful berries. They have a monstrous amount of vitamin C, taste bittersweetly delicious and are really light in calories: Around 50 kcal per 100g. If you’re trying to lose weight like me, you should definitely add kiwis to your diet. There are many recipes around the web, but I personally like to eat it raw or juiced. It goes marvelously with pineapples and bananas.

[Movie Review] Star Wars – Episode VII: The Force Awakens

When I started watching Star Wars – Episode VII: The Force Awakens my first impression was “Well, this is lame”. The second one was it was “getting interesting and it may lead to somewhere”. However, it ended with me thinking it was “rather a disappointment”.

Star Wars - Episode VII: The Force Awakens promo poster (Source:

Star Wars – Episode VII: The Force Awakens promo poster (Source:

It not a bad movie though. The actors did an amazing job, J. J. Abrams as well – It has an impeccable visual and John Williams, as expected, created an awesome score. Yet, the story (which is what attracts more to its whole saga) itself has way too many plot holes. Although I don’t think there’s still anyone in this galaxy who hasn’t watched it already (probably more than once), I won’t risk spoil things up but… Seriously, how the hell a Stormtrooper, who was supposed to be raised since birth to be a flawless soldier out of sudden decides to rebel against his superiors?

And no, I don’t think I’m being partial or anything. It’s not like I’m one of those old Star Wars radical fans who only like whatever George Lucas does. I really enjoined the KOTOR (Knights of the Old Republic) and SWTOR (Star Wars – The Old Republic) game stories. In my humble opinion, those were pretty good stories, unlike The Force Awakens.

Be that as it may, and maybe because of the huge hype that is going on towards the movie, I think I’m probably one of the few people in this planet who thinks this way.

I still have hopes though that the next movies will explain the things that doesn’t make any sense and captivate me again. But, so far, this new Star Wars movie seems as blindly devoted to the original trilogy as Kylo Ren to Darth Vader. And everybody knows that blind devotion is a path to the Dark Side, right?

Me post Star Wars - Episode VII: The Force Awakens. I even got one of those BB8 glasses.

Me post Star Wars – Episode VII: The Force Awakens movie. I even got one of those BB8 3-D glasses.


Pumpkin Soup Recipe (100% dairy/meat free)

Pumpkins are very good for your health –  they are a extremely nutrient dense food, full of vitamins, minerals, really low on calories and delicious. Pumpkin soups are usually in my regular diet and I even created a recipe on my own, it’s completely dairy/meat free. Here it goes:

You’ll need:

  • 800 g Pumpkin (any type, I use a regional one)
  • 500 ml Water
  • 1/2 Onion
  • 3-5 Garlic cloves
  • 100 g Kale
  • Shiitake mushrooms (as many as you like)
  • 75-100 ml coconut milk concentrate
  • 1 tbsp Canola oil or Olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Shoyu
  • 1-3 Bay leaves
  • 1 Vegetable broth cube
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • Salt and black pepper powder (as much as you like)

How to cook:

Cook the pumpkins, bay leaves, broth and the cinnamon together in the water until the pumpkin gets soft, wait for it to cool down and book.

Saute the onion, garlic cloves and the seasoning together and book. Then, saute the kale, shoyu and mushrooms together and book.

Mix everything (except for the kale and mushrooms) in a blender then pour the mixture in a deep pot.

Add the coconut milk, kale and the mushrooms to the mixture and boil on low heat for 10 minutes. Add more salt or other seasonings if you wish. And it’s ready!


My Pumpkin Soup

 Good for 5 portions, each portion has around 150 kcal only
Have you tried this recipe? Do you have any other meat free recipes to share? Tell us all about it!