Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Being in my current tight situation, I need to make full use of what is evolving around me. Horoscopes and predictions are forbidden in our religion, but I thought of using them as a form of motivation for me.

I've quoted this from http://tarot.com/chinese-astrology/chinese-horoscopes-2009. Funny getting chinese horoscopes from a white man.

This was what I found out:

Yearly Predictions for the Dog

Steer clear of controversy during the Year of the Earth Ox, otherwise you could find yourself in court. A justice-lover like you will do more good working with the system than against it.

On the plus side, your financial situation will become much more secure. Your income will be steady, enabling you to pay off debts and put some money into savings. Instead of having to look for work, you'll be able to spend more time with friends and family. (Sounds good..)

Resist the urge to isolate yourself when things go wrong. Dogs have a tendency to turn within when the going gets tough, but that won't do in a sociable Ox year. Surrounding yourself with supportive people will help you withstand any pressure you experience in 2009. If you let the pressure build, you could experience terrible headaches. Practicing relaxation techniques like guided imagery, controlled breathing and meditation can alleviate this pain. (Need to remember this point)

Travel is favored this year, especially if you take a trip with someone you love, and visiting a spiritual mecca or holy city will be especially enjoyable. (yup, this is one of our plans for this year)

You are bound to make lots of friends in an Ox year. (new work place, of course i'll be making new friends right?) People are impressed by your loyalty and open-minded attitude. You may be especially drawn to rebels, since most people will cling to stodgy traditions this year. Rule-breakers and eccentrics will feel like a breath of fresh air in 2009.

Love for the Dog

It's time to put power struggles to rest; the Year of the Earth Ox emphasizes cooperation. Be more vocal about your needs. As a Dog, you have a tendency to keep your thoughts hidden. (This is so me...) Unfortunately, this trait could work against you in an ultra-practical Earth Ox year. By clearly stating your desires and concerns, you could achieve a new level of closeness with your partner.


Friday, January 23, 2009

Surfing for wedding themes..

Some of the beautiful photos that I found on the web...Looking at lovely wedding photos can cheer me up at a time like this..

First few days

Sg Buloh Hospital:

Day 1:

Took the Guthrie Highway, and I reached the place in 40 min.

I brought the necessary documents: surat lapor diri, passport photo, latest payslip, etc to the administration office, eager to get a fresh start at my new place of work. While filling up the relevant forms, the clerk called me to the Pengarah's office. As I sat down in front of him, I expected him to give a briefing about the hospital, welcoming me to his terrority. What shocked me was that he was just looking at my surat lapor diri for about a minute, then suddenly looked up to me and said 'U nak masuk Paeds ye? Paeds dah penuh. I hantar u pegi Medical.' I could suddenly feel the blood rushing to my face. Medical? Owh man..the last time I did medical was in 2007..How could he be so mean? I practically begged him to send me to the department that I wanted..I mean, I'm really sure that's the field that I want to specialise in, and I've been doing paeds for more than a year..Why is he being so unfair?

He was giving me the numbers, saying that the medical department has less MOs compared to paeds..I finally gave in..

I was asked to report to a specialist there and she introduced me to her collegues. I was put in charge of the male medical ward.

Day 2

Took the NKVE highway today, and I reached Sg Buloh in 22 mins, driving at 120km/H. Not bad right?

The HOD instructed me to change to the female ward and I had to do rounds with the specialist. On this day, I was REALLY frustrated with the computer system. Why is not user friendly at all! My collegues were really good at it, after all, they've been using the system for the past one year or so. At one point I just felt like smashing the computer right in front of me. Personally, I feel like I'm spending more time in front of the computer, struggling to make a simple entry, and spending less time with the patients. It is very unfair.

As I was really slow in assisting my specialist to do the rounds that day, he became inpatient and he typed everything himself instead. I felt like my presence was more of a burden to him..Come on, dragging the laptop to each patient, plugging in the plug to the power source everytime we shift the laptop, in case it hibernates and the laptop hanging every now and then --it is really a test to my patience...

