Friday, February 29, 2008

Leap Day

Today is a special day because whoever born today, gets to celebrate one's birthday once in every four years in a strict sense. Today is actually a Leap Day. However, a person who was born on this day may choose to celebrate his/her birthday on 28th February or 1st March in the non-leap years. Nevertheless, it really depends on the individuals how important their birthdays meant to them.

When I was small, I wished I grew 4 years faster than anyone else because I was the shortest in the class. I wished I could grow faster so that I could do what the adult could do. But now, at such a age group, how I wish to only age once in every 4 years.

Anyway, here I would like to showcase my Bonsai tree that shaped like a man.

With big arms.
And complete with the big 'thing' down there.

Some Symbolic Feng Shui practitioners see Bonsai as something unfavorable Feng Shui object to keep, because they believe Bonsai symbolizes growth retardation which is not good for business, career or wealth. They also believe Bonsai has no freedom and is forever been dictated by others how it should grow.

On the other hand, I see Bonsai from the different aspect, and it symbolizes anti-aging, youthfulness, beauty, cute, adorable and humble, which is a good Feng Shui object to keep. I believe Bonsai can be seen as compliant, very accommodating and easily adaptable to whatever environment that shapes it.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Rush hour

Courtesy of Ryan
I sighed a big relieve after finished presenting a CPD topic to the doctors tonight. I've been having sleepless nights for the last two days preparing for my presentation. Not because I was not given sufficient time, in fact, I was told a month before. A last minute kind of person, my mind didn't seem to be able to think and get working before the dateline. So, for the last two days, I have been feeling very anxious and stressed out, rushing to finish my slides.

Also, due to my last minute touch up on the slides, I was 20 minutes late to pick up Ryan, who tagged along to give me moral support. It was not without some minor hitch too, despite been late, we realized that we had gone to the wrong venue in another hospital.

I was trembling all the way, due to my anxiety and partly due to 'hypoglycaemia', I managed to have four sticks of chicken satay 5 minutes before my talk. Huh!

By the time we finished by 10pm, I was all tired, sleepy and hungry. We headed to Rainbow City for dinner plus supper.
Curry Mee, RM 3.50 (small).
"Bo Ho Ciak"

Gonna rest one day, but Mortality Review this Friday and CME presentation next Wednesday. More sleepless nights to come.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Election fever

Ever since the parliament has been dissolved recently, we have been bombarded with lots of news and campaigns in the TV, usually one sided.

Here is something we will not see on the national TV:

As the election fever is getting hotter and hotter especially in Pg, there is some interesting focus on the battle ground happening near my home town to reflect upon. It is about the battle between two personalities I knew.

Standing for Jelutong parliament is Dr.ThorTG, a young and new face from Gerakan, is my senior of few years. He is one of the nicest person I have met, a real kind-hearted, polite and humble man. He owns a successful GP practice and I had even locum at his clinic before. He was known to be active in Buddhist society and community service. Against him is none other than the renowned Malaysian journalist turned blogger and then politician, JeffOoi. He writes very thought provoking subjects and issues affecting the country. He is well connected and has big influences among the netizens. This can be difficult to decide but then I am not voting in Jelutong.

Instead, my area is Gelugor parliament. Here, we will see a big fight too between two prominent figures. DatoKoayKH, the incumbent Delima state assemblyman who is a well respected person in my areas. He did a lot of community service and would be seen in every functions organized in my area. Fielding him to contest in the parliment this time is seen to pose a tough competition to the well known ex-Tiger of Jelutong, KarpalS. However, KarpalS is a well known figure in the opposition who brought up a lot of important issues against the government. Seems like it is tough to make a decision, but my conscience would tell me this time, I should support whoever capable of making a big impact in the national level based on the current political situation.

So, should I stay balancing on the comfort position or aim for the sky?

Meanwhile, some people are so pathetic that they need to appeal to the publics and supporters for donations in the campaign, some people just got free publicity with giant billboards put up by private companies.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Tribute to Fei Fei

Veteran Hong Kong actress Lydia Sum, known for her iconic black-rimmed glasses and starring role in a range of film and TV comedies, has died at the age of 60. Al Jazzera

The actress - affectionately known as Fei-fei, or "Fatty" - died on Tuesday morning at Hong Kong's Queen Mary hospital.

