Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Holiday

Still in a holiday mood.



Sunday, June 28, 2009

The Journey

I started the journey by having my last meal nearby at my favorite Malay food store. This restaurent although most costly than others, it was nevertheless the best in JB.
There, I bumped into my patient who instantly recognized me. He praised how kind I had treated him before.

I then remembered he was the one whom I met outside the clinic one day and I noticed he had a severe skin condition. I had actually invited him to the clinic and offered him treatment.

Before he left, he paid for my meal. How nice....
A last glance at the place I used to stay.
Began a long journey ahead.
Here I came.
From the Rainbow City to the Star City.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Last

I never once imagined I would have ended at the Southern City but till the very last seconds I am still missing every moments of it.
I wish I could capture as many images as possible but then...

Here's my last trails.
Construction under way. Wonder how this would look like in future.
The coming soon, elevated highway.
I think, this should be the very icon of the city.
The best shopping centre, for the most quiet one.
This would become the busiest road to come, as this is the only way out now to the Merlion City.
Still managed to explore till this part of the outskirt, a place near Tmn Bestari.
Duck mee noodles, RM3.80.
Grilled mushroom, RM4.00

That's all for now.

Tribute to MJ


Guess I was the last person to get the news in the afternoon through sms from the a friend. I was so busied to rush through my project and did't even have a second to browse through the internet.

Yes, MJ passed away today.

I am not a real great fan of him but we have grown up with his songs from the 80s till the late 90s. It is just sad that he had to leave so early.

Here's a memorable song I like most from him.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Ubi

Rushed through on a Thursday night across the strait to a place called Ubi Avenue to get some stuff for a friend.

It's like driving from Pg to BM and it took me 45 minutes to reach destination with the help of the GPS.
Ubi

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Rainbye

A rainbow goodbye.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Century

Night market at Century Garden

Thursday, June 18, 2009

What's hot now

The weather is damn hot.
Nagore Place

Past one week, there were much debate and concern with infectious diseases particularly the deadly dengue hemorrhagic fever epidemic and the pandemic influenza A (H1N1).

Our DG inadvertently or intentionally got himself into some embarrassing hot soup for blaming the dengue mortality on the private medical practitioners (not again...), which I personally think is nonsensical and ridiculous.

Guess he definitely had never done locum in the private practice before in his life for him to understand how the private medical setting functioned.

And before he opens his mouth again, please provide us with more logical facts.

The following reports need further reading:

According to DG, sixty-six per cent of deaths from dengue fever could been avoided if the disease had been detected early and the patients given immediate treatment.

MMR on the blame game.

FPMPAM response to the DG's statements.

A patient's experience on proper diagnosis and early treatment.

MMA president's statement.

FPMPAM's advise to all private medical practitioners.

MMR's forum on why private doctors are upset.

Whatever it is, there are questions remain unanswered:
1. How early is early to diagnose dengue fever? (1,2,3 days?).
2. What is the clinical definition of dengue fever? (The symptoms are non-specific).

Come on, let's go back to basic.
30 years ago when I read Biology, we had already known that there is no other way to fight dengue without wiping out the Aedes mosquitoes and their breeding grounds.

So, what have we achieved thus far?

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Food haven

Ever wonder why Penang is regarded as food heaven by many visitors?
Steamboat buffet

I think this one is the best steamboat buffet for me so far, in term of value for money. For RM17.90 per person and RM12.90 for senior citizen (>55 years old), this restaurent located at the heart of the city, offers free flow of Dim Sum, Penang Char Koay Teow, Fried Lala, Ais Kacang, Chinese tea (with individual pot), Ice Cream and many others, in addition to the usual BBQ chicken and fishes, prawns, crab, mushrooms and various fish balls.

Read more about Town Steamboat Restaurent at Wiki Street Food.
More pic at MyWiseWife and Food Diary of Pickyeater.

One good advise though, is to pick the only food that one likes, otherwise it is like a torture to the taste bud and stomach.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Pg Today

Penang today
Penang Road
Georgetown

I don't wanna think about anything at the moment.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Changed of plan

I crave for the home cooked Herbal Chicken Soup.

