Wednesday, June 27, 2007

My opinion on M'sia medical treatment quality

As I read and heard on news about people complaining and sueing hospitals here in our country over the years, I can't help but speculate how true is it behind what lies in the stories of those victims or deceases's family's plea on getting justice for the misfortune happen while blamming those hospital for negligence. And most of these cases happened at the most critical time which is at the emmergency centre. Since I have recently first experienced it myself, now I really believe how true those stories can be. Although the hospital counterpart is wrong, they will surely find ways to cover their mistakes and put the blame on others. Because it always happens in a government or semi-government hospitals, it has become their top specialties in doing "cover-up job" as in plastic surgery to cover-up body defects.

If you happen to be one of the patients in these type of hospitals, it is better that you do further research youself on the diagnosis given by them and most importantly research on the symtoms you are having to prove whether their diagnosis is correct or wrong. You may be surprise of how vast and informative the internet can be. Most of the medical information you need can be easily found through the internet search engines. With those information you have found by yourself, you will of course need to consult physicians about it because there's still nothing that can beat the knowledge and expertise of a physician. Get other doctor's opinion about your diagnosis if you feel the first diagnosis given is not so correct. It is your body, you'll know better if something is not right.

With all the fuss and complains about government or semi-government hospitals, no doubt you may expect a much better treatment in a private ones. Well, if you have the money or the means of financial support, do not ever consider going to a non-private ones because it may complicate your life further with unnecessary trauma and stress. However, there are also some negligence and bad treatment happens at private hospitals but the cases and chanses of it happenning are far more lesser.

Anyhow, my point is, if you feel something is not right about any treatment or diagnosis given in any hospital that you went to, it is better that you quickly do some research yourself together with getting other doctor's opinions. Don't wait too long or have care less attitude because it is your life who is at stake. I have cheated death once and really thank God for his protections and care. Some people might not be as lucky as I am....

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Hospitalization - Wrong diagnosis

My first post on this topic:

It's been 5 days since I have been discharged from HUKM hospital. I haven't record down here exactly what really happen to me there when I was admitted to the emmergency centre. A day before I was admitted, I went to see a GP regarding my soar throat problem during lunch time at a clinic near office area. The doctor gave me a strong antibiotic for me because the doctor said I have throat infections. The dosage is 2 tablets taken 3 times a day.

On the next day (the day I admitted to hospital), after taken the 4th time of the antibiotic only I really feel very wrong. Therefore, have to rush to the hospital at that time it happen. My mom discribe to me my condition at the emmergency ward that time. My face all yellowish pale, lips also no more colour, BP dropping low.... and unconsious when she saw me there. And I feel hard to breath and fainting feelings... I brought the antibiotic along to show them, the doctor at emmergency centre there don't know what drug is it exactly. They just blur blur like that take my blood for general testing and only show that my postassium is low. But they should investigate properly why is my postassium low. My mom said, she heard them saying out asking each other how much dosage of those IV drip they should put me for treatment. OMG... those people there who are in emmergency centre so unporfessional. If people really dying there how? They can show those blur blur attitude when people come to emmergency! No wonder we heard alot of people complain and leagally sue those goverment hospital for negligence. Sometimes people die in emmergency admittance just like that. Those st***d doctor at emmergency centre there didn't diagnose me correctly and fail to recognize that I might be allergic to the antibiotic.

Spent two days in the hospital supposingly they want to investigate the cause of my low postassium. Another chinese doctor there who analyze my condition when I am stable and sent to normal ward, is much more professional (before that is not chinese doctor who treated me at emmergency centre - those type of people lar... if you are Malaysian, you know know whom I mean). The chinese doctor said my postassium level is not that low, 2.9 only comparing to the patient beside me which is even worst than me, but why is my condition so bad like that, he also questioned. Just after 2 hrs of drip, my postassium so fast gone up to 4.3, which he said not very normal. Normally people will go up to around 3.6 only. My mom show that antibiotic I took, and imediately he can recognize what antibiotic it is. He did wrote in down on my medical report and they should also start on investigating on possible allergic reaction to that antibiotic. Unfortunately, he is not the doctor in-charge for my case. On the first day took a few times blood test for checking postassium level only. And also took a test for Thyroid function test. Those result come out ok, which does not explain much about my actual condition at that time for the correct diagnosis.