Shum was born in July, 1947 into a well-off large family in Shanghai and ranked the fifth among the family's eight children. She made her film debut in 1960, joined the Hong Kong-based Shaw Brothers, a famous film company, as a child actress and rose to stardom with the free-to-air television broadcaster TVB's variety show Enjoy Yourself Tonight, which was hugely popular in Hong Kong for over 20 years. With her signature smile, dark-rimmed glasses and comic hairstyle, Shum established herself as a comic and dramatic actress. China View

Fei Fei will always be remembered as one of the HK stars we literally grew up with spanning three decades. My favorite movies that she had starred in were the Mad Mad World Series. I have bought the VCD and DVD versions of the movies and had watched them hundred times without getting bored. We will dearly miss her.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Hutan Bandar

Today was a rare occasion where I went without my usual rice and egg. We deviated from our initial path to the Rainbow City half way, and headed to this particular part of the city where you find lots of greeneries resembling jungle, thus the name of this place, jungle within the city.
I didn't feel very hungry this afternoon and Ryan recommended me some nice halal Kolo mee which I was very skeptical about. Where would you find nice Kolo mee without the lard thing?
The location was just opposite the school complexes and during lunch hour, it was swamped by mostly school children. Within the nice and calm scenery, there was a row of stores that sell varieties of local Malay food, but we only wanted to eat at this particular store that sells Kolo Mee, which was prepared by whom I presumed a Chinese convert (from the appearance) whose wife is a Malay.
My Kolo Mee Special, RM 4.00.
Ryan's Chor Mee, RM 4.00.

Both preparations have some distinct 'burnt' taste with added 'ham choy' (pickled vegetable) which made them so special. Surprisingly, even without the 'chu yao', they definitely beat all the other similar type of Chinese noodles I have ever tasted in this region.

Highly recommended if anyone happens to be in this region.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008


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Monday, February 18, 2008


Now, I finally realized why my phone bill has been so explosive, cause my phone has been hijacked by alien network without my knowledge.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Aimless Sunday

A Hot and dry weather.

I woke up late in the afternoon on a beautiful Sunday, after a long night sleep and dream, and had a kind of dull feeling. I have not spoken a word for a day, not until I received a surprise call from a far away friend. She was asking, "Why are you putting a Kei song in your blog?".

"Ha?, Since when?"

The fact is, AnuarZ is the best vocalist in Malaysia, and I am a big fan of him.
I wandered off into some wet market after lunch and I kept walking aimlessly without any purpose. I was in a daze and felt like I was still in my dream. I headed back home then and slept the whole afternoon, as if I have not slept for the whole one week.
DocLiew saved the boredom, just as he came back from his long CNY break, and we headed to a place called Stulang. This stretch of road next to the sea, reminded me of Gurney Drive back home with its colorful night life and lots of restaurants as well as open air eateries.
It was out of ordinary tonight and we had some "chu char" dinner; Thai Chicken, Belacan Kangkung and Sambal Fried Kupang, RM 30.

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This song is for Miza.

Saturday, February 16, 2008


In conjunction with the recent World Leprosy Day, I would like to present a case we encountered just last week. I've got a verbal consent from the patient to use his picture for educational purpose.
This gentleman presented with complaint of facial swelling and redness of nearly one year duration. He had seen many doctors in the health clinics and GPs, but each time he was treated as having allergic reaction or angioedema.

He was then referred to us for further management. Just a "glance" at him while he walked into the clinic, confirmed that he was having Lepromatous Leprosy.

Today, the state health department held a public talk and a medical camp in the district level to educate the public. We were invited to participate.
A voluntary worker today.

This month, other than the CNY and Valentine's day, the medical community also commemorate,
World Cancer Day, 4th February 2008.
World Childhood Cancer Day, 16th February 2008.

Next month:
World Kidney Day, 13th March 2008.
World Down Syndrome Day, 21st March 2008.
World Tuberculosis Day, 24th March 2008.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Got tagged

This very loud, gross and mean Chen of Molest Mobile Me, tagged me to share six non-important things/habits/quirks about myself. If non-important, I wonder why people want to know.

Here are the six facts:
1) I am typical China man, everyday must eat rice.
2) Everyday I must have hard boiled egg.
3) Where ever I go, I only order Chinese Tea Ice.
4) I only wear one color clothing, i.e. blue.
5) I don't sleep when I am on-call, my mind is too hyperactive.
6) Addicted to blogging (I need professional help).

The replication will die here.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Double celebrations

No, I don't celebrate Valentine's day, cause I am not in love, but come midnight, the Hokkiens are going to celebrate the Hokkien New Year (on the 9th day of lunar calendar). Come midnight of the eighth day (tonight) of the new year, Hokkiens will offer thanks giving prayers to the Jade Emperor of Heaven. But I am not celebrating Pai Ti Kong either, cause I am not at home.

So, what do I do tonight?