Nevertheless, this particular Chinese herbal restaurent at Bukit Indah sells equally delicious herbal soup, the first of its kind commercially available that I encountered.
Justify FullBy just looking at this Wild American Ginseng and Cordiceps soup, one knows what I meant.
RM14.80
I settled for this Dried Mee Suah with Scallop and Abalone Grary.
Wifi-ed
A sudden changed of the plan last minute upset me, really.

Friday, June 12, 2009

At last

The city
The back lane
At last

And a lot more things unfinished.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Aquarium

What do I look for when I go shopping?



Aquarium @ Sutera Mall.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Double

A beautiful view from the CRC

Just feel sad today as one of our closed ones had left us today.
This reminded us that age is really catching up.
I am double sad as I just can't leave the sinking ship right now.
Two more days to go.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Jap

At the Sutera Mall.
I actually don't really fancy Japanese food, but somehow I always feel like wanted to dine here for once. I like the setting, very grandiose.
Japanese food is always very expensive. Two persons spent RM70++.

But, it was my friend's treat.

Sometimes think about it, if we dine at the Chinese restaurent, we could have a very big meal and could eat till we vomit.

But then, once in a while.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Mind reader

A friend sent me this Flash Mind Reader created andy Naughton.

Kind of interesting.

Logic explained here.

JB Best 10

Various BBQ Mushrroms with petai and long beans
RM8.80

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Friday, June 05, 2009

JB Best 9

Paper wrapped herbal chicken
RM13.00

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Ungrateful

18 months ago

Quite often we hear horror hospital stories, on how patients were treated rudely, negligence, made to wait long, and the list goes. From newspaper to blogs, people sensationalized issues.

But, how many of us heard stories about rude and ungrateful patients?

No doubt, they are sick; they deserve good treatments, they are government servant, they pay taxes too and they think the government dog doc owe them all.

Being in the government service for so long, I have come across quite a number of these ungrateful patients, though most of them were well-to-do and educated; there were some who were actually poor and illiterate.

My mother used to relate how herself had to endure a lot of humiliation because she never attended school and hardly speak a good sentence of the national language.

She therefore vowed to send all her children to the national school, so that they learn the national and international languages well; so that they can stand up for themselves and never again been looked down.

She related how, in the 1970s, the government hospital staffs, particularly nurses, treated her badly just because she doesn't speak BM. Although she doesn't speak the language well, she did understand human's emotion.

She related how, been poor and illiterate, she had to just swallow whatever hurtful words people threw to her.

When she was pregnant with the third child at 38 years old, she was pressured to abort the fetus because people were sceptic she could raise more children because of poverty. Without knowing where to sort help, she went to the 'sinseh' and had a few courses of abortive herbals. However, the fetus did not abort, but developed into a healthy and beautiful baby, fortunately without physical abnormality.

Been poor, she had no choice but to deliver in the government hospital. She lamented how the nurses treated her so rudely and how bad and shoddy the episiotomy wound been repaired, all these because she was illiterate.

Immediately post-partum, she was literally 'forced' to have BTL done, and she would never forget those painful moment when the surgery was done under local anaesthetsia only. So, what could she do, other than having need to bite the root of her tongue tightly?

Being a government doctor now, I have always maintain the hippocratic oath that I shall treat all my patients fairly without any prejudice and especially being racist.

Some of the patients who don't speak the national language told me, how fortunate that they had consulted me because we could communicate in our own language and thus understand each other better.

There was a patient, been racist I thought, told me that we should treat our own race better as they don't get satisfactory treatment when they were seen by practitioners of other races because they don't speak the same language well.

So, I thought this sounded partly true also when I think back about my mother.

Today, I saw an old lady with her son, who looked quite shabby and had struggled to communicate with the nurse earlier because they don't speak BM well.

She has been seen a few times in the clinic for some chronic disease, but each time, nobody even bother to investigate the cause of her condition. Even though the queue was long today, I took the 5 minutes of kindness trying to explain to her regarding the need of some blood investigations.

Not only she and her son were not grateful of my time and concern, she told me rather sarcastically to keep to my area of function, that was to just continue prescribing the same medications.

Fine, I was wrong, these patients hinted to me that I shall not be so kind after all.

One may think I had really failed in my communication skill, but heck, I spent my precious 5 minutes trying to talk to these uneducated patients.

I felt very hurt.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Grand

A regular lunch place

Time is passing by fast each day.
Just few more things to sort out.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Countless

The City

Countless time I passed by.