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The Climb

One of my current favourite songs…

I can almost see it
The dream I’m dreaming
But there’s a voice inside my head saying
“You’ll never reach it”

Every step I’m taking
Every move I make feels
Lost with no direction
My faith is shaking

But I gotta keep trying
Gotta keep my head held high

There’s always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose

Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb

The struggles I’m facing
The chances I’m taking
Sometimes might knock me down
But no, I’m not breaking

I may not know it
But these are the moments that
I’m gonna remember most, yeah
Just gotta keep going

And I, I got to be strong
Just keep pushing on

‘Cause there’s always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose

Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb, yeah!

There’s always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Somebody’s gonna have to lose

Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb, yeah!

Keep on moving, keep climbing
Keep the faith, baby
It’s all about, it’s all about the climb
Keep the faith, keep your faith, whoa

~ The Climb by Miley Cyrus

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Post-call day off

I just got an interesting sms from a friend…

“So actually what do you do post call? One whole day!”

Well, it all depends. If I’ve had a bad call i.e. cases running the whole night up til 7 am in the morning, then the only thing I do when I get back is SLEEP. I will enjoy sleeping almost the whole day, and only awaken to eat one or two meals for the day. Blame it on the anaesthetic gases, or blame it on age catching up, I can no longer stay “hyper” after not sleeping the entire night. Sometimes I wonder how I did it as a houseman; not sleeping the entire night and working til 7pm the next day – the 36-hour stretches.

But on the occasion of a polka-dot moon (Cindy’s beloved terminology), if I’ve had a good call with a couple of hours of sleep during the night, my post-call activities are slightly more colourful. I would usually start the post-call day searching for food to satisfy the growling stomach. Since it’s 15 degrees cold in the OT, after a whole night of freezing, regardless being awake or asleep, I’m usually starved by morning.

Today I bought 2 packets of nasi lemak due to sheer gluttony, but after devouring 1 and a half packets, I was seriously full up to the upper esophagus. Maybe someone should sell 1.5 packets of nasi lemak for occasions like this. Meanwhile, I would browse through the limited channels of national TV and watch random nonsense. After the satisfying meal, I would then proceed to log on to the internet to surf/facebook/chat.

When the sleepiness finally kicks in about 1-2 hours later, I would then proceed to sleep til about midafternoon. Depending on mood and fancy, I may go shopping or pay a visit to my beloved little sister who’s always trying to get a free meal out of me. After more lazing around and being a total sloth, I may make a feeble attempt to do some studying or light reading. When that fails, I’d then proceed to catch up on my backlogged sitcoms and tv series.

All in all, I love the post-call day off. Haha…

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