Not only that, since I was in charge of half the ward, I had to do referrals, arrange for urgent scans, trace blood results urgently, etc. Not like I haven't done all this before, but it is much different now as everything is computerised. I felt like a houseman all over again, doing donkey work and writing all the things that I've to do on a piece of paper, and rush to do everything by 5 o clock that day.

Day 3

I'm beginning to get the hang of the computer system, but my specialist remained sarcastic as I am still slow, and still incompetent in managing medical patients on my own, or so he says...My stress level was getting higher and higher, but I kept a smiling face at work, as I refused to show people how frustrated I am deep inside..

I came back from work, not willing to even look at the computer anymore...

Day 4

I reached the ward at 0745, determined to start my rounds. I felt like my pace is getting a bit better now, but I still could not finish all my work by 5pm..it is just so ridiculous as the amount of work that I had was much less that what I'm used to in HTAR, and yet, I tok such a long time to complete a task, just because I'm not used to the system. Sigh..How long will I take to be competent with my work?

Day 5=today

Took the day off as I've to go to Banting later to present for the mortality meeting. A presentation that I should be worried of, and yet I feel happy as I'm going back to my 'comfort zone' today afternoon..

Well, at least I've the weekend off tomorrow..something to look forward to..

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Hello Sg Buloh..

It's been awhile since I last posted an entry..
Perhaps some of you may wonder why I choose not discuss about my wedding preparations here. The reason being, I am more concerned and nervous about changing my place of work compared to the wedding. Crazy right? I know.
Tomorrow will mark my first day in Hospital Sg Buloh. I've a lot of uncertainties with regards to tomorrow. Which department will I land in? How often will my calls be? How will the working environment be like? I've 1001 questions in my head right now.
At the same time, I've a wedding to plan. Thanks to my dad and aunties who are doing most of the information gathering and decision making, I do feel a sense of relief in my part.
However, there are certain aspects of the wedding that have been left for me to make the final decision:
1. Make-up artist
2. Photographer and Videographer
3. Colour theme
Dear cousins and friends, if you have any suggestions or contacts, do let me know..I really don't want to make the wrong choices...

Monday, January 12, 2009

So long, farewell..

I have been in denial for the past few days. I can't believe that I'm leaving this place..

Over the next few days I will be packing my stuff as I've to shift out from this apartment by the end of this month. I do feel sad leaving this apartment, as I enjoy having my own, comfortable space for me to live in. It's really not the same compared to staying with your parents. You get to do whatever you like, at whatever pace you're comfortable with. With this point in mind, I do wish that I'll have my own place after I begin my married life..

My plan for the next few days would be this:

Tuesday: Clinic Day. then, settle my call claims and submit the necessary forms..
Wednesday: On leave + collect revision books from a friend in HTAR
Thursday: Lorry coming to pick up my furniture..
Friday: Say my goodbyes to everybody..

Until then, I will continue enjoying every minute that I have in this cozy apartment..

Saturday, January 03, 2009


I'm so sleep deprived now..

Being post-call, and only managed to sleep about an hour+ last night, I forced myself to attend Redzuan's wedding today..Luckily, I managed to keep my eyes open while driving back from Banting and also during the wedding ceremony.

The calls in Banting are getting worse and worse. Who says that district posting is so lepak? I beg to differ.

Another 2 calls to go..one weekday and one weekend. And then I'm off to Sg Buloh! Just hope things will be better there. I really hope so.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Hello 2009!

I spent my new year's eve sleeping on my bed..I was post-call and hence sleeping was my top most priority compared to watching fireworks on TV..

I have decided to start a new blog today. I have hidden in from my profile coz it's not ready to be viewed by anybody just yet. The blog will be about the patients that I see at work and hope that it may benefit any doctors or aspiring doctors out there.

The blog is mainly for those in the medical line and I plan to use medical jargons to describe my patients where as this blog be maintained and will more about my life in general..

I guess that I'm being rather ambitious by having two blogs to update each time..We'll see how it'll turn out to be..