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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!!!


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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…

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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! 😀

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Gong Hei Fatt Choy

Wishing all chinese a Happy Chinese New Year! May the new year ahead bring you much happiness, love, joy and prosperity burger!

Gong hei, gong hei!

Ang pow mali..

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The Year 2010

Time sure flies. 2010. When I was little, I figured that by this time we would be flying on hovercrafts and wearing space suits, zipping around the universe or something. What a disappointment that nothing much has changed, and we’re still in cars, and there’s still horrible traffic, and all that. Hah.

Well, now is the time to reflect on the past one year. 2009 was a rather eventful year for me. I finished housemanship by the end of 2008 and then stepped into the crappy world of being a Medical Officer (MO). One would think upgrade is always good but in my case, it wasn’t all that great. The workload did not lessen, however the responsibilities increased exponentially. What more I was in a totally new department and had to learn various skills and knowledge from scratch. It was fun and challenging, not to mention, extremely stressful.

The lessons I’ve learnt in 2008 still applied to 2009. No. 1-5 were from last year. Let me see if I can add anymore to that list…

1. No matter how bad the day/call is, it will eventually be over.

2. When you think that something is already at its worst, it can actually get even worse. (Murphy’s Law)

3. Shit happens and there’s nothing you can do to prevent it.

4. If you work with nice people, having a bad call can actually be fun.

5. There’s always something new to learn everyday.

6. Getting angry at people/patients/colleagues/bosses is a waste of energy. The person at whom you are angry with usually doesn’t even give a damn. So what’s the point.

7. Happiness is a choice. You are responsible for your own happiness and no one else can force you to be unhappy.

8. At the end of the day, what matters most is family and God.


Ok, now let’s move on to the next part and reflect on last year’s resolutions…

1. Eat more and put on some weight less the wind blow me away. (Failed)

2. Drink more water and eat more vegetables to avoid constipation. (Semi-achieved)

3. Read the Bible and pray more often. (Failed)


And now, let’s recycle the failed resolutions and add a few extra…

New Year Resolutions for 2010

1. Eat more and put on some weight less the wind blow me away.

2. Read the Bible and pray more often.

3. Worry less, and be happy more.

There you go. Short and sweet.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2010 to everyone!!

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For the majority of us, when we think of Christmas we think of…

Santa and his elfs
Christmas trees and decorations
Turkey, Puddings and lots of FOOD
Christmas Sale
All things green and red
Wine and all sort of alcohol

We rush around getting ready to decorate the house, buy presents for friends and family, prepare the scumptous family meal, go carolling, perhaps attend Christmas mass, and finally end up exhausted, stressed and burnt out after the festivities are over. Sometimes we wonder, why do we even bother?

What we did not realise is that in the midst of all that, we have forgotten overlooked the real meaning of Christmas. Christmas is actually Jesus’ Birthday and a reminder of God’s greatest gift to mankind. It is His unfailing love for us that led Him to allow His Son to be born on earth to save us from our misery/sin/self-destruction and to lead us back to God.

Therefore Christmas should be a time of thanksgiving, a time of fellowship with family and friends, as well as a time to remember God’s love for us. If we have the excess energy to do all the hyped-up commercially advertised activites, fine and good. So long as the essense of Christmas is not lost.

Because Christmas, isn’t Christmas, til it happens in your heart 🙂

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Christmas is coming…

Since Cyanide got all Christmassy now, I decided to follow suit. Am currently counting the days to going home for Christmas.

Work has been and will always be a chore, so I am definitely looking forward to not working/seeing patients/giving gas/listening to bleeps of the heart for the entire festive season. Pity I won’t be able to take as long a leave as Cindy, but any break is better than none.

I haven’t taken down the Christmas lights from last year, so I will just need to turn them on when the time is right. Even the hospital has put up a Christmas tree. Tis the season to be jolly…falalalalala….

Unfortunately I have to slog through a 30 hour stint at work before going on leave, but I keep telling myself, it will be worth it, I hope 😉

Anyway, wishing a blessed Christmas to everyone! 😀

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