Friday, February 29, 2008
2. If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. For when a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off. (i am rather doubtful about this one....)
3. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.
4. Your tongue is germ free only if it is pink. If it is white there is a thin film of bacteria on it.
5. The Mercedes-Benz motto is “Das Beste oder Nichts” meaning “the best or nothing”.
6. The Titanic was the first ship to use the SOS signal.
7. The pupil of the eye expands as much as 45 percent when a person looks at something pleasing.
8. The average person who stops smoking requires one hour less sleep a night.
9. Laughing lowers levels of stress hormones and strengthens the immune system. Six-year-olds laugh an average of 300 times a day. Adults only laugh 15 to 100 times a day.
10. The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear. (really?!?!?!)
11. Dalmatians are born without spots.
12. Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.
13. The ‘v’ in the name of a court case does not stand for ‘versus’, but for ‘and’ (in civil proceedings) or ‘against’ (in criminal proceedings).
14. Men’s shirts have the buttons on the right, but women’s shirts have the buttons on the left.
15. The owl is the only bird to drop its upper eyelid to wink. All other birds raise their lower eyelids.
16. The reason honey is so easy to digest is that it’s already been digested by a bee.
17. Roosters cannot crow if they cannot extend their necks.
18. The color blue has a calming effect. It causes the brain to release calming hormones.
19. Every time you sneeze some of your brain cells die.
20. Your left lung is smaller than your right lung to make room for your heart.
21. The verb “cleave” is the only English word with two synonyms which are antonyms of each other: adhere and separate.
22. When you blush, the lining of your stomach also turns red.
23. When hippos are upset, their sweat turns red.
24. The first Harley Davidson motorcycle was built in 1903, and used a tomato can for a carburetor.
25. The lion that roars in the MGM logo is named Volney.
26. Google is actually the common name for a number with a million zeros.
27. Switching letters is called spoonerism. For example, saying jag of Flapan, instead of flag of Japan.
28. It cost 7 million dollars to build the Titanic and 200 million to make a film about it.
29. The attachment of the human skin to muscles is what causes dimples.
30. There are 1,792 steps to the top of the Eiffel Tower.
31. The sound you hear when you crack your knuckles is actually the sound of nitrogen gas bubbles bursting.
32. Human hair and fingernails continue to grow after death.
33. It takes about 20 seconds for a red blood cell to circle the whole body.
34. The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.
35. Most soccer players run 7 miles in a game.
36. The only part of the body that has no blood supply is the cornea in the eye. It takes in
oxygen directly from the air.
37. Every day 200 million couples make love, 400,000 babies are born, and 140,000 people die.
38. In most watch advertisements the time displayed on the watch is 10:10 because then the arms frame the brand of the watch (and make it look like itis smiling).
39. Colgate faced big obstacle marketing toothpaste in Spanish speaking countries. Colgate translates into the command “go hang yourself.”
40. The only 2 animals that can see behind itself without turning its head are the rabbit and the parrot.
41. Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
42. The average person laughs 13 times a day.
43. Do you know the names of the three wise monkeys? They are:Mizaru(See no evil), Mikazaru(Hear no evil), and Mazaru(Speak no evil)
44. Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
45. German Shepherds bite humans more than any other breed of dog.
46. Large kangaroos cover more than 30 feet with each jump.
47. Whip makes a cracking sound because its tip moves faster than the speed of sound.
48. Two animal rights protesters were protesting at the cruelty of sending pigs to a slaughterhouse in Bonn. Suddenly the pigs, all two thousand of them, escaped through a broken fence and stampeded, trampling the two hapless protesters to death.
