Archive for May, 2011

REAL cartoons

Posted in down memory lane, love on May 29, 2011 by twotwoeight

I remember when I was little we’d look forward to Saturdays because then there’ll be cartoons the whole morning, and popo will make fried beehoon for lunch.  And my sister and I will happily plonk ourselves in front of the TV eating beehoon on a stool.

And then there are weekday evening cartoons (if my memory doesn’t fail me, either 5.30pm or 7.30pm) like these, which are my absolute favourites!

I used to have a sticker book for Thundercats! :p

Voltron —  I have always liked this better than Transformers!

And who can not love Dungeons and Dragons…I actually watched the first episode on YouTube just now 😉

80’s cartoons are awesome!

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“I will be back. Thank you.”

Posted in kindred spirits on May 29, 2011 by twotwoeight

And with this unforgettable six-words-speech, Joyce has left the “building”.

If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking. ~ Buddhist saying

 

International Chlorox Ingestion Day

Posted in doctoring tales, kidz talk on May 28, 2011 by twotwoeight

3 year old boy left alone after bathing in the bathroom, grandmother went to get towel.  Bottle of Chlorox on bathroom floor next to pail of water. Next thing you know, boy found vomiting and smelled of Chlorox.

3 year old boy.  Pulled a chair to the washing machine.  Climbed up and picked up a bottle of Chlorox.  Bottle was closed.  Unfortunately, the cover was punctured at the top allowing the liquid to flow out unobstructed.  Boy found with empty bottle.

4 year old boy.  Running around in the living room.  Next thing you know found vomiting and smelled of Chlorox.  Chlorox bottle found from mopping the floor the previous day.

3 alleged Chlorox ingestions in one day, can you believe it?  And not just any other poisons, Chlorox specifically.  It must be the International Day of Chlorox Ingestion which I wasn’t aware of.

We see more and more cases of home accidents compared to previous years.  Is it that the children nowadays are more intelligent / curious / naughty / difficult to discipline?  Or is it the parents who are underestimating their children’s capabilities.  I really can’t comment.

Just to share with you some of the other incidents I’ve encountered…

Boy pulls chair to refrigerator, climbs up and eats 10 anti-diarrhoeal pills thinking they were sweets.  (Among other alleged medication ingestions; OCP, anti-hypertensives, anti-depressants, anti-psychotics, iron tablets)

Fabuloso kept in used milk bottle as air freshener.  Uncovered.  Girl finds milk bottle.  Yup you guessed it.  Drank it.

Boy sitting in supermarket trolley with groceries at the carpark.  Mother busy loading groceries into car.  Next thing you know, boy was drinking from newly bought bottle of bleach.

Fortunately, the 3 kids who were admitted were discharged well after observation.  Hope they remain just as lucky the next time.

Parents, a gentle reminder.  Do not underestimate your toddler.

Jalan-jalan cari makan

Posted in gastronomical delights, professional tourist in the making on May 15, 2011 by twotwoeight

Was talking to a dear friend about Prague today, and it reminded me of the trip I took last year.  Can’t believe how time has flown.

One of the most enjoyable pleasures of traveling is getting to sample the many wonderful and exotic foods of different places and culture.  However, since I was traveling on my own, I didn’t really spend much time and effort seeking out the gastronomical offers of each city — but here are some of the more interesting meals I had, mostly on-the-go! Enjoy!

Chanced upon a local fair when I followed the sound of opera singers and merriment while roaming around Prague. Fair food is always interesting! 

This zesty lemonade tasted like heaven after a long and hot day!

Bought this pastry from a cafe in the townsquare of Munich — it was my breakfast and lunch rolled into one.

The most delicious pork knuckle I have ever tasted, seriously.  From a local deli in Munich, which was bustling with customers.  I just pointed to it and said “One, please!”.

After many days of western fare, got tempted by a Thai food vendor at the market in Cambridge.

Had this for a late lunch with Sarah, a girl I met on a trip to Salisbury, the day after my exams.  Glad I chose to go instead of brooding at home, Stonehenge was magnificent.

Succumbed to my gelato craze while waiting for the clock tower performance in Prague.  My love affair with gelato started since the first trip to Italy years ago with my sister.  Luckily, managed to exercise some self control this time around!