Sound so pathetic, but I am "ta pau" home for dinner, cause I am so tired due to post-long-blogging-night and post-heavy-clinic-day.
I am just old fashion but yet a simple person. Close friends will know that my meal consists of rice plus hard boiled egg everyday.

That's enough for me to call celebration.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008


It was cold and breezy tonight, I had dinner alone below my apartment, in the open space. Such a beautiful night scene.
It's been a while, I have not enjoyed such a nice dinner in the open air, cause I "ta pau" most of the time.
Yes, we can find Penang Char Koay Teow down here too.
Tried this Nasi Ayam Paprik, RM 4.00.

In the mean time, the Parliment has been dissolved today and the election day is coming very soon. Announcement to be made tomorrow. I just hope that it will be held in the weekends, so that I can travel back home to cast my vote, my very first vote.

So, which one should I tick?
Also, tomorrow is Valentine, I will be alone as usual. But anyone who wants a date, can call me anytime.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Very Fat t Fat t

Just got back today and found that my car's battery has flattened. Luckily the car mechanic was just next door but unluckily I'd got to forked out RM 180 to change a new battery.
So, how much did I get for this year's Ang Pow money?

Total of RM88. Very very Fatt Fatt indeed. But still not enough to cover my car battery. Got to do more locum now.

A bit more superstitious.
So, I just bought this Chinese horoscope to see what prediction is for Tiger. Here is the General Luck:

" This year is a test of endurance for Tiger persons compare to previous year. Control your temper and rashness. Evils stars gather in your life cycle, undertakings are not good. Thus, be extra alert with regards to business establishment, expansion or career advancement matters. Pray to the White Tiger in the beginning of the year to clear obstacles.

The career luck experiences fluctuations, business dealings are with many setbacks. Working persons should continue to be adaptable to environment, and performance is also continued to be good lights of superior. The young tiger persons lack the drive to study, coupled with confused moods. There may be mouth and stomach illness, so take note of daily meal consumption. Beware of muggers when outdoors. Take greater care of the elderly at home. Take precaution against fire hazards.

Wealth luck is low, proper income is stable, with no sign of windfalls, so control your spending to prevent cash flow problem. There may be loss of monetary funds, so manage your finance prudently. This is not a good year for relationship matters, where there are communication issues with family, and lovers; be more tolerant and caring.

For those born in 1974 [Wood (Den Tiger)]: Lucky number is 4296.
Noble persons: Symbols of Ox and Goat.
Noble Person direction: North East or South West.

Friday, February 08, 2008


My relatives from outstation came to visit us on the first day. In the evening, I brought them to visit our iconic Pagoda, all fully lighted up throughout this CNY.

Here are some nice pictures I'd taken:

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Happy New Rat Year

This year's most received sms goes to....

May STUART LITTLE brings you comfort,
MICKEY MOUSE brings you joy,
RATATOULIE brings you abundance of good food,
and most importantly,
MINNIE MOUSE brings you ultimate beauty and pleasure.
Year of Rat with lots of laughter, cash, love, & optimism.

I wonder who created these SMSes, but they have been circulated widely.
Thank all friends, they have been very meaningful.

Peace in your heart,
Health in your body,
Wealth in your life,
Joy in your Home,
May you be blessed with these treasures.


Wednesday, February 06, 2008


Spectacular view from the 25th floor of my friend's condominium just beside the Jelutong Highway.
Penang Bridge.
Just to remind us how beautiful Penang Island is.

Tonight we'll be having our reunion dinner. Nothing could describe how great the feeling is
for being able to have dinner together in a family.

I would like to wish everyone a Happy Prosperous New Rat Year 2008.

Sunday, February 03, 2008


Despite turning into Foreigntown, I still find PS or Chee Chong Kai to be one of the most vibrant places to visit. It is still one of the important tourist spots where politician should not missed promoting.
And despite the presence of so many foreigns now, PS still maintains the essence of the "Chinese" feels. I love the colorful aspect of the community here.
One could easily find almost anything here.
Especially merrier before Chinese New Year.
After spending the whole evening wandering off the streets, I'd still find my way back to this side walk to enjoy a meal for dinner.
Claypot Chicken Rice, RM 6.00.

Saturday, February 02, 2008


I am on my way back home today. Currently, I am stopping by KL and I am staying in Chinatown in one of the budget hotels. There is one new hotel, actually not so new, where I was so attracted to its bright orange color.
Very budget because the room cost RM79.80.

Though, the space is a bit constrained, the room is very clean and bright. What makes this hotel so special is, there are LCD TV and free internet Wifi connection.
Here I am blogging on the go. Tonight I am going to explore the night life and also to window shop till I drop. Window shop only lo..