Sunday, August 30, 2009


How I will miss waking up without an alarm clock.. such a simple blissful thing..

Don't think I'll have any chance anytime soon. 16 weeks of non-stop-fun-action coming up, straight towards final Mbbs. Wooooo

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Tech support

Haha, this is most funny.. (u can click to enlarge if you cannot see properly)

And you know, it's really very very true.. haha

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Sunday, August 16, 2009


The ancient Greek believed that Zeus was true.

The ancient Egyptians believed that the Sun God Raa was true.

The Hindus believe that Vishnu is true.

The Muslims believe that Allah is true.

The Christians believe that God is true.

How do you reject other Gods and religions while maintaining that your own is true?

Through the ages, countless religions and gods have appeared, flourished and dissolved. How many more different forms and incarnations will we see in the future?

Only logic and reason stand alone. True and un-conflicted. Past, present and future.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Mass Media Misdirection

When a patient passed away this morning and the cardiac monitor showed asystole (a "flat line"), a relative of the patient asked whether we could use the defibrillator pads to "revive" him.

This is no doubt the result of the mass media portrayal of dramatic medical resuscitations.. I shall give you the facts here: asystole (flatline) = NO defibrillation. This is stated clearly in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). In fact the correct treatment is to start the CPR-Drug-CPR-Drug sequence.

Another fact: even in situations when the defibrillator can be used, it is not guaranteed that the normal heart rhythm can be restored. This depends a lot on the underlying disease/pathology, and (I hate to say this) luck. That said, even if the normal heart rhythm is restored, the consciousness/functional level may not be. So do not expect a patient to get up and walk/talk after a shock. More often than not, resuscitation of collapsed cases fail.

How many times have we guffawed/sneered at TV doctors jumping onto a patient to shock him when the monitor shows a flat-line... and even more ridiculously, the patient waking up and talking immediately..

Scriptwriters/directors of medical dramas, please get some basic facts right.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

After 1.5 weeks of Student Internship Programme (SIP)

I've learned that:

Professionalism, is leaving your personal life behind once you step into the ward.

Integrity, is doing the correct thing when no one is looking.

Patience, is clerking a rambling/incoherent patient at 3am on call.

Stamina, is surviving the 3-4h morning ward round when you are post-call.

Courage, is admitting that you did something wrong / you are unable to do something.

Humility, is enduring the scolding that comes after.

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Thursday, June 25, 2009


This is so hilarious that I dunno what to say... I'm sorry...

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Library daze

Why is the sky always clear and blue when I am in the library? :(

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Monday, June 22, 2009

It has begun...


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Thursday, June 04, 2009

Off to Taiwan!

I'm off to Taiwan for 12days!! Wooohooo!!

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Tuesday, June 02, 2009


Was walking around my neighborhood today when I saw him.

He was sitting at the foot of the pedestrian overhead bridge. His right arm was malformed, probably from a birth defect, and all that is left is a short piece of skin dangling from his shoulder. Otherwise he was normal-looking. His left arm was outstretched. Some passerbys stopped to give him money, some walked past without giving a glance.

Then something struck me. The thing that was the most crippling for him was not his birth defect.

It was his lack of education.

With a proper education. He would be able to read, and write. He would be able to use a computer. He could draw. He could paint. He would have a job. He would not be sitting at the foot of the bridge begging...

Sometimes I feel that I'm lucky that I have the opportunity to have a proper education. Ignorance is terrible...

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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Shooting in auto mode... on a dSLR

Don't see anything wrong with that? Well, technically, there is nothing wrong with that. Let me attempt to give a few examples/analogies. Buying a dSLR to shoot in auto mode is like...

...buying a Lamborghini, and driving at 60km/h on a Singapore road.

...buying a gigantic High Definition LCD TV, and watching VCRs on it.

...buying the top-end PC, decking it out with the latest processor, graphics card and what-nots, and using it to type word documents.

...(for meddies) buying an opthalmoscope, and using it to check pupillary reflex.

Got anymore analogies? Feel free to share. =)

So please people, learn to use your camera properly. Thank goodness top-end cameras like the Nikon D3X and Canon 1D do not have auto modes for people to 糟蹋.

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