49. If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural cause.
50. The human heart creates enough pressure while pumping to squirt blood 30 feet!!
i have always thought that i have to make myself happy inorder to make others happy. this still applies. but right now, no matter how i have been bashed by the HOD or the poyo M.Os, i have to have a thick face and be cool about it. i musn't show any sadness infront of my patients. gladly, i managed to master this part of the trick of this trade called MEDICAL HEALTH CARE.
i had a patient, mr. MFH, 20 year old male who came in suspected of bronchitis. but as we examined him further, he had something else which he did not mention to the doctors. told him like a gazillion times to mention it the next time he is checked, but he never did it. nevertheless, he came in with a grave face, but when he was discharged yesterday afternoon, he looked so happy. we gave him a good company and we made him feel like a person who is very important to us. the cute part was, he noticed that i changed my nose stud colour, how observant! he took pictures of me and saras as he was leaving and he had a heavy heart to see us leave him for his final lunch before discharging. the important thing is: he is HAPPY.
my patient that i saw last nite, mr. AS, came in with diabetic complications, 49 y.o. the last time i saw him was last year, and now, i see him again. he looked no better than the last, and i was terribly concerned about him depsite the fact that i was really tired. i put up a great smile for him and asked him if he remembers me: he does. he was glad to see me again and i was glad to see him too, but of course, i told him that i want to see him, not in the hospital. i want to see him well. he is currently on dialysis, and mind you, it is really expensive. as he is not a working man, i was talking to him about some places that he could go and get dialysed for a little less payment. i want to see him HAPPY, i want to see him being VIBRANT, i want to see him SMILE. we were talking while my legs are screaming of lethargy.
he wants me to look for him the next time i go to hosp. i promised him i will. i'll do my best to see him. i want to make his day. now, i am searching for info for him so that his burden could be lessen.
there are many other patients that need attention. the sad thing is that, many health care personnels do not see this. they see them as work, something to be done, not something to care for.
my happyness is nowhere near my priority, my patients' are.
Monday, February 25, 2008
then the tingles start
first proofing stage that took 12hours. she started off at 1000, so the next step was at 2200.
we (she), baked the bread at about 2330, after we came back from a session of body combat. i was so hungry and tired all at the same time and i know that i shudn't be eating this at this time of nigth. but what the heck.... i didn't have anything for dinner and i was HUNGRY.....
this was how the bread ended up looking like. purrdy, ain't it?
the cut section (sound so pathological) has massive air holes, homogenous, ivory in colour and soft in consistency. you MUST eat it fresh to taste the deliciousness of it. sadly, all at home were sleeping already. so, i managed to get it fresh. yah had it the next day and she insisted that we did something wrong. i still like it though. all it need is to be kept in the fridge, and when you want to eat it, cut the desired portion, double toast it in the toaster (toast it twice) or heat it up in the oven, and voila! you get a crisp bread similar to crutons but with fluffy interior.
full recipe at:http://steamykitchen.com/blog/2007/09/10/no-knead-bread-revisited/
have fun trying!
she is very damn particular about the timing that we are in the wards. she wants us to be in before 0800 and be out only after 1230 (according to her watch). but the thing is, we have to make the second rush back to campus while trying hard to avoid the lunch traffic (yes, this place HAS traffic). sometimes, our campus class starts at 1300, sometimes, 1400. how can we manage to get back on time right? and the classes are till 1700! crazy.....
because of this (and also because we have clerked and examine patients), we tend to leave the wards early as our attending doctors allow us to go. but this creates a problem with dr. SD as according to her watch and time wasting effort, she wants us to be in the wards.
she has called the group leaders, meaning me and 2 others, to meet her for a good smackdown on wednesday morning. best part: after the smackdown, my group will be attended by her. she spells evil and everyone is afraid of her, not respect her for who she is.
so, this wednesday, i have to be on somekind of high to withstand her. i want to be so euphoric that i cudn't give any shaite about what hell she's gonna give us.....
