Archive for August, 2011

Appearance. Pulse. Grimace. Activity. Respiration.

Posted in doctoring tales, le-gendary on August 30, 2011 by twotwoeight

“Nobody, but nobody, is going to stop breathing on me!”
–Dr. Virginia Apgar, ca. 1950s, explaining why she kept basic resuscitation equipment with her at all times.

“What’s the Apgar score?”

“Apgar good or not?”

“Baby admitted for low Apgar”

We ask these questions so often in our daily work but seldom do we pause and think about the woman who was behind this genius idea many years ago.  Well, 58 years ago, to be exact.  Professor Virginia Apgar.

The mnemonic we are so familiar with even works in different languages! In German the words (Atmung, Puls, Grundtonus, Aussehen, Reflexe) were used, in Spanish (Apariencia, Pulso, Gesticulación, Actividad, Respiración) and in French (Apparence, Pouls, Grimace, Activité, Respiration.)

Imagine leaving such a legacy behind.  And still having time to stop and make 2 violins, a viola and a cello.  And take flying lessons!  Go read her biography, you’ll be impressed.  I know I am. 😉


Ebony and ivory

Posted in family, growing up, radio in my head on August 27, 2011 by twotwoeight

Chanced upon some old and forgotten piano sheet music when I was home and was happily tickling the ivories, although the fingers needed some time before they regained some spring in them! 😉

I remember that when I was about 10 years old, I was playing with an old red toy piano we had when we were kids, and somehow managed to churn out a tune or two by ear.  Mum then realized that her daughter wasn’t tone deaf, and it was then that I started having formal piano lessons in the neighbourhood, and the start of my love affair with the instrument.  We did not have the luxury of having a piano at home then and we had to walk to the teacher’s place to practise, a few times a week.  So Mum made a pact with us — if my sister and I could both learn to play a piece of her choice without any mistakes, she would buy us a piano!  Needless to say, we did 😉 .


Love this piece — not all sheet music can channel the expression and feeling of a song so beautifully, and this was one of the ones that I particularly like.  Funny thing is, during the entire week, the jukebox CD playing in my car set on random mode kept playing this song, sometimes even 3 times in one journey! Maybe it’s time to make a new compilation…


Levain Boulangerie & Patisserie

Posted in gastronomical delights, kindred spirits on August 26, 2011 by twotwoeight

Weekend brunches are definitely my favourite meals 😉

A place specializing in bread and French pastry, Levain definitely warrants another visit, and this time earlier, to avoid the hustle-bustle of the lunch crowd!


Posted in family, love on August 22, 2011 by twotwoeight

Happy birthday Mummy!

Wishing you many many more happy, healthy, beautiful ones… 😉

Table tennis idiot.

Posted in down memory lane, growing up on August 20, 2011 by twotwoeight

Was watching some high school kids at a table tennis tournament and I broke into a smile remembering how I ended up in a table tennis competition myself.  It was back during varsity days when we had inter-faculty games, and for some reason or another, our faculty needed a pair for the girl’s game minutes before the match was due to start.  And so, Lish and I were “cajoled” into representing our faculty on the spot despite wails from us that we had never played before in our lives!  Needless to say, we lost, but the most embarrassing part of it was that we were so bad that our opponents actually had to stop and teach us how to play! 😛

Well years later, I’m still a table tennis idiot, I wonder if Lish has mastered the game? 😉


By special request…ahem!

Enjoy!!! 😉


Physiology of dieting.

Posted in kindred spirits, random bits on August 16, 2011 by twotwoeight

Gotta go find some skinny people to devour…

Ahem…looks like we have to change our lunch menu from now on! 😉

My Big Fat Greek…

Posted in gastronomical delights, kindred spirits on August 14, 2011 by twotwoeight

burger! 😉

And of course a nice cup of coffee.  Heart the coffee mug tremendously!

Oh why do weekends pass by so quickly…