November 23, 2014 § Leave a comment
So, today included a trip to the hospital to see Jess (who thankfully is much, much better), making coconut jelly (As pictured below) and dinner out. I decided to take a few pictures of stuff, haven’t been photographing much lately. My skills are still at the bare minimum but here’s what I took today.
Here’s a magpie in the garden. Somehow, there’s been magpies hanging around my place lately.
Dinner at Chillis: my parents and I shared a salad and the Cajun Sandwich thing (sorry, terrible with names). I am quite obsessed with salads lately. I must eat a certain amount of vegetables a day unless I’m dying to feel ‘unclean’. I can’t put it into words but eating vegetables makes me feel much better. That almost sounds really prissy.
ANYWAY. My week ahead includes me FINALLY getting a haircut, watching Mockingjay now that my brother is better, making a few more new dishes from the cookbook (I promise to take photos), and hopefully finalising my Christmas cards.
so yeah, I hope this finds you well. If it is YOUR Sunday right now, have a good one. If you’re reading this at night, I hope you have a fantastic last week of November! (Where did the time go? seriously?!)
November 22, 2014 § Leave a comment
It has been incredibly long since I last posted anything, but I am back now, so rejoice.
What has been going on in the last 20 days or so?
Exams: AKA the main reason I had to stop blogging. I had my finals on the 10th and 13th of November, so I had to whoop my
butt brain into shape for that. Group discussions, going over to my friend’s apartment to practice physical examinations, a lot of past year papers. Just a hella lot of work. The announcement for supplementary papers was made yesterday and I didn’t get an email or a phone call, so that either means I’m a CLEAR PASS or a CLEAR FAIL. Let us hope I’m a 4th Year Med student in 2015. I must say that I owe a lot to my housemates for making me study hard towards the end. Having them to be accounted to was extremely helpful. I swear by effective group-studying now. I tell you, it is very good when you need motivation.
And if I have not mentioned it before, PRAY for guidance and for intercession from St. Joseph of Cupertino. I’m not saying that you don’t have to study but, I am all for a great saint that’s in your corner.
Aaron getting dengue fever: If you don’t know what that is, here’s a not fantastic but useful video from Malaya University. It’s basically a viral fever spread by the Aedes aegypti (an amazing vector of disease really. Look it up) which can be quite severe. My brother got it and I have spent a lot of my week, well, my whole week so far monitoring him in case it evolves to the haemorrhagic stage. I actually took his blood, I drove around a lot, running to the lab, getting him necessary fluids. I’m glad to say that his platelets are up. I chalk that up partly to the horrible, vile, disgusting, horrid, every adjective possible papaya leaf juice that we forced him to drink. It is disgusting. I swear, it is. My housemate was kind enough to drop by and bring some leaves for us to grind. It’s a traditional medication thing that has researchers looking into that has helped. It boosted Aaron’s platelet count in less than 24 hours, so it’s worth a try.
My bestie got tonsillitis recently, and she’s in the hospital too. Poor thing had swollen lymph nodes (which I palpated because I’m cray cray that way) and couldn’t talk properly. It’s so unfair that she’s not getting an extension for her assignments although she’s LITERALLY bedridden. Ridiculous, I tell you.
Apart from that, I tried 2 recipes from the recipe book I bought a few weeks ago. The modified paella (it asked for scallops but who has the time to go to the market to look for fresh scallops when you’re in charge of the ‘dengue boy’. I used prawns) and the chicken salad went down well, I must say. I didn’t take photos of it because I was too focused on multitasking (Aaron, Michael Buble’s “2013 Christmas Concert”, cooking), but rest assured the recipes are solid.
Anyway, I hope that I will be able to come up with good content for the rest of the year. Now that supplementary papers has been announced, I can breathe easier and think clearly. Here’s to a good break till 2015! :)
November 3, 2014 § Leave a comment
Because this is so relevant to me right now. Screw motivation.
November 2, 2014 § 2 Comments
Let’s start at the beginning.
I have had a busy week. My exams are in approximately a week’s time and I do have a bunch of things to cover. There’s clinical skills to practice, information to know by heart, my own ‘depressive state’ to battle. I have been very busy. I am unlikely to blog much in the next 2 weeks either. This is actually my first post this week, which is crazy because I have been blogging quite regularly. Unfortunately, real life takes precedence.
I must do well for my finals. I cannot afford (literally) to be held back a year, nor do I want to go back to JB for supplementary papers. It scares me.
I am back for my study break and I do not regret this decision. Being JB would have required me to think of what food I would eat, the pressure of having my housemate be mental.. no, I am home, I can cook whatever, I can do whatever. I have my support system here. Home is good. I can isolate myself from all that crazy energy. I need to stay calm.
In other news, I did go for the Nasi Lemak ‘convention’ today, so here are a few photos from that.
It’s basically this event held by Fried Chillies were the top 20 nasi lemak (a kind of Malaysian food, if you didn’t know) vendors gathered to sell their stuff. My mom and I popped by and were only able to try 3 different stalls, but that’s okay. I will say that out of the 3, only one was really good. Unfortunately, that stall is from Negeri Sembilan, which is a bit cray cray to go to just for food.
I had a good time really, so yay for that. I also stopped by Kiehl’s today with my mom because she needed some products and I took a few fun samples because I like free stuff. Apart from that, my day has either been eating or hitting the books.
