I just realised my blog was hit 808 times yesterday! Fui-yoh!!!
I wonder what could have caused the sudden rush of traffic? Could it be the Bloground XXX (people might think it’s something x-rated; trust me, it’s not) or pre-exam tension filled students looking for clues/tips?
Whatever it was, it was another kembang moment for yours truly.
It rained heavily this morning causing me (and a thousand other people in their cars) to be stuck in a bad bad jam just after my kid’s school. Adding to the woes is the current ‘road improvement’ work being done by MPS all over town (actually I feel they made the roads worst….they obviously do not know the meaning of the word ‘smooth’).
You can see I am not in a happy mood. I reached the office 45 min later than my usual time leaving me no time to do anything at all (like check and reply emails, look over my schedule, quiet time…)
8.00 am – meeting (which I plan to miss)
8.00 am till whatever time – ward rounds
10.00 am (if I finish rounds) – take 2 students for end-of-posting exam
1.00 pm – ?lunch
2.00 – 4.00 pm – class
4.00 pm – to go over a powerpoint presentation with a MO
And I’m ON CALL today! AArrgh!!!!!
And the streamyx in this place doesn’t work (they keep telling me my password is incorrect), so I doubt I can upload any pics soon.
God, let me have a quiet call tonight.
Let it rain!
Tues, 310707 @ 0802
kembang/cam-bung/ n 1. to swell, a Malay term. 2. a colloquail term to mean proud moments.
I would define kembang as ‘almost visible body swelling, especially in the nether regions, associated with intense happiness and pride (with a tinge of humility) in response to unexpected praise.
I had a few recently.
I wore this shirt for the first time last week. Some one asked if I am wearing a Tommy Hilfiger ! Wouldn’t anyone ‘kembang’ with a compliment like that?! Let see, if I am to wear a TH, I reckon I will have to starve my kids for 2 months. Later on, another person asked if I bought the shirt from some boutique (I can’t even pronounce the name) in Starhill KL. Fui-yoh !!!! Kembang maximus expandicus (sorry I am in Harry Potter mode now).
The truth is a lot more humbling. I got the shirt at a hypermart at RM19.90.
My next kembang moment:
I received this Tai Tong mooncake (retailing at RM 9.90 each) from a HO who has completed her training with us, along with a card expressing her appreciation and thanks. She is an excellent doctor (IMU product, no less). See, not scolding your junior doctors gets you a mooncake.
And 2 more compliments came after that:
Last Saturday, my bosses said ‘well done’ for successfully launching the orang asli village health project. I hope it will translate into more ‘mullah’ at the end of the year when the bonus is announced!
And today…yes, today, I shall treasure this very much: My immediate boss said ‘well done’ for something I did. You guys will find out about it in Feb 2008.
Yes, today is a happy day indeed.
Everyone deserves a pat in the back.
Mon, 300707 @ 1145
It’s Monday and it’s raining.
You know what, I’m ok with it.
Now, if only the darn streamyx works, then I can upload some pics from the health campaign last week.
Mon, 300707 @ 0745; wish I am on MC.
The Community Health Project at the orang asli went well today. We had over 100 students and staff participating.
The shone brightly in the morning, poured a while just before noon, and another time right after the football match (yeah, we got thrashed 7-2 to the villagers! It’s ok guys, that’s why we are medical students, not (e)state footballers!). Thank you God for the good weather and thanks to all who prayed! Too bad I didn’t request for prayer for our football team!
We managed to screen about 120 people, roughly capturing 20% of the estimated population.
We gave loads of freebies away.
We had some food.
We had loads of fruits (durians and rambutans).
I think a lot of us had fun.
Me? I just feel very relieved.
Now I can sleep better, and breathe a lot easier.
Excuse me while I go take a 5 weeks break….
Sat, 280707 @ 2143
It’s been raining incessantly the past week and it’s just about driving me insane! In my opinion rain is only welcomed on 2 occasions:
1. When you are on call, the heavier the rain the better (less patients coming!)
2. When you are on leave and have a good book (not like the ‘May 13′ that I am struggling with now, a nice warm bed and a hot cup of chocolate/coffee/tea)
While most of the plants in my garden are dying a slow wet death, this one, which was as barren as Sarah in the Old Testament, is now blooming like there is no tomorrow!
Anyway, this is an appeal for prayers! Please pray that the rain will STOP tomorrow as it’s the launch day of the Community Health Project at an orang asli kampung that me and my team have been working so hard on for the past few months. It would be terrible if no one turns up and the event become a ‘washout’.
Oh God, please stop the rain tomorrow, preferably from 6.00 am till 7.00 pm. Amen!
Fri, 270707 @ 0753
In addition to conference bags, like the treasure trove that cytusm has, here are more evidences of a conference junkie.
A big plastic storage box of files, post-it notes, file holders, note pads and other stuff.
Pencils and pens of course, loads of it. This is but one box of it (and I have given a lot of them away). We docs are such suckers for these shiny colorful (and cheap) stuff. Can’t blame us, the pen is the tool of our trade! Can we say ‘the pen is mightier than the scalpel’? Heh heh…sure kena nicely from my surgeon friends one…
Thurs, 260707 @ 0730; anyone know where can buy MC ah? I need a break…
I was in a meeting today and the ‘BOSS’ said this:
“A good surgeon is a physician that operates”
Anyone wants to add his/her opinion?
Wed, 250707 @ 1821; work’s finally done for the day. Tonight catch CSI Las Vegas Finale!
My little hippo wrist rest which I blogged about a couple of months ago died a tragic and ugly death.
Well, basically it ‘hemorrhaged’ to death. I was using it as a ‘stress ball’ and a couple of days ago, I must have squeezed too hard because it suddenly deflated and expelled some really smelly goo from its underbelly! Yuck!
Now it’s gone. And there is no way to get a replacement in this small boring town. Mc Gyver mode kicked in and this is my wrist rest till I get another hippo. Memo to self: Don’t squeeze the next one, at least not so hard la!
Wed, 250707 @ 0741; midweek and I feel like I’ve worked a century without rest.
By the number of conference lanyard he has, naturally….
Tues, 240707 @ 0720
Update: A Conference Junkie’s Booty List:
1. A digital camera
2. A fruit juicer
3. A text book on Rheumatology
4. Two retractable optical mouse (or is it ’mice’?)
5. Other textbooks, now mainly on ID
6. A bottle of EDT
7. Two Swiss Army knives
8. One vietnamese straw hat
9. A few umbrellas
11. A card reader (some how the thumb drive has been elusive, as is the i-POD)
12. Hundreds of files, pens, stick-it-notes, other knick knacks.
13. Conference bags of all shapes and sizes (and colour, some of which are totally yucky)
14. And the lanyards of course.