Each time I see different doctor visit me at the ward. Each asked me whether I got prolong vomit or diarrhea because the main cause of lost postassium is because of that. I said I don't have which indeed I really don't have. It's like they don't believe me. They thought I lied to them and they just want to put it down on the medical report to conclude their diagnosis so that their job is done. This is usually what happen if you go to those government hospital. The doctor there are not that professional and they are mostly lazy because they are "those type of people - Malaysian has alot of them in government sector".

So they discharge me just like that and what my mom and myself did is do our own investigations and asked other doctor's opinion. We search the internet about the antibiotic I took, called Cloxacillin. Found that this antibiotic is a penicillin type drug. Some people are allergic to penicillin. I might be one of them. Analyzing the symtoms of allergy, found out that I really match closely to those symtom when I was very ill that day. Searching through the Cloxacillin drug information, found out that poeple who have eczema should not take the drug. I have eczema for a very long time already. And I have quite a number of history of allergy also. Therefore, it is very likely that I am allergic to the antibiotic. It is really very dangerous if allergic to drugs taken. It can cause death just after a while taken. Luckily I am taking SNE capsule for my general health suppliment intake which bost my overall body system function. If not, the allergic bad reaction would alerady come to me more severely. Even up to today, I will occasionally feel difficulties in breathing, suddently feel very weak and some slight tingling sensation like numbness on hands and face area. Doctor said it would takes up to a few weeks to clear off the drug.
This picture taken mid last year on my left leg with eczema. Now after taken SNE health suppliment it has improved alot. Haven't taken a picture of the improved condition yet.


Relating back those 2 nights I spent at the hospital, I really couldn't sleep on the 1st night because an indian patient on my right side keep shouting in pain. On and off she will make those scarry noise... "aiyo...aiyo...aiyo..." while crying and saying "sakit". I hear also I can feel pain. Instead of resting there I feel more ill because of that...haha... But really very pity that indian lady. She has diabetic and they put her in IV drip which I really don't know why she feel so pain when the drip is on her. So pity her family abandon her there, no one even come to visit her she said her daughter just staying a walking distance to the hospital but didn't come. On my last day of stay there, she told me her sad stories on how bad her daughter treated her - just eyeing on her EPF retirement money. Sigh... I really don't understand why some people can treat their own family so badly and without compassion.

Another thing is, hospital food really s**ks. 1st morning they gave malay style fried kuey teow for breakfast. I was thinking, why for sick people they serve so unhealthy food to patients. For lunch and dinner and breakfast after that they served rice with fish/chicken and vegies. The food tast bad and the tray they used to served the food is very smelly with some wet water on it. Looks very unhygenic. My brother who went to a private hospital said the food there tasted very nice, clean and healthy. There is really a very big difference on the food other than their service comparing between a government and a private ones. If I only eat very little of their food there. Also because of their unhealthy sellection of foods. If I stay there longer, instead of getting well and better, will surely become thinner and thinner....

Monday, June 25, 2007

Hospitalized --@ 19/6 - 21/6

Remembering a few post I have written previously about my deteriorating health condition, the worst has finally came true. I was working as usualy on Tue (19/6). Had a heavy lunch with colleagues that day and after lunch took antibiotic medicine for my throat virus infection which I seen the doctor on Monday lunch time at MV. Feel normal and continue working until 5.30pm time to go home. I had to take feeder bus to LRT station and change from Putra to Star LRT to go home that day because Ald not free to fetch me home. Leaving office time feeling normal until the time waiting for the feeder bus only feel something wrong with me. Body started to feel a little weak and tired (not the 1st time feeling this way) but I just keep on standing there waiting for the bus to come. Few minutes later, bus came and thank God I got a place to sit. Then when inside the bus, feel getting worst... hand and face feel a little numb but I stay strong and quickly take the LRT when the bus reached the station. Unfortunately in the LRT the whole journey back no place for me to sit. I feel my whole body numbness getting worst and worst and breathing getting difficult. Got a little mild black out feeling in between that also. I know that I really need to get to the doctor as soon as I can when i got home.