Sunday, February 24, 2008
as we reached aunty fred's and uncle zaini's place, only one word could describe it: ASTONISHING!. being a nature junkie, i was immediately taken away from any other thoughts (very little actually...) that were on my mind. i was amazed by the beauty of the place and moreover, i was amazed by the hospitality that they had given us for our short stopby. the place is like very kampung and very zen. there are a few streams that are running on the grounds, a small pond, some chalets that are built on high stilts, fruit trees that are so tempting (durian, pulasan, guava, durian belanda, limau purut....many more), floras that you can only imagine ever existed until you actually see them. the hospitality....gawsh!!! they are the most amazing couple you have ever seen! they are so selamba and yet so accomodating. we had some french tea and fruits and kuehs and of course a whole load of laughter: just what the doctor ordered. i was practically running around in the compound, feasting my eyes with the amazing sights. it is the simplest, no-nonsense kind of place you could ever get. if you are into nature and you just need a place to bunk in when you are in janda baik, this is THE place. it is better to go into the jungle with uncle zaini than any other 'jungle guides' cause he is very honest with his work (passion, actually). check out http://www.zainiguesthouse.com/ for more!!
we were reluctant to leave their place but the time was pressing us on. we moved on to see the orang asli and see how they progressed in their daily lives and projects. the first place we went to was the fishpond project, run by ani and pak ram. they even had goats there. i am not a goat person at all. but nevertheless, i carried one in my hands and felt all nice inside. we even helped to feed the fishes. walking around the compound, there were not many to see, but the feeling of being able to lend a helping hand and making their day better was priceless. after this stop, we went to a few more houses to drop some things and to talk to other orang asli. when i see them, i felt that i am so little (not physically tho...), so useless, most importantly....so LUCKY. the lives that they live is nothing compared to what we are used to. we think that what we have is not enough, we want more. we become greedy, we become selfish, we become ungrateful. but they, the orang asli, they strive to live, they are very content with what they have. i hope and wish that i could help them more. materially, maybe not so. but i would like to try to educate them, make their children literare, make their lives more productive. that is just me.... i want to help.
as the day draws to a darker sky... we moved on to make our trip home.
Friday, February 22, 2008
so lemme tell you how my daily routine goes. i can never run away from this unless there is a cancellation in the schedule (which will be replaced later, and hog the whole day's schedule, sometimes up to 7pm!).
initially, i woke up at 6am and found myself rushing for time. so i decided to wake up at 0545 (yes, 15minutes does alot of difference!!) to avoid the rush. but nowadays, i automatically wake up at 0430, but i force myself to get more shut eye till i can't stand it anymore. so, nowadays, i am on autowake at 0530.
i get ready, pack my stuffs, have my breakfast.
by 0700, i talk the WALK. actually, i could take the walk at 0715, but that would require me to rush out. since i wanna take in the morning air (actually, conserving energy, more like), i take a slower walk, while hooked on the radio, listening to the DJs, making me smile (sometimes...).
my walk out is to BBP's place, which is beside the campus compound.
i make it a point to reach at the meeting point for the WAIT, early. this is cause i hate making ppl wait for me, and a note to all: i hate waiting for ppl too. i'll wait for about 10mins till BBP comes round in his car.
as soon as we are in, the CLERKING and EXAMINING starts. this will go on till the doctor that is supposed to take us for consultations, comes. so, i'd be buzy (on my feet) for sometimes up to 3 and a half hours doing this. sometimes, we'll talk to the patients to boost their emotions. take some blood, measure some temps, check some BPs...those routine sorts....
when i can't take it anymore, i'd have a little sit-down and read something (or at least pretend to so that the HOD won't catch me being redundant).
in comes the doc. this is the CONSULTATION session, where the students will have a discussion with the doctor on the cases that were available. bedside sessions are also done to ensure a hands-on experience.
the hospital should be over by 1230 or slightly earlier or much later.....
the the second rush begins: to the campus.
sometimes, campus classes starts at 1300 (which gives us no time for lunch break. so, i would stop by the roadside to get nangka, then rush back to the hostel and gulp down some coke light. good combo eh??) or if we are "lucky" at 1400. then it'll go on till 1700. but on mondays, thursday, and fridays, my class will finish at 1930 because i have to take the religious class, it is MANDATORY.
