Happy 2013

Once again another new year has arrived. Time sure flies. It’s now time to reflect on the past year and make carry forward new year resolutions.

Let us review the past one year before we move on to the resolutions. Last year was a year of new beginnings for me. I was a freshie in the diagnostic imaging/radiology department and had tons of new things to learn. It was fun picking up the skills of ultrasonography, interpreting x-rays, doing fluoroscopic procedures and such.

Apart from that, my boyfriend proposed early in the year and we got married by the end of 2012. It was a rather hectic year of wedding preparations, premarital counselling as well as squabbling due to stress. Anyway, now I am officially someone’s wife.

Now let us review last year’s resolutions…
1. Read the bible everyday – errr I think only 2/3 of this was achieved.
2. Eat more vegetables – YES! and drink more water – not quite…
3. Worry less – hmmm
4. Exercise – fail!
5. Blog more – whoops, only had 3 posts last year..

Enough nostalgia. For the year 2013, my resolutions are:
1. Read the bible everyday.
2. Eat even more vegetables and must drink more water everyday.
3. Attempt to worry less. Pray more.
5. Be a good wife and love my hubby more and more each day.
6. Sit for the FRCR exams.

Well, that’s it folks! HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013!!!

Mental blog/block?!

Hmmmm..it seems that once again I have neglected my poor blog. Few months have passed since my last post. I am still in Diagnostic Imaging, and loving every bit of it. I guess I’m a sucker for new challenges. I hate change, but yet I get bored when life gets a little too static. How fickle-minded I am.

Anyway, it’s a good thing that I’ve not yet gotten bored of my current work. There’s still tons and tons to learn, and I’ve discovered that once ‘Jonah’ always ‘Jonah’. Let me elaborate…

A patient was deemed ‘too restless’ by the houseman incharge to do a CT scan. While consulting his medical officer regarding the patient, I noted that the patient was not restless, but instead, gasping. Unfortunately before they could send the patient back to the ward for further care, the poor patient deteriorated and stopped breathing. So I had my adrenaline rush again, as the houseman was too stunned to do anything, and thus, my colleague and I had to perform CPR on the patient until his medical officer came to take over.

Now that was a few months ago. As for yesterday, one of the patients who came for a CT scan of the abdomen ended up being breathless and her lungs were flooded probably due to heart failure after being given intravenous contrast for the scan. Now, how rare is that?! Anyway, since my department isn’t really well ‘furnished’ with the neccessities to deal with this sort of crisis, we just stabilized her and send her off to casualty for further management and admission.

Who said Radiology was all about sitting on their asses??

On another note, I’ve been trying to convince myself to study for the external exams next year. However, severe laziness has taken over. The inertia of letting my mind rot for too long is just to difficult to overcome. I told CN that I will buck up after Hari Raya. Which is now. But then again…Raya is for one month! Muahahahahha….so looks like I can procrastinate a little longer… 😛

Well, before I get verbal diarrhea and type more non-sensical stuff, I better end here. Until next time…


Man! It’s almost half way through 2012 and so much for resoluting to blog more this year. Guess life has been rather mundane with just work, work and more work, thus the lack of inspiration to write anything apart from work.

So looks like I will be blogging about work. To update my readers (if there are any left), I am no longer ‘gassing out’ patients for surgery and have now moved on to playing with X-rays, ultrasound waves and magnetic fields. Yup, I switched from Anaesthesiology to Radiology also known by its cooler name as Diagnostic Imaging.

Lots of people have asked me why the change now? Especially since I’ve already spent 3 long years in Anaesthesia. Well, there were many reasons that influenced my decision. One of it was that I was losing interest in that field due to the general working environment, not so bright future (this is subjective) and crappy/stressful working hours. Also I think I have aged and seem to take forever to recover from the hangover of staying up the whole night due to severe “Jonah-ness”. Being “Jonah” simply means that whatever shit can happen, will happen during my watch.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, I am now in a better place, I think. I am enjoying this new change and am excited to learn a lot of new skills. It is so much more than just looking at X-ray films and sitting on our asses the whole day (as most people assume). It’s difficult to appreciate the importance of the radiologists until you are in the field. In fact, I realised that all this while I had been guilty of taking them for granted.

I do miss the adrenaline rush of being in the OT/OR and jumping around the ICU like a mad fella however, I think I’ve already shorten my lifespan by 10 years thanks to all that stress. I have definitely learnt a lot while I was in it and am utterly grateful to have had that experience. I hope I can master up the skills of diagnostic imaging A.S.A.P. and thus be able to make some useful contribution to the diagnosis and treatment plan of the patients.

On another note, congratulations to CN-/Cindy for passing her part 1 exams! I’m so happy for you!



Wow. It’s been nearly one year since my last blog entry. Cyanide has been scolding me for my lack of updates. I guess I was pretty disillusioned by work and too anhedonic to even feel like blogging.

Anyway, before I ramble on, Happy New Year 2012!! As always, I did not keep to my new year resolutions so I will just carry forward the same ones again…with a few modifications and additions.

1. Read the bible everyday.
2. Eat more vegetables and drink more water.
3. Worry less.
4. Exercise.
5. Blog more.

Ok. That’s it for this years resolutions. See you all same time next year. Ok, ok. I will try to blog more often. Hopefully this year will bring more inspiration to my writings especially since I have had a drastic change in my career path aim direction plans. I will eleborate more about it in another post if memory permits.