At that worsoning condition, I know I am ready to faint anytime soon but I keep telling my self to be strong to stay on and get myself home safely no matter what. Reached the Cempaka LRT still have to take a bus ride to reach and walk a distance home. I opt for a Taxi to take me directly home instead. When I reached home that day, unfortunately no body home except my brother who is without a car. I ask him to call mom to quickly come home take me to see doctor, but mom was still quite far from home so asked my neighbour to sent me to the hospital instead. At between 7.30pm - 8pm I reached the HUKM hospital Emmergency Centre. At that time I feel whole body numb already very severe until like paralyzing state and breathing getting difficult. But I am still conscious so they asked me alot of questions.....

I don't really know how long I have been there at the Emmergency ward, until they started my treatment on those IV drip after taken a few times blood test. I don't really know which number of time my blood test taken only they discover that I have low postassium and started the IV drip to correct back my postassium level. After 2 hours of IV drip, they took my blood test again for checking. When my condition stabalized, only they sent me to the normal ward which is around 1am - 2am the next day early morning. Although I was feeling very blur at the Emmergency ward, but I know those st***d nurses there simply poke here and there on my arm to take blood. See pic. My arm now blue black because they didn't do it properly.
After a few days later it looked worst as on the right pic. Luckily I was feeling whole body numbness at that time they simply poke here, poke there few times to take blood and I don't feel the pain that much because of the numbness.

They diagnose me with having Hypokalaemia and I spent 2 nights at the hospital for further testing and blood monitoring. All together I estimated they take my blood for testing around 10 times between 19th June and 20th June. On the 21st June, they did not take any more blood test and I was allow to be discharged from the hospital. I spent few more days resting at home and eating more bananas which contains high postassium level. I still feel weak and had a mild numbness on last Saturday night but was all right the next morning after sleep.

After knowing my actual health condition, on why I always feel so tired sometimes and feeling black out suddently is because my body lack of postassium. My uncle who is a doctor also mentioned that it is possible that I am borned with postassium level just sufficient on the normal level, and over the years I lost those postassium but didn't replace back enough for my body. I remember sometime last year I had food poisoning and vomited and diarrhea very badly. Postassium can be lost alot that way also. No wonder I am feeling worst and worst after that.

My brother forcing me to smile for the photo...hahaha....

Both my hand got needle scars. On right hand is where the IV needle was and on the left hand they poke needle to take blood test I think.....

I found a website directed by a colleague of mine, listed those foods that I should take more which contains sources of postassium. I usually likes to eat potatoes, bananas, prunes and soya beans. Those are part of my favourite food. I read somewhere on studies shows that our body would crave for the food that contains those nutrients that our body lack off. I receive one of those e-mails regarding those but I think I've deleted it sometime ago. Anyway, here is a website that I found out about food cravings and what it means to our body, although I found that the e-mail I received contains much better information. If you happen to have one of those information, please share with me on it.

Now feeling much better. Come back to work on Monday blogging this..... For the next few weeks or months, depending on situation, I will still need to go for follow-up to take blood test to monitor my conditions. This time I am transfering to do my check-up at the newly opened Ampang Hospital situated very near my home.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Some good feelings gone?

