Monday, May 31, 2010

Egg Tart Mania

What is it with everyone and egg tarts?
Thank goodness I had already planned to get Portugese egg tarts before going to work later, or else I would go crazy looking at all the egg tart pictures. Especially JiaHong's post, which is DEDICATED to her love of egg tarts.

Eeekk Swot Vac already!

My body and I are not talking.

It's such a bum! I tell it to wake up at 9 and it refuses to get out of bed until 11. Haizz... All the time I could have been studying.

Sorry Mummy for being in a bad mood when I called you yesterday.

I am so stressed right now. Thinking about all the lectures and wondering if I can actually finish them in time for the exams.

For the first time in my life I'm entering Swot Vac not understanding a large chunk of my lectures i.e. CANCER

In the previous years, even though I had more subjects to study for and in less time, I never felt overwhelmed because I knew I just needed to memorise since I already understood the lectures.

Not sure how long it'll take me to even UNDERSTAND cancer, much less remember it for the exams.


Saturday, May 29, 2010


After learning about depression from Assoc. Prof. Jennifer Marriot, I decided to see if I fulfilled any of the conditions.

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV) criteria:

Major Depressive Episode

A. Five (or more) of the following symptoms have been present during the same 2-week period and represent a change from previous functioning; at least one of the symptoms is either (1) depressed mood or (2) loss of interest or pleasure.

Note: Do note include symptoms that are clearly due to a general medical condition, or mood-incongruent delusions or hallucinations.

(1) depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day, as indicated by either subjective report (e.g., feels sad or empty) or observation made by others (e.g., appears tearful).
Note: In children and adolescents, can be irritable mood. Hmmm, nope.

(2) markedly diminished interest or pleasure in all, or almost all, activities most of the day, nearly every day (as indicated by either subjective account or observation made by others) Eh, not really.

(3) significant weight loss when not dieting or weight gain (e.g., a change of more than 5% of body weight in a month), or decrease or increase in appetite nearly every day.
Note: In children, consider failure to make expected weight gains. Some weight gain, actually.

(4) insomnia or hypersomnia nearly every day Hypersomnia!!!!

(5) psychomotor agitation or retardation nearly every day (observable by others, not merely subjective feelings of restlessness or being slowed down) Noone's mentioned anything yet....

(6) fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day EVERY FREAKING DAY!

(7) feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt (which may be delusional) nearly every day (not merely self-reproach or guilt about being sick) Nada.

(8) diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness, nearly every day (either by subjective account or as observed by others) Inability to concentrate. Most likely due to lecture theater being a SAUNA

(9) recurrent thoughts of death (not just fear of dying), recurrent suicidal ideation without a specific plan, or a suicide attempt or a specific plan for committing suicide

B. The symptoms do not meet criteria for a Mixed Episode. Hmmm, I do have certain bouts of hypomania. Maybe I should look into Bipolar instead.

C. The symptoms cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning. Eh no.

D. The symptoms are not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g., a drug of abuse, a medication) or a general medical condition (e.g., hypothyroidism). I doubt too much chocolate makes you depressed....

E. The symptoms are not better accounted for by Bereavement, i.e., after the loss of a loved one, the symptoms persist for longer than 2 months or are characterized by marked functional impairment, morbid preoccupation with worthlessness, suicidal ideation, psychotic symptoms, or psychomotor retardation.

Conclusion: No depression! Might feel unhappy once in a while, but definitely doesn't qualify me as having depression. Seriously, people nowadays are too generous with the word depression. Once you feel unhappy, you're suffering from DEPRESSION.

If you do meet the criteria, go see your doctor! Very important to not ignore it!


Saturday, May 22, 2010

New Love

I am now addicted to Uncle Toby's Oats. Yummy! The cup one is way more expensive than the sachet one, but I bought one so I can pour the sachet in and measure out exactly how much milk I need, coz it has a line on the side. Plus, it's lightweight and easy to clean, so I can take it when I'm on a rush.