Had beef goulash for lunch in Melk, en route to Salzburg.  With a hot roll, yummy.

While immersing myself in the beauty of Salzburg, and going ooh and aah at the familiar scenes from Sound of Music, stopped at a stall in one of the smaller squares and had bratwurst for dinner. 

Nope…I was not adventurous enough to try this!!! Luckily I decided to ask what this was before I just pointed to it and said “One please!”. 😉

Hhmmm, itching to travel again…

The Evolution of Mankind. Or de-evolution?

Posted in doctoring tales, random bits on May 12, 2011 by twotwoeight

Today, I attended a lecture on the ethics of conducting clinical trials and when the speaker talked about the history behind the development of ethics, it reminded me of the visit I made to the Sachsenhausen Memorial and Museum in Berlin a few years ago.

I remember that there was this narration that was particularly moving and brought tears to my eyes.  It was an account by one of the Nazi guards who was in charge of the children’s quarters where they were conducting experiments on the children by infecting them with viruses to see what the effects on the body were.  This guard told of how he had become attached to a pair of siblings there and he described how he felt when he had to personally drag them out one by one to the “operation room” where the scientists performed an open liver biopsy on them, without any form of painkillers or sedation.  Those that passed out from the pain or horror were lucky.  He described how he desperately tried to withhold his emotions while holding them down for the procedure and watching them cry out in fear but barely struggling because they were incapacitated by the disease and severe malnutrition.  He described how he had to turn away as they cut out a piece of their liver and how he felt when he tried to console them after, knowing what he told them were just lies, but he was at a loss for words.

There were many other accounts of the cruelty that took place during the Nazi occupation in the name of “science” whereby they conducted experiments and “clinical trials” to determine how long a human being can withstand hypothermia, how long a human being can last in low air pressures, just to name a few, and many other experiments on twin fetuses and so-called “genetic studies”.

The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment is another infamous clinical study conducted in Alabama back in the 1930s in which the US Public Health Service studied the natural progression of syphilis, which was widespread then and there was no known cure.  However, when Penicillin was found to be a treatment for syphilis in the 1940s, these subjects were never informed and they were never given treatment for syphilis.  This 40 year study was continued by the scientists who intentionally withheld this information and prevented the subjects from accessing syphilis treatment in other areas, as a result of which, many men died and many babies were born with congenital syphilis.

Back then, these cruelty existed in the name of science, and as result of these events, the Declaration of Helsinki was created, to ensure that history does not repeat itself. But in this day and age, all you have to do is listen to the news, or open up your newspaper and you will still witness the cruelty of mankind.  Scary, isn’t it?

Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel. He is the only one that inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it. ~ Mark Twain

God, give me strength…

Posted in doctoring tales on May 5, 2011 by twotwoeight

or something smile-inducing to stare at on days when I just want to pull all my hair out.

The other day, as I walked to the doctor’s room in my ward, I saw that the door was once again, not properly shut despite reminding them time and again and even putting up a sign on the door that says “please pull the door shut behind you”.  After all, what’s the point of spending all that money installing a combination lock on the door to keep your belongings safe when you can’t even bother to make sure the door is closed properly?

Nevermind.

Then when I entered the room, I saw that the lights, the fan, the air-cond, the computer and the printer was left on.  And there was not a single person in the room.  And this is after repeated reminders to “Save the environment”, “Conserve energy” plus putting up signs at the door that reminds you to turn off everything before you leave the room.

Deep breaths…deep breaths.  Nevermind.

The final straw was when I entered the toilet, there was urine on the toilet seat cover and shit in the toilet bowl.  Yup, you guessed it.  There is a sign in the toilet that says “AIM + SHOOT = CLEAN”.

I decided that I wouldn’t look good with all my hair out…so I took another deep breath (outside the toilet, of course), and walked out.

Sigh…after repeating the same reminders for the ten millionth time, luckily I had someone to turn to to make the ten millionth and one reminder.

ingredients for a fantastic weekend

Posted in family, gastronomical delights, kindred spirits on May 4, 2011 by twotwoeight

In a nutshell…

Lots of sinfully good food, cozy cafes, kindred spirits, cute babies, giant carrot cakes and a big-assed zebra!

Wheeeee… 🙂