I remember many years back I like reading novels and magazines as my past time. Once I got a hold of a juicy magazine or soul searching novel, I will feel the excitement and eagerness to finish the whole book or magazine right there and then. I will find myself drowning in word by word on whatever that I am reading and unexpectedly shut out the world around me and just left me alone with the stories playing in my head. But now, when I got myself a magazine (not as often as once a month anymore) or there are tons of novels waiting for me to finish, I found that I have lost those feelings of excitement and eagerness like a child hunger for knowledge and waiting to be fed. The feeling of accomplishment and fullness once I have finish reading a novel is also gone too. Now I feel mostly is just another thing that I have done to fill up my time or just for the sake of finishing what I have started on reading in. I wonder where goes all those good feeling that I have on the things that I like, like reading. I remember when I was still schooling, I would go to rent novels to read during holiday break with my dear friend LY. One book of novel would usually takes me 2-3 days to finish. One book of magazine would usually takes me 2 days to finish (when I read mag, I really read it page by page very seldom missing any articles on it). Now it takes me longer time to finish anything that I have started on reading. Unless it's a long holiday and I really have nothing else to do.

I also remember what I like most about shopping and just go window shopping either alone or with someone else. It was great having the feeling of happiness and stress free moment just stepping into a shopping mall. Yes, I definately remember I usually go to shopping mall just for the sake of walking as a part of exercise rutine and to release stress. It does well to me in releasing stress. Or if I am sad and down, I would go there to cheer myself up not really by buying things but just by walking around looking at things to clear my mind. However, now when I step into a shopping mall it did not gives me the same effect as it did before. Last time, I thought I can rely on going to shopping mall to release stress throughout my life long journey. But it no longer work now because those good feelings that I have doing just that is somehow gone too.

I wonder what happen along the way that I have lost those good feelings in my life. You can say those 2 things I mention above, are my interest. And they still are, just the level and amount of interest fall off somewhere. Maybe because of having too many bad experience during shopping mall trip with that someone. I can remember how much I hate it then, where I only get very little time to enjoy the time out to release stress or do some shopping and there's someone there to keep on hurrying you with those angry face and attitude even before you started browsing and it hurts to know the reason behind it. And I promise myself not to torture myself doing shopping with that person again.

Some of the joyful feelings that I had in doing those things that I enjoy doing had gone. But I hope that some day in the future, those good feelings will come crawling back to my life once again. And hope it stays that way until my time here ends.

Monday, June 18, 2007

What matter most in life?

"As we grow up, we learn that even the one person that wasn't supposed to ever let you down probably will. You will have your heart broken probably more than once and it's harder every time. You'll break hearts too, so remember how it felt when yours was broken. You'll fight with your best friend. You'll blame a new love for things an old one did. You'll cry because time is passing too fast, and you'll eventually lose someone you love. So take too many pictures, laugh too much, and love like you've never been hurt because every sixty seconds you spend upset is a minute of happiness you'll never get back."

Most importantly, show your love to everyone around you including people that you do not know well, including strangers and even your enemies. There are many ways of showing love, it not just mean showing it affectionately but it also means that we do not do things that are selfish or harmful to others, try avoid thinking about bad thoughts like how much we hate our neighbours or how we wish that so and so is dead. Why waste time on things that do not benefit and make us "sick"? It is much better to invest in things good and eternal because at the end, only Love does matter the most. Do not make it too late to be realised in the end of life's journey.

Saturday's treat - 16/5

Got a surprise ticket to watch Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer from Ald last Saturday. The whole cinema was all packed and fortunately Ald got us a nice seat which he pain stackingly queued for it in the morning. Thank you dear. The show was nice with the action packed stun by the four heroes working together as a team. This time it showed they have mastered the way to use their power unlike the first movie. However, just like the first, the showing time is also quite short - around 1.5 hours after minus out the advertisements. Overall, the movie is not bad and not very fantastic either. Well, some people might like it a little, some like it a lot and some might not like it at all. Everyone has their own taste and opinion, therefore if you don't watch it yourself, you'll never know.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Did I Marry The Right Person?

Fumbling through some old e-mail articles that I have received quite some time ago, and I found this that I would like to share in my blog. Maybe some of you have already read this before but it's no harm reading it again because it might just be like discovering something new again and reminding you about your relationship, which is just what it did to me.
Here the article goes.....