If I don’t update this blog in a while, at least now you’ll know why. Beam me good thoughts guys. I really need them. And good luck to my bestie in Tasmania: you can do this, Rae Wae.
Have a good week guys!
October 25, 2014 § Leave a comment
There is a legitimate reason why this post is going up much later than usual: I was at a group dinner at my tutor’s place. It was a good time, surprisingly; I was pretty apprehensive because he can be extremely picky and I almost lost my temper at him in class once. His words can sting and he can make you feel like you’re really dumb, but then there are times when he is really awesome, like tonight.
I realise how much I like this group I’m currently in. Sure, we have our ups and downs but in general, they’re the best group I’ve had in medical school so far. I don’t want to be disbanded and reshuffled into another group next year, especially since it’s likely that it’s just going to be our group that’s reshuffled.
These nine people have been a big support and a warm environment for me, especially compared with the group I had last year. I never quite found my footing with them but with this group, I have my own ‘spot’, so to speak.
As my exams approach (15 days away!!), I can’t help but think about how different Year 3 has been for me: I’ve worked harder, pushed myself and did things I never thought I’d be able to do. I just hope that my work this past year and what I’m doing for the next 15 days will be enough to move on to Year 4.
October 24, 2014 § Leave a comment
I love Ancient Egypt. I was really keen on learning their culture, their language, their games, their gods. I still have bookmarked pages of the British National Museum’s exhibit of Ancient Egypt. I almost cried when there was an expo on Tuthankamun in Singapore that I missed. I love The Mummy (first and second movie) and I watched a lot of NGeo documentaries. This would have been my choice if it was viable.
I was good at accounts. It’s a great subject. Straightforward, everything balances off! There isn’t much that is quite as satisfying as being able to tally the books at the end of the day. I would have done this if I didn’t love Biology more.
I may still get a degree in this as a postgrad work later on, perhaps. After A-levels, I was able to get a place in a really good UK university for this (thinking about it still bums me out) but due to financial constraints, I had to let it go. A-levels really showed me that I enjoyed research and lab work, the main reason I applied for this course. But it wasn’t meant to be, at that point in time anyway.
I enjoy seeing how people think. I like placing myself in other people’s shoes and figuring out their motivations for things. It’s interesting to observe behavior and ‘shrink’ people. I am usually the one person in my group who bothers about the psychosocial aspect of the disease, because it does cause a significant amount of impairment in people. Again, this is something I may do after med school.
As I said in the last post, I’m a Mad Men addict. And I have found creating art as a good outlet, even if it’s not that great. I enjoy mass comm; I love hearing about one of my best friend’s classes for that reason. That period of time between Year 1 and Year 2, when I was going through a lot, mentally, I did look up doing this sort of work and the courses in Lim Kok Wing University. But again, external forces pushed and I didn’t switch to arts. Who knows, that may have been for a good reason.
What about you? Do you have any other career choices that you would have taken if life hadn’t brought you to where you are?
October 23, 2014 § Leave a comment
I like the show Mad Men. Really, I do. I think I actually started watching it late 2012, when there were reruns on FX (I don’t have AMC here). I was on break, it was on the telly and it was episode ONE. Of course I watched it. Jon Hamm is fantastic as the guy you love to hate, with an amazing supporting cast. My favourite aspect about that show is the realism of the struggle women faced during that period in time, Don’s relationship with his daughter and Peggy, and of course, THE COMMERCIALS.
I didn’t particularly like commercials when I was younger because, let’s face it, Malaysian commercials are the worst. Sure, Petronas comes out with really good ones during any festive season but apart from that, there aren’t any good commercials. The internet however, has provided me with a new perspective on that.
Mad Men is about an advertising company, much like the one Darren worked at in Bewitched. You get to watch the process from an idea, to refining it, to the storyboards, to the artwork. I love it. I remember how Season 8 of Mad Men started, with a guy pitching his idea for a watch commercial to Peggy; all he does is describe it, there are no props.. and you are instantly captured. I like to make commercials up in my head sometimes, I like to think I’m good at it. My brother has heard a lot of my ideas for different brands, it’s bordering on annoying. (That’s the problem with Mad Men, though. You instantly think you ‘know the biz’).
I know, it’s probably ridiculous: why does anyone like commercials? Why do the Superbowl commercials matter then? There is something about being able to sell a product or a lifestyle or an idea to people within a short period of time that is almost like magic. When you watch a commercial, it’s main purpose is to entice you. You are suppose to WANT to be that person, or WANT to use that product, or WANT to live that lifestyle. The commercial can tug at your heartstrings, make you swoon or even make you laugh. It’s a small movie that’s meant to capture your attention and stick with you.
Most importantly, it’s suppose to be effective. Why else would people advertise? There is such a careful selection of the right actors, the right music, the right script. I admire people who work in advertising because it takes so much imagination to work for something that’s going to have relatively short airtime. They’re both business people and artists at the same time.
For the fun of it, here are a few of my favourite commercials that I have seen:
The FAMOUS Jaguar ‘Villains’ commercial
The Discovery Channel ‘I love the whole world’ advert
Shut up i’m not crying ‘Budweiser Clydesdales ‘ commercial from the Superbowl in 2013
The ‘Old Spice’ guy has to be here
The Thai Anti-Smoking Ad
The IKEA Book Book advert
Microsoft’s 2014 Superbowl ad
The Skype Ad
Do you have any favourite commercials? link to them in the comments or Tweet me. :)