Adios for now. Until next time…

Book Club 2010

It has been a good ‘reading’ year for me. I managed to read a little over 1 novel a month. Good improvement from the year 2009, in which I only managed to read 9 books. Here is the list of books I’ve read throughout the year 2010…

1. The Lovely Bones by Alice Seabold

2. Harvesting the Heart by Jodi Picoult

3. If You Could See Me Now by Cecelia Aherns

4. Ford County Stories by John Grisham

5. The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

6. First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by Loung Ung

7. Lucky Child: A Daughter of Cambodia Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind by Loung Ung

8. One for My Baby by Tony Parson

9. Mercy by Jodi Picoult

10. Dear John by Nicholas Sparks

11. Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult

12. You Gotta Have Balls by Lily Brett

13. The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult

14. Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami

Happy New Year 2011

Alright. I know it’s already more than 2 weeks past the new year but I’ve been busy, OK? Then again, I think it was more of denial. Denial that another year has whizzed by and it is once again the time to reflect on the past year and plan for the new year ahead. As CN- mentioned to me recently, perhaps we have grown older and realised that some things just cannot be changed no matter how hard we try.

2010 has been a year of ups and downs. In fact, every year has been a year of ups and downs. How cliche can I get. However, here are a few things I’ve learnt over the past 1 year…

1. Shit still happens all the time.

2. It is really difficult to get out of bed every morning if you hate the job you are currently doing.

3. It never hurts to be nice to people.


A few things I’ve started to realise are…

1. I’m sick of sleeping over at the hospital when I’d rather be sleeping in my own comfy bed.

2. I hate it when my phone rings every 5 minutes when I’m on-call.

3. I think that I need to find a field where I no longer have to do active calls.

In summary, I found that I was majorly burnt out by work, and have lost all interest in the specialty which I once was so passionate about. The main reasons for the burnout are the constant lack of manpower, complicated work politics as well as the crazy load of patients in my current workplace. Therefore in this new year, I aim to either change my work environment, or gain superhuman strength to make work at my current workplace a piece of cake. Hah.


I shall not even bother to analyze if I had fulfilled last year’s resolutions as I’m sure the answer is all too obvious. So let’s just move on to the next part.

And now, drumrolls please…


1. Continue to eat more vegetables and drink more water to avoid constipation.

2. Return to God, to pray and read the Bible everyday.

3. To be less messy and tidy my desk/room/house more often.

GO 2011! 😀

Lack of updates

It seems that since we started working, CN- and I have been blogging a lot less. Perhaps that applies especially to me, who hardly blogged the past 1 year. I guess it’s mainly due to being tired and overwork, therefore lacking any enthusiasm whatsoever to write anything witty or at least remotely interesting. After all, who wants to blog or read about work and stress all year round? Or maybe it’s just my brain cells undergoing apoptosis and becoming a little more dull each day. Sigh.

Anyway, time flies and it’s now the end of the year again. Time to at least write some crap to mark the end of yet another year. I’m finally on a short Christmas break, which was granted rather grudgingly by my workplace. Nevertheless, I am taking the opportunity to rest and hopefully recharge from being burnt out. It would also be a good time to start considering my next career path as I have decided that I need to go looking for new cheese. Can’t keep whining about people moving my cheese and expecting new ones to just drop from the sky.

Well, looks like this is going to be yet another boring post, beating around the bush about nothing in particular. But at least I can tell CN-, hey I blogged! Muahahaha.

Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone! 🙂

Yellow sponge at work

Do you spot a yellow sponge with square pants in these pictures?

Steam coming out from ears…

The title describes how I feel right now. I am damn pissed with certain people and circumstances. It’s amazing how some people are so full of themselves. They think the whole damn world revolves around them, their issues and their happiness.

Here’s a quote from Charlotte of Private Practice which I like.

“So this is the problem with you. You think everything in the world is about you. Sorry, not about you.”

Come on. Everyone has their problems too. You think just because they don’t complain it to the whole world means they are happily cruising through life in cloud nine? Just because you actively voice your complains and dissatisfactions doesn’t make your problem bigger or more serious than others.

Then again, why the heck am I letting this get to me. I should just stay chilled and not get so worked up about this sort of people. Because obviously they don’t give a rat’s ass about how other people feel and neither do they deserve to be fretted about. Total waste of mental and physical energy.

I’ll end with this quote from dunno where…

“Life is too short to stress yourself with people who don’t even deserve to be an issue in your life.”

In my attempt to reduce the amount of time spent on FB, watching videos, anime and serials, I decided to rekindle my love for reading. This plan kick-started sometime middle of last year and so far, I have managed to keep it up, to a certain extent.

Just for self-satisfaction, I would like to list the books I’ve read so far as a continuation from those listed in this post.


1. Playing for Pizza by John Grisham

2. Misconceptions by Terry McGee

3. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

4. The Pact by Jodi Picoult

5. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

6. Where Rainbow Ends by Cecelia Aherns

7. Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult

8. Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult

9. The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger


1. The Lovely Bones by Alice Seabold

2. Harvesting the Heart by Jodi Picoult

3. If You Could See Me Now by Cecelia Aherns

4. Ford County Stories by John Grisham

5. The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

6. First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by Loung Ung

7. Lucky Child: A Daughter of Cambodia Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind by Loung Ung


So I guess I’ve been able to read an average of 1 book per month. Not bad indeed. Heh.