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Movie marathon

I have watched 6 movies in the last 8 days. 3 of which was watched in the cinema while the others were downloaded.

1. TMNT

2. American Tail (Fievel Goes West)

3. Some weird korean movie

4. The Marine

5. Tornado

6. The Shooter

TMNT was quite alright. I always liked Leonardo during my childhood days when I used to play TMNT on the videogame. However, during the ending scene and the one in the trailer where the turtles hop around the roofs of the city, I felt that they looked a little like frogs, green and all.

I downloaded An American Tail because I liked the song “Somewhere Out There”. One of my friends thought me how to play that song on the piano, and I loved it ever since. Since I’ve been bumming around with nothing much to do, it suddenly dawned upon me that I’ve never seen the movie so I decided to look for it. Little did I know that there were a few sequels to the original movie and this one was the sequel where Fievel the mouse, goes West. Duh.

I will not comment about the Korean movie. As for The Marine…it was actioned packed and a little terminator-like. One thing I would like to say is that the hero never seems to be injured, regardless whether he falls from a height, gets blasted etc. Hey, be more realistic la…

Tornado was like something out of National Geographics. There was literally no storyline, just tornado after tornado and devastating destruction. 10 minutes into the movie, I noticed that the conversation and the lip movements were not in synchrony. Then it hit me. The German movie was dubbed to English. No wonder the voices did not really fit the characters and the graphics looked rather old. Lesson learnt from this movie is, always research a little about the movie before watching it at the cinema. Good thing I still had my student card with me, and it only cost me 6 bucks. If I had paid the full price, I would have hit the roof.

Finally, I was torn between watching The Shooter or Wild Hogs. Deciding that I did not fancy John Travolta much, I decided that Mark Wahlberg was a better option. Being a Wednesday, it was also 6 bucks, and I figured that anything would be better than Tornado, so what the heck. Turns out that The Shooter was simply A-W-E-S-O-M-E! It was so Prison Break-ish and the action packed scenes made me feel like getting my hands on Counterstrike to deliver a few head shots meself. Let’s not go into the details about the morale behind the story, ethics and taking justice into one’s own hands. After all, it is indeed, just a movie.

Then again, let’s observe a period of silence for the victims of the Virginia Tech Shooting. Just for the record, I do not agree with taking justice into one’s hand and simply shooting people.

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Blogrounds XXI

Sorry that this is a little behind schedule. Even though I’m jobless on holidays and supposed to be super-free, I was busy with some family issues last week, thus the delay. Anyway, here goes my first attempt at taking up the MMR Bloground Challenge

Adeline Wong, Bernard, DocFiles, Hooligan, Letti and Sbanboy are among those who blogged about Easter. Ain shares photos from the Indie for Glory gig at Little Havana held recently. CH Lee’s hair grows back.

Coolclare blogs about the 1st and 2nd day of the “Kursus Induksi” she attended at Kundasang. It has been a CME-filled week as Cytusm and Jimbo attended a ID conference in Georgetown while Fibrate went for a a less-than-regal dinner cum talk at Gulai House. Meanwhile, Vagus has gone to AACE 2007 in Seattle to scale the heights of endocrinology.

It also has been a travel-filled week as Ket Sang goes on a trip to Cornwall and Dr. Eay-Lalle recovers from a trip to Gap, Smangkok, Chilling. Raymond takes part in the Kapas-Marang Swimathon after postponing his root canal therapy while Saw Ling is all smiles after returning from Budapest and Prague. To the envy of some people, Tw was having fun watching the F1 race at Sepang.

On a more serious note, Cindy tells about her friend’s bad experience with a rude, sarcastic and insensitive doctor. eColi questions the need for the arbitrary 30-minute resuscitation before pronouncing someone is dead. Darren reflects on his 4 months of medical posting while Jinkhang starts his medical posting.

Is it possible to choke on a piece of “pisang goreng”? Ask a patient of Docyana’s. Doc talks about brand loyalty while Spinosum gets RM 5 off his next pizza. Tru-Asian introduces his cast of paintbrushes.

Imagine if an “apocalypse” of the blog world occurs… what would the last message be on your blog? Bernard and Yenjai shares what their last post would be.

Last but not least, learn how to make a condom case for your phone or PDA at DocFiles.

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Purple-red urine

Last night before going to bed, I went to the toilet for my usual before sleeping pee session. When I was about to flush the toilet, I was stunned to see that my urine was purple-red in colour. Haematuria? I don’t think so. This morning when I woke up, my urine was a rusty red. I thought to myself, I did not eat beet root or consume rifampicin so what’s with the odd colour??

Suddenly, it dawned upon me that perhaps it was from eating too much…

Dragon fruit?

Well, I ate about 6 pieces of dragon fruit after lunch yesterday, the type with red-coloured flesh, staining both my lips and fingers purple. I’ve heard that it can stain the stools purple (rather logical, since the colouring would just need to travel down the gut to come out with the shit), however for the colouring to appear in the urine, it would have to be absorbed into the blood stream and then filtered out by the kidneys. Does that mean that my blood is all purple now?

Anyway, to solve the mystery, I decided to google up “red urine and dragon fruits” and I found this post @ DocFiles.

So I guess it can be safe to conclude (based on personal experience as well as the testimony of others) that dragon fruit may stain the urine purple-red. Hah.

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Above all

Crucified
Laid behind a stone
You lived to die
Rejected and alone
Like a rose
Trampled on the ground
You took the fall
And thought of me
Above all

Yes, Lord. You loved us all so much that You gave Your life for us. Though we are unworthy, You sacrificed yourself for our sake. Thank you, Lord. Thank you for the cross.

Happy Easter to everyone! God loves you! 🙂

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Whispering pectoriloquy

What is a whispering pectoriloquy?

A whispering pectoriloquy is the increase in vocal resonance, to the extent that when a patient whispers, his voice may be heard clearly with a stethoscope on his chest over an area of lung consolidation. I first read about it in Talley’s Clinical Examination book during my second year and I somehow liked the sound of the word ever since. Thus, the title of my “new” blog…

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A new start…

Welcome to my “new” blog. Actually, I registered for this blog address around June last year. However, I wasn’t quite planning to blog here at that time, so it was just held as a backup for future use. Anyway, as CN- and I enter a new phase of life (working life), we decided that we wanted to start afresh, at a new place, to mark a new chapter in our journey through life. Don’t worry, we did not have a fall out or anything. We are still the best of friends 😉

Well, this site is currently still under construction, and I hope to get it up and running as soon as possible. Funny how I had so many ideas for this site before the exams but now that I’ve got all the time in the world (somewhat) to tweak at it, I’ve been struck with extreme laziness…

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