after the classes end.... my adrenaline rush needs some pumping.
so what do i do? i hit the GYM. this is the only ME time that i actually have. this is where i have my thoughts on something else other than my studies (but actually, it all ends up with me thinking of what i must know for the next session of studies...haiiisshhhh....).
gym goes on for approx 1 and a half hour. then, it is back to my hostel, cook my dinner, have my dinner. do my chores (laundry, dish washing). do my assigments. some (literally!) studying. surfing the net in between and chatting with mama or jo-ee or khalid (recently it was UTS DEV VAL!!! miss you babes).
this goes on till whenever i can fall asleep (i suffer from insomnia. i can't afford to take them pills on my workdays cause i can't be sleepy in the morn), usually.... it is about 0030 or a little over 0100.
then..... the whole cycle starts again.... + some minor adjustments (which allows me to steal an hour and 15mins nap: just ONCE!, in the afternoon).
if i have on call nights, this means i would be awake for 19hours straight (this happened to me just last nite), and yet, i still can't get a decent sleep.....eventhough i am at home now.
this will be the routine of my life, and i'm loving it! (NOT!)
Sunday, February 17, 2008
the overused heart icon in terms of love, functions medically and of course logically, only to pump blood to the whole body. it serves as an engine running the human machine. it maintains the pressure, maintains the oxygen profusion of tissues, and of course it is very2 vital. but as compared to the brain, the heart falls in 2nd place.
you can have someone who has a perfectly working heart but that person is brain dead. no point, that person can't communicate with you, can't show any reactions, can't think, that person has become an 'IT' or on a more simple layman term: a vegetable. no feelings, no thoughts, nothing. physically it is there, emotionally, it has died.
the real location where we feel comes from the HYPOTHALAMUS. this is the part of the brain which is vital when someone is in love. let it be love between lovers, parent and child, siblings....anything. there are a series of chemicals that are released when you are in love and when you cuddle, there are another set of chems that starts to flood your hypothalamus. this is actually where you recognize the feeling of LOVE.
so, next time when you are said to be "heartbroken", think again. the correct sentence would be: "i am hypothalamusbroken". yeah, it is a bit (alot!) tounge twisting, but it worth the say to express what you feel.
their HYPOTHALAMI are broken.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Tip No. 9: Swap a cup of pasta for a cup of vegetables.
Simply by eating less pasta or bread and more veggies, you could lose a dress or pants size in a year. "You can save from 100-200 calories if you reduce the portion of starch on your plate and increase the amount of vegetables," says Cynthia Sass, RD, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association.
i like veggies. so, no prob for me. great recipes at www.fatfree.com
.....lemme know if it works.....(-_-")
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
let it rain LOVE tomorrow. everyone prays that the world had more LOVE than hate or jealousy. but as for me, i just keep on living my life as it is....single, i mean. to tell you the truth, i am afraid to be in love, but i want to. how contradicting right? it is as if i'd rather be parachuting (which i want to do before i turn a year older) than taking the risk to fall in love, all over again.
i am afraid to admit the feeling that i feel inside. is it so hard? i always wonder.... i used to be able to say it in a heartbeat (if ever i had one) to someone i thought i fancied. that was the major ass problem, it felt right at that moment, 2 days later, i was like "shaites, why hasn't he called? he hates me....". i get all paranoid and stupid. so, what makes it any easier for me to admit (if ever) i have feelings for anyone? nothing, i guess. i just keep on selling the hardcore facade of me to the outer world, when the inside, deep inside, i am just screaming to let (something) out.
i guess i'd better wait. it is true that when you least expect it, it will come. you know when it is right when you don't doubt it.it'll be more exciting then, it'll be more promising (how i wish).
...but then again, when it comes to this shaite called LOVE, i am an accident just waiting to happen. more like a trainwreck, where it turns out to be hell in the end. i don't want that to happen, see.
what shall i do? what shall i feel?
wait, simply just wait.
Happy VALENTINE'S Day Everyone.... *hugs*