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An Accident

I witnessed an accident today. I was on my way back to Ipoh today when it started raining heavily. It right after I passed the cement factory. My car is an auto car so I like hold the steering wheel with only one hand or sometimes hold it loosely.

When it rained, I was worrying about my car screen as there is still a layer of cloudy stuff that I still couldn’t get off  and thus affects the visibility a little. Somehow, something tells me to tighten my grip on my steering wheel and I DID with both hands. As I slowed down my car, suddenly, the white Kelisa  further up was dancing in front of my eyes. It did an about turn then hit the divider on the left, and bounced (like a bumper car) to the other side and hit the divider on the right.

I’m so glad that I slowed down and distanced myself away from the Kelisa before the incident happened. Else I wouldn’t have time to hit the brakes and I would’ve been involved in the accident. Then the title would be ‘My accident’ instead. Thank God.

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Jan 09 & CNY

Hmmm… somehow last month passed by with a blink of an eye. Before I even realised it, it was already Chinese New Year. I think this has got a lot to do with my job. Earlier, it was due to my fellow colleague’s long holiday leave. Her absence have inadvertently added my list of responsibilities. Then there was the presentations that I need to prepare. It’s presentation with an ‘S’ because there’s actually TWO in two weeks. Plus, we also have an added workload… which is dispensing in A&E department. So, we have to work during weekends as well. Even the last day of work before CNY was a hectic one. It’s as if they knew and make sure you have work filled to the brim (I’ve got around 10 prescriptions to fill and dispense to the ward at 4pm ).

Anyway, when CNY came, it was a different case. I took 3 days off so I had a whole week to celebrate. But then it was an extra quiet year. Normally, there would be a lot of outings especially to gamble at friends’ house. There was none this year. There were less reunions (no HSO reunion didnt missed the SMSI one). Gambling was replaced by spending for beer and karaoke as well as yum cha. So it turned out to be quite a restful year… Oh well… Time to concentrate on work again. Hmmm… I wonder how is Rooster’s fortune this year.

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No Resolutions

Goodbye 2008 and welcome 2009. This time of the year is usually meant for looking back at what we have achieved and making new year resolutions. Well, I’m trying a different approach this year. No resolutions for this year. Few months ago, I have been expecting a lot for 2009 but the past 2 months have been dissapointments and let downs for me. Being in the darkness have thought me one thing. No expectations and you won’t be let down. So I’ll embrace this saying instead: “Yesterday is history. Tommorrow is mystery. Today is a gift.”

Happy New Year 2009

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My 4th Coral Bay Visit

Every civil worker is required to attend an induction course in order to be confirmed into the government service. After waiting for so long, I finally had the chance to attend it. I’m already going into my third year of service. Before the day to depart comes, there was much worries and despair. The thought of spending 2 weeks in a resort that I’ve been for 3 times and listening hours and hours of lectures was…uuurrgghh… seems so hard to endure.

       It was all another story upon settling down in Pangkor. It wasn’t so hard to bear after all. True enough that some of the lectures were real agonising but some lecturers are real good in getting our attention. We had some good laughs in class and good team work as well. I still can’t believe that we could use one nail to hold another ten! If lectures were indeed boring, I will just take out my htc to chat and go Facebook as there is free wi-fi in the lecture hall. Everyday, we’ll be looking forward to the evening time. It’s our leisure time where we’re on our own.

     Most of the time, we’ll play by the beach. Sometimes we’ll play exciting water games like banana boat, or play volley ball or at times we’ll just walk around the beach. Evenings not spent on the beach will be spent on cycling, jogging, swimming in the resort pool or simply reading a good novel by the balcony.

     In those rare occasions that we have our class canceled, we can have more time to ourselves and we can venture out and try the foods outside. At one time that there were so many of us, we actually finished up the cafe’s stock of chicken. They took such a long time to cook up the meals that we danced and enjoyed ourselves while waiting.

     Towards the end of the course, we had to concentrate on our studies as there is an exam to take on the last day. There was a mixture of feelings after the exam as it meant that it’s time to go home. Feels glad that induction is finally over but at the same time also feels sad to leave all my new found friends. It was great to meet a bunch of lively people heading the same goal as I but away from working environment. Be sure to keep in touch my friends… 🙂 Oh and last but not least, my best wishes to Wai Keng who hurt herself during the course. Get well soon my friend!

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November at a glance

Last week has been a real busy for me. Particularly because my workings days were shorten due to the other functions that I have to/had attend, my colleagues in the same department with me were away as well as the super blur new PRPs that just reported not long ago. There are so many of them that they out numbered those permanent ones in the hospital. Now it seems like too many cooks spoils the broth and I feel like a babysitter taking care of them every step of the way. Hopefully, in time to come, they will ease my workload instead.

My daily work have to be put aside as I have to prepare for the side project which is due on Wednesday. I weren’t around last Wed to Fri so I have to rush to finish it by Tue. Then, I need rushed back to Ipoh to catch a bus the next day to KLIA. Not that I’m flying off to anywhere. Just that it so happened that the place to attend my course is nearby the airport. It’s about updating and upgrading myself on the documentation of my daily work.

Yep, so for 3 days I was stuck in a hotel listening, eating and sleeping (while US got a new president and our very own RPK is released). The food was good. The selection was far more varied compared to other governmental courses that I’ve been to. As for the accommodation… well… not the same as I imagine, but ‘boleh tahan la’. Hehe… I guess the most important is whether I learned something. Although I’ve been to a similar course with similar agenda but this one is actually far better. Haha…. most probably because the latter is actually national level.

Well, in government settings, going for such course meant more work. That’s because I have to relay the same message and information back to my fellow colleagues in my hospital. Sigh… But then again, this will not be possible in short time to come because I need to head to another course soon. This one is actually 2 weeks! Yes, so when I said my workings days were shorten, I meant like 5- 6 days of work for this whole month.

Sounds relaxing but its not. It translates to more work in the future, studying for exam as well as bringing work back home. So for now I need to switch my mind back to my side project (QAP) and prepare for presentation this coming Monday.

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Half Way Down the Road

Today is a historical day for me. It marks the date that I have already worked exactly two years in Taiping. So there’ll be another two more years down this road before there’ll be another crossroad for me. Looking back… I can’t believe that I’ve survived so long here. I’ve survived…

… the times when there’s only The Store to buy things I need. But now there’s already a Tesco, Starbucks, OldTown Kopitiam and a cinema on the way.

…being a PRP. Now that I’m FRP, I’m struggling to make a difference to the medical ward as a clinical pharmacist.

… the mundane life in Taiping by taking up yoga, line dancing, going up Maxwell Hill and Poncho Poncho (only tried once). Ooops, currently not doing any of those at all. Only went up Maxwell yesterday.

… the edible but not so great food of Taiping. Really can’t figure out what’s so tasty about Taiping food. I guessed being a resident in Ipoh have set my standards ultra high.

… my ex-next door neighbour’s strange behaviours and now staying happily in a new place that’s nearer to work, bigger, cheaper and more privacy.

So now I need to look ahead. I wonder what’s next….

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A Week Under the Weather

I meant to write this quite some time ago but I didn’t have time. I had no idea what happened to me as I fell sick all of a sudden. It started during bedtime on thursday night. I suddenly felt very cold and was shivering all the way. Covering myself in blanket also did not help. I’m not sure how long it last but at last I dozed off.. at least for little while. Woke up at 2 smtg in the wee hours of the morning and realised that I’m having fever. Thinking that I still have to work the next morning, I crawled out of bed and look for paracetamol (aka Panadols) but couldn’t find any ( what kinda pharmacist is this?!). So I went to knock my housemate’s room in the middle of the night to ask for some. Took 2 pills and went back to sleep.

       I actually went to work as usual the next morning but I felt myself getting sicker. By afternoon, I got myself a thermometer to check my temperature… 38.5 degree celsius. I took more pcms and head back Ipoh. Luckily I got a friend to fetch me back so i don’t have to struggle to drive myself. After dinner, i just slept all the way to the next morning. Over the weekend, my fever didn’t really settle. It came on and off. Finally, I took MC on Monday and went to a GP for consultation. “Viral fever,” the doctor said but he’s still giving me antibiotics. He gave me MC for a day but my fever didn’t settle eventhough I took the meds he gave. Rashes started to appear on my right arm as well as my chest and possibility of dengue looms into my mind.

      The next day, I head back to Taiping and went straight to casualty. The doctor took some blood to check for dengue fever. Had to wait an hour to the result and it turns out to be negative… Oh what a relieve. Anyway, she advised me to continue the meds that the GP gave and gave me another 2 days MC.

      After 6 days of on and off fever, and exhausted my stock of pcm, I finally gone back to work on Friday. It was the longest time I had been sick (apart from chicken pox). Normal flu will just be 3 days max. I wondered if it’s because I’m working in a hospital now and caught some super bugs there. Until now, I still don’t what actually happened. Just hope that there wouldn’t be another episode like this for a long long time… no, better be NEVER.

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