Archive for January, 2013

India and pachyderms

Posted in Rajasthan, random bits on January 20, 2013 by twotwoeight

Do these gentle giants come to mind when you think of India?

elelphant 1

You see them when you look up…

elephant 2

You see them when you look down…

elephant 3

You see them on the walls…

postcard

Now they are even in my house.

sculpture

🙂

What do you see?

Posted in arts, Jaisalmer, professional tourist in the making, Rajasthan on January 8, 2013 by twotwoeight

Jaded by the not-so-holy holymen in the Jain Temple in Jaisalmer Fort, I shifted my attention to the intricate carvings of the temple and was pleasantly surprised at what I saw.

leia

I saw Princess Leia.

eiffel tower

I saw Eiffel Tower.

proud husband

I saw a husband proud of his wife.

mooncake monster

I saw a mooncake monster.

pissed off woman

I saw an angry well-endowed woman.

zombie musician

I saw zombie musicians.

infinity

I saw infinity.

monster eyes

“I see you”.

primitive thinker

I saw The Primitive Thinker…or a man stifling a laughter — couldn’t decide between the two.

So, what do you see? 😉

Little things

Posted in radio in my head on January 6, 2013 by twotwoeight

Your hand fits in mine
Like it’s made just for me
But bear this in mind
It was meant to be
And I’m joining up the dots with the freckles on your cheeks
And it all makes sense to me

I know you’ve never loved
The crinkles by your eyes
When you smile
You’ve never loved
Your stomach or your thighs,
The dimples in your back at the bottom of your spine
But I’ll love them endlessly

I won’t let these little things slip out of my mouth
But if I do
It’s you
Oh, it’s you they add up to
I’m in love with you
And all these little things

You can’t go to bed without a cup of tea
And maybe that’s the reason that you talk in your sleep
And all those conversations are the secrets that I keep
Though it makes no sense to me

I know you’ve never loved
The sound of your voice on tape
You never want
To know how much you weigh
You still have to squeeze into your jeans
But you’re perfect to me

I won’t let these little things slip out of my mouth
But if it’s true
It’s you,
It’s you they add up to
I’m in love with you
And all these little things

You’ll never love yourself half as much as I love you
You’ll never treat yourself right, darling, but I want you to.
If I let you know I’m here for you
Maybe you’ll love yourself like I love you, oh.

And I’ve just let these little things slip out of my mouth
‘Cause it’s you,
Oh, it’s you,
It’s you they add up to
And I’m in love with you
And all these little things

I won’t let these little things slip out of my mouth
But if it’s true
It’s you,
It’s you they add up to
I’m in love with you
And all your little things

~ One Direction

Heard this on my way back from an unexpectedly fruitful grocery shopping trip.

Don’t sweat the small stuff…but don’t underestimate the little things.

😉

Ambitions

Posted in doctoring tales, kidz talk on January 3, 2013 by twotwoeight

This morning, while in clinic, I had the most amusing conversation with a 6 years old boy. He was a jolly and chatty little fella, under follow-up for asthma.  The moment he walked into my room, he sat down and put my stethoscope on his ears.

Me : Sihat kah hari ini? (Are you well today?)

Him : Sihat… (I’m well)

Me : Ada guna ubat pam kah? (Did you use your inhalers?)

Him : Ada…dua igek setiap hari! (Yes, 2 times a day)

Me : Wah…bagus! (Wow, good!)

(seeing his obsession with my stethoscope…)

Me : Kamu mahu jadi doktor ka, bila sudah besar? (Do you want to be a doctor when you grow up?)

Him : (in a resounding voice as if I have just made the most silly suggestion in the world) TIDAK!!! (No!!!)

Me : Habis, kamu nak jadi apa nanti? (Then what do you want to be?)

Him : Saya mahu jadi LANUN!!! (very proudly!) (I want to be a pirate!!!)

Me : *stunned* Kamu mahu jadi lanun? Kamu tahu apa tu lanun kah??? (You want to be a pirate? Do you know what a pirate is???)

Him : Upin dan Ipin jadi lanun.  Saya pun mahu jadi lanun!!! Lanun hebat!!! (Upin and Ipin became pirates.  I also want to be a pirate!!! Pirates are great!!!)

Me : *bengang*…

Reminded me of the time one of my friends told me that when she was in primary school and the teacher asked all the children what were their ambitions, one boy excitedly said “Communist!” and the teacher was speechless.

kid brain

Little kids’ minds are like sponges…they silently absorb their surroundings at a speed which will leave you astounded — maybe a word said in passing, a phrase overheard, an idolized cartoon character.  Be careful what you expose them to…or you might find yourself with a pirate on your hands!

pirate-flag

😉

PS/ Just yesterday, I saw one of my patients reading a comic book with the title “Kisah ayah masuk hospital sakit buasir” (The tale of father being admitted for haemorrhoids).

A thousand question marks on my face…