Written on 27 March 2012 by

Bah. Humbug.

I knew it would be this way, but I picked the career anyway… sometimes, I wonder if my head was (and is) screwed on right. :P

Just Outta Courtesy

Written on 19 September 2011 by

The story goes, I’m getting a new vroom-vroom but it has been delayed and VW has arranged for me to have a courtesy car from a car rental company while I wait (so I can go ahead and sell the current one). So this is what I see when I’m driving, courtesy of VW.


Cool eh? ;-)

Another Year…

Written on 12 September 2011 by

… has gone by.

It is definitely time to re-think the idea of this blog, whether to keep it going or shut it down entirely.


Soupy Happiness

Written on 16 September 2010 by

There is something about soup that makes one feel happy and contented even in the worse of times. And there seems to be something about ethinic Chinese and our love for soup. Now, although the western blended-goo version of soup is yummy, I am referring to the boiled-for-eternity Chinese one here.

I bumped into a friend on Sunday and she was on her way home to “yum tong”. That set me thinking… a steaming hot bowl of soup would be great for this weather! And since I couldn’t possibly jump on a 12hrs flight to “yum tong”, I had to make my own. It doesn’t take much effort, really, since the pot sits on the stove and works its own magic.

I got a big slice of winter melon (冬瓜), a pack of pork ribs (排骨) and a couple of dried scallops (干贝). Cut the melon up into big chunks, wash the ribs and rinse with boiling water, rinsed the scallops… Throw the latter 2 into a big pot with a lot of boiling water, then in goes the melon an hour later. Sprinkle some salt. And VIOLA! I have my winter melon with pork ribs soup (冬瓜排骨汤)!!! For the next couple of days, I indulged in soupy happiness!

Ahhh… Bliss…

Tarak Updates

Written on 30 August 2010 by

A certain sunflower commented via email that my blog “tarak update” so here I am, talking about the lack of updates. :P

I doubt anyone still reads my blog (with its lack of anything new). Life has been pretty good lately, I am loving my current job. Psychiatry is very interesting when you meet the really unwell patients. Then again, I suppose that is the same with any specialty isn’t it?

Hmm… 4 months of psychiatry, then I get to decide if I want to apply for it. Hmmm… Interesting.

An Inspiration

Written on 15 August 2010 by

Is the glass half full or half empty? :) This man is truly an inspiration.

Eight Months On

Written on 5 April 2010 by

It has been 8 months since work started in August and 4 to the end of my FY1/JHO year. Medical school teaches you nothing useful for work, but it does give you the basic skills you need for initial survival.

Time to start on a new rotation and with every different speciality, there are new challenges. I am really looking forward to it. :)

Little Superhero Girl

Written on 4 January 2010 by

If you have looked through the music collection on my computer or flicked through my iPod, you’ll know about the very random list of songs there is. No, till today, I have no idea what songs/albums are actually in there!

Anyway, I was listening to random things on the iPod when Corrine May’s “Little Superhero Girl” started playing. After a crazy week at work (loads of public holidays when staffing level was at its bare minimum and I was part of it), I can totally relate to the song.

I feel like a little girl
Trying to conquer the whole wide world
Everybody wants a piece of me
And I just don’t know where to turn
I’ve got work piled up to my head
All I want to do is jump into bed
And wash away my troubles
with lemonade
Play hide and seek
with the boy next door
Take a trip to Singapore and
Imagine how I’ll make the world
a better place

All I need is a good disguise
One where nobody can recognise
That I’m feeling so small
All I need is a secret weapon
I’ve gotta have faith
Zapping monsters into outer space
I’m gonna be a Superhero


If I were a little girl
Trying to clean up the whole wide world
I’d kick the bad boys back to school
Teach them fighting’s just not cool
I’d give every kid a teddy bear
Turn starving people into millionaires
Break glass ceilings with dynamite
sprinkle a little sugar and spice
Turn the bullies that terrorize
Into pink poodles that bark,
but don’t bite

All I need is a good disguise
One where nobody can recognise
That I’m feeling so small
All I need is a secret weapon
I’ve gotta have faith
Zapping monsters into outer space
I’m gonna be a Superhero


Little Superhero Girl
Little Superhero Girl
Save me
Little Superhero Girl
Little Superhero Girl
Save me from myself

I feel like a little girl
Trying to conquer the whole wide world

New Year Resolutions

Written on 4 January 2010 by

Yes, I know, been a long time… feels like I got lost in one of the hospital corridors and couldn’t make my way out. Poor abandoned blog. :P

New year resolution. Yes. The list you come up with once a year, then go on to regenerate a similar one a year later. Here’s mine:

1. Get back in contact with people - I’m totally useless at keeping in touch. The only reason I still have friends in Malaysia/Singapore is because there are wonderful people that I can clique right back in with despite having not seen/spoken to/emailed in years.

2. Update this blog

3. Lose weight - This is not just because I’m female, it’s ‘cos I’m fat. Ya. Bleh.

That’ll do for now. :)


Written on 8 October 2009 by

It is very difficult to decide about people in the working environment.

The one you thought was a foul tempered person initially can turn out to be a very competent and helpful colleague.

The one you thought was just a poor misunderstood soul can turn out to be a backstabbing bitch. (So she wasn’t misunderstood after all…)

The one you thought was a nice sweet dear can turn out to be the one who shafts you the most.

These are mere fictitious examples, of course, but you get the gist of it. The workplace can be quite complicated, don’t you think?

Still Alive A Month Later

Written on 5 September 2009 by

I’ve been working for a month now and am proud to say I’m still very much alive, a year older too! :)

Let’s see, work has its ups and downs. One important thing I’ve learnt is to set boundaries and say no. This is especially important at night and over the weekends when the bleep keeps going off. There is always something to be done, and every nurse who bleeps will make the job he/she is handing over sound more important than the one before. Initially, it was difficult not to say, “yes, I’ll be there in 10 minutes”, but I quickly drove myself crazy doing that. Hehe.

For those who have been asking, no, I haven’t killed anyone. Thankfully. *gulp*

Because I was told to

Written on 11 August 2009 by

Blog, I mean.

While on the phone with a very good friend some time last week, I was told to blog more often. To be perfectly honest, I have not been blogging nor reading others’ blogs much in the last 2 years. There is a multitude of excuses I can offer, but that would be a waste of time, and honestly, I don’t need to, right? After the said phone call, I sat and had a good think. A part of me truly miss the times when I could sit in front of the computer and type away and I remember enjoying that a lot. I also liked surfing my friends’ blogs and finding out how they were getting on… somehow, that all took second place when real life got busier and I just never came back.

Now… updates…

Work had started a week ago. I am feeling a lot more confident than I was a week ago, but still very very far away from being truly comfortable in my new role. Life as a junior doctor is harder work than being a student, but it would be unfair for me to whine because I don’t work half as much as my colleagues in Malaysia. To be honest, there is a part of me that is enjoying work life. As a medical student, there was a lot of waiting around and feeling like you’re in the way. Having a role and feeling remotely useful is very refreshing and I do like it.

Having said that, things may change by this time tomorrow. I go on nights today and yes, I am scared. :P

This is my new friend, we have a love hate relationship. I love it when it’s silent.

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