This is a very good article. read it.
Those who are still single may learn something from here....
Those who are already married may take it as a guideline to improve your


During one of our seminars, a woman asked a common question.
She said, "How do I know if I married the right person?"
I noticed that there was a large man sitting next to her so I said,
"It depends. Is that your husband?" In all seriousness, she answered "How do you know?"

Let me answer this question because the chances are
good that it's weighing on your mind.

Here's the answer.
EVERY relationship has a cycle. In the beginning, you fell in love with
your spouse. You anticipated their call, wanted their touch, and liked
their idiosyncrasies.

Falling in love with your spouse wasn't hard. In fact, it was a
completely natural and spontaneous experience. You didn't have to DO anything. That's why it's called "falling" in love...

Because it's happening TO YOU.

People in love sometimes say, "I was swept of my feet." Think about the
imagery of that __expression. It implies that you were just standing
there; doing nothing, and then something came along and happened TO YOU.

Falling is love is easy. It's a passive and spontaneous experience.
But after a few years of marriage, the euphoria of love fades. It's the
natural cycle of EVERY relationship. Slowly but surely, phone calls
become a bother (if they come at all), touch is not always welcome (when it happens), and your spouse's idiosyncrasies, instead of being cute, drive you nuts.

The symptoms of this stage vary with every relationship, but if you
think about your marriage, you will notice a dramatic difference between the initial stage when you were in love and a much duller or even angry subsequent stage.

At this point, you and/or your spouse might start asking, "Did I marry
the right person?" And as you and your spouse reflect on the euphoria of the love you once had, you may begin to desire that experience with
someone else. This is when marriages breakdown. People blame their
spouse for their unhappiness and look outside their marriage for

Extramarital fulfillment comes in all shapes and sizes. Infidelity is
the most obvious. But sometimes people turn to work,a hobby, a
friendship, excessive TV, or abusive substances.

But the answer to this dilemma does NOT lie outside your marriage.
It lies within it. I'm not saying that you couldn't fall in love with someone else. You could.

And TEMPORARILY you'd feel better. But you'd be in the same situation a few years later. Because (listen carefully to this):


SUSTAINING love is not a passive or spontaneous experience. It'll NEVER just happen to you. You can't "find" LASTING love. You have to "make" it day in and day out. That's why we have the __expression "the labor of love."

Because it takes time, effort, and energy . And most importantly, it takes WISDOM . You have to know WHAT TO DO to make your marriage work.

Make no mistake about it. Love is NOT a mystery. There are specific
things you can do (with or without your spouse) to succeed with your

Just as there are physical laws of the universe (such as gravity), there
are also laws for relationships. Just as the right diet and exercise
program makes you physically stronger, certain habits in your
relationship WILL make your marriage stronger. It's a direct cause and
effect. If you know and apply the laws, the results are
can "make" love.

Love in marriage is indeed a "decision"... Not just a feeling .

Thursday, June 14, 2007


Need to have some long walking to do besides cummuting by train to work this morning. Had been doing alot of walking this week. Usually come to work with less hastle although I do not drive, I can car pool with my mom to work she will drop me off at the Wangsa Maju Putra LRT which the train takes me directly to Bangsa station and I take the free feeder bus to MV, or best is having Ald to send me straight to work - both also not much walking needed. However, it is very much different this week.

Started with Monday, had to walk around 1km from Maju Junction to Bank Negara KTM station to take the train to MV. Reach MV station have to walk around 800m to reach my office. On Tuesday, unfortunately mom were not working that day so sent me to Cempaka Lrt instead. From here have to change train and I have 2 options (1-Star to Putra LRT or 2-Star to KTM Commuter). My leg was abit tired from Monday's long distance walking because I am not those active type who does sports therefore I took the Star to Putra LRT option on Tuesday for less walking. On Wednesday, no one to send me to any train station I have to walk to a bus stand to take a bus to LRT station. Quite a distance walk from my house to the bus stop also. Then, the whole walking thing repeated like the one on Monday to work. After work walk alot again because have to meet my sister at Ampang Park so that we can go visit my brother in hospital together. That was yesterday... And today, commuting to work is like what happen on Monday also. So you see, with all those walking this week and with my cheap hard soles shoe that I wore to work everyday, no wonder my leg feels like 1kg heavier and my soles really hurts due to lousy shoes. Anyone care to sponsor me a good pair of working shoes? hehehe....

Anyway, enough explaining about my walking predicament. Now come to my main topic on writing this now. hehe..sorry arr...for having you read all the boring stuff about walking and my way of commuting to work. Lunch time today, as the same as the past few days this week, I done window shopping looking for this and that. Today I went to Carefour to buy some tid-bits and milk. While walking, suddently I feel like I am about to faint. I have no idea why I feel like that today. Even right now when I am blogging this, I am feeling a little dizzy already. Due to the suddent flush of "walking exercise" perhaps? or maybe I do not have enough sleep added with the boredom at work. Or maybe my health is really deteriorating and maybe something wrong with me. So many maybes....It's been a long time I didn't do any blood test or medical check up. Have to go do it one of these days.....

And I am so bored now sitting in the office with nothing to do. Still waiting for my UK boss to assign new job for me. Been waiting since Monday.

Is this really my inner child?

Your Inner Child Is Sad

You're a very sensitive soul.
You haven't grown that thick skin that most adults have.
Easily hurt, you tend to retreat to your comfort zone.
You don't let many people in - unless you've trusted them for a long time.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Love Quote Today (13th July '07)

Today's Quote:
Heavenly Father: Teach us that love and forgiveness are essential bridges that span the chasms of resentment and bitterness. Also, teach us that feeling gratitude without expressing it is like wrapping a gift and not giving it.


Let's remember that LOVE is the most powerful medicine for healing the HEART and SOUL. Do not only hope for others to give you love to heal your resentment and bitterness, because the greatest way is the other way round. You give love and forgiveness to others instead. Easier said than done as you may think. But why not we use it as a target to strive to be a better person? In that, we will walk a step closer to achieving it one step at a time.


Today is one of those days where I woke up still feeling tired and sleepy but have to get myself to work somehow. Was having a dream just before the alarm woke me up at 7am. Can't remember what dream it was now. The 1st thing on my mind after shutting off the alarm is thinking of skipping work and going back to sleep. But I linger on the bed a few more minutes thinking of today I have to travel to work by myself instead of having my mom send me to the LRT station. No one else is at home then. Sister went off to work at 6.30am and today my mom took my brother to the hospital for his nose surgery (already left before 7am).

Eyes half opened, I drag myself out from bed and start preparing myself off to work. At 7.30am I am out of the house. Have to walk quite a distance to the bus stand to take a bus to the nearest Star LRT station. Waited almost half and hour for the bus to finally arrive. And took me about another half and hour to reach the LRT station because of the jam. Thank God I am able to catch the LRT train just when I arrive there at the station. In the train, my mind is still half asleep I presume, because I remember thinking and dreaming about quite alot of things and I almost missed my stop at the Bandaraya Station where I have to take the Bank Negara KTM Commuter train to Mid Vally. It was quite a distance walk from Bandaraya Station to the Bank Negara Station. Almost 1km I think...Anyway, I was there sitting on a bench waiting for the Commuter train to come and my mind wonder off dreamming again. If some snatch thief do come by and target me as his victim, it would be an easy success I wonder...I might still be blur of what's happenning then..hahaha...

After 20 mins of waiting (again there is train delay), the commuter train finally arrived. Standing inside the train, my mind continued dreaming again. Keep reminding myself occasionally not to dream, to watch out for my next stop. But today feeling too sleepy, couldn't concentrate. And I almost missed my stop again 2nd time today. Anyway, I finally landed myself at the office about 9.30am. Late.... but safe.

After work, going to visit my brother at the hospital. Hope his minor nose operation went on well.

Monday, June 11, 2007

My workdesk

Got a chance to snap a few pictures of my current workdesk at Synovate. Many thanks to my dear friend Judy, who came over for a short visit last Friday (8th Jun). I borrowed her camera to snap the pictures.

Note my new set of PC and 17" Flat Screen monitor...hehehe.....Provides me a wide spacious and tidy environment for my desk. Cool ehh?

I love my work place now. Since shifted down to the newly renovated 9th Floor office, I have enjoyed the nicely designed and colour decorated walls, pantry, chairs and desks. However, I am not much of a decorative person, therefore my workdesk do looks a little dull...Anyone care to sponsor me some money for decorations? hahaha.... Nah..I don't care much decorating it, unless it's my own home! I do not have intention to turn this place into my 2nd home.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

New Motivation at Work

Yay! I got a new set of computer at work now. With a newer version of system Intel Core 2 CPU 6300 @ 1.86Ghz with 1Gig Ram definately make my programming work smoother and has faster debugging speed. The best part is, I got a new 17" Flat screen monitor to match it. Save me a lot of space and makes my work desk looks nicer too (will post picture later when I can). Never cross my mind that they would replace my key board and mouse with a new one too.

Provided with a newly built working environment and now, nice set of computer for me to work on my daily boring stuff, it's really kind of motivated me to come to work now..hehe... You know, how everyone of us has that kind of feeling at some point or another, the feelings of having to drag ourself to work everyday and wish we could avoid sitting in that gloomy work desk? Well, I can now say good bye to those feelings... least for the time being I think...hahaha.... Anyway, I am really thankful to be blessed with this kind of luxury at work.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Feeling Bored?

I found this article interesting and would like to share.....

Feeling bored? If so, that could mean that your brain is "hungry." Did you know that you can "feed" and keep your brain in shape, just like you can with your body? I've just been reading about what seems to be a growing movement to encourage people to do mental aerobics, or exercise for the brain.

Just like the body, your brain needs stimulation, or exercise, to keep its cells active and efficient. It's rather like the old saying, "use it or lose it." And it isn't only elderly people who may be concerned about such things as memory loss. According to Dr. Gary Small, the director of the Center on Ageing at the University of California, brain "ageing" can occur in people in their twenties or thirties. Evidently genetics plays a part in brain ageing, but only by about a third. The other two-thirds has to do with our environment and lifestyle choices.

The next time you're feeling bored or perhaps less than alert, why not try a little mental exercise to sharpen up those brain cells? I've started to collect some exercises, and here are just a few suggestions:

Try counting backwards from 100 to zero as fast as you can. Pick a letter from the alphabet and name 20 words that start with it as quickly as you can. Recite the names of all the teachers you've ever had. Switch to the other hand to do tasks. For example, if you are right-handed, use your left hand, and vice versa.

And one of my favorites is wiggle your toes! This is a good way to "wake up" your brain in the morning. While you're still in bed, slowly begin to move your toes, wiggling, scrunching and stretching them. Move them up and down, and then try just moving your big toes. This actually activates nerves that stimulate your brain. You can also do this if you've been sitting a while; it will help you become more alert.

So, put your mind to it!

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Japanese Buffet Lunch

On Sunday 3rd June, I had a Japanese buffet lunch at Shin-NiChi with my favourite friends. There were 9 of us there, 3 of them are new friends to me ( 1 is Michelle's friend, 2 are Wai Ling's friend ). It is to have a combine birthday celebration for Michelle, Amy and me. Both Michelle and Amy's birthday falls this month but mine was one and a half months ago that gathering was cancelled. Only Pui See and Lyn Yen did not turn up on that day.

Both me and Wai ling arrived first at the same time. So, we started out our plunder first. Head on to the fresh oysters and sea foods. The oyster is really fresh and they are very generous with the refilling. Apart from the fresh seafood, there are of course the famous sushi, tempura, teppan and some chinese cruisine like Monk Jump Over the Wall and Ginseng Chicken (both are famous chinese soups). Of the two type of chinese soup there, I only tried the Monk Jump Over the Wall. Was really tasty. If I can recall, I had 3 round of food and 1 soup on that day. Wow, really filling. I actually feel full after finishing the 1st plate, but very tempted to try on other type of food there.

I had a wonderful time there eating and chatting. I am sure everyone enjoy it too. Our conversation that day touch on our childhood time to ghost stories. Don't really know where the ghost stories stared off, all I know is I am really into ghost stories and found myself feeding into every bits and details of it, not feeding more of the food..hahaha....

In the end, two hours after that, slightly after 2pm I left and the rest are still there chatting and eatting until 3pm as I heard. Overall, the food there is nice and fresh. The price is RM45++ for the buffet. I think it's really value for money because they have alot of fresh seafood and wide sellection of food. Must try the green tea ice-cream for desert if you are there. Here is the website link at Shin-NiChi Japanese Buffet Restaurant. It is located at Kompleks Antarabangsa, just between Hotel Equatorial and Hotel Crown Plaza at Jalan Sultan Ismail, KL. If you do not drive there, you can take the KL Monorail and stop at the station in front of Wisma Genting/Hotel Crown Plaza ( station Raja Chulan if I am not mistaken ), walk on your right is Kompleks Antarabangsa after Hotel Crown Plaza. Very convinient and easy to find the place.

Monday, June 4, 2007

Live Job

Finally officially begin started scripting my first live job on the mrStudio. Since April this year, I have been officially transfered to an offshore DP team in Synovate. Previously I was attatched with Malaysia DP team for 3 years since 2003 (minus 1 yr out of Synovate). There are numerous offshore DP team now based in Malaysia office. I am now attatched with Fieldwork International Healthcare scripting team. Job function and platform being used is very different from my previous ones. Been waiting for the transfer since last year September I think... now am happy with the job and pay increment especially .. hehehe.... Also, got the chance to do something very different, which I am now only need to do interview scripting for online panel.

Already had training in April. Ben Grey, CAI Manager in charged of offshore scripters from Fieldwork International Healthcare, based in London, came over to Malaysia to gave us training on Dimension and mrStudio which I would be using from now onwards. The training was about 2 weeks and after that I had a few test jobs to practise. It was very tough for me since it require quite a lot of programming skills in doing the interview scripting. I have lost touch with real programming skills for quite long. Luckily there's a new guy just joined my team who are able to help me with it.

For this 1st live job, I am blessed with a short and simple questionnaire. It is all about medicine and treatment. Since this Synovate sister company that I am now attatched with only deals with healthcare related matter, therefore all the questionnaire that I will be receiving contains a lot of medical jargon that I have to get used to. It is really important for me to understand the questionnaire better in order to script it correctly.

Amy Wong's Wedding

It's almost a month since I attended Amy's wedding on the 6th May 2007. She is a long lost friend which we recently met. She's a primary school mate of us, living just near by my housing area but we didn't keep in touch until recently. She's a good athlete in school and has grown up to be a very pretty girl. She wore a transparent looking white dress as her 1st dress for that night (as seen on the picture here). With her great figure, of course she looks gorgeous. Later on, she changed in to a modern looking traditional two piece dress that she had it custom made by a designer friend of hers. In that she looked stunning too. She'll look nice in pratically anything as she has a great figure and a very nice fashion sense to go with.

Her wedding night was wonderful. I have had an enjoyable time chatting with friends and savouring the 8 course chinese dinner. The dinner started quite late as I can remember, we were all famish. We finished up most of the dishes except the last 3. Not bad for a table of 9 girls...haha... Too bad I didn't have the chance to taste the desert because I have to leave early at 10.30pm Aldrin is already there to pick me up.

Congratulations Amy, on your wedding.... Hope you have a wonderful and blessed marriage.

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