Had one for breakfast, one for supper about 10 mins ago, and will most probably be having one for breakfast tomorrow again.

Healthy AND yummy, whee!

P.S LOL looks like Jia Hong is liking it too!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Things I Learned This Week

1. DUEs are damn hard.

2. You can be 95 and still remember every medication you take.

3. Apparently brushing your teeth and rinsing it out with mouthwash, then keeping your mouth closed for 15 minutes without any water or food intake makes your breath smell fresh for at least 12 hours. Haven't tried it out yet.

4. My Show Luo addiction has not ended yet. I dreamt of him last night. *cue eye rolling from everyone*
5. Petty loves Show Luo too!

6. Polaroids are fun!!!

It's a digital Polaroid camera!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

21 and 4 days old

THANK YOU!!!!!!!

A tremendous gigantic humongous massive titanic THANK YOU to everyone who helped make my 21st a unforgettable one!

Present of the year goes to my dad (sorry KK), who wrote another Letter to my Daughter that left me desperately trying not to cry because I was reading it on a tram. He called me FOUR times throughout the day to wish me Happy Birthday, lol! Oh, and he bought me a Tiffany's pendant from my old wishlist XD

♥ &hearts &hearts to my dearest Mummy and my two brothers as well. My poor mummy was ill the days before and during my birthday! Mum told me the day after about how they were all set to head over to Melbourne to give me an awesome surprise for my birthday, but the plan had to be cancelled :( I still appreciate the thought and all the effort you must have put in :) We can always celebrate when you all come in December! Mum sent over a big care package containing earrings, scarves, Stabilo fineliners (as she does every birthday of mine since coming here) as well as a Mr Bean teddy bear, with a HANDWRITTEN happy birthday card from my brother Kit. WHOA. Even if you did get forced into writing it, thank you Chow Xin Kit. Mum didn't want to send over anything expensive (because Pos Malaysia... you know la) so she owes me a handbag when she comes over in December for graduation. Xin Wei only called me in the evening, after making me wait the whole day for it, but it was because he thought I was working. Which I was not. LOL. I forgive you anyway. You owe me a HUG!

xoxo to KK, who managed to survive hanging out with my crazy housemate and classmates, and who saved the day when it came to getting me to get home straight after coming back from Geelong instead of having dinner at Laksa King. Oh, and he bought me a Tiffany's pendant as well ♥ Luckily, he got me the one from my NEW wishlist so I didn't end up with 2 identical ones. Macaroons too! There were supposed to be mini muffins as well, but that's another story for another day...........

hugs and kisses go to my lovely classmates/best friends in melbourne, who had spent 2 weeks (apparently) planning to give me a memorable birthday. many thanks to JiaHong (who was ill and still had to prepare my steamboat dinner), XinNee, ChuJie, PeiXian and YingZhen. The mystery of why Jason came to wish me Happy Birthday back in late April is now solved. On top of a lovely birthday scrapbook filled with well wishes from so many friends, I got my purple jelly Havaianas, IKEA magnetic board, Neil Patrick Harris, Ryan Reynolds, Leighton Meester, Colin Firth, Renee Zellweger, Show Luo, JJ Lin, Hugh Laurie and Tay Ping Hui! Okay, so they were just pictures, but still!

Not forgetting my lovely quirky housemate/BFF, who was very tolerant of having our apartment dominated by my friends, as well as her awesome Taboo puppet playing skills, which made me laugh all night long. Ask her about miming "Eating a banana" please. Can you believe we've known each other for 9 years now?! ♥ A big thank you to Bako as well, for attending my surprise :)

Muchos gracias to my uncle and family, especially my awesomely cool aunt, who bought me a lovely dinner in Gold Leaf Restaurant in Preston. Had oysters, sharkfin soup, crab, and a MACAROON CAKE! Plus my aunt had to collect all my presents that were being mailed, since I was away in Geelong. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my uncle Kok Wai, who had to give the limelight to me even though we share the same birthday. When you turn 50, I'll give 100% of the limelight to you! He only touched down in Melbourne that morning, so he was really exhausted. Thank you!

Lots of love to my relatives, who sent me presents via my uncle, who stopped over in KL. My "koomah", "kucheong", "suksuk", Auntie Selina, and "kucheh" who didn't forget about me even though I have not seen them in ages! Not forgetting my cousins KaiVin, SeVon and Shaun :) Shaun "gave" me a present as well, although it was sent from Malaysia even though he's here in Melbourne. Plus the card was in his mother's handwriting. LOL.

To everyone else who messaged me, emailed me, FB messaged me, called me, wrote on my FB wall, tweeted me, sent a card to me, wrote in my scrapbook, wished me in person, THANK YOU for your lovely wishes :) Yes, I had a great day :)

Hope I remembered everyone:

Thursday, May 06, 2010


WOW. I am actually blogging about my placement DURING my placement. Chu Jie will be pleased to see that she has something new to read from me.

Soooo, who actually read my previous post in its entirety? Won't blame you if you didn't, even I could not be bothered to look at it once I was done. LOL.

Geelong has been pretty good! Except the weather, which has been gloomy most days and rainy as well. Thankfully, the accomodation we were provided with is just opposite the hospital. YAY for sleeping in!

Am here with Natalie, Jennifer, Petty, Rex, Hin, Lieu and Christine. Don't ask me their last names, I don't know!! We're in individual rooms down one of the hallway, so it's pretty much dominated by us. Muahahahah!! Jen and I are in paediatrics, Rex and Petty in Renal, Hin and Christine in Infectious Diseases/General Medicines, Lieu in ICU and Nat in EMD. So far everyone's been pretty happy with where they are, and how their pharmacist is. Nat has to go to work at 7 am though, so she hates us a little.

We cook dinner together most nights, though Petty is so efficient in doing everything dinner is ready before we even head to the kitchen to help out. We have 1 hour lunches from 1-2 so everyone comes back to Kitchener House and makes sandwiches. We eat in the communal living room, where the TV is. During lunch it's Oprah, and dinner time it's usually Simpsons cartoons, followed by MasterChef.

Out of the 8 of us, Petty, Rex, Lieu, Jen, Nat and I are addicted to MasterChef! Dinner and showers and studying revolves around the show, which is hilarious! Most of us are rooting for Callum, and we hate Matthew (because he is the only person who does not do anything in the promo, except looking smug). I personally like Alvin too :)

Paediatrics has been a pretty good placement. Our pharmacist, Lisa is really nice! She's always teaching us stuff and letting us handle things, like medication interviews and dispensing and all that. Though, it can get a bit boring in the ward since there's rarely any complicated medical problems with the kids. Usually the kids are admitted for asthma exacerbations, or broken/ fractured limbs. We take care of the special care nursery too, so once every 2 days we go and see cute little babies. Some of them haven't even been named! We call them by their surname, so it goes "Smith, baby of Joan". Thankfully there haven't been any kids with cancer or anything really serious, or I'll be bawling my eyes out in the middle of placement! Sometimes when it's quiet in the ward, Lisa allows us to just go research something for our case studies, or have a longer break XD SO NICE RIGHT?! She'll be on leave for the last week though, so I'm hoping the replacement pharmacist is as nice as her. Not too worried though. People who work with kids should be nice right? Right?

Am learning a lot about asthma, especially about management. Almost everyone in the ward is taking Redipred and Ventolin!

Petty brought Monopoly Deal, so now there's 4 of us who play it at night. LOL. She and her boyfriend Steven, added a lot of rules though, which makes it more interesting to play! Though I'm scared I'll forget how to play the original way when I get back.

That's all for now! Will probably post some pictures next week if the weather gets better and we go down to the beach. It's really close!!

2 days to my birthday. YIPPEEE!!