I was in a workshop about diabetes in one of the five-star hotels here over the weekends. Never could I imagined to afford such a luxury in my life in my own home town.
Anyway, what a five-star feeling like living in this spacious room with two big beds.
However, it was not just for leisure, as I had to prepare for a case presentation.
Although I didn't get to enjoy the seaview, but I was rather contended just to get a roadside view anyway, cause my stay was sponsored.
By the way, I couldn't help but need to comment on the buffet over there. Again, although they were not that really extraordinary, but this was the first time I've seen food been actually recycled. The lamb and mutton chops, chicken wing plus the satays that appeared during dinner were recycled for lunch. Similarly, the hotdog and potatoes in the breakfast were recycled for lunch! Although, it's been made to look to have many choices, but it wasn't.
Anyway, while I was having the buffet lunch with friends, one waiter walked to our table and asked everyone if we are married. We thought what this guy was trying to encroach? Our private lives?
Strangely, my friends who are married, admitted that they are not, while on the other hand, I shyly nodded I am.
Well, I was congratulated and was wished "HAPPY FATHER'S DAY". I was then presented with a gift!!
Locum in one of the clinics that predominantly do health screening. I may sound desperate for money, but since I had nothing to do in the weekend, rejecting money to my pocket seemed a sin. Anyway, I am always eager to learn new knowledge everyday. Basically, what I did the whole morning was, interpreting ECGs and explained to the patients their abnormal results. Previously, private labs used to offer packages of health screening tests to walk-in patients. This had caused some concern regarding certain ethical issues. MMA has long been pushing for the establishment of Pathology Bill to address such issues. But now, there seems to be a trend for these labs to engage doctors to run the clinics. I think this is a smart move to anticipate the arrival of such bill. I wonder if such a bill still relevant then.
Attended a talk on Updates on the Management of Hepatitis B&C. There was quite a turn out. Everybody was expecting the arrival of DG, who was supposed to give the introduction and opening remarks, but he never did.
Visited the district hospital today. Although there were not that many patients, I found the managements by the junior medical officers were not satisfactory. But, what to do, district hospitals are run by junior MOs fresh from housemanship, with little experiences. Like what I had it before, we really learned the hard way, sometimes by mistake, at the expense of the patients.
Take for example, some of the 'primitive' managements I encountered: 1. Starting on Daonil for newly diagnosed Type 2 DM. 2. Putting patient on double CCB, Nifedipine and Diltiazem, for patient with uncontrolled hypertension. 3. Putting patient on high dose diuretic and neglecting to maximize the use of ACEI and beta-blocker. 4. Failure to review the use of Slow K, causing iatrogenic hyperkalaemia. 5. Treating thyrotoxicosis with chicken dose of carbimazole.
Although some of the MOs are junior, some are also quite 'chronic'. It can't really help, but, the reason they are called 'chronic', reflecting their 'resistant' to register new knowledge.
I ended up doing full round in the wards till the late afternoon.
Wish there are more physicians who can visit district hospitals more often.
Spent a night in Genting last weekend. It was a two-day short course at Awana Genting Resort. The program was rather quite packed as we hardly really had time to go sight-seeing.
Held over the weekends, there were few other meetings going on as well. The hotel was so jam-packed with people that made it looked like "pasar malam'.
It wasn't really a pleasant experience staying there. The room that I stayed in had two large beds. So, I invited a friend to stay in. However, the temperature in Awana wasn't that cold, and that was the first time I stayed in a room that did not even have air-con!!
The food was too ordinary, few varieties and not so tasty. The other hotel guests were like hungry ghosts. Imagine 10 people lined up just to get a plate of nasi lemak.
Anyway, can't complain much, cause I didn't pay with my own pocket money. Well, I don't even consider a second visit.
Here are some pictures taken